Y-101 Community Calendar

The Village of Ontonagon office will be closed on Monday, November 16th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for training.  Phone calls will be screened for emergencies.  Other calls, please a voicemail message and it will be returned when training has been completed.  Utility payments can be dropped off in the village office drop box.

The TV6 Virtual Canathon Collections run through December 11thTo donate by check or money order, please make them out to the food pantry you will be donating to (i.e. St Vincent DePaul Food Pantry-Ontonagon) and send them directly to the pantry.  For addresses of local pantries go to the locations page on the TV6 Canathon website.  If you would like to donate online with credit card or PayPal, please go to the donate page on the TV6 Canathon website.  Some pantries continue to accept non-perishable food donations.  Please bring food donations directly to your local food pantry, but make sure you contact them in advance for details on doing it safely.

The Ontonagon Township Library (OTL) and The Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts (OTPA) are hosting a Haunted Library/Theater tour on Friday, November 13th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  Walk-through BEGINS at the North Entrance (side door to library) and exits through the FRONT of the Township Building.  Walk-through will take about five to ten minutes; it includes flashing lights, intense sounds, and several flights of stairs.  For COVID safety: This will be a 100% touchless event; there will be no physical interaction with the actors. Small groups of five or fewer people at one time is preferred for increased social distancing. Please wear a mask. 

St. Paul’s in Mass City, Siloa in Ontonagon and First in Winona will be pausing in person services for  this Sunday, November 15th.  The radio services will continue on WUPY at 9:00 am Sunday morning.  This pause will be reevaluated after this Sunday as we watch the COVID trends in the county.

The car wash at Copper Country Mental Health in Ontonagon is opening on Monday, November 16th.  They have limited slots available daily. People can call 906-884-6097 to make an appointment.

Due to the recent spike in covid19 cases in our community, Domitrovich Insurance and Real Estate has decided to do their part to slow the spread of this virus.  The office of Domitrovich Insurance and Real Estate will closed to walk-in traffic with a tentative plan to re-open in 2 weeks.  The office will remain staffed during this time and they can be reached via phone or email.   If your business requires a face to face meeting, please feel free to call them and set up an appointment.  Domitrovich Insurance and Real Estate is to take payments over the phone via credit card or Electronic check, and they also have a dropbox set up inside the back entrance of their office for payments or correspondence.  They can be reached by phone at 906-884-2801 and by email at [email protected]  You can also find them on Facebook.  Domitrovich Insurance and Real Estate understands that this is a difficult time and their main concern is and always will be their customers and community.  Thank you for your understanding.

The Ontonagon County Courthouse will be closed to the public for at least 2 weeks starting Monday, November 2nd.    Employees will be working, and the public should call the appropriate office for an appointment.

Borseth Insurance and Realty’s offices in Ontonagon and Ewen will temporarily be closed to walk-in public traffic until further notice. The staff remains in the office during regular business hours, ready to assist with all your insurance and real estate needs. They encourage you to contact them by telephone or email. In-office appointments will be considered, if necessary. Customers who must make cash payments are asked to consider mailing money orders or to follow the instructions that will be posted outside the office door. Rest assured Borseth Insurance and Realty is here to serve you during this time of uncertainty.  Remember, we are all in this together. We are hopeful that taking these pro-active measures will shorten the impact of COVID-19 in the Ontonagon County community. Please contact our Ewen Office at 906-988-2329 or the Ontonagon Office at 906-884.4161 for assistance.

Due to the increase in Covid cases, the St. Vincent De Paul Store in Ontonagon will be reducing hours.  The  new hours of operation will be MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAYS only from 9:30 to 3:30. They will accept donations on Fridays only beginning at 9:30 am.  Thank you and stay safe everyone.

The UP Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a CRITICAL NEED for O Negative, O Positive, and A Positive blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, and Iron Mountain and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 UP hospitals. Please visit our Facebook page at UPRBC906 or website at http://www.mgh.org/blood  for center details and blood drive locations. For hours and scheduling please call Marquette at 906-449-1450, Hancock at 906-483-1392. Iron Mountain at 906-774-1012 and Escanaba at 906-786-8420. Donate Local. Keep your blood in the UP!

Santa Claus is coming to town….  Mass/Greenland 4th of July will have PARADE OF LIGHTS and SANTA on Saturday December 5th 5-7pm.  Decorate your vehicle, side by side, or trailer and come out and let’s light up the town. Santa will lead the parade from Mass City to Greenland. He will be at the LOG CABIN for a safe “DRIVE BY VISIT WITH SANTA”.  This will be a NO CONTACT event. If you participate in the parade you are required to stay with your vehicle only. We will line up at the Fire Department in Mass by 4:45p. Just get in line and follow the parade.  Santa will be at the log cabin in Greenland. You will line up and remain in your vehicle. Santa will be in the doorway behind plexiglass. You can drop off your letters to SANTA in the mailbox there and pick up your goodie bag.  FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES. 

St. Nicholas is going “Touch-less” during this year of CoVid-19. No tag-trees, No Cookies.  They will be providing parents with gift cards in early November so they can shop of the children. If you would like to support the St. Nicholas project, send Checks or Money orders to SNP, PO Box 72, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  You can also pick up envelopes and brochures for donating to the St. Nicholas Project in Ontonagon at St. Vincent de Paul, The Gladiator Store (former Forever Flowers), Citizens State Bank, Miners State Bank, Lake Superior Credit Union, Siloa Lutheran Church, Holy Family Catholic Church and at the studios of Y-101.  They can also be picked up at Settlers Co-Op in Bruce Crossing and in Ewen at Ewen Trout Creek School, The Food Pantry and Maple Street Apartments.  All funds stay with-in Ontonagon County.

For the past 22 years the Ontonagon Country chapter of the Marine Corps League 1016, have been providing Christmas gifts for Ontonagon County children. Be a friend of children, make your checks payable to Marine Corps League #1016 and mail to Robert Botkins, 15086 State Highway M-38, Ontonagon, Mi.49953.. On the memo Line please write Toys for Area Youth. Thank you for being a friend.

4-H and the Great Start Collaborative will continue assisting youth in providing extra/enough food during the school breaks.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring break.  During the pandemic, we must be vigilant about our process so we will not be accepting food at any locations.  Instead we are hopeful that monetary contributions will be directed to the 4-H office at 725 Greenland Rd. Ontonagon, MI 49953.  Paula Maloney, 4-H Program Coordinator and GS Parent Liasion,  will be purchasing the food through Amazon and  grocery pick up services.  If you are willing to send a check, it will be greatly appreciated.  A sincere and huge thank you to all who have supported                                    the program in the past!  This year is even more crucial in servicing our children and families. Checks can be written out to Ontonagon County 4-H. Any other questions can be addressed to the 4-H office at 884-4386 Tuesday – Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

At this time the Ewen Volunteer Fire Department will no longer be accepting the donation of returnable cans & bottles. They simply cannot keep up with the amount of cans & bottles that have been donated. Nor do we have storage space for them. We truly appreciate all the donations that have been made to date. Please consider donating your returnables to an area charitable organization or school group. If we decide to reopen our trailer on M-28 in Ewen for donations we will post it on Facebook and announce it on the Jan Tucker Show. Thank you for understanding.

Lake Superior Sportsman’s Club is hosting rifle sight-ins prior to the start of the 2020 firearm deer season.  Don’t miss that big buck!  Come out and sight-in your rifles.  There is no charge for this and club members will be available to assist if needed on:  Saturday, Nov. 14  11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  The Range is located at 31433 W State Highway M64  (S. side, 1.5 mi. East of Silver City).  For more information Contact Walt Toepfer at 906.885.5334

The Adventure Mountain Lions Club is looking for volunteer to help with the Ski Hill at Adventure Mountain (Fair Grounds) in Greenland.  The Adventure Mountain Lions is having a raffle, 1st prize:  42″ Cub Cadet Riding Lawnmower; 2nd prize:  24″ Arians Snow Blower; 3rd prize:  Tanaka Weed Trimmer.  The drawing will be held on Monday, December 14th at 6:30 pm at The Adventure Mountain Chalet.  Tickets are $3.00 each, 2 for $5.00, 5 for $10.00 need not be present to win.  To purchase a ticket, call Rick Saari at 883-3611 or Jim Michie at 883-3612.  All Lions members have tickets to sell. (Dean Juntunen, Jim Walters, Kip McIntire, Skip Schulz, Dave Guilbault, Rick Boardou, Larry Greig)

November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month. Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) celebrates caregivers by announcing the new Upper Peninsula Caregiver Resource Center. The Caregiver Resource Center features Caregiver Resources, upcoming classes and workshops, “North of the Bridge – A Cool Place for Caregivers” blog and other support programs and services specifically for caregivers.  The Upper Peninsula Caregiver Resource Center can be found at UPCAP’s website at www.upcap.org. Caregivers can also dial 2-1-1 for caregiver information.

The Ontonagon Township Library’s Four Week Finn program will be back for the new year, with a month-long session beginning in January 2021.  But before that, instructor Marlene Broemer will host two ‘practice’ sessions on Zoom, one in November and one in December to help users get comfortable with the Zoom platform and get a feel for what it’s like to learn and share over a videoconference app. These no-obligation practice sessions will be an excellent opportunity for anyone who has been hesitant to jump into videoconference-based programs, or anyone curious as to how the online version of 4 Week Finn works. (The library has a limited number of tablets and laptops available for anyone who would like to attend the virtual sessions but lacks the technology to do so from home.)  When the class properly returns in January, we will continue with our regular 2 PM Wednesday time slot, as we hope someday to return to face-to-face learning at the Library. The schedule is:  Practice sessions: Wednesday, November 18, 2 PM; December 16, 2 PM.  Regular classes beginning Wednesday January 13, 2021 and continuing January 27, February 3, and finishing on February 17. (Additional sessions may be arranged in the Spring.)  The class will once again be offered at no cost to students thanks to a grant from the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation’s Rise Family Fund. (But space will be limited, so sign up early!)  To sign up for the class or practice sessions, contact the Ontonagon Township Library. (906-884-4411)

Drive up COVID-19 testing is available now at the Upper Great Lakes Ontonagon Family Health Center.  Testing will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. thru November 13th.  Please call 884-4120 to schedule an appointment and to provide the make and model of your vehicle.  At the time of your appointment, please stay in your car and staff will come to you. For safety there will be no Covid testing inside the building.  The Upper Great Lakes Ontonagon Family Health Center is located at 751 South 7th Street in Ontonagon.  call 884-4120

The November Mobile Food Pantry schedule is set with events scheduled for the first three Thursdays of the month, including new locations in Houghton and Baraga counties.  Thursday, November 12, 4 p.m. at Baraga Area Schools (210 Lyons Street; Baraga, MI 49908).  Thursday, November 19, Noon at Ontonagon Village Fire Hall (315 River Street; Ontonagon, MI 49953) The mobile food pantries are funded by Portage Health Foundation in partnership with Feeding America West Michigan, Ontonagon Area Schools, Baraga Area Schools and Finlandia University.  Each mobile food pantry will provide a variety of foods to approximately 300 families. For these distributions, attendees will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food. Although there will be no ID or income verification, each person/household must state that they meet the qualifications to receive food assistance. Food will be provided in a drive-through format. Each event will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


 The Cooking for Crowds Food Safety Education program is designed for organizations or groups and their volunteers who prepare food for the public at food events or food fundraisers. You will learn to prevent the conditions during planning, purchasing, storage, preparation and service that could lead to a foodborne illness outbreak at your next food event or fundraiser.  This food safety education program is based on the Michigan Food Code.  Online classes will be held on:  November 9, 2020 from 5 – 8 p.m.  December 2, 2020 from 9 a.m. – noon  January 19, 2021 from 1 – 4 p.m.  To register, visit:  https://events.anr.msu.edu/C4C2020/. The cost for the class is $15 per person and includes a food safety manual which will be mailed to you before class.  Pre-registration is required.

Whether you are a seasoned dementia caregiver, family, or friend, this online training series provides a better understanding of dementia and the impact it has on the person with the disease, how to connect with individuals with dementia through activities, and behaviors and the support needs of persons with dementia.  There is no charge to attend any of the Dementia Series online classes, but you must have a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet connection, a web browser and email address, to attend, and registration is needed for each class.  To register, visit www.upcap.org or call 2-1-1 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, for assistance.  


Compliments of the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce and open to all.  Want to learn how to sell cottage foods in Michigan at farmer’s markets, roadside stands and craft fairs.  Join MSU Extension online on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:00 pm.  Learn what cottage foods are and have your questions answered by the guest MDARD inspector.  MSU Extension Product Center will teach the business side of setting up a cottage food business.  To register for this free workshop visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/ MiCottageFoodFallPrograms/ To listen by phone, call in advance to register – 877-643-9882,

Due to the pandemic the annual Southern Ontonagon County Thanksgiving dinner will be slightly different this year.  There will be NO indoor dining.  Instead, a homemade dinner, prepared by certified cooks will be available for pick-up at the Cloverland Senior Center, Thursday, November 26th.  Please RSVP by calling 906 827-3828, by Monday, November 23rd to register and to arrange for meal pick up.  If you are homebound or have transportation issues, please call to discuss possible arrangements.  Advance Registration and masks are required. The meal is provided free of charge.  If you would like to volunteer your time or donate to this event, contact Donna at 906-827-3828.

Don’t forget to drop off your Michigan returnable cans 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.

Baragaland Senior Citizens transportation in L’Anse is available for local pickup to medical appointments and for grocery shopping from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in November, except Veteran’s Day, November 11th and Thanksgiving week, they will have  pick up on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and be closed on Thanksgiving Day and November 27th.  Masks are required. They also can pick up prescriptions and your pre-ordered groceries from Larry’s Market in Baraga.  Call 524-6711 or 524-6922 for more information.

Win an Indiana Guitar played and autographed by Ted Nugent.  Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $20.  Tickets will be available now until December 22, 2020.  The drawing will be held on 12/23/20 at noon.  Tickets are available at WUPY Radio, from Don & Josie Olson, J. R. Richardson, Joe Larsen, Kara Ray, Amy Carlson, Steve Store or Dean Juntunen.  Proceeds from this fundraiser will be split between Camp Josh, U.P. Sport fisherman’s Association and the Kandy Richardson Memorial Scholarship at Gogebic Community College.

The Ontonagon Eagles Club, F.O.E 2239, has put out a cookbook, Kitchen Delights.  With hundreds of recipes and it’s for sale for $12.50.  Cookbooks can be purchased at the studios of Y-101. Blue Ribbon Recipes, Volume Two, A collection of recipes from the Ontonagon County Fair is on sale now for $13.00 and available in Ontonagon at Citizens State Bank, Lake Superior Credit Union and the studios of Y-101 and in Mass City at Meritt’s Travel Center and Harvest Country Market.