2013-11-28 / Community

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Smoke alarm causes scare at SMH Sunday

MANISTIQUE – The cause of a fire scare at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital over the weekend remains a mystery. Officials say a smoke alarm was activated early Sunday morning, but no fire was found.

According to Thompson Township Fire Chief Mark Chevron, his department responded to a smoke alarm at the hospital’s Rural Health Clinic at approximately 5 a.m. Firefighters searched in and around the building, but couldn’t find the cause of alarm.

Chevron noted there was a slight smell of smoke, and that a possible malfunction in a heating unit may have been to blame.

On Tuesday, Dan Hoholik, SMH Environmental Services Supervisor, said the hospital has contacted the maintenance mechanical contractor to investigate the ventilation system and determine the cause of the smoke.

Thompson Township Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Hiawatha Volunteer Fire Department and Manistique Public Safety.

Unemployed workers can still make claims

LANSING – Although the State of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency will be closed for two days this week, unemployed workers can still contact the agency’s automated MARVIN system throughout the week to report their eligibility for unemployment benefits.

The UIA will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28 and 29.

Area Red Cross class offerings set for Dec.

ESCANABA – The American Red Cross in Delta and Schoolcraft Counties is offering the following courses in December.

The First Aid and CPR/AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies.

All classes are held at the Escanaba Office, located at 504 1st Avenue North.


These classes involve web-based self-study prior to coming to the classroom session

Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED - Dec. 14, 9-10:30 a.m. Cost $90.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/ CPR/AED – Dec. 14, 9-10:45 a.m. Cost $110.

Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines and feature hands-on skills practice.

Visit redcross.org/take-a-class or call (800) RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.

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