Archives—June 2014

2014 Houghton Relay for Life

Hello Parents,

A photo of the 2002 Houghton Relay for Life. Photo courtesy of Laurie Curran.
A photo of the 2002 Houghton Relay for Life. Photo courtesy of Laurie Curran.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week! It’s been a bit rainy here this week. Students have been trudging around campus, enduring the pouring showers. Summer sure is flying by as students prepare for their last week of Track A classes, marking the halfway point of summer break! Track B courses will start on June 30 and will continue through August 14, just two weeks before Fall semester classes begin.

As summer continues to speed by, there is still a plethora of fun events happening around the community. The 2014 Relay for Life was on Friday, June 20 to Saturday, June 21. Relay for Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, which raises money for cutting-edge oncology research. It’s also a great way to encourage inspiration and honor to cancer survivors. From its beginnings in 1985 with a single runner jogging for 24 hours around a track, it has blossomed into a national campaign of fundraising, companionship, and perseverance. Over 4 million people across 20 countries participate each year!

The Houghton Relay for Life hosted a wide variety of exciting events over the weekend to commemorate both cancer survivors and lost loved ones. So far, 22 teams and 105 participants have raised over $32,556.71!

Here is the list of events scheduled for the Houghton Relay for Life Weekend:

June 20
1 p.m.: Opening ceremonies
1:30 p.m.: Scavenger hunt
1–7 p.m.: Survivor registration
5 p.m.: “Stomp Out Cancer” balloon game
6 p.m.: Welcome and parade of teams
6:30 p.m.: Honor guard/patriot lap
7 p.m.: Survivor ceremony
8 p.m.: “Minute to Win It” cup game
8:30 p.m.: Lap of hope
10 p.m.: Jack-o-melon contest
10:30 p.m.: Trick-or-treating

June 21
1–6 a.m.: Quiet hours
6 a.m.: Wake-up music
8 a.m.: Bedhead contest
9 a.m.: Frozen T-Shirt contest
Noon: Awards ceremony
1 p.m.: YMCA closing lap

Relay for Life is a fantastic, fun, and meaningful way to volunteer your time. It helps promote cancer awareness within the community and provides encouragement for cancer survivors everywhere. For more information on Relay for Life, please visit the Relay for Life and American Cancer Society websites.

That’s all we have for this week! I hope you all watch out for the Relay for Life that is happening near or in your own hometown. If you have any questions about Relay for Life or the events taking place here in Houghton this weekend, please feel free to email me at Until next time!


Bridgefest FEAST and the Women’s Leadership Institute

Hello Parents,

A photo of the Portage Canal Swing Bridge, courtesy of
A photo of the Portage Canal Swing Bridge circa 1945, courtesy of the Still Waters Assisted Living Community of Calumet, MI

I hope you’re all having a great week! Everything is going well here, as the sun continues to shine and the summer continues to fly by. There is a lot going on this week as the community prepares for the annual Bridgefest FEAST.

Bridgefest FEAST, formerly known simply as Bridgefest, is an annual celebration of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which opened in 1959, as the world’s widest and heaviest double-decked vertical lift bridge. The first structure built to connect Hancock to Houghton was a wooden swing bridge in 1875. It was eventually replaced by a steel swing bridge, the Portage Canal Swing Bridge, in 1905, which was then replaced by today’s Portage Lift Bridge. Bridgefest has been a Houghton/Hancock tradition since 1987 and includes an entire weekend of celebration including outdoor concerts, fireworks, sporting events, contests, delicious food, boat shows, and more! Typically it has been celebrated in conjunction with the Houghton Rotary’s annual fundraiser, Seafood Fest.  This year, however, Bridgefest and Seafood Fest are being combined into Bridgefest FEAST, which is both sponsored by and a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Houghton.

Bridgefest FEAST will take place Friday and Saturday, June 13–14, and will also include the annual parade, an antique car show, and food vending all weekend, courtesy of our locally owned restaurants. This exciting weekend of family fun and entertainment is the highpoint of the local summer events in Houghton. It’s been highly anticipated for many weeks, and everyone in the community is excited to finally celebrate!

In addition to the Bridgefest FEAST, events happening this weekend, Michigan Tech will host its third annual Women’s Leadership Institute, a program in which high school juniors from across the country who are interested in science and math were invited to apply. Thirty students were selected to participate in the Institute and will gain skills and techniques in becoming a strong, effective, and confident leaders. The participants will be staying in the residence halls to learn what life is like as a college student and will also learn more about Michigan Tech’s academics, how to finance a college education, and they will partake in a special tour of campus. Following the closing ceremonies, the participants will earn a certificate of completion and be awarded a one-time $1,000 scholarship for their first year of attendance at Michigan Tech. This is an amazing opportunity for these young women, and it paves the way to admitting more females at Michigan Tech.

That’s all for this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful remainder of the week and continue to enjoy the beautiful summer. If you have any questions about Bridgefest FEAST or the Women’s Leadership Institute, or would like to learn more information about a specific topic, please feel free to email me at  I would also like to extend a Happy Father’s Day weekend to all of the fathers reading this week!  I hope you have a great day!

Until next week,



Community Events 2.0

Hello Parents,

A photo of the Calumet Theatre, built in 1900 in Calumet, Michigan.  Many community events will take place here at the Calumet Theatre this summer, including the showing of Cinderella and the Annual Gala Fundraiser.
A photo of the Calumet Theatre, built in 1900 in Calumet, Michigan. Many community events will take place here at the Theatre this summer, including the showing of Cinderella, Club Indigo, and the Annual Gala Fundraiser.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week!  It’s been quite rainy and humid here the last few days, but it’s starting to slow as the sun begins to poke out behind the thick, dark clouds. Summer is flying by as Track A courses reach their halfway point, signifying that we’re a quarter of the way through the summer semester! It’s hard to believe that spring commencement was one month ago and that there are three months until fall courses begin. I hope your students are taking advantage of the summer before it flies by!

There is a lot going on within the community this week.  A plethora of events will be happening that your students may want to take part in:

Friday, June 6
Calumet Farmers and Artisans Market
The Calumet Farmers and Artisans Market takes place every Saturday and first Friday of the month from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It’s held inside the Miners and Merchants Building in Calumet. The market features fresh produce, locally produced food items, the work of local artist and craftspeople and the products of local merchants. The market will regularly spotlight local performing artists, presentations by organizations and individuals, and much more.

Calumet First Friday
The First Friday event in Calumet will feature displays and open houses at many of the art galleries and businesses in town during the evening.

Club Indigo
Club Indigo at the Calumet Theatre occurs every month, shows old films, and provides dinner to its patrons. Tickets are $20. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15 p.m. This month’s show is Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

Saturday, June 7
Free Fishing Weekend
Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources, Michiganders can enjoy a weekend of free fishing (with no license) through Sunday, June 8!

Annual Gala Fundraiser for the Calumet Theatre
The Calumet Theatre will be hosting a fundraising event to raise money for a new furnace, stage roof, and elevator. This year’s gala is themed Cinema Sensations and will celebrate 114 years of films at the Theatre.  Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, assorted beverages presentation and auctions.

Free Off-Road Vehicle Weekend
The Department of Natural Resources is offering Free Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Weekend to take place Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8.  Participants can ride an off-road vehicle for free with no license or trail permit required.  Michigan’s trail system covers 3,700 miles of trails and routes throughout the state for participants to enjoy this weekend!

Sunday, June 8
40th Annual Fishing Derby
Sunday marks the 40th Annual Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen’s Club Fishing Derby, which will take place on Rice Lake. The day includes family fun filled with prizes, lunch, and refreshments.

Benefit Breakfast at the Harbor House
This event will support Copper Harbor Birding and Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch to raise money for their organizations. Breakfast will take place at the Harbor House, a German restaurant in Copper Harbor, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM on a first-come first-served basis.

Wednesday, June 11
Culver’s Cruise In Car Show
The Houghton Culver’s restaurant sponsors a weekly Car Show every Wednesday night during the summer months. The show runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and participant’s who register will receive a free sundae!

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Trees Concert
This fundraising benefit will showcase music by Trees ,with Lindsay Tomasic and Jesse Fitzpatrick, at the Continental Fire Company in Houghton. Tickets cost $50 and include hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live and silent auctions, a vintage marketplace, and raffles. Proceeds will support the services provided by Little Brothers such as visiting with the elderly, medical transportation, supplemental firewood, and the local food pantry.

Thursday, June 12
Calumet Players Present Cinderella
The Calumet Players will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Calumet Theatre from Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 15. The show begins  at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, June 14
Bike Blessing and Scholarship Ride
Keweenaw American Legion Riders Annual  Bike Blessing and Tony Beach Scholarship Ride will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. The Fun Run for Scholarship Ride will take place directly afterward, and the party will start at 6:00 PM and include food, raffles, music, and fun!

As you can see, there is a lot taking place this week within the community and surrounding areas!  These events are great opportunities for your students to get move involved and support the local community.  For more information on this week’s local events, please visit the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

That’s it for this week!  I hope that your students will consider participating in some of these events and that you will learn more about the events being hosted in your own communities. If you have any questions about these events, or would like to learn more information about a specific topic, please feel free to email me at Until next time!