Y-101 Community Calendar

Regular worship services at Bethany Lutheran in Bruce Crossing will resume at 5:00 pm, Sunday, May 24.

The White Pine American Legion Post 462 will hold a memorial ceremony at Green Cemetery on Monday, May 25 at 10:00. Veterans are welcome to attend or participate. There will not be a ceremony or lunch at the post hall.

Memorial Day services on Monday, May 25th by the Ewen American Legion and Bruce Crossing VFW combined. at the following cemeteries:  Paynesville Cemetery 9 a.m.;  Maple Grove at 9;30 a.m.  Hillside Cemetery Bruce Crossing 10 a.m. and Evergreen in Ewen at 10:30 a.m.

St. Vincent De Paul in Ontonagon will open Tuesday, May 26th. Tentative operating hours will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.  Donation drop-offs will only be allowed on Tuesdays and Fridays during the same hours due to our restrictions on handling items for 48 hours.  We will have all required safety measures in place before we open on Tuesday and look forward to seeing everyone!

It is with great sadness that due to the current circumstances with Covid-19 the Wakefield Fireworks committee has decided to cancel the 2020 fireworks display over Sunday lake. This was a decision made with a heavy heart, and is in effort to best allow for the safety of our community and those traveling to the area for the holiday. We look forward to an amazing 2021 display! See everyone next year !!

Ontonagon County Court house will be closed to the general  public until further notice. 

In the interest of community health, Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts will postpone all events until until further notice.  Unfortunately, they will have to reschedule some of the events. We are monitoring the situation and we will announce our revised schedule as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Returnable cans for kids, sponsored by the Ewen Fire Department is suspended for the time being.  We will inform everyone when they go back to collecting.

The UP Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a SEVERE CRITICAL NEED for O-, A-, A+, B- blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 UP hospitals. 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. Please visit our Facebook page at UPRBC906, http://www.mgh.org/our-services/all-services/regional-blood-donation or call the UP Regional Blood Center at 906-449-1450 for more information.


The COVID 19 virus is an unprecedented challenge for us all.  In an effort to stem the spread of the virus and to safeguard the health and safety of its customers and employees….Borseth Insurance and Real Estate in Ewen and Ontonagon will temporarily close its offices to walk-in public traffic until further notice.   The Borseth staff will remain in the office during regular business hours to handle insurance and real estate matters…..most of which can be done by telephone or email.  Customers who make cash payments are asked to consider mailing money orders or to follow the instructions that will be posted outside the office doors.  Please contact Borseth Agency’s Ewen Office at 906-988-2329 or the Ontonagon Office at 906-884-4161 for assistance. 

In accordance with advice from Governor Gretchen Whitmer‘s office and the Michigan Library Association, the Ontonagon Township Library has made the very difficult decision to close our doors and suspend ALL library services and programs.  All due dates will be automatically extended, and late fines will not accrue during the closure. You are under no obligation to return items until we have re-opened. We will make an announcement as to continued closure or a re-open date prior to April 5th. This will also be in accordance with state advice.  We expect significant disruption to interlibrary loan services during this time, but we hope to have drive-up/walk-up service available for picking up holds 1 or 2 days a week, as staff will still be in the building working part-time on essential duties and special projects (including cleaning/sanitizing).  We are making this decision in the interest of community health, and regret any disruption or inconvenience to the lives of our patrons.

According to directives by Michigan Tech administration, all public concerts/performances/receptions in the Rozsa Center and McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center during March 16-April 17, 2020 are canceled.  Student productions/concerts will not be rescheduled. We are working with agents to reschedule Rozsa Presenting Series events for the next season.

In effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and encourage social distancing, effectively immediately, the Ontonagon Township Park Playground and play structures are CLOSED until further notice.  Signs and barricades will be posted at the entrances.  Park visitors are asked to adhere to all closure notices and current social distancing recommendations.  If you choose to go for a walk, or exercise outside, please maintain a distance of six feet from people who are not a part of your household. Crossing through the park to get to a trail or beach destination is allowed. During the closer the restrooms and outhouses will be closed until further notice.

K & W Landfill will now take garbage drop offs from customers.

Carp Lake Township Office is closed.  If you have a question or need help,  you may call the office at 885-5884

In response to the COVID-19 public health situation, Citizens State Bank hasily closed the bank’s lobby to the public. We will remain open to serve you by drive-thru only during normal business hours. Please note that our lobby (Loan Officers, Bookkeeping etc.) will be accessible by appointment. You can make an appointment by calling 906-884-4165.  The Drive-up will be available from 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-5:30pm on Friday. As always, you can access your account by ATM, online banking (csbont.com) and the Citizens State Bank Mobile App 24 hours a day, every day. We are also available by phone at 906-884-4165 from 8:30am-5pm, Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-5:30pm on Friday. We can and want to help, let us know how we can serve you.  The Citizens State Bank of Ontonagon will no longer have Saturday Hours during the COVID -19 pandemic. This will be temporary and we will notify the public when we will be resuming Saturdays. Until then our drive up is still open 8:30-5 daily, and until 5:30 on Fridays. Our internet and Mobil Banking are available as well.


Until further notice, the Lake Superior Credit Union has temporarily closed their lobby to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The drive-thru will remain open.  Call 884-2069 to make an appointment if you need to meet with the staff.

Don’t miss out! The 2019-2020 yearbook is now on sale! Since we’re not meeting face to face, all sales for both the elementary and the JH/HS yearbook will be taking place online. Our publisher has set up a very convenient and easy to use online store for you to purchase your yearbook. Even though our school year is going to end very differently than we’re all used to, let’s not forget all of the wonderful school memories that took place all year.  What better way to remember all of them than with a yearbook. When the yearbook is finished and published, they will be sent to me and I will let you all know when it is time to pick them up from school. Both yearbooks will be ready to be picked up sometime mid to late summer.

From Domitrovich Insurance, to our valued customers:  The insurance industry has been deemed an essential service, however to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 our office will be temporarily closed to all walk in traffic. We do have a drop box set up for payments and we can process payments via phone/e-check.  We are available by phone during normal business hours.  We will continue to do our part to help protect the health of our community.  Thank you for your understanding.

OCAP is not accepting returnable cans and bottles until further notice.  We must close our donation bin to community generosity.  Please do not leave your cans and bottles at the dumpster until the ban is lifted.  This bin is located on private business property and OCAP wants to keep this property  Debris-Free.  Thank you for your understanding.

In the interest of community health, Ontonagon Theater of Performing Arts will postpone all events. Until futher notice.  Unfortunately, they will have to reschedule some of the events. We are monitoring the situation and we will announce our revised schedule as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The COVID 19 virus is an unprecedented challenge for us all.  In an effort to stem the spread of the virus and to safeguard the health and safety of its customers and employees….Borseth Insurance and Real Estate in Ewen and Ontonagon will temporarily close its offices to walk-in public traffic until further notice.   The Borseth staff will remain in the office during regular business hours to handle insurance and real estate matters…..most of which can be done by telephone or email.  Customers who make cash payments are asked to consider mailing money orders or to follow the instructions that will be posted outside the office doors.  Please contact Borseth Agency’s Ewen Office at 906-988-2329 or the Ontonagon Office at 906-884-4161 for assistance. 

The Aspire fitness center in Ontonagon will be closed. All memberships will be put on hold. PT, OT, ST will continue to treat patients. Everyone that enters the building will be screened. We will keep everyone updated.

Our clients’ health is of utmost importance – due to the recent outbreaks of illness, the Deepwoods clinic is not closing but taking more precautions. If your animal needs to be vaccinated (Rabies or Bordetella for travel or boarding), we will only be scheduling vaccine appointments on Monday and Wednesday from 9-12. Otherwise, at this time we are only seeing sick patients and performing surgeries during the rest of our business hours until further notice. We are available by appointment Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-5. Tuesdays we are in surgery and Thursday we have a veterinary technician in the clinic from 9-12 for medication refills and food pick up.  To minimize contact between clients we will be checking-in pets at your vehicle.  Please wait patiently until we have finished the appointment ahead of you and come to check your pet in.

In accordance with advice from Governor Gretchen Whitmer‘s office and the Michigan Library Association, the Ontonagon Township Library has made the very difficult decision to close our doors and suspend ALL library services and programs.  All due dates will be automatically extended, and late fines will not accrue during the closure. You are under no obligation to return items until we have re-opened. We will make an announcement as to continued closure or a re-open date prior to April 5th. This will also be in accordance with state advice.  We expect significant disruption to interlibrary loan services during this time, but we hope to have drive-up/walk-up service available for picking up holds 1 or 2 days a week, as staff will still be in the building working part-time on essential duties and special projects (including cleaning/sanitizing).  We are making this decision in the interest of community health, and regret any disruption or inconvenience to the lives of our patrons.

According to directives by Michigan Tech administration, all public concerts/performances/receptions in the Rozsa Center and McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center during March 16-April 17, 2020 are canceled.  Student productions/concerts will not be rescheduled. We are working with agents to reschedule Rozsa Presenting Series events for the next season.

SEMCO announced that it is suspending customer disconnections and waiving late fees for anyone unable to pay their monthly natural gas bill.  At SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company, taking care  of our customers, our employees and our communities is what we do. Every day, we safely and reliably provide natural gas service so that our customers can  heat  their homes and prepare their meals. While the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented challenge to Michigan and our nation, the dedicated SEMCO team  is committed to doing all we can  to continue serving our customers and minimizing any inconvenience.  SEMCO is also minimizing and where  possible eliminating work that would require a SEMCO employee to enter  a home  or business.  Our dedicated team  will continue to respond to emergency leak calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will also continue to perform essential service visits following precautionary protocols.   If you are concerned about  your gas service or struggling to pay your bill, please contact SEMCO at 1-800-624-2019 to speak with a customer service representative.

Carp Lake Township Office is closed.  If you have a question or need help,  you may call the office at 885-5884

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 Rockland Legion Bingo is officially cancelled until further notice. The schedule of workers will remain the same. The first 2 groups of workers just got a good deal. It will be announced on the Jan Tucker show over the next week.

The Ontonagon office of the Western U.P. Health Department new hours are:  Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 8:00am to 4:00 pm, Closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The U.P. Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for O negative, A negative, and B negative 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 visit our Facebook page or 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.

Due to the recent COVID-19 virus, and recently updated federal guidlines, visitation at Canal View is closed to ALL visitors until further notice.  The ONLY exception that will be made is in the event of a significant change in resident’s condition.  At that point, visitors will be met at the front door, screened; PPE (mask and more if necessary) will be applied.  Visitors will then be escorted to the resident’s room and escorted out of the facility. Residents who meet these criteria will only be permitted to have 2 visitors at a time and no one under the age of 12.  Activities staff will be working to assist residents with communicating utilizing alternative methods (Facebook, Skype, etc.)

Visitor Restrictions
The following visitor restrictions have been implemented at UPHS – Portage per Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-07 for the State of Michigan:  Effective immediately and continuing through April 5, 2020, at 5:00 pm, all health care facilities must prohibit any visitors entering their facility that:  Are not necessary for the provision of medical care, the support of activities of daily living, or the exercise of power of attorney or court-appointed guardianship for an individual under the facility’s care;  Are not a parent, foster parent, or guardian of an individual who is 21 years of age or under who is under the facility’s care;  Are not visiting an individual under the facility’s care that is in serious or critical condition or in hospice care;  And are not visiting under exigent circumstances or for the purpose of performing official government functions.

Screening Guidelines
Effective immediately and continuing through April 5, 2020, at 5:00 pm, all health care facilities must perform a health evaluation of all individuals that are not under the care of the facility each time the individual seeks to enter the facility and must deny entry to those individuals who do not meet the evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria include:  Symptoms of a respiratory infection such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat;  And contact in the last 14 days with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

Closures
The Rehabilitation Entrance to the hospital is closed until further notice
The Main Entrance to the hospital is open from 7:30 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday
The Emergency Department Entrance is open 24 hours a day, 7 days week
Hancock Apothecary will close at 6:00 pm on weekdays and 2:00 pm on weekends
Access to the Apothecary can be made through the Emergency Department entrance on weekends
The Guilded Rose Gift Shop is closed until further notice
The UPHS – Portage Café will only be open for patients and employees
The UPHS – Portage Fitness Center is closed until further notice
Any memberships or packages will be frozen from March 15, 2020, until the Fitness Center is reopened