Y-101 Community Calendar

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.

The Konteka’s Annual Winter Craft Show is Saturday, November 30th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Tables are availalbe on a first come first serve basis at the rate of $20 per 8 foot table.  Crafters can begin setting up at 7:30 am Saturday morning.  Tables can be reserved by sending your check to:  The Konteka, P. O. Box 675, White Pine, MI 49971.  Any questions, call 885-5170.

The Ontonagon County Marine Corps League has been providing toys for area youth for the past 21 years.  County residents have participated generously to assure that no child will go without gifts at Christmas.  Last year, over a thousand toys, books and stocking stuffers were given to 487 county children.  As in the past, all monies collected in Ontonagon County will be used to provide a Merry Christmas for the children of Ontonagon County.  Donations should be made to Marine Corps League #1016 or MCL #1016.  On the memo line put Toys for Area Youth, and mailed to Robert Botkins, 15086 Highway M-38, Ontonagon MI 49953

Hometown Christmas is working on finalizing plans for this years festivities. If your business or organization would like to add to the weekends events please call Annette Trail at 884-4837 or message on facebook by no later then November 20th to get in the advertising.

2019 Share The Joy, Please Donate to the St. Nicholas Project.  Here’s How:  Buy a gift for a child in need by selecting a name tag from a tree at one of the following locations (Recommended price approximately $30.)  Citizens State Bank in Ontonagon, Gogebic Range Bank in Ewen & Bergland, Settlers Federal Credit Union in Bruce Crossing, Miner’s State Bank, St. Vincent DePaul and Lake Superior Credit Union all in Ontonagon.  Return unwrapped gifts to one of the sites by December 4th.  You can also buy or make any size hats, socks, mittens or scarves and bring them to any of the tree locations, Senior Citizens Centers in Ontonagon County or Community Action offices in Ontonagon or Ewen.  Monetary gifts may be sent to:  St. Nicholas Project, P.O. Box 72, Ontonagon, MI 49953.

The UP Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a critical need for B-pos, O-neg, A-pos, and A-neg blood types. The UP Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba, Sault Ste. Marie and Iron Mountain and are the primary supplier of blood to 13 UP hospitals.  Please see our website at www.mgh.org/blood 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 Y-101/TV6 Ontonagon County Canathon is going on now through December 4th .  Drop off locations include: Rockland Depot General Store – Rockland, Merritt’s Travel Center  – Mass City, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Mass City, Settlers Federal Credit Union & Settler’s Co-Op – Bruce Crossing, Gogebic Range Bank– Ewen, Konteka – White Pine, St. Vincent De Paul – Ontonagon, Citizen’s State Bank – Ontonagon, Miner’s State  Bank – Ontonagon, Y-101 Studios – Ontonagon, Carp Lake Township Library – White Pine, Ontonagon Township Library – Ontonagon.  The Ontonagon Area School and the Ewen-Trout Creek School will also be collecting and participating in this year’s canathon.  The Ewen-Trout Creek school will have a TV6 Canathon challenge between classes, elementary-high school.  The class who brings the most pounds, will be treated to an ice cream treat.  The E-TC Teen Asset Group will pick up the items from Settlers Co-op and the Gogebic Range Bank on December 11th and the school on December 12th, sorting them and bringing them to the food pantry on the South end of Ontonagon County. The food pantry is at the First Lutheran Church in Ewen.  The pantry is open the first Tuesday of every month from 2-4 p.m.  Non-perishable food items collected in White Pine will go to the food pantry at the White Pine United Methodist Church and items collected in Mass City, Rockland and Ontonagon will go to St. Vincent De Paul’s Food pantry. The St. Vincent de Paul Ontonagon County Emergency Food Pantry, appreciates the donations collected from the canathon.  This year the pantry is requesting these donations:  jelly, canned meat such as spam, chicken and ham, tuna pancake mix and syrup, mac and cheese and other boxed meals, soups, juices, canned fruit, condiments and spices.  All other donations are also welcome.  Please remember the food pantries can NOT take expired food.  Drop off a bag of non-parishable food items to the Y-101 studio (622 River Street, Ontonagon) during regular business hours, thru December 4th and  register for one of the 12 gifts of Christmas that we’ll give away on December 10th on the Jan Tucker Show.  All prizes, as always, valued under one million dollars…..

On November 28th, Thanksgiving Day, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly will be hosting holiday dinners with all the trimmings and entertainment.  The dinners in Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, Mohawk, South Range, Tapiola, Ontonagon, Baraga and Marquette, begin at 2:00 pm.  Little Brothers is inviting elderly friends who have no family nearby and will be alone for the holiday.  If you would like to attend, call the office at 482-6944.  They will also be preparing and home delivering hot meals to seniors who will be alone and cannot attend the parties.  Volunteers are needed to help with transportation, cooking, set-up, serving and clean-up.  They especially need help with delivering hot meals with a friendly visit to the homebound.  To volunteer go to register.littlebrothers.org or call Little Brothers at 482-6944.

Ontonagon County Chamber of Commerce, Christmas Walk – Arts & Crafts Show will be held on Saturday, December 7th, during Hometown Christmas in Ontonagon at the Ontonagon Area School, from 10 am to 3 pm (doors open at 8:00 am for setup.  Booth are is $20 per space, supply your own table(s).  For further information, call the Ontonagon County Chamber office at 884-4735 or email:  [email protected] Attention Home Town Christmas.


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. Sportfisherman’s Association and the Kandy Richardson Memorial Scholarship at Gogebic Community College.

“Why Be Counted?” – a presentation by Richelle Winkler, Assoc. Prof. In MTU’s Social Sciences Dept. on Tuesday, November 19th, at the Portage Lake District Library at 6:00 p.m. Ms. Winkler currently serves on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee, so she will be able answer any and all questions about the upcoming census.  The program is sponsored by the Copper Country League of Women Voters.  For more information, call 482-4696.

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,   November 20, 2019                         — 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,  November 21, 2019                        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.

Ewen-Trout Creek Schools Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, November 21st from 10 am to 3 pm at the school gym.  For an appointment sign up at the school office, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Peddle Steel Guitar player, Mark Wayne from Tomahawk will be at the Ontonagon Eagles Club on Saturday, November 23rd from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Aspirus At Home is offering a monthly Grief Support Lunch to provide support and hope for adults experiencing grief following the loss of a loved one. The Grief Support Lunch will be held Tuesday, November 26 at 1 p.m. in the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital conference room. Participation in the program is free.  Registration is not required and attendees are encouraged to bring a family member, friend or neighbor. Lunch will be available for purchase at the cafeteria. For more information please call Sarah Baratono at 906-337-5700.

Ontonagon Eagles Club Free Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 28th.  On the menu:  Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Dressing, Rutabaga, Green Beans, Cranberries, Dinner Roll and Pumpkin Pie.  Serving Noon until 5:00 or until they run out.  Take Outs available

The Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock is hosting its 43rd annual Poor Artists Sale at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet on Saturday, December 7 from 11am-4pm. The Poor Artists Sale is an annual juried holiday art fair hosted by the Copper Country Community Arts Council as a benefit for the Community Arts Center in Hancock. This year’s sale offers the work of more than 50 artists. Shoppers will find handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings, blown glass, baskets, wood art, stained glass, rugs, fiber arts, photography, holiday wreaths, ornaments, and many other special items made by local and regional artists. Shop and visit with friends in a relaxing, social atmosphere, renew your Arts Council membership (or join for the first time) and enjoy homemade treats at the hospitality table.  This year’s artists and community groups include: Christy Beulah Budnick, Janice Brogan, Shailah Bunce, Coleen Carlyle, Connie Cogger, Brooke Cummings, Ryan Dalman, Kristine Danielson, Bruce Destrampe, Dawn Dodge, Jacqueline Ellenich, Charlie Eshbach, Mavis Farr, Amy Forsell, Mandy Frantti, Kelly Gilligan, Linda & Michael Greene, Kathleen Harter, Lindsey Heiden, Pamela Hecht, Sarah Jalkanen, Patsy Keyes, P. Kotila, June Klein, Erin Leahy Putvin, Jason Limberg, Kevin Maki, Paul Malnar, Jean McParlan, Terri Merrick, Heather Mroz, Kristin Neva, Jim O’Brien, Clare Rosen, Chris Schmidt, Nancy Stoneman, Grace Strong, Karen Trembreull, William Thompson, Sherri Thompson, Cindy & Dale Wedig, Christine Young and artists from the CCCAC Letter Press Studio. Community Groups: Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association and CHS Art Students.  For more information visit the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock, online

TEAL (To Empower and Liberate) for survivors of sexual assault,  is a Safe and non-judgmental crafting support group for anyone who has experienced sexual violence past or present. Snacks and craft supplies are provided. Heal with other survivors.  Meetings are at 6:00 pm at Portage Plaza, 47431 State Highway M26, Unit 5B, Houghton.  On  December 11th. For more information please call Dial Help at 906 482 4357 or text at 906 356 3337 or email Paige at [email protected]

Santa will be at the D & E critter Ranch located five miles east of Ontonagon on State Highway 38, Saturday, December 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Santa will be in one  of his open-horse, red sleighs on the farm, for everyone to come take their pictures. A whole line up of his friends will be there including: mini-horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits, calves, Walter the pig and more. This event is 100 percent free! There will be beverages, gifts, snacks, a bon-fire, and the ability to take as many pictures as one  wants for the upcoming holiday season with an atmosphere of good cheer. The event is sponsored by D&E Critter Ranch, Linder Insurance Agency, the Konteka in White Pine, Citizens State Bank, 906 Services and Onto’s Merchantile in Ontonagon.

Light Up Baraga County on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM.  Make Baraga County light up with Holiday Glow.  Parade is at 5 pm in L’Anse on Main Street.  Santa at the will be at the L’Anse American Legion after the parade with food, coloring contest, face-painting, ornament making and cookie decorating, open to all.

Sponsored by L’Anse DDA, L’Anse Fire Department, Baraga Fire Department, Baraga County Chamber of Commerce, L’Anse American Legion, Baraga County Convention and Visitor Bureau, L’Anse Village Crew and Baraga Village Crew.

Free pre-natal classes to be held at Ontonagon Aspirus Hospital, in their business meeting room,          on Dec 19th, Feb 20th, 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

Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities Workshop Descriptor will be held  January 2020, 6th GOISD Bergland & 7th GCC Ironwood from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m.  Bridges Out of Poverty workshop provides both the social service provider and the community member key lessons in dealing with individuals from poverty. Topics include increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures and how those differences affect opportunities for success. This workshop is based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Profe s- sionals and Communities, a collaboration between Ruby K. Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith. Phil’s experience includes developing school based, substance abuse prevention, intervention and student assistance programs, and Terie is an experienced educator and prevention coordinator. This workshop is designed for audiences of employers, community organizations, law enforcement, counselors, health care and social service providers.  Gogebic County—Bridges Out of Poverty, will be held 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Central time, at Gogebic Community College Lindquist center conference room 2nd floor.  Ontonagon County—Bridges Out of Poverty, will be held 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, at Gogebic Ontonagon Intermediate School District Office Bergland.  Both events registration & Check in will  start at 7:45 a.m.  Upon check in workbook Supplement will be provided to those pre-registered.  RSVP to this event—light morning snack, Lunch provided. For more information, contact Paula Maloney (906)281-5068 [email protected]

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced registration is now under way for this winter’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, which is set for Feb. 21-23, 2020, in Marquette County.

This winter will mark the 19th annual winter BOW gathering for women, 18 and older, who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

“Registration for this popular program always fills up fast, so don’t delay,” said Michelle Zellar, BOW program coordinator in Newberry. “We’ve had as many as 100 women attend the weekend’s activities in past years.”

The BOW program is sponsored by the DNR and offers instruction in two dozen different types of indoor and outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter camping and shelter building, ice fishing, fly tying, winter biking, wilderness first aid, wood burning, snowshoeing along with several new features, such as resource roadkill and apps in the outdoors.

Instructors provide basic and advanced teaching tailored to each participant’s individual ability. The program also includes special evening programs during the weekend.

BOW participants stay and take their classes at the Bay Cliff Health Camp, a universally accessible facility overlooking Lake Superior, which is situated about 30 miles north of Marquette near Big Bay.

Participants will be housed in a dorm-style facility with amenities including a sauna and hiking trails, with access to northern hardwood forests and Lake Superior.

The $225 registration fee includes all food and lodging, as well as most equipment and supplies, except as noted in the registration materials. Scholarships are also available on a limited basis.

Class information, registration materials and scholarship applications are available online to print at Michigan.gov/BOW. Payment and registration materials should be sent to the address on the registration paperwork in Newberry.

For more information on the winter BOW program, contact Michelle Zellar at the DNR office in Newberry at 906-293-5131, ext. 4004, or by email at [email protected]


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]