Backroom Boys to play for dancing, listening Feb. 15 at Copper Island Beach Club
HANCOCK -- A Happy St. Valentine's Day to all the sweethearts from the Backroom Boys. The original boys from the backroom -- Bob Norden, trombone; John Munson, clarinet, sax, piano; and Oren Tikkanen, banjo, etc. -- will be at the cozy and romantic Copper Island Beach Club on Fri, Feb 15, from 8 p.m. 'til 11 p.m. to play love songs for you and your sweetie in the old trad-jazz style. Come on down, bottom of Tezcuco Street in Hancock.
In the coming year, Finland will celebrate its centennial, so Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) is offering Finnish classes to provide folks with an opportunity to learn the basics of the language, or to brush up on their existing skills. --Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m., Finnish American Reporter intern Johannes Waris, of Helsinki, will lead a Finnish I course. The class will meet for eight consecutive weeks, for about one hour each Tuesday. The class is appropriate for people with no language experience at all, or those with minimal background in Finnish. --On Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 28 at 11 a.m., Finland native and Copper Country resident Anna Leppanen will instruct the Finnish II course. Designed for people with some skill in the language, this class will enable participants to expand their vocabulary and work toward conversational skills. This course will also be eight consecutive weeks, meeting for about an hour each session. Fee: $40 per student. Call (906) 487-7549 for registration or more info or click here for details.
Monday, Sept. 26, is the last day to submit photos to North Woods Conservancy’s second annual "Get to Know the North Woods" photo contest. There is no entry fee for the photo contest this year, and submission has been simplified to one category with three prizes: $50 First Prize, $25 Second Prize, and $15 Third Prize, plus a 2017 membership in NWC for each prize winner. The winning photos will be displayed in The Daily Mining Gazette and the Marquette Monthly newspapers and online at Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula Facebook page, Keweenaw Now and the Pasty Cam. The photos will also be part of a window display at Copper Country Associated Artists Gallery in Calumet. Visit one or more of NWC’s Natural Areas -- Conglomerate Falls, Seven Mile Point, Gratiot River North, Merganser Pond or Dore Woods -- then share your photos in the contest to show what surprised, puzzled, or amazed you there! Click here for info on entering the contest.
Little Brothers needs volunteers
Little Brothers--Friends of the Elderly is hosting a new volunteer orientation meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at their office in Hancock (527 Hancock Street). Students, retirees, community members, families and professionals -- all are needed! Anyone interested in volunteering is invited to attend this helpful introduction to the organization and the many ways area residents can volunteer for the elderly. To register call 906-482-6944 or visit online at: houghton.littlebrothers.org/volunteer
Little Brothers is continuing its annual Mustang Sweepstakes, a major fundraiser for their medical transportation program. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Little Brothers office at 906-482-6944 or by visiting their website. Click here for the list of prizes!
+News Briefs / Announcements
A Vintage Book Sale will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at 21788 New Street, Boston Location. Take US 41 to Boston Road or Boston Pond and turn off at the airport flasher. Follow signs. Sale includes books from the 1800s to the 1920s. Subject matter varies, both fiction and non fiction and some text books. ...... Storytime for the school year at the Portage Lake District Library begins on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Young children are invited to come for stories, craft projects, occasional music, and lots of fun. For special Storytimes on Saturdays, please look for announcements on library posters and on the library’s website. Children are also encouraged to use the Children’s Listening Center at the library to enjoy music, foreign languages, and stories on CDs. Up to four people at a time can use the equipment, including parents who want to help their children learn another language or simply enjoy music or a good book together. Please ask a librarian to help you get started. All library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570. ...... The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country and the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Lakeview Manor Community Room, 1401 Quincy Street, Hancock. The following candidates have been invited to the forum: 110 State Rep race, Sheriff Race, Prosecutor Race, and contested County Commissioners. If you have questions for the candidates please submit them to email@example.com. All questions will be submitted to the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country. All questions will remain anonymous. ...... SEMCO customers who act quickly can receive a complimentary EKM Metering System for their homes. The system helps you save money by keeping track of your home energy use, and it can be monitored from anywhere with a smart phone. Supplies are limited. To get your EKM Metering System, contact Efficiency UNITED at 877-367-3191 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The program is sponsored by SEMCO Energy and Efficiency UNITED, in cooperation with the Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET). ...... From Houghton County Democratic Party: Important Dates: - By Sept. 9 Republican and Democratic Parties hold fall state conventions. - Sept. 29 through Oct. 18: Precinct inspectors for November general election (Nov. 8, 2016) appointed by city and township election commissions. (168.674) - By Oct. 4: Notice of close of registration for November 8 general election published. (168.498) - Oct. 11: Last date to register for November 8 general election. (168.497) ...... If you missed the weekend of action for Lon Johnson's campaign for the First District Congressional seat but still want to get involved, you can help by making phone calls, knocking on doors, and soon distributing yard signs across the district. Contact Nick Wisti at 906-370-4635 or through email at email@example.com. ...... HEET (Houghton Energy Efficiency Team) is planning a 2016 Winterization Campaign and Efficiency Challenge. Local businesses, organizations and church groups are getting involved. HEET has moved into a new office in Hancock at 422 Quincy St. in Hancock. Click here for info.
MDEQ Notice of Air Pollution Comment Period, Public Hearing
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is holding a public comment period from Aug. 24 - Sept. 22, 2016, and a public hearing, if requested, on Sept. 28, 2016, on L'Anse Warden Electric Company's proposed Consent Order and proposed Permit to Install (PTI). The proposed PTI is for removal of pentachlorophenol treated wood from the fuel portfolio of the existing 324 million British thermal unit per hour boiler at the facility, located at 157 S. Main St., L'Anse, Mich. Click here to read the rest of this Public Notice.
UPDATED: Attention Hancock Residents: Waste Management Garbage and Recycling
Waste Management Garbage and Recycling new schedulestarts Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. - All items need to be out by 7 a.m. -Weekly same day pick up for garbage and recycling (using a new dual garbage truck) -Pick Up Day Change affects some neighborhoods: -East of Elevation Street will be on Monday. -West of Elevation Street will be on Wednesday. *Pick up for residents living on Elevation, S. Elevation and N. Elevation Streets will be on WEDNESDAY. -Any container will work for recycling. Some people are painting or taping (recycling) on the bins they now use or you can purchase a new recycling bin from McGann’s or Risto’s. -Single stream will continue for all items including glass and clean pizza boxes! -Service is also available to small commercial. -The City will still have a recycling drop off at the DPW Garage (1601 Tomasi Drive) LAST DAY THAT THE CITY WILL PICK UP RECYCABLES WILL BE THURSDAY, AUG. 25. QUESTIONS: Call Bill Marlor, DPW, 482-1480 or Glenn Anderson, City Manager, 482-1121. Click here for Waste Management's new list of acceptable and unacceptable items for recycling. Thank you for your participation.
Slide Show: 2015 Parade of Nations
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Slide Shows: Family fun with science, more ...
Our recent slide shows highlight the Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival (KSEF) and Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) community events held Aug. 4 - 6, 2016; the 2016 Keweenaw Science Fair winners honored by Carnegie Museum; and the Lake Superior Celebration at GLRC in April 2016.
The new slide shows can be accessed as follows: Click here or on the photo above for the slide show of the Aug. 5, 2016, Keweenaw Water Festival at Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). Click here for the Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 Keweenaw Science and Engineering (KSEF) family events held in Houghton's Kestner Waterfront Park, and click here for photos of some 2016 Science Fair winners and highlights of the April 26, 2016, Lake Superior Celebration sponsored by the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan STEM Partnership, the Copper Country Recycling Initiative and more. For each slide show, click on the first photo in the album and click the info icon in the top right corner for the caption. Then click on forward arrows to view the photos as a slide show.
Downtown Houghton Farmer's Market
The Downtown Houghton Farmer's Market attracts a crowd at its opening on June 14, 2016. (Photo by Allan Baker for Keweenaw Now)
The Downtown Houghton Farmer's Market continues from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 11, 2016, next to Portage Lake District Library and bike path. Vendors offer regionally produced jams, jellies, bakery, meat, syrup, honey, vegetables, soaps, lotions, and crafted art. Cost for a vendor's spot is $5. Bring your own table or tent. If you are looking for your favorite vendors from the Hancock Tori, some may be at the Houghton Farmer's Market since Hancock construction is impeding access to the Tori right now.
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Slide show: Keweenaw Art Sept.-Oct. 2015, more ...
In May 2010, concerned Native and non-Native citizens camped, prayed and planted a garden at Eagle Rock, an Ojibwa sacred site, which was blasted for the portal to the Rio-Tinto-Kennecott Eagle Mine. The mine, now in operation, was sold to Lundin Mining Corporation of Toronto. Click on photo above to access a photo album on Eagle Rock protests in May 2010. Click on the first photo in the album and then on the info icon to view captions if they are not visible on the right. To view the photos as a slide show, click on the forward arrows.
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The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition's mission is protecting and maintaining the unique environmental qualities of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by educating the public and acting as a watchdog to industry and government. Visit UPEC on Facebook.
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District
HKCD's 2016 Tree Sale has found a home for every tree and plant. Gina Nicholas, HKCD president, thanks the volunteers and friends who helped make the sale a success. HKCD donated some plants and trees to the school gardens at Calumet, Chassell and Houghton. "It is great that the schools are helping children gain first hand experience about gardening and where the food we eat comes from," Nicholas said.
Save the Water's Edge
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Portage Lake District Library
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
Stewards of Bete Grise Preserve
A Rascal's Craft
The poetic musings of Eelu Kiviranta, a Finnish immigrant and self-proclaimed rascal. Side-by-side Finnish with English translation by Lillian Lehto. Introduction by Steve Lehto. Includes "The Copper Country Strike of 1913." Available from Amazon or the translator, 1419 Yosemite, Birmingham, MI 48009, $19.95. Click on cover to see Youtube video.
Original clothing and wall pieces custom designed and sewn by Andrea Puzakulich in the Keweenaw for 25 years. Distant Drum is located in Hancock's Historic E.L.Wright Bldg. Open most weekday afternoons. Call ahead.
Calumet Art Center
Click above to learn about new classes starting in February 2016.
Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club
Click on the logo above to visit the new (now even newer!) KNSC Web site: http://www.keweenawnordic.org and learn about cross country skiing events at Maasto Hiihto Trails in Hancock.
New edition of book by Steve Lehto
Click on book cover to access Steve's Facebook page on the Italian Hall disaster.
Click here to see Steve Lehto's recent YouTube video about Italian Hall.
Keweenaw Adventure Company
Keweenaw Adventure Co. is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! Click here to celebrate their current events, adventures and specials.
Red Circle Consulting
Mike Lahti at State Farm
Copper Country Community Arts Center
Click here to visit the Community Arts Center on Facebook.
Houghton County Democratic Party
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
What Is Sustainable
Author Richard Adrian Reese recounts how his life took a new direction after 9 years of simple living in the Keweenaw -- and offers a new worldview for a sustainable future.
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