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Escanaba Daily Press (Newspaper) - March 21, 2015, Escanaba, MichiganWelding Art . Man turns Metal into sculptures. Daily press weekend edition sunday partly Cloudy 35/18 weather today Snow 32/18 saturday sunday March 21-22, 2015 Escanaba Mich. $1 Page 1c award Winner Emp honoured by John Deere. Page 8a Honor guard stocks for the week nose 319.51 Nash a 154.96 see Page 8a local scouts to serve As governors Honor guard. Page 6a vol. 107 no. 8 Good morning Leslie Jaros thank you for subscribing to the daily press d eath s business 8aclassified 5-6b Church 2-3c comics 1d,4d Community 2-3a,5a fun 2d health 4c kid stuff 4d lifestyles 6-7a Lascar 7b opinion 4a obituaries 5a sports 1-4b stocks 8a outdoors 8b weather 2a in is d e . Jobless rate takes seasonal hike Escanaba the Delta county area and the upper Peninsula started the year with a hike in the unemployment rate according to statistics released by the state department of technology management and budget. Delta count yes jobless rate jumped to 8.3 percent in january up from 6.9 percent in december 2014. The jobless rate was 10.3 percent a year ago. In Schoolcraft county the jobless rate increased to 11.5 percent up from 9.6 percent the previous month. The unemployment rate was 14.2 percent a year ago. These figures were compiled before the announcement ear Lier this week that future Mark would be Clos ing its Manistique paper Mill. In Menominee county the unemployment rate Rose to 6.1 percent up from 5.2 percent. The jobless rate was 7.5 percent a year ago. The unemployment rate in the upper Penin Sula moved up seasonally in january to 8.2 percent an increase of 1.4 percentage Points Over the december rate of 6.8 percent. All of the upper Peninsulas 15 counties reported higher unemployment rates during january with Mackinac county posting the highest rate hike of 4.9 percentage Points Fol Lowed by Schoolcraft and Chippewa counties both up by 1.9 percentage Points. The rate increases were the result of typical reductions in construction and tourism related jobs. Kew Enaw county experienced the lowest rate increase for january up by 0.4 percentage Points. See jobless on Page 3a at a glance unemployment rates Delta county 8.3 percent Schoolcraft county 11.5 percent Menominee county 6.1 percent upper Peninsula 8.2 percent source department of technology m Ana Gem ent and budget Ilsa Matthes daily press Jeff Olson who co owns Olson Bros. Sugar Bush with his Brothers Mark and Greg checks the evaporating equipment used to boil Down sap into pure Maple syrup. A Sweet time of year Ilsa Matthes bark River the end of win ter is the sweetest time of year for Maple syrup producers and this year the season is on track to have a productive season. I think so far were off to an of Start said Jeff Olson who co owns Olson Bros. Sugar Bush in bark River with his Brothers Greg and Mark. The amount of sap moving through a tree that can be tapped and converted into Maple syrup is largely dependent on the prolonged temperature pattern. Gases inside Maple Trees expand and contract when temperatures change which draws up moisture towards the branches and keeps sap running through any taps that have been placed in the tree by syrup producers. Sap runs Best when there is a Pat Tern of freezing and thawing How Ever if temperatures Are too warm Trees will Bud and impart an unpleasant taste on the sap. Likewise if temperatures get too cold the moisture in the Trees will freeze and sap wont run at All. If we get a real big Cool Down where its not breaking 32 As part of Maple season were not cooking. For that week were basically shut Down said Olson. For Olson who has been producing syrup As a Hobby since 1996 and commercially with his Brothers since 2009, recognizing a Good Day for running sap is As simple As walk ing to his vehicle in the morning. I always Tell people Clear skies frosty windshields thatus what you want he said. The majority of Small tappers insert taps into Trees and attach buckets to those taps to collect the sap As it exits the tree. Olson who estimates that he and his Brothers produce around 3 percent of commercially sold Maple syrup in Michigan uses a tubing sys tem that collects sap from multiple Trees at a time. In addition to collect ing from multiple Trees at once the tubing system is vacuum Zed which helps draw sap into the system at a faster rate than is possible with a traditional bucket system. See syrup on Page 3a Ilsa Matthes daily press Jeff Olson co owner of Olson Bros. Sugar Bush in bark River bends a line of tubing so that his son 4-year-old Benjamin can see where Maple sap has pooled in the line. Maple syrup production in full swing for bark River family groups bring Book Swap to Community by Ilsa Matthes Escanaba readers with a few Dusty books on their shelves can get some new Reading material and help the Community during a Book Swap and collection drive tak ing place sunday at the Escanaba senior High school. The Book Exchange will be held in the High school commons area Between 1 and 4 . Each Book Lover will be Able to take away one Book from the donated selection for every two they bring to the Swap. All of the books remaining at the end of the Day will be donated to schools hospitals doctors offices Community programs libraries and families in the Central and Western upper Peninsula. While area elementary schools have some experience with holding Book swaps within their class rooms this Marks the first time that a school sponsored Book Swap has been opened to the Public. Were trying to break out into the Community As Well and get some Community involvement said Stephanie Sobieski Amer corps mentoring to Access member serv ing Escanaba and Gladstone High schools and one of the Lead orches tractors for the Book Exchange. There will be no shortage of books at the event even for the earliest of Book traders. Students at both glad Stone and Escanaba High schools have been collecting books for the Swap throughout the month at their see books on Page 3a if you go what Book Swap and collection drive when sunday 1 and 4 . Where Escanaba senior High school Cost each Book Lover will be Able to take away one Book from the donated selection for every two they bring to the Swap look for All of the books remaining at the end of the Day will be donated to schools hospitals and other organizations. Nila m. Pilot rapid River. Page 5a

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