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ALGER REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

GIVES 2017 SPRING GRANTS

SPRING GRANTS THREE

Pictured left to right: Corey Holcomb, Alger Marquette Community Action Board;  Karen Thorrington, ARCF Trustee/Treasurer; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Carmen Kee, Alger Co. Animal Shelter, Lead Animal Care Giver, and Maggie; Kim Moote, Trustee; Claudia VanLandschoot, City of Munising Beautification Program; Laura Travis, Women’s Center; Kris Lindquist, of Alger County Commission on Aging; Kristin Madigan, ARCF Trustee/Secretary; and Carol Eglsaer, Alger County Food Pantry.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation gave out the following grants during its 2017 Spring/Summer Granting Cycle:

The following grants were given during this year’s Spring/Summer Granting Cycle: (1) Alger Co. Food Pantry Fresh fruits for Families in Need Program;  (2) Superior Central Schools  Natural Resources and Watercraft Design Program:  To purchase tools necessary for natural resource monitoring and for building the solo canoes for each student;  (3) Burt Township Art-Food for the Soul Program:  To bring some needed art and cultural activities in the community; (4) Burt Township It’s A Stretch Program:  To Provide a healthy exercise alternative during the winter months for Seniors;  (5) Alger Marquette Community Action Board SPOT Vision Screener:  To purchase a new vision screening tool to identify potential vision issues in children ages 6 months to 5 years; (6) Alger County Commission on Aging Tai Chi for Arthritis Program; (7)  Women’s Central To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence; (8) Alger County Animal Shelter  Re-Design of the Cat Room working with the MPS Woods Class to design and create new outside cat area for recreation and play; (9) Great Munising Bay Association Market Walk – to provide monetary compensation to Farmers Market Vendors in exchange for tokens that were earned through participants walking miles to be used for purchasing fruits and vegetables; and  (10) City of Munising Downtown Development Authority  City Beautification Project:  To help present the City of Munising as a colorful and welcoming place to be.

In 2016, the Alger Regional Community Foundation gave $150,000 in grants to Alger County.

Check the Alger Regional Community Foundation website www.arcf.com for upcoming events, as well as upcoming grants and scholarships.  There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online.  If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call Karen Thorrington at 906-387-3900 or email ARCF at algercf@yahoo.com.

 

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J.E.A.N. Fund Grant Monies

Awarded to Grand Marais

By Judy Janney

JEAN GRANT

Nancy Weston-Hughes (far right), a member of the Alger Regional Community Foundation Board, presents two checks to Burt Township Supervisor, Sheri Shafer (center) for Art and Senior Stretch Classes. Also pictured is Judy Janney, (far left) who helped write both grant applications. Katie Mead (not pictured) also helped write the grant for the Senior Stretch Program.  (Photo courtesy of the Grand Marais Pilot & Pictured Rocks Review)

Nancy Weston-Hughes, a member of the Alger Regional Community Foundation Board, presented Burt Township with two checks for recently awarded grants.  The J.E.A.N. grant is for $600 and will be used for five art classes for the town of Grand Marais this summer and fall.  This grant is specifically for art enrichment.  The second grant is for $500 and will cover the cost of two six-week sessions of Senior Stretch with Toni Whaley during the fall and winter.

Classes under the J.E.A.N. grant are:


Slab Works” a clay class with Nancy Weston-Hughes to be held July 18th at 1pm

Other classes, which will be held in August or September:

“The Magic of Watercolors” with Sharon Babbit

“Introduction to Photography Composition” with Paul Petersen

This class will be in two parts with classroom time first and a week later a photo op in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


“Silk Wrap”
a silk scarf painting class with Paula Chuchvara

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addition to the classes, a “Classical Tea” will be presented on August 26 at 1 pm, with Nancy Weston-Hughes on cello and Shirley Vanderlaan on piano. This will take place at The Artist Den on M77 just south of Grand Marais. MUST be signed up! Space is limited!

Watch for times and dates in our local media. Sign-up sheets are available at The Marketplace. In some cases class size will be limited due to space or supplies.

Senior Stretch classes under this grant will be held during the fall and winter months.  These classes will provide healthy exercise during the colder times of the year when walking for exercise is not possible and will provide an opportunity for socialization.  This is a great opportunity to do something for your body.  The classes will be sponsored by the Women’s Club and will be led by Toni Whaley in the Community Center.  Please watch for Toni’s announcement in our local media for dates and times.

A special thank you to Alger Regional Community Foundation for these two wonderful grants for our town.  We are most grateful and will use them to their fullest.

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ALGER REGIONAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

GRANTS TO MPACKS PROGRAM

M-PACK THREE

The Alger Regional Community Foundation recently awarded a proactive grant to the MPacks Program.  MPacks is a backpack food program which aims to provide nutritious and easy-to-prepare food for students who may experience food insecurity over the weekend.  Supplemental bags of food are placed discreetly in the students’ backpacks to take home on Friday afternoons.  Pictured are Rae Bowerman representing the MPacks Program and Kris Madigan, Grant Committee Coordinator/Chair, representing the Alger Regional Community Foundation.

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ARCF Awards Grant to

Alger Wellness Coalition Market Walk Program

SPRING GRANTS - MARKET WALK-4

Pictured left to right: Karen Thorrington, ARCF Trustee/Treasurer; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Vicki Ballas, Health and Nutrition Program Instructor, MSU Extension; and David Wesoloski, Community Health Educator.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation gave out a grant to the Alger Wellness Coalition Market Walk Program to provide monetary compensation to Farmers Market Vendors in exchange for tokens that were earned through participants walking miles at the Munising Tribal Health Center. The tokens participants earn are exchanged for fruits and vegetables at the Farmers Market. This program is available to all throughout the community and encourages healthy eating and exercise habits. All are invited to attend. In 2016, the Alger Regional Community Foundation gave $150,000 in grants to Alger County. Check the Alger Regional Community Foundation website www.algercf.com for upcoming events, as well as upcoming grants and scholarships. There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online. If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call Karen Thorrington at 906-387-3900 or email ARCF at algercf@yahoo.com.

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ARCF Awards Grant to

Superior Central Schools

SUPERIOR CENTRAL

Superior Central Schools was recently awarded a grant from the Alger Regional Community Foundation for its Natural Resource Applications and Watercraft Design class.  The money will be used to purchase the tools necessary for natural resource monitoring and for building the solo canoes for each student.  Pictured are the students of the class and their teacher Mr. Tim Bliss.

 

2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

ScholarshipAwards

 

Lloyd Artibee Scholarship – Jared Mosier

Eric & Danielle Beverly Scholarship – Marissa Immel

Joseph Brey Scholarship – Kaleigh St. Martin

BRP Ski-Doo Scholarship – Josie Hart

Thelma Cotey Scholarship –  Bailey Downs

Ellen Lindquist Scholarship –

Peyton Bonevelle                              Michaela Peramaki

Abigail Brown                                  Alyssia Potter

Bailey Downs                                   Whitney Riley

Josie Hart                                           Jillian Schramm

Jared Immel                                       Marissa Immel

Kylee Kidder

Vernon Constantineau Scholarship – Rachel Cooper

Frank & Mary Hausler Scholarship – Kalee Martin

Dr. John Hechtman Scholarship – Frankie Mattson

Joseph Hamel Scholarship – Kyle Welters

Lois Chaltry Hamel Scholarship – Whitney Riley

Brenda Tannehill Kiwanis Scholarship –

Marissa Immel

Sydney McInnis

Carl “Star” Kjellin Scholarship – Talon Steinhoff

Henry Nelson Scholarship – Suzanne Stephens

Native American Scholarship – Sydney McInnis

Mary Peterson Scholarship – Bethany Baron

SHINE Scholarship – Evan Cromell

Paul & Alice Simonen Scholarship – Jared Immel

LynnVendien Scholarship – Michaela Peramaki

William Tidd Scholarship – Jared Mosier

Munising High School Band Receives Grant from the Alger Regional Community Foundation

 Corey Oas Memorial Fund

COREY OAS FUND GRANT TO MPS BAND

A grant was recently made to the Munising High School Band from the Corey Oas Memorial Fund to purchase a percussion drum set.  Joyce Kelto Oas and Rich Oas presented a check to the Band Director, Emily Rodeck from the Corey Oas Memorial Fund. The high school band was in dire need of new equipment and Ms. Rodeck wrote a grant application requesting help.  The Oas family was glad to be able to help because Corey loved music, along with playing basketball and football.  The Oas family started the Fund in memory of their son, Corey, who died in 1996.  The family had basketball courts installed at the Munising High School parking lot, the Kids Connection playground, Eden Lutheran Church and the Munising Township Recreation area several years ago.  The Corey Oas Memorial Fund, held at the Alger Regional Community Foundation, is a Donor Advised Fund that the family makes decisions on granting.

If you would like to find out more about how the Alger Regional Community Foundation works along with families to honor loved ones, please contact the Foundation office at 387-3900.

 

 

2016 SPRING SUMMER GRANTS GIVEN

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Pictured left to right:  Front Row:  Honoree, Richard Wm. Nebel, Leah McFarlandf and Ashley McFarland, MSU; Michele Curtis and   of the Boy Scouts; Danny Graves, Munising Baptist School; and Rhonda Lassila, MBTN. Back Row:  Karen Thorrington, ARCF Treas.; Cathy Weymouth, Alger Comm. Food Pantry; Laura Travis, Women’s Center; Jolene Hetherington, ARCF President/Mather Elementary; April Winkler, ARCF Trustee; Kristin Madigan, ARCF Trustee and MPS; Sue Maxon, Alger Parks & Rec; Charles Nebel, Honoree; and Barb Trombley, Superior Watershed Partnership

The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year.  Last year the Foundation granted $150,000 to Alger County.

The following grants were given during this year’s Spring/Summer Granting Cycle: (1) Alger Co. Food Pantry To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores to be given out to clients of the Alger Community Food Pantry for families in need; (2) Alger Parks and Recreation Department – Gaga (Form of Dodge Ball Played with a Soft Foam Ball) Outside Fun, Octagonal Pit. A fun and easy game all ages can play (3) Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America – Purchase of Boat Motor to provide access to the 53-acre Bunting Camp at Lake Hiawatha enhancing opportunities for merit badges in: Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management and Nature (4) Grand Marias Gets Looped Program – To make the Grand Marais Frank W. Mead Community Center & the Library accessible to the hard of hearing population by providing a looped system. (5) MSU Community Tool Library – Provision of tools and training for on-farm workshops and classroom visits (6) Munising Baptist Computer Lab – To purchase new computer towers – expanding students’ knowledge of typing, media relations and evolving computer technology (7) MBTN Trail Kids Program – To purchase safety gear and youth mountain bikes to enable the MBTN volunteers to offer a free six-week instruction program for Alger County Youth (8) Munising Public Schools Baby Think It Over Program – To provide students of MHS the opportunity to experience being the sole provider for an infant simulator (9) Watershed Partnership– To provide funds to deploy, retrieve and maintain 3 observation buoys in Lake Superior on an annual basis (10) Mather Chrome in Classroom– To purchase chrome book computers for the third grade (two for each classroom) (11) Women’s Center– To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence (12) City of Munising – City Beautification Project made each year through the Richard Wm. Nebel Endowment Fund. (13) Is It the Right Time to Write Program (Burt Township) Celebrating local writers & to provide opportunities for creative writing in the community – grant given from the J.E.A.N. Fund; and (16) Munising Public Schools, Superior Central Schools, Burt Township Schools, Onota Township Schools, Munising Baptist School,  MSU Extension and Alger Parks & Rec. Dept.  Youth Memorial Endowment Fund – Youths in need programs

The Fall Grant Cycle begins on September 1st each year and is designated for youth programs.

 

Uncle Ducky Outdoors Donates to the Alger Regional Community Foundation Toward Youth Programs for  Alger County

 

UNCLE DUCKYS

 

Pictured from Left to Right:  Greg Scott, General Manager, of Uncle Ducky Outdoors; Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation (ARCF)  Trustee/Secretary; and Karen Thorrington, ARCF Trustee/Treasurer.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation received a donation from Uncle Ducky Outdoors for Alger County Youth Programs.  This donation will go toward the Youth Memorial Endowment Fund to help programs for youth in Alger County.

 

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FUZZY FUND PHOTO

Donation to FUZZY Fund at Alger Regional Community Foundation (ARCF)

Pictured :  Kim Moote, President of ARCF accepting check from Deanna Boyak.

A  large donation was presented to the Alger Regional Community Foundation by the Boyak Family from part of the proceeds of the 2015 FUZZY BOYAK Golf tournament. This donation will go into the Dennis “Fuzzy” Boyak Fund which was established in 2008 after his passing to memorialize him.   Fuzzy was so community minded and very active with several different organizations and boards.  His family wanted to continue his memory by helping with different projects in the community that he loved so much and they use this fund to do so.

Some of the grants the family has made in his honor are the purchase of the building for the Alger County Chamber of Commerce, named the Fuzzy Center.  Creation of the Fuzzy Fitness Center in the Community Center, run by Alger Parks and Recreation, and they keep supporting yearly with more rooms and new equipment.  Grant to Alger Regional Community Foundation for the creation of their website and a grant to the Fourth of July Committee.

The Boyak family keeps helping our community in Fuzzy’s name and building the fund to continue that mission is their goal.   If you would like more information about the Alger Regional Community Foundation or the Dennis “Fuzzy” Boyak fund, please contact the foundation at 387-3900.

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2015 FALL/WINTER GRANTS GIVEN

FALL GRANTS 1.16

 

Pictured Above Are ( Left to Right):  Jolene Hetherington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee, Lisa Cromell, Munising Hockey Association, Elise Bunce, LMAS District Health Department; Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Treasurer; and Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Secretary.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year.  In 2015, the Foundation granted approximately $150,000.

The following grants were given during the 2015 Fall Granting Cycle:   Munising Hockey Association, supporting the Pay for Ice Time to City Program; LMAS District Health Department, funding to purchase books for distribution through the Alger County Baby (ABC) Closet Program; Friends of the Munising Public Library, to aid in supporting the Reach Out and Read Program; and Alger County Youth, Leadership Training Program.

The Fall Grant Cycle which ended on October 1st is designated for youth programs.  There are Grant and Scholarship Applications available online.

The Foundation also accepts donations made through PayPal on its website.  If you would like more information on making a donation to the Alger Regional Community Foundation, in a fund already established or to create your own fund, please call our office at 906-387-3900 or e-mail us at algercf@yahoo.com.

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STARK

Picture included left to right:  Kim Moote, President of ARCF: Barbara Stark,  Chief John Nelson, Munising City Police,  Devin Olson, City Manager. Check was present from Charles Stark Law Enforcement & Public Safety, to the City Police Department to purchase 3 Tasers.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation is please to announce that The Stark Family has presented a grant from the Charles Stark Fund to the Munising City Police Department to purchase three X26P Tasers.

The Munising City Police Department is currently a four person department, and officers of the department often work alone and without backup.  The Taser has proven to be the most successful non lethal tool than Officer can carry.  Statistics show that Officers using Tasers have a lower risk of personal injury than  with physical force.  Suspect injuries are reduced by 40% and Officer injuries by 70%.

Before this  grant, the only less lethal option for Officers of the Munising City Police Department was Pepper Spray.  Studies have shown that Pepper Spray can also affect anybody else in the close proximity of when it is deployed.  The use of a Taser has been proven to be effective and safer than the use of Pepper Spray.

The Charles Stark  Law Enforcement & Public Safety Fund was established by family and friends in memory of Judge Charles Stark. Grants from this fund help provide Alger County and the City of Munising law enforcement agencies with the tools, equipment, training, and other resources to support and improve public safety, especially water safety

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Uncle Ducky Outdoors Donates to the Alger Regional Community Foundation Towards Youth Programs For Alger County 

UNCLE DUCKY'S

Pictured from Left to Right:  Greg Scott, General Manager, of Uncle Ducky Outdoors; Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Secretary; and Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Trustee/Treasurer.

The Alger Regional Community Foundation received a donation from Uncle Ducky Outdoors for Alger County Youth Programs.  This donation will go toward the Youth Memorial Endowment Fund to help fund youth programs in Alger County.

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2015 SPRING SUMMER GRANTS GIVEN

SPRING 2015 GRANTS

Pictured Above Are:  Front Row Left to Right:  Suzette Carberry and Vicki Ballas, Munising Public Schools Hoop House Project; Claudia VanLandschoot, City of Munising Beautification Project; Morgan and Rachel Flynn, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program.  Back Row Left to Right: Karen Thorrington, Alger Regional Community Foundation Treasurer; April Winkler, Alger Regional Community Foundation; Kristin Madigan, Alger Regional Community Foundation Secretary; Hillary Pine, Curator, Alger County Historical Society, Environmental Monitoring and Collection Management Program;  Deidra Cook, Munising Public Schools Peer-to-Peer Program.

 

Munising Bay Trail Network and Valley Spur (2014)

Dear Foundation and To All Involved:

On behalf of MBTN (Munising Bay Trail Network and Valley Spur), I would like to thank you for awarding us this recent grant.  It will be of great help in speeding our building of the singletrack trail at Valley Spur.  We are excited to be a part of another growing interest and to be able to bring it to our community as well as to potentially attract more visitors to our area.  Thank you again!

Kris Tidd, Treasurer, MBTN

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Munising Memorial Hospital – July 10, 2012

Dear Foundation:

It is with sincere gratitude and appreciation that Munising Memorial Hospital accepts the $1000 donation toward the purchase of Digital Mammography equipment. Digital Mammography has been demonstrated to be the most effective method for the early detection of breast cancer. Your donation will truly improve and protect the quality of life for many Alger County residents over the next decade. Without your support Munising Memorial could be significantly delayed in making this advancement available.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Physicians and the employees of Munising Memorial I extend to you our thanks for making a true difference in our community.

Sincerely,

Kevin Calhoun CEO

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Alger County D.A.R.E. Program (May 6, 2014)

Alger Regional Community Foundation:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generosity in helping to fund educational supplies for our Alger County D.A.R.E. graduates.  The grant will be greatly appreciated by the graduating classes this year.  I am very thankful for your support!

Sincerely,

Sgt. Sheila Peters

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 Burt Township – Updating of the Frank W. Mead Community Center,

(September 6, 2014)

FRANK MEAD - HELPING OTHERS                     MEAD FAMILY PHOTO

The Burt Township Board and the family of Frank W. Mead would like to thank the Alger Regional Community Foundation for its grant, which was used for updating the Frank W. Mead Community Center in Grand Marais, Michigan.  The first stage – painting the youth center, library, and senior annex is now complete.  Baker Painting began the project June 6, 2014, and completed their work July 31.  Six volunteers donated a total of 68 hours of their time to paint the trim.  Although the cost of the project went over budget due to the fact that the building hadn’t been painted in such a long time that several extra coats of paint were required.  Enough donations were raised to pay all the bills and to start a fund for the second stage – replacing the metal roof and siding of the recreation building, erected back in 1978.

At present 40 community feedback surveys have been completed, which clearly point out the importance of the community center as a gathering place as well as the enthusiastic response to the upgrade project.  Throughout the course of this project, numerous articles appeared in the Grand Marais Pilot giving credit to the Alger Regional Community Foundation.  A thank you sign was also posted outside the community center.  During the dedication ceremony, which took place August 30, Katie Mead acknowledged the work of the Alger Regional Community Foundation and encouraged others to donate to this worthwhile organization.  Enclosed are photos graphs taken before and after completion of the project, photos of the volunteers, survey results, and a thank you from the Mad family.  Thank you again for helping with our efforts to continue to improve our community.

Sincerely,

Lori McShane, Burt Township Clerk

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2014 Spring Grants – Alger Regional Community Foundation

Spring Grant group picture

Pictured Above Are:  Devin Olson, City Manager; Rhonda Lassila, Munising Bay Trail Network; Joan Vinette, Life of Lake Superior Program; Mary Joan O’Halloran Torongo, Child & Family Services; Lynn DeRoche, Munising Bay Quilt Guild; Deb Fulcher, Alger Parks and Recreation Director; Evi Lindquist, Great Start Collaborative; Karen Thorrington and April Winkler, Alger Regional Community Foundation Board Members.

The following grants were given during the  2014 Spring/Summer Granting Cycle: Noquemanon Trail Network to purchase a mini excavator for the specialized purpose of building single tracking hiking biking trails; Music in the Air Program, Grand Marais; Munising Public Schools, to purchase a document camera and projector; City of Munising for the City Beautification Flower Project; Munising Bay Quilt Guild, for their Quilt Camp; Township of Burt, for the Frank W. Mead Community Center Improvement Project; Great Start Collaborative, to purchase a log themed structure for the indoor playground; Camp New Day UP, to cover the cost of the one-week camp for youth from Alger County; First Lutheran Church of Grand Maris, to purchase supplies for building repairs and upkeep; Alger Parks and Rec, 2014 Day Kamp; D.A.R.E Program, purchase educational supplies; Child & Family Services of the UP, Communities that Care Program, to purchase supplies; 2014 Life of Lake Superior Program; Alger Parks & Recreation, Supplies.

 

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Munising Baptist Church/School National Archery In the Schools Program

Thank you so much for the grant made to the Munising Baptist School.  We are extremely grateful for your generosity as well as thinking of us!

Sincerely,

Dan Graves, Principal

Munising Baptist School Implements


National Archery in the Schools Program

The Alger Regional Community Foundation is really excited to grant to the Munising Baptist School with their National Archery in the Schools Program. The National Archery in the Schools (NASP) is an in-school curriculum designed to introduced international style archery to students in fourth through twelfth grades. The program not only teaches the students archery but instills responsibility, discipline and respect. It is also designed for students with disabilities so that they can actively participate with their classmates. The last few years the Baptist Schools has been researching for a program where nearly everyone can be successful regardless of age, size or natural ability.

 

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Life of Lake Superior Youth Program

Lake Superior Youth Program

 

The Alger Regional Community Foundation highly supports the Life of Lake Superior Youth Program with a grant to support their outdoor education program about local, natural and economic resources. Workshops include Grand Island adventure archeological dig at the Mather Lodge on the Westside of the Island, they visited Au Sable Lighthouse and Hurricane Beach, a visit to the Marquette Waterfront and Maritime Museum, kayaking fun and Family Fish Boil.

 

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2013 Spring Grants Awarded

From Left to Right: Doug Bovin, City Manager, on behalf of the City of Munising; Debbie Fulcher, Director, Alger Parks and Rec for their summer youth program (grant provided by the Rotary Youth Fund), Jessie Webster, Radiologist, accepting a grant on behalf of the Munising Memorial Hospital for their Digital Mammography Equipment project (grant provided by Peoples State Bank Endowment Fund and Richard W. Nebel Endowment Fund); Claudia VanLandschoot, accepting a grant on behalf of the City of Munising for their beautification project (grant provided by the Richard Nebel Endowment Fund); Kristy Albro, on behalf of the AuTrain Township for their Heritage Trailhead Development project (grant provided by the Alger County Environmental Endowment Fund) Karin Hansard, Chairperson, Marquette-Alger Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, for their Lose The Training Wheels Bike Camp Project (grant provided by the Rotary Youth Endowment Fund; Seth Hoopingarner, Principal, Burt Township Schools, for their “Bridging Community with Garden” project (grant provided by the JEAN Endowment Fund); Pat Sanderson, on behalf of the Greater Munising Bay Partnership for Commerce Development, for their “Hoop House” project (grant provided by the Peoples State Bank Endowment Fund); Dave Kronk, Park Ranger, on behalf of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for their Grand Sable Dunes Teacher/Student Education project (grant provided by the Rotary Endowment Fund); Karen Thorrington, Board member of the Alger Regional Community Foundation; Bruce Hill, Board member of the Alger Regional Community Foundation; and Paul Essinger, Executive Director of the Alger Regional Community Foundation.

Grants Awarded!

2017 Spring/Summer Grants

(1) Alger Co. Food Pantry Fresh fruits for Families in Need Program;

(2) Superior Central Schools  Natural Resources and Watercraft Design Program:  To purchase tools necessary for natural resource monitoring and for building the solo canoes for each student;

(3) Burt Township Art-Food for the Soul Program:  To bring some needed art and cultural activities in the community;

(4) Burt Township It’s A Stretch Program:  To Provide a healthy exercise alternative during the winter months for Seniors;

(5) Alger Marquette Community Action Board SPOT Vision Screener:  To purchase a new vision screening tool to identify potential vision issues in children ages 6 months to 5 years;

(6) Alger County Commission on Aging Tai Chi for Arthritis Program;

(7)  Women’s Central To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence;

(8) Alger County Animal Shelter  Re-Design of the Cat Room working with the MPS Woods Class to design and create new outside cat area for recreation and play;

(9) Great Munising Bay Association Market Walk – to provide monetary compensation to Farmers Market Vendors in exchange for tokens that were earned through participants walking miles to be used for purchasing fruits and vegetables; and

(10) City of Munising Downtown Development Authority  City Beautification Project:  To help present the City of Munising as a colorful and welcoming place to be.

2016 Fall Grants

  1.  Liberty Children’s Art Project, To provider two full days of Art Curriculum to the AuTrain-Onota Schools;
  2. Alger Parks and Recreation Department – To create an outdoor beach volleyball pit in the Robert McQuisten Park in Munising.

2016 Spring Grants

  1. Alger Co. Food Pantry To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores to be given out to clients of the Alger Community Food Pantry for families in need;
  2. Alger Parks and Recreation Department – Gaga (Form of Dodge Ball Played with a Soft Foam Ball) Outside Fun, Octagonal Pit. A fun and easy game all ages can play.
  3. Bay Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America – Purchase of Boat Motor to provide access to the 53-acre Bunting Camp at Lake Hiawatha enhancing opportunities for merit badges in: Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management and Nature
  4. Grand Marias Gets Looped Program – To make the Grand Marais Frank W. Mead Community Center & the Library accessible to the hard of hearing population by providing a looped system.
  5. MSU Community Tool Library – Provision of tools and training for on-farm workshops and classroom visits.
  6. Munising Baptist Computer Lab – To purchase new computer towers – expanding students’ knowledge of typing, media relations and evolving computer technology.
  7. MBTN Trail Kids Program – To purchase safety gear and youth mountain bikes to enable the MBTN volunteers to offer a free six-week instruction program for Alger County Youth
  8. Munising Public Schools Baby Think It Over Program – To provide students of MHS the opportunity to experience being the sole provider for an infant simulator.
  9. Watershed Partnership– To provide funds to deploy, retrieve and maintain 3 observation buoys in Lake Superior on an annual basis.
  10. Mather Chrome in Classroom– To purchase chrome book computers for the third grade (two for each classroom).
  11. Women’s Center– To provide support to Alger Co. victims of domestic violence
  12. City of Munising – City Beautification Project
  13. Is It the Right Time to Write Program (Burt Township) Celebrating local writers & to provide opportunities for creative writing in the community – grant given from the J.E.A.N. Fund;
  14. Munising Public Schools, Superior Central Schools, Burt Township Schools, Onota Township Schools, Munising Baptist School,  MSU Extension and Alger Parks & Rec. Dept.  Youth Memorial Endowment Fund – Youths in need programs.

Fall 2015

  1. Munising Hockey Association, supporting the Pay for Ice Time to City Program;
  2. LMAS District Health Department, funding to purchase books for distribution through the Alger County Baby (ABC) Closet Program;
  3. Friends of the Munising Public Library, to aid in supporting the Reach Out and Read Program; and
  4. Alger County Youth, Leadership Training Program.

 

2015 Spring Grants

1.      Burt Township Schools, Grand Marias Community ChorusProject High Rise:  To promote and present  music in and by Burt Township Community and Burt Township Schools;

2.       Alger County Historical Society, Collection Management Improvement:  Inventory, Environmental Monitoring and Youth Volunteer Engagement Program;

3.       Alger Parks & Recreation Department: To Keep the FUN & Fitness Going in Central Community Center Program;

4.       Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America:  To enhance High Adventure Mountain Bike Programs – Adding 5 New Mountain Bikes and Helmets for Alger County Scouts;

5.       Munising Middle/High School, Peer-to-Peer Program:  Incentive Events for Youth;

6.       City of Munising, City Beautification Project;

7.       Munising Public School, Hoop House Project:  To Purchase Tools and a watering system;

8.       International Lions Club Program:  To Provide An Opportunity for Alger Co. Youth & Community members To Work Together for the Improvement of the Community Building.

2014 Fall Grants

1. Great Start Collaborative – To build a dramatic play center for Totville

2. Superior Central Drama Organization – To purchase theater lighting and sound equipment

3. Alger Parks and Recreation – To offset the costs of holding a Halloween event and a Christmas event at the Central Community Center

4. Cougar/Mustang Softball and Baseball – To help purchase supplies and equipment

2014 Spring Grants

1. Munising Bay Trail Network – To help purchase a mini excavator

2. Munising Public Schools – To purchase a document camera and projector

3. Camp New Day U.P. – To cover the cost of camp for a youth from Alger County

4. Township of Burt – To help with the Frank W. Mead Community Center Improvement project

5. City of Munising – City beautification

6. D.A.R.E. – To help cover the cost of educational supplies

7. Alger Parks & Recreation – To help with the ‘Wheels on the Bus – Day Kamp 2014’

8. First Lutheran Church of Grand Marais – To help with restoring the church/food bank

9. Munising Bay Quilt Guild – To help with the cost of Youth Quilt Camp

10. Child & Family Services of the UP/CTC – To purchase shirts for the youth participating in the Above The Influence Program

11. Alger Parks & Recreation – To help get a drinking fountain and a hot water heater for the Central Community Center

12.  Music in the air – To provide the opportunity for adults and youth in Grand Marais to experience different types of music and musical instruments

13. Life of Lake Superior Youth Program – To help with the 2014 Life of Lake Superior Youth Programs

14. Great Start Collaborative – To purchase a log themed structure for the Indoor Playland

2013 Spring Grants

1. Alger Parks & Recreation – Indoor Playground Project

2. Munising Cub Scouts, pack 332 – Scout Camp

3. Kids R Cooks & Gardeners – To purchase a com-poster

4. Burt Township Ambulance Corps – To purchase disaster training equipment

5. City of Munising – City Beautification, flowers in the triangle

6. Life of Lake Superior – 2013 Outdoor Education programs

7. First Lutheran Church of Grand Marais – To offset the cost of sending kids to camp

8. Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes – Scholarships for Troop Camp

9. Munising Ecumenical Team – To help keep DayCamp free for youth

10. Burt Township – Helping to reopen the Youth Center

11. First Lutheran Church of Grand Marais – Art & Culture Day

12. Munising Fire Department – To purchase a new Thermal Imaging Camera

2012 Fall Grants

1. Superior Central – Hoop House project

2. Friends of Valley Spur – Free youth ski lesson project

3. Munising Baptist School – Soccer Field project

2012 Spring Grants

1. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

2. Grand Marais Mennonite Church

3. MARESA SEPAC

4. Munising Memorial Hospital

5. City of Munising

6. MSU Extension

7. Alger Parks & Recreation

8. Grand Marais Community Art Workshops

9. Munising Senior Center

10. AuTrain Township

11. Munising Bay partnership

12. Munising Baptist School