Education

FTV: Mines

      A quick quiz:  How many different types of mines have there been in Upper Michigan?  This is a question I ask my sixth grade Geography – Earth Science students at the beginning of the Geology unit we cover that includes U.P.  mining history.  Everybody comes up with “copper”, and a few might remember “iron”, […]

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Be true to your school . . .

August 9, 2017 update!  The votes are in and the 1.3 mil sinking millage being sought in the August 8 election passed by a 2-1 margin!  Thank you to the citizens of Rockland, Greenland, Carp Lake and Ontonagon Townships who ALL passed the proposal.  Thank you for thinking about our students and one of your greatest […]

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FTV: Waste not, want not

  Have you had a family grill out lately?  If you did, it was probably on a gas grill or a good old fashioned charcoal grill, which is my personal favorite.  Either way, we all owe a debt of thanks to Henry Ford for kick starting this little piece of Americana tradition.  When Ford’s Kingsford, Michigan […]

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FTV: Sound Advice – Part 2

      Part one of this column began when I was ruminating about things that get passed along to graduates by various commencement speakers.  Somehow things kind of swerved into a discussion of  how bullying each other has changed since I was in junior high those many eons ago.  Being mean to each other with pencil […]

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A Tribute to Mr Mittens

Every pet owner knows that their pet is the best ever – so we sadly announce the passing of our Mr Mittens aka Mittu, our wonderful Hemingway polydactyl cat.  He was a large, shy black cat with probable Maine Coon genetics (a BIG boy) who brought us much joy.  Alas, at approximate age 15 (he […]

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What could $5.28 Billion buy?

neaToday (Spring 2017 – pages 24 – 25) reports that 1% of the Federal Budget is put toward education in the United States.  Since 2001, the United States has spent a staggering $8.36 million per HOUR on war according to the National Priorities Project.  In addition to this amount, $528.5 billion tax dollars per year […]

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FTV: The Detective

      Among the many hats my father wore during his 40 plus year tenure as an employee of the State of Michigan,  one was that of a detective.  If one ponders the skills that make a good detective, it doesn’t take too much imagination to understand why I never found it in my best interests […]

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S4SD – DbD II – The 2017 Campaign

We wrapped up our second Strive 4 a Safer Drive Campaign – DON’T be DISTRACTED public service campaign in mid-March of 2017.  S4SD-DbD II was funded with a $1000 grant from the State of Michigan.  We hope to post the PowerPoint slide show about the campaign in the near future. View our final campaign summary […]

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