Press Release

Jan. 19, 2018

Keweenaw Land Trust Hosting Benefit for Land and Water Stewardship

Keweenaw Land Trust release

L’ANSE – The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) will host the popular band White Water on Saturday, January 20 for a benefit performance and dance starting at 6 pm at the American Legion Post 144 in L’Anse.

The theme of this family-friendly event is “This Land is Our Land” to support land stewardship projects in Baraga County that will improve public access. The KLT is a non-profit organization working with community partners in the western Upper Peninsula to protect land and water resources through conservation, stewardship and education programs. The KLT recently acquired more than 1,300 acres of land and nearly one mile of Lake Superior shoreline as part of the Abbaye Peninsula-Huron Bay Conservation Initiative, ensuring that the expansive forests and secluded shorelines are protected from development and available for public enjoyment. Huron and Keweenaw Bays are essential spawning areas for the Lake Superior fishery and the Abbaye Peninsula provides important wildlife habitat. The land acquisitions were funded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and many donations from foundations, organizations and private individuals.

Now the KLT is working to improve public access while protecting wildlife habitat and sustaining the area’s unique ecosystems. The priority for 2018 is to remove 8 miles of high fence enclosing a former game farm in order to open that land up for wildlife movement and better public access. Donations to support this work in Baraga County will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000 by a challenge grant from The Carls Foundation.

White Water’s unique blend of folk and traditional music has been a favorite of local audiences for more than 25 years. Amasa-based musicians Dean and Bette Premo, joined by Carrie and Susan Dlutkowski, have earned many standing ovations at the Aura Jamboree main stage and other venues. The performance of “This Land is Our Land” will begin at 6:00 pm with a seated concert and storytelling, and the second half will encourage lively dancing. Tickets can be purchased at the door: the cost is $15 for adults ($25 for couples) and $8 for children under 12 years of age.

For more information about the how the Keweenaw Land Trust works to protect land, water and quality of life in the western Upper Peninsula, visit www.keweenawlandtrust.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/KeweenawLandTrust.

Statement from State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) on SB 574 giving taxpayer dollars to charter schools:

Rep. Scott Dianda release

LANSING -The House passed Senate Bill 574 today, which will allow charter schools to siphon off regional school millage dollars approved by voters. In response, state Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement:

“I could not vote for Senate Bill 547 because it takes money away from local public school students and their education and gives it to for-profit charter schools and the education management organizations that run them. When local residents support tax millages, they expect that money to support their students. Instead, this bill would also use that money to support these for profit charter schools and EMOs that do not operate with the same transparency that public schools do. The Legislature should not be interfering with local millage elections and saying where the money should go, and that is why I voted no on SB 574.”

No Regrets at Grace United Methodist in Houghton

Grace United Methodist release

Grace United Methodist Church in Houghton is once again a host church for the live simulcast of the No Regrets Men’s Conference. The 25th No Regrets conference is simulcast from Elmbrook Church in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield, Wisconsin. The local webcast takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, at Grace United Methodist Church, 201 Isle Royale St. in Houghton.

The No Regrets Conference is the country’s premier Christian men’s conference and is part of a worldwide men’s ministry designed to empower men to become godly leaders at home, in the workplace, and in the community. This year has an outstanding faculty of speakers that includes: former San Diego Charger Miles McPherson, now pastor of The Rock Church in San Diego; Kenny Luck, founder of Every Man Ministries; Ray Johnston, author, speaker and founder of Thrive Communications; and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Chris Brown.

Additional speakers include former Elmbrook Pastor Stuart Briscoe and Steve Sonderman, the founder of the No Regrets Men’s Ministry.

This year’s theme is “No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets” in honor of the 25th anniversary. It is based on 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

In addition to the webcast from Brookfield, there will be live music featuring a group of Upper Peninsula musicians. 

The cost is $15 in advance (until Wednesday, Jan. 31) and $20 at the door, and includes lunch. More information on the local webcast and registration is available online at houghtongraceumc.org. More information on No Regrets Men’s Ministry is available at noregretsconference.org.  

Epic Nerf Battle at Portage Lake District Library

Portage Lake District Library

The Portage Lake District Library invites teens to bring their own Nerf Blaster for another epic battle in the library after hours on Friday, January 26, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Nerf versions of Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, and other games will be played, and pizza and refreshments will be served. The library will provide Nerf darts for everyone.

Registration is required and all participants must have a parent or legal guardian sign and return a waiver prior to the event. The sign-up sheet and waiver forms are available at the main circulation desk in the library, and the waiver can be downloaded from the website. This event is for teens only and will be limited to 18 participants. Deadline for registration is 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24. Early registration is encouraged.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. For more information please call the library at 482-4570.

Portage Lake District Library Hosts Visions of Peace Kids Clay Art Project Celebrating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Portage Lake District Library

Students in grades K-12 are invited to the Portage Lake District Library to collaborate with Clay Artist Elaine Eikenberry on Saturday, January 27, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Students will create clay art pieces that reflect the theme of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The clay art process includes using underglazes and carving in clay to create images of children. Participants may get a little messy working with clay, so they are encouraged to dress accordingly.

The completed projects will be sent to The Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery in Detroit to be shown during their Visions of Peace Exhibition February 24 – April 1, 2018. The exhibition’s mission is to transform the world by encouraging peace and human rights through education. It strives to raise awareness of the United Nations Rights of the Child and support the national campaign to ratify a new vision of peace and justice.

Students who participate in the January 27 clay art project will meet at the library to complete their projects on Tuesday, February 6, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Library programs and events are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Jan. 18, 2018

Art Heart Celebrity Charity Event Raises $2,700 for Omega House

Omega House release 

The first annual Art Heart Celebrity Charity Event, a geektastic mini convention to celebrate art in comics, games, and more, was held on December 27. The event was co-created by Shana Porteen (owner of Black Ice Comics), Patricia Summersett (professional voice actress and L’Anse native), Pamela Kotila (local comic artist and illustrator), and Travis Wakeham (comic book/video game enthusiast and all around great guy).

Nearly 200 attendees of all ages had a chance to meet Patricia Summersett, voice of Princess Zelda in the video game Zelda: Breath of the Wild; participate in a panel discussion; compete in a Super Smash Bros. tournament sponsored by Orbit Multimedia of Houghton; view art from local artists; and more! There was also a silent auction with items donated from Good Times Music, K.C. Bonker’s, Swift Hardware, Regis Hair Salon, Out of the Norm Tattoos, UbiSoft games, and by numerous voice actors in anime and the video game industry.

All proceeds from the event supported Omega House. In total, $2,700 was raised to help provide a home-like environment where people at the end of life may live fully, receiving compassionate and competent care from professional, volunteer, and family caregivers.

Black Ice Comics owner, Shana Porteen, had this to say on the event: “Art Heart is a great event for the whole community. It was great to bring people together to share their passion for comics and gaming in support of the Omega House”. Mr. Lutz stated, “This is another example of our community and businesses coming together and supporting our important mission of caring for residents facing a terminal diagnosis. Successful fundraising events take time and organization. The success of Art Heart is clear evidence of their phenomenal effort and hard work.”

Jan. 17, 2018

Rep. LaFave seeks better mental health services for U.P. residents

State Rep. Beau LaFave release

State Rep. Beau LaFave today joined his fellow legislators in supporting the findings of the House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force Report to improve specialized mental health, veteran and substance abuse services across Michigan.

“Upper Peninsula residents know firsthand the limitations of mental health programs, so I’m pleased to see this report focus on the need for more resources and cooperation,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “Demand for veterans programs, substance abuse treatment and growing issues tied to mental health is not exclusive to the lower half of our state. While I appreciate the efforts of our professionals dedicated to helping our citizens, I’ve also heard loud and clear the need for help whether it’s better policy, more programs or increased funding in the south-central U.P.”

The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force was initiated by House Speaker Tom Leonard with a focus on five key elements: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety (C.A.R.E.S.) to explore which programs were successful and where vulnerable residents are lacking in care and resources. The panel held over a dozen public meetings and site visits across Michigan in July to October 2017.

Today’s release of the report is the next step in the process to improving services with legislation to be submitted based on the task force’s findings.

“I will be focusing on what the U.P. needs, as I always do, when reviewing the findings and legislation driven by this Task Force,” LaFave said. “We need to more specialized training for our police officers, expanded court programs, more services dedicated to helping children touched by mental illness, improved treatment for opioid addiction and more resources to helping our veterans.”

The full report is available to review at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.

Omega House Hospice offers free grief counseling

Omega House release

HOUGHTON — If you or someone you love needs support with grieving a death of a loved one or grieving loss due to life transition, Omega House Hospice offers free counseling with a trained clinical intern. Contact Sarah Cheney at 281-5558 to schedule an appointment.

Fundraiser Concert for Keweenaw Land Trust

Keweenaw Land Trust release

The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) is hosting a live music event featuring the band White Water on January 20th, 2018 at the American Legion in L’Anse, MI. The event theme is “This Land is Our Land” and will include music and storytelling in celebration of our local landscape.

Blessing of the Portage

Sts. Sergius and Herman of Valaam release

HOUGHTON — The Orthodox community of Sts. Sergius and Herman of Valaam will go down to the Portage to perform the ancient service, the Great Blessing of the Waters. It will be performed near the Houghton Beach at approximately 12:30 pm on Sunday, January 21st. All are welcome, and reminded to dress warmly!

The celebration of the Great Feast comes 12 days after Christmas and is known in the Orthodox Church as Holy Theophany (also called Epiphany) because it was there at Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River that the Holy Trinity was revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Hymn of the Feast expresses this beautifully: “When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.”

Theophany is one of 12 great feasts of the Orthodox Christian church year. It is traditional in the Orthodox Church for the priest to take the water blessed at this service and visit the homes of the faithful for their annual house blessing.

To learn more about the services you can call 487-7013 or visit our website at ss-sergius-herman-valaam.org.

Michigan Humanities Announces “Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan” grant funding opportunity

Michigan Humanities release

LANSING – The Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the Third Coast Conversations: Dialogues about Water in Michigan program, an initiative made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Third Coast Conversation grants will support a series of statewide public conversations taking place in 20 communities over two years that focus on the cultural, social, historical, and environmental factors that connect Michigan’s people to their water.  The project will be led by the Michigan Humanities in collaboration with their strong network of partner organizations across the state.  Grant awards may range up to $5,000 and no cost share is required.

The state of Michigan is often referred to as the nation’s “third coast” because it boasts the most miles of shoreline in the contiguous United States, bordering four of the five Great Lakes.  This abundance of water has allowed Michigan to be a lucrative place to do business and develop industry, including a booming tourism economy.  At the same time, access to safe, clean water has also been a scarcity. The goal of the project is to help more people across the state learn about issues related to water that affect their communities in the 21st century. 

“The Third Coast Conversations program is an excellent example of humanities work,” said Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of Michigan Humanities.  “The MHC mission seeks to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities. Third Coast Conversations features a topic so critical to our state.”

Organizations are encouraged to contact program officer, Jennifer Rupp by email (jrupp@mihumanities.org) or phone (517-372-7770) with questions concerning grant applications.  Organizations may submit proposals through the Michigan Humanities’ online grant portal. 

The final grant application deadline is March 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. To learn more please visit:  michiganhumanities.org/third-coast-conversations.

Contact Carol Taggart, Communications Officer, to arrange interviews with Shelly Kasprzycki, Executive Director of Michigan Humanities to discuss this exciting new grant program: ctaggart@mihumanities.org.

2017-2018 Access to Care & Community Health Grants Program request for proposal

Portage Health Foundation release

1. OVERVIEW: The Portage Health Foundation’s mission is to support the charitable health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration. The Portage Health Foundation’s five pillars of emphasis guides meaningful investment in projects, programs, and services that meet the needs of the community and align with our mission of improving the health of residents in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

The intention of these grants is to support projects that will have an impact on community health and wellness while addressing the systemic health needs and risk factors of the broader community. Further, it is hoped and desired that proposals seeking funding will have identified key components to support sustainability and/or systems change to ensure ongoing delivery of services to meet community need.

This call for proposals is specifically addressing two of the five pillars of emphasis of the Portage Health Foundation – Access to Care and Community Health.

Access to Care grants provides financial resources needed to develop new and/or expanded health services which meet a community’s needs. Community Health grants provide support for activities or opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles which improve the overall health of a community.

All Access to Care and Community Health grants must align with the Portage Health Foundation’s mission and in this call for proposal shall address Mental and Behavioral Health including SUD (MBH) specifically addressing the needs of our adolescent population.

• Early intervention and prevention programs including SUD;

• Emergency and mobile crisis response;

• MBH service access, coordination, and navigation;

• Suicide prevention and awareness;

• Youth leadership development;

• Parent education and engagement;

• Addiction services; and

• Programming addressing other forms of mental illness, stress reduction, anxiety, and depression that may include physical and mindfulness activities.

2. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL SOLICITATION TIMELINE: December 22, 2017, RFP Publically Announced, January 19, 2018 3:30p ET.

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) due* February 23, 2018 3:30pm ET,

Applications due March 12, 2018.

Grant Awards to be announced.

* although not required, LOI’s are strongly encouraged!

All application information and LOI’s forms can be found at www.phfgive.org/grants

3. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for a grant under this program, the applicant must:

• Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c(3) non-profit organization; or a local unit of government.

• Be domiciled in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and/or Ontonagon counties of Michigan;

• Have a current certified financial audit and;

• Have at least 1 FTE.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT, A PROPOSAL MUST:

• mobilize strategies that will enhance, expand or create new programs and/or services.

• Identify a clear path to long-term sustainability. Applicants must demonstrate how the grant activities will be sustained outside the grant period.

APPLICATIONS EVALUATION CRITERIA: The Portage Health Foundation will evaluate each application on the following criteria:

• Does the proposal have goals/objectives that advance PHF’s mission?

• Does the proposal identify an unmet community need/health risk?

• Does the proposal have measureable goals and objectives?

• Does the proposal have a budget that identifies and covers all necessary expenditures?

• Does the proposal identify a plan for sustainability?

• Is there potential to achieve significant long-term impact by implementing effective models or supporting needed innovation;

• Does the proposal demonstrate collaboration, including leveraging of other resources; and

• Does the proposal have the potential to be replicated in other settings, including opportunities for learning, knowledge dissemination, and to inform public-policy.

The Portage Health Foundation Grants Committee and the Board of Directors has sole responsibility for all grant decisions.

APPLICATIONS EXCLUDED FROM FUNDING CONSIDERATION:

• Health-related emergencies

• Clinical research;

• Loans;

• Litigation;

• Lobbying activities;

• Organizations that discriminate based on age, race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender;

• Proposals where granted funds will be used to maintain existing program(s) or solely fill a budget-gap for current services; and;

• Individuals or families and for-profit entities

4. GRANT AMOUNT: The Portage Health Foundation expects to award up to $300,000.00 towards successful proposals under this round of funding. There is no minimum grant amount and the maximum amount awarded under this RFP will be $300,000.00.

5. APPLICATION PROCESS: Although not required, Portage Health Foundation strongly encourages all interested applicants to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) prior to submitting a grant application. An LOI helps promote a clear understanding, collaboration, and project outcomes between PHF and grant applicants. Please approach the LOI as an abbreviated grant proposal that PHF can review to determine if a project matches our funding interests and is suitable for formal grant consideration. If an applicant has questions, they are encouraged to contact the PHF offices prior to formal submission of the application or refer the PHF’s FAQ section on PHF’s web page.

To help applicants better understand the process and have the opportunity to ask any questions prior to submission, PHF will be hosting an informational session relative to this call for proposal and the application process on Thursday January 4th at the Portage Health Foundation Offices @ 12p ET. The session should last :45-60 min.

All interested parties intending to apply for funding support are encouraged to attend. Please visit PHF’s website (www.phfgive.org) to download an LOI and/or application.

Applications can be mailed to: Portage Health Foundation, 400 Quincy St. – PO Box 299, Hancock, MI 49930

Or submitted via email to: info@phfgive.org

6. GRANTEE OBLIGATIONS

If awarded, applicants must agree to:

• Identify the Portage Health Foundation (and partners if required) as the source of funding in any program communications;

• Set specific outcomes for the proposed program, monitor progress toward achieving expected outcomes, and report progress on a regular basis to the Portage Health Foundation;

• Participate in any data collection and evaluation activities conducted by the Portage Health Foundation and/or its partners; and

• Participate in grantee gatherings and other activities that support dissemination of knowledge.

7. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: This 2017-2018 call for proposal has been made possible through the support and partnership of the Portage Health Foundation and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. You can learn more about each of these funder-partners at their respective web sites: phfgive.org or bcbsm.com/foundation.

You make the difference. Together we make it possible.

Jan. 16, 2018

Portage Lake District Library Hosts a Wellness Presentation on the Feldenkrais Method

Portage Lake District Library release

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library invites you to give yourself a mid-winter gift and learn about an approach to improving your life using a series of gentle, mindful movements.

Debra Goldman will discuss the Feldenkrais Method on Tuesday, January 23, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Feldenkrais Method uses guided movement and attention to enable individuals to maximize their unique potential. Movements are done slowly and repeatedly before the next movement is introduced, and the atmosphere is meditative and non-judgmental.

The most immediate benefits experienced in a Feldenkrais lesson are increased balance, flexibility, coordination, tranquility and focus. With regular lessons, these benefits extend into improved athletic, academic and musical performance, enhanced creative expression, and healthier relationships. The Feldenkrais Method is a compliment to basic self-care, healthy pregnancy, and graceful aging.

There will be a mini-lesson following the presentation and a question and answer session afterwards.

Goldman has been a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner since 1997. She teaches weekly Feldenkrais classes at the Superior School of Dance in Hancock, and Bring-a-Friend coupons will be offered to those who attend this presentation.

All library programs are free, and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Copper Country Autism Awareness swim event

Copper Country Autism Awareness release

Copper Country Autism Awareness will host a swim event Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Houghton. The event is open to children and young adults on the autism spectrum disorder and their families. Registration not necessary

For more information please call Sue at 482-1189 or online at ccautismawareness.org. The event is sponsored by the Copper Country Elks Lodge #404.

Vision clinic introduces new owners

College Avenue Vision Clinic release

HOUGHTON — College Avenue Vision Clinic is pleased to introduce our new owners,  Dr. Ross DuMonthier and Dr. Megan Charney.  Drs. DuMonthier and Charney have been with us for over one year already and were able to work alongside Drs. Harkins and Kurtz.  Their goals with the College Avenue Vision Clinic are to continue providing excellent care for established patients and to welcome new patients as they hope to expand the practice.  They are offering the same services that Dr. Harkins and Dr. Kurtz offered such as vision examinations, contact lens examinations, and medical eye examinations for monitoring medical conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.

Ross DuMonthier was raised in Lake Linden, MI and graduated from Lake Linden High School.  From, there he attended Ferris State University where he graduated with honors.  After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, he attended the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.

Megan Charney was raised in Allen Park, MI and graduated from Allen Park High School.  She attended the University of Michigan in Dearborn, majoring in Biological Sciences.  She then attended the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University where she graduated with honors.

Drs. DuMonthier and Charney are extremely pleased to be living in the Keweenaw and enjoy spending their free time outdoors snowshoeing with their Siberian Husky, & fishing in the rivers.

Jan. 15, 2018

Keweenaw Land Trust Backcountry Ski Outing

Keweenaw Land Trust release

CHASSELL — The Keweenaw Land Trust will have a backcountry ski outing at the Pilgrim River Watershed Project. Sunday January 21, 1:00 PM. Meet at the Boundary Road trailhead.

Registration open for Isle Royale and Keweenaw plant I.D. workshops

Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association release

ISLE ROYALE — Registration is now open for two summer Plant Identification workshops sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association. The first workshop will take place on Isle Royale in the Rock Harbor area (June 4-9) and the second workshop will be located on the Keweenaw Peninsula in the Copper Harbor area (July 24-26). For information about these workshops, please go to irkpa.org/get-involved/workshops or contact Kristine Bradof at kbradof@irkpa.org or 906-482-3627.

Scott Slattery Promoted to Trust & Wealth Management Officer at Range Bank

Range Bank release

MARQUETTE — Range Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Slattery to the position of Trust & Wealth Management Officer.

“This promotion recognizes Scott’s experience, professionalism, and dedication to the needs of his valued clients,” commented Jack Frost, Senior Vice President, of Trust & Wealth Management at Range Bank.

Slattery is a graduate of Northern Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He retired from the United States Marine Corps after 20 years of service in 2011 and has been an employee of Range Bank since 2014.

“Having already gone through the process of planning my own retirement from the United States Marine Corps and career change, I have first-hand experience with the financial considerations and time management goals needed to achieve a fulfilling retirement,” Scott stated.

Within the community, Slattery is an American Legion Post 44 member and a volunteer at D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. He and his wife and family reside in Marquette, MI.

Slattery can be reached by email at sslattery@rangebank.com, by phone at (906) 226-4046 or at the Range Bank office located at 100 North Front Street in downtown Marquette.

More about Range Bank

Range Financial Corporation is the holding company that owns Range Bank which has over $715 million in assets under the management and serves its customers through thirteen offices in Marquette, Dickinson, Houghton and Brown Counties. Range Bank is a full-service community bank and leader in providing financial solutions to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Helping individuals and families throughout the area, the Bank has grown into one of the region’s most stable and well known financial institutions. To learn more about Range Bank, visit RangeBank.com or call 226-1025.

Free spay/neuter clinic for cats

Keweenaw Spay and Neuter Assistance Group release

K-SNAG is holding a free spay/neuter clinic for cats only, beginning now and lasting until the funds are gone. Remember, your litter costs other shelter pets their lives! If you are interested in having your cat spayed or neutered at NO cost to you, please call K-SNAG at 296-9144 anytime.

Portage Lake District Library Celebrates North woods Kids Writers and Artists

Portage Lake District Library release

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library will host the Copper Country Reading Council in collaboration with the Michigan Technological University English Education program for a North Woods Kids Awards Reception on Friday, January 19, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

This event celebrates young Western UP writers and artists who expressed what they appreciate about Lake Superior using creative writing and visual art. Ann Arbor’s children’s author and musician, Kitty Donohoe, visited classrooms in October to work directly with students on this project, and by December 1, the kids had submitted their work to be judged and exhibited. A panel of judges made up of teachers and professors selected winning submissions, and all submissions are currently on exhibit through mid February at the Portage Lake District Library.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the exhibit, and refreshments will be served.

All library programs and events are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Jan. 12, 2018

Portage Lake District Library Hosts NoveList Training Sessions for the Public

Portage Lake District Library release

The Portage Lake District Library will host two training sessions that will show participants how to use NoveList, a reader recommendation database that is available to patrons, on Wednesday, January 17, at 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

With NoveList, users can browse read-alikes of their favorite authors or books, find book discussion guides, access lesson plans for popular novels, and more.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops so they can follow along with the tutorial, but bringing a laptop is not a requirement for attendance.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Portage Lake District Library Hosts Essential Oils Event

Portage Lake District Library release

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library will host an essential oils class that will explore the science, safety, and sourcing of essential oils on Wednesday, January 17, at 5:30 p.m. This event will be presented by Dr. Kemmy Taylor, Emily Betterly, and Tanya Sajdak of Superior Essentials.

Topics that will be discussed include what essential oils are and why they are the pivotal key to living a natural lifestyle, how sourcing affects plants that are used to make oils, tips on how to incorporate essential oils into daily routines, and steps to take to reduce toxic load.

Participants will receive a free Superior Essentials product and a complimentary ITOVI health scan that gives immediate results. There will also be door prizes, raffles, and more.

Founded by Dr. Kemmy Taylor of Superior Family Chiropractic in Chassell, Superior Essentials delivers quality, up-to-date information regarding the safe use of 100% pure, therapeutic grade Essential Oils. The Superior Essentials team is committed to understanding and using cutting edge research as it continues to emerge from the scientific community. They deliver this information to the public through classes, presentations, one-on-one sessions, and casual, drop-in sampling sessions.

Library presentations are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, please call the library at 482-4570.

Keweenaw Lions Club Meeting Notes

Keweenaw Lions Club release

At their January meeting, the Keweenaw Lions Club was introduced to Dogo, the youngest member of the Keweenaw County Sherriff’s Department, by his partner, Sargent Brad Pelli. Dogo is a two year old Dutch Shepherd who helps the department with tracking, narcotics, officer safety and article searching. Throughout the presentation, the Club was impressed with Sargent Pelli’s enthusiasm for his unique position and the special bond that was demonstrated between these two partners. Dogo comes from Slovakia and his working commands are given in Czech (with a yooper accent). It was a special treat for the Club to witness a drug searching exercise where Dogo located a bag of narcotics that was hidden in the room. Sargent Pelli is eagerly awaiting additional donations for the department to equip them with a specialized K-9 vehicle which will be outfitted with features that ensure the comfort and safety of both the dog and the officer.

The Keweenaw Lions Club will hold it’s next monthly meeting 7 p.m. Feb 5 at Slim’s Cafe. Meeting will be preceded by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and followed by guest speaker. February’s speaker will be Don Kilpela of Copper Harbor.

New members are welcomed. Call Cherri Allen at 289-4479 for more information.

SHF presents ‘Pink” dollars to NICE Schools

Superior Health Foundation release

The Superior Health Foundation proudly presented a check for $1,827.40 to the NICE Community Schools for being a partner for “Painting the Peninsula Pink” in 2017. SHF and Westwood High School collaborated during October to raise money for the SHF Breast Health Fund, which provides charitable funding for men and women across the Upper Peninsula to help with out-of-pocket breast health expenses not covered by insurance. SHF donated a percentage of the merchandise and day sponsor revenue back to WHS, which will use the funding to purchase concussion helmets for its varsity football program. Pictured, from left, are Westwood High School Principal David Boase, NICE Community Schools Superintendent Bryan DeAugustine, SHF Executive Director Jim LaJoie and Aspen Ridge Middle School Principal/Athletic Director Jon Beckman. Painting the Peninsula Pink raised $16,645.28 in net proceeds in 2017. If interested in being a Pink Partner in 2018, submit – in 200 words or less – an email to shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org. A partner will be selected in late spring or early summer.

Dianda: Let Citizens Elect Director for State Insurance Department

Rep. Scott Dianda release

LANSING – State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced House Joint Resolution BB today to allow Michigan registered voters to elect the director of the state Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS). That position is currently filled by appointment by the governor.

“The director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services duties include regulating the insurance companies that we all have to deal with when it comes to health insurance, and auto and homeowners insurance,” said Dianda. “Insurance bills of all kinds are among the most expensive bills we pay each month. My residents have complained about higher costs for years, and yet I’ve heard little from our DIFS director about addressing these costs or explaining to my residents why they always seem to go up. I think that it’s time we make this director more accountable to the people he or she serves, and that’s why I’m calling for this person to be elected by the people instead of appointed by the governor.”

HJR BB calls for the DIFS director to be elected to a four-year term. The candidates for the position would be nominated by each party at their party conventions. If the director’s office becomes vacant during a term, then the governor would appoint a person to serve out the remainder of that term.

“Insurance isn’t just about protecting ourselves in the events of accidents, illnesses and natural disasters – insurance is a pocketbook issue because it has to be affordable,” said Dianda. “I’ve seen bills introduced to deal with affordability and they either don’t make it out of committee, or if they do, they are defeated because they aren’t what we need. We need to try something new, and I hope my colleagues will support my plan to let the people have a say in who regulates the insurance industry.”

Jan. 11, 2018

Running for Local Office Workshop

Baraga County Democratic Party release

BARAGA — An informational workshop on running for local office will be held on Saturday, January 13 from 12-2PM at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital, L’Anse in the Conference Room. The workshop is tailored to be of interest and useful to anyone interested in local government.

All are welcome. No Charge. Refreshments. Sponsored by Baraga County Democratic Party.

Book World Closing

Book World release

HOUGHTON — Management of the Book World Store located at 515 Shelden Avenue in Houghton announced the store will officially close for good on Saturday January 13th after the close of business. The store will continue selling inventory and fixtures through the 13th. Merchandise is marked 70 to 90 percent off and all remaining store fixtures are priced to sell. The entire Book World staff would like to thank the community for their support over the years.

Construction Scholarships Available

Marquette Builders Exchange release

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Builders Exchange is awarding five Scholarships of $1,000 each to qualifying senior high school students who are pursuing careers in the construction industry. Students who will be attending either college, vocational, technical or trade school in 2018 are eligible.

Scholarship recipients must be registered and accepted at an approved college, vocational or trade school/program and provide proof of enrollment before award checks will be issued to the students on August 1, 2018.

To apply, students must fill out the application and return it, along with a letter of reference and a copy of their high school transcript, by March 1, 2018 to the Marquette Builders Exchange.

Contact Jennifer Lammi, Executive Director, by phone: #906-226-1140 or email: jen@mqtbx.org, with questions.

To download a scholarship application, go to www.mqtbx.org/scholarships, or stop by the Marquette Builders Exchange office for a printed copy, 1229 W Washington Street, Marquette.

NARFE Chapter 1900 January meeting

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association release

Marie Ross, care counselor for the Marquette area Alzheimer’s Association, will speak at the January 24 meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 1900.

She will discuss Alzheimer’s Disease, its warning signs, care options, etc. The Alzheimer’s Association is the official charity of NARFE, receiving donations from the national, state and local levels of the organization.

The NARFE program will begin at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, in Room B of the Marquette Senior Center, on the lower level of City Hall, 300 W. Baraga in Marquette. Members may enter from Spring Street, behind City Hall. Spring Street is one-way from east to west.

NARFE Chapter 1900 includes members from the Marquette, Escanaba, Rapid River, Houghton and Hancock areas. For additional information please call 475-0362.

Jan. 10, 2018

Statement from state Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) on efforts to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage laws:

Rep. Scott Dianda release

LANSING – Today, construction and skilled trade workers from across Michigan rallied in front of the state Capitol in opposition to efforts to repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws. In response, state Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement after speaking at the rally:

“Our prevailing wage laws ensure that workers earn a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. This is money that helps put a new roof on their house, new snow tires on their car so they can drive safely to work and to drop their kids off at school, and put food on the table. Shame on anyone who wants to take this hard-earned money away from U.P. working men and women and their families.

“Our construction and skilled trade workers do the best work, get the job done on time and save us money because they do it right the first time. Our country depends on people who work hard and take home a decent paycheck, and we need to protect that idea so that the next generation can find good jobs and earn good wages to provide for their families. Prevailing wage laws guarantee fair wages and I will always fight to protect our workers and prevent these laws from being repealed.”

Congressman Bergman’s Traverse City Office Seeking Applications for Wounded Warrior or Medically Retired Veteran for Full-time Position

Congressman Bergman release

TRAVERSE CITY – Congressman Bergman announced today that his office will be participating in the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program through the House of Representatives. He is seeking applications for a Wounded Warrior or medically-retired Veteran for a full-time fellowship position at his Traverse City office.  
Congressman Bergman said the person chosen for the special fellowship will work with military and Veteran constituents to handle Veterans-related casework and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies.
“We made a promise to our Veterans to care for them when they return, and making sure we honor that commitment is one of my highest priorities. That’s why I’m pleased to be working with the House of Representatives to help make sure Veterans and military personnel living in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula have access to the care and services they have earned.”

The fellowship program was established by the House of Representatives to provide employment opportunities for wounded or disabled Veterans within Member offices. The program is limited to Veterans who meet all of the following requirements:

• Honorably discharged, released from active duty within the last five years;

• Terminal pay grades at or below E-5 or O-3, 20% or greater service connected disabilities (waived if you have a Purple Heart); and

• Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization (TERA) retirement are not eligible for the program.

Interested Veterans should go to usajobs.gov and search “Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program” for more information and how to apply. 

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center welcomes Sheryl Parks, MD

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center release

HANCOCK, MI – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) welcomes Sheryl Parks, MD, to their team of OB/GYN providers at the Hancock Family Health Center – Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Parks attended Michigan State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Medicine as well as her Doctor of Medicine Degree. She then went on to complete her residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Parks has a passion for Federally Qualified Health Centers which stems from her first job at Public Health Service in Detroit, Michigan.

“As a member of Public Health Service, I served in an underserved area of Detroit,” said Parks, “As a child, I remember the long lines and long waits to receive health care. It was good to be able to make a dent in servicing the communities that needed care.”

Parks hopes to continue serving those who struggle to receive the care they need. She says, “My goal is quality care, regardless of the ability to pay. I enjoy working with women of all ages. I like working with teens, providing them education and assisting them in making decisions.”

Parks also looks forward to enjoying a slower-paced lifestyle in the Upper Peninsula. She hopes to get back to her favorite hobbies of writing and photography. Joining Dr. Parks are her husband of 33 years, Gregory Whittler, and their Goldendoodle, Lucy.

Hancock Family Health Center – OB/GYN is located inside UP Health System – Portage, 500 Campus Drive, Hancock, Michigan. To schedule a visit with Sheryl Parks, MD, or one of UGL’s other OB/GYN providers in Hancock, call (906) 483-1050.

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center welcomes Physician Assistant, Kathryn Kass

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center release

HOUGHTON – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) welcomes Physician Assistant (PA), Kathryn Kass to their team of family medicine providers at the Houghton Family Health Center.

Kass relocated to the Upper Peninsula after completing the Physician Assistant Program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who undergoes in-depth training to become experts in general medicine. In addition, PAs must complete extensive medical education throughout their careers.

Before completing the Physician Assistant Program, Kass studied at Northern Michigan University to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, followed by her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science. “I have had experience in several areas and felt it was time to broaden my focus,” said Kass, “I like taking care of patients.” Kass looks forward to working with patients in a family medicine setting.

Kass also holds a multitude of certificates, some of which include the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant, Michigan State Physician Assistant Licensure, and various life support certifications. Additionally, she has been certified in Group Exercise and Pilates through the National Exercise Trainers Association and holds a YogaFit Level I Certification.

Houghton Family Health Center is located inside UP Health System’s University Center at 600 MacInnes Drive, Houghton, Michigan. To schedule a visit with Kathryn Kass, PA, or another family medicine provider at the Houghton Family Health Center, call 483-1860.

Historical society names editors

Keweenaw County Historical Society release

EAGLE HARBOR — Laura Bonde has been named editor of The Superior Signal magazine published by the Keweenaw County Historical Society (KCHS), and Carol Bogart was named associate editor. Both women are long-time Eagle Harbor, Michigan residents.

KCHS President Larry Molloy made the appointments this past week, following the sudden death of long-term editor Paul Freshwater on New Year’s Eve. Freshwater became editor in 2006 when the late Copper Country historian Clarence Monette retired.

Bonde has served on The Signal’s editorial committee for more than 10 years. She assisted Freshwater with editing and editorial research. She also compiled the publication’s annual index. And she has worked on maintaining the KCHS archives, including their recent transfer to the Keweenaw National Historical Park (KNHP) headquartered in Calumet, Michigan. The new editor retired from teaching first grade in Bloomington, Indiana, last June after a 30-year career. She is an Indiana University graduate.

Bogart retired from the Arlington, Texas schools June, 2013, where she was a Teacher-Librarian for 20 years. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University, and earned her Masters in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. Before his death, she worked with George Hite editing his writings.

Both editors will be looking forward to meeting Paul Freshwater’s many editorial contacts and contributors to The Signal. The new editors welcome editorial suggestions and contributions.

Laura Bonde may be reached at 906-286-4421 and lbonde@comcast.net. Carol Bogart is available at 817-713-0672 and cjbogart37@yahoo.com.

The KCHS has 1,200 members and 220 active volunteers, who manage, maintain, and staff 11 museums at eight locations throughout Keweenaw County, see keweenawhistory.org.

The society’s mission is to discover, document and disseminate the history of Keweenaw County through research, historical property preservation and restoration, development and maintenance of historical museums and archival collections, the production and publication of historical focused media and the conduct of historical education programs and events.

For additional information, please contact KCHS President Larry Molloy at 248-821-0485 or by email at ljmolloy@ameritech.net.

Jan. 9, 2018

Auditions to be held for “Treasure Island”

Calumet Players release

CALUMET — The Calumet Players will hold auditions for the spring play, “Treasure Island” by Ken Ludwig, adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island,” 6:30 p.m. January 17 and 18 and 2 p.m. Jan 20 at the Calumet Theatre Ballroom.

The play has party for adult males and females and teens. The play will be presented at the Calumet Theater’ from April 27 to 29.

Soup-A-Bowl to be held in February

Finlandia University Young Women’s Caucus release

HANCOCK — The Finlandia University Young Women’s Caucus for art will hold a fundraising event called Soup-A-Bowl from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 3. People can by $15 VIP tickets ahead of time by contacting avtembreull@finlandia.edu. The vip tickets get you first pick of soup and Bowls because you get to keep the bowl made by caucus members. $10 tickets at the door get you in at 11:30. The Caucus is raising money to go to the National Women’s conference in L.A for a networking and art event.  

Date Set for Young Trapper’s Workshop

U.P. Trappers Association release

HERMANSVILLE – Officials of the U.P. Trappers Association, District 3 announced that the date for the thirteenth annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop is February 3, 2018. This popular event is for youngsters (and adults) interested in learning more about trapping. Doors will open at 8:00 AM Central Time at the Community Center in Hermansville and the volunteers will be doing everything they can to make this a fun-filled, learning opportunity for all.

Trapping supply dealers and a fur-buyer will be on hand, so attendees can get needed supplies and sell their fur. All youngsters will receive a free weasel box and trap and will be in a drawing to win other free trapping supplies. (All youngsters will win a prize). Local trapping experts will be teaching kids (and adults) how to trap weasels, mink, muskrats, raccoons, etc. and a professional fur handler will demonstrate how to properly prepare them for market.

“We are hoping to once again see a large turnout of youngsters and adults at the workshop. It is always a fun day for the kids but also it is great to see veteran trappers interact with the youngsters. These guys have a lot of experience and are happy to share their tips and trapping tales. They also happily answer all the kid’s questions. This is a great, enjoyable learning experience for all. “We see a lot of kids returning each year as they really enjoy our workshop,” stated Eugene Arduin, longtime member of U.P. Trappers.

Open to the public (both adults and kids) and admission is free. Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. For further information or directions call Mike Lewis at (906) 774-3592 or visit www.uptrappers.com.

Advisory Commission to Meet

Keweenaw NHP News Release

The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission will convene for its regular quarterly meeting at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at park headquarters located on the corner of Red Jacket Road and Hwy. US-41 in Calumet. 

The meeting will include an update on the work of the Commission and the National Park Service during the last quarter, as well as an announcement about the 2018 Keweenaw Heritage Grant Program.

The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission, paneled by citizens appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, represents the public and works collaboratively with the National Park Service to advise and assist with managing the resources of Keweenaw National Historical Park. The Commission’s quarterly meetings are open to the public.

Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club Meeting

Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen release

COPPER CITY – The Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsmen’s Club will meet at 6 PM. Thursday January 18th in Copper City Michigan at the Copper City Community Center.

There will be a normal annual meeting, followed by a presentation by Captain Brian Helminen, USCG Certified Captain, Sand Point Charters, LLC.

For more information contact Tom via email at tlhelppi@yahoo.com or in the evening at 337-0029. All are welcome.

Jan. 8, 2018

DNR’s Western U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Baraga County

Upper Peninsula DNR release

BARAGA — From a new deer migration study and conservation officer staffing to a fisheries partnership and U.P. shooting range updates, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss a variety of interesting topics at its Jan. 18 meeting in Baraga.

“During this council meeting, the council will hear all about our new deer migration study to take place over the next several years in the U.P.,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “There will also be discussion on a new fish stocking partnership and the latest information on plans for the only DNR public shooting range in the U.P., which is slated to be built in Marquette County.”

The council meeting will be from 5:30-8 p.m. EST at the Baraga Lakeside Inn, located along U.S. 41 in Baraga.

“I am always impressed with the amount of information exchanged during the meetings between the council members and DNR staffers. This public forum is a great resource for all who attend,” said Stacy Haughey, DNR Upper Peninsula coordinator. “We always welcome public input and we have staffers available to answer questions members of the public might have about DNR issues in the western U.P.”

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods during the meeting (for instructions, see www.michigan.gov/upcac).

The DNR’s eastern and western Upper Peninsula citizens’ advisory councils are designed to provide local input to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive and offer insight and guidance from members’ own experiences and constituencies.

The council members represent a wide variety of natural resource and recreation interests. Agenda items are set by the council members and council recommendations are forwarded to the DNR for consideration.

Anyone interested in being considered as a future council member should fill out the nomination form found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/upcac. Meeting packets and agendas are also available online at www.michigan.gov/upcac.

For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula coordinator’s office at 226-1331.

Pine Mountain Music Festival Talent Contest

Pine Mountain Music Festival release

The Pine Mountain Music Festival (based in Hancock) would like to announce our 2018 UPstarts Talent Contest, which is a competition for talented young musicians (ages 14 to 25) who live in, or are originally from, the Upper Peninsula. The four winners will perform in Houghton, Marquette, and Iron Mountain as part of the 2018 summer festival. Winners receive a $350 award. For an application or more info, please contact Joel Neves at jbneves@mtu.edu. Applications are due February 12, 2018.

2018 Community Health Grants Program request for proposal

Portage Health Foundation release

1. OVERVIEW: The Portage Health Foundation’s mission is to support the charitable health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration. The Portage Health Foundation’s five pillars of emphasis guides meaningful investment in projects, programs, and services that meet the needs of the community and align with our mission of improving the health of residents in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

The intention of these grants is to support projects that will have an impact on community health and wellness while addressing the systemic health needs and risk factors of the broader community. Further, it is hoped and desired that proposals seeking funding will have identified key components to support sustainability and/or systems change to ensure ongoing delivery of services to meet community need.

During the past few years, several requests have been made to support repairs, expansions, and upgrades to existing community recreational facilities throughout the four-county community. The Portage Health Foundation recognizes the important role these facilities play in our community’s ability to live an active health lifestyle and the overall contribution to quality of life for our citizenry. After much consideration, planning, and consultation with regional municipal leaders, the PHF Board of Directors has concluded to release funds over the next three years to support projects that will improve our recreational resources.

This call for proposals is specifically addressing Portage Health Foundation’s Community Health pillar. Community Health grants provide support for activities or opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles which improve the overall health of a community.

All Community Health grants must align with the Portage Health Foundation’s mission and in this call for proposal shall address Community Recreational Facilities and Resources.

2. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL SOLICITATION TIMELINE

January 8, 2018

RFP Publically Announced

February 5, 2018 3:30p ET

Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Due*

March 16 , 2018 3:30pm ET

Applications Due

April 6, 2018

Grant Awards to be announced

*although not required, LOI’s are strongly encouraged!

All application information and LOI’s forms can be found at www.phfgive.org/grants

3. ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for a grant under this program, the applicant must:

• Be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c(3) non-profit organization; or a local unit of government.

• Be domiciled in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and/or Ontonagon counties of Michigan;

• Have a current certified financial audit and;

• Have at least 1 FTE.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT, A PROPOSAL MUST:

• mobilize strategies that will enhance, expand or create new recreational resources that encourage healthy physical activities;

• Identify a clear path to long-term sustainability. Applicants must demonstrate how the grant activities will be sustained outside the grant period; and/or

• Be part of the overall “recreation plan” developed by the community where the project will be located

APPLICATIONS EVALUATION CRITERIA:

The Portage Health Foundation will evaluate each application on the following criteria:

• Does the proposal have goals/objectives that advance PHF’s mission?

• Does the proposal identify an unmet community need/health risk?

• Does the proposal have measureable goals and objectives?

• Does the proposal have a budget that identifies and covers all necessary expenditures?

• Does the proposal identify a plan for sustainability?

• Is there potential to achieve significant long-term impact by implementing effective models or supporting needed innovation;

• Does the proposal demonstrate collaboration, including leveraging of other resources; and

• Does the proposal have the potential to be replicated in other settings, including opportunities for learning, knowledge dissemination, and to inform public-policy.

The Portage Health Foundation Grants Committee and the Board of Directors has sole responsibility for all grant decisions.

APPLICATIONS EXCLUDED FROM FUNDING CONSIDERATION:

• Loans;

• Litigation;

• Lobbying activities;

• Organizations that discriminate based on age, race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender;

• Proposals where granted funds will be used to maintain existing program(s) or solely fill a budget-gap for current services; and;

• Individuals or families and for-profit entities

4. GRANT AMOUNT: The Portage Health Foundation expects to award up to $100,000.00 towards successful proposals under this round of funding. There is no minimum grant amount and the maximum amount awarded under this RFP will be $25,000.00.

5. APPLICATION PROCESS: Although not required, Portage Health Foundation strongly encourages all interested applicants to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) prior to submitting a grant application. An LOI helps promote a clear understanding, collaboration, and project outcomes between PHF and grant applicants. Please approach the LOI as an abbreviated grant proposal that PHF can review to determine if a project matches our funding interests and is suitable for formal grant consideration. If an applicant has questions, they are encouraged to contact the PHF offices prior to formal submission of the application or refer the PHF’s FAQ section on PHF’s web page.

To help applicants better understand the process and have the opportunity to ask any questions prior to submission, PHF will be hosting an informational session relative to this call for proposal and the application process on Wednesday January 10th at the Portage Health Foundation Offices @ 12p ET. The session should last :45-60 min.

All interested parties intending to apply for funding support are encouraged to attend. Please visit PHF’s website (www.phfgive.org) to download an LOI and/or application.

Applications can be mailed to:

Portage Health Foundation

400 Quincy St. – PO Box 299

Hancock, MI 49930

Or submitted via email to:

info@phfgive.org

6. GRANTEE OBLIGATIONS: If awarded, applicants must agree to:

• Identify the Portage Health Foundation (and partners if required) as the source of funding in any program communications;

• Set specific outcomes for the proposed program, monitor progress toward achieving expected outcomes, and report progress on a regular basis to the Portage Health Foundation;

• Participate in any data collection and evaluation activities conducted by the Portage Health Foundation and/or its partners; and

• Participate in grantee gatherings and other activities that support dissemination of knowledge.

7. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We would like to thank all the community organizations and municipal leaders who have provided counsel, input, and patience as we have worked to develop this funding opportunity.

You make the difference. Together we make it possible.

Jan. 5, 2018

What is National Catholic Schools Week?

Diocese of Marquette release

L’ANSE — Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2018 is January 28 – February 3. Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” This theme was created to celebrate Catholic schools and encompasses the core products and values found in Catholic schools across the country. Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities, we, as educators, are growing with them. In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed. Catholic schools are vibrant, dynamic and excellent!

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Last Frontier Counseling Offering Free Session Through January

Last Frontier Counseling release

MOHAWK, Michigan – Jan. 4, 2018 – “New Years Resolutions” are pervasive this time of year. Yet while around 1 in 4 Americans report making resolutions, only 8% of these folks manage to achieve them, according to a popular study. Last Frontier Counseling aims to support those working to better themselves in 2018 by offering a free one-hour telecounseling session to residents of Keweenaw, Houghton, and Baraga Counties throughout the month of January.

Setting a timeline and clarifying goals so that they’re specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic can increase your chance for success. “We start off the year with good intentions, but it can be hard to figure out what steps to take to make it happen,” shares founder, Megan Giacoletto, MSW, “Whether you have something specific in mind- like losing weight, quitting smoking- or you have a more general goal of feeling better, talking it over with an impartial professional can help you come up with an action plan.”

Formed in October of 2017, Last Frontier Counseling provides accessible and affordable telebehavioral counseling, with a focus on serving the Copper County. Using secure video-conferencing software, clients can connect to counseling from the comfort of their own home using any smartphone or webcam-enabled computer, eliminating the need to travel for appointments. “We live in a rural area that gets hit heavily by snowy conditions. Harsh drives to attend face-to-face appointments can deter people from seeking counseling.” explains Giacoletto. “Telecounseling makes it easier for folks who are on-the-fence about seeing a counselor.”

If you live in Keweenaw, Houghton, or Baraga County and are interested in receiving a free telecounseling session, you can book an appointment on our website, www.lastfrontiercounseling.com, or by calling (906)934-2590.

Nominations Open for Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards

Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce release

HOUGHTON — Registration and Nominations are now open for the Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the Bonfire Steakhouse in Houghton.

The Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Awards is a celebration that recognizes local businesses, organizations, community projects, and individuals for their efforts during the past year. The event is organized and hosted b y the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, MTEC SmartZone, Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), and Keweenaw Young Professionals (KYP).

Everyone in the community is encouraged to submit nominations for businesses, organizations, projects and individuals that have made significant strides in the community throughout 2017. Nominations can be made by visiting the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce website at keweenaw.org. The deadline for all nominations is February 8, 2018 at 4:00 p m.

Nominations are sought in the following categories:

�-� Growth – Organization that has seen significant growth in employment and/or sales during the previous year.

�-� Customer Service – Recognized b y the community, other businesses, and customers for providing superior customer service.

�-� Innovation / Transformation – New or existing organization pursuing new products or services that hold great promise for local economic growth and employment.

�-� Community Development – A company, organization, person, or activity that has had significant positive impact on the community.

�-� Project of the Year – A high impact project that is notable within the community and will provide lasting benefits to businesses and community members.

�-� Young Person of the Year – A person under the age of 40 who made significant strides in our community and in their profession in 2017.

Winners for each category will be selected by a committee made up of board members from the hosting organizations.

Networking and a cash bar begin at 5:30 p m. The dinner starts at 6:00 pm with the keynote speaker and awards ceremony to follow. This year’s keynote speaker is Edward “Bud” Cole, President of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (Fender Guitar) of Asian and Japan. Bud has local roots and currently resides in Japan.

All are welcome to attend the event. Individual tickets are $40 and a reserved table for 8 is $280. For more information and event registration, please visit www.keweenaw.org or call the Chamber office at 482-5240.

Jan. 4, 2018

Peters, Collins Provision Boosting Fire Departments Signed into Law

Senator Gary Peters release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump signed into law the AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act that included a provision authored by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to help fire departments save money by hiring and promoting trained first responders. The provision gives local fire departments around the country the flexibility to use Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants to transition part-time or paid-on-call personnel who are already trained and equipped to respond to emergencies to full-time status. Previously, SAFER grants could only be used to hire and train new personnel.

“Part-time firefighters in Michigan – and across the country – use their valuable experience and training to save lives and protect our homes and businesses,” said Senator Peters, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “I’m pleased this commonsense, bipartisan legislation has been signed into law so fire departments can devote their limited resources to promoting trained, experienced firefighters who are already working to keep our communities safe.”

“Volunteer and part-time firefighters across the country work hard every day to protect the communities they serve, and they need adequate resources and training to do their important jobs,” said Senator Collins, Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus.  “We are delighted that this bipartisan legislation has been signed into law with our important provision, ensuring that the SAFER grant program will continue to provide critical support and resources to fire departments that keep our communities safe.”

Volunteer or part-time firefighters make up 70 percent of the total firefighting force in the United States, and these first responders receive important training and certifications to prepare for emergency situations. The Peters-Collins provision enables fire departments to devote resources to promoting firefighters that are already trained and serving in local communities, rather than hiring and training new personnel for full-time employment.

The provision is supported by the International Association of Firefighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Association of Counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, among other groups.

“Reauthorizing the Assistance to Fire Fighters and SAFER Grant programs was one of the IAFF’s most important legislative goals of the 115th Congress.  This legislation will improve the delivery of critical emergency services to communities all across this nation. The 310,000 members of the IAFF applaud Senator Peters for amending this essential legislation to better advance fire fighter safety while increasing fire fighter retention,”stated Harold A. Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters.

“The leadership of the nation’s fire and emergency service thanks Congress for passing H.R. 4661, the United States Fire Administration, AFG and SAFER Program Reauthorization Act of 2017. These programs help local fire departments attain the necessary education, staffing, training and equipment that they need to protect their communities,” said Chief Thomas Jenkins, IAFC president and chairman of the board.

“The IAFC especially thanks Senator Peters for his leadership in securing a provision in the legislation clarifying that the SAFER funds can be used to transition part-time firefighters to full-time status. This will provide fire departments the flexibility to promote from within, save money and better protect communities,” said Chief Michael O’Brian, IAFC International Director, Fire and Life Safety Section and chief of the Brighton Area (Michigan) Fire Authority. 

“While SAFER grants have helped countless fire departments hire new fire fighters, funds were previously unavailable for departments wishing to convert part-time fire fighters to full-time employees. We are glad Senator Peters’ legislation was signed into law to remedy this loophole. This solution will provide Michigan communities a new means to increase the number of fire fighters on the job and improve public safety all while using taxpayer money efficiently,” said Mark Docherty, President of the Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union.

Proposals being sought bond falls mitigation and enhancement fund grant

Upper Peninsula Power Company release

MARQUETTE – Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is now accepting proposals through February 23, 2018, for the annual Bond Falls Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (MEF) grant.

The goal of the MEF grant is to create tangible, measurable improvements to aquatic and terrestrial environments within the Ontonagon River watershed. This watershed includes UPPCO’s Bond Falls and Victoria Hydroelectric Projects. UPPCO contributes annually to the MEF, which is managed by the Bond Falls Implementation Team (BFIT). BFIT is comprised of representatives from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), United States Forest Service (USFS), Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and other stakeholders.

Applicants must contact a BFIT representative to discuss their proposal during the early stages of project development to ensure the objectives of the MEF grant are met. Proposals should focus on projects that improve aquatic, terrestrial, and/or riparian habitats. Research into the benefits of previous watershed improvements are also eligible for MEF grant funding.

Proposals must align with the management goals of Special Report No. 46: Ontonagon River Assessment (October 2008) published by MDNR Fisheries Division. Proposals may be submitted by email to bfitmefgrants@uppco.com or via post at: Attn: Environmental Specialist, Upper Peninsula Power Company, 1002 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855.

For more information on UPPCO’s Bond Falls MEF grant, visit uppco.com and click on Environmental Efforts or visit bit.ly/2CIL1Xy.

Seminary spring semester starts

Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary release

HANCOCK — The Inter-Lutheran Theological Seminary on Pine Street in Hancock will start its spring semesters on January 22. Pastor Jay Weidner will teach the Gospel of Matthew on Monday night at 7PM. Other daily classes include Lutheran Confessions, Churches, Sects and Isms, Acts of the Apostles, Ministry to the World and Working as a Deaconess I. Call 482-3337 or email cilseminary@ilseminary.com for more information or to register.

Jan. 3, 2018

Portage Health Foundation releases request for proposals

Portage Health Foundation release

HANCOCK — Together with the support of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, the Portage Health Foundation is announcing its most recent request for proposal (RFP’s).

The Portage Health Foundation’s mission is to support the charitable health needs of the community through enhanced philanthropy and community collaboration. The Portage Health Foundation’s five pillars of emphasis guides meaningful investment in projects, programs, and services that meet the needs of the community and align with our mission of improving the health of residents in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties.

The intention of these grants is to support projects that will have an impact on community health and wellness while addressing the systemic health needs and risk factors of the broader community. Further, it is hoped and desired that proposals seeking funding will have identified key components to support sustainability and/or systems change to ensure ongoing delivery of services to meet community need.

All Access to Care and Community Health grants must align with the Portage Health Foundation’s mission and in this request for proposal shall address Mental and Behavioral Health including Substance Use Disorders specifically addressing the needs of our adolescent population.

• Early intervention and prevention programs including SUD;

• Emergency and mobile crisis response;

• MBH service access, coordination, and navigation;

• Suicide prevention and awareness;

• Youth leadership development;

• Parent education and engagement;

• Addiction services; and

• Programming addressing other forms of mental illness, stress reduction, anxiety, and depression that may include physical and mindfulness activities.

“We know many children in our community are hurting. We know they are being negatively affected by the addiction present in our community; losses of friends and family to suicide and overdoses; and the ever-present stressors of what life has become for them in today’s society.” said Kevin Store, Executive Director of the Portage Health Foundation. “We also know from our interactions with our youth that we can’t be that community that hears what they are telling us and not do something to intervene and give them a voice and provide support to them.”

Keweenaw Family Resource Center to Host Ring In the New Year Snow Shoe & Sledding Event

Keweenaw Family Resource Center release

HOUGHTON – Keweenaw Family Resource Center will hold the 7th annual Ring in the New Year Snowshoe and Sledding event on January 13, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Nara Nature Trails. This FREE family friendly event features sledding, snowshoeing, a snowshoe story walk (literacy activity) and games. Hot chocolate and other refreshments will also be available in the Nara Chalet along with face painting, story time and more. 

This event is free and open to individuals of all ages. Snow shoes will be available for use at no charge. To register visit www.KFRCkids.org or call 482-9363 for additional information.

Media Contact: Iola R. Brubaker, KFRC Director, 906-483-9365, ibrubaker@kfrckids.org

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