Birds in Palmer had some new spots to nest Monday evening, July 17th. About 50 kids spent the day making birdhouses at the Richmond Township Library.
With some help from parents, kids attached wooden parts, sanded rough corners and decorated their finished birdhouses. The birdhouses didn't come with any specific kind of mounting, so the kids could choose where to put them.
"Some of them want to put them in their bedroom as decoration," Library Director Jan St. Germain said. "Some of them are going to take them out. You can put them on a pod, like a tripod, if you want. They can hang them in a tree, whatever they want. They can put their personal touch on how they hang them."
The library funded the event with a $1,000 grant from the Negaunee Area Community Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Marquette County. The grant also covers the library's entire summer reading program.
Community Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients
On Monday June 5th, 2017 at the Kaufman Auditorium, the Community Foundation of Marquette County announced the recipients of the 2017 competitive grant cycle. Community funds generated through a multitude of local donor gifts invested wisely over the last 28 years produced funds for Big Bay, Gwinn, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette and were distributed for a number of varied projects. Ninety-eight applications produced a total of fifty-eight grants with projects ranging from a summer bike program for at-risk youth in Marquette to funding to assist Marquette County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Gwinn Area Community Fund granted a total of $2,169.38, the Greater Ishpeming Area Community Fund granted $8,450.00, the Marquette Area Community Fund granted $48,055.00, and the Negaunee Area Community Fund granted $17,895.00. The grand total of all the distributions was $76,569.38.
Pictured above are CFMC Board member Jim Hewitt and Marquette YAC members with grant recipients: Karen Wolf with Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center, Todd Backlund with Environmental/Agricultural Projects for Negaunee Public Schools, Jim O'Brien with Pine Mountain Music Festival, and Kay Bammert with Silver Creek Church.
•For a full listing of our Spring 2017 Grants click here
$150.00 - Wesley United Methodist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church
$300.00 - Hematite Power Packs, Ishpeming Public School District No. 1
$300.00 - Lego Club, Forsyth Township Public Library
$350.00 - Prime Time Family Reading Time 2017, Peter White Public Library
$375.00 - Superior Arts Youth Theater Technology for Educating Youth, Superior Arts Youth Theater
$500.00 - Silver Sampler, Marquette Senior and Handicapped Center
$640.00 - Camp New Day, Camp New Day U.P.
$700.00 - Yellow Dog River Community Forest Development, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve Inc.
$750.00 - Volunteer Training and Recognition, Pregnancy Services of Marquette Inc. dba Care Clinic
$792.52 - Camp Michigamme, Michigamme United Methodist Institute
$1,000.00 - 2017 North Country Trail Association Annual Celebration, North Country Trail Association Incorporated
$1,000.00 - 5/11/17 Robogators: FIRST Tech Challenge Middle School Robotics Team--2017 Fall Season, Northstar Academy
$1,000.00 - Feeding a Hungry Neighbor, Hope Free Evangelical Lutheran Church
$1,000.00 - Group Exercise Room Equipment, YMCA of Marquette County
$1,000.00 - IHS Cross Country and Track Uniforms, Ishpeming Public School District No. 1
$1,000.00 - Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center, Inc., Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center, Inc.
$1,000.00 - Let's Build Together this Summer!, Richmond Township Library
$1,000.00 - Lost Creek Trail and Langford Link Trail Project, Noquemanon Trails Network
$1,000.00 - Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party, Silver Creek Church
$1,100.00 - Project Graduation 2017, Marquette Area Public Schools
$1,250.00 - Repair Flood damage to Janzen House ESP Homeless Shelter area, Janzen House Inc
$1,300.00 - Marquette Area Free Family/Children's Concerts, Pine Mountain Music Festival
$1,450.00 - Marquette Maritime Museum Children's Corner, Marquette Maritime Museum
$1,480.00 - Music For All Kids equipment, The Cedar Tree Institute
$1,500.00 - Assuring a Safe Sanctuary, Women's Center
$1,500.00 - Fresh Start Program / Through Our Eyes Youth Photography / Youth Music Therapy, Great Lakes Recovery Centers
$1,600.00 - Girl Power Yoga, Big Brothers Big Sisters
$1,710.00 - Superior String Alliance Summer Music Camp 2017, Superior String Alliance, Inc
$2,000.00 - Assist people with the necessities of living., New Free Store
$2,000.00 - Brewing Up Job Opportunities for Adults with Employment Barriers, Lakestate Industries Inc.
$2,000.00 - Environmental/Agricultural Projects, Negaunee Public Schools
$2,000.00 - Equipping the New Recreation Center, Bay Cliff Health Camp
$2,000.00 - Fresh Coast Film Festival, Fresh Coast Film Festival
$2,000.00 - Sun/Skin Safety Awareness Program, Just Believe
$2,500.00 - Girl Scout Outdoor Experience, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Inc.
$2,600.00 - Summer Cycle Program, Start the Cycle
$2,750.00 - Cancer Care of Marquette County (formerly Ishpeming Cancer Society), Cancer Care of Marquette County
$2,850.00 - 2017 Summer Musical, Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council
$3,000.00 - Bothwell Bands, Marquette Area Public Schools
$3,000.00 - Meeting the Need, Negaunee Public Library
$3,076.87 - Cleaning Up Marquette County and Back to School, St Anthony Catholic Church Parish
$3,395.00 - Technology for Better Care, Lake Superior Hospice Association
$3,500.00 - Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Repair Program, Marquette County Land Bank Authority
$5,000.00 - Marquette County After-School Mountain Bike Program, Range Mountain Bike Club
$6,000.00 - JJ Packs, Marquette Area Public Schools
The Noquemanon Trail Network partnered up with North Star Academy for a day of winter recreation for their students. This was a reward for North Star students for good behavior in class. Lessons were given in snow shoeing and cross country skiing with a bonfire available to warm up.
“It’s nice to get these students out here who don’t normally — who won’t normally participate in these winter outdoor recreation activities,” said JJ Ferrington, Trailhead Host Coordinator. “It gives them the skill to get out here and enjoy the trails and the nature that our winter — that our area provides.” The day was made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Marquette County.