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Double cribbage at the Ontonagon VFW every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. draw for partners.

Ontonagon’s Gospel Choir practice is Mondays at Redeemer Free Lutheran.  Starts  at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome.

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

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, September 29th at the Konteka Black Bear Resort, White Pine, MI.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly will be celebrating International Day of Older Persons on Wednesday, October 1st by delivering a gift of baked goods and a flower to local elderly in need.  If you would like to visit an elderly person in Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon or Baraga County, please call 482-6944.

Celebrate Michigan's French Canadian Heritage Week with a dance on Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock.  Dance to the music of The Thimbleberry Band (Libby Meyer on fiddle; Anna Gawboy on concertina; Oren Tikkanen on guitar, banjo and vocals; Matt Durocher on bass; and David Bezotte on accordion and vocals) playing a variety of French-Canadian fiddle tunes and songs. Join in contra dancing called by Colin Hoekje, learn a French-Canadian folk dance, and enjoy waltzes, schottisches and other favorites. Admission is $6 per person. For more information, call 906-482-4956, or email dbezotte@yahoo.com.

Celebrate Michigan’s French-Canadian Heritage Week with a special musical program on
Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Chassell Heritage Center.  Enjoy French-Canadian folk and response songs lead by Maple Sugar Folk and lively fiddle tunes and step dancing by Carrie, Emma and Susan Dlutkowski.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.  Come early to view the exhibits, including an exhibit on local French-Canadian settlement.  Free admission – donations appreciated.

The Flu vaccine is widely available this year, from physicians, hospitals and clinics; some retail pharmacies; and at the following health department-sponsored community clinics: Baraga County Memorial Hospital in L’Anse, Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9-11, with BCMH; Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9-11 CDT, with Iron County, Wisc. Health Department, Aspirus Grand View Hospital, and GCC College of Health Sciences; Ontonagon School, Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9-11, with Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital.  All clinics offer walk-in vaccination without appointment, and curb-side service for those who have problems with mobility. Michigan Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan and Healthy Kids are accepted with current cards, as well as cash or check for $25.  For more information, call the health department office in your county, or visit westernuphealth.org or cdc.gov/flu.

Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital and Ontonagon Area School will join together once again to host the Cancer Awareness Walk.  This year’s walk will take place on Saturday, October 4th at the Ontonagon Area School track and field from 4:00-6:00 pm following the football game. Participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association then create a chain link in honor or support of someone impacted by cancer.  The links will be joined together and displayed around the track. Links will be available in the high school office and at the event. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association.  Please come and join us in this community event.

The Calumet Theatre is bringing back the upbeat sound of the 1960s with the 1910 Fruitgum Company on Saturday, October 4th, at 7:30 pm. Reserved seating tickets from $22 to $30 for the 1910 Fruitgum Company may be purchased at the Calumet Theatre Box Office, or by calling (906) 337-2610, from noon to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Theatre member discounts available for this performance.

Friends of the Ironwood Carnegie Library Fall Used Book Sale will be held on Saturday, October 11th from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ironwood Memorial Building Auditorium in Ironwood Michigan.  Free admission. Used books, audio books, CDs and DVDs available. Most items are priced at 50 cents apiece or less.  All proceeds from this sale will be used to support the Ironwood Carnegie Library's programs and services. There will be a Friends of the Ironwood Carnegie Library MEMBERS ONLY early shopping day at the book sale on Friday, October 10th from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. New members are welcome, and membership dues may be paid at the sale.

Everyone is invited to join the “Eucharistic Procession and Rosary Rally” on Saturday, October 11th at 12:00 noon at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 318 Lyons Street in Baraga.  There will be 12,000 going on this day through-out our country for the United States of America.

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.

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!

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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