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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - April 5, 1986, Escanaba, Michigan Monday election four candidates Ara vying for three seats on the Manistique City Council. A a a page2a Tate youth concert 86 a showcase of area Talent is set for thursday at the Junior High school auditorium. A Page 9a rain rain Likely today highs in the mid to upper 40s. A Page 2a i at the daily press saturday april 5,1986 Escanaba Michigan two sections 20 pages 35 cents copyright 1986 the daily press Dot plans to Aid . Tourism by Carol Marcella Dsilva press St off Manistique a Steps that would Aid tourism will be emphasized by the state department of transportation Over the next few years Pete Kamarainen Eastern . District Engineer said at fridays Central upper Peninsula planning and development cupped regional commission meeting Here. A a we re very sensitive to our rest area facilities. In the past we be gotten a lot of criticism on our maintenance of those areas. We be Given them some extra Effort and we received no complaints last year a Kamarainen said. A a we re also expanding our Roadside mowing and controlling weeds with common herbicides. We be done wildflower plantings in the St. Ignace area. There Are natural growths of wildflowers along . 2 that Are very Beautiful at certain times of the summer. We done to mow those Road maintenance also helps promote tourism in the ., Kamarainen noted and several projects Are planned. In Manistique an m-94 improvement from Chippewa Avenue into Hiawatha township is planned for 1987. A a we re trying to improve the Quality of that Road to accommodate Manistique paper garbage haulers and loggers As Well As tourists. We want to make that an All season Road but we Lack the dollars. We re Way Over budget on it a he said. A $1.5 million project to improve . 2 from Manistique to Thompson is planned for 1986. In the Garden Peninsula a $500,000 improvement of five Miles of m-183 will Start this Spring. Later this summer the state plans let bids to continue improvements into Fayette state Park in 1987 and Village of Garden improvements will occur after 1987, he said. In Escanaba the . Will resurface . 2 from the Buck inn to Ludington Street As soon As the construction season begins. A project started last year from Escanaba to Hyde and bark River will be completed by mid summer. One Escanaba project the widening of . 2 from Willow Creek to the Western City limits has been put on hold by the Gramm Rudman Federal budget balancing Law. A a we be lost two projects to that act. We re going to have to come up with a temporary Access to the new Hospital Quot Kamarainen said. A that project is now on the 1987 Kamarainen also told Escanaba City councilman Don Guindon that the City should begin hearings on a three mile Escanaba by pass. Kamarainen said the . Would provide planners to discuss the City a traffic problems. Proposed passing lanes from Manistique to the Mackinac Bridge would be a Benefit in heavy traffic he said but Are not included in the . Budget. He added the lanes May be planned for 1988. The state is also providing Shore erosion control along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior at a Cost of $1.3 million and a $900,000 erosion control and Road work program on Mackinac Island. Proposed merger involving cupped is not happening by Carol Marcella daily press staff Manistique a a proposed merger of the Central upper Peninsula planning and development regional commission cupped and the six county consortium has been delayed Jim Dooley cupped director said at a meeting Here Friday. A the merger is not happening at this time but the Small business development Center a dec and the private Industry Council will be cooperating closely a kind of informal merger a Dooley told cupped members. The Pic and a Bdl will be working together on Federal procurement Grants employment generating Grants. At the same time cupped will be reviewing and recommending Grants to Pic to avoid overlapping of Grant applications. The two organizations will also be taking Cost saving Steps. Pic will be publishing news on one Page in cup pad a monthly newsletter and will help pay for the newsletters mailing. They Are also investigating entering a joint insurance plan for employees and looking into the possibility of purchasing supplies jointly. A a they re trying to do some things that would have do some things they re trying to a Nave been beneficial that would a merger but they re doing it cupped director been beneficial in a merger but they re doing it informally a Dooley said. The commission reaffirmed its stand opposing a housing and Urban development contract bid policy that would permit housing commissions to disregard Low bids if an Indian contractor was within to percent Pere of the Low bid on a project Worth $100,000 or less or within i percent of the Low bid on a $7 million the policy would apply to Indian contractors bidding on Indian housing projects project. Bidding Schoolcraft county housing director Dixie Klagstad said a we have to abide by competitive bidding in All other areas. This policy May expand to other projects and not be just limited to native american projects. I think they re also looking at legislation to that effect see proposed merger on Page 3a Schoolcraft has had Good year cupped spokesman by Carol Marcella daily press staff Manistique a its been a productive year for Schoolcraft county according to a report on the years activities Given by Pete Van Steen of the Central upper Peninsula planning and development cupped regional commission. Cupped met Friday at the ramada inn in Manistique. A a new by pass on . Has provided an Opportunity to new businesses and a Challenge to existing businesses a Van Steen said. A a new business has already opened on the new Highway and Road signs promoting downtown Manistique have been put up East and West of the City limits. Downtown merchants Are meeting to discuss improvements to the downtown area and financing a new chamber of Commerce Headquarters has been built on the new Highway. The building also houses the economic development corporation and a representative of the Small business development Center. Other items cities by Van Steen include a of Connor Cedar Mill has expanded to Granger rustic products with a $100,000 Small cities Grant fir cured by the City and a Small business association Oan. A a $200,000 Small cities Grant awarded to the City for a $20 million improvement program at Manistique papers. A a new pm radio station has been approved in Gulliver for american Peakes ltd., owners of Atiq radio. A reconstruction of la Miles of county roads 442 and see Schoolcraft on Page 3a National unemployment seasonally adjusted percentage of work Force unemployed source . Department of labor r80 �?~-60 am j a Sono j pm 85 36 mar 85 feb 86 mar�?~867.3% 7.3% 72%from february to March prize poet a thirteen year old Sarah i ter of or. And mrs. Garth Rigg Escanaba looks Over her prize winning poem with her English teacher Jean Jokipii Escanaba. Entitled a october afternoon Daugh Sarah a poem was one of too entries selected for National publication in the 1986/87 Young writers contest anthology. Daily press photo by Patti Deagostino. Escanaba eighth grader s poem in National anthology by Patti de Agosti no daily press staff Escanaba a an Escanaba Junior High school eighth grader is one of two students in Michigan selectee for publication in the National anthology a Rainbow Sara Rigg 13, daughter of Garth and Marlene Rigg Escanaba will have an original Poeth a october afternoon appear in the anthology which is available this month from the Young writers contest foundation sponsors of the Competition. Her entry was one of nearly 8,000 poems and stories received by contest officials from students in All 50 states Guam and puerto Rico. According to Sarah a English teacher Jean Jokipii this is an exceptionally unique Honor for the Young writer because Only too of the 8,000 entries Are being published. A i was really excited when i found out i was one of the contest winners a Sara said. A i knew the poem was Good but when i found out i won i believe Jokipii said she had goosebumps when she got the official notice Sara was a contest Winner. A this is the first time in 20 years that in be had a student of published in a National publication a Jokipii said. A i was Jokipii said she was Only allowed to submit 12 entries in the contest which took place during the fall. A i could t Tell then if i had a Winner a she said. A but everything that my students enter in any kind of writing Competition is exceptional. We work on their the students writing until we both agree its Good. Sometimes the process takes months. In the end whatever we Send out is Sarah a interest in writing poems and Short stories dates Back to when she was just five years old and wrote her first Story. A i love to write a she said. A people seem to like talking to me about their life and their problems and i enjoy putting their thoughts and my reactions Down on paper. Besides winning this National contest Sara has also won the lawyers wives essay contest and was one of the youngest writers in this area published in the daily press Magazine naturally Sara said English is her favorite subject in school and she really likes entering writing contests. A a in a Lucky to have a teacher like mrs. Jokipii a she said. A she spends a lot of time after school helping students with their when she Isnit Busy writing Sara enjoys Reading drawing playing the piano and saxophone. Right now her ambition is to become a novelist. Sarah a goals Are reinforced by her English teacher who also has High Hopes for the Young author. A a it a been a Gratifying experience for me a As a teacher a to meet Kiefs like Sara who have these wonderful ideas a Jokipii said. A kids Are real deep thinkers. They have some lofty thoughts. If i can help them put their ideas Down on paper then All of us ultimately share in the experience. A Jokipii said she has Many students like Sara who spend time Atter school working with her on their writing. A we enter As Many contests As we can a Jokipii said. A not Only do the students improve their writing technique they also learn How to put their copy in marketable form. They even get a Good grasp of now to Market both Jokipii and Sara eagerly await the arrival of several copies of a the Rainbow connection so they can see the Young writers poem in print. My Oft room of the Escanaba Public Library. Sara plans to donate a copy of the Book to the children s a a in be written a lot of material in the Library a Sara said. A a in a like to share my Good Fortune with october afternoon the sunlight trickles through the Crimson and Gold leaves setting the Trees afire. My heart and step Are Light and i hear the joyous scrunching of leaves under my feet. The air is Crisp and Cool. The smell of the autumn air fills my nose. Children Rake leaves into great big piles and joyfully pounce on them. I run up the Side walk and fling open the door. To the sound of loud bickering. As i stand stunned the door half Way open a dead Leaf blows into the House. A cold Winter wind wraps itself around my heart As a Cloud obscures the Sun. Autumn Sunshine turned to rain. Sarah Rigg Escanaba Michigan s unemployment rate unchanged Detroit apr slight increases in jobs and the number of jobless balanced out in March As the unemployment rate held steady at 8.9 percent the . Bureau of labor statistics said Friday. Layoffs in the Auto Industry threatened to extend the lacklustre performance of the labor Market for several months an economist said. The March unemployment rate stood 0.8 Points below the 9.7 percent rate a year earlier the bus said from its Chicago regional off ice. The figures were released after general motors corp. Said it would place 5,286 workers nationally on indefinite Layoff including More than 1,000 autoworkers at its Pontiac Fiero and Buick regal plants in Pontiac. The layoffs Likely would appear beginning with the april unemployment figures. A the soft condition of the automotive Economy in this country is going to have a significant effect on employment in Michigan. Into the second Quarter a said David Verway director of the Bureau of business research at Wayne state University. A we can expect More to hum employment Michigan a jobless rate the past year has fluctuated Between 7.8 percent recorded in december and 10.6 percent in National jobless rate stays above 7 percent in March Michigan a March unemployment in Michigan there were 387,000 people jobless in March up Washington apr the number of jobless americans continued to hover around 8.4 million last month the government reported Friday keeping the unemployment rate Well above 7 percent and belying earlier indications of an upturn in the Economy. The Bureau of labor statistics said the rate of civilian joblessness adjusted for Normal seasonal fluctuations fell to 7.2 percent in March a drop of Only one tenth of i percent from february and the same average unemployment level for All of 1985. A year ago the March rate was 7.3 percent. A the failure of unemployment to decline to its january level of 6.7 percent suggests that the Economy has been weaker than earlier estimates a said Jerry Jasinowski chief economist for the National association of manufacturers. Private and government economists agreed that january a jobless rate of 6.7 percent the lowest of Ronald Reagan a five year presidency was a statistical aberration in the Wake of Rise to 7.3 and 7.2 percent rates of the last two months. Robert Ortner the Commerce departments chief economist called the March figures a disappointing a reflecting continuing weaknesses in Broad areas of the Economy such As manufacturing with a loss of 40,000 jobs last month. A this is the first Broad general statistic we have for March and it does no to show any signs yet that the Economy has accelerated a great Deal Ortner said. A the Overall Economy has not been that Strong so it is not surprising that the unemployment rate has not come Down very much. Jasinowski said a seasonal adjustment problems in december and january employment figures had a tended to Over adjust for changes in the labor Force making those numbers look considerably better than they september. The rate has stood in the single digits for six of the 12 months. Nationally the jobless rate Slid 0.1 Point in March to 7.2 percent the labor department said in Washington. A normally there is very Little change in Michigan a labor Force from february to March a said Richard Simmons or director of the Michigan employment Security commission a this year there was a marginal increase in the number of Job seekers entering the labor Force. Most of these Job seekers did find employment and As a result there was no change in in Smari Iga. 0.8 percent from 384,000 in february but Down 9.6 percent from 428,000 in March 1985, the bus said. The number of employed workers totalled 3,962,000 in March 0.2 percent above 3,954,000 in february but i percent below 4,002,000 in March 1985, the Agency said. The workforce As a whole totalled 4,349,000 up 0.3 percent from 4,338,000 in february but Down 1.8 percent from 4,430,000 in March 1985. The figures were adjusted to reflect seasonal changes in the labor Market. Michigan tied with Illinois for the highest unemployment rate among the la states with the largest workforces. Texas was third at 8.1 percent followed by Pennsylvania 7.6 percent and Ohio 7.4 percent. Verway said the pm layoffs will have a Ripple effect in Michigan causing Auto suppliers to Cut Back on the number of people they employ. As a result Michigan a unemployment rate Likely will move sideways in the next few months neither rising nor falling outside of a narrow Range Verway said. Unadjusted for seasonal changes the Michigan unemployment rate stood at 9.6 percent in March us from 9.3 percent in february

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