Archives for March 2016

Tourny

Card sharks get ready…here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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VFW Post 2891 will host a 4-point smear tournament on tomorrow, to help support the VFW Post in Crystal Falls. The tournament will start at 1 p.m. at the VFW Post, located at 108 Superior Avenue. Registration for the two person teams is $20 per team. A total of seven games will be played. Sign-in is between noon and 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for a small charge, and 50/50 drawings will be held. For more info call 875-6454.

The Aging Unit of Iron County names a permanent manager

The Aging Unit of Iron County now has a permanent manager after the Iron County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday.

The board has given the nod to Mark Marczak, of Montreal, who currently works with the county’s department of human services as a childcare supervisor for the Northern Income Maintenance Consortium. He was chosen out of three candidates interviewed and has already accepted the position. This bring closure to the county’s search for a new manager.

Leslie Kolesar has been serving as interim executive director of the unit, having taken the position in December after Mary Kay Welch resigned. Kolesar stated she estimates the transition will take roughly a month.

Erickson AQward

Congratulations to City Manager Scott Erickson. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

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He’s being called a strong supporter of open communications between his office, the public and elected officials. Scott Erickson who has been Ironwood’s city manager for more than 10 years, was recently awarded the Sinclair award from the Michigan Municipal League. Which is a peer-nominated honor, in memory of Rogers City Council member Jim Sinclair. Sinclair has been called a tireless promoter of local government. Congratulations on your honor Mr. Erickson.

Bessemer Area School Board of Trustees says no to Ironwood Area School District.

Bessemer Area School Board of Trustees says no to Ironwood Area School District.

That vote by the Bessemer School Board on Monday to reject consolidation with the Ironwood Area School District followed the recommendation of an advisory committee. Todd Johnson, the committee’s co-chair, said Bessemer’s school district see no need to consolidate with Ironwood at this time. In January, Ironwood Superintendent Tim Kolesar sent a letter to Bessemer and proposed a meeting of representatives from both districts meet to discuss the possibility of consolidating. During Monday’s meeting, Johnson said the school district is strong and it has several great teachers and staff at both schools — A.D. Johnston School and Washington Elementary School.

DNR Meetings

The DNR is hosting Conversations & Coffee again this spring…here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

The DNR is reaching out to the public prior to the Spring 2016 fishing season, which begins April 1st. The meetings are meant to provide information to the public, as well as get the public’s feedback on current programs, and new ideas for the Michigan DNR. Topics include: local work plans, lake and stream surveys, fishing stocking programs, and sportfishing regulation change proposals. Other meetings in the U.P. this week will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gogebic Community College and tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. eastern at the Portage Lake District Library located at 58 Huron Street in Houghton.

Bessemer ASB rejects proposed consolidation with Ironwood ASB

Bessemer Area School Board of Trustees says no to Ironwood Area School District…More from Lin McDowell

((That vote by the Bessemer School Board on Monday to reject consolidation with the Ironwood Area School District followed the recommendation of an advisory committee. Todd Johnson, the committee’s co-chair, said Bessemer’s school district see no need to consolidate with Ironwood at this time. In January, Ironwood Superintendent Tim Kolesar sent a letter to Bessemer and proposed a meeting of representatives from both districts meet to discuss the possibility of consolidating. During Monday’s meeting, Johnson said the school district is strong and it has several great teachers and staff at both schools — A.D. Johnston School and Washington Elementary School. I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY news ))

YMCA Review

The board of directors for the YMCA of Marquette County has placed CEO, Lisa Coombs-Gerou on administrative leave. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the story…

According to a press release, the board is concerned over recent financial developments and want a more complete understanding of the operations at the YMCA. Y USA National, says it is common for the CEO to take a leave of absence during these reviews. There are no existing concerns of embezzlement or mishandling of finances by any YMCA of Marquette County staff.

Authorities continue search for missing disabled vet

Authorites continue their search for a disabled veteran from the L’Anse area who still missing after having disappeared a week ago. More from Lin McDowell…

33 year old Joseph Waisanen abruptly left his house on March 20 in his blue 1998 Chevy pickup truck. No one has seen nor heard from him since. Authorities report he has not contacted anyone , used the internet, nor has there been activity on his credit card or used a bank.

His mother says he had been having PTSD and manic depressive episodes before he left in his truck. She says that it’s all she can do to hope and hold together while the search for her son or even his truck continues.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY news

Authorities continue search for missing disabled vet

Authorites continue their search for a disabled veteran from the L’Anse area who still missing after having disappeared a week ago. More from Lin McDowell…

33 year old Joseph Waisanen abrubtly left his house on March 20 in his blue 1998 Chevy pickup truck. No one has seen nor heard from him since. Authorities report he has not contacted anyone , used the internet, nor has there been activity on his credit card or used a bank.

His mother says he had been having PTSD and manic depressive episodes before he left in his truck. She says that it’s all she can do to hope and hold together while the search for her son or even his truck continues.

I’m Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY news

Bridge Closures

Tests of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will take lace this week….here’s Lisa Rodman with the details…

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The testing that is scheduled for tomorrow through this coming Friday is part of ongoing maintenance work, and will require closing the bridge to traffic. Those closures will result in an estimated 10 to 15 minute delay for motorists. The $8.4 million project involves upgrades and preventive maintenance on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock. The project started in mid-December 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in mid-April.