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Plaidurday will be celebrated Oct. 2

The worldwide celebration of plaid, Plaidurday, is taking place next week, October 2, on the first Friday of October.
It may seem like the perfect holiday to celebrate in the U.P., and it's not a coincidence that it was started by U.P. native Justin "Bugsy" Sailor, when living in Lansing.
"The part-ginger, full-Yooper, plaid-wearing man was destined to create the greatest holiday that ever existed. Plaidurday: The Worldwide Celebration of Plaid," the Plaidurday website reads. "This day would bring together all the wonderful plaid-wearing people of the world. The inaugural celebration took place on October 7, 2011. And forevermore the first Friday of October will be dedicated to plaid."
Celebrations suggested on the Plaidurday website include, of course, wearing plaid, tagging your photos and tweets with the tag #Plaidurday, hugging people who are wearing plaid, donating old clothing to those in need, giving plaid-related gifts, encouraging those who are not wearing plaid to try wearing plaid, handing out homemade Plaidurday cards, host a Plaidurday get-together or bar outing, bring plaid-decorated goodies to work, and, of course, most of all, looking good and spreading happiness in plaid.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Plaidurday


Finlandia University hires administrative assistant

A new hire on Finlandia University's campus means a return to her alma mater for a recent graduate.
The private university in Hancock announced it has hired Aggie Pietila, a 2012 Finlandia grad, as the new administrative assistant for the Suomi College of Arts and Sciences at the school. She was at her desk in time to welcome in the new school year.
Pietila graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and a minor in Christian vocation. She also has worked at Copper Country Family Dentistry.
"I am enjoying being back on Finlandia's campus, and seeing familiar faces as well as meeting new ones," Pietila says of her new role. "The Finlandia community brings a sense of belonging to campus, and assists in helping students find their purpose. I know Finlandia helped me find mine, and I only hope to do the same for others."
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Finlandia University

Dickinson County Health System hires new internist

Jennifer Hwang, D.O., has joined the staff of the Dickinson County Healthcare System.
Hwang will start seeing patients at her new internal medicine practice, called Dickinson Health Partners - Internal Medicine, as of Sept. 8. It's located in Suite 115 of the Dickinson Medical Building, at 1711 S. Stephenson Avenue in Iron Mountain.
She earned her bachelor's degree in microbiology at Xavier University in Louisiana, and then attended the University of Michigan School of Public Health before entering medical school at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her medical degree there in 2009, and went on to complete a three-year residency in internal medicine at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills.
Hwang offers primary care for adults, management of chronic illness and disease, promotion of health and wellness, disease prevention, diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems.
"I chose the field of medicine because I like to really connect with people and to help them understand their health. Medicine is all about communication with the patient," she says. "I believe in talking with my patients--not at them--because it is in that exchange where we can break down barriers. When trust is established between doctor and patient, the patient always does better."
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Dickinson County Healthcare System

Sault Tribe chair named to national council

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians chairperson Aaron Payment has been named to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education.
Appointed by President Obama to the council, Payment will serve as an advocate for education.
"In my role, I will advise the Secretary of Education on Title VII Indian Education funding in the public schools, Johnson O'Malley funding at the tribal level, Impact Aid funding and other Indian educational issues," says Payment in a statement released by Northern Michigan University, where Payment is an alumnus and current graduate student.
He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in public administration from NMU, and currently is pursuing a master's degree in educational administration with an American Indian emphasis, and an education specialist degree, both from NMU.
Payment also is working on a doctorate from Central Michigan University, with a dissertation looking at Native American educational outcomes at the college level. He has served on the board of the J.K. L. Bahweting Anishnabe Public School Academy, a charter school of Northern's in Sault Ste. Marie, from 1998-2003, serving as president for three years, and also was a dean's assistant in the Dean of Students' Office and the minority retention coordinator at NMU from 1989 to 1990.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Northern Michigan University

ER physician joins UP Health - Portage

UP Health System - Portage has a new emergency department physician on board.
Dr. Tara Robinette, originally from Swartz Creek, Michigan, joined the Hancock hospital's emergency department this month and began seeing patients. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and earned her medical degree at Michigan State University in 2011.
Since then, she has also completed a residency at the University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy emergency medicine program, which included some work at Portage previously.
"I have completed rotations in the ED here at Portage during my residency and know that it is a great place to work," Robinette says. "I enjoy the ED because you make a quick difference in a patient's life and work in a fast-paced environment."
She was already familiar with the area, having earned her undergraduate degree in biology and pre-medicine from Michigan Technological University in 2007.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: UP Health System - Portage

Lake Superior Community Partnership hires two

Two new employees are helping push the Lake Superior Community Partnership forward with its economic development mission.
The partnership hired Mary VanTillburg as its economic development liaison, and Haley Thomas as an administrative and economic development assistant.
VanTillburg, from Alanson, Michigan, graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in business management, and most recently has been a resource coordinator for Tiffany Alley Global Reporting and Video in Atlanta. As economic development liaison, she'll be responsible for site location services, government relations, and assisting businesses and start-ups.
Thomas, a Negaunee native, will be graduating from NMU in 2016 with an economics degree. In her new role, she'll assist the LSCP CEO and staff, work with committees and boards, help with accounting duties, and greet and assist partners and clients at the LSCP offices.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Rollo joins management at Stephenson National Bank and Trust

Stephenson National Bank and Trust announced a new addition to its senior management team.
Elisa Rollo, VP of deposit operation, recently was added to the team, and is responsible for overseeing the internal deposit operations, call center and e-banking services offered by Stephenson National Bank.
Rollo has more than 15 years of banking and finance experience. She attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a communications major, earned a banking and finance diploma from the American Bankers Association, and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She also has studied insurance, tax law and retirement investments, has a Wisconsin health and life insurance license, and has held licenses to sell mutual funds and other bank products.
"Elisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the senior management team," says Jeff Myster, senior VP of retail banking. "She demonstrates exceptional commitment to our customers and the organization, which contributes to our overall success."
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Stephenson National Bank and Trust

Lakewood Family Medicine welcomes new doctor

Lakewood Family Medicine in Harvey announced the addition of a new doctor, Dr. Chris Dehlin.
Dehlin, a board-certified family practice physician, started seeing patients at Lakewood July 13. He's a 2007 graduate of the MSU College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency with Marquette Family Medicine in 2010 and has worked for the past five years at Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center in Gwinn and Sawyer.
He joins Jennifer Dehlin, MD,  Mary Tobin-Anderson, MD, and Carey Hendrickson, PA, at the Lakewood practice. He also is the chief medical information officer for UP Health System-Marquette and will continue to serve in that role.
Dehlin is a Gladstone native. He'll conduct office hours at Lakewood three days a week and is currently accepting new patients.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: UP Health System

New VP/general manager to take over WJMN

One of our local television stations is under new management. Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced they have promoted Michael Smith to the role of vice president and general manager of WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV, which also runs the website upmatters.com.

Smith replaces Joseph Denk, who was promoted and now runs the operations for Nexstar in their Tennessee markets of Memphis and Jackson.

Smith brings with him nearly three decades of experience in local broadcast television and sales management. He has spent the past 15 years in Green Bay with WFRV-TV and has been the general manager of that station since 2013. He has also een the national sales manager for WFRV and WJMN since 2000. Prior to his time with Nexstar, Smith was with WGBA and WACY in Green Bay for 12 years.

Smith also has a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Writer: SamEggleston
Source: Nexstar Broadcasting Group


Marquette orphanage seeks to be listed on historic register

Could the old orphanage in Marquette land itself on the National Register of Historic Places? It's quite possible since it was recently included as one of three Michigan historic sites to be nominated for the distinction, along with Swayze Apartments in Flint and Blissfield Downtown Historic District in none other than Blissfield.

The Holy Family Orphanage (it does have a name!) is over 100 years old. It was built in 1914-1915 following a 10-year fundraising campaign. In the 1960s, it housed Cuban children  brought to America during the early years of Fidel Castro's leadership in Cuba during "Operation Peter Pan."

"This is quite an achievement for the Holy Family Orphanage and for the entire Marquette community," says state senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba. "Having served the western U.P. for more than 50 years, the orphanage is deserving of this prestigious distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With this development, I am hopeful that the building can be rehabilitated and put to good use soon."

Being on the National Register would allow the property to possibly apply for tax credits for its current owner for rehabilitation. 

Michigan has more than 1,600 listings in the National Register of Historic Places, including some 250 districts comprising more than 20,000 properties.

Historic sites are nominated to the national register by the State Historic Preservation Review Board, which considers nominations to the register three times per year. On behalf of the review board, the State Historic Preservation Office forwards nominations to the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior, which acts as keeper of the National Register, for listing. 

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: MSHDA

Calumet curling club pursues MEDC grant through crowdfunding

The Copper Country Curling Club in Calumet is going after a grant to redevelop a historic site into a year-round community and curling center.
They're aiming for a Michigan Economic Development grant of $32,000, but to do so, they need to raise a matching $32,000 and are using Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity to do so--that means they're seeking donations to meet their goal, here. So far, they've raised more than $8,000, and the campaign runs until mid-July.
It's part of the MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative, which funds programs and groups that have enough proven community funding support through this crowdfunding platform.
The curling club will use the money, if received, to redevelop the Drill Shop in Calumet Township. It was built in 1885 to manufacture drilling equipment for the nearby copper mines, and closed in 1968. It's owned by Calumet Township currently, and some work has already been done by the township and curling club, as in 2005, two curling rinks were installed in part of the building for use during winter months.
The grant would allow completion of the building's transformation into usable space, including handicap accessibility upgrades, a hockey shooting and goal tending area, a batting and pitching area, and two regulation horseshoe courts along with the existing curling rinks.
"We are very excited about this project which will create a year round indoor space for several popular activities while restoring a historic building," says Paul Lehto, Calumet Township Supervisor.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Marquette County Community Foundation has new name, new location

The Marquette County Community Foundation is changing its name and moving to a new office.
Now to be found at 250 North McClellan Avenue, Suite B, in Marquette, the foundation is hosting an open house June 17 to mark the new location and occasion.
The new name will be the Community Foundation of Marquette County, to put the emphasis on the "community" part of the name.
Gail Anthony, CEO of the foundation, says that's to help area residents understand the mission and nature of the group.
"We want to be recognized as the grass roots organization we truly are," says Anthony. "Local donor gifts invested over time create the earnings to reinvest in the form of grants and scholarships for the benefit of Marquette County residents."  
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Marquette County Community Foundation

New Gather app launched by MTU alums

Two Michigan Technological University alumni are launching the beta version of a new social media app here in the U.P.
As members of the Keweenaw Young Professionals organization, MTU alums Jacob Northey and Craig Otis are launching their new app, Gather, in conjunction with KYP.
A launch party took place this week at Continental Fire Co. in Houghton to celebrate the event, as KYP members got familiar with the beta-testing version of the app.
Gather is available to the public to download on the App Store or Google Play for Apple and Android devices.
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Keweenaw Young Professionals

Michigan Tech names new dean

Michigan Technological University named a new dean in their college of engineering, Adrienne Minerick.
Minerick is a current professor of chemical engineering and also teaches biomedical engineering courses. She will serve as the college's associate dean for research and innovation.
The position consists of coordinating faculty and staff engagement on research projects and connecting with agencies which provide funding for research, whether short- or long-term. It was created after the retirement of former dean for research Carl Anderson, but the role is now expanded to push toward also supporting projects through economic and social development goals including commercialization.
"Adrienne is one of our leading researchers, working in the constantly-expanding areas of health science and engineering," says dean of the college, Wayne Pennington. "But she has also successfully created a start-up company based on some of her research, and the interaction of that company with the university, the SmartZone, Superior Innovations and other groups engaged in economic development, provides valuable experience that she can use to assist others to do the same."
Minerick has been at Michigan Tech since 2009, was recently promoted to professor, and has received many awards including an NSF Career Award.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Michigan Technological University

UP DNR office appoints new spokesman

A longtime Marquette journalist has been hired on as a new deputy public information officer for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
John Pepin comes to his new role with the DNR from the Mining Journal in Marquette, where he was a reporter for 21 years, covering topics including government, natural resources, forests, agriculture and tourism. His articles have also appeared in magazines such as the Timber Producer, Michigan Out-of-Doors and Bird Watcher's Digest.
His other interests coincide well with the new job; they include fishing, birdwatching, photography and hiking. A dedicated birdwatcher, he also has taught birding through several groups in Michigan and California.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Northridge. 
Pepin, an Ishpeming native, will be working from the DNR's Marquette office.
"We are thrilled to have John on board, helping to shape and tell the important stories about our state’s unmatched natural and cultural resources," says DNR Director Keith Creagh. 
Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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