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Soo Co-op to build new main office

April 23, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE —  Soo Co-op Credit Union has announced they will be breaking ground on a new main office, to be located on the I-75 Business Spur directly behind the current I-75 branch, this week.  The current branch will maintain normal lobby and drive-thru business hours during this period of construction, and the construction will take place with very little member impact. There will be some interruptions in service from time to time. Updates on  construction progress are available through their website (soocoop.com)  and Facebook page. At this time both drive-thru lanes are open for business.

DNR map may help morel hunters

April 21, 2017

Morel mushrooms often are found in locations where sizable fires (more than 10 acres) occurred the previous year. The mushrooms only will grow where there was a forested covertype; grass or other ground covers will not yield morels. Additionally, morel mushrooms are more likely to grow in burned areas where jack, white, or red pine once grew.

This map and information provide locations where fires greater than 10 acres in size - from either wildfires or prescribed burns - occurred in 2016.

US Forest Service plans Rx burns for 2017 season

April 18, 2017

The US Forest Service is preparing for 1,191 acres of prescribed burning on the Hiawatha National Forest. Prescribed burning is a tool that can help accomplish a variety of objectives.  Such burns are weather-dependent and will likely be conducted between late April and early fall, when appropriate moisture, fuel and wind conditions are more likely.

The Forest Service’s goals in conducting site preparation burns are:

  • Naturally regenerate pine using prescribed fire

  • Kill red pine cone borer larvae

  • Stress over-story red pine to enhance cone production

  • Reduce hazardous fuel loading within unit.

View the full USFS announcement and the maps of prescribed burn areas by clicking here.

DNR’s Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet in Newberry

April 18, 2017

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council is scheduled to discuss several interesting topics when the panel meets Thursday, April 20 in Newberry.

There will be an update on cormorant control efforts, the status of wolf legislation and several subcommittee reports on issues ranging from deer to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Road Inventory Project.

“The council meetings give the public an opportunity to provide input and learn what’s new on DNR topics important to the Upper Peninsula,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “There’s always a great deal of information provided at council sessions and plenty of council members and DNR staffers available to answer questions.”

The Eastern U.P. Citizens’ Advisory Council and its western U.P. counterpart meet alternating months throughout the year.

This month’s session in Luce County will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. EDT in the conference room at the Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft (LMAS) Health Department, located at 14150 Hamilton Lake Road in Newberry.

The public can participate in the session by offering comments to the discussion during two specified periods at the meeting (for instructions on comment procedures, 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 application form found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/upcac. For more information, contact the DNR Upper Peninsula regional coordinator’s office at 906-226-1331.

Cloverland announces candidates

April 16, 2017

Cloverland Electric Cooperative has seven members running for the three board seats in 2017.   The ballots will be mailed in May. For nearly 80 years, Cloverland members have had the responsibility to vote for a member to represent them on the board of directors. Three of the nine seats are up for election each year.

District A candidates are: Dane Kuusinen, DeTour Village; William C. LaLonde, St. Ignace; and Gerald Nettleton, DeTour Village.

District B candidates are: Linda Hoath, Sault Ste. Marie and John Sawruk, Sault Ste. Marie.

District C candidates are:  Virgil Monroe, Manistique and Allan Ott, Manistique.

Members will receive a ballot in the mail the first week of May and have until May 31 to return the marked ballot in the provided envelope to the counting firm in Minnesota. Results will be announced at the Annual Meeting of Members on June 8 at the Dafter Township Hall. More information will be presented in the May issue of Cloverland Connections Magazine received by members the first week of May.

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Winter Farmer's Market

Saturday, April 29
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 on May 13.  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.

Spring Cleanup planned for forest

The Spring 2017 St. Ignace Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 6th.  The group will be meeting at Castle Rock in St. Ignace at 9 a.m., and plan on working until 2 p.m., lunch will be provided for the volunteers.

If you plan to attend, please dress appropriately for the weather; tools, gloves and other safety equipment will be provided. According to the rangers, the public is a huge help with this effort, and is encouraged to participate  again this year. 

Contact Justin Bomers at 906-643-7900 x 137 or Tom Briggs at 906-748-6567 with questions

Crafter’s wanted

A Craft Show will be held on Saturday, June 3 at the American Legion Post #393 in Hulbert.

   

Cost for vendors is $20 for an inside, 10 x10 space, 1- 8ft table and chair furnished,(smaller & larger sizes available). Contact Heather Frank at (906) 274-5228 or email: ala393@jamadots.com for more information.

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 bernicescozz@hotmail.com.  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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