2012-12-27 / News

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Forgotten Eagles to host chili cook-off

MANISTIQUE – Chapter One of the Forgotten Eagles will hold its eighth Annual Chili Cook-Off to benefit the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette and the Veteran’s Trust Fund on Jan. 12. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Manistique VFW Hall.

All proceeds raised from the benefit go back to veterans.

Since 2002, the Forgotten Eagles have contributed $50,000 to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans and have committed to an annual contribution of $6,000.

The Forgotten Eagles are also the largest contributors to the Veteran’s Trust Fund in the state of Michigan, having contributed over $113,000 to the fund since 2004. The Chili Cook-Off is one of many fundraisers held across the state annually.

Prizes for the event are: $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third. Judges will be Larry DeRousha, Grant Harris and Gil Smith.

The cost to enter is $15. To attend and sample is $15 per person or $25 per couple. There will be 50/50 raffles, dessert, and karaoke at 5 p.m.

The public is welcome. For further information call Jen or Tom Rodney at 440-3088 or Les Henry at 341-8100.

Deadline approaching for retirement options

LANSING – The extended deadline for public school employees to make a choice for retirement is fast approaching – set for Jan. 9.

The extended deadline is the result of recent legislation resolving the selection deadline issue. Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System employees hired before July 1, 2010 have three choices for how to handle their retirement:

1. Contribute more and retain the 1.5 percent pension multiplier

2. Contribute the same amount and receive a 1.25 percent pension multiplier for future service

3. Freeze the existing benefit and convert to a four percent defined contribution, 401(k)-style plan

Employees’ chosen option will take effect Feb. 1.

In addition, the legislation extends the choice deadline for employees hired prior to Sept. 4, 2012.

Commuter tolls to rise for Mackinac Bridge

ST. IGNACE – The commuter toll rate will increase effective Jan. 1, 2013, according to the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The new commuter rate will be $2.10 per crossing, provided commuter card holders make their return trip within 36 hours of the first one.

The expiration date for commuter cards was eliminated in July 2012.

After a series of public hearings in December 2007, the MBA board opted for incremental toll rate increases to help fund a longterm maintenance and preservation program that includes a complete deck-replacement project within the next decade. The 55-year-old Mackinac Bridge is maintained and operated exclusively with toll revenue.

Depression program hosted around area

MANISTIQUE – Free introductory sessions of an 8-week depression recovery program will be held during the first two weeks of January at various times and Manistique locations. The public is welcome to attend.

On Jan. 3, sessions will be held at the First Baptist Church, 323 Walnut St., at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and at the Manistique Senior Center, 101 Main St., at 1 p.m. On Jan. 9, another free introductory session will be held at the Seventh- Day Adventist Church, 809N Duck Inn Rd, at 6:30 p.m. The final introductory sessions will be held Jan. 10 at the Comfort Inn, 726 E. Lakeshore Dr., at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The 8-week program will begin Jan. 22 at the Comfort Inn. For more information, or to schedule a free introductory session for a group at your location, call (906) 293-8688.

The program was developed by Neil Nedley. Sharon Szynkowski, physical therapist and certified depression recovery director, will be facilitating the program.

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