50 years ago
March 23, 1972
The highlight of the annual C.B.C. fund drive, the Radiothon will be held this Sunday at the St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall beginning at noon. Last year’s Radiothon raised over $2,500 for the combined Bay Cliff, Cancer and Crippled Children fund drive. Featured at this year’s Radiothon will be the Northern Michigan University “Fantastics”. Members of “The Fantastics” include two local girls, Mary Jo De- Sautel and Maureen Fagan, both of Manistique. The musical and singing group will entertain in an hour long show beginning at 12:30 p.m. They will be followed by local talent which makes up the largest portion of the C.B.C. Radiothon. The entire nine hour program will be broadcast live on WTIQ, however people are invited to stop in at the Parish Hall and watch the entertainment in person. Pledges can be called in and bids on paintings will be accepted by calling 341-2109.
Spring can’t be too far away even though the March weather is still cold and snowy. Seney Wildlife Refuge’s resident Canadian Geese population knows when spring is around the corner. The first three geese of the year were spotted this past Tuesday at the refuge. In the next few weeks they will be joined by several thousand others who will nest on the refuge for the summer.
The dreams of a state championship for Big Bay de Noc High ended last Thursday evening in Marquette as the Black Bears were defeated by the Panthers of Ewen-Trout Creek. Bay de Noc trailed throughout the game and only the sharp shooting of Tim Hartman kept them in the game during the second half. Hartman collected 31 points in the losing effort.
35 years ago
March 26, 1987
After 25 years of service to Bay Cliff Health Camp, Dorothy Hoholik has stepped down as chairman. Hoholik gave up her position on Monday, March 23 at the CBC meeting. She said Becky Chartier, a lifelong resident of Manistique, will be taking over her position. Hoholik was instrumental in starting the CBC (Cancer, Bay Cliff and Crippled Children and Adults) Drive 20 years ago, along with Dick Ketcik of the Cancer Society and Ann Jorgenson who represented Crippled Children.
Gail LaCroix on behalf of First National Bank, presented a big check to Arliss Larson who will be introducing a Bachelor Survival mini course in her Family Living class at Manistique High School. The course will introduce students to management by issuing pseudo checks and statements simulating actual financial transaction. All materials for the class have been donated by First National Bank, Manistique office.
There is a new fundraiser planned to raise money for the C.B.C. fund drive. A Danceathon will be held on Saturday, April 4, at the Elks Club from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be no charge at the door but each dancer must have at least one sponsor who will pay for each half hour danced. Free refreshments will be served. A prize will be given to the person who raises the most money by dancing for C.B.C. The event is sponsored by the local chapter of SARTA.
20 years ago
March 28, 2002
The music played, the lights flashed, balloons and money dropped from the rafters, and tears flowed on stage, when the 35-year-old CBC fund drive surpassed the $1 million mark in total contributions. The magic moment came just after 4 p.m. Sunday, during the annual CBC Radio-Telethon at the Manistique High School. “It was very exciting and very emotional,” Chairperson Carol Hollenbeck said. “This is my third year with CBC, I’ve had a lot of fun and seen a lot of very moving things. But this was definitely the high point.” The million dollar celebration came in the midst of a special presentation recognizing Manistique Papers, Inc., and its community service arm, Manistique Charities for their substantial contributions to CBC. Each year, Manistique Charities provides up to $10,000 in matching funds to the campaign.
After 30 years, the Gulliver Woodyard is closing down, MeadWestvaco Papers Group, which owns the facility, officially announced its decision last week, confirming a move that has been in the planning stages for some time. According to Kel Smyth, the company’s manager of government and community affairs, the shut down will eventually affect six employees at the Gulliver site, which opened for business in early 1972.
10 years ago
March 29, 2012
Even though the Pioneer-Tribune is a weekly publication published on Wednesday for Thursday, there has been some discussion within the community as to the timeliness of our Wednesday newsstand arrival. The secret was quietly released at 12 a.m. on Friday, March 23 when we launched our new website. Though no horns or sirens sounded, those that visit the Pioneer-Tribune website regularly were greeted by our new presence.
Action taken by the Manistique City Council Monday night will save the city an estimated $1.5 million. The council approved a resolution to refinance the debt on the 1996 wastewater treatment plant renovation, dropping the interest rate from 4.5 percent to 2 percent. The refinancing is being done in conjunction with the city’s $10 million water and sewer infrastructure project, which is set to begin this spring. The savings will allow the city to repay the infrastructure obligation without a utility-rate increase for city residents and businesses.
After 13 seasons, Ed Marietti has announced that he is stepping down as the Manistique High School boys’ varsity basketball coach. Athletic Director Rob Ryan said he received Marietti’s letter of resignation Monday. The resignation will be formally accepted at the next MAS Board of Education meeting April 16.