Archives: October 2013

Facing the Future – Addressing Uncertain Times on October 29th

MARQUETTE, MI – As we approach limits to growth over the next few decades, we will face challenges related to finance, energy, environment, resources, and climate. Our current path is unsustainable. Nicole Foss has been a biologist, environmental consultant, lawyer, research fellow at OxfordInstitute of Energy Studies, and is currently editor of “The Automatic Earth” Website. Laurence Boomert has a long history in contingency planning, green business development, and whole systems thinking. He is one of New Zealand’s foremost proponents of complementary currencies and new trading systems. Together they will explain how our human operating system functions, how and why it is vulnerable, and what we can do to build a new and resilient future within the emerging reality.

Date: October 29th, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Locations: 103 Jamrich Hall on Northern Michigan University’s campus

Please join Nicole Foss and Laurence BoomertFree for this enticing discussion! Open to the public. Donations accepted to cover expenses.

How to Make This a Healthy Halloween for Our Kids

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADentist Has Tips for Preventing Dental Nightmares During this Season of “Tricks and Treats”

Chocolate, taffy, hard candy and the other abundant crunchy and sticky sweets during the Halloween season present constant hazards to our children’s fragile and developing teeth and gums.

“Halloween is where candy makers go to town on your kids’ teeth,” says dentist and national oral health care expert Dr. Harold Katz.

“It’s not their intention to rot your children’s teeth, but the yearly habitual and binge-like candy consumption can cause problems beyond weight and nutrition.”

Dr. Harold Katz shares often overlooked tips on how to help your kids get through Halloween without jump-starting dental problems, while teaching them good oral hygiene along the way.

• Three tips on preventing Halloween from being a dental nightmare. • Best practices for controlling the Halloween stash, doling it out over time. • How to use the holiday to teach good brushing and flossing techniques. • What are the worst candies and treats that your kids should avoid? • What treats are actually good for kids’ teeth? • Why are sticky candies so dangerous?

About Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz is widely recognized in the media as the “final authority” on breath and oral hygiene. He’s been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, The View with Barbara Walters and countless other radio and TV shows across the country. Dr. Katz is a graduate of the UCLA School of Dentistry and holds a separate degree in Bacteriology, also from UCLA. He is the founder of The California Breath Clinics, the author of The Bad Breath Bible, and bearer of the now famous Halimeter which tests the sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.

Dr. Harold Katz is available for interview so please let me know if you would be interested in speaking with him.

Youth Waterfowl Hunts at Saginaw Bay Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas

Bring your young hunter to one of Saginaw Bay’s Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHAs) in October and November for a thrilling hunting experience. Three Saginaw Bay MWHAs will host youth priority drawings for hunts in the upcoming weeks:

  • Nayanquing Point in Pinconning will host its youth hunt on Saturday, Oct. 26;
  • Fish Point in Unionville will host youth hunters on Saturday, Nov. 2; and
  • Shiawassee River in St. Charles will hold its youth hunt on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the afternoon draw at all three MWHAs. Other parties will then be placed in a separate drawing for the remaining zones.

Drawings for afternoon hunts will occur at 11 a.m. Youth priority drawings are available for hunting parties with at least one youth and up to two adults (maximum party size is four). All youths participating in these priority hunts must be properly licensed to hunt. Youth hunters 9 years old and younger must be accompanied by a qualified Mentored Youth Hunting Program mentor.

Youth hunters are always welcome at the managed waterfowl areas. These youth priority drawings simply provide youths with the chance for good choices in selecting hunting zones.

Youths and adults participating in these hunts are encouraged to become Michigan Waterfowl Legacy members. Michigan Waterfowl Legacy membership kits for kids and adults will be passed out at each area during this priority draw.

The Michigan Waterfowl Legacy (MWL) is a 10-year, cooperative partnership to restore, conserve and celebrate Michigan’s waterfowl, wetland and waterfowl hunting community. The initiative is a “call to action” to honor yesterday, engage today, and build for tomorrow. To learn more about the Michigan Waterfowl Legacy, visit or look for MWL on Facebook.

The Saginaw Bay Region MWL has been funded in part by a grant from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN). The Saginaw Bay WIN is a community-based, voluntary initiative that connects people, resources, organizations and programs and works to improve the quality of life in the area by developing projects, supporting related organizations and developing the region’s identity as a sustainable community.

The Wetland Wonders Challenge, sponsored by Consumers Energy and running until Jan. 31, 2014, is also happening at these same areas. Youth and adult hunters that hunt at three MWHAs can be entered in the contest. Seven winners will be chosen to win ultimate waterfowl hunting prize packages valued at $1,000, including a “Golden Ticket” that’s good for one first-choice pick at an MWHA for the 2014-15 season (non-reserved). Check out to read contest terms and conditions.

Michigan Holds 2013 Cyber Summit

NOVI, MI — Gov. Rick Snyder announced the Cyber Civilian Corp, a rapid response team that would assist the state and industries across Michigan during a major cyber incident, at the 2013 Michigan Cyber Summit on Friday.

Hosted by Snyder and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the summit brought officials from the public and private sectors together to focus on the emerging issue of cybersecurity.

“Michigan’s leadership in the area of cyber security continues through this summit and our innovative action plan,” Snyder said. “Cyber threats are real and we must stay vigilant and proactive to help protect Michigan families and businesses from those who would use technology to do harm. By joining forces, public and private entities can address these threats and ensure a safer, stronger cyber environment.”

According to State of Michigan Chief Information Officer David Behen, the Cyber Civilian Corp would include volunteers from government, education and business. Information technology professionals interested in participating would be able to improve their skills by taking advantage of training through the Michigan Cyber Range.

Recognized as a national leader in cybersecurity, Michigan places a high emphasis on protecting the state’s computer systems, networks and data. The state’s centralized technology model places Michigan in a strong position to implement security efforts.

“Michigan’s cyber initiative is aimed at defending the state against cyberattacks,” Behen said. “Focusing on cybersecurity will help position Michigan to take advantage of opportunities in this growing and fast-paced and ever-changing industry.”

Data theft and breaches from cybercrime can cost businesses as much as $1 trillion globally. Government is no stranger to cyberattacks either. In fact, the State of Michigan blocked 568,724 cyberattacks daily from January to August this year. Attacks ranged from spam to web browser attacks to network intrusion.

Joining in the summit were Rami Efrati, head of the Civilian Sector Division of the Israeli National Cyber Bureau; Kelvin Coleman, branch chief, Government Engagement, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications; Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs; Cheri Caddy, director of Cyber Policy Integration and Outreach of the White House National Security staff; Phil Bertolini, deputy county executive and CIO of Oakland County; and many private sector partners.

Additionally, nearly 40 students and four staff members from Oxford High School attended the summit, which served as the host event for the second meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA) Resource Center for State Cybersecurity Advisory Council.

The 2013 Summit, which took place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, was a follow up to the sold out 2011 event which also served as the national launch for Cyber Awareness Month.

More information about the event is available by visiting:

Tips for Deciding When to Replace a Front Door

MAUMEE, OH – Homeowners looking to save on rising energy bills can start right at the front door. That’s the advice of experts at Therma-Tru Corp. who suggest evaluating your main entry door at least once a year to determine the status of the door’s operational capabilities and energy efficiency features.

door“Every component of a home needs to be replaced at some point over time,” says Derek Fielding, director of product management for Therma-Tru Corp. “Most homeowners can get years of service out of their front door, but there will come a time when a door needs to be replaced. That’s why it’s important to annually evaluate and maintain your main entryway.”

According to Fielding, there are several easy ways homeowners can determine when it’s time to consider a front door replacement.

  • Tip #1 – Open and close your doors — on both dry and wet, humid days. Make sure all the components operate smoothly. If your door doesn’t close securely, or fits tightly on humid days, then it’s most likely leaking air on dry days, causing the home to lose energy.
  • Tip #2 – Inspect the weather stripping around all sides of the front door to make sure it has not worn out. On a bright day, stand inside near your door and look for daylight flowing through the door perimeter. If light is coming in, then so most likely, is external air and possibly moisture. That means it’s time to determine if your foam-filled weatherstripping may have lost some of its compression, cracked or simply worn out.
  • Tip #3 – Examine your locks to make sure they operate smoothly and are strong enough to help protect your home. Multi-point locking systems, like those that can be requested on Therma-Tru® doors, offer exceptional peace-of-mind and security for the home.
  • Tip #4 – Reach out and touch your door on both hot and cold days. If you feel the exterior temperatures on the inside surface, then your door may not have adequate insulation. In this situation, consider upgrading the door with a replacement that is more energy efficient and has an ENERGY STAR® qualified rating for your geographic area. Order a multi-point locking system on your next door for a tighter fit against the weatherstripping, which can help provide even greater energy savings.
  • Tip #5 – Look at the appearance of your door. If you have a wood door, it may be warping or rotting after years of service. A steel door can get dinged and rust over time. And, it’s possible that the style of the door simply doesn’t match up with the design of your home. These are all red flags that it’s time to replace your front door.

What to Look for in a New Door

“If it becomes apparent that you’re in the market for a new door, consider one made of fiberglass,” says Fielding. “A solid fiberglass door is up to four times more energy efficient than a solid wood door, plus you get the benefits that fiberglass has to offer, including resistance to rot, rust, dings and weather.”

Another factor to consider is what’s on the inside of your door. The dense polyurethane foam used in the core of Therma-Tru fiberglass doors helps the doors achieve high thermal performance values.

According to Fielding, homeowners choosing to add decorative glass to their Therma-Tru fiberglass doors can also count on energy-efficient features. The company’s triple-pane construction of most doorlites and sidelites creates both a strong thermal and acoustical barrier. And, factory-coated Low-E glass, available as an option for clear glass, also delivers exceptional energy efficiency. In cold weather, the Low-E glass helps reduce the loss of heat by reflecting the heat back inside the home. In warm weather, Low-E glass reflects the sun’s rays off of the glass, helping keep the interior of the home cool.

Benefits of Fiberglass Doors

According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), fiberglass products are known for their reliability, customization aspects for style design, and energy efficiency. Fiberglass doors have an abundance of features outlined by AAMA at

Constructed as a complete system of components, Therma-Tru fiberglass doors are designed and engineered to work together for lasting performance, security and energy efficiency. Multi-point locking systems that engage a series of locks at several places on the frame, plus the adjustable security strike plate that can withstand up to three times the force of a standard strike plate, are key factors in creating Therma-Tru’s dependable entry door system.

Homeowners looking for durability in their doors can also rely on the Tru-Defense® Door System. This system maximizes the seal between the door and the frame to help keep out the damaging effects of wind and rain, while helping to increase energy efficiency. Within this optional upgrade system, the weatherstripping, corner seal pad, door bottom sweep and profiled sill all work together to provide a door system that can withstand severe weather conditions along with day-to-day family activity.

Downtown Marquette Halloween Trick or Treat – October 26th

MARQUETTE, MI – The Marquette Downtown District will once again be providing a safe and fun opportunity for children to trick or treat. On Saturday, October 26, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., families can bring little ghosts and goblins door to door collecting goodies from downtown businesses.

Participating locations will have orange “Welcome Trick or Treaters” signs in their windows. Last year, more than 1,500 children and parents visited the district.

Following trick or treat, the City of Marquette and Downtown Development Authority will host the second annual Halloween Spectacle, a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion and theatrical dance. This year’s theme is Heroes versus Villains and the community is encouraged to dress as their favorite character and pick a side. As the evening grows dark, the community is invited to join in processions throughout the City starting at 6:40 p.m. and converging in the Marquette Commons at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at 906-228-9475 or visit

Warren Miller’s “Ticket to Ride” 2013 Ski Movie Tour – November 8th & 9th

MARQUETTE, MI & HANCOCK, MI – Celebrate the beginning of the greatest season of the year with Ticket to Ride, Warren Miller Entertainment’s newest chapter in the chronicle of the legendary film series. Ticket to Ride explores the close relationship between humans and our vast natural environment, as the sports best skiers and snowboarders take an action-packed journey across the globe to shed light on the significance of being aware of your surroundings. Experience the immense energy of the world’s most sought-after destinations and discover secrets of the lands with Warren Miller’s 64th ski and snowboard film, Ticket to Ride.

Warren Miller’s Ticket to Ride takes film-goers on an exhilarating voyage to the top of the steepest peaks and to the depths of the freshest powder of Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, The Fjords of Greenland, The Alaskan Tordirllos, Montana’s Big Sky country and more. The trams and trains in Switzerland climb to Mt. Eiger, the fishing boats in Norway float to Alesund, and the helicopters in Valdez soar above avalanche debris, all making viewers motivated and excited to discover their Ticket to Ride. Once again, winter begins with Warren Miller and it’s time to get your Ticket to Ride.


A fundraiser for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. There will be door prizes, pre-season ski party, and showing of the film.

Date: Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th

Venue:   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH: Marquette Mountain, Marquette, MI

                 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH: Orpheum Theater, Hancock, MI

Event Time: 7 p.m. at both venues

Cost: $5 students (includes college)

$10 Adults

Contact: Bob Hendrickson, event organizer

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame
610 Palms Ave.
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Harlem Globetrotters Return to Breslin Center

EAST LANSING, MI – The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will take fan interaction to a new level when the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour comes to the Breslin Center in East Lansing on Friday, January 24th, 2014, at 7:30pm.  Online voting is now open at, where all fans can choose which new game-changing rules they want to see in their hometown.  Tickets go on sale 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 22nd and are available by calling 1-800-968-2737 or online at

The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports & entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year.  Since the fan response was so overwhelming, the team is doing it again – but with a major twist.

The 2014 online ballot includes three never-before-seen revolutionary rules.

  • Hot Hand Jersey – Both teams will have a “Hot Hand Jersey” they can pass among each other.  The player who is wearing this jersey will receive double points on made baskets
  • Make or Miss – The quarter begins with only two players on the court for each team.  When a team scores, a teammate may enter the game.  When they miss, the player missing the shot must leave the court, leaving his or her teammates shorthanded.
  • Trick Shot Challenge – Via three challenge flags per team, each coach can challenge the other team to make a trick shot.  If the team makes the trick shot, they earn five points.

With a roster chowcasing stars such as Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang, Hi-Lite Bruton, and Dizzy Grant – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner, and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind family show features mesmerizing ball handling, an assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks, and precise timing – all with an array of comedy guaranteed to entertain the young and the young at heart.  After vitrually every game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.**

Tickets start at $19.00 and are now available at,, the Breslin Center box office, or by phone at 517-432-5000 or 1-800-968-BRES.  Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at

*Rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change

**Subject to availability