Pocket Park

ESCANABA, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help mentor youth at the U.P. State Fair in Escanaba. 

From August 13 through the 19 volunteers will staff the DNR’s Pocket Park and assist with activities like catching and releasing bluegills; shooting pellet guns or bows and arrows; staffing the fire tower; and greeting visitors.

The park is a one-acre site within the fairgrounds that sports its own pond. Officials say it caters especially to youngsters looking for outdoor adventure or to learn an outdoor skill.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A bright, steady light in downtown Marquette has gone out. 

Phil Niemisto, longtime window washer and flower tender, died Sunday. He was 88. According to Brian Cabell’s “Word on the Street,” Phil passed peacefully at his apartment, surrounded by people who loved him.

Over the past 35 years Phil could be seen cleaning store windows, shoveling snow, and planting flowers in the Pocket Park, which was eventually named for him. A statue of Phil sitting on a park bench was unveiled last year.

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.

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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.