2014-02-06 / Community

News Briefs

‘Battle of the Bands’ coming to MHS Saturday

MANISTIQUE – A “Battle of the Bands” is coming to the Manistique High School Feb. 8. The event, part of Winterfest week, will take place at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Three bands are currently registered – “Hot Mulligan”: comprised of MHS students; “Alligator Sundae”: Gladstone students; and “Triple S”: a band comprised of two brothers and a sister from Munising.

Competitors will play a set of songs and be judged in four categories: -Musicianship: How well performers mastered instruments. -Vocals: The group’s ability to sing on pitch, remember lyrics, harmonize, etc. -Stage presence: Whether the band was able to engage the audience. -Overall performance: How well the band performed as a whole. Judges are: Chris Nelson, MHS Alumni and member of the band “Driver”; Casey Chouinard, musician and past Battle of the Bands winner; and Josh Balbierz, “DJ Seismic” of Escanaba.

The cost is $5 (additional donations accepted). A concession stand will be available.

Proceeds go to the Class of 2014 Grad Party.

‘Shamrocks against Dystrophy’ back at Krist

IRON RIVER – The Krist Oil Company Krist Food Mart Convenience Stores throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin are selling Green shamrocks for $1 and Gold shamrocks for $5 through March 17. The shamrocks are part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Shamrocks against Dystrophy” program.

The Krist Food Mart locations had a record year in 2013, selling $16,500 in MDA Shamrocks. Money raised supports local MDA families in their fight against neuromuscular disease. To support local MDA families, residents can purchase a Shamrock at any Krist station.

The Shamrock program has grown out of the premise that everyone is willing to “spend a buck to share some luck.” Shamrocks against Dystrophy started over 30 years ago and is simple in that it takes a time-honored symbol of Irish luck.

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