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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.

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The Michigan/Wisconsin Antique Power Association invites you to it's Annual Antique, Gas Engine and Tractor Show, to be held in conjunction with the Ontonagon, Michigan County Fair.  The dates are July 25, 26, 27, 2014 at the Ontonagon County Fairgrounds.  Demonstrations will be in progress all weekend involving Vintage tractors and equipment, along with, Saw mill demonstrations, Shingle mill operation, Old time hay making equipment, Corn shelling and grinding, Fly Wheel gas engines, Flee market and more.  A lumber camp style breakfast will be served on Saturday morning at 7-11AM. For Antique Engine, Tractor and Equipment information contact:  John Brunton @ 906-833-3447  E-mail jabrunton1@hotmail.com or Howard Steiner@ 715-479-8323 E-mail hsteiner@newnorth.net.

The Old Victoria Historical Site will be holding its 32nd 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

Village of Ontonagon will be doing hydrant flushing from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in Ontonagon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 29th, 30th and 31st. During flushing you will experience low water pressure and may experience discolored water because of the increased water velocity or change in direction of water flow.  The village of Ontonagon regrets any inconvenience that may occur.  Washing of clothes should not be undertaken while hydrants are being flushed.

Marenisco "Milltown" Heritage Days celebration is Friday & Saturday July 25 & 26 in beautiful Marenisco, Michigan. Events kick-off Friday evening with a street dance at 7:00 pm at the fire hall. Saturday begins with the "Milltowner Open Almost Golf (2 man scramble) at the Old Roosevelt School. A gigantic Flea Market/FarmmersMarket/Craft Show will run from 10:00 am throughout the day. There will be lumbering and mill displays, a classic car show, a lumberjack contest, "Marenisco Strongest Man" competition and new this year, the "U.P. Championship Wife Carrying Contest." A Pig Roast town Picnic at 4:00 p.m. followed by a concert by the "Gogebic Range Band" at 5:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the "Fire Brigade Band of KROPP, Germany will perform. All activities take place at McKenzie Park and the Township Hall unless otherwise noted.

The U.P. Fishermen's Association presents the Off Shore Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27 in Ontonagon. First place is $700; Second $200; third $100. Tournament hours are Saturday from 6am to 3pm and Sunday, 6am to 2pm. Captains Meeting is Saturday at 5.:30 am at Greig's Tackle Shop. A pre-Tournament will be held on Friday July zs" from 6am to 2pm. Registration forms are available at Greigs Tackle Shop. Entry fee for Tournament is $25 per person. Pre-Tournament fee is $25 per boat. Call Larry at 884-2770 for more information. All proceeds will go the U.P. Sports Fishermen's Association.

The Family and Friends of Karla (Floyd) Croteau, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Small Cell Carcinoma Lung Cancer, are planning a benefit to help defray medical, transportation, lodging and any other expenses as she goes for treatment in Duluth and Ashland.  On Saturday, July 26th, there will be a Bake Sale at Pat’s IGA in Ontonagon from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with the Benefit to follow at Stubbs.  Potluck Dinner from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, please bring a dish to pass.  Music with Eli Halpin during dinner.  There will be raffles, 50/50 and live music by Midnight Storm with special guest appearance by Chuck Immonen starting at 8:00 pm.  Raffle items are needed as well as bake sale items and volunteers.  If you can help out, call Theresa at 288-3153 or Denise at 370-2804.

The Doo Wop Daddies will be at the Calumet Theatre on Saturday, July 26th at 7:30 pm.  Based in Milwaukee, WI, this group captures the demanding vocal style of Doo-Wop music with unsurpassed excellence. Combining elements of vintage and cutting edge musical technologies, they produce an exciting theatrical show that remains faithful to the Doo-Wop style. For the music of the 50’s and 60’s in a new light that’s as fresh as tomorrow, won’t you please welcome The Doo-Wop Daddies!  Tickets:   $26, $22, $18  Reserved Seating •  Member Discount.  Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Call (906) 337-2610.

First Lutheran Church of Winona will host a Community Worship Service on Sunday, July 27th at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow, at the Twin Lakes Community Center on M-26.  This is just behind the Twin Lakes Fire Dept.  Everyone is invited and welcome.

Algomah Acres Honey House Meadery hosts Arlene Coco's culinary workshop on honey pairings at 6 PM on Monday July 28th. Free and open to the public, donations accepted! Call ahead to reserve your spot for this presentation. Spend the evening with Chef Arlene Coco and learn the buzz about pairing honey with your favorite foods. You will take away tips on storing and cooking with honey, and how to match the varietal to the recipe. We will also discover ways to infuse honey by adding your favorite herbs and spices that make everything from cocktails to desserts. Of course there will be recipe handouts and a honey tasting flight complete with honey tasting notes to be paired with savory and sweet ingredients. Cheeses, breads, meats, chocolates and other delights will be on hand to pair and discover new flavor combinations. Don't miss this fun and informative honey tasting party and learn how to find the perfect balance and harmonious flavors that complement each other. Call 906-883-3894 or message algomahacres@live.com for more information or to reserve your spot!

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, July 28, 2014, at Western U.P. Health Department, 540 Depot Street, Hancock, MI.

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. To make it easier to meet the adoptable pets, the shelter will be open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 29. OCAP volunteers will staff the shelter so you can visit the animals during those hours.If you can’t make it to the shelter during the open hours on July 29, 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.

The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Marquette General, will hold a Bloodmobile blood drive on Thursday, July 31 at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital in Ontonagon from 2 – 5 p.m.  For an appointment, call Cindy Lonchar at (906) 884-8157.

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.

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.

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.


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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