2019 Celebrations

Thrivent Financial Celebrates their Move to Downtown Marquette

MARQUETTE – The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Thrivent Financial’s local team with a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their move to downtown Marquette.

Formerly located on Baraga Avenue, Thrivent has moved to 100 N Third Street, near the corner of Third & Washington Street. The local branch, now doing business as Third Street Associates, is proud to offer clients a wide array of financial services from a team of six licensed advisors with over 50 years of combined experience.

The team includes Alexandra Pahnke, Brian Pahnke, Wyatt Eisenberger, Craig Etelamaki, Brett Branstrom, and Jed Larsen. They are confident that their new space downtown will accommodate their expanding team and allow them to provide quality, face-to-face service to even more members.

Third Street Associates will be hosting an open house for the public on Thursday, October 10 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. For more information, please call (906) 273-0040 or send an email to thirdstreetassociates@thrivent.com.

Pictured from left to right: Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador, Fred Stonehouse, City of Marquette Mayor, Brian Pahnke, Financial Consultant, Alex Pahnke, Financial Associate, Wyatt Eisenberger, Financial Associate, Brett Branstrom, Financial Associate, Craig Etelamaki, Financial Associate, Jed Larsen, Associate Representative and Mary Kate DiVirgilio, LSCP Business Development Representative.

Windstone at Mill Creek – A New Senior Independent Living Community

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted LR Swadley with a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new senior independent living community.

LR Swadley, Community Developer based in Marquette, announced that the groundbreaking has begun for Windstone at Mill Creek, a new senior independent living neighborhood located on a beautiful six acre parcel in the heart of Harlow Farms Conservation Community. Windstone will bring 26 two-bedroom units built in a series of cottage style duplexes. This independent living lifestyle will offer active seniors many features and amenities including a 2,100 sq. ft Community Center, which will serve as the lifestyle hub of the neighborhood. It includes a large gathering room with kitchen for parties, a pub like area for meeting friends, social activities, offices, and other services. The Center will look out on a protected conservation area, with access to Harlow Farms popular nature trails. Windstone is designed to target independent living seniors who wish to lease a new, safe, home with its own attached garage, kitchen, an ADA bath, along with all the security and convenience this location provides. Additional support services will be available from across the street at Mill Creek Senior Living Community

Swadley Development LLC, is the project Developer for the Owner, Macaulay Marquette Properties LLC, a regional Senior Housing Operator based here in the Upper Peninsula. Teal Lake and Mill Creek Assisted Living, are just two of the related Senior Communities that Macaulay Marquette properties operates in the U.P.

Swadley expects construction to be in three phases with the first units being available in June 2020. For more information contact Windstone at Mill Creek Senior Living at 906-361-6600.

Pictured from left to right: Kristy Sibilsky, Range Bank, Julie Kelly, Mill Creek Senior Living Community, Roxanne Daust, Range Bank, Mike Angeli, Marquette City Manager, L.R. Swadley, Swadley Development, Melissa Hinkson, Mill Creak Senior Living Community and Fred Stonehouse, Marquette City Mayor.

Riverside Marquette Celebrates the Opening of their New Location

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Riverside Marquette with a ribbon cutting to celebrate their relocation.

They are Marquette and the Upper Peninsula’s leading import automobile dealer with Honda, Toyota and Nissan all under one roof. Their experienced sales staff is eager to share its knowledge and enthusiasm with you. You can browse their inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing.

Riverside Marquette also has highly qualified technicians available. From oil changes to transmission replacements, they are dedicated to maintaining top tier customer service, for both new and pre-owned car buyers.

Riverside Marquette is now located at 3330 US Highway 41 West in Marquette. They are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.riversidemarquette.com or call (906) 228-4900.

Quarter to $5 Celebrates Opening in Negaunee

NEGAUNEE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Quarter to $5 with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their store in Negaunee.

In their store, you will you discover all kinds of treasures and never pay more than $5. They receive a new load of thousands of overstock items every Saturday, you can find anything from iPads to spatulas. On Saturday everything is $5 and then price goes down throughout the week, ending with 25 cents on Friday!

Quarter to $5 is located at 400 US-41, Suite 106 in Negaunee. They are open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. For more information, you can call (906) 401-0690 or visit www.quarter2five.com.

Pictured from left to right: Sara Sands, LSCP Business Development Representative, Angela Snyder, Donovan Snyder, Corey Lee, Anna Slack, General Manager, Tina Thilbault, Owner, Melinda Purtee and Kennan Marana, LSCP Membership Coordinator.

Bell Financial Celebrates the Opening of their New Location in Marquette

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Bell Financial with a ribbon cutting to celebrate their move from Ishpeming to Marquette.

Their mission is to relieve their clients of financial stress. Through a comprehensive planning process they develop a unique plan that allows their clients to set off on a path of financial independence. At Bell Financial they know that money means different things to everyone and work closely with their clients to make sure they are meeting their financials goals and needs.

Bell Financial is now located at 1070 Commerce Drive, Suite A in Marquette. For more information you can call (906) 485-1400 or visit their website at www.bellfs.com.

Pictured from left to right front row: Scott Erbsich, Marquette County Ambassador, Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador, Michelle Sellers, Marquette County Ambassador, Stephanie Hinstala, Operations and Client Service Manager, Jesse Bell, President, Christina Bell, Director of Fun, Connor Mason, Intern, Andrew Rickauer, Paraplanner and Sara Sands, LSCP Business Development Representative.

Pictured from left to right back row: Travis Hongisto, Marquette County Ambassador, Dave Aro, Marquette County Ambassador, Scott Lyman, Iron Range Agency and Keith Moyle, Marquette County Ambassador.

Ribbon Cutting at New Shops to Celebrate Beacon House Entities in New UP Health System Hospital

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the Beacon House and UP

Health System with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of two new shops, “Gift Well” and “Coffee for a Cause” in the new UP Health System- Marquette hospital. Both entities are affiliated with Beacon House and all proceeds will go toward helping build the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House.

The shops have become an instant success with the hospital staff since opening last week.

“We love having the opportunity to serve the hospital staff as well as patients and families at the hospital,” said Mary Dowling, CEO of the Hospitality House of the Upper Peninsula. “Everyone needs a place to refresh, and these two shops are designed to do just that.”

Amy Denman, manager of Coffee for a Cause is elated by the new location and high-profile corridor. “It’s been a huge success since day one. We’re so proud of our baristas for the constant hustle to make everything from caramel macchiato’s to iced cappuccino’s. We are also delighted to feature local pastries and snacks from Huron Mountain, Babycakes and Towners and provide a variety of choices for break time refreshments.”

In the gift shop, manager Patricia Wolff has created a blend of whimsical, practical and inspirational items for both the décor and merchandise offerings. “We love featuring Michigan products as well as U.P. crafted items. Our fun and affordable clothing has been flying off the racks as well. We couldn’t be more delighted by our location and how easily accessible we are for both hospital staff and patients’ families, right on the main corridor. The public is invited to stop in and view our unique offerings, too! We’re so easy to find now!”

Both shops have been built brand new from scratch, with custom cabinetry and layouts provided by UP Health System designers and architects.

“Today is a great day to say thank you to Brian Sinotte and UPHS for giving us the opportunity to create this entertaining way of fundraising every day for our cause,” said Dowling. “Our goal is to add a little excitement, beauty or fun to the day, and we’re grateful that our proceeds from our efforts have another positive impact; helping to build our new Beacon House.”

Pictured from left to right: Hugh Miller, Beacon House/HHUP Board Member, Todd Horton, Beach House/HHUP Board Member, Rev. Marlin Kilpatrick, UPHS Spiritual Care Coordinator, Mary Tavernini Dowling, Beach House/HHUP CEO, Brian Sinotte, UPHS Market President & Hospital CEO, Patricia Wolff, Gift Well Manager, Amy Denman, Coffee for a Cause Manager, Margaret Parker, Beacon House Program Manager, Renee Prince, Beacon House/HHUP Board President, Sue LeGalley, Beacon House/HHUP Board Vice President and Mary VanTilburg, LSCP Director of Business Development.

One Marquette Place Celebrates Grand Opening

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted One Marquette Place with a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of their new residential building.

This newest luxury community comes with a waterfront location, at the edge of downtown Marquette. It features studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments. Some of the amenities include a beautiful view of Lake Superior, a rooftop patio with a fireplace and grill, first floor lounge and patio, heated garage parking, a fitness room and much more!

One Marquette Place is located at 401 S. Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette. Their office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday by appointment. For more information you can call (906) 232-0997 or visit www.onemarquette.com.

Pictured from left to right: Ashley Cooper, Rob Berg, Dave Campana, Brittany Blackburn, Megan Hornbogen, Ron Katers, Barry Polzin, Ross Bennett, Cody Berg and Kelly Beach.

Peter White Public Library Celebrates Renovation Project

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Peter White Public Library with a ribbon cutting to celebrate their recent library renovation project.

A $4.2 million dollar capital improvement project, approved by voters in November 2017 renovated and updated library spaces, services and technologies at the library.

“I’m proud of all the library staff. I know it was difficult to keep the library running throughout construction but they made it look easy,” said Peter White Public Library Board President Anne Donohue.

Integrated Designs, Inc. played an integral role in helping design spaces for the project and Closner Construction did an excellent job overseeing the project from April 2018 until June 2019.

Crews repaired a large crack on the historic 1904 building façade and foundation, as well as repairing the roof, resealing the windows, and installed a new chiller. The original Front Street stairs were also rebuilt after inspections revealed structure failure.

Youth Services was completely renovated, adding more space to accommodate a new programming room and new Tween Area. The Main Level was renovated to allow for easier access to collections, make the Friends of the Peter White Public Library Bookstore easier to find, and create a vending/eating area for library visitors. Retired Librarians started a fundraising campaign to add a new Reference Desk on the Upper Level. The group raised over $14,000 toward the desk project. Three new group study rooms were built on the Upper Level, as well as a new Local History Research Room.

“I really liked walking up the stairs to the Upper Level and looking over the new Reference Desk at the view of Lake Superior and this beautiful city,” Donahue said.

Carpet was replaced throughout the building, along with lighting fixtures, wiring, and technology upgrades. Other updates include: a new book drop installed inside the parking lot entrance doors, installation of optional self-check machines for families on the Lower Level and Main Level, a complete overhaul of the library elevator, new soft-seating on every level, and a reception/gathering area on outside the Community Room, Youth Services and MACC.

The Peter White Public Library serves the City of Marquette and five surrounding contracted townships, totaling 36,000 people.

Pictured from left to right front row: Jesse Bell, Marquette County Ambassador, Nick DeGrand, Closner Construction, Jeff Goodney, Closner Construction, Andrea Ingmire, PWPL Library Director, Anne Donohue, PWPL Library Board President, Carrie Goodney, IDI Engineer, Randy Riley, Library of Michigan, State Librarian and Randy Larson, Marquette County Ambassador.

Second row left to right: Orajane Kennedy, TAC Representative, Marquette Township, Brett Bartlett, PWPL Administrative Assistant, Lainey Stephens, TAC Representative, Sands Township, Suzanne Standerford, TAC Representative Sands Township, Jan Raskin, TAC Representative Chocolay Township, Barbara Bradley, TAC Representative Skandia Township, Beth Linna, TAC Representative Skandia Township and Mary Davis, TAC Representative Marquette Township.

Third row left to right: Judy White, TAC Representative Chocolay Township.

Top row left to right: Carol Steinhaus Library Board of Trustees, Sarah Rehborg, PWPL Youth Services Librarian, Bruce MacDonald, PWPL Assistant Director, Patrick Myron, Library Board of Trustees and Andrew Dalian, Library Board of Trustees.

Marquette County Public Defender’s Office Celebrates Opening

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Marquette County with a ribbon cutting for the new Public Defender’s Office in conjunction with their Open House.

The office was created in 2018 with a grant from the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission to provide Marquette citizens the best legal representation for its indigent criminal defendants. Any person charged with a crime in Marquette County has the option to retain their own private attorney, or they may utilize one of the attorneys from the Marquette County Public Defender’s office. The office represents Marquette County residents in both District and Circuit Court and with both misdemeanors and felonies.

The Marquette County Public Defender’s office is located at 228 West Washington Street, Suite 3 in Marquette. They are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information you can visit www.co.marquette.mi.us or call (906) 226-4370.

Pictured from left to right: Pat Jennings, Assistant Public Defender, Melissa Holmquist, Marquette County Ambassador, Lisa Place, Legal Secretary, Scott Erbisch, Marquette County Administrator, Gerry Corkin, Marquette County Commission Chairman, Fred Stonehouse, City of Marquette Mayor, Laurie Skytta, Office Manager, Trish Davis, Marquette County Ambassador and Karen Alholm, Marquette County Commission.


Marquette County Medical Care Facility Celebrates Opening of New Rehabilitation Wing

ISHPEMING- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Marquette County Medical Care Facility (MCMCF) with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new 12 bed state- of-the-art physical rehabilitation wing.

They also held an open house to showcase the rest of the redecorated facility. Two 15 bed Alzheimer’s care neighborhoods and private and semi-private rooms for 98 residents requiring long-term skilled nursing and medical care complement the new short-term private rehabilitation rooms.

MCMCF is located at 200 Saginaw Street in Ishpeming. For more information you can visit their website www.mqtmcf.org or call (906) 485-1061.

Pictured: MCMCF Staff & Board Members, Marquette County Ambassadors, Marquette County Commissioners and Administrator and Ishpeming City Officials.


UPAWS Celebrates Grand Opening

GWINN- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP), Greater Ishpeming Negaunee Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) and Marquette Chamber of Commerce recently assisted UPAWS with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of their new facility in Gwinn.

UPAWS is a local non-profit organization that cares for homeless, unwanted, abandoned and abused domestic animals. They advocate for animals in their care to help them find their forever home. Their mission is to improve the quality of life and welfare for domestic animals and to provide a safe haven while finding lifelong homes for the animals in our care. They embrace the No Kill philosophy, seeking to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals.

The new animal shelter is approximately four times larger, the animal shelter completely realigns dog kennels and cat areas, a dedicated space for small critters, and a fully functional pole barn for the rescue of large and farm animals, particularly horses. The community center aspect includes a community education room, fenced-in year round dog park, and private spaces for adoption counseling or to surrender an animal.

UPAWS is now located at 815 S. State Highway in Gwinn. They are open Monday-Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 12:00 pm. – 6:30 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information you can visit their website www.upaws.org at or call (906) 475-6661.


The City of Negaunee Celebrates the Launch of Remote Kiosk

NEGAUNEE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the City of Negaunee and Invent@NMU with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the launch of its remote kiosk. It is located at the Negaunee Public Library.

To celebrate the launch, the City of Negaunee held a Moving Forward event at Pasquali’s. Invent@NMU gave a presentation providing information about the kiosk and the benefits to the Negaunee community and Amy Clickner, CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, followed up with an update on the Moving Forward campaign.

This is the fourth remote kiosk throughout the U.P. It will help create the opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs to learn more about the services offered, submit an idea for a product, business or invention, and receive a free QuickExplore™ review and response from the Invent@NMU team within three business days.

For more information you can contact Invent@NMU at 906.227.6253 or visit www.invent.nmu.edu.


The Marquette Artist Collective Celebrates Opening of their Art Gallery

MARQUETTE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted the Marquette Artist Collective with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their art gallery.

The Marquette Artists Collective strives to support artist and the arts in our community. Joy Bender-Hadley was inspired around the time of the August 2017 solar eclipse to create an artist collective. Since then this dynamic group of visual artists has been growing, creating and organizing.

They currently have 15 Active Artist Members with a growing number of Supporting Artist Members. They have curated many different exhibits in different venues around Marquette and have several others planned for 2019.

The Active Artist Members recently voted to open an art gallery at 130 W. Washington Street, the former home to the Oasis Gallery. It is known as The Gallery: A Marquette Artist Collective Project. The Gallery is divided between two spaces; a space for rotation exhibits and a space where Active Artist Members of the Marquette Artist Collected can sell their work.

Please visit www.facebook.com/mqtartistcollective/ for most recent information. They are open Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Pictured from left to right: Sara Sands, LSCP Business Development Representative, Dave Campana, Marquette City Commission, Susan Estler, Artist Collective Member, Dyana Nefe, Artist Collective Treasurer, Mayor Fred Stonehouse, Joy Bender-Hadley, Artist Collective President and Founder, Tiina Harris, Marquette Arts & Culture Center Manager and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.


Towner’s Pastry and Chocolate Shoppe Opens in Gwinn

GWINN- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Towner’s Pastry and Chocolate Shoppe with a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their store in Gwinn.

Towner’s Pastry and Chocolate Shoppe works with local suppliers to source the freshest authentic ingredients and use old fashioned techniques to ensure the highest quality. They create savory crepes and sweet treats like cinnamon rolls, financiers, croissants, baked oats and more! Complement your coffee, tea or cocoa with one of these handcrafted goodies.

Towner’s Pastry and Chocolate Shoppe is located at 37 W. State Highway M35 in Gwinn. They are open Tuesday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  They also have a convenient drive-thru for on the go needs. For more information you can visit their website at www.townerspastryshoppe.com or call (906) 372-4004.

Pictured from left to right: Keith Moyle, Marquette County Ambassador, Emily Tardiff, LSCP Marketing Coordinator, Katie Bonzer, Owner, Jake Bonzer, Owner, Sara Sands, LSCP Business Development Representative and Joe Boogren, Forsyth Township Supervisor.


Smarty’s Saloon Shows-off New Façade after Working with the MEDC & CUPPAD

NEGAUNEE- The Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) recently assisted Smarty’s Saloon with a ribbon cutting to show-off their new façade in downtown Negaunee.

Smarty’s Saloon worked closely with the City of Negaunee to apply for funding for exterior improvements through the Community Development Block Grant program accessible through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). They provided a match to these funds and leveraged their private investment and the traditional downtown design in their plans to restore the building and increase visibility. This redevelopment will be a significant asset to downtown economic activity, and will definitely improve the pedestrian and customer experience.

Early on in the process, the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission (CUPPAD) assisted the City of Negaunee with drafting and submitting the application for Smarty’s façade grant funding through the CDBG program. Following the award, CUPPAD was contracted to be the City’s grant administrator, which entailed activities like assisting the City on compliance with Federal regulations, submitting payments and reports to the MEDC, and coordinating payment requests with contractors and architects.

Smarty’s Saloon is a pub located at 212 Iron Street in Negaunee. They are open seven days a week from 12 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. For more information you can follow them on Facebook or call 906.401.0438.

Pictured from left to right: Ryan Soucy, CUPPAD, David Nelson, City of Negaunee, Nate Heffron, Negaunee City Manager, Scott Soeltner, Owner, Jen Tucker, MEDC, Paul Wolfson, Marquette County Ambassador and Brooke Quinn, LSCP Business Development Representative.

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