Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at www.DuluthDailyPhoto.com.
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Sean MacManus is a stone carver who loves his artisan stonework so much that it's difficult for him to part with it. "It's hard to surrender my creations," he told the Budgeteer News. That's understandable, since so much time, talent and care goes into them. But he felt comfortable, in 2006, building a stone-facing header and legs frame around the fireplace at Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery at 308 E. Superior St. That's because he and owner Eddie Gleeson share a special kinship: Both are proud of their Irish roots.
On Nov. 13, First United Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary in the building affectionately dubbed the "Coppertop." The first worship service in the new building was on Sunday, Nov. 13, 1966. This year on Sunday, Nov. 13, the church will have a special service celebrating the 50 years. In 1966 the downtown church on Third Avenue West and Third Street needed expensive renovation. Parking was said to be horrendous. Many of the people who went to the downtown church still attend. The youngest are in their 50s.
Now that fall has officially arrived, some people use lotion on their skin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers lotion a cosmetic or beauty product, but guys, don't think because the words are "cosmetic" and "beauty product" this column doesn't pertain to you. Whether it is soap, deodorant or toothpaste, it is considered a beauty product. And most men use soap and lotion.
Many of us who live in Duluth love living next to Lake Superior. The Alliance for the Great Lakes encourages you to show a little Great Lakes love by joining an Adopt-a-Beach event.
With more than 80 offices nationwide, RSM is an audit, tax and consulting firm. But in the next couple of months the company is getting a little more oriented toward children and families. Each local office has teamed up with a charity in its own community. RSM, known until last year as McGladrey, has an office on First Street in Duluth with a staff of about 75 auditors, tax consultants and support staff, with another 25 employees on the road. The local office is located in the Missabe Building, 227 W. First St.
On a beastly hot August afternoon, my friend met me at a coffee shop in Canal Park. I ordered an iced latte and waited for my drink. When the barista called my name I noticed there was no straw in my drink. When I was a kid, mom made our summertime drinks special with a straw. Midway to the straw dispenser, my hand froze in place. The image of a turtle with blood dripping from its nose flashed through my mind. I had taken a pledge to ditch straws after watching a National Geographic video of researchers prying a drinking straw from the turtle's nostril.
Churches around Duluth are collecting backpacks and school supplies to donate to the nonprofit faith-based agency CHUM, which will then distribute the packs to students in need before school starts. "For many children, the first day of school is an exciting adventure," said Scott Van Daele, CHUM distributive services director. "But for those who lack the basic supplies, school may be a scary, intimidating, unhappy place."
You know a big election is coming up in November. But are you prepared to vote in the Minnesota primary in just a couple days? Tuesday, Aug. 9, to be exact. "The primary is the first step. They are crucial because they determine who will be on the ballot in November," said Maria Isley, president of the League of Women Voters Duluth. If you live in eastern Duluth, your primary will only concern the Minnesota Supreme Court Justice. But many in western Duluth will also have a state representative (District 7B) and a county commissioner office (District 3) to consider.
The Rev. Cathy Schuyler is known in Duluth for her strong singing voice and for speaking out for peace and justice. Schuyler's last Sunday as pastor at Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St., was July 17. She accepted a call to congregations in Catskill, Palenville and Quarryville, all in the Hudson Valley of New York. "We will miss her laugh, her shouts of joy ... the can-do attitude and, of course, that voice that leads the hymns," said Carol Thibault, moderator of Duluth Congregational Church, during the farewell reception.
About 70 people gathered at Denfeld High School at a forum July 19, called in response to the recent shootings in Minnesota, Dallas and Baton Rouge, La. Duluthians gathered to learn more about public safety from the Duluth mayor and Duluth's police, fire department as well as the Citizen's Review Board. Duluth is one of the few cities in the nation to implement a citizen's review board. The CRB serves as a bridge between the police department and residents. XXXXXXX Use photos as space allows XXXXXXXXX 0724.N.DBN.police and crowd.jpg - 1.jpg