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Local Events

Double cribbage at the Ontonagon VFW every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. draw for partners.

Ontonagon’s Gospel Choir practice is Mondays at Redeemer Free Lutheran.  Starts  at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome.

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 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.

The Western U.P. Health Department will hold a Bergland Flu Clinic on Tuesday, October 28th from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the Lake Gogebic Senior Center in Bergland.  Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted.  You MUST bring your card in with you when getting you shot.  The cost for the flu shot is $25.  If you have any questions or concerns, call Nita or Kathy at 884-4485.

Halloween Trick or Treat hour are 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Village of Ontonagon.  Remember; stop only at homes with outdoor lights on.

Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club is hosting rifle sight-ins prior to the start of the 2014 firearm deer season.  Don’t miss that big buck!  Come out and sight-in your rifles.  There is no charge for this and club members will be available to assist if needed.  The range is located at 31433 W State Highway M64  (S. side, 1.5 mi. East of Silver City)

Dates & Times:
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 1 & 2              11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 8 & 9              11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Friday, Nov. 14                                     11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

LSSC is prepared to offer a short review of safe gun handling and hunting practices, if there is enough interest.  This review would be open to all at no charge and would be conducted on Sat, Nov 8, beginning at Noon; it is expected to last one to one and one-half hours.  Please contact LSSC in advance if you would like to participate in this so we can determine the level of interest.  For more information, contact Walt Toepfer  885.5334

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.

Operation Graduation is selling fruit until November 13th. (Apples, Oranges, Pineapple, and pears) If you are interested in ordering fruit, please contact a student at the Ontonagon Area School or you can call Stacy at 884-4089 or Kathy at 231-5142.  Fruit will be available Wednesday, December 3rd.  All profits go for the Operation Graduation 9-12th grade dance in May 2015.

The next meeting of the Ontonagon County Democratic Party will be Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 pm,  at the Senior Center (behind the Fire Hall) in Bruce Crossing. The public is invited.

The Western Upper Peninsula Substance Abuse Services Coordinating Agency’s Governing Board will meet on Thursday, October 30, 2014, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. CT.  This meeting will be held at Twilly’s, Bruce Crossing, Michigan.  The public is welcome to attend.

Bazaar at Bethany Lutheran in Bruce Crossing beginning at 11 am Saturday, November 1, featuring a soup/sandwich luncheon, bakery, brooms, crafts, and religious greeting-cards.

The women of Grace United Methodist Church, in Houghton, will hold their 2014 Fall Bazaar on Saturday, November 1st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  In addition to stunning crafts and home baked goodies the event offers a delicious Sloppy Joe luncheon with beverage and dessert at $7 for adults and $3 for children.  All proceeds from the event and the luncheon go to support local and Upper Peninsula charities.  New this year is “Café D” a charming side café ripe for conversation, good food and fun.  Back this year is “Flo’s Knives” featuring a variety of Rada offerings. There is “The Pantry” which features homemade jams and jellies, soup in a jar, yummies in jar and more.  The “Hothouse” will feature plants for your home, and for those who love paper crafts there will be cards and scrapbooking materials for your memories.  Don’t forget the bake sale with favorite cookies and baked goods.  For more information about the fall bazaar or the church please call the church office at 906-482-2780.

The 4th Annual Christmas craft and bake sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Marenisco public library will be held on Saturday November 1st from 10:00 to 3:00 CST. At the Marenisco Township Hall, 314 Hall St, Marenisco, MI.  Start your Christmas shopping early, many different crafts, lunch, raffle and bake sale.

Mr. Speed will be coming to the Calumet Theatre on Saturday, November 1st. Voted “the world’s greatest Kiss Tribute Band”, Mr. Speed totally brings their A-Game to each and every performance, playing hits from the days when lips everywhere were coming together in unison to welcome the hottest band in the world. Whether you are a long-time or soon-to-be Kiss fan, this concert is a “must-see” event.  Mr. Speed will take the stage at 7:30 pm, Sat., November 1st. Reserved seating tickets are $20, $24, & $28 with Theatre member discounts.  Stop by or call the Calumet Theatre Box Office at (906) 337-2610, from 12 to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.

The E-TC Booster Club will hold it’s 2nd Annual Bowling Fundraiser on Saturday, November 8th at Loggers Alley.  2 Person Teams for $50,  will have two shifts starting at  2pm and 6pm.  Spaghetti Dinner is included in entry fee.  There will be Prizes, Raffles, 50-50, and Live music starting at 9pm featuring Melody’s Best (sponsored by Loggers Alley)  Sign up at Loggers Alley or call Justin or Heather at 827-9958.  100% of all profits Fund E-TC Athletics.

The E-TC Booster Club will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, November 8th at Loggers Alley from 1-7pm.  $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.  There will be Raffles, 50-50 drawings and starting at 9pm Live Music featuring Melody’s Best (sponsored by Loggers Alley).   Come out and cheer your favorite bowling team while enjoying spaghetti, salad, and dessert!  All profits go to fund E-TC Athletics.


Ontonagon’s Operation Graduation will be having a meeting on Wednesday, November 12th at 5:00 P.M at the Ontonagon Area School Cafeteria. Any parents with students in 9-11th grade are asked to attend.

Deepwoods Veterinary Service will be resuming clinics at the shelter once a month through the winter. The first is scheduled for Thursday, November 13th. Call Dr. Sturmer's office to schedule an appointment - 827-3218. Future clinic dates are as yet undetermined, but Deepwoods' plan is to be at the shelter once a month until spring.

Heading to Camp Bake Sale, Friday, November 14th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Community Center in Mass City.  Cookies, pies, cupcakes, deer blind treats and more.  Purchase homemade bakery for camp and help support the Ontonagon County Fair.

The Wakefield VFW Aux Holiday Craft Fair: will be held on Saturday November 15th from 10:00 to 3:00 CST at the  Wakefield VFW Post, 1 Lake Shore Drive, Wakefield, MI.  Crafts, baked goods, lunch and fun things for the kids. Public is welcome

14th Annual Hometown Christmas December 5th, 6th, and 7th. Some events include  youth dances, lighting contest, Children's Time, craft fair, tree trimming, light tours, hayrides, mule drawn wagon rides, fireworks, Snowball dance at the Eagles and more.  If you would like to support Hometown Christmas donations can be sent to:  Hometown Christmas  281 Tamarack Lane Ontonagon, MI 49953.




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.

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!

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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