Y-101 Community Calendar

The Ontonagon office of the Western U.P. Health Department will be:  Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.  The hours on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays will remain 8:00am to 4:00 pm.

The U.P. Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for O negative and O positive blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 UP hospitals. Please see their website at http://www.mgh.org/our-services/all-services/regional-blood-donation for center details and blood drive locations. Currently, the Marquette center is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7 A.m. – 4 p.m. on Fridays. Walk-ins Welcome. 

The last open skating for the season at the Ontonagon Rec Center will be Saturday, February 29th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Twilly’s Quarters for a cause  to benefit Lake of the Clouds Baseball & Softball in Ontonagon County, Donations will help support the purchase of new equipment to keep this program going, will be held on Monday, February 24th.  Win Great prizes valued from $10 to $75 for only 1-4 quarters.  4:00 pm – Vendor Set up/Doors open.  $4:00 pm – Sloppy Joes & Chips for sale for $5.00; 6:00 Auction Starts.  They are looking for donations of any kind to be auctioned off (new items only please).  Items need to be dropped off prior to Noon on Monday of the auction.  Don’t forget to bring quarter rolls, Twilly will only have a limited supply.   

The next meeting of the Ontonagon County Democratic Party will be Tuesday, February 25th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Stannard Township Hall (behind the Fire Hall) in Bruce Crossing. The public is invited.

Lenten Services at the White Pine Community United Methodist Church:  Ash Wednesday is February 26 at 6:00 followed by a Simple Soup Supper.  The following services for Lent will be Mondays at 6:30, with the Youth Group doing conversations with Jesus.  Maundy Thursday, April 9th,  will be from 5-7, with silent reflection, confession and communion. Good Friday Tenebrae service is at 5PM. Easter Sunday is Praise Singing at 8:45, service at 9AM followed by breakfast.

There will be a Lasagna Dinner hosted by Ontonagon United Methodist Church, this is a fund raiser for the Ontonagon Girls Basketball Team on Saturday, February 29th from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Ontonagon Methodist Church on the Greenland Road in Ontonagon.  Cost is $8.00 per person, $5.00 for children 4-5 and kids 3 and under eat for free.  Meal includes lasagna, garlic bread salad, desert and drink.  Take out is available, call ahead at 884-2789 or stop in and pick up.

Camp Josh announces a Gun Banquet and Raffle on Saturday, March 7th at the Konteka in White Pine.  Cocktails and the raffles start at 5:00 p.m. with prime rib dinner served at 6:30.  The mission of Camp Josh is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities and education for people who have a disability of any kind, focusing on hunting, fishing, and the camp itself.  The camp is located on 40 acres on the Cranberry River, Ontonagon County.  Dinner tickets will cost $50 each, or $90 for a couple.  To make reservations, call the Konteka at 906-885-5170. Return your payment by March 1, 2020 to be entered into the Early Bird Drawing for a $100 debit card good on raffles!  Continuing this year:  purchase a $100 debit card that will enable you to get $140 worth of raffle tickets, or a $200 debit card to get $300 worth of raffle tickets.  These can be purchased early with your dinner tickets or at the door the night of the banquet.  The Door Prize Gun is a Ruger SR 22 handgun.   There will be 17 guns altogether.  If you would like to help sponsor this event, the sponsorship fee is $250.00 and includes two dinner tickets and a chance at a Ruger SR22 LR Handgun in our Sponsor Drawing

The next monthly meeting of the Ontonagon County Republican Party will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, at the Rockland Community Building.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive at 5:30 PM to socialize.

State Sen. Ed McBroom announced Monday that he and Rep. Greg Markkanen will hold office hours together on Friday, March 6th.   They will be available to answer questions and provide information and assistance, as well as take suggestions on issues affecting communities and businesses in the district. No appointment is necessary.  For more information, please visit SenatorEdMcBroom.com or call 517-373-7840.  Details of the office hours are as follows: Noon – 1 p.m. CST at Uptown Café, 518 E. McLeod Ave.  Ironwood and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. CST at Iron River City Hall, 106 W. Genesee St. Iron River

The Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency reminds recipients of the dates of the monthly Commodity Supplemental Food Program distribution to low-income seniors 60 years and older.  The sites and schedule for seniors in Ontonagon county is as follows:  Wednesday, March 18, 2020 –Bruce Crossing Stannard Township Ballpark 1 to 1:30 p.m. EST; Watersmeet Food Pantry at 1:15 p.m. and Marenisco Town Hall from 2 to 2:15 p.m.  Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Bergland Lake Gogebic Senior Center, 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m.; White Pine Porcupine Mountain Senior Center 10:20 to 10:35 a.m.; Ontonagon Holy Family Catholic Church 11 to 11:45 a.m.; and Mass City-Greenland Township Community Center 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.  For information about registering for the program, call Ontonagon County 884-2106 or Bessemer 667-0283.  Recipients are reminded to return their boxes. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

TEAL is a Safe and non-judgmental community crafting support group for anyone who has experienced sexual violence past or present. Snacks and craft supplies are provided. For more information please call Dial Help at 906 482 4357 or text at 906 356 3337 or email Paige at [email protected].  The next groups will be held on Wednesday, 3/18/2020 6:00 pm at Portage Plaza  and Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 pm at the Cherry room in Wadsworth hall MTU 1239 Woodland Rd Houghton

Free pre-natal classes to be held at Ontonagon Aspirus Hospital, in their business meeting room,          on April 16th from 5:30-8:00 pm.  Mariana Black, RN, Experienced OB nurse will be conducting the classes.  Classes will include information about:  Labor and Delivery, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding, Birth Plans, What to bring to the hospital.  Bring your birthing partner/coach to these classes too.  The Great Start Coalition will provide a healthy snack during this time. Bring your questions. Everyone is welcome!  Call Paula Maloney, GS Parent Liaison 906-884-4386 or email at [email protected] or contact Marianna Black at 884-4485 ext. 318

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.  They will be sold during the Ontonagon Labor Day Celebration, The Ontonagon All School Reunion.  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.

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.

Ontonagon Al-Anon Group meeting every Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 515 Pine Street in Ontonagon.

The Ontonagon Eagles will have open mic on Thursdays starting at 5:00 pm

Gogebic Community College now offers commercial driver’s license (CDL) testing.  Call 906-307-1207 for more information.

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 Ontonagon Eagles Club and here at the studios of Y-101.

The OCAP animal shelter in Ontonagon will be open every Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00.  Volunteers will be on hand to show you the cats, answer questions, and take applications.  Dogs can be seen by appointment. Animals can also be seen at other times by calling the shelter at 884-2500 and leaving your name and phone number.

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.

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 protected]

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.

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 at the shed 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 Jeannie Manning at 884-2347 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.

Grief Share is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close.  Grief Share 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 [email protected]