2013-10-31 / Community

News Briefs

Buck LeVasseur to leave ‘Discovering’ show

MARQUETTE – Longtime host of the “Discovering” program, Buck LeVasseur, is officially passing the torch. Local outdoor videographer/producer, Brian Whitens will now take the reigns of the U.P.-wide program.

“I’m no longer physically able to do the job,” said LeVasseur. “But Brian is a very qualified person. He is very talented, does a wonderful job and he really knows what he’s doing in the outdoors.”

LeVasseur recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Discovering”, which has been on the air since 1982. The awardwinning outdoor program airs every Monday night at 7:30, as LeVasseur, and now Whitens, explore the people and places of the Upper Peninsula.

“I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to be associated with something that is so much a part of the Upper Peninsula,” said Whitens, who has been acting as interim “Discovering” host over the past year. “What Buck has accomplished is nothing short of amazing and it’s an absolute honor to sit in his chair.”

Fire at area apartments ends with no injuries

MANISTIQUE – No one was injured in a fire at Lakeview Apartments in Manistique Friday.

According to a press release from Manistique Public Safety Department, officers responded to the fire at 701 Park Ave. at approximately 1:15 a.m. Fire alarms within the “B” building had been activated, and officers evacuated residents from that building.

The fire was discovered in apartment B107, and officers forced entry into the unit and evacuated the sole resident, who was uninjured in the incident.

The fire, limited to food cooking on an electric stove, was contained.

Firefighters cleared smoke from the building and residents were able to return to their apartments at 2 a.m.

Officers were assisted at the scene by the Sault Tribe Police Department.

Bay College to host ‘Golden Gala’ on Friday

ESCANABA – Bay College will celebrate its 50th anniversary year with a “Golden Gala” event Nov. 1.

The special fundraising event will be held in the Besse Center starting at 5:15 p.m.

The Golden Gala will be a social evening, including a strolling dinner with selections, carving station and flaming pasta entrees by CafĂ© Bay and Pacino’s.

A variety of Milestone wines and select beers will complement the evening of food, music, an art auction and the student musical performance in the Besse theatre by the Bay College Student Drama Club.

The backdrop for the evening will include Phil Lynch on the grand piano, as well as the walls adorned by the artworks of the renowned painter Robert Addison. Bay College holds the largest collection of artwork by the late Chicago-based Addison.

The event is sponsored by Bay College’s Alumni Association and the Bay de Noc Community College Foundation, as well as an overwhelming number of community sponsors.

Reservations to join the Golden Gala evening of celebration and connections are required as seats are limited. Tickets are $100 per person.

To reserve or for more information, contact Kim Carne or Vicki DeGrand in the Foundation office at (906) 217-1700 or email foundation@baycollege.edu.

Visit www.baycollege.edu/ gg for additional details and a complete list of sponsors.

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