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LOCKS OPEN FOR THE SEASON — The Stewart J. Cort was officially greeted at the Soo Locks on March 24. Local dignitaries were invited on board to present the captain and crew with special ball caps and a plaque marking their distinction as the first ship of the season. At midnight it was the first ship to lock through, heading to Superior, Wisc.  The Corps predicts a steady stream of traffic for the next few weeks.

The locks were closed by Jan. 15 and underwent critical repairs and maintenance during the 10 week long winter shutdown. Extensive work was performed replacing embedded gate anchorages and finalizing the switchover to a new hydraulic operating system on the Poe Lock.  Other major efforts included sandblasting, structural repairs and painting MacArthur Lock dewatering bulkheads and several other smaller projects.  The MacArthur Lock, located on the south-side of the Poe, will continue undergoing maintenance until mid-April. 

The Detroit District operates and maintains the Soo Locks along with 94 harbors and connecting channels on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and the portion of Lake Erie that borders the state of Michigan. Located on the St. Marys River, Michigan, the locks have been a part of the Corps’ navigation mission since 1881.

MDOT meeting to discuss transportation plans


March 27, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of annual public input sessions to discuss the department's Five-Year Transportation Program and the State Transportation Improvement Program.


Three meetings to present and discuss the plans are scheduled in locations throughout MDOT's Superior Region to accommodate residents of the region's 15 counties. The meeting to discuss Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties will take place on April 6 in Sault Ste. Marie at theInternational Bridge Administration, James McIntyre Conference Room, located at 934 Bridge Plaza, from 3 to 5 p.m. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.

MDOT's Five-Year Transportation Program, as well as a searchable map of projects, is available at

LSSU accepted as MCRN affiliate
Internship program available


March 26, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE —  Lake Superior State University has signed with the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MRCN) as an affiliate, enabling it to offer assistance to small companies through the SCIP/TCA and SCIA programs.


The Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) program provides funding to help small businesses hire university students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student. Especially targeted toward Michigan businesses in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field, the SCIA program is designed to increase students’ exposure to innovative processes and products emerging from companies that employ high-skill workers and to encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic Michigan companies after graduation. Technology-based companies should submit applications to LSSU by April 15 for the limited number of $3,500 internship awards available. See more information and application forms at


The Small Company Innovation Program/Technology and Commercialization Assistance (SCIP/TCA) program provides matching funds up to $40,000 to Michigan small businesses to help cover the cost of conducting a project at any state of Michigan public university. The program is intended to help small companies access university resources to get to commercialization faster. LSSU has engaged in several SCIP/TCA projects to date. For more information visit the LSSU Business Engagement Center web site at


For more information, contact the LSSU Business Engagement Center by email at or phone 906-635-2738.

Rudyard Lions Club seeks nominations for Community Service Award
Graduating Rudyard seniors are eligible

March 22, 2017

RUDYARD— While sitting in a restaurant or meeting in a local store, conversations overheard are many and varied.  Often, the benefits of living in a small town come up for discussion.  One point of constant agreement is that if someone needs help in the community, a volunteer steps forward and despite other pending commitments,  help is given freely.


To honor that unselfish spirit, the Rudyard Lions Club gives an annual Russell LaPonsie Community Service Award.  This is given to a graduating senior from Rudyard High School who has shown a commitment to community service over the course of their high school career.  This is not an award that can be applied for; nominations are gathered from community members of Rudyard, Kinross, Trout Lake and Dafter from individuals who have worked with and witnessed these students and are aware of them as volunteers.  Examples of the types of activities include blood drives, scouting activities, cleaning up and raking leaves, checking on neighbors, visiting in hospitals, leading Sunday school outings, assisting local service groups and/or doing the things that usually remain unnoticed but add to the quality of life for individuals or the community. 


The Rudyard Lions Community Service Award is given in memory of Lion Russell LaPonsie and includes a scholarship of $500 for use by the recipient to further their education or training.  This award can only be given with input from the community by your nominating an individual.  Letters of nomination, explaining who the graduating Rudyard senior is and why that individual should be considered for the award, can be directed to:  Community Service Award, Rudyard Lions Club, P.O. Box 173, Rudyard, MI  49780 or emailed to  Nominations may also be dropped off at Spencer Insurance Agency, located on Main Street in Rudyard.  The deadline for submitting nominations is 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 26.

St. Mary’s School hosting annual raffle

Buy your St. Mary's Raffle tickets from

Bernice Scozzafave  by calling 906-248-5277 or email her at  1st place prize is  $10,000,  2nd place is  $2,000, plus 10 additional $100 prizes. This is tax-deductible purchase.  Better odds than the lottery-only 3,000 tickets printed. Drawing is May 4th at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's School.  They will be having dessert and coffee from 5 to 7 p.m. before the drawing. Tickets are $20.

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Winter Farmer's Market

Saturday, April 1
Bayliss Public Library
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Don’t forget to visit our local Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Conveniently located inside of Bayliss Public Library, you can shop and support local vendors, while remaining warm and dry. 

Humane Society to hold fundraiser     


Donations needed for auction

Best of Friends Humane Society is taking donations of gently used goods (except clothing) for a fundraising auction to be held in late April.  The event will be conducted by Royale Treasures Auction with proceeds going to help EUP animals in need.  Over the past five years, the organization has assisted more than 500 low income pet owners with their pets’ veterinary care.   Call Best of Friends 906-440-8309 for drop-off locations in the Soo.  Pickup may be available.  See items to be auctioned on Best of Friends Humane Society’s Facebook  page.

The time and date of the auction will be announced in the coming weeks.

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