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Ontonagon Summer Festival Committee 50/50 Raffle tickets are now on sale at businesses through out Ontonagon including here at the studio of Y-101.  Tickets are $1.00 each with a minimum $500 prize.  Drawing will be held on Sunday, August 31st at 8:00 pm at the Ontonagon Village Recreation Building.  Need not be present to win.

OCAP (Ontonagon County Animal Protection) has been blessed with an overabundance of cats! To help them find good homes, the adoption fee for felines has been reduced to $25.00 for August. The price includes testing for feline leukemia, basic vaccinations, and spaying or neutering, services that would cost over $150.00 if you adopted a “free” kitten from a neighbor and paid for them yourself.  During  August, dogs will be $50.00 or less, depending upon whether they are seniors, pups or adults. The resident animals can be seen by appointment any time, with no expectation that you will adopt. For cats, call Janet Wolfe (884-2429) and for dogs call Dayle LaBine (231-0776) or leave a message and call-back number at the shelter (884-2500). The dog population changes often, so call the shelter or visit OCAP Paws Facebook to see OCAP’s current adoptable pets.

Deep Woods Veterinary in Bruce Crossing will be closed Wednesday August 20 through September 1 and reopen September 2.

The 10th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, presented by the Friends of the Porkies, will hold its ANNUAL VOLUNTEER MEETING, today (MONDAY AUGUST 18) at the Porcupine Mountains Ski Chalet at 6 pm.  CREW CHIEFS please arrive an hour early for a 5 pm meeting. Volunteers will receive instructions, T shirts and wristbands!  If you're still on the fence about volunteering, jump off...there are still a few spots open and we still need several parking flaggers! Flagging cars can be fun...really!  Sign up through www.helptheherd.com or call Angie Foley and leave a message at 884-7663. If having trouble signing up as a volunteer through these methods...attend the meeting at 6 pm tonight and sign up there!


Free community meal at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mass City on Monday, August 18th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  Serving vegetable soup, grilled cheese sandwich and fruit cocktail cake.  This is free and open to everyone.

The regular meeting of the Ontonagon Area School District Board of Education that was scheduled for Monday, August 18th has been re-scheduled for Monday, August 25th at 7:00 pm at the Ontonagon Area School District Library.

The  Ontonagon Junior High Football players will meet  Wednesday, August 20th at 7 p.m. at the Ontonagon High School. Equipment will be handed out on Friday, August 22 at 5 p.m. at the school. Any Junior high 7-8th grade students are welcome to participate. Parents are also welcome at the Wednesday meeting.

The Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency would like to remind recipients of the dates of the monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program August distribution.  (Seniors, Mothers, Infants, and Children).  
The Ontonagon County distribution for Seniors and Mothers, Infants and Children will be on Thursday August 21st at  the following locations and times:
Bergland - Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:45 to 10 a.m.
White Pine - Porcupine Mountain Senior Center, 10:20 to 10:35 a.m.
Ontonagon - Holy Family Catholic Church Parking Lot, 515 Pine Street.  11:00 a.m. 11:45
Mass City - Resource Center, 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Bruce Crossing - Stannard  Township Ball Park, US 45 N, 2:15 – 2:45  p.m.
Watersmeet - Town Hall parking lot, 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. CT
Recipients are reminded to return their boxes.  For information about registering for the program, please call Bessemer 667-0283, or Ontonagon County 906-884-2106.

Open Circle presents a Free Community Meal on Thursday, August 21st from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Eat in or take out at the Ontonagon United Methodist Church.  Hearty soup, bread, beverage and desserts.  This month’s host is Lake of the Clouds group.

Special Events for Summer 2014 at the Chassell Heritage Center and Museum, Thursday’s at 7:00 pm.  This Thursday’s program (8/21), Geology of the Chassell Area.  Bill Rose, Professor of Geological Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Tech brings our local geological heritage to life in an entertaining way.  Learn about the area’s geology to make exploring your surroundings more interesting than ever,

The 10th Annual Porcupine Mt. Music Festival is August 22nd Thru 24th at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and newly added this year, is OCAP’s dog sitting service.  This fund raiser for OCAP will be held at the OCAP Shelter,  and the cost is $10 for up to 5 hours per dog/puppy and $20 for 5 plus hours per dog/puppy.  A 30-minute grace period will be allowed for pick-ups.   You can pre-register by picking up the form at the Y-101 studio before the Music Festival or you can register when you drop off your pup at the OCAP Shelter, 19504 State Highway M-38. 

The Camp Nesbit Open House is Saturday, August 23rd.  This is a very unique public event being offered by the US Forest Service this year.   It is a free event, open to everyone.  Here is a list of all the activities they will offer:  Camp tours, High ropes course (open!  for free!), Canoeing, Archery,         Scanning of Camp Nesbit photos brought by visitors, Walking tree key, Orienteering, Fire truck / bladder bag duels, Macro invertebrate sampling, Stream table, Water sampling, Nature hike around Nesbit Lake (1 mile, 11 AM, led by Ian Shackleford), Local history presentation by Frank Pentti of the Kenton Sidnaw Historical Society (1 PM), Smokey Bear visit (10:30 AM and 12 PM), Lunch (10 AM to 2 PM), courtesy of the Copper Country Intermediate School District and the Ottawa Interpretive Association. 

CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) is having a Motorcycle Bike Wash on Sunday, August 24th from 12-5 or 6 pm (EDT) in Chassell at the Treats Ice Cream Parlor.  If you can drive it in they will wash it for you, Car, Truck, ATV, Motorcycle on and off road and etc.. Donations accepted.

The regular monthly meeting of the Western U.P. Board of Health will be held at 6:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Monday, August 25, 2014, at Western U.P. Health Department, 210 N. Moore Street, Bessemer, MI.

Parents who have children entering pre-school, kindergarten or home schooling, the Western U. P. Health Department is offering a free Vision and Hearing Screening at its office in Hancock August 26th and 27th, in L’Anse on August 28th an in Ontonagon on August 29th.  Vision and Hearing Screening helps identify possible hearing and vision difficulties.  If a potential problem is identified, a referral is made to a specialist.  Call Carol Maki at 482-7382 to schedule an appointment for your child

The Ontonagon Valley Sportsmen’s Club will wind up it’s 2014 Summer season with their Annual Turkey Shoot to be held (rain or shine) on Saturday, September 6th at Sucker Creek Range. The range is located 5 mi. west of Paulding on Sleepy Hollow Road, follow the signs.   Planned events include Youth (age 15 & under) .22 caliber rifle shooting events from 11:00am (eastern time) until 12:00noon. Adult events will follow starting at noon, including .22caliber rifle, hunting rifle, competition rifle, & military rifle events at 50, 100, & 200 yards. A shotgun competition is also planned. The day will be filled with fun activities such as square board raffles, the Summer Quilt Raffle, and a demonstration of Action Pistol Shooting by OVSC team members.   OVSC’s Turkey Shoot emphasizes friendly competition and family fun. Come join us as a competitor or spectator and enjoy the day.  For more information call the Ontonagon Valley Sportsmen’s Club at 906-827-3424 or stop by the range.

The Calumet Players will present this years fall production “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the historic Calumet Theatre on September 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm.  Call the Theatre box office at 337-2610 for reservations.

The 2nd Annual C-Town Fall Festival will be held at the Covington Pavilion on Saturday, September 13th from 1:00 to 10:00 pm.  Chicken Poop Bingo, Great Food & Refreshments.  Live Music Starting at 2:00 (Billy Butcher Bayou Band 2-6pm, Trailer Hitch 6-10).  Dancing, Children’s Games.  At  2:00 there will be a Pie Bake-off (Call Cindy 906-355-2373). At 3:00 Longest golf drive up ski hill, cash prize for the winner.  There will also be 50/50’s.  Vendor’s Welcome call Cindy: 906-355-2373.  No Carry-Ins Please.  This is sponsored by the Covington Parks and Rec.

The Carnegie Museum of the Keweenaw will host monthly guided trolley tours this summer.  Led by local experts, each one-and-a-half-hour tour will focus on a different aspect of local cultural or natural history. Tours will board the Red Jacket Trolley at the Carnegie Museum at 5:30 and 7:00. Cost is $25.00 and includes refreshments at the Museum. As space is limited, purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Please email carnegiehoughton@gmail.com to reserve your seat, however your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received. You may purchase your ticket at the Museum. They are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Noon to 5; Saturday Noon - 4.

The Aspirus Family Practice Clinic and Aspirus U.P. Clinic are now offering sports physicals.  The charge will be $5.00.  All monies will be donated to the local booster clubs.  No insurances billed.  To schedule, please call the Ontonagon Clinic at 884-8240 or the Bruce Crossing Clinic at 827-3201.

Rockland American Legion Bingo Wednesday nights at 6:15 at the Hall in Rockland.

Ewen American Legion Bingo at the Hall on Friday nights.  Doors open at 6:00, Bingo at 7:00 pm.  The public is welcome.

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.

Hometown Christmas is continuing the Schwan fundraiser until December by getting 5% of orders taken online, phone or at the door by giving them the fundraiser code 5857 when you place the order.  Please continue to support Hometown Christmas!

The Social Security office in Ironwood will close to the public on Mondays and Fridays and in the afternoon on Wednesdays.  The office will remain open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office.  Ironwood residents wishing to apply for benefits, sign up for direct deposit, replace a Medicare card, obtain proof of income or  change their address or telephone number may do so at www.socialsecurity.gov or by calling our toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Residents may conduct business at any Social Security office.

The Michigan Works in Ontonagon and L’Anse has changed days of Operation.  Ontonagon Michigan Works Hours: Monday and Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Unemployment Problem Resolution Officer will be in Ontonagon on Tuesday Only from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (This is a change from Wednesday).  L’Anse Michigan Works Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If anyone has any questions, they can call the Michigan Works at 906-884-4753 or 906-524-5300

The Western U.P. Health Department, through the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, provide free clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears and mammograms for eligible women ages 40-64.  Income guidelines apply, services are provided at no cost to eligible women.  For more information, please call the Bessemer office at 667-0200 or the Ontonagon office at 884-4485


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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