December 1, 2011 RSS feed / News

County Road Commissions May Be Too Costly, Governor And Others Say

Governor Rick Snyder and some legislators want to merge the state’s county road commissions into their respective county governments.  Supporters say the move could save millions of dollars for each county. More...

Brevort Township May Change Exterior Lighting In Community Center

Lighting at the new community center, currently under construction in Brevort Township, will likely change from the original plans.  More...

Emergency Medical Technician Classes Offered

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Curtis Community Building beginning Tuesday, December 20. They will meet through June 2.   The cost of $600 includes books, and financing may be available. More...

Standardized Curriculum Is Helpful, Teachers Say

Tool Helps Measure Student Advancement

Educational standards continue to evolve when it comes to what students need to know for each grade level and measuring whether they are advancing in school. More...

Court Reports

The following dispositions are from 92nd District Court in St. Ignace November 15 and November 16, and November 21 and November 22, Judge Beth Gibson presiding. Arresting agencies are in parentheses. More...

Massage Therapy Center Offers Traditional And Oncology Massages

Three massage therapists and a cosmetologist running three businesses came together under one roof to form the Apex Center, at 124 Elliot Street in St. Ignace. More...

Rudyard Christmas Party Is December 8

The community is welcome at the Rudyard Historical Society’s annual Christmas party Thursday, December 8, at 6 p.m. at the Rudyard Community Center. The evening will include a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. More...

Youth To Present Living Nativity

The youth of the St. Ignatius Loyola and Immaculate Conception parishes will portray a living nativity scene Saturday, December 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gold Mine parking lot in St. Ignace. The choirs of both parishes will sing hymns. More...

Artists Decorate Christmas Trees To Auction at Les Cheneaux Open House

The “Silver and White” tree by Shirley Jewell and Margaret Furlong is draped in a classic color scheme with collectible ornaments. More...

Janet Hagen’s Tree Takes Visitors ‘All Through The House’

Nestled among the branches of the “Twas the Night before Christmas” tree, created by Janet Hagen, are visions of a warm and cozy house. Throughout the rooms, nothing is stirring - not even a mouse.  More...

Wealth Gap Wider Than Ever Between Young And Old

The wealth gap between older and younger Americans has widened sharply in recent years – because of both the deep recession and longerterm trends. More...

Sheriff Sends Requests for Donations

The Mackinac County Sheriff’s Department is mailing sponsor request letters for donations to help cover to cost for its annual bicycle and senior citizens safety programs. More...

Girl Scouts Collect Christmas Items for Troops

Members of the St. Ignace Girl Scout Troop 5072 are collecting items for “Stockings for Santa” to send to eight soldiers in Afghani- stan for Christmas. More...

After School Program To Begin at Mackinac Island Public School

An after school program will be offered on Mackinac Island to elementary students and their parents starting Wednesday, November 30. Classes will be every Wednesday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the little gymnasium at the Mackinac Island school. More...

Help for Homelessness Is Now Available in Mackinac County

Those needing assistance with housing should call the Mackinac County Department of Human Services (DHS) at 643-9550. If the DHS is unable to help, workers can put people in contact with the Sault Ste. Marie Commission’s Safe Housing program. More...

State Employee Retirees To Hold Luncheon

The Upper Peninsula Chapter 16 of the State Employee Retirees Association will have a Christmas luncheon Monday, December 5, at noon at the Highland Golf Club, west of Escanaba on US-2 and US-41.  All members and their guests are invited to atte More...

Smoking Ban Cuts Indoor Air Pollution 93 Percent; Officials Launch Health, Economic Study

Michigan’s 18-month-old ban on smoking in restaurants is allowing Michigan patrons to breathe cleaner air, a study shows, and now public health officials will study its economic impact and try to determine whether it has resulted in fewer hospi More...

Lilliquist, Snyder Take Freighter Cruise Aboard Paul R. Tregurtha

The longest freighter in the Great Lakes, the 1,013.5-foot Paul R. Tregurtha, brought Mike Lilliquist and Cindy Snyder from St. Clair to Duluth, Minnesota, and back in nine days this fall. More...

City Approves Taxi Applications, Extends Public Works Project

The rehabilitation project at the City of St. Ignace Wastewater Treatment Plant is taking longer than expected, so the contract term with United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development has been increased from six to 24 months. More...

Toy Drive To Host Pancake Fundraiser

A pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser for the Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive will be Sunday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mackinac Grille in St. Ignace. More...

Donations Go Out To Children Across the World

Shoebox Gifts On Way From Mackinaw City To Youth in 130 Countries

Above: Donors and volunteers at Church of the Straits in Mackinaw City filled 146 shoeboxes with gifts for children in 130 countries. More...

Meet the Eight Medical Professionals on Staff at the New Veterans Clinic

The eight medical professionals on staff at the new Cheboygan County Veterans Affairs clinic in Mackinaw City say they are looking forward to serving the veterans of northern Michigan with primary care, screening, and treatment. More...

Writers Group To Meet At Library

The writers group at the St. Ignace Public Library, led this year by Lorraine Graham, will have an organizational meeting from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 17, at the library. More...

Visitors Bureau Redesigning Guide

The 2012 Visitors Guide is expected to be available by the end of January, said Debbie Durm of the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau.  More...

Boats Have Historic Ties To Mackinac Island, Les Cheneaux

A photograph display of two boats significant to the Les Cheneaux area will become part of the Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum’s collection. More...

Les Cheneaux Historical Society’s Open House Displays Festive Trees With Themes

Visitors to the Les Cheneaux Historical Museum Friday, December 2, through Sunday, December 4, will see an assortment of Christmas trees, decorated by artists in the community. More...

Boy Sets Out To Aid Children of Ethiopia

Ross Malaska, 7, Learns of Plight and Says, ‘I Thought I’d Better Raise Some Money To Help Them Out’

Gwen Malaska-Shantz remembers the earnest look on the face of her 7-year-old son, Ross Malaska, as he stepped out of his family’s living room. Something had upset him and he was determined to do something about it.  More...

Church To Offer Music of the Season Sunday

The St. Ignace United Methodist Church will host its 50th annual musicale at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 4 featuring a variety of musical entertainment, including three or four area church choirs, pianists, guitarists, and vocalists. More...

Mackinaw City Chamber To Host Holiday Open House

The Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce will host a Holiday Open House at the Keyhole Bar and Grill Wednesday, December 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for members and guests. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.   More...

Bogart’s Mackinaw City KOA Wins Award During Annual Convention

The Mackinaw City KOA Campground owned and operated by Bob Bogart has been awarded the 2011 KOA President’s Award by Kampgrounds of America. More...

Erickson Center To Host Open House

A Christmas Open House will be Sunday, December 4, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis. Holiday music will be provided by the Amici Chorale, formerly the Engadine Area Community Choir, and a children’s choir. More...

Diane Peppler Resource Center Offers Counseling, Support Groups

The Diane Peppler Resource Center offers free and confidential individual counseling for adults and children who are victims or witnesses of domestic violence and sexual assault. More...

St. Ignace Library Plans Book, Bake Sale

The St. Ignace Public Library will host its pre-holiday book and bake sale Friday, December 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. More...

Michigan Workers Weather Highest Unemployment Rate With Lowest Benefits

Michigan has the weakest jobless benefits system in the Midwest, even though its unemployment rate has been the highest in the region over the past five years, according to a recent report.  More...

Grace Dunn Wins Environmental ‘Sooper Yooper’ Art Contest

Grace Dunn, a sophomore at Cedarville High School, won the environmental themed Sooper Art contest inspired by the children’s book “Sooper Yooper.” She was one of 16 students in three categories to receive a $100 prize. More...

Brow Receives Special Olympics Volunteer Award

Special Olympics volunteer Kyle Brow of St. More...


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