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“Back to School” is WTIP’s Community Conversation for Sept. 5

Mon, 09/02/2013 - 8:18am

Schools in Cook County are back in session this week. What’s new and what’s stayed the same? What about changes in testing and revisions to No Child Left Behind? How will our schools use the new Cook County Community YMCA? How will broadband affect student learning?

Join Jay Andersen host of WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversation and his guests on September 5th  at 7pm for: “Back to School – the 2013-14 Edition”… this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation.

You can join the discussion before or during the broadcast, by calling 387-1070, 800-473-9847, or send an email to

The guest list includes school administrators and board members. That’s “Back to School – the 2013-14 Edition”… this month’s First Thursday Community Conversation. September 5th, 7 p.m. to 8 pm. Only on WTIP North Shore Community Radio!

Isle Royale verifies falcon and wolf births

Mon, 09/02/2013 - 7:17am

Houghton, MI— Last year marked the first time in 57 years that peregrine falcons, a state listed endangered species, nested and successfully fledged young on Isle Royale. This year that success was repeated with two chicks reared to fledging on Passage Island.

Also noteworthy this summer was the birth of at least two wolf pups. For the past several years the wolf population has been slowly declining, to a historic low of 8 animals at the end of winter study in March, 2013. These new animals are welcome additions to the population, bringing the total up to at least ten animals.

Island animal populations are generally small with fewer species than on the surrounding mainland.  For example, there are approximately 19 species of mammals documented on Isle Royale, far fewer than the number of mammals on the adjacent Michigan and Minnesota mainland.

Isle Royale National Park Superintendent Phyllis Green said, “It is always exciting when we learn about successful reproduction of wildlife in the park, and the birth of two wolf pups is especially good news.”  

She added, “While we were very happy to learn about the birth of the pups, we are still concerned about the population and are in the process of evaluating options on how to deal with the population in the future.”

North Shore Chapter of Ruffed Grouse Society to hold 21st Conservation & Sportsmen's Banquet Sept. 5

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 12:00pm

 The North Shore Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its 21st Annual Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 5 at the American Legion Post 413 in Grand Marais.

The affair begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Individual membership and dinner tickets are $50. There is also a membership and spouse package for $75, which includes two dinners. Junior membership and dinner tickets are $35 each. Banquet, Conservation, Sustaining and Gold sponsorship packages are also available at $275, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 respectively.

And, in the spirit of the outdoors, youngsters under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program and can verify same will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.

As is the custom at this event, the evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes that feature the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectibles.

As with all RGS fundraisers, proceeds from this event will be used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat. Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is North America’s foremost conservation organization dedicated to preserving our sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife. RGS works with landowners and government agencies to develop critical habitat utilizing scientific management practices.

For more information on the banquet and/or tickets contact Jill Hill at 218-387-2501.

Don't miss the delightful "Dix Tableau" at Grand Marais Playhouse

Sat, 08/31/2013 - 9:18am

Only two more chances to see the delightful Grand Marais Playhouse production of "Dix Tableau," directed by Susan Kelnberger. "Dix Tableau" is the story of a friendship between two women in their sixties, played out over the course of ten years, with each year representing another reunion for Beverly Duggins and Addie Spool, two participants in a series of annual "tableaux" sponsored by the Museum of Dix, in a small city in the South.

As the museum tableaux productions become more and more complicated, the unusual friendship between New Yorker Beverly and southern girl Addie solidifies.  The living historical characters in the tableaux are anything but boring and the museum goers’ comments as they stroll past the scenes are hilarious.

Weekend News Roundup for August 31

Sat, 08/31/2013 - 9:02am

Each week the WTIP news staff puts together a roundup of the news over the past five days. Fires in the area, school test scores, wolves and campers and action on the Hwy 53 re-route…all in this week’s news.

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Fresh produce accepted at Cook County Food Shelf

Sat, 08/31/2013 - 8:55am

The Cook County Food Shelf is inviting local gardeners and farmers to donate produce and eggs to the Food Shelf.

Board Member Gwen Lenz said, "Everyone enjoys fresh produce this time of the year, and Food Shelf families are no different! If you would like to donate, or have donated in the past, please pick up an info sheet so that we can all work together." 

The Food Shelf has created a produce donations guideline sheet to answer common questions about donating to the Food Shelf, covering everything from food safety, favorite vegetables for the Food Shelf, and when and how to arrange to drop off produce. 

Lenz said the Food Shelf board is grateful to be able to share garden extras, and will make every attempt to put extra produce to good use. It is important that the Food Shelf ensures that donations are grown and handled safely, and that you make arrangements for drop off on Mondays. Produce that is left at the church without an appointment is often unable to be used. 

To donate fresh produce or eggs to the Food Shelf, contact Steve Deschene at (218) 387-1767, Gwen or Bill Lenz (218) 387-9860, or First Congregational Church at (218) 387-2113.