Event Pictorials
ETCETERA - 2013 -(DEC)
December 1, 2013

Triathalon info: CLICK HERE
The Celtic Quarter: CLICK HERE

For Isle Royale/Ranger III info: CLICK HERE
For local NPS info/publicity/questions: liz_valencia@nps.gov
The national Park Service vessel Ranger III, will be spending the winter in Sturgeon Bay, WI. It will be in dry dock for its regular periodic inspection and updates. The departure came at the end of its regular Isle Royale season trips at the end of October. She is captained by William Hanrahan. The vessel is 165 ft. in length, and carries 128 passengers plus crew. The Celtic Quarter was formed in 2009 as a group of folks interested in fostering Celtic arts, history, and culture in our community. Membership is open to all. With the promise to continue renovating and preserve it, the group intends to maintain as much historic integrity as possible. With a facade grant through the City of Hancock and various fund-raising events such as the Annual Robert Burns Dinner in late January/early February, the Celtic Festival/Highland Games in the summer, rummage sales, Econofoods receipt collecting, and donations, the group has installed all new windows and has been busy insulating the main floor. As funds and people are available, work on renovations continues. They hope to have the living area on the main floor renovated by next spring. The next fundraising event, the traditional Robert Burns Night is slated for Saturday, February 8th., 2014. For membership, donations, or info, click on the link at the pictorial beginning. New City Councilman Kevin Hodur takes the Oath of Office from City Secretary Karen Haischer on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013.
Make A Difference Day. Saturday, October 26, National Make A Difference Day, brought out a host of Community volunteers, many of them students, to clean up our City. The event began some 20 years ago, and was organized here this year by Debbie Mann, a member of the Hancock Planning Commission. A good number of people showed up bright and early at the Finalndia University Quincy Green, with gloves, rakes, and shovels. The City DPW provided bags. The group paused for a photo before setting out to do cleanup work, including helping senior citizens where needed. The Canadian freighter John D. Leitch arrived in early October, with the first of several shiploads of salt, for W. Upper Peninsula road maintenance entities for the upcoming winter driving season. This load was 15,000 tons. The total order for this year is 31,000 tones, a very large order, due to the late 2012 spring storms that virtually wiped out salt supplies, including many emergency supplies, that now need to be re-supplied. The Stmr. Leitch returned in 2 weeks to add the remaining 16,000 tons. The Leitch tied up at the Mattila Rock and Dock area, in W. Hancock, and took about 6 hours to discharge her load.
The Fifth Annual Yooper Triathalon was held on Sunday, June 16, at the Hancock Beach. Started in 2009, it has become a regular June event in the City. Added this year was a duatholon, which also included Team events, covering biking and running. The swimming portion of the Triathalon began at 10am under sunny and breezy skies. Two thirds of the proceeds will go to support the Ski Tigers. See link for more info. Post 186 Color Guard. The Post Firing Squad, under the command of Phil Verville, III, fires one of three volleys over the graves of fallen Veterans. A day for remembrance, and thanks, to those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. Never forget them, and those Prisoners of War, Missing in Action service members, who never came home.
All members turned out on a bright and sunny Saturday to provide a much needed public service for the Community. Temperatures reached an unbelievable 72̊ after a very cold and snowy Spring. Thanks for your efforts, fellows. Great job. Portage View Hospital held a public forum recently, to inform the area about the proposed merger with Life Point Hospitals, which is based in Tennessee. PVH would become a for-profit health facility. PVH CEO Jim Bogan chats with PVH Board Chairman Steve Zutter. Life Point has recently completed a merger with Marquette General Hospital, and has formed mergers or partnerships with a number of hospitals across some 20 states.
This area visitor gets ready to head out on the trails. The area received over 60" of snow in February. These machines are heading north on the Calumet trail, that will take them up into the Keweenaw Peninsula for a superb scenery ride, including the Brockway Mountain option.
Photos: Roland Burgan r-burgan@charter.net
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