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Local Events

The next regular meeting of the Copper Country Radio Amateur Association (CCRAA) will be held on Tuesday, September 2nd at the CCRAA Clubhouse, which is located at 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.

Opening day of school in the Ontonagon Area School District is Wednesday, September 3rd. Jr/Sr. High School (6-12) is 8:00 am to 3:32pm; Elementary School (K-5) is 8:05 am to 3:23 pm.  Free breakfast is offered to all students and will be served on the first day.  Lunch will be available through the hot lunch program or you may send a bag lunch with your child.  Junior/Senior High School is a closed campus.  Please be sure to view the student handbook on the District website:www.oasd.k12.mi.us.  Please provide the District office with contact information for emergency notifications.  The school contact telephone number is 813-0614.

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

Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts Presents Rolling Thunder on Friday, September 5th at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for students at the door only.  Advance Tickets are now available in Ontonagon at Citizens State Bank, Miners Bank, Ontonagon Herald, Ontonagon County Historical Museum and Ontonagon County Telephone Company.  Also at Settlers Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing and the Citizens State Banks in Mass City and White Pine.

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.

There will be a Free Car Seat Check on Tuesday, September 9th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Wakefield Fire Station.  Please bring your child, along with their current seat.  Technicians will be on hand to educate you on proper installation and current recommendations.  Replacement seats will be available for purchase through the K.A.R.S. (Kids Always Ridge Safe) Program.

Organizers and Crew Chiefs of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival are requested to attend the 2014 Wrap Up Meeting at the Eagles Hall in Ontonagon, on Wednesday, September 10th at 6:00 pm eastern time.  Please bring your notes, comments and suggestions for next year. Any questions please email Cheryl Sundberg, festival director at porkiesfestivaldirector@gmail.com.

UPCAP & Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health & Hospice present "A Matter of Balance" a FREE workshop designed to help seniors manage falls and increase activity levels. It will be held on Wednesdays, September 10th through October  29th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health & Hospice, 311 6th Street in Calumet.  To register, call UPCAP at 1-800-338-7227 or dial 2-1-1.  For more information, visit www.upcap.org.  Class size is limited and registration is required.

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.

Open Circle presents a Free Community Meal, on Thursday, September 18th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Ontonagon United Methodist Church.  Hearty Soup, Bread, Beverage, Desserts, eat in or take out.  This month’s host is Ontonagon Courthouse and Transit Employees.

The Lakes Superior Sportsman’s Club presents the 5th Annual Trapper’s Workshop, Saturday and Sunday, September 20th & 21st, 9:00 am on Saturday and 1:00 pm on Sunday.  Workshop Sessions include: Ethics of Trapping, Safe Trap Handling, Use of Lures, Fur Prices, Sets, Skinning, Fur Handling and more.  This free event is for aspiring, beginning or seasoned trappers and is open to the public.  All are welcomed, but anyone under 14  must be accompanied by an adult.  Lunch will be provided Saturday and there will be some really great trapping “goodies” for all participants.  Preregistration is suggest by calling Don Harris at 885-5245.  The workshop is at Lake Superior Sportsman’s Clubhouse, 31433 West M-64, near Silver City.

The 1st Annual Jorie’s Dream Memorial Cancer walk will be held on Sunday, September 28th at 8:00 pm at Finlandia University in Hancock.  They will be selling luminary bags for $10.00 each, bags can be purchased at WUPY Radio, you take them home and decorate them in memory of your loved one that has fought any kind of cancer whether the battle was won or lost, bring them back to the location you purchase the bag and they will then light them up down the old middle school stair way, and then they will walk down the stairs to the Finish American Center and enjoy refreshments and families can share their stories with others or just enjoy the company of those who have survived a battle with cancer. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come

Japanese and giant knotweed are invasive plants taking over some areas of Ontonagon County. The US Forest Service contracted with Ontonagon County homeowner Victoria Naegele this spring to survey the known knotweed sites, document new sites and help coordinate treatment on private property. Those who have received notice about having professional treatment of infestations on their property, or those with established knotweed sites not yet documented by USFS, are encouraged to call Naegele.Knotweed is a perennial that forms extremely dense, tall stands, outcompeting native vegetation.  It is tropical-looking, with large leaves.  There are no woody stems, and the very tall, hollow, bamboo-like stems completely die back every winter. Knotweed reproduces by spreading beneath the ground, making it difficult to eradicate. Cut or broken pieces of stems can also root. Spread along rivers and lakes is especially damaging to local habitat.        More information is available on the US Forest Service website or at the Ottawa National Forest offices in Ontonagon or Ironwood. To report knotweed, leave a message at 884-2818, call cell number 907-982-2219, or email thistle@nofnorth.com. This work is funded by a grant from the Ontonagon Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).

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.

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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