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Local Events

Ewen American Legion Bingo at the Hall on Friday nights.  Doors open at 6:00, Bingo at 7:00 pm.  The public is welcome.

Toy Trees as part of the St. Nicholas project, to bring toys, food or gifts to those  who need help this Christmas season are located at the Citizen’s State Banks in Ontonagon, Mass City and White Pine, State Bank of Ewen in Ewen and Bergland, Settler’s Federal Credit Union, Bruce Crossing,  Miner’s State Bank, Ontonagon, St.Vincent DePaul, Ontonagon. There is also a drop off site at the Lake Superior Credit Union.  Gifts need to be returned unwrapped with tag attached to the site by December 1st.  The committee suggests an approximate cost of $25 for each gift.

The Konteka will be holding a Fall Craft Show on Saturday, November 29th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Table space is available.  The cost is $15.00 per 8 foot table.  Call 885-5170 to reserve your spot.

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.

Hometown Christmas is continuing with their  Schwan Fundraiser and until the 28th of December, they will get 20 to 40% of sales if ordered online.  When placing order scroll down past delivery destination and there is an option to contribute to a fundraiser and enter Campaign ID# 16503 or Fundraiser ID# 39993 and Hometown Christmas will come up.  There is no extra cost to supporters same catalog same prices!

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.

The Ontonagon Road Commission will not be plowing driveways due to the softness of the ground, it hasn't had enough time to freeze up and if we go in and plow a driveway we are going to end up tearing them up.  As soon as conditions are right they will start plowing driveways.

The Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club Outdoor Sports Banquet will be held Sunday, November 23rd at the Konteka in White Pine. Doors open at 5:00 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50 for adults; $20 for youth ages 7 to 17 and children 6 and under free.  There will be raffles, silent auctions, door prizes and lots more.  You do not have to be a member to attend or win.  Mail reservations to:   Sandi Jensen, 907 Houghton St., Ontonagon, MI 49953 or call 231-2572.  You can also get your reservation forms at the Studio of Y-101.

The next meeting of the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency Nutrition Council will be held on December 1st at 1:00 p.m. at the G-O CAA Outreach Office in Ewen. Everyone interested in the senior meals program is welcome to attend.

Everyone is welcome to the Southern Ontonagon County Regional Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 27th.  Social hour begins at 1:00 pm with dinner beginning promptly at 2:00 pm, at the Cloverlad Senior Center in Ewen.  Please RSVP by calling 575-3491 by Monday,  November 24th if you wish to attend.  If you have transportation issues, are homebound or experiencing some other hardship that may affect your attendance, please call to discuss possible accommodations.  The dinner is free and there will be activities for the kids.  If you would like to make a donation to the event or wish to learn more about volunteering opportunities, call 575-3491.

The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of Marquette General, will hold a Bloodmobile blood drive on Thursday December 4 at Aspirus Grand View from 11:00-3:00. For an appointment call Alicia Cook at 932-7627.

The Calumet Theatre is proud to present “International Artist” Terry Lee Goffee, the “Ultimate” Johnny Cash Tribute, on Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm.  This is also the event when the “Grand Raffle” drawing will take place to determine the winners of the fundraiser for the Calumet Theatre’s new furnace and stage roof.  Tickets are $28, $24, & $20, reserved seating. Member discount applies.   Tickets can be purchased at the Calumet Theatre box office, or by calling (906) 337-2610.  Box office hours are: Wednesday-Friday Noon - 5:00pm (closed Nov 27 & 28)

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, 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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