FTV: Covert Operations

      It never ceases to amaze me that some people are shocked and horrified when the headlines blare out the fact that (gasp) many countries engage in spying, surveillance, and other covert operations.  We like to think the fate of the world depends on world leaders exercising their diplomatic skills to sort things out, but […]

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From The Vaults: Timber!

           “Let Trees and Children Grow Together” was emblazoned on the sign in a photo attached to an article sent to me from the MTU archives.  The article recounted the dedication of the MacMillan Township School Forest that took place in the late 1930s.  The State of Michigan routinely granted local governments and school districts […]

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FTV: Mines

      A quick quiz:  How many different types of mines have there been in Upper Michigan?  This is a question I ask my sixth grade Geography – Earth Science students at the beginning of the Geology unit we cover that includes U.P.  mining history.  Everybody comes up with “copper”, and a few might remember “iron”, […]

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Be true to your school . . .

August 9, 2017 update!  The votes are in and the 1.3 mil sinking millage being sought in the August 8 election passed by a 2-1 margin!  Thank you to the citizens of Rockland, Greenland, Carp Lake and Ontonagon Townships who ALL passed the proposal.  Thank you for thinking about our students and one of your greatest […]

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FTV: Waste not, want not

  Have you had a family grill out lately?  If you did, it was probably on a gas grill or a good old fashioned charcoal grill, which is my personal favorite.  Either way, we all owe a debt of thanks to Henry Ford for kick starting this little piece of Americana tradition.  When Ford’s Kingsford, Michigan […]

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FTV: Sound Advice – Part 2

      Part one of this column began when I was ruminating about things that get passed along to graduates by various commencement speakers.  Somehow things kind of swerved into a discussion of  how bullying each other has changed since I was in junior high those many eons ago.  Being mean to each other with pencil […]

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