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A Reminder that the gifts for the Toy Trees as part of the St. Nicholas project, need to be returned unwrapped with tag attached to the site by December 1st.  The committee suggests an approximate cost of $25 for each gift. 

Volunteers are needed to shovel the Riverview Senior center in Ontonagon. If you would like to sign up or to receive more information call 884-4818 and ask to speak to Marsha or Sandi at 884-2775

The Konteka will be holding a Fall Craft Show on Saturday, November 29th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Table space is available.  The cost is $15.00 per 8 foot table.  Call 885-5170 to reserve your spot.

The Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Christmas Walk Craft Show for Hometown Christmas on Saturday, December 6th. The show will be at the Ontonagon High School from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Applications for vendors can be gotten at chambercraftshow@gmail.com or call Vikki at 884-6103.

Hometown Christmas is continuing with their Schwan Fundraiser and until the 28th of December, they will get 20 to 40% of sales if ordered online.  When placing order scroll down past delivery destination and there is an option to contribute to a fundraiser and enter Campaign ID# 16503 or Fundraiser ID# 39993 and Hometown Christmas will come up.  There is no extra cost to supporters same catalog same prices!

Toys for Tots.  To bring the joy of Christmas to needy children.  Make checks payable to MCL#1016 and on the memo line write Toys for Area Youth.  Mail to Robert Botkins, Coordinator, 151086 State Highway M38, Ontonagon, MI 49953.

The Ontonagon Road Commission will not be plowing driveways due to the softness of the ground, it hasn't had enough time to freeze up and if we go in and plow a driveway we are going to end up tearing them up.  As soon as conditions are right they will start plowing driveways.

Open Figure Skating at the Rec Center this Friday, November 28th from 4-7pm. All skaters and those that still want to sign up are encouraged to attend. Get your skates on and have some fun! Bring your gently used skates to swap as well. This will be the last chance to sign up if you haven't done so yet.

On Sunday, November 30th, there will be a combined Worship Service at the Ontonagon United Methodist Church at 11:00 am with a pot-luck luncheon to follow.  There will be no regular services at the Greenland United Methodist Church or at St. Paul’s Methodist in Rockland on that date.

The Ontonagon Area Gladiator Booster Club will meet on Monday, December 1st,  6:30 p.m. in the OAS Library.

The regular monthly meeting of the Western U.P. Board of Health will be held at 6:00 p.m., E.S.T., on Monday, December 1st, there will also be a meeting of the Board of Health Executive Committee at 5:30 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled Board of   Health meeting.  Both meetings will be held at the health department office, 540 Depot St., Hancock, MI.

There will be a Caregiver Support group will meeting on Monday December 1st at the Riverview Senior Center, 300 Lake St. Ontonagon beginning at 2p.m. The meeting is open to anyone who provides continuous care of a loved one.  For more information call Joan Harris at 575-3461.

The next meeting of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency Nutrition Council will be held on December 1st at 1:00 p.m. at the G-O CAA Outreach Office in Ewen. Everyone interested in the senior meals program is welcome to attend.

The next regular meeting of the Copper Country Radio Amateur Association (CCRAA) will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Dollar Bay Fire Hall.  All members and those interested in amateur (HAM) radio are encouraged to attend.

The Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency’s next quarterly commodity distribution will be held for South Ontonagon County and Watersmeet at the Fire Hall in Bruce Crossing from Noon to 2:30 (est) on Wednesday, December 3rd and in North Ontonagon County at the Community Action Agency building, 429 River Street from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, December 3rd

The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Marquette General, will hold a Bloodmobile blood drive on Thursday December 4 at Aspirus Grand View from 11:00-3:00. For an appointment call Alicia Cook at 932-7627.

Coffee Klutch for Seniors on Thursday, December 4th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Riverview Senior Center.  This month’s speaker is Bill R. Johnson from the Ontonagon Fire Department.  The topic is fire safety.  Questions will be welcome.

The Calumet Theatre is proud to present “International Artist” Terry Lee Goffee, the “Ultimate” Johnny Cash Tribute, on Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm.  This is also the event when the “Grand Raffle” drawing will take place to determine the winners of the fundraiser for the Calumet Theatre’s new furnace and stage roof.  Tickets are $28, $24, & $20, reserved seating. Member discount applies.   Tickets can be purchased at the Calumet Theatre box office, or by calling (906) 337-2610.  Box office hours are: Wednesday-Friday Noon - 5:00pm (closed Nov 27 & 28)

The 14th Annual Hometown Christmas will take place in Ontonagon Friday thru Sunday, December 5th thru 7th.  Events include Open Houses at several local businesses, Youth Dances, Lighting contests for both residential and businesses, Christmas Craft Fair, Ginger bread contest display, Children’s Time, Reindeer Run, Fireworks, Hometown Tree Trimming, Hayrides, Light Tours, Parade, visit with Santa and much more.  For a complete list of all events, go to the Hometown Christmas Page

On Saturday, December 6th at 10:00 AM, the Ontonagon Township Library will be having a special Christmas version of its Story Hour program.  Kids of all ages are invited to come down and listen to some of our favorite Christmas stories, enjoy a snack, and participate in a fun craft project. The event is totally free and there is no sign-up necessary. If you are interested in volunteering to read one of your favorite Christmas stories, please call the library at 884-4411 for more information.

The 25th Annual South End “Christmas at the Crossing” Children’s Christmas Party At the Settlers Depot Gallery In Bruce Crossing will be held on Saturday, December 6th.  From 11:00 am ‘til 1:00 pm all of the children attending the party will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have a free picture taken with Santa.  The pictures will be available for pick up at The Settlers IGA in approximately 10 days.  Each child will also receive a bag of treats.  Cider, cookies and coffee will be served.  Carolers will entertain the children with Christmas songs.  Any Parent who visited Santa at the Depot when they were children and can bring a picture of themselves with Santa at the Children’s Party will receive a gift of 6 picture Christmas cards.  Also any adult attending the party can enter a drawing for a gift basket complements of the depot artisans.  10:am til 2:00pm –Childrens“Christmas at the Crossing” Lunch Special at Settler’s IGA; 10:00am til 4:00pm -VFW will hold their annual “Christmas at the Crossing”  craft sale at the VFW building across from the Depot Gallery.  4th of July Committee Bake Sale at the VFW.  The Settler’s Depot Gallery will hold its Annual Customer Appreciation 10% off  Sale.  The Annual Children’s party is sponsored by Stannard Township, Settler’s IGA and the Settler’s Depot Gallery

The Annual Cookie Walk at United Lutheran Church  of L'Anse will  be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9:30 to 11:30.

Christmas Cookie Sale, Sunday, December 7th at the Holy Family Catholic Church Basement.  Mix and match any type of cookies available.  Pay by the pound.  10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

On Sunday, December 7th, Sons of Norway will celebrate Julefest with a Potluck dinner at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hancock starting at 5 pm with music and a program and potluck dinner.  All members and those interested in Norway are welcome!

There will be an Advent Song Fest on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00 pm at the Sacred Heart Chruch in L’Anse.  Featuring Bonny Cotter, Mike Roberts, Todd VanDyke, Bells on the Bay and Local Church choirs.  A free will offering will be taken for St. Vincent DePaul. Refreshments afterward.

Ontonagon’s Operation Graduation is selling  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts thru December 10th by 12:00pm.  Delivery will be Wednesday December 17 2:00pm at the school.  If interested in ordering contact any 9-12 grade students at the Ontonagon School.  $10.00 per dozen of original glazed doughnuts.  Money raised goes to fund the annual Operation graduation dance graduation night.  You can also call to order  by calling Kathy Bauer 231-5142 Or  Missy Picotte 884-6477.  Make checks out to Operation Graduation.  Payment due at time of order.

Deepwoods Veterinary Service will hold another morning clinic at the OCAP shelter on Thursday, December 11th. Dr. Sturmer’s customers who would like to avoid the trip to Bruce Crossing can call the clinic at 827-3218 to make an appointment. Appointment times are limited.


OCAP will hold a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13th , to showcase the beautiful cats and kittens waiting to be adopted. The open house will run from noon to 4:00 PM, and Erin Tucker will provide free nail clipping for dogs and cats from 1:00 to 3:00.

Do you love baking? Do you enjoy eating cookies? Do you like Christmas? If you answered YES to any of these questions, the Ontonagon Township Library would be delighted to have you at our first-ever Christmas Cookie Exchange on Monday, December 15th at 6:00 PM. Participants bring two dozen of their best Christmas cookies, and they will go home with a variety of two dozen cookies baked by their friends and neighbors. Participants are also asked to bring a copy of their recipe (as long as it isn't an a family secret) and everyone will receive a digital recipe book by e-mail after the event. Participation is free. Please visit the library or call 884-4411 to register.

Snowburst will happen!   Save the date:  Saturday, February 21, 2015, all day, at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Hill and Chalet.  Look for donation buckets at Hometown Christmas.  We need to raise money for the fireworks which again, will cost $2,500.  There will soon be an initial planning meeting.  If interested in participating in the planning of 2015 Snowburst, call Friends of the Porkies at 884-7663.  If you are interested in donating toward 2015 Snowburst, please make your checks payable to “FOP Snowburst”  and send to:  SnowBurst, c/o Friends of the Porkies, P.O.  Box 221, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  Please be sure and put “snowburst 2015” on the memo portion of the check or the envelope.

For a lonely elderly person, a simple smile and friendly visit can mean the world. In our rural area, many elderly in our community can go weeks without having a visitor. Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly visit isolated elderly people and provide social activities to those in need. Visiting volunteers build lasting relationships and enrich the lives of elderly in the community through friendly visits. Change two lives today – yours and an elderly person’s – by calling 482-6944.

The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Museum Foundation is in the process of having fundraisers, collecting pledges and donations.  Their goal is to open the Moving Wall Museum in White Pine to house the memorabilia placed at the Moving Wall sites since 1984.  If you could pledge or donate money or an item for a raffle or fundraiser event they would greatly appreciate it.  If you have any questions or you can help, call 906-393-0256.  Jenny Kanniainen is doing a walk/jog from Rockand to San Jose (the former headquarters for the Moving Wall) all on her tread mill.  This endeavor is to raise funds for the Moving Wall Museum Foundation through donations of pledges per mile or straight donations.  You can check out the progress at the website at TMWMuseum.com.  You can also call Jenny at 393-0256.

Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Upper Peninsula Michigan Chapter is in need of people who are willing to volunteer and be friends to the elderly in Ontonagon and surrounding areas.  For more information, contact Cathy Aten at 482-6944 or email: caten.hou@littlebrothers.org

Don't forget to drop off your Michigan returnable can's and bottles to the OCAP dumpster (located between The Ontonagon Herald office and Peninsula Graphics on River Street in Ontonagon)  money raised goes to help maintain an animal shelter in Ontonagon County.

Returnable cans for kids, sponsored by the Ewen Fire Department.  Proceeds to build a playground for kids at a park north of Ewen.  Cans may be deposited in a trailer across from Ewen Building Supply.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.  Anyone wishing to join CERT,  must be 18 years of age or older.  You can contact Rick Varecha at 885-5256 for more information.


Open Your Heart & Your Home by becoming a Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, or Mentor to a child.  Approximately 14,000 Michigan Children are in foster care at any given time.  We need your help to keep these children safe & cared for within their local community until they can be returned to their family.  In the event that they cannot be returned to their home, we need loving adoptive families to give them a place to call home.  You could be the answer to their hope for a home!  Please contact your local county Gogebic/Iron/Ontonagon Department of Human Services for more information at (906) 663-6200 or (906) 290-0997.  In Baraga/Houghton/Keweenaw counties, call 354-4700.


Do your children have health insurance? …If they don’t there’s a good chance they can get it!  MI Child and Healthy Kids are Michigan’s low-cost and free health insurance programs for kids.  These programs cover urgent health needs and much more including regular checkups, dental care, prescriptions and hospital care.   If you have been turned down in the past, you may be eligible now… And signing up is easy, it takes less than 30 minutes!   Visit www.mpca.net today or call 2-1-1 to gain peace of mind and security by knowing your kids are covered!

The Ontonagon County Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring business development client meetings in conjunction with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center.  The meetings are held at the EDC office in the Ontonagon County Courthouse on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  These confidential meetings are offered free of charge by the EDC.  For information on starting a new business, or assistance for an existing business in Ontonagon County, contact the EDC office at 884-4188 to make an appointment.

Do you know a Veteran who needs nursing care?  If you are a Veteran, you might be eligible for free nursing home care in a State Veterans’ Home.  A Veteran with a service connected disability is eligible for free care at the State Veterans’ Home.  For information about this program call the D.J. Jacaobetti Home for Veterans at (906) 226-3576.

GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close.  GriefShare group meets every Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Redeemer Free Lutheran Church, 315 S. Steel Street in Ontonagon.  Call 884-4028 for more information or email redeemerflc@gmail.com





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