News Update For Friday, 7/6/12

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Paul Lang has been asked to remain as Northern Michigan University’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, in an announcement made today by NMU Interim President David Hayes. The university provost is an institution’s chief academic officer. Lang was appointed interim provost and vice president in June 2011, replacing Susan Koch, who left NMU to become chancellor at the University of Illinois-Springfield. Haynes said interim would be removed from Lang’s title. Haynes, who was appointed by the NMU Board in May to serve as interim president for two years says Lang is the best fit for the university’s administrative and academic team as they move forward on critical issues.

The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Marquette General, is in critical need of all blood types throughout the Upper Peninsula. The need is high is Escanaba, Hancock, Iron Mountain, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie. If you haven’t donated in the last 8 weeks, please take the time to give the gift of life. 1 pint of your blood can help save 3 lives, all blood donated at the UP Regional Blood Center stays in the UP.  You can call 225-4610 to make an appointment at the Regional Blood Center Office in Marquette.

The search continues for a missing man in the western Upper Peninsula.  Police say 50-year-old John Paul Posega of Hancock did not show up for work Tuesday.  Friends and family members report they have had no contact with him since then.  Posega is described as being 5-11, 155 lbs, slim build, dark brown shoulder length hair, mustache and goatee and has a dark complexion.  He was last seen wearing a dark blue Michigan Tech polo shirt and blue jean shorts.  Posega should be driving a black 2002 Honda Accord bearing Michigan license plate BCB 3837.  Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of John Posega can call the Hancock Police department at (906) 482-3102 or you local law enforcement agency.

It may be after the holiday, but many of the estimated one-point-four million Michigan Fourth of July holiday travelers…will do so through the weekend, according to “Triple-A Michigan.”  While it’s been hot, travelers have enjoyed perfect weather to be on or near Michigan lakes and waterways and “Triple-A’s” Nancy Cain says that will continue through Sunday night at the state’s most popular travel destinations.  Cain says the “Triple-A” travel estimate for the Fourth of July was 16-percent more than the same period last year, and a good sign for Michigan travel and tourism.



The 2012 Pioneer Days kick off this Sunday in Negaunee.  Events for the week start off with the Old Towne Festival on Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jackson Mine Park on Tobin Street. Alumni Softball games will take place all week at LaCombe Field and the Pioneer Princess Pageant will take place on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Negaunee High School. Applications are available at Lakeview Elementary.  Pioneer Days end on Saturday, July 14th with the parade at 11:30 a.m., Community picnic beginning at 1:00 p.m., and a fireworks display over Teal Lake at dusk.

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