July 18 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 8)
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OK...someone is fooling with Mother Nature. It has been a hot July in the UP. After a weekend in the upper 80s and low 90s, we have respite today--only 75. But look at this goofy forecast; 71 Tuesday, 90 Wednesday, 73 Thursday.
Whoever is playing games--we've had enough, OK? We Yoopers (and at least this adopted Yooper) can't stand the heat. We spent the afternoon at McLain, but even Lake Superior's proximity didn't provide any temperature reduction. The water sure did, but that was only temporary (and only for as long as you can stand the, uh, chill).
So what do you do, post-lake? Order take-out and retreat to the basement. That's what we did, with our trusty videotape of Stage 15 of the Tour de France.
Our Tour experience is enhanced this year by the presence of a book we received in the mail last week. We've become a Nielsen Family. Since Thursday, we've had a log book on the couch, with a column for each family member, diligently marking what we watch and when we watch it.
It is only for a week, but it is a Tour week and maybe we can play a small role in getting OLN, or someone else, to continue to cover the most intense sporting event on the planet.
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At Da Tech
TECH, RUCKUS MAKE DOWNLOADING LEGAL: Michigan Tech has signed an agreement with the digital entertainment service Ruckus, which will allow students to download music and movies legally. For $14.95 a semester, subscribers will have access to over 700,000 songs. For a rotating library of blockbuster movies and hit TV shows, the cost is $19.95. For both services, the charge is $29.95. More:
BOARD ELECTS NEW LEADERS: Michael Henricksen and Kathryn Clark were recently elected chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the Board of Control. Both have served on the board since 2001. Henricksen is a 1964 Tech graduate in forestry. More:
FOOTBALL NAMED TO PRESEASON TOP 25: The Michigan Tech football team is ranked 16th in Street & Smith's 2005 Football Yearbook Division II Preseason Top 25. Last year, the Huskies took the GLIAC championship and earned their first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Tech returns 10 starters from last year's 9-2 squad. The Huskies open the season on August 27 at Northern Michigan.
FRESHMAN FEEDING FRENZY: Science, technology and consumerism are just a few of the subjects Michigan Tech freshmen will explore this summer as they read "Feed," by M. T. Anderson. For the second year of Michigan Tech Orientation's Summer Reading program, this futuristic book was chosen to get incoming students thinking critically before they enter college. More:
BRIDGE OPEN, AND OPEN, AND OPEN: The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking into the cause of a 38-minute malfunction of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge last Thursday night. The bridge could not descend properly after being lifted at about 8 p.m. to allow a sailboat to pass. The delay caused traffic jams spreading back to College Avenue and M-26.
DRY SPELL CONTINUES: A six-week dry spell has caused concern for area water-dependent recreation and agriculture. According to the National Weather Service Marquette station, rainfall in Houghton since June 16 has been 2.4 inches. And no substantial rain is forecast for the coming days. Summer heat and lack of rain have pushed parts of Upper Michigan into moderate drought conditions, increasing fire potential to dangerous levels, compromising inland lake and stream levels and adding stress to crops and livestock.
CITY APPROVES LIBRARY LEASE: Houghton city officials have approved the final lease and management agreement between the City of Houghton and the Portage Lake District Library. Under the terms of the lease, the city will build and own a new library building, leasing the library to the Portage Lake District Library board. Groundbreaking is slated for tomorrow.
HANCOCK LANDMARK TO BE REVIVED: The five-story former Scott Hotel, most recently home to Hancock Hardware, will have its interior and exterior overhauled to more closely resemble the building's original form and function. Mike Lahti, who purchased the building in October, is planning a series of improvements to the structure that was built in 1906. Three commercial tenants will occupy the first floor, with 32 residential apartments in the second through fifth floors. Units will be available for rent in the fall of 2006.
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Carolyn Rowland (carolyn(at)cme.nist.gov)
Wow. If this is Louis Galdieri, they've been working
Dean sez: They are seeking funding for actually producing the project, so there is no timetable.
E-mail from Bob Brown '53 (MAGMAN6(at)aol.com)
At the Italian Hall, the doors were not bolted
As part of one of the classes that we had at Houghton
E-mail from John Titlow (heterodyne(at)juno.com)
Good afternoon Dean:
I hate to point this out to you but the Italian Hall
Per "Cradle to Grave" by Larry Lankton (1991) page
The books by Fred Rydholm also have the same detail as
What made the Italian Hall tragedy is that the hall
E-mail from Jon Steele '75 (jon.steele(at)eds.com)
The latest (July 11) newsletter brought back some
E-mail from Frank Shoffner '62 (fhshoffn(at)earthlink.net)
Those of us who experience "resident" Canada Geese
E-mail from Pat Weston (Westpatm(at)aol.com)
I live in Grand Ledge, MI and we have plenty of geese
E-mail from John Gietzen '73 (Jrgietzen(at)aol.com)
I missed the beginning of the "geese" discussion. But
I doubt the story of a Frat house next the Bosch
E-mail from Jeff Sikes '86 (jeff.sikes(at)hs.utc.com)
Dean, we spent July 13-17 in Munising, MI camping and
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Job Opportunities This Week
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