Gwinn, Michigan - PAGE 13
Yoopers In The Spotlight
Cover Story - PAGE- 4
BEAUTIFUL NEW LIBRARY- PAGES - 14 & 15
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ATM Service Guide
DO YOU KNOW A CHILD WHO
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dwarfism, hearing loss, limb loss, low
vision, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, speech/language deficits, and traumatic brain
injury. Children with obesity may also
be eligible. A child does not have to
be enrolled in special education or
currently be receiving therapy services in the community to be eligible
for Bay Cliff.
“Our goal is to provide information
about the Bay Cliff opportunity to
every family in the Upper Peninsula
who has a child with a physical
impairment,” stated Tim Bennett,
Anyone is welcome to call Bay Cliff
anytime, at (906) 345- 9314, for more
For more information, contact Christy
Osborn, Therapy Coordinator, Bay Cliff
Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI
49808, (906) 345-9314
We will pick up your
garbage! Cost is $2.25
per 30-gallon bag.
Pick up your bags at
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Bay Cliff Health Camp is gearing up for
summer, and their camper referral
process is in full swing!
Every summer approximately 170 children, ages 3 to 17, come to Bay Cliff
for seven weeks of therapy, activities,
friendships & fun; preschoolers attend
for 3 ½ weeks. Through many experiences, campers learn new skills and
work towards goals, that they themselves help develop, to help lead a
fuller and more independent life.
Bay Cliff is the only program of its kind
in the United States and priority for
enrollment goes to the kids of the
Upper Peninsula! Every U.P. county is
represented. In fact, over 10,000 children from throughout the U.P. have
attended Bay Cliff since it started in
Bay Cliff campers have physical conditions that include arthrogryposis,
burns, cerebral palsy, cleft palate,
CROSSROADS MINI-MART has a ATM Machine in their Station and Deli
located at corner of M-553 and County Road #480
FIRST MERIT BANK has an ATM Machine located in side Drive through
area of Branch facility in New Swanzy on Highway M-35.
HONOR CREDIT UNION an ATM Machine On site at 145 East M-35
New Swanzy location.
KOUNTRY KORNER has a ATM Machine at their Gas Station and Deli
located at corner of M-553 and M-35.
MODEL TOWN EXPRESS has an ATM Machine at their Gas Station located
at 124 East M-35 next to the Gwinn High School.
SAWYER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PASSENGER TERMINAL
has an ATM Machine on site.
WELLS FARGO BANK - ATM on Site Pine Street, downtown Gwinn.
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Thank You Mrs. Gwinn!
By James K. Larsen II
When Jill Paris couldn’t get the loan she so badly needed to buy Grace’s Beauty Shop
in Gwinn, she decided to try the Gwinn State Savings Bank (now Wells Fargo). Loan officer Jeanette Maki happened to be the one Jill spoke with and was very familiar with the
business. Where other bankers saw only a young, single women without ownership
experience, Jeanette noticed something different. Jeanette quickly realized this driven
women would do more than just survive if just given the opportunity.
Twenty plus years later, she was right as Jill still makes her living as owner of Shear
Perfection in Gwinn. “She was always looking out for my best interest…encouraging me
and helping,” said Jill. “She even became a customer. She personally supports all the
local businesses as much as possible and is always positive about every area business.”
Longtime board member and staunch community advocate Mike Prokopowicz took it a
step further. “The side of Jeanette Maki people don’t see often is just how much business development she has been involved with through the last few decades. She’d just
tear into it. She would send packets, provide information on the area and show the community was interested in you. She was the economic development person for the area.”
Mike and his wife Dr. Catherine Kroll arrived in Gwinn in 1984 before there was a business association. Jeanette was one of the leaders of what is now the Gwinn-Sawyer
Area Chamber of Commerce. After meeting a few times as a small group, they put
together a rudimentary 8.5 by 11 inch sheet with ads on it. This was the forerunner to
what is now the Gwinn Quarterly. “Jeanette always stuck with it and supported the
board, even if she didn’t always agree on everything. Through the entire time frame, we
had a lot of really good people who have held offices and positions of leadership.
However, the backbone that whole time was Jeanette Maki. Bottom line is that the
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chamber wouldn’t have existed if it wasn’t for Jeanette. She did all the stuff that needed
to be done,” explained Mike. “She has this tenacity and won’t let go until the job is done.
Her stick-to-it-ness is what got things done.”
I certainly echo those same sentiments as I’ve had the pleasure of working with
Jeanette in several roles starting as a Mining Journal Marketing Executive in charge of
the 2008 Gwinn Centennial publication. After that, we teamed up together on the Gwinn
Quarterly and other area promotions. I’ve found Jeanette to be a top notch person who is
not just an exceptional advocate for area businesses, but a champion for the area in its
Jill Paris underscored this by saying, “It was always for the community and never for
herself. She only said one line when pressed to speak at the Gwinn Clock Tower dedication. She didn’t want credit, but the clock tower wouldn’t have happened without her.”
As Jeanette retires as Volunteer Director of the Gwinn Sawyer Area Chamber of
Commerce at year end 2014, we offer our collective thanks and appreciation for her many
years of dedicated service. While her loss as Director of the Chamber is profound, the
Chamber is not dissolving but going into a dormant status for the time being. She still
remains on the Chamber Executive Board as President and during her retirement,
Jeanette will still be spearheading the Gwinn Quarterly publication.
I will close by sharing a conversation I had with Gail Anthony, Chief Operating Officer of
the Marquette County Community Foundation. In conveying my astonishment over
Jeanette’s dedication in spite of the unpaid nature of the chamber presidency, I
exclaimed, “I can’t believe she would do all that for nothing.”
Gail was spot on as she quickly answered back, “No, James. She didn’t do all that for
nothing. She did it for her community.”
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A New Library!
On-lookers drove by, almost every day. Others
walked up and peered in the windows. On those
days when temperatures rise above 20 degrees,
warm by Yooper standards and a day to “get out”, a
steady stream of people steer their trucks and saltsplattered cars, fenders caked with ice, by the new
library to glance at the construction site.
The library shelves donated by Ferris State
University, holds more books, a conference table
and furniture donated by Wells Fargo Gwinn Office is
providing a pleasant atmosphere for employees,
patrons and visitors. The children’s area is brightly
painted with comfortable furnishings for story time.
A community room is to be used for small meetings.
Our librarians have a bigger circulation desk, larger
work areas, and the Library Director actually has an
office with a door.
It is an exciting period for Gwinn and Forsyth
Township to see that library services will be expanded and citizens will have more room to use computers, research, study and read. The Library is more
than doubling in size, from 1800 to 4200 square feet.
Brought about by significant donations from Dr.
Robert Goodman and Cliffs/Eagle Mine Community
Fund, plus generous people and businesses of the
community, this project has been guided for years by
the Forsyth Township Library Trustees, and Donna
Adams, President. The site for the new library was
chosen when Township Trustees transferred ownership of the old Assessor’s Building to the Library
“People come into the library every day to ask how
they might help,” said Pam Withrow, Library
Director. “There are lots of ways.” Volunteers are
selling book bags made of recycled denim. “The
book bags are a big hit!”
A Spaghetti Supper was held February 21 at the
VFW Hall which was very successful. Proceeds
from the dinner will go toward furnishings.
The new library is a huge success for the combined efforts of citizens, elected officials, and businesses. While the project is nearing completion,
volunteers continue to raise money for furnishings
and interior cabinetry.
“The best time
to plant a tree is
20 years ago.
The second best
time is now.
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Gwinn Lions Fun Daze Event on Schedule
The Gwinn Area Fun Daze previously managed by
the Gwinn Area Chamber of Commerce has new
life. In 2014 the Gwinn Area Chamber announced
that the organization will no longer conduct the
Fun Daze parade and park event in Gwinn. After
discussion and consideration by several groups,
the Gwinn Lions Club has stepped forward and
will assume the park event on July 25, 2015.
In previous years, the Lions club has also hosted
a popular classic car show at the Gwinn High
School Grounds. “Adding the Park side of the
Fun Daze was a natural extension to the Classic
Car Show” said Bill Rowe Jr., president of the
Gwinn Lions. “We recognized that in order for us
to be able to have a quality event, we needed
more volunteers and enough individuals have
stepped forward from both the club and community to make it possible for us to manage both
The park event features a numerous vendors
from local crafters to local organizations that
offer a variety of food booths, games for young
and old and crafters with many unique goods for
sale. “Fun Daze in the park has long been a nice
break in the middle of summer that many of our
community youngsters enjoyed,” said Rowe.
“Between the car show which has grown each
year and the games foods and crafts in the park,
it makes for a real community celebration. To us,
that is a big part of what our service club is
The Classic Car show in recent years has had
quite a turn out of vehicles on display. In recent
years classic tractors an even a chain saw display were featured as well. Entrants do not have
to pay a fee as all vehicles are sponsored by local
businesses and individuals. Prizes are awarded
based on a “peoples choice” voting that takes
place that day.
In the park, in addition to the vendors, there will
be live music provided by local music talents.
Dale Vincent, a club member and owner of the
Gwinn Furniture Outlet will sponsor and arrange
for music to entertain those who are in the park.
Park event planners also anticipate that many of
the traditional food vendors will once again be in
the park offering a wide variety of treats from
burger, brats and pizza to elephant ears.
To secure a space in the park, contact the Gwinn
Lions by going to their facebook page or emailing
them at [email protected] Forms for
park spaces may also be dropped off at the
Gwinn Furniture Outlet at Hwy M-35 or by mail to
Fun Daze Event P.O. Box 1326, Gwinn, MI 49841.
Application forms and payment can also be
mailed direct to Gwinn Lions Fun Daze, P.O. Box
1326, Gwinn, MI. 49841.
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Scout Earns High Award
Jacob Brinker, 15, of Boy Scout
Troop 333 in Gwinn, recently completed his Eagle Scout Board of
Review on February 23, 2015.
To earn Scoutings highest award,
Jacob had to earn 21 merit badges,
serve as a leader in his troop and
complete a major community service project.
Jacob's project was to improve
and extend a 1.5 mile trail at the
Farquar-Metsa Tourist Park in
Gwinn. To complete the project,
Jacob lead a group of volunteers to
clear brush, clean trash, build
bridges and mark the trail. Jacob
also added a picnic table along the
trail. This trail is being well used by
the community for hiking and snowshoeing.
Jacob is a sophomore at Gwinn High School. He is
the son of Mike and Karen Brinker and the grandson of
Judy Green of Gwinn. Jacob will receive his Eagle
Award at a special ceremony on May 2, 2015. This
ceremony will be held at the Gwinn V.F.W. at 2:00PM.
Pictured is Jacob with the members of his
Eagle Board of Review: Mike Beltz District
Eagle Coordinator, Avis Ketola, Jacob Brinker,
Julie Shaw, Barb Dupras, and Reggie Krueger.
The Rock Lions ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT breakfast
buffet takes place each THIRD SUNDAY of the
month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rock Lions
Club on M-35 in the village of Rock located in
northwest Delta County. The breakfast buffet
includes eggs prepared to order and omelets,
bacon, sausage, ham, fried potatoes, biscuits
and sausage gravy, pancakes, French toast,
English muffins, cereal, a variety of fruits, lots
of dessert items, and coffee, tea, milk and
juice. Adults $8, ages 6 – 12, $5, ages 5 and
under eat free. The Rock Lions Club is a nonprofit service organization that provides funding for charitable organizations and local
needs. Contact: Joan Kitiuk ..Rock Lions ..
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GWINN SCHOOLS ANNOUNCES
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
The Gwinn Area Community Schools
recently announced the recipients of
the District’s $1,500 Excellence in
Education scholarships for the top 5%
of the graduating class of 2015.
Congratulations to Michael Willig, Ellie
Olsen, Erin Reetz, and Thomas
Excellence in Education week is a
cooperative program supported by a
unique partnership between the
school and business community.
During EEW the Gwinn School District,
in conjunction with local businesses,
celebrate the success of approximately 60 high school students who have
demonstrated academic excellence
during the school year. These students (and selected teachers) participate in educational tours of community businesses and industries and are
also honored at a special breakfast
and luncheon hosted by EEW partners. In addition, the top five percent
of the senior class receives a $1,500
scholarship, which is presented at a
dessert reception sponsored by the
Great Lakes Center for Youth
The main purpose of EEW is to celebrate the success of students and
teachers and to recognize the important role the school district plays in
the Gwinn/Sawyer community.
Excellence in Education Week also
recognizes the efforts made by the
business community to partner with
the school district and encourages
community support of that partnership.
This year’s Excellence in Education
Week activities are scheduled for
April 27-May 1, 2015. Gwinn’s local
day of excellence took place on
Thursday, April 30, 2015.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Mr.Dru S. Milliron, Superintendent; Thomas Schmeltzer;
Erin Reetz; Michael Willig; and Ellie Olsen.
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What is a Community Fund?
A Community Fund is a means for individuals and groups to endow (Permanently
set aside) funds to be invested by the Foundation. At some point the return on the
funds are sufficient to make grants from the returns. The basic fund remains forever so that grants can be made year after year in the community.
The Gwinn Area Community Fund has Four (4) active Funds:
The Gwinn Unrestricted Fund
The Gwinn Area Community Schools Alumni Fund
The William and Mildred Andrews Fund
The Excellence in Education and Brian J. Watson Fund
The more these funds grow in principal by community donations each year the
greater the amount of Grants that can be awarded in the community.
Over the past years here are some of the grants we have given out in our community:
Girl Scouts Little League KI Community Center
Forsyth Merry Mixers
Forsyth Township Park Wireless PA System
Forsyth Twp. Fire Dept
Clock Tower Restoration Project
Excellence in Education Awards Day annually
The purpose of the Board Members of the Gwinn Area Community Fund is to
oversee the management of the above four (4 ) funds and the awarding of the
grants annually each Spring from applications received.
Detailed information can be obtained at
www.marquettecountycommunityfund.org website about our Fund.
If interested in becoming a Board Member contact Jeanette Maki at 360-9187.
Gwinn Quarterly - Spring/Summer 2015 – Page 9
Forsyth Township Blight Elimination Ordinance
In September 2014, the Forsyth Township Board adopted the Blight Elimination Ordinance which repealed the Miscellaneous
Debris Ordinance and Dilapidated Building Ordinance.
Conditions of blight are defined as, but are not limited to:
• The storage or accumulation of any miscellaneous debris outside of a completely enclosed area.
• The existence of any dilapidated building upon any property.
• The storage of building materials outside of a completely enclosed area for a period in excess of thirty (30) days.
• The accumulation of grass or brush exceeding six (6) inches in height in residential and commercial areas and ten (10) inches in height in industrial areas.
• Vehicles outside of a fully enclosed building, that are not duly licensed and operable with all main component parts attached,
• Two vehicles that are temporarily inoperable, but not dismantled can remain upon private property for no more than 30 days.
• One stock car or plow truck, if no building is available where it could be stored.
• One unlicensed, inoperable motor vehicle if under restoration as a hobby
• One vehicle that is in operable condition with a “For Sale” sign displayed for no more than 30 days on the same property.
• Vehicles being used for agricultural practices.
The above information is only a summary of the Blight Elimination Ordinance. The full ordinance and complaint forms can be
found at www.forsythtwpmi.org or at the Assessing & Zoning Office.
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June 2 – September 1
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yoopers in the spotlight
By Jim Duke and
scape architecture at the University of owned
Michigan Snowmobiler Magazine
Wisconsin-Madison, who spearheaded and per- relaxation is the
Nestled almost in the center of Forsyth sonally conducted the nomination process. Dr. major name of the
Township is the Town of Gwinn, built in the early Alanen said, in part, that Gwinn is significant in game. The town
1900's by William F. Mather who was at the time, America's industrial history. It is also significant and a large
President of the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company as a prime example of how CCI provided for it's majority of the
and who intended the town be an industrial com- workers and of importance to planners for design lakes are surmunity. So to that end, he sought out and of other industrial communities in the United rounded
employed the services of Warren Manning, a States.
woods, prime for
Gwinn's Welcome Sign,
renowned Boston, Massachusetts landscaper to
Some twenty-two years after the submission of peaceful walks or
the beginning of a
design and layout the pattern. The town was the petition, the Michigan State Historic more aggressive
named for Mather's Mother, Elizabeth Lucy Preservation Office announced that the town of hikes, or for bikGwinn who was the driving force behind it being Gwinn, Forsyth Township, Marquette County, in ing. During the official seasons, hunting the surbuilt in the first place, Once its establishment was Michigan's Upper Peninsula was listed in the rounding lands can produce many successful
completed, The Mather/Manning concept National Register of Historic Places. The official trophies. During the warmer months of summer,
became a model that other community planners designation was made in June of 2002 under the there are the uncluttered 18 hole golf courses or
followed, not only within the immediate, central title of "Gwinn Model Town Historic District". enjoy an relaxing day picking blueberries. When
Upper Peninsula, but in many other parts of the Local historian Richard Wills, a past president of winter rolls around, this area becomes alive with
U.P., Lower Michigan and Wisconsin. Eventually, the Forsyth Township Historical Society said the both cross-country and downhill skiing, snowGwinn became known nationally at the Model listing of Gwinn in the Register undeniably affirms boarding, snow-shoeing, and, of course, snowTown, a name bestowed on it in the early years the local and national importance of the history of mobiling.
and has remained throughout the ages. In fact. to the town.
Gwinn has long been a very friendly winter
this day the Gwinn High School sports teams are
But to both residents and and visitors, Gwinn is sports destination, with hundreds of miles of
known as the "Model Towners".
much more than a historical site... Gwinn is a trails available and groomed to perfection for the
In the early
recreational Mecca various user groups. Trails #8, #32, & #33 are des1980's, Gwinn was
for enthusiasts of all ignated for exclusive snowmobile use from
considered as a
The December 1st and until March 31st, but the other
Gwinn/Sawyer Area winter activities also have their own trails desigto be listed as a
of nated. There are many winter carnivals, ice-fishNational Historic
boasts ing tournaments and, as one C of C volunteer puts
Designation in the
more than 50 lakes for it, "just plain ol' fun!" A quick note about the
National Register, a
a multitude of water Gwinn/Sawyer Area Chamber of Commerce, it
division of the
sports such as swim- was established in 1984 to promote business and
ming, canoeing, boat- tourism in the local area, and is a 100% volunteer
Service under the
ing, and water-skiing, organization, and although a small unit, it has
U.S. Department of
not to mention the more than 150 businesses listed in their register.
Interior, and was
enjoyment of fishing. Community pride and volunteerism isn't limited to
nominated by Dr.
There are also many the C of C, however, as witnessed by the enthusiArnold Alanen, a
professor of landpublic and privately Gwinn, Michigan
The clock tower, recently rebuilt, has a lot of history.
continued on page 24
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Carolyn Barron, Wells
Fargo Gwinn Office,
Public Library with a
donated desk and
chair along with
numerous other pieces
of office furniture and
pictured) for the new
Leslie Willig, Librarian is assisted by Brian Rice and
Rick Wills, Volunteers helping in stock the book shelves
on moving day...
Books can take
in the world
with the stories
inside of them
Photographs by P. Dolan
Pat Forchini, volunteer, Donna Adams,
Library President and Liz Zenti, volunteer
placing the books on the shelving units in
Forsyth Township’s new library.
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GWINN-SAWYER-LITTLE LAKE AREAS
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2015
Registration fee is $5.00 and is non-refundable.
Participant can set their own hours
at individual homes.
This event is with The Mining Journal and all
Local area residents who register to participate.
To register, the rummage sale form in the Spring Issue of
the Gwinn Quarterly must be mailed OR CALLED IN to
Mining Journal Classified Ad Dept. , P.O. Box 430,
Marquette, MI. Attention: Sharon, with the $5.00 fee or
Phone 228-2500 ext. 210 with a Credit Card.
Little Lake Chapel
At Upper Peninsula Bible Camp
(10 AM-3 PM)
For kids going into 1st-8th grades
Register one week before
• Lunch • Leathercraft • Archery
• Swimming • Pottery • Games
• Climbing Wall – And much more!
FOR REGISTRATION FORM CALL 346-3066
(Note: The early entries are very important so that we can provide your street address with
top 5 items in our literature that we publish in the newspapers the week of the event.)
The DEADLINE is MAY 29th, 2015.
Check local Gwinn Area Banks or Credit Union or Larry’s
Family Foods for forms or online www.gwinnmi.com.
The list of homes will appear in the June 3rd Issue of
the Action Shopper.
RUMMAGE SALE REGISTRATION FORM
List your top 5 items here:
MAIL this form and your $5.00 ENTRY FEE payable to Mining Journal on or before MAY 29, 2014 to:
Sharon Johnson – Classified Ad Dept. Mining Journal P.O. Box 430, Marquette, MI 49855
Or call 228-2500 Ext. 210 with a Credit Card and top 5 items to be sold
to find out how we
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GWINN-SAWYER AREA CHAMBER
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Gwinn – K.I. Sawyer – Little Lake Areas
2nd – CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE 10 AM -3PM
No Admission – American Legion Post #349 on M-35
In Little Lake. Call 346-6000 for details
8th – BIG SING – FORSYTH SINGERS
VFW #5670 in New Swanzy – 7 p.m.
Cost: $7.00 included lunch -10 & under free
24th – Gwinn High School Graduation 2:00 PM
6th – TOWN-WIDE RUMMAGE SALE GWINN –
K.I. SAWYER –LITTLE LAKE AND SURROUNDING
LAKE AREAS (Note: Each household sets its own hours)
8th - 26th – SUMMER DRAMA CAMP – 3 WEEKS
Superior Arts Council – See article.
TBA – FORSYTH TOWNSHIP
To be announced after May 1st
19-20-21st – GREAT LAKES RODEO Marquette County
Fairgrounds on M-553. E-mail:
28th – CHICKEN BBQ – Host Gwinn Lions Club in Peter
Nordeen Park in downtown Gwinn. Noon to 1:30 pm
Tickets on sale from any Lions Club Member and
several Gwinn Businesses
3rd – STREET DANCE – Peter Nordeen Park
Time TB announced yet
Host: Forsyth Township Fire Dept.
4th – 4th of July Celebration in Peter Nordeen Park
Host: Forsyth Township Fire Department
10-11-12 – 20TH YEAR REUNION OF
K. I. SAWYER BASE CLOSURE
HOST: K.I. SAWYER HERITAGE MUSEUM – Check Out
Facebook – K.I. Sawyer Reunion
11th – DISCOVER SAWYER DAY – For Details check out
Sawyer Int’l Airport Website: www.sawyerairport.com
18th – SKANDIA DAYS – For Details call on Wednesday
18th – H.O.G. BIKE SHOW and DANCE – American
Legion Post #349 in Little Lake on M-35
Call 346-6000 for details
25th – GWINN LIONS CLUB – Antique/Classic CarTruck-Tractor-Chain Saw SHOW – Hwy M-35
(Gwinn High School area) 10:30 a.m. to 3 pm
To register call Bill Rowe 346-9278
25th – GWINN FUN DAZE – HOSTED BY GWINN
LIONS CLUB - 10 AM – 3 PM -Crafters Welcome
13 – 16th – MARQUETTE COUNTY FAIR – Hwy M-553
17 – 23rd – UPPER PENINSULA STATE FAIR, Escanaba,
THE UP NORTH LODGE – TUESDAY BIKE NIGHTS
All Start at 6:00 P.M. Benefitting our local community.
JUNE 2nd – 9th – 16th – 23rd – 30th
JULY 7th – 14th – 21th – 28th
AUGUST 4th – 11th – 18th – 25th
THE THROTTLE BAR & GRILL– THURSDAY BIKE NIGHTS
M-35 IN Little Lake, MI. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
JUNE 4th – 11th – 18th – 25th
JULY 2nd – 9th – 16th – 23th – 30th
AUGUST 6th – 13th – 20th – 27th
The VFW Post #5670 on M-35 in New Swanzy sponsors. A Pasty Sale
on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Call 346-5670 to order. BINGO on
Monday evenings at 6 p.m.
The American Legion Post #349 in Little Lake has BINGO on Sundays
1:30 Early Bird and 2:00 p.m. Regular Session and on Tuesdays at 6:30
p.m. Early Bird and 7:00 p.m. Regular Session. Call 346-6000 for details.
May 6th and 20th (Pasty Sales resume in September)
Potato Sausage Sales:
May 17th (Potato Sausage Sales resume in September)
FORSYTH TOWNSHIP CALENDAR CAN BE LOCATED AT
THEIR WEBSITE: www.forsythtwpmi.org
GWINN AREA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS CALENDAR CAN BE LOCATED
ON THEIR WEBSITE: www.gwinn.k12.mi.us
GWINN AREA COMMUNITY FUND GRANTS TO THE GWINN AREA
CAN BE VIEWED ON www.marquettecountycommunityfoundation.org
Consider making a year end donation to one of our five funds and in
turn we will provide grants to groups, organizations in our own communities in Forsyth Township area
SAC Summer Drama
June 8 to June 26
Meet at the Gwinn High School Music Room
and Cafetorium, Monday through Thursday.
Shows will be on Thursday, June 25 and
Friday June 26
It is time again to begin
sign up for the summer
youth drama camp.
Camp this year is
scheduled to run from
Monday June 8
through Friday, June
26. The show this
year is “Into the Woods
Jr.”. Rehearsals will be held daily to prepare
for shows on June 25 and 26. We hope you will
consider joining the fun group at camp. Simply
fill out the form below and send it to us at SAC
and we will keep you informed as further plans
are finalized. Looking forward to seeing you in
About the Show:
The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim
and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into
The Woods JR., an adaptation of one of
Sondheim's most popular works designed especially for young performers.All of your favorite
characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood,
Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch—meet
and interact in this whimsical original story. The
musical centers on a baker and his wife who
wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to
attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes
his cow would give milk. When the baker and his
wife learn that they cannot have a child because
of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to
break the curse and wind up changed forever.With unforgettable roles, little dancing, and no
chorus, Into The Woods JR. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and
actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier - though still challenging -for
young performers. Into The Woods JR. is a funny
and engaging way to get young people to think
about the stories with which they've grown up.
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Hello from the Food Service
Department at GACS
We are enjoying another year of fun
at the GACS and I wish to thank all of
our loyal customers.
This year we introduced new fun
ideas; sandwich bar, ala carte breakfast, grab’n go breakfast, breakfast
delivered to your room, and a great
celebration to start the year off with
“Jump with Jill” a live performance
about nutrition and health. I am hoping to continue our growth with more
ways to encourage our customers,
your children, to enjoy healthy choices while fillin’ up those bellies!
We are blessed with governmental
funding, which allows free breakfast
and lunch to be served to all children
K-8th. This addition to our program
allows so many of our customers,
your children, to be offered a bountiful breakfast and hearty lunch with
hopefully, no room to spare!
We don’t just work during the school
year, our fun continues all year
round! Please don’t forget our
Summer Food Service Program! This
program is free to all children 18
years or younger, in our community
and supplies our customers with
whole grains, power packing proteins, veggies and fruits, and chillin’
milk~ Sawyer Community Center, KIS
Elementary School and Gwinn High
School will be three of the available
sights from which we wish to serve
you. Times and start up dates will be
found soon on our GACS website.
If you have any questions, please
call, Barbie Ward-Thomas
906.346.0313 or email,
[email protected], and let’s
Open 7AM Daily
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The Care Clinic is a local Pregnancy
Resource Center that has been in existence
since 1973. Originally named Pregnancy
Services of Marquette, the Care Clinic
revised their name to better encompass
their mission and values. The Care Clinic
operates two locations: 1213 N. Third St. in
Marquette and 330 Fortress St. in Gwinn.
The Care Clinic is a non-profit organization
that relies solely on the generosity of the
community. All items and services provided
to clients are free of charge. The Care Clinic
offers pregnancy tests, confidential peer
counseling, parenting classes for men and
a Resolve through Sharing
Bereavement program, and a Family
Resource Closet with clothing and baby
Between the two clinics there are approximately 70 volunteers. Both clinics are
always looking for new volunteers, donors
and clients. Holding two large fundraisers
throughout the year, along with the generosity of the community, the Care Clinic has
been able to help over 6,000 families since
its existence! One of our fundraisers will be
coming up soon. Life Walk 2015 will be held
on Saturday, May 16 at Mattson Lower
Harbor Park in Marquette. Check out Life
Walk 2015 on our Facebook page!
Whether you’d like to give your time, items
or monetary donations, no gift is too small.
If you are interested in assisting the Care
Clinic, please contact us.
Executive Director, Marquette Care Clinic
906 228 2273
Coordinator, Sawyer Care Clinic
906 346 2606
To empower women and men to make healthy choices for themselves and their children
by counseling them with truthful information about their unexpected pregnancy. We offer
physical, emotional, spiritual, and educational support that equips them in parenting and
life skills and develops a heart attitude that values life.
Over 15 years of grooming
experience in a quiet and
84 Serenity Dr.
Pictured: Buck, Brigette & Monte
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continued from page 13
asm of the townsfolk in the restoration of their
It all started with a major facelift of the town
back in 2007 when, after years of planning and
preparation, the Peter Nordeen Park and Pine
Street were fully renovated and restored. In the
park restoration of the bandstand was completed
as was construction of a new pavilion, a concession facility with bathrooms, a canoe launch, and
a walking bridge over the Escanaba River. On
Pine Street, new sidewalks complete with streetlights and fences were installed and new trees
were planted in the median. But the one landmark missing, was the Clock Tower. The original
clock tower was a part of the Town Hall, constructed in 1914, but due to the deterioration of
the structure, it was removed in 1990 for safety
reasons and since that time, most residents and
many visitors have urged local authorities to consider rebuilding it. So several local organizations
joined forces and created a committee for
restoration of that vital piece of
history and the project gained
momentum almost daily until
finally, at a cost of more than
eighty-five thousand dollars, the
project is complete and the
clock tower is operational once
But there is a lot more
history in and around
Gwinn than what has
already been told, and one
of the most interesting
is the story of the Up
North Lodge and how
it came to be. From
the earliest days of
was the Red Horse
Ranch located on Big
Shag Lake southwest of
town. Built in the 1960's by
Gretchen and Emil Gimse, it was
originally just a horse ranch and a favorite spot
for horseback riding. The local children kept the
more than twenty-six horses on the go all day, at
an almost daily schedule. To provide refresh-
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Gwinn Family Health Center • Sawyer Family Health Center
Catherine Kroll, DO
Lynn Barry, MD
Kristine Kivela, PA-C
Ashley Croasdell, NP
Christopher Dehlin, MD
Emily Starr, NP
Gwinn Quarterly - Spring/Summer 2015 – Page 25
continued from page 24
ments, they served hot dogs and hot chocolate out of their little red cabin
until sometime around 1973, partially due to the popularity of the ranch, they
decided they needed a larger facility. The new building included thirteen
rooms for visitors, a tavern and a restaurant. Not only did they enjoy visitation from local folks, they also became a popular "pit stop" for snowmobilers, a reputation the establishment still enjoys today.
After the passing of Emil, Gretchen continued to run the Red Horse
Ranch by herself for a few years, but due to the ranch's growing popularity, soon found it to be too taxing for her alone, and in 1989 she sold out to
Jerry and Barb Melchiori who operated it as it was for about five years,
and sold it to Paul and Susan Pentecost in 1993 who, after just three years,
sold it again to Scott and Sally Searle in 1996. This is when the Red Horse
Ranch is renamed and becomes the Up North Lodge. The buildings
received a complete makeover and if possible, became an even more
popular "warm up" stop for snowmobilers, and for about nine years business was booming, but in 2005 tragedy struck, and fire completely
destroyed the place.
Deciding to rebuild, Scott and Sally, along with several new business
partners, selected a new location and began the clearing and preparation
of the land near the intersection of Serenity Drive and County Road 557.
Through the Fall of 2005 and into the Spring of 2006 the rebuilding was
underway and the finished product was a huge, beautifully proportioned,
log structure. The new Up North Lodge opened its doors for business on
the first day of summer (June 21st. 2006) Today, the Up North Lodge is
located directly on snowmobile trail #32 and serves as an approved trailhead. They provide a number of services and are most famous for their
BBQ Ribs and down home hospitality.
Gwinn is a very popular destination, whether it is just a day trip, a weekend stopover, or an extended vacation, Gwinn has plenty to offer for every
season, and for snowmobilers, this little town is one of the most friendly
in the entire U.P.
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I Come to the Garden
Every time when I think of spring, I start thinking
of my garden. As the weather warms up I start to
see the raspberry bushes peeking out of the snow
and next the thing I know, I see the soil appear. At
first the soil seems to be kind of dull and dingy, but
after I turn over the mulch and add a little manure
the soil comes to life.
Gardening has been an important thing in my life.
As I work in the garden, I remember the wonderful
memories that were created by both my mom and
dad. I remember the times where my dad would
teach me how to turn over and weed the garden. I
remember how he would show me how to rake out
the clumps of soil and take out the rocks.
Preparation of the soil was very important. I also
remember the extra benefit of picking some of the
worms to be drowned at camp at the end of a hard
day and the smell of raspberry pie in my mom’s
Many of our younger generation do not have
these memories of gardening or know how their
food comes to their table. They think that everything
comes in a plastic bag or a can and the grocery
store is where everyone gets their food. They are
not gatherers they are consumers. If you talk with
most of them, they do not want anything to do with
planting or weeding a garden and they are satisfied
to eat what comes from that bag. Now, I know there
are always exceptions to the rule, but on a whole,
they do not know what they are missing.
A few years ago I had an opportunity to take some
of our church youth group to Detroit and convert an
old run-down neighborhood into a community garden. I watched as concerned neighbors took their
youth aside and showed them they could work
together to make their neighborhood a safer place.
We spent a week tearing down an old burned out
house and converting the property into a beautiful
garden. I won’t kid you, it was hard work. During
that time I saw the relationships and bonding that
took place between the young and the old. They
were no longer afraid to talk to each other and
grew to understand each other. So here comes the
challenge to all of you who love to plant and have
children or grandchildren nearby.
It’s time to take them to the garden. It’s time to talk
hood Bar &
and share the stories about gardening, as it being a
necessity when you were growing up. It’s time to
pick those worms, so you can take them fishing at
night after a hard day of work. It is time to explain to
them that not every plant will be successful and
that sometimes, like our lives, the weeds can take
over and effect our outcome. NOW is the time to
make the ground fertile so the future generations
can survive when times are tough. NOW is the time
to make sure the next generation is prepared to
work hard and see the fruits of their labor. NOW is
the time to make connections with our youth so
they understand that we need each other’s talents
and abilities to make the world a better place to
It is a dream of mine to get people to teach the
youth how to garden. Currently, I am looking into
the possibility of building a small greenhouse at the
clubhouse. I am pursuing using the materials left
over from the ramp project at the clubhouse to build
a greenhouse. I need your help. If you are interested in helping with this project, give me a call at 3469862. Brian Veale, Director, Forsyth Senior Center
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Attention FORSYTH & WEST BRANCH Township Residents!
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• Sawyer residents pick up day is Friday.
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