Monthly Archives: August 2013

Thank you “Macker Backers” for a great event!

Ask almost anyone who has visited the Upper Peninsula and you’ll hear stories of friendly, down-to-earth people who are warm and welcoming. It’s only when you live in one of those communities that you understand that generosity is also part of the genetic make-up. Case in point: the Gus Macker event held in July. From big dollar donors to in-kind vendors, an entire community caught “Macker fever” and the result was a great event with 108 participating teams and $3,300 raised for worthwhile charities.

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We take this opportunity to thank these major sponsors for their contributions. They are as follows:

  • Sault Downtown Development Authority (Gold Level)
  • Sault Convention and Visitors Bureau (Gold Level)
  • Kewadin Casino & Conventions Center (Gold Level)
  • Subway (Gold Level)
  • Wal Mart (Silver Level)
  • McDonalds (Bronze Level)
  • Smith & Company Realty (Bronze Level)
  • The Soo Corner Store (Bronze Level)
  • Soo Motors (Bronze Level)
  • War Memorial Hospital (Bronze Level)
  • Sault Men’s Basketball (Copper Level)
  • Applebee’s Restaurant (Copper Level)
  • Arfstrom’s Pharmacies (Copper Level)
  • Cloverland Electric (Copper Level)
  • Cooper Dental Services (Copper Level)
  • Harmony Health Foods (Copper Level)
  • Kinross Lions Club (Copper Level)
  • Old Mission Bank (Copper Level)
  • Rodenroth Motors (Copper Level)
  • Soo Co-Op Credit Union (Copper Level)
  • West Pier Apartments (Copper Level)
  • MBank (Copper Level)
  • Allure Dance Company (Copper Level)
  • Super Valu (Copper Level)

Cash donations were also received from: Antler’s Restaurant, Best Western, Bordertown Chiropractic, Buffalo Wild Wings, Checkered Flag Party Store, Chippewa Motors Inc., Edward Jones (Weber/Osterhout), Elks Youth Committee, Federal Employees Credit Union, Frank’s Place, Fudge du Locke, H & R Block, Holiday Inn Express, Island Books & Crafts, Judge Elizabeth Church, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Lockview Restaurant, Marchetti Distributing, Moloney’s Alley, Palace Saloon, Pampered Chef (DuVall), Parker’s Ace Hardware, Precision Edge, Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, Siesel Eye Care, and Soo Locks Lodge & Suites.

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We hand out honorable “Macker Mention”  for those who went above and beyond:

  • Marchetti Distributing
  • Newberry Bottling
  • Parker Ace Hardware
  • Blue Wizard Entertainment
  • US Air Force
  • 1537th Michigan Nation Guard
  • M & C Water Systems
  • Malette Construction
  • National Office Products
  • Graham Trucking
  • Sault Ste. Marie Parks & Recreation/Water Department
  • Smith Sanitation
  • Grooves Music
  • Spartan Distributors (Toro Tractors)
  • Sault Auxilary Police
  • Coca Cola Bottling Company of MI
  • Sault Printing
  • Eagle Radio
  • Sovereign Communication
  • City Engineering Department

Like all events, there are those people who pitch in and help in ways that can’t adequately be described. We’re calling them “Macker Attackers” and we couldn’t have done it without them.

  • Jack Horka
  • Pam Pomeroy
  • Dewey Baldwin
  • Dean Auger & Staff
  • Pat Godin
  • Glen Bathrick
  • Bob Moraski
  • Laura & Joey Shawhan
  • Deanna Sutton Kreski
  • Mariah Goos
  • Jan Bailey & Medical Mash
  • City Manager Spencer Nebel
  • Dan Harris and the “Madrigal Macker Masters”
  • Mayor Anthony and Margaret Bosbous
  • Bill Anderson
  • County Inmates Work Crews (Charlie & Darryl)
  • Young Professionals
  • WOW (Working on Wellness)
  • Tony Haller – Sault Athletic Department
  • Sault Football Volunteers
  • Sault Girls Basketball Volunteers
  • Rudyard Baseball Volunteers
  • Jr. Firehawks
  • The Gus Macker Committee

Last but absolutely not least, we give a special “shout out” to Dennis Brooks, the committee chairperson and tireless champion for this event. Thanks, Dennis!

Finally, it pleases us to tell you that planning is already underway for the 2014 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball tourney in Sault Ste. Mare. Mark your calendar to play b-ball in the shadow of freighters July 19-20, 2014. Monitor our events page for details in the coming months.

 

Packing a picnic? Here’s your table with a view.

DSC_0042 (2)What is it about eating outdoors that feels so … liberating? Breathing fresh air and surrounded by nature – maybe it rouses our more primitive side. It’s a slice of Americana – packing the picnic basket and searching for the perfect spot. And everyone’s version of the perfect picnic spot is different. That’s why we’re offering up four fabulous picnic places for your next Eastern Upper Peninsula picnic.

NATURE IS THE STAR

We’re starting west of Sault Ste. Marie at Big Pines Picnic Area in Hiawatha National Forest. Perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior, find picnic tables, grills, and plenty of giant red and white pines. The beach below is lovely, sandy stretch perfect for a long walk or an agate search. Big Pines has ample parking, rustic toilets, and an abundance of fresh forest to explore. This area is roughly 30 minutes west of Sault Ste. Marie and, despite its perfect setting, is often underused, which means you can enjoy a serene, beautiful lunch or dinner.

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LANDMARK LOCATION

The area surrounding Point Iroquois Lighthouse is perfect for a picnic. For those dreaming of a beach picnic, this is the perfect place. Spread your blanket in the shadow of the lighthouse and enjoy! If you’d prefer to keep sand out of the equation, take advantage of one of the benches on the boardwalk – a beautiful, winding path that makes its way from the light to the beach. After your appetite is sated, explore the lighthouse, climb the stairs to the top of the tower, and check out the museum that tells the story of the lightkeeper’s life. Operated by the US Forest Service, Point Iroquois has lots of parking and, even better, flush toilets! It is located just west of Brimley.

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FOOD & FREIGHTERS

Back in Sault Ste. Marie, one local park offers one-of-a-kind entertainment. Rotary Island is a City of Sault Ste. Marie park accessed by causeway. This spot on the St. Marys River affords great views of Sugar Island, the Sugar Island Ferry, and all river traffic – including the mighty freighters that pass by on a regular basis. Launch a kayak from one end of the park or let the kids try their luck at the attached kid’s fishing pond. Park your car nearby and take your picnic to one of the many tables. Use a grill or bring take-out from a local favorite only a stone’s throw away: Clyde’s Drive-In. Rotary Island park also has playground equipment and pit toilets.

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A FAMILY FAVORITE

With a kid-friendly beach, volleyball courts, playground equipment, picnic pavilion, and a basketball court – it’s hard to keep the kids focused on the picnic when you come to Sherman Park. This city property, located on Sault Ste. Marie’s west side, has ample parking, flush toilets, and plenty to keep every member of the family occupied. Also located on the St. Marys River, boat nerds will get a great view. Picnic tables can be found in the sun or in the shade at Sherman Park.

These four fabulous picnic places have one important thing in common: all parks are free of charge. So, in the words of Yogi Bear, “Hey there, Boo Boo. Let’s get us a pic-a-nic basket!”