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This week in the Pioneer Tribune...

50 Years Ago December 7, 1967

• Because of a whopping 80 percent increase in the number of retail merchants participating in this year’s annual Christmas shopping promotion, additional prizes will be offered to area shoppers, it was announced tis week by Raymond Hughson, chairman of the promotion committee of the Retail Division of the Top O’ Lake Michigan Chamber of Commerce. So far a total of 75 merchants has signed up for the sales event, compared to only 46 last year, he said. “I feel this is a reflection of the merchants’ interest in promoting this area, and in thanking the customers for shopping at home,” he said.

• Manistique parking meters are being moved this week, and area motorists were warned to be alert for the change. The meters are being shifted from the curb to new locations adjacent to buildings, at the inner side of the sidewalk. Shifting the meters will greatly ease the problem of snow removal downtown during the winter, City Manager Robert Noe said. He urged drivers to be sure and check for their meter location when they park, in order to avoid being ticketed.

• Smoke coming from the shop part of Mark Motors garage at 204 Deer Street was noticed by Public Safety officer John Blomquist at 10:30 p.m. last Thursday and the fire truck reported to extinguish a blaze started by an overheated furnace. Some damage was reported.

• How can you explain a $4 fee to a group of unhappy women volleyball players? That’s the problem Community School Director Richard Bonifas will face tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 when he meets with a group of women protesting the charging of fees by the school for the use of the building. The fees were approved by the board of education several months ago in an attempt to help defray the cost of providing extra services to the community. In previous years the women...and other users of the school facilities...were charged no fee, but a cutback in services due to the austerity budget adopted by the board included the provision that the facilities could be used only if there was no cost to the general fund.

• St. Francis de Sales of Manistique defeated Sacred Heart of Munising last Wednesday night in a 28-24 basketball contest at the Parish Center here. Leading 17-4 at the half, coach Seb Rubick used 18 men in the contest, as each played at least on quarter. Nick Beaudre and Jack Roemer led the St. Francis scoring with seven each, while Paul Messier and Mike Green had five each. Gero of Munising was high for the night with 11.

35 Years Ago December 9, 1982

• Saluting 16 years of service is no easy thing, but over 200 people turned out at the Fireside Inn near Manistique to laud State Rep. Charlie Varnum, who has championed the cause of the 107th District since 1966. Most of the “U.P. Mafia” legislative delegation was there, along with local civic leaders.

Congressman Bob Davis attended and entertained the crowd with humorous stories about the early days when he and Varnum first ran for office. Numerous congratulatory letters were read, including one from President Ronald

Regan. Varnum also received an emotional special presentation from his son.

• Teachers at the Bay de Noc school district ended their two-day strike

Wednesday after agreeing to a new contract which will give them a 22.2 percent wage increase package over the next three years. The pact is expected to cost the school district around $100,000 extra over that period.

• “Seeing with sound” is the latest medical development to be put into practice at the Schoolcraft County Memorial Hospital. The hospital’s new ultrasound scanner uses high frequency sound waves to make X-ray type pictures without radiation risks. The $44,000 machine sends out sound waves in the megahertz range, the same part of the spectrum FM radio uses. These pass through a hand held unit called a transducer and reflect off body tissues. The signals return to the machine and are displayed on a small TV screen. Permanent negatives can also be made for examination.

• When Mike Godlewski didn’t have the ball in his hands at Ishpeming last

Friday, he was usually sending it through the hoop. The tough senior netted 35 points in Manistique’s 80-72 victory over the Hematites.

• Larry Koski helped pass out helmets, shin guards and other equipment last

Monday as junior hockey players got ready for the upcoming season. The 100 kids in the league will be selling Tombstone pizzas this weekend as a fundraiser.

20 Years Ago December 11, 1997

• Manistique High School students helped to load a trailer with about 600 pounds of canned food for the county’s Christmas Basket Program. “Can Wars” organizer Mike Powers said the seventh grade won the Middle School competition while the 12th grade brought in the most among high school classes. The Can Wars were sponsored by the National Honor Society, Youth Organization, the Manistique Education Association, Lakeside School, the Student Council and each of the individual classes.

• Santa Claus had a busy time Sunday, Dec. 7, as 80 pet owners brought over 100 animals to have their pictures taken by Portraits Plus photographer Dan White. The event raised $980 for the Schoolcraft County Humane Society.

• Manistique Area Schools students Heather Madden, Sara Johnson, Robin Messenger, Steve Larson, Tara Demers, Nancy Yang and Mary Wood have been named Students of the Month for November.

• If nothing else, new Manistique varsity basketball coach Gary Iwinski hopes he can bring two things to the Emeralds this season: a good work ethics and a winning attitude. The coach believes these two attributes, plus the luxury of having several talented players at each position, can help the Emeralds improve upon last year’s 2-22 record.

10 Years Ago December 13, 2007

• On Tuesday, third and fourth grade students at St. Francis de Sales School had the opportunity to carry out a special project-making gingerbread houses-with their school principal, Kitty Lovell. In years past, the houses turned out so well that it was decided to auction off this year’s creations. The money raised will be given to a local charity.

• It may be closed for the season, but the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and Museum is always a busy place around the Christmas holidays. On Dec. 1 and 2, the Gulliver Historical Society hosted its annual “Christmas from the Past” event, with tours, refreshments, gift shop sales and more, including the traditional visit from Santa Claus, who arrived with great fanfare and met with many excited children.

• Local qualifiers of the annual Elks Hoop Shoot showed off the trophies they earned by winning their age groups at last weekend’s event in Manistique. The local champs were: Breiann Richey, Ashley Vaughn, Connor Selling, Zach Powers and James Casey. They will compete next in the district finals Dec. 22 at Escanaba.

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