For the week of June 2, 2003

From the 6th floor

It ain't easy being green. Are you tired of listening to me complain about my hay fever yet? No? Good. Because you're going to hear more of it. I don't know what the deal is but this year seems usually difficult for us seasonal allergy sufferers. As you can see from the photo, it has definitely greened up around here. We had some substantial rain late last week and that was just about all the trees and bushes needed to get their jump on summer. The lilacs have started to bloom also, although they still have about a week before peak color, I think. Meanwhile, the pollen count must just be ridiculous.
The weatherman says it will be nice the next couple days but then cool off towards the end of the week. Today should peak right around 70 degrees.








A sign of the times

Many local high schools are celebrating graduation over the next two weeks. As you can see, some Marquette Redmen already made it to Picnic Rocks to leave their mark. It seems more of a high school tradition than a Northern one, but green and gold paint has been known to show up on the rock occasionally. As it creeps close to 70 degrees today, some folks decided to take advantage of the sunshine and hang out at the beach.

Flood update

While we did have some significant rainfall last week, it did not create any additional flooding problems.
On May 14, an earthen dike on the Silver Lake Basin in Champion Township failed, sending the entire contents of the basin — 9 billion gallons of water — downstream. The massive rush swept away several bridges and roads before severely damaging Tourist Park and other areas.
Local officials have estimated flood damage for all of Marquette County at $102 million, but said the total could rise as more information is gathered.

Energy conservation efforts have been taking place across the county, Northern included.

‘Red Dust’ project materials donated to NMU archives

Directors of Aspen Ridge Middle School’s award-winning Red Dust History Day project have donated materials to the Northern Michigan University Archives. The collection includes an estimated 1,000 transcribed interviews with area residents, History Day documentaries, and Red Dust books written and illustrated by students, which span the years 1983-2000.
“This is an enormously rich resource not only for the documentation of local history, but as an example of teaching originality and excellence,” said Marcus Robyns, NMU archivist. “It is double the size of our existing oral history repository and is an incredibly valuable tool for genealogical and cultural research.”
Red Dust originated in 1983. Students brainstormed potential names for their project and selected one that would symbolize the iron ore heritage of the school’s original National Mine location. The middle school participated in National History Day competition for 15 years. They explored a variety of topics that have strong local ties but also national significance.
For the theme “Triumph and Tragedy in History,” students presented a local perspective of the polio epidemic. They interviewed residents directly impacted by the disease. They also discovered that a local resident and engineer, Maxwell Reynolds, designed an original wooden iron lung to fill increased demand for such devices during the U.P. outbreak. The apparatus was stored in Marquette, so students were able to see an important historical artifact and incorporate it into their project. The effort garnered a first-place finish in national competition for History Day (full story).

Marquette to compete for All-American City award

Marquette is among 30 finalist communities to compete for this year's All-American City Award. The All-American City award encourages and recognizes civic excellence, honoring the communities (neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and regions) in which community members, government, businesses and non-profit organizations demonstrate successful resolution of critical community issues.

The 30 finalists will participate in a final round of All-American City competition in Washington, D.C., June 12-14. A delegation from each Finalist community will present to a 10-member jury their innovative programs and local solutions addressing a wide range of social and community issues, including crime, education, poverty, housing and race relations. The ten 2003 All-American Cities will be named on June 14 during a special awards ceremony.

NMU Wildcat Golf Classic

First Community Bank of Harbor Springs is presenting the 10th Annual NMU Wildcat Golf Classic on Monday, June 16 at the Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Mich. on The Moor course. This is an important fundraiser for NMU Athletics. The event is a four-person scramble and is limited to 120 golfers.

The schedule of events start with a practice round on Sunday (June 15), which includes a special rate for participants which will be followed by a reception. Monday is the scramble with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m., following the golf there will be a steak dinner and prizes.

Anyone who is interested in golfing can make your own group or you can be put in a foursome. The full golf package which includes the Sunday reception, golf and the steak dinner is $140. Special room rates are available for golfers at the Boyne Highlands Resort in the main lodge for $85 (double). To make a tee time for Sunday and a room reservation call 1-800-GoBoyne (462-6963).

For more information contact the NMU Athletic Department at (906) 227-2105 or Mike Nelson at (906) 227-1193.

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