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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nautical City Newsletter for November 2008


Morrell Memorial

The Great Lakes Freighter Daniel J. Morrell Roll Call Memorial will be conducted at 2:00 pm this Saturday, November 29, 2008 at the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum (GLLMM). The GLLMM is located at 367 N. Third Street, Rogers City, MI, 49779. You can learn more about the GLLMM and the Morrell by visiting the website at www.gllmm.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Smart Move--Select Michigan

Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Don Koivisto encouraged
consumers to "Select Michigan" products when preparing for Thanksgiving.

Many of the delicious foods traditionally served at Thanksgiving are produced here in
Michigan, Koivisto said. As the second most-diverse agricultural industry in the nation, Michigan enjoys numerous local commodities from turkey and pumpkins to cranberries and wine. Make your Thanksgiving a Michigan meal. Selecting Michigan-made and grown products helps ensure the freshness and nutritional value of your meal as these local products spend less time getting to the table.

We help keep dollars working in Michigan by selecting locally grown and made products, said Koivisto. In fact, if every Michigan family spent just $10 a week on locally grown foods, it would keep $37 million working right here in the state.

Here are some additional local goodies for your enjoyment: Michigan blueberries and peaches, purple Posen potatoes, Presque Isle apples, venision, and fresh fish.

All healthy for you too!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Light Up the City!

At 6:00 pm, Wednesday, November 26, 2008, please come out to Westminster Park and "Light Up the City!" This year promises to be the BEST EVER start of the Christmas season with RC's unique Optimist Club tree lighting of more than 150 specail Christmas trees all at once. Santa will be there and so will other special friends.

This year the Chamber of Commerce has made special arrangements to give away RC Home shopping dollars and refreshments at the Lighthouse Restaurant and many merchants will be open late.

A special treat--members of the Rogers City Band will play at both the Painted Lady Cafe and the Senior Center after the tree lighting ceremony.

Best of all 40 members of the Rogers City Band will provide a free concert at the Rogers City Theater, beginning at 8:00 pm.

So, if you want to get "in the mood" for the season, come on out and "Light Up the City."

Opportunities to Help

Some people recently asked me about opportunities in Rogers City to help others during the Holiday Season. Here is a list of reliable opportunities to be a help others:

  • Rogers City Area Senior Center Christmas Dinner, 4:30-6 pm, Dec 18, 2008. The holiday meal (with all the trimmings) is available to everyone. The Senior Center is graciously accepting support to make the Christmas Dinner special (989)-734-2958
  • Salvation Army does charitable work throughout the area; this time of year is the focus for donations to the Salvation Army. If you wish to help them, contact Terry Langlois at (989)-734-2958
  • Vietnam Veteran's "Toys for Tots" project. Contact (989)-734-9096
  • Westminister Presbyterian Church offers the "Presque Isle Food Pantry" Contributions may be mailed to P.O. Box 237, Rogers City, MI 49779; or canned goods may be dropped off at the Church, located at 125 W. Ontario, Rogers City, MI; or if you want to volunteer call Beth Getzinger at 734-2592.
  • The Girl Scouts have a food drive drop box at City Hall
  • The various Service Clubs (Optimist, Lions, Kiwanis, Zonta, etc) have charitable programs. Contact them directly as listed in the phone book

There may be other opportunities of which I am unaware. If you would like to have your project/contact information included here, please let me know.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bradley Commemorative Week

Wow! What a week. Rogers City has had a tremendous week, and its not over yet. Please check the link to the schedule of events on the home page of rogerscity.com for more Bradley Week events.

The 50th Bradley Bell Ringing Memorial Service was an excellent tribute to the sailors who "go down to the sea in ships."

The first Rogers City world film premier: "November Requiem"--outstanding!!!

The entire community came out to support and participate in these historic events and in the many other great artisitc and educational programs during the week.

For our entire community, this is a time of solemnity and celebration. This week's events demonstrate two timeless truths: there is no limit what passionate people can accomplish and the priceless value of our heritage. This week may well prove to be a true turning point in the history of Rogers City.

On behalf of all the residents of this community, thank you to the partnering organizations (Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum, Presque Isle County Historical Museum, and Presque Isle District Library) and to the many volunteers, sponsors, and artists who's dedication, creativity, and positive attitude made possible the Bradley Commemorative Week.

We all are very grateful!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rogers City Big Sky Attractions

Rogers City has many attractions, such as a delightful new snowfall. Here are more:

November 14-20 is the Leonid Meteor showers. Peak viewing is tonight. Watch up to 80 Meteor showers per hour.

In addition:
Tundra Swans appear
Water fowl migration peaks this month
Peak number of Sandhill Cranes at Michigan Sanctuaries
Beavers are very active in the evenings while caching a winter supply of food
Bald eagle migration peaks

Thanks to Cindy Vizinau for the information!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Michigan Oral History Association Conference

It is just the beginning....Marilou Ikens reflects on the hosting theMichigan Oral History Association (MOHA)Conference and Banquet:

"Over 125 people gathered for the Michigan Oral History Conference held over the week-end. Those attending came from as far as Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, and throughout the State of Michigan. The major highlight was certainly the gathering and recognition of WWII veterans from Presque Isle County! The evening was wonderful expression of gratitude to the men and women who served our country during WWII, with the keynoter Tom Wiener speaking about the National Veteran’s History Project. For many veterans—men and women—this was the first time that they had been recognized for their years of service! It was a long overdue honor for them!

The very special value of our hosting this conference has been the State Conference serving as a catalyst for many different projects that were held earlier and that are now being initiated here in Presque Isle County! The two weeks prior to the Conference students and teachers in our County schools studied and wrote from interviews conducted by them in each of our communities! Several of the Onaway students presented their writings at the Wooten session on Saturday afternoon.

With several people attending the Friday afternoon session on doing oral histories, we anticipate that many stories from throughout our communities will be recorded over the next few months! Multiple conversations are, also, being held about establishing a permanent repository somewhere in our county to preserve the stories of Presque Isle County veterans. Hopefully, we will see major ideas about this proposed project taking shape in the next few months!

We truly appreciate the programs and conversations that we expect will help us preserve and appreciate more the special contributions of so many citizens and veterans that live in our county! The value of the Michigan Oral History Conference goes far beyond the special two-day program that was held here!

The Huron Shores Humanities Council thanks the many, many contributors that helped make the Conference a wonderful success!"

The City of Rogers City adds its sincere thanks to all, especially Marilou Ikens, for making this successful event happen, and for planting many important seeds for the future!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Oral History Conference Coming to Rogers City

The Michigan Oral History Association MOHA Conference is here Nov 7-8, 2008.

Friday, Nov 7, 2008, at 1:00-4:30 pm, MOHA's confrence begins with a workshop: "Doing Oral History." At 6:30 pm is a banquet in honor of WWII veterans. You must pre-register for the banquet.

For a fee of $65 ($40 for students) you can take part in the great stories that shaped Michigan. Price includes including Friday's banquet, Saturday's continental breakfast and lunch. MOHA conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn about our history.

Contact me as soon as possible for registration information, or register at the door on Nov 8, at 9:00 am at the Water’s Edge. The Saturday program at Water’s Edge includes:

10-11:00 am: The Veterans History Project in Michigan

11:10-12:00 n: Marine History of Huron’s Men and Ships

12-1:00 pm: Lunch (included)

1:00-3:00 pm: Session A: Documenting Quilting Traditions: Sharing Stories and Stitches

1:00-2:00 pm: Session B: Oral History at the Walter P. Reuther Library and The Stories of Women Engineers

2:10-3:10 pm: In Their Own Words; Writing from Oral History by Terry Wooten

3:10-4:10 pm: Uncovering the Ethnic Heritage of the Huron Shore by Russell Magnaghi