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December 31, 2016



SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. - The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University have taken their best "guesstimate" and released LSSU's 42nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

“Overused words and phrases are a 'bête noire' for thousands of users of the 'manicured' Queen's English,” said an LSSU spokesperson, who released the 'historic' list during a town hall meeting. “We hope our modest 'listicle' will figure 'bigly' in most 'echo chambers' around the world.”

LSSU's word banishment tradition is now in its fifth decade, and was started by the late W. T. Rabe, a public relations director at Lake Superior State University.



   January 5, 2017


Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener Program will be held on Saturdays from 9 to 5 pm on Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22, and May 20 At the Eastern UP Intermediate School District, 315 Armory Place, Conference Room A, Sault Ste. Marie, MI  49783 Course is $300, and there are some partial scholarships available.  You must register and apply for partial scholarships online by Jan. 13. For questions, contact Rebecca Krans, MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator,, or 906-875-0606.

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LSSU seeks proposals for TEDx event

January 03, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE – Lake Superior State University is seeking proposals for its third annual TEDx event to be held in the Shouldice library on March 23. LSSU Students, staff, and community members are all welcome to submit their ideas. The theme is, Never Stop Learning, an exploration of lifelong learning in all its forms.

Individuals, pairs, or small groups may make presentations. Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted through by Jan. 15. Presenters will be chosen in January.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience under the guidance of the international TED Conference organization. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Soo Theatre Project recruiting volunteers

January 03, 2017

Have a love of theatre? Looking to give back to your community? The Soo Theatre Project could not survive without its volunteers. They are in need of helpers of all kinds — in the office, ushering, back stage, marketing, organizing and working at special events.


The theatre is busy year-round.

In addition to a full spring, summer, and fall performance schedule which includes a straight play, two musicals, an opera, and specially themed events such as the annual Mike Dempsey Show, The Soo Theatre Project offers a wide range of class offerings.

Cloverland Electric announces rates for 2017

December 31, 2016

At its special board meeting in October, Cloverland Electric Cooperative’s board of directors voted 6 to 3 in favor of restructuring the rates. The approved plan lowers the residential energy charge and increases the facility charge for members effective in January 2017. The restructured plan results in an overall increase of 2.9 percent.

The rate plan reduces the residential energy charge for former legacy Edison Sault customers and for former legacy Cloverland Electric members to $0.09149 per kilowatt-hour. The fair and simple rate plan reduces the rate classes from 15 down to 6. The plan restructures costs to fixed costs and variable costs. Fixed costs such as taxes, trucks, poles, wires, equipment, etc. will be received through a facility charge of $23.75 per meter per month. The variable cost is what Cloverland pays for the power it generates and the wholesale power it purchases. The variable cost changes each month due to weather and usage.  In 2017, it will be reflected in the energy charge component of the electric bill that is being reduced. The energy charge is the component of the bill that members can directly influence through energy conservation.

DNR urges caution on snowmobile trails

December 29, 2016

With varying amounts of snowfall so far this season across the northern section of the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging snowmobilers to use caution riding trails.

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