Pocket Park

MARQUETTE, MI--   The likeness of a beloved member of the Marquette community will be unveiled downtown next week. 

A statue of Phil Niemisto will be placed in the Pocket Park on Washington Street.

The 87-year-old Niemisto has been cleaning the windows of downtown buildings and tending flowers in the park for years. Thanks to a GoFundMe page, enough money was raised to commission local artist Earl Senchuk to create a life-size statue of Phil to put on a bench among the flowers.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is looking for youth mentors for outdoor recreation activities at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. 

The DNR wants volunteers who are interested in helping kids learn to catch fish, shoot a pellet gun, or use a bow and arrow at the Pocket Park.  The park is a one-acre site within the fairgrounds that features a bluegill-stocked catch-and-release pond, archery and pellet gun ranges, a fire tower, and a waterfall.

Mary Wardell / miningjournal.net

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is seeking donations for a statue to honor a much-loved member of the community.

Phil Niemisto, 87, has been cleaning the windows of downtown buildings and tending flowers in the pocket park on Washington Street for years. The City Commission recently renamed the spot Phil Niemisto Pocket Park, and now a GoFundMe page has been established to commission a statue of Phil to put on a bench among the flowers.