Community Outreach

Marquette Board of Light & Power Annual Charity Hockey Game

The MBLP recently held its 4th Annual Food Pantry Charity Hockey Game at Lakeview Arena.  Employees representing Wright Street and the Shiras Steam Plant faced off with the Shiras Steam Plant crowned the new Champions with a 3-2 win.  Steam Plant goals were scored by Tom Skewis, Jake Parske and Eastin Viitala.  Travis Niemi and Jonny Betz scored goals for Wright Street.  The teams included employees, friends, family members and a retiree.  Attendees brought in canned goods and boxed food items which were donated to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul food pantries.  A total of $80 was also collected and divided evenly between the two food pantries to hlep stock their shelves. 



Gatekeepers Program

Gatekeepers a tether for seniors in need - read article here

Harvest Day Festival

Harvest Day Harvest Day

BLP street light serviceman, Charlie Gorton volunteered his time recently to help out with the “International Observe the Moon Night” that was hosted by the local Marquette Astronomical Society. Charlie was in charge of turning off the Lakeshore Boulevard Decorative Street Lighting System from Baraga Avenue to beyond Mattson Park.

In September, during the second Thursday night event held by the Children’s Museum, Pat Aho and Drew Ahonen volunteered their time to participate in the “Trucks” exhibit.

The MBLP is proud to employ such dedicated employees willing to give back to the community in which we serve.

Tourist Park Handicapped-Accessible Fishing Pier

Handicapped Fishing Pier

The handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Tourist Park has been completed. Area residents and visitors can access the fishing pier off the County Road 550 Noquemanon Trail Head. As part of the reconstruction of the Tourist Park Dam which restored the lake, a six-year fisheries program has been established to introduce small mouth bass, pan fish, and yellow perch into the lake. The Marquette Board of Light and Power worked cooperatively with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Marquette Access Group, and the UP Sport Central Fishing Association in the design of the handicapped-accessible fishing pier which will provide a new recreational opportunity for visitors at Tourist Park.



Beach Clean Up

The Marquette Board of Light and Power had its biggest employee, retiree, and family member turnout ever for the recent annual City-wide Spring Cleanup. Employees encourage their families to volunteer for this worthwhile event. Pictured is the group that cleaned up South Beach and along Lake Street to the Carp River. Benny the dog, has participated in the Spring Clean-up for 10-plus years!

Beach Clean Up

A group of MBLP employees, retirees, and their families recently participated in the recent IDEW's ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY cleanup. Union and management employees volunteer their time and give back to the community by picking up litter from the Welcome Center to the intersection of M-28 and US-41 in Harvey.