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Local Events

The Ontonagon Booster Club’s Annual Bonanza is Saturday, August 9th at the Ontonagon Recreation Center from 6:30 pm to 1:30am.  Tickets are $100 each and include steak dinner for two, drinks and refreshments, entertainment and extra prizes and drawings.  1st Prize - $2000; 2nd - $1,000; 3rd - $500 and 4th, 5th and 6th - $250 each.  Early Bird prize is $700, but tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, July 15th to be entered in that drawing.  Tickets are available at Forever Flowers, Hegg’s Plumbing & Heating and at the Studio of Y-101.  All proceeds  donated to the Ontonagon High School Athletic Program.

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.

The Old Victoria Historical Site will be holding its 32
nd annual Craft Fair on August 17th, 2014 from 10 AM to 5 PM. This unique event is held on the grounds of a restored mining village, just outside Rockland, Michigan. In addition to a spectacular venue for local artisans to display and sell their homemade arts and crafts, the day includes food and refreshments including the delicious cinnamon rolls baked in the woodstove, old-fashioned kids games, live entertainment, and more! The Old Victoria Craft Fair is a fundraising event to support this non-profit organization, and keep this piece of copper mining history open to visitors. Old Victoria is currently accepting crafter and artisan registrations for this special event. Booths are only $35.00, and include two cinnamon rolls and coffee. Only original, handmade items are accepted. Exhibitors are encouraged to demonstrate their craft throughout the day, as visitors enjoy working displays. This great event draws visitors from around the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. Exhibitors enjoy the peaceful Northwoods setting and the many offerings of the day. If you are interested in registering for the event, please contact Old Victoria at 906-886-2617, by email to OldVictoria1899@hotmail.com, or find on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OldVictoria.

Angie Foley, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the 10
th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, has announced that volunteers are needed in many areas.  After putting in 8 hours of time, you can enjoy the remainder of the 3-day festival free of charge…and you get a cool one of a kind t-shirt.  There are spots available to suit every type of personality, from waving parking flags and directing vehicles to park…to taking tickets and doing wrist banding…selling band merchandise…working as an Artist Liason greeting the performers and helping them to unload their gear and get settled in…and much more. Volunteer sign-ups can be done directly through the website “Help the Herd.”   Go to www.helptheherd.com directly…or click on the volunteer tab on the music festival’s home page www.porkiesfestival.org.  Once at Help the Herd, users will need to “register” and set up a user name and password, then click on the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival logo to volunteer.   On the left hand of the page, there are tabs for each volunteer position and clicking on those will give each job description and at the bottom will show open slots available and the names of those who have signed up already.  If interested in signing up, all it takes is a click of the button for the time slot desired.  The music festival needs many volunteers, over 100 on the grounds during the even.  For those interested in volunteering but unable to use Help the Herd to sign up, please call volunteer coordinator Angie Foley at 906-884-7663 as soon as possible

OCAP (Ontonagon County Animal Protection) has been blessed with an overabundance of cats and kittens! To help them find good homes, the adoption fee for felines has been reduced to $25.00 for July and 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 July and 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.

Special Events for Summer at the Chassell Heritage Center and Museum, Thursday nights at 7:00.  This
Thursday, July 31st it’s a musical variety show.  Singer/Guitarist Coutney Clish presents an assortment of music including folk, country, spiritual, Finnish and Irish songs.  Accordionist Marilyn Monsivais will open for Courtney at 6:45pm, play during Courtney’s break and close the evening with fun, old-time sing along accordion music.

White Pine Mine reunion will be Saturday, August 2nd at the White Pine American Legion. It starts at noon, with hot dogs, brats, raffles and prizes.  For more information contact Russ Barger at 885-5595.

The Lake Gogebic Chapter of Walleyes for Tomorrow will be holding its annual free kids fishing clinic on Saturday, August 2nd at Bergland Park. Registration is at 9:30 Eastern with the learning stations starting at 10 Eastern. Each 20 minute station consists of, casting, bait identification. Fish identification, boater safety and laws, rigging a fishing boat, minnow races, and boat washing for invasive species.  Ages 5-15 are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be served. Each youngster receives a tackle box, spinning rod and reel. There will be door prizes with the grand prize being a 20" BMX Bike. Please call Sarah to register at 920-915-2575.

Trinadora, Janel Nelson & Ron Holm will perform at the Ontonagon Theater on Saturday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm.  Performing Jazz, blues, roots, county, ethnic music and more.  Tickets are $12 at the door, $5 for students at the door only or $10 in advance which are available at Miners Bank, Ontonagon Herald, Ontonagon County Historical Museum, Ontonagon County Telephone Company, Nonesuch Gallery, Citizens State bank in Ontonagon, Mass City and White Pine and Stettler’s Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing.

The next regular meeting of the Copper Country Radio Amateur Association (CCRAA) will be held on Tuesday, August 5th at the CCRAA Clubhouse, 25103 Tower Road, just off US 41 in Osceola Township, near the state police post.  Prior to the meeting a picnic lunch will be provided by the club beginning at 6:30pm.  All members and those interested in amateur (HAM) radio are encourage to attend.

The regular Bohemia Township monthly meeting will be held at the Township hall in Rousseau on Wednesday, August 6th at 6:00 pm.  The September 3rd and October 1st meetings will be back at the Township hall in Misery Bay.

Free Holy Hootenanny on Sunday, August 10th on the grounds of Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church, 187 Division Street in Trout Creek.  The concert featuring the Hawkinsons and Aaron Jay Band (Aaron Huhta & Friends) is from 2:00 to 4:00 pm followed by a free Brat Dinner with all the fixin’s from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  A time of celebration and refreshing.  Donations accepted.

4-H Summer Fun Day Camp will be held Wednesday, August 13th 9:00 am -1:00 pm.  All youth ages 5-9 years old are welcome!  Location to be determined.  (In Ontonagon).  Snack and Lunch provided.  They will be making “campfire cupcakes”, colored bubbles, have a watermelon seed contest and do a yarn craft!  Crafts, Songs, Science and Outdoor Games Call 884-4386 to enroll by Monday, August 11th. Cost-$2.00 4-H members, Non members $3.00

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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