National Library Week (April 13 - 19, 2014) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. This year's theme is "lives change @ your library," reminding all Americans that the library can help you and your family discover a new and exciting world through collections, digital resources and more. I am, personally, somewhat shy and talking on the radio makes me nervous, but I think it is important for our community to be reminded to stop and celebrate the wonderful resources we have available in our local library.
A notice to all Ontonagon County residents from the Ontonagon County RICC (Regional Inclusive Community Coalition): Please send all transportation surveys, which may be found at local businesses to: Ontonagon County RICC, 515 Quartz Street, Ontonagon, MI 49953. The surveys are very important and need to be returned to the RICC by April 21st. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Sue or Evelyn at 884-4804.
Spring Fling at the White Pine American Legion on Saturday, April 19th starting at 2:30 pm. Chicken, Brats, burgers, sides and desserts. Music by Midnight Dreams starting at 4:00. $5.00 donation greatly appreciated.
Ontonagon County Animal Protection’s 10th Annual Dinner and Auction Fundraiser will be held Sunday May 18th at Paul’s Superior View Restaurant in Silver City. Social Time at 4:00 pm, Dinner at 5:00 pm with live Auction following. There will be a prize drawing for “Early Bird” ticket purchasers for reservations postmarked April 19th or sooner. All other reservations and payments are due by May 8th. If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, call Jan at 884-2429. If you would like to donate a prize or make a donation for raffle prizes, please contact Jan at 884-2429.
The Ewen-Trout Creek Music Department invites you to join them in a night filled with Disney music. The E-TC Jr/Sr High Band and Choir will perform a concert filled with favorites such as “The Lion King”, “Brave”, “Frozen”, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, and medleys of other popular Disney favorites. Once again, pop and baked goods will be available for the audience at the conclusion of the concert to help make this a very enjoyable evening out. Please come and enjoy the talents of the students at E-TC. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and a maximum of $10 per family. All proceeds go to the E-TC Band and Choir Fund. The concert will be on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:00pm in the Ewen-Trout Creek School Cafetorium.
The next meeting of the Ontonagon County Democratic Party will be 7 pm, Tuesday, April 22nd at the upstairs courtroom, Ontonagon County Courthouse, Ontonagon. The public is invited.
Community Resources Conference on Thursday April 24th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Registration at 8:30 am. Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa College in Baraga. Speakers: Judge Timothy Brennan, Little Brothers & Sisters Friends of the Elderly, Pam Anderson and others. Suggested donation $5.00 (includes lunch). Tickets available at Baragaland Senior Center or at the door.
The Hockey banquet in Ontonagon will be held on Thursday April 24th at 6:00 pm at the Ontonagon School cafeteria. Families are reminded to bring a dish to pass along with their own utensils and asked to return all borrowed equipment and jerseys at this time.
Wakefield- Marenisco PTO Craft Fair/Vender Fair, Raffles and Scholastic Book fair, Saturday, April 26th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST, Wakefield Marenisco Gym, Wakefield. For more information contact Teri Giuliano 224-7211.
Spring is finally here, and OCAP is busy preparing for “kitten” season. Because the shelter’s cat areas are filled to capacity, OCAP will have an open house on Saturday, April 26th, and is offering special adoption pricing of $20.00 for cats or kittens and $50.00 for dogs and is in effect through the month of April. Refreshments will be served from noon until 4:00, and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Once again, Erin Tucker has volunteered her time to clip dog and cat nails from 1:00 until 3:00. All OCAP pets are spayed or neutered (if old enough) and have had all their basic vaccinations. For more information or to arrange a visit at a time convenient for you, call Jan Wolfe at 884-2429 for cats and Dayle LaBine at 231-0776 for dogs. If you haven’t already toured the shelter, this is a chance to see how stray, abandoned, or otherwise homeless animals in our community are being cared for.
Monument Benefit Dinner at the White Pine American Legion on Saturday, April 26th starting at 6:30 m. Free Will Dinner Donation. Serving: Italian Ravioli, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread, & Dessert. Drinks will be available with dinner. The White Pine American Legion has decided to replace its crumbling monuments with a new one to commemorate the KIA/MIA veterans. A Bear Paw Copper Wall Hanging(3 feet tall) and a one ounce Silver Eagle Coin will be raffled. Tickets $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00; need not be present to win.
The Superior Watershed Partnership is hosting a one‐day pharmaceutical collection event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in communities across the Upper Peninsula (UP). From 10am – 2:00pm UP residents will be able to drop off their expired and unwanted medications at Local sites the U.P. The SWP Pharmaceutical Collections will accept everything from prescriptions, over the counter medications, narcotics, liquids, and even medical waste like sharps and old mercury thermometers. People are being encouraged to keep pills in original containers. The SWP is also collecting liquid soaps containing micro‐plastics, tiny abrasive pieces of plastic that are also not filtered out by water treatment plants. The April 26 collections will be open to the public from 10am‐2pm and are completely free. Local Collections Sites: White Pine Community Methodist Church, 9 Tamarack St., White Pine; Trinity Episcopal Church, 205 Montezuma, Houghton; Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 108 S. Marquette St., Ironwood; United Methodist Church, 304 N. Main, L’Anse. For more information on the upcoming pharmaceutical collections, a list of UP collection sites, or to volunteer for a collection event, please visit www.superiorwatersheds.org/pollutionprevention or call 228‐6095, Ext. 11.
The Gogebic Community College Foundation is hosting the 5th annual “Taste of the Gogebic Range” on Monday, April 28th in the David G. Lindquist Student Center. This event features samplings and offerings of food and beverages from area restaurants, businesses and caterers. Samples include soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, beverages and desserts. A social hour will be offered from 5 to 6 pm, with the “Taste” available from 6 to 8 pm. Coffee and punch will be available free of charge, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are limited and are by advance purchase only at a cost of $20 per person. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Call the GCC Foundation Office at 932-4231, ext 201 to reserve your tickets today.
Bessemer Area Schools will host an open community meeting on Monday, April 28th in the A.D. Johnston Junior/Senior High School gymnasium. Get an update on the May 6th bond referendum to support major infrastructure and technology upgrades at the district’s two schools. For more information, call 667-0802.
There will be a Blood Drive at the Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino in Watersmeet, Michigan on Wednesday, April 30th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST). Walk-Ins are welcome. To schedule your donation appointment, please call Maureen Baude at (906)358-4226 ext. 327, or call toll free at (800) 280-4102.
The Konteka Black Bear Lane’s 6th Annual Bowling for the Cure, Saturday, May 3rd. Couples Fun Tournament. 3 games each session, two 9-pin No-tap & One Scotch Doubles. Sessions at 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00pm. $25.00 per couple entry fee. Entry fee includes bowling, munchies and a chance to be #1. 50/50 drawings, raffles and much more. For more info and to sign up, contact Peg Elmblad at 884-2008. All proceeds to go to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.
The Nimrod Nation 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is Saturday, May 3rd starting at 8:30am. Boys and Girls Divisions for Grade 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9-10 and 11-12. There is a $50.00 entry fee. T-shirts will be awarded for first place in each division. All proceeds go to the Nimrod Nation boys basketball program. For further information contact George R. Peterson III at email@example.com or call 358-4504, ext. 302. Entry deadline is Monday, April 28th at 3:00 pm.
The Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club will hold its Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 3rd at the clubhouse located on the South side of M64, one and one-half miles east of Silver City, Fire Number 31433. We encourage anyone interested in the shooting sports to attend. Club personnel will be on site from approximately 2:30 PM until the close of activities. There will be a potluck dinner at 4:00 PM, followed by the Annual Meeting at 5:00 PM. During the Annual Meeting we will discuss activities planned for 2014 as well as progress toward our longer-range goals. They urge you come and share your thoughts on the future with us. LSSC is an affiliate of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) and they plan to have a display of some of the types of US GI surplus rifles available from them. Come and find out how you can obtain one of these historic firearms – CMP information and applications for purchase will be available. The display will be available for viewing from 3:00 PM until the close of activities. For those interested in joining LSSC, annual membership dues remain at $25 and include a ticket for the door prize drawing. For questions a/o additional information, please contact Walt Toepfer at 885.5334. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this event.
Ontonagon County Animal Protection’s 10th Annual Dinner and Auction Fundraiser will be held Sunday May 18th at Paul’s Superior View Restaurant in Silver City. Social Time at 4:00 pm, Dinner at 5:00 pm with live Auction following. All reservations and payments are due by May 8th. If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, call Jan at 884-2429. If you would like to donate a prize or make a donation for raffle prizes, please contact Jan at 884-2429.
Each year, meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Marquette travel across Upper Michigan giving spring weather presentations. The presentations cater to the typical weather enthusiast and allow an opportunity for residents from across the U.P. to be actively involved in reporting important weather information to the National Weather Service. Routine weather reports during active weather are critical to the National Weather Service's mission, protecting life and property of U.P. residents. The presentations are free, open to the public, and no advance registration is required. This year’s National Weather Service presentation lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Some of the topics that will be covered include, the public's role in building a Weather-Ready Nation, social media's role in weather reporting, a recap of last year's storms, basic radar and cloud interpretation, and weather safety and preparedness. A calendar of scheduled talks can be found on the National Weather Service Marquette website at www.weather.gov/mqt. Additional information is also available by calling the National Weather Service at (906)-475-5212. Gogebic County, Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30 pm (CDT) at Grand View Hospital Conference room. Ontonagon County, Wednesday, Wednesday, May 14th at 6:30 pm at The Ontonagon Area School Cafeteria. Houghton/Keweenaw Countys, Thursday, May 15th at 6:30 pm at the ATDC Building on the Campus of Michigan Tech
Founding members and guests of Da Upper Yoopers' Barbershop Chorus will be attending The Remnants' Spring into Harmony show on May 10, 2014, at 7 pm in Gladstone's Grace Church, featuring the Munising Vanguard Chorus and The Next Generation Quartet. Carpooling will gather at Jack's IGA in Harvey at 5:30 pm. For details, visit the Facebook page of Da Upper Yoopers' Barbershop Chorus or call or text Pete Stephens-Brown at 906-361-8308.
The Sons of Norway annual Syttende Mai Celebration. This year is the very special 200th Anniversary of Norway's Constitution Day! Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 17th for a wonderful program and social and dinner at the Irish Times in Laurium. Join in for a parade walk/march from the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Calumet (7th and Elm) to the Irish Times in Laurium (1.2 miles) at 3:30. The program, a History of the May 17 Constitution by Brian Milde will begin at the Irish Times at 4:15 followed by a Social and Dinner from 5pm to 7pm.
Ordering for dinner is "Dutch Treat" from a limited menu for the evening. Reservations are appreciated by contacting Lodge President, Ralph Lund 337-3392 firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is Velkommen! So bring the family and friends and have a wonderful evening with the Ulseth Lodge of the Sons of Norway! Wear your Norwegian colors if you have them; Red and Royal Blue!
The Republic Arts Council will be hosting the first annual “Mining the Arts“ Arts Festival in Republic, Michigan on Saturday and Sunday, May 24th and 25th. Artists, artisans, and crafters will be displaying and selling their unique creations for the public. Local artist, John Mykkanen, will be demonstrating his chainsaw carving. Joyce Koskenmaki and Stacy Vaughn Davis will be doing art demonstrations and will team up to do a piece together which will also be part of a silent auction. Other crafters and artisans will also be offering instructions and/or demonstrations regarding their talent. There will be food, shopping, and fun for all. Please join us at Republic's Munson Park from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to help support our local artists, artisans, and crafters on May 24 and 25. If you would like more information, please contact Stacy Vaughn Davis at 906-376-8881, check us out on Facebook, or contact us at email@example.com.
The 2014 Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital Lake Trout Classic presented by Greig’s Taxidermy & Tackle will be held May 30 – June 1st in Ontonagon and Silver City. BBQ For Life Cook Off is Saturday, May 31st. Ladies Powder Puff Tourney – Friday, May 30th 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, 1st Place - $200. Lake Trout Classic Tourney – Saturday, May 31st 5:30 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday, June 1st 5:30 am – 2:00 pm. Awards presentation: Sunday, June 1st at 3:00 pm Top prize - $1,2000 2nd place - $600 3rd place - $400 Prizes paid through 8th place. $200.00 Prizes for Largest Fish CategoriesL Lake Trout, Lake Trout Ladies, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. Entry Fee: $25.00 per person Registration and entry fees due by May 24th Call 884-2770 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the web site: www.greigstackleshop.com. All proceeds to benefit the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.
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 Greenland 4th of July Committee has 50/50 Raffle Tickets for sale at local Greenland Township Businesses: Pat’s Auto & Sports Center, The Greenland Pit Stop Tiges Bar, Harvest Country Market, Citizens State Bank in Mass City, Adventure Café, Salon 26, Rousseau Bar and from any committee member they are also available at the Y-101 studios.
The Rockland Library is open every Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Christian Center in Ontonagon closed until May 1st
The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Museum Foundation is in the p rocess 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.
Western U.P. Health Department has published its Annual Report for 2013. The report can be found at the health department’s web site www.wuphd.org. The health department produces a report for the community each year, which outlines its activities, special accomplishments and finances. The report also contains data on health indicators, and selected communicable disease statistics, according to Guy St. Germain, Health Officer/Executive Officer.
Attention Senior Citizens, it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the company of others. Get your book club or card club together and meet at the Riverview Senior Center, or just stop in for a cup of coffee, the pot is always on. To reserve your group’s spot, call 884-4818 Tuesday thru Thursday from 11am to 5pm. Stop in anytime to visit and see what the Riverview Senior Center is all about. Located at 300 Lake Street in Ontonagon.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org