Now’s the time to celebrate autumn in Michigan

Oct. 16, 2021 PLYMOUTH VOICE. Fall color is advancing as autumn secures its place in Michigan—the trees are about to light up with bright yellows, oranges and reds all across our state. For most of Michigan, peak color is still a few weeks away, but check out what each region has to offer in the coming weeks for a fall color get-away.
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Drink Like a Local: 5 Great Keweenaw Watering Holes

What is it about a little pub tucked away in some quiet place that’s just so darn appealing? Is it the friendly bartender, who’s likely the owner? Is it the history lining the walls – mining photos, dollar bills stuck to the ceiling, vintage local sports jerseys, Bosch brewing memorabilia… Or perhaps it’s the feeling of friendship and community and a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. We asked Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula online community where some of their favorite Keweenaw watering holes were, and they did not disappoint!
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Western U.P. sees more than 250 new COVID-19 cases

HOUGHTON — The Western Upper Peninsula has seen its highest seven-day case count since the Western U.P. Health Department resumed its weekly updates on Aug. 26, according to a release from the health department on Thursday. There were 273 new COVID-19 cases across the five-county area between Oct. 6 and...

The Hoaston House

Thomas H. Hoatson was the vice president of the Calumet and Arizona Mining Company that had successful mining operations in Arizona. He grew up the son of a miner in the Keweenaw and chose to live there with his family. In 1907, he built this magnificent house in Laurium as a surprise for his wife and children. It is one of the largest houses built in the Upper Peninsula with 45 rooms. His family lived in the house until his death in 1927 and then it changed owners a few times until it was turned into a funeral home in the 1940s. In 1979 the owner of the funeral home Maynerd Hurlbut Killed his wife and grandson before killing himself. The home sat vacant for several years but was restored in the 1990s and converted into a bed and breakfast called the Laurium Manor.

Local Sheriffs and the Portage Health Foundation Bring in Life Saving Program

Through tragedy comes hope. The Portage Health Foundation, sheriff’s departments in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, and Superior Search and Rescue are implementing Project Lifesaver. After a search and rescue in Ontonagon County in April, Detective Lieutenant Charles Kline from the Houghton County Sheriff’s office began looking into programs to help families with cognitively impaired loved ones. Kline said as father of a child with Down’s syndrome he felt it was his duty to look for a way to make search and rescues more efficient.

Day in the Lower Keweenaw

Each “round” or month in Marquette, I like to take at least one… day or weekend trip. So during MQT XI, I headed over to the Keweenaw for a quick day trip… and to check off two lighthouses from my list I hadn’t seen before! I hadn’t yet been to this part of the Keweenaw, so I was excited to explore. It’s the lower part of the eastern side of the Keweenaw. You still have to cross over the Portage Canal Lift Bridge (the only way to get to the Kee) but then you have to make your way around Portage Lake and back south down to White City/Jacobsville. I had a few ideas of things to do other than lighthouses, but a lot of these trips, I like to just… explore the area and see what’s around. Read on for my day and the things I discovered to do!
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Local departments launch Project Lifesaver through PHF grant

HANCOCK — Local sheriff’s departments are partnering on a project to ensure at-risk people with cognitive impairments who wander from home can be easily located. Representatives from Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties’ sheriff’s departments announced participation in Project Lifesaver, a program that provides radio frequency transmitters to be worn by people prone to wandering. It was created by its parent company, a non-profit based in Virginia. More than 3,800 people have been rescued through the program, according to Project Lifesaver’s website.
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Non-profits invited to apply for PHF’s Giving Tuesday match for 2021

Applications are being accepted by Portage Health Foundation for non-profit organizations interested in partnering with the foundation’s annual Giving Tuesday campaign, where PHF matches donations that come in on Giving Tuesday. Over the past three years this program has raised more than $1 million for non-profit organizations in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Keweenaw by NWS

Effective: 2021-10-10 22:23:00 EDT Expires: 2021-10-10 23:00:00 EDT Urgency: Immediate Severity: Severe Certainty: Observed Instruction: For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. Target Area: Keweenaw A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT FOR KEWEENAW COUNTY At 1022 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Isle Royale near Mount Desor, or near Siskiwit Lake, moving northeast at 30 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include Siskiwit Lake, and much of Isle Royale. HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED MAX WIND GUST...60 MPH

Special Weather Statement issued for Houghton, Keweenaw by NWS

Effective: 2021-10-08 22:55:00 EDT Expires: 2021-10-09 05:00:00 EDT Urgency: Expected Severity: Minor Certainty: Observed Target Area: Houghton; Keweenaw PATCHY DENSE FOG OVERNIGHT Over higher terrain, fog will be locally dense overnight, reducing visibility to one quarter mile or less at times. Motorists can expect visibility to vary considerably over short distances. The fog will dissipate Saturday morning. When driving in fog, be sure to slow down, use your low-beam headlights, and keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.

The Phoenix Church

If you like this post click on the buttons to share with your friends. On M-41 between Calumet and Copper Harbor stands the Church of the Assumption. It was in the heart of the mining town of Phoenix. The Phoenix Copper Mining Company created one of the first copper mines here, and the town was named after the company. The Church is maintained by the Keweenaw County Historical Society and is open to the public. You can walk into the vestibule (I think that’s what it’s called) and see the inside of the church through a plexiglass wall. It’s a nice little stop while you are out exploring the Keweenaw and yes it still has an ornate altar and wooden pews.
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Hopes High As Michigan Tech Unveils New Traverse City Hub

Renewable energy projects, freshwater research, autonomous vehicle testing, a pipeline of technology-oriented college graduates, and an increase in the number of four-year degrees available locally: just some of the results Jay Meldrum hopes will come from a brand new research center at Michigan Tech University (MTU) in Traverse City. To...

Special Weather Statement issued for Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Keweenaw, Luce, Menominee by NWS

Effective: 2021-10-03 19:41:00 EDT Expires: 2021-10-04 09:00:00 EDT Urgency: Expected Severity: Minor Certainty: Observed Target Area: Alger; Delta; Dickinson; Houghton; Keweenaw; Luce; Menominee; Northern Schoolcraft; Southern Schoolcraft AREAS OF DENSE FOG OVERNIGHT Widespread fog, with pockets of dense fog, will persist through the overnight hours across Upper Michigan. Visibilities will have the potential to rapidly drop to a quarter mile or less, especially in higher terrain. Motorists should be aware of the hazardous driving conditions and slow down, leave plenty of distance, and use low-beam headlights.

Fulbright Scholar Samuli Korkalainen joins Finlandia Fridays

Visiting from Finland and hosted by Finlandia’s Finnish & Nordic Studies program, Doctor of Music Samuli Korkalainen joins Finlandia Fridays this week to talk about his experience in the Keweenaw and the reasoning for his visit to the Upper Peninsula. Known by most as Samppa, Korkalainen was visiting the university as a post-doctoral Fulbright Scholar while conducting research at the Finnish American Archives. What brings Korkalainen all the way toinlandia? Spiritual music in Finnish American communities from the 1860’s to the 1920’s.