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Spread the word Where did summer go? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:33 PM

 We seem to ask that question every year. Maybe that’s because summer is so packed with activities, we’re always trying to catch up, there is so much going on, the weather’s so nice, we always have someplace to go, something to do …

 
It’s ‘Fair’ time in Iron County PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:01 PM

Round up the kids, pack up the car and head on over to the Iron County Fairgrounds – the 121st annual Iron County Fair is gearing up for another rip-roaring good time for Iron County residents and visitors of all ages.
 After 121 years, you know the Fair Board is doing something right, and part of its success is providing some good old-fashioned fun for the whole family.
 Like any major event we’ve had in the county, there are a lot of unsung heroes and volunteers who spend many sleepless nights making sure that Fair time in Iron County is one of the best planned events on the county’s roster of places to be this summer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:35 PM
 
Why do we have to pay? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 2:48 PM

We know life isn’t fair, and gas/fuel prices are among the most seemingly unfair aspects of life—but why are we “paying the price” during this recent spike?
 According to gasbuddy.com, refinery blips and a pipeline rupture set the prices soaring, prompting Gov. Rick Snyder to place the Upper Peninsula under a fuel emergency, allowing fuel delivery trucks wider operating hours.

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 2:01 PM
 
Get out and vote PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:59 PM

 This is our customary reminder that the election takes place next Tuesday, Aug. 7, and that all of us ought to take advantage of our chance to voice our choice at the ballot box.
 Really, our opinions do make a difference. County voters will decide a number of township races, several county offices and seats on the County Board. With no Republicans filing in county races, the results of next week’s Democratic primary decides who holds these offices for the next two or four years.

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 2:48 PM
 
A good time for all PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:39 PM

If you weren’t at the Windsor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 18, you probably could hear the shouting and cheering from just about any corner in town.
 “Always… Patsy Cline” just about brought down the house, and to say it was “a good time for all” would be an understatement.
 The two stars, imported for the occasion by the Friends of Camp Batawagama – Maggy Norden (as Patsy) and Gail Westerfield (as Louise) -- wowed the capacity filled auditorium at Windsor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:59 PM
 
Contract for education PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:17 PM

Would you like to see your children’s school district run by an out-of-state company?
 That’s what happened last week in Muskegon Heights, when its emergency manager turned over operations to Atlanta, Ga., based Mosaica Education, an education service provider. The district will start as a K-12 charter system in the fall. According to the EM, the district was losing $18,000 per day last year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:39 PM
 
Inside the health bill PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:52 AM

 Did you know that football season started several months ago? Well it did. Only this kind of game doesn’t involve helmets or striped playing fields.
 In fact, political football season never ends. The latest twist in the plot came from the Supreme Court with its decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—best known, especially among Republicans, as “Obamacare.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 1:17 PM
 
Healthcare turmoil PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 2:34 PM

With last week’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, probably better known as “Obamacare,” the future of any kind of real healthcare reform in this country still remains in doubt.
   Just what it will do, if anything, and how it will do it, still remains something that no one on either side of the political spectrum has been able to articulate with any certainty.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 11:52 AM
 
Adopt a best bud PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:33 PM

In the Northwoods Animal Shelter’s monthly “Paws Report,” published on this page this week, you’ll have an opportunity to read about the new programs and services it will be offering, including vaccinations, spaying and neutering programs and even a canine manners class.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 2:34 PM
 
Traffic turmoil! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 1:39 PM

 As we should have expected, most Iron River-area drivers have been able to get around very well despite the U.S. 2 construction now under way.
 Most of them. But a few of them are, shall we say, more than a little confused.

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 Old habits die hard. If they are accustomed to having the right of way at an intersection, they expect to always have the right of way. Even if there is a new stop sign facing them. Even if there are signs that say Do Not Enter. Even if they have to drive around barricades to follow the usual path.
 We have seen plenty of that over the last few weeks. Those of us who live on the main drag through town have amused ourselves watching traffic try to cope. Or not try, as the case may be.
 One night, two vans drove right past three huge dump trucks, parked to block off nearly all the street, only to quickly confront an irregular expense of dirt. They came to the sudden realization that “Road Closed” on the signs they drove past means exactly what it says.
 At other times, we have watched cars execute a perfect circle at the intersection where the detour starts. I guess that makes it Iron County’s second traffic roundabout (after the Alpha circle).
 At home, the cats are dealing with it, though not with much enthusiasm. They are quite content during weekends, when the workers are gone for a few days. But at around 6 a.m. Monday, when the banging and scraping and beeping resumes, they start looking edgy. But we suspect they would still rather deal with that than the vacuum cleaner.
 Closer to the action, nature is coping, too. The critters that pass by during the night aren’t having any problem. In a sheltered corner of the front porch, Mrs. Robin isn’t letting all the noise and racket ruffle her feathers as she tends to her three babies.
 Life goes on. The workers dig up the street, they do their work, they refill the hole and eventually they will repave.
 More fun and scrambled traffic patterns are in store—the crews haven’t gotten to that one-block segment of M-189/Fourth Avenue yet. What’s a driver to do?
 That’s simple. First, be patient. We don’t have to deal with detours and one-way streets too often, and it won’t be for long. Sure, it takes longer to get from here to there—but we could think of a bigger pain in the butt for drivers. Have you ever missed your exit on the freeway only to read those fateful words: “Next exit 16 miles”?
 The other thing is, think behind the wheel, look where you are going and do what the traffic signs say. The signs that say “Stop” and “Do Not Enter” and “One Way” and “Road Closed” are there for a reason. Focus on your driving when behind the wheel. And if you have to take “the scenic route,” so what?
 It’s like life itself, which, they say, is all about the journey, not the destination. Enjoy the trip.
--Peter Nocerini

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:33 PM
 
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