2013-05-23 / Community

News Briefs

U.P. Honor Flight seeking Korean War era vets

GLADSTONE – The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight is looking for Korean War era veterans to participate in its next trip to Washington D.C.

Now on its fifth “mission”, the Honor Flight transports the U.P.’s war veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit national memorials dedicated to their service. To date, more than 300 World War II veterans from the U.P. have been on an Honor Flight trip.

The flight will now transition its program to honor the service of the Korean War veterans. Applications are now being accepted and can be found at www.upperpeninsulahonorflight.org

First priority will be given to WWII veterans.

Upper Peninsula Honor Flight is a 501(c)3 volunteer organization dedicated to honoring Michigan’s Upper Peninsula war veterans.

Lightening strike causes fire by propane tank

MANISTIQUE – A lightening strike is being blamed for a fire on Smith Lake Drive Monday. According to a press release from Manistique Public Safety, no injuries were reported in the fire, which was located next to a 500 pound propane tank.

Manistique Public Safety officers and volunteer fire fighters responded to 6006W Smith Lake Drive at approximately 10:20 p.m.Upon arriving at the residence, owned by William and Linda Clegg of Alpena, Mich., who were not present at the time, officers found a large fire burning next the propane tank, endangering the adjacent home.

Officers were able to turn off the tank and extinguish the fire without any damage sustained to the structure.

Investigation determined that the fire was caused by a lightning strike.

Officers were assisted at the scene by Sault Tribal Police and Hiawatha Volunteer Fire Departments.

Community Concert Committee series set

MANISTIQUE – Dates have been announced for the Community Concert Committee’s summer chamber music series. All concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 314 South Main St. Manistique.

The series begins June 16 with a program entitled “Baroque Fever”. Escanaba harpsichordist John Ignatowski joins violinist Paul Lundin in a program that includes music from the movie “The Red Violin”.

The second concert, “Romantic Strings,” on July 7 is a string sextet group playing Joachim Raff’s “String Sextet in G Minor” and “Transfigured Night” by Arnold Schonberg.

The concert series concludes Aug. 11, with the string quartet from the Ann Arbor area playing quartets from both hemispheres. The program, entitled “Hot and Cold,” will include Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet, Astor Piazzolla’s “Four, for Tango” and Edvard Grieg’s “Quartet in G minor”.

Each concert features an art show during intermission and reception after the concert.

Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door prior to the performance.

Those under 18 will be admitted free.

NASCAR racer, Mich. native to attend event

ST. IGNACE – NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion, also known as the “Blue Deuce”, will be featured in a special public event at the Bridge View Park in St. Ignace on May 29. The event is hosted by the Mackinac Bridge Authority in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan International Speedway.

Traffic will temporarily be stopped while the Blue Deuce crosses the Mackinac Bridge on the way to the 6:20 p.m. public event. All NASCAR fans, media outlets, and members of the public are invited to attend. The Blue Deuce will be on display at the park during the event, so the public is encouraged to bring cameras.

MBA officials will light the bridge blue at dusk on May 29 in recognition of the Pure Michigan icons. All costs for the lighting and public event are being paid for with private donations. No toll money or taxpayer dollars are being used for this event.

Keselowski is the first Michigan native to become the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, the premier stock car motorsports title in the world.

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