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IRONWOOD - October 31, 2011

When  you begin a project such as IronwoodInfo at the age of 64 you know that the project will have a limited lifetime. And, as we have written many times when reviewing regional concerts and performances "all good things, must come to end", and so the same is true of IronwoodInfo itself.
Publishing the regional news and events for the past four years has been nothing less than a great adventure.
IronwoodInfo began publishing in October 2007, and now four years and a half a million road miles later that great adventure has concluded.
Like most citizen's journals IronwoodInfo began with the purpose of filling the void left by other local media. Another priority for IronwoodInfo was to showcase the great talent and genius of our area, especially that of its youth. As we said many times "We may be smaller than other places, however that doesn't mean that we are less intelligent nor are we less talented".
Occasionally we would add transparency to local politics where it became necessary.
We believe that with a  base of 13,000 daily readers that we must have achieved some if not most of our goals.
We would like to thank the following people for assisted us during the past four years.
First, we would like to thank Dan Rosandich who has provided the great cartoon appearing daily on IronwoodInfo. Thanks Dan for beginning our days with a laugh. Dan is a very talented individual and you can visit his website: www.danscartoons.com.
We also would like to thank Melanie B. Fullman who has generously contributed her great weekly column to IronwoodInfo. It is amazing that Melanie has time to write a column. In addition to being the Ottawa  U.S. Forest Ranger, she is also a volunteer firefighter as well as a member of the Gogebic County Search and Rescue Team.
Thanks also to Linda Graham who has provided the additional reporting from Ontonagon County.

Thanks to Ironwood photographer Bob Severin, who shared his great photos with IronwoodInfo. You can continue to enjoy Bob's photography at www.somuchtocapture.com
Personally, I would be remiss  in not acknowledging the important role that Gogebic Community College has played in making IronwoodInfo all that it has become. Three computer classes and a journalism class have contributed greatly to the success of our website.
To our readers currently serving our nation in the Middle East, we thank you for unselfish service and pray for your safe and speedy return home.
To all our readers thank you for your fantastic support!

Lou Bonagura
Arvo Toolanen

Ontonagon - August 31, 2008

Streets that just 12 hours earlier  were filled with classic cars and hundreds of spectators were now filled with flames, smoke and water sprays. From celebration to tragedy in just 12 hours.

At 5:00 AM Ontonagon residents were awaken by a long loud siren signaling that a fire had broken out. Within a short while fire firefighters from Carp Lake and Silver City would join the Ontonagon Fireman already battling the blaze threatening the entire downtown area.
By the end of the day firefighters from 8 additional fire departments would be on the scene fighting the blaze that would consume 20% of downtown Ontonagon.

At the scene were IronwoodInfo reporters documenting the horrific event.

This was IronwoodInfo's first major story. While other news agencies were off enjoying the long weekend, IronwoodInfo posted the photos and story shortly after the start of the fire.

As a result, 134,000 people logged onto IronwoodInfo to read the only account of the devastating fire.

LAMBEAU FIELD - December 5, 2010

Marty’s Goldenaires warmed things up during a half-time performance Sunday afternoon.

While America’s best football fans waited for America’s favorite football team to return to the field, the Goldenaire’s presented another knock ‘em dead performance.

Two minutes before half-time the Goldenaire Drum and Bugle Corp. took their positions along the visitor’s side of the field.

The Corps marched on to the field at the fifty yard line playing “God Bless America”. As usual they were great. The nippy weather at Lambeau failed to affect their playing and by the time the musicians finished their first song they had endeared themselves to the Packer faithful.

Limited to a six minute performance the group played abbreviated versions of songs that were in keeping with the Packer’s “Throw Back Day” theme. Their performance included “In the Mood” , “Dancing in the streets”, “Wipeout” and “Beer Barrel Polka.”

The performance went great and the fans loved it. The Goldenaires received a fantastic ovation from the crowd.

The Goldenaire's performance at Lambeau Field was IronwoodInfo's most read event ever. More than 230,000 readers viewed the story.

This was an amazing event for us to cover. Another great adventure that began early in the morning and included driving through a U.P. blizzard en route to Lambeau. Being on the field at half time covering our great Goldenaire's was quite an awesome experience. 

Ashland - July 19, 2009

They came, they sang, they conquered.

Yesterday afternoon, Heartland Music, held a Bay Days event, "Battle of the Bands". It was truly a great staging of bands from Houghton to Duluth. A genre' for everyone. It's now10 hours after the concert and my ears are still ringing from loud, loud, performances. Loud enough to satisfy the most demanding concert goers, including myself. The event ended just moments before mid-night and in the end, Ironwood's Lowell Street Band would be  the favorite of both the audience and the judges.

This event would be one of the most viewed of IronwoodInfo's coverage. The story resulted in 134,000 hits.

Again this story confirmed how in spite of the area's small population  our residents are extremely talented.


CADILLAC MICH - March 20, 2011

The Polar Bear Squirts, the U.P. Champs, put an undefeated record on the line at the state championship tournament this weekend. Now, Michigan’s greatest Squirt team is coming home with the State Championship trophy in hand; and an undefeated season intact.

The Bear's great coaching staff led their squirts on an amazing season long quest for the state championship title and they have done it all! The only question is what was the greater achievement, the championship or the 42 wins, no losses and no ties?

The Championship Game was a real thriller. The Bear’s opponent was the Cadillac Squirts, who were playing on their ice in front of a hometown crowd.

This story was many weeks and many tournaments in the making.  The very first time we saw the Ironwood Polar Bear Squirts play, we at IronwoodInfo knew that this team was extraordinary.

They skated well; they handled their sticks well;  They had excellent coaching and most of all, they played as a team.

From the beginning they played with confidence and with each additional game, with each additional win their confidence grew, but to their credit they were never cocky. By the end of the long season the Bears would make history, the only 42 and 0 Squirt team ever!

These third and fourth graders prove just how much talent we have in our area. They beat tough teams from bigger U.P. cities and won the Upper Peninsula Championship. Then they went downstate and beat the best of the rest.

They gave our community a much needed lift and a moment of pride. And we are proud to have provided the coverage throughout the season.

Congratulations one more time to the kids, their coaches and to their supportive parents.

NOTE: The Championship Tournament was another milestone for us, in that we broadcast the games live on the internet.

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Events and Public Notices

Community Art Installation Workshop is Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1 and 2

HANCOCK, MI –Artist Margaret Parker will conduct a free community art installation workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd, at Finlandia Hall, both days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Finlandia Hall is the Finlandia University residence hall on Summit Street, Hancock.
The drop-in community workshop will focus on constructing an archway with woven re-purposed t-shirts. The workshop is sponsored by the Finlandia Reflection Gallery and Campus Enrichment Committee.
To make this installation activity possible, t-shirts … lots of t-shirts …are needed, in any condition.
T-shirts may be dropped off by November 1 at Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan St., Hancock, or at Finlandia Hall the first day of the workshop, November 1.
The workshop is presented in conjunction with “Shirts and Skins,” an installation by Margaret Parker at the Finlandia Reflection Gallery on display November 2 to November 27, 2011.
An opening reception for Parker will take place at the Reflection Gallery Thursday, November 3, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
Parker’s primary installation medium is the t-shirt, which she cuts, then weaves, to create her installation pieces.
Viewer participation is important to Parker’s intent. She explains, “Once the viewer sees the piece is made from a T-shirt, they must figure out how it was taken apart. I’m very interested in that spatial reasoning because it pulls the viewer backwards into the creative process, making an image that reverberates in the memory.”
The Reflection Gallery is located on the second level of Finlandia’s Jutila Center campus, 200 Michigan St., Hancock.
For information, contact Yueh-mei Cheng, professor of studio arts, at 906-487-7375 or e-mail FinlandiaReflectionGallery@gmail.com.


10:00 a.m.  October 27, 2011

Contractor Presented the Following Schedule of Work Activities for upcoming work on the City of Ironwood – Phase I and II Utility Project.   

·         Thursday & Friday – October 27ht & 28th  Saturday  - October 22nd

o   Pipe crew to install sanitary and water mains on Kennedy, west of Burt

o   Crew to install sanitary and water services on Burt

o   Blasting work on alley north of Kennedy, west of Burt

o   Ruotsala setting string for curb on Thursday.  Friday pour concrete curb on

§   Clemens/Southwest, Southwest up to Bundy.   

§  400 Blocks of Kennedy and Bundy

o   Northwoods Paving fine grading gravel on Brogan (east of Van Buskirk), continuing  north on First National and then on eastern blocks of Jessieville.

·        Week of October 31 through November 4th:    

o   Northwoods Paving grading gravel on Phase II areas Tuesday and Wednesday.  Paving binder layer later in the week.

o   Pipe crew to continue installing sewer and water main on Kennedy on Monday through Wednesday.  Later part of week - install sanitary sewer in alley north of Kennedy, west of Burt.

o   Crew to install storm sewer on Burt:  Monday - Thursday.

o   Crew to install services on Kennedy Thursday and Friday.

o   Ruotsala to continue Phase I and Phase II restoration work.

o   Alternative routes necessary due to work on South West, Burt, and Kennedy.


·        Week of November 7th through 11th, generally

o   Grading Burt Monday – Wednesday

o   Crew to install water and sewer services on Kennedy Monday and Tuesday.  Services on Stevens Wednesday

o   2nd half of week clean up Jessieville

Also, Wagner Construction personnel will be walking on private property in the Jessieville Area to determine where water service lines exit from homes, so they can set up the temporary water supply lines.Any questions should be directed to Mike Foley at Coleman Engineering Company, (906) 932-5048.

Greetings from the Porcupine Mountain State Park Folk School

The Folk School Committee will be having it's first annual retreat on Friday, November 11 at 3pm. The retreat will take place at a local residence and is in lieu of a monthly meeting that would have been held on the 8th. Please call Angie at 906-884-4886 if you are interested in attending or serving on the Folk School Committee.

Folk School Student Turns a Weekly Assignment Into a Published Piece of Work

Local resident and lifetime member of Friends of the Porkies, Karen Berg, signed up for a writing class that turned her into a published author. The class was offered at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Folk School and was taught by Henry Kisor, retired book editor for the Chicago Sun Times and author of several books.

One of the assignments was to write about Dan’s Cabin, the Artist-in-Residence cabin that was built by the Friends of the Porkies. Karen had been on the Cabin construction crew from beginning to end and was delighted when she received this assignment. She had taken numerous photos throughout the building and thought she had the perfect opportunity and motivation to organize her photos and tell the story of the cabin construction process.

Upon receiving the first few pages of the assignment, Henry said the story had the makings of a book. He recognized the value in having a record of the 4 ½ years the cabin was under construction.

As in all projects related to the Porkies, this book was completed out of love and dedication for the Porcupine Mountains and in memory of Dan Urbanski, an award-winning photographer of the Porkies. You can learn more about Dan Urbanski, Dan's Cabin or our Artist-in-Residence Program by visiting our website at www.porkies.org.

Interested in ordering Dan's Cabin?
A group order will be placed by November 14th. Orders will be coordinated by Karen Berg and you may reach her at 906-884-4340 or via e-mail at knberg@jamadots.com. Books will be $20 unless the order is less than 10.
You may also order the book directly from blurb.com., and it's $27.49.

Please consider giving it as a gift or donating to your local library.

We are now reaching out to people who might be interested in being an instructor for one of our future classes. If you are interested, please contact us with information about what you would like to teach and when you would be available to teach at the Folk School. The spring/summer schedule goes from May 1 - August 31, 2012 and September will start our fall/winter schedule.

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you as a future Folk School Instructor or student.

It has been an interesting year for the Folk School. We have a new committee with both seasoned and new members. We have been very fortunate in the support that we have received from the local community, newspapers, radio station and businesses advertising our schedule. If you are interested in being a part of the Folk School Committee, please contact us.We are just finishing up our winter class schedule and beginning to plan our spring-summer class schedule. We had a varied selection of classes including such classes as copper bowl making, Lake Superior Sand Soap Demonstration, Star Fairy with mixed media, birch bark basket making and more. To find out more about our classes, you can see our schedule and class descriptions at www.porkies.org under the folk school tab.

Please contact our Programs Administrator if further information is needed.
Angie Foley
Friends of the Porkies Programs Administrator
Folk School message phone #

Please forward to anyone you know who may be interested in the Porcupine Mountains Folk School or the Friends of the Porkies. www.porkies.org

©2011 Friends of the Porkies | Ontonagon, MI 49953

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International Folk Dancing in November and December

HANCOCK, MI – The Finlandia University Campus Enrichment committee will host Saturday evening International Folk Dancing and lessons in November and December.
The dances are on November 4, November 11, November 18, and December 2, 2011.
All dances are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the former cafeteria at Finlandia’s Mannerheim Hall on Franklin Street, Hancock.
The dances and lessons are free and open to the public.
For additional information, call 906-487-7375.

Suddenly Sami, Uncovering the Sami Connection, Is November 3

HANCOCK, MI – The Finlandia University Finnish American Heritage Center will present a program titled “Uncovering the Sámi Connection” on Thursday, November 3, 2011, starting at 6:00 p.m.
The short film, “Suddenly Saami,” will be shown. The film is about a Norwegian woman who learns as an adult that her family is ethnic Sámi.
Informal discussion will follow, led by Becky Hoekstra, James Kurtti, and Eileen Sundquist. Discussion topics will include the ways in which Sámi heritage is forgotten, even hidden, among Nordic and Nordic-American families, and how this heritage is being rediscovered and reclaimed today.
The use of gakti, Sámi traditional clothing, will be a key focus of this group. Community members are encouraged to share their own stories of becoming “suddenly Sami,” as well as their own gakti, photos, and other related items.
The event is free and open to the public. The Finnish American Heritage Center is located on the campus of Finlandia University at 435 Quincy St., Hancock.
For additional information, contact Hilary Virtanen, coordinator of events for the Finnish American Heritage Center, at 906-487-7505.

Runway Fashion Show Is November 17

HANCOCK, MI – The Finlandia University International School of Art & Design will present a Student and Alumnae Fashion Show Thursday, November 17, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., at the Finnish American Heritage Center.
The runway show will feature garments created by current students and alumnae of Finlandia’s Fiber and Fashion Design program.
For additional information, call Phyllis Fredendall, professor of fiber and fashion design, at 906-487-7376