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.
The Carnegie Museum in Houghton will present KEWEENAW NATURAL HISTORY TALK: LIVING in the WOODS: "Forest of the Future: Adapting to Change" at 6:30 p.m. TUESDAY, MARCH 21. Presented by scientists Hannah Abbotts, Todd Ontl, and Kristin Schmitt of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). Forests of the future will have to cope with the direct and indirect impacts of a warming planet. Scientists will talk about what climate changes are occurring in northern Michigan and what this means for our woods. They will also give a brief overview of the adaptation options and how to incorporate them into plans for managing woodlands. Free and open to the public.
The Carnegie will host MUSIC at the MUSEUM: "Mud Creek Warblers and Friends" at 5:30 p.m. THURSDAY, MARCH 23. Coffee, tea, appetizers and desserts will be served. BYO Beverage. $10 / adult ($8 members).
Noted Educator Jane Elliott to speak for Women's History Month
Michigan Tech will celebrate Women's History Month with a visit from Jane Elliott -- an internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer. Elliott, winner of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence, will speak at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Fisher Hall 135. Elliot gained national prominence with her "Brown Eyes/Blue Eyes Experiment," where her blue-eyed students were treated better than brown-eyed students. She first conducted the famous exercise for her class the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Elliott will have copies of her book "A Collar In My Pocket" for purchase at her lecture and will be available to sign them after the talk, which is presented by Michigan Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
County Road 595 Updates: The Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC) recently entered into a mediation session with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week regarding the proposed County Road 595. The MCRC is supported in this endeavor primarily by free legal aid from the Pacific Legal Foundation, which states their mission is to defend freedom and protect constitutional rights of individuals. The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) continues to oppose the road construction that would aim to connect the Eagle Mine with it's milling facility in Humboldt. The project would degrade the remote area's wetlands and surface waters while fragmenting habitat for species like moose that need large contiguous areas of undisturbed habitat. The construction would expose isolated, still recovering wilderness to haul trucks and mining traffic. No progress was made in the mediation and another is scheduled to occur in late March. YDWP will continue to monitor the sessions for further updates.
Click here for a March 7, 2017, article on CR 595 by the Mining Action Group.
Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District announcements
The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) Annual Tree Sale is 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6, 2017. First-com, first-served on the day of the sale. This year HKCD will be accepting large pre-paid orders of $200 or more. Pre-order deadline is March 31. Click here for details on the Tree Sale Flyer and Order Form. For more info or a printed copy of the flyer call 906-482-0214. See also their Facebook page.
The Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) 65th Annual Meeting and election of directors will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Orpheum Theater in Hancock. Two director positions with staggered terms are up for election: 2-year term candidates: Mark F. Ahlborn, Lawrence Butala and James F. Tercha; 4-year term candidates: Thomas G. Bryant, PE, and Steven C. Siira (Incumbent). Registered voters in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties are eligible to vote. To vote via absentee ballot, please call (906) 482-0214 for a voting packet. Following the election Shawn Nowicki, US Fish and Wildlife Service, will present "Lampreys and Lamprey Control in Houghton and Keweenaw." A light pizza buffet will be provided. For more information, please call (906) 482-0214.
+News Briefs / Announcements
Family and support people for individuals living with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, can register for a free course from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)/Keweenaw Area chapter. The series of 12 sessions is structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals while maintaining their own well-being. The course, designated an evidence-based practice by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is taught by a team of trained NAMI family member volunteers who know what it is like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. starting Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Houghton. They are for support people only. Pre-Registration is required and is open now. Call Bill or Barry Elizabeth Fink at 482-4632. ...... Do you participate in a book group? The Portage Lake District Library is creating a list of local book groups for all ages and would like to hear about yours. Useful information includes the name of your group and contact person, a theme if you have one, and dates and time that you meet. Please also say if your book group is for adults, teens, or grade school students. For more information, please call Chris at the library at 482-4570. ...... Storytime for the school year at the Portage Lake District Library is 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. ...... 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.
By Michele Bourdieu Nearly 500 Copper Country residents turned out for the Sister March on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge on Saturday afte...
Portage Lake District Library
Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
"Snow Country" -- A Copper Island Novel
Set on the Keweenaw Peninsula, this inspirational novel features contemporary Finnish-American and Yooper culture while exploring themes of love, loss and faith.
Slide Show: Christmas in Calumet 2016
Christmas in Calumet continues this Saturday, Dec. 10, with wagon rides, visits with Santa at the Vertin Gallery, and more. Click on the photo above to see our slide show of Calumet on Dec. 3: the Poor Artists Sale, Santa, and art gallery exhibits. Click on any photo and follow the arrows. To read captions, click on the info icon.
Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club
UPDATED: Attention Hancock Residents: Waste Management Garbage and Recycling
Waste Management Garbage and Recycling new schedule for Hancockstarted on 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 still has a recycling drop off at the DPW Garage (1601 Tomasi Drive) 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 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.
For our copyright policy, please click here or email us if you wish to use any of the photos or video clips by Keweenaw Now. Photos by guest photographers are copyrighted and you must seek their permission for re-use. This policy applies to the photos in our slide shows as well. Please do not share photos taken by guest photographers without their permission.
Eagle Rock, 2010: Slide show
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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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 2017.
Stop by to see the Calumet Art Center's new look, new artists, new gallery pieces and Jikiwe's driftwood Forest Dancers.
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
Red Circle Consulting
Mike Lahti at State Farm
Copper Country Community Arts Center
Click here to visit the Community Arts Center on Facebook.
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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