Community

Celebrating a Legacy: Libby Marshall Blank Retires from Munising Public Schools

After 33 years of dedicated service, Libby Marshall Blank attended her last school board meeting on June 25, 2024, marking her retirement from Munising Public Schools. She leaves behind a legacy of exceptional financial stewardship, unwavering professionalism, and profound community impact. A private and reserved individual, Libby’s work ethic and commitment to the school district have earned her the respect and admiration of colleagues, administrators, and the community.
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“How Can I Know God Exists?”

Believing in the existence of God is not a blind hope or ignorant faith. It is, instead, a belief in “an overwhelming amount of reliable evidence from God’s words and God’s works (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p143).” Knowledge and proof of the existence of God requires faith and is only possible through the means in which He has willed Himself to be known. God has chosen to reveal knowledge of His existence, His personality, and His will to all people in every place (Romans 1:19–20; Psalm 19:1–4) through both general revelation and special revelation.
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Part 5: Community Perspectives and Future Outlook

Tourism and the service industry have emerged as significant economic drivers in Munising, leading to substantial growth, especially in the downtown area, according to Katherine Reynolds, the CEO of Greater Munising Bay Partnership/ Alger Co. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of Munising Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “Tourism has been what has led to most of the growth, if not the majority of the growth, in the downtown as far as businesses opening,” said Reynolds. “This growth has created numerous job opportunities, benefiting both young residents and newcomers who have relocated to the area.” She emphasized the community’s fortune in having natural resources that support tourism and economic activities. However, she acknowledged the challenge of balancing the needs of local residents with the demands of the tourism economy. “There’s always a balance that you want to have between living here and the tourism economy,” states Reynolds. She expressed the desire for businesses to remain open year-round, recognizing the difficulties posed by factors such as online shopping and big-box stores impacting traffic.
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Upper Peninsula Inspired Winery Secures Specialized Liquor License, Expands Offerings

The Upper Peninsula Inspired Winery, a beloved fixture in downtown Munising, has reached a significant milestone in its journey to offer a comprehensive and unparalleled tasting experience. Amy and Billy Jack Gramm, the dynamic duo behind the winery, have secured a specialized liquor license, marking a new chapter for their establishment. This new development, which was approved last week, allows them to expand their offerings and enhance their guests’ experiences like never before.
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Hiawatha Development Revitalizes Old NAPA Building with New Businesses

Jennifer Champagne Hiawatha Development has breathed new life into the old NAPA Auto Parts building at 115 East Superior Street in Munising, transforming it into a vibrant hub of activity. Conveniently located on the main thoroughfare through Munising and offering stunning views of Lake Superior, the remodeled space now features Muldoon’s Pasties & Gifts, South Bay Deli, and Life on the Rocks.
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Where are all the birds?

Birdwatching is a favorite pastime of many people. It’s also helpful for research purposes if those birders are reporting which birds they’re seeing on eBird.org. Thanks to these kinds of reports, scientists have been able to follow the population trends of birds since the 1970’s. Unfortunately, the trends are not good. In 2019, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and other partners published a report in the journal Science that documents the decline of bird populations in North America.
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Lessons from the Lighthouse: Embracing Humility and Wisdom

Through the pitch-black night, the Captain sees a light dead ahead on a collision course with his ship. He sends a signal: “Change your course 10 degrees east.” The light signals back: “Change yours, 10 degrees west.” Angry, the Captain sends: “I’m a Navy Captain! Change your course, sir!” “I’m a seaman, second class,” comes the reply. “Change your course, sir.” Now the Captain is furious. “I’m a battleship! I’m not changing course!” There is one last reply. “I’m a lighthouse. Your call.”
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