Ontonagon County Cancer Association Annual Door to Door fund drive will be held through May 19th. All monies stay in Ontonagon County to help our cancer patients.
From now until FinnFest USA 2013 gets under way, the festival office, located in the lower level of Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Volunteers will be on hand each day to provide answers for patrons looking for more information about any aspect of the festival, which is set for June 19-23. The volunteers will also be available by phone at (906) 487-7560 during the same business hours.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Mass City will have their next Neighborhood dinner on Monday, May 20th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Serving Sloppy Joes, Mac & Cheese, Veggie tray and a surprise dessert. All are welcome to this free meal at the church.
The Republican party has a meeting on Monday, May 20th at 7:00 pm at Syl’s Café. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Village of Ontonagon will be conducting curbside collection of yard waste (residential only), on Monday, May 20th. This will be for yard waste from regular lawn maintenance only. Collection includes materials such as leaves, grass clippings and garden waste. Household garbage or other types of trash will no be collected. Leaves must be placed in clear plastic garbage bags. Brush, limbs (wind fall and small pruning) must be placed at the curb in a manner that doe not that does not obstruct the road or create a traffic vision hazard. Bagged leaves must be set out before the 20th collection date, but not more than 48 hours beforehand. Yard waste set out after the collection period will not be picked up. If you have any question on the Village Spring Waste Collection, please contact the Village Office at 884-2305.
There will be two last work bees at the Ontonagon Recreation Center Ice Rink on Monday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:00 pm both nights. Helping hands are needed and all the help is greatly appreciated by any and all that are willing to come!
The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Marquette General, will hold a Bloodmobile blood drive on Wednesday, May 22nd at Michigan Tech. University in Houghton from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call Arlene Collins at (906) 487-1779.
Steve Jones and The Garden City Hot Club will perform at the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts on Friday, May 24th, at 7:00 PM. Playing Jazz, Standards and Gypsy Swing. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door, with a special student rate of $5.00 at the door only. Advance tickets are available in Ontonagon at the Citizens State Bank, Miners Bank, Ontonagon Herald, Ontonagon County Historical Museum, and the Ontonagon County Telephone Company. Tickets are also on sale at Settlers Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing, and the Citizens State Bank in Mass City and White Pine.
The Ontonagon Ealges #2239 Aerie and Auxiliary will award one $500 scholarship to a 2013 High School Graduate attending a College, University or Technical School this fall. Applicant must have a parent, grandparent or direct relative belonging to the Eagles #2239 Aerie or Ladies Auxiliary. Applicant will be required to write an essay on how non-profit organizations help their communities. Applicant must submit a copy of his/her high school transcripts, along with the application and essay. All applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 25th. Applications are available at the Eagles Club. Call 884-2520 for more information.
American Legion Post 494 in Trout Creek is having a Pancake breakfast on Sunday May 26. Time is from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Adults $7.00 and 12 and under $3.00. Menu: pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, toast, juice and coffee.
The Annual Greenland Memorial Day Bake Sale will be held on Monday, May 27th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Log Cabin. If you are donating bakery, please have it there between 10:00 and 11:00 am. Everyone is welcome. Coffee will be served. Come help support the Greenland Celebration.
The USDA Forest Service is holding a public meeting on Thursday, May 30th at the Mass City Community Center (old school) to discuss the Pori Junction Vegetative Management Project. The public meeting is going to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. This project is being planned so that a collaborative effort between the public and the USDA Forest Service is used to design jointly developed actions that would then be considered for implementation within the project area. Anyone interested in learning more about the project area and the collaborative process, are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact LeAnn S. Colburn, Interdisciplinary Team Leader, at the Kenton Ranger Districts’ office (telephone: 906-852-3500, ext. 21; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). If special accommodations are needed, please contact LeAnn prior to the meeting to make arrangements.
The 2013 Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital & Aspirus Cancer Center Lake Trout Classic presented by Greig’s Taxidermy & Tackle will be held on May 31st, June 1st and 2nd in Ontonagon and Silver City. Pre-Tournament on May 31st from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm Sponsored by the Greenland Pit Stop. The BBQ For Life Cook Off is Saturday, June 1st. Ladies Powder Puff Tourney is Friday, May 31st from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm with first place $200 sponsored by Moonshine Lures. The Lake Trout Classic Tourney is Saturday, June 1st from 5:30 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, June 2nd from 5:30 am to 2:00 pm. The Awards presentation is Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00 pm. The Top Prize is $1200; 2nd - $600; 3rd - $400, with prizes paid thru 8th place. There will be $200 prizes for the largest fish categories: Lake Trout – Sponsored by the Ontonagon County Telephone Company; Lake Trout Ladies – Sponsored by the Shamrock Bar; Coho Salmon – Sponsored by Coca Cola of Hancock; Brown Trout – Sponsored by U.P. Sports Fishermen Association; Chinook Salmon – Sponsored by Peterson’s Chalet Cottages; Steelhead – Sponsored by the Ontonagon Valley Sportsmans Club. Entry fee is $25.00 per person. Registration forms and entry fees are due by Saturday, May 25th. Call 884-2770 or email email@example.com for entry form and see the web site, www.greigstackleshop.com. All proceeds to benefit the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.
From The Heart, an evening of Old-Fashioned Gospel and Folk will be held at the Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts on Friday, May 31st at 7:00 pm. The evening of music features Wendy Peterson with Yvonne Blake, Mike Urbis, Chuck Peterson, John Reid, Alan Larsen, Tom Strong, Robert Lubbers, Deanna Morin, Vicky Burdick, Keren Seid, Karen Lahti with special appearances by The Kivajat Dancers, Ilon Kaiku (Echo of Joy), a kantele group. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5.00 for students at the door only. Advance tickets available at Citizens State Bank in Ontonagon, Mass City and White Pine; The Ontonagon Herald, Miners Bank, Ontonagon County Historical Museum, Ontonagon County Telephone Company and Settlers Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing.
The 7th Annual Cook-Off for LIFE is Saturday, June 1st, serving from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Ontonagon Recreation Center. On the Menu, BBQ Ribs, BBQ Beef, BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Dinner Roll, Dessert, Water, Coffee, Milk. Additional beverages will be for sale. The People’s Choice Judging is from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Stop by each team to sample their Booyah, then vote for your favorite. Entertainment by Mike Urbis & Borderline. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 & under and kids under 5 eat for free. Tickets are available at Citizens State Bank, Miner’s State Bank, The Ontonagon County Telephone Company, Lake Superior Credit Union, Settler’s Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing and at the studios of Y-101. If you buy your tickets before May 18th, you will be eligible for the early bird drawing, where you could win an autographed framed picture of James Jones and Greg Jennings as well as an autographed book, Alive and Kicking from Chester Marcol.
The 4th Annual St. Vinnies Fashion Show will be held on Sunday June 2nd at 2:00 PM at the Holy Family Catholic Church parish hall in Ontonagon. Models will showcase fashions available at the St. Vincent de Paul Store and will raise funds for Sonco Ambulance equipment. Everyone is invited for this entertaining event with homemade pies, refreshments and music. A donation of $5 is appreciated.
Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club is announcing the 2013 Hunter Safety course. The three-day course will be held at the club facilities at no charge. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited to 40 students. Students under 10 years of age must be accompanied by and adult. This will be the only Hunter Safety class offered by LSSC in 2013. Participants are urged to dress appropriately for the weather as some outdoor activities are planned. All participants should plan on bringing a bag lunch for Saturday & Sunday. Attendance on all days is required. The Course will be held on Friday, June 7th, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM; Saturday, June 8th , 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday, June 9th, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Range is located at 31433 W State Highway M64 (S. side, 1.5 mi. East of Silver City). For more information. To register and or obtain more information, contact Walt Toepfer at 885.5334 or Marcus Bierman at 885.5345 or visit Cindy Bierman at Michigan Works office (Ontonagon), Mon, Tue, or Fri
The Ottawa Sportsmen’s Club is looking for both boys and girls 14-18 years of age to participate in the annual Youth Shooting Sports Camp to be held the week of June 10-14, 2012, at the club grounds on M-38 six miles west of Baraga. Kids will learn shooting as an athletic event and end the week with a competitive shoot on Friday afternoon. An experienced camp director and range officers will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with the campers all week. Camp will be limited to the first 16 applicants. Details and an application with permission forms are available at the website www.ottawasportsmen.org or by contacting Mark Wuori at 906-228-5471. Advance registration is required, before June 1st, and requires a $25 charge per camper with scholarships available for those who apply.
Settlers Federal Credit Union is having a knock out Cancer Walk on Saturday, June 8th at 11:00 am. The 5 mile loop starts and finishes in the Settlers Federal Credit Union parking lot. Cost is $20.00 per person. Sign up with the girls at Settlers Federal Credit Union. 100% of the proceeds go to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.
EXPLORATION DAYS at MSU are on June 19-21st. The theme this year is "Share the Magic of 4-H." Explore the campus of MSU and stay in the dorms. Work shop sessions are offered in many areas. The brochure is available at the 4-H office. Youth must be 11 yrs. old by January 1, 2013. Fundraisers and scholarships are available to help defray the cost. Call 884-4386, ask for Paula to learn more. Registration is going on now. This is a great opportunity to travel downstate and meet new friends!
The portable Finnish passport system, made available by the Consulate General of Finland in New York, will be available at FinnFest USA 2013 at the Finnish American Heritage Center on the Finlandia University campus in Hancock from Wednesday June 19, through Saturday, June 22, 2013. All applicants must make an appointment for a passport application. Appointments will be about a half-hour in length, and can be scheduled for any time between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, contact James Kurtti, Honorary Consul of Finland for Upper Michigan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (906) 487-7302, or the Consulate General of Finland at email@example.com or (212) 750-4400.
Ontonagon’s Trash to Treasure Days are Friday and Saturday, June 28th and 29th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Some sale may open earlier or close later. Call the Ontonagon Village Office at 884-2305 by Monday, June 24th to get on the participation map. Maps can be picked up in the village office starting on Wednesday, June 26th. This is sponsored by the Recreation Committee.
Ewen American Legion Bingo at the Hall on Friday nights. Doors open at 6:00 pm, Bingo at 7:00 pm the public is welcome.
OCAP is offering free Seniors to Seniors. Cats 8 years and older free to humans 60 an and over (Adoption requirements apply) To adopt your next best friend, call OCAP at 884-2009
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.
Ontonagon County Search and Rescue (OCSAR) is made up of citizens from your neighborhood, villages and townships. The purpose of OCSAR is to provide the county with a team of trained volunteers who can locate, reach, stabilize and evacuate lost and or injured persons in a safe and efficient manner. Anyone wishing to join the Ontonagon Search and Rescue must be 18 years of age or older. You can contact Rick Varecha at 885-5256 for more information.
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. Please come and volunteer. For more information, contact Cathy Aten at 482-6944 or email: firstname.lastname@example.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 build 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.
Do your children have health insurance? …If they don’t there’s a good chance they can get it! MIChild 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 email@example.com