2014-01-02 / News

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State retirees will hold meeting on January 6

ESCANABA – The Upper Peninsula Chapter 16 of the State Employee Retirees Association will hold its regular meeting Jan. 6 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the State Office Building in Escanaba.

The meeting will include a seminar on the topic of elder law presented by Kim Winokur, JD, L.M.M., senior associate of the law firm of Anderson Associates, P.C. of Marquette. Topics being presented include elder law, disability rights, probate and estate planning, living trust, veterans benefits, medical and legal decisions, advance directives, etc. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions or concerns.

For more information, contact Bruce Andrews (906) 384-6741, or Dave Hall (906) 356-6162.

County to hold annual organizational meet

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Board of Commissioners will hold it’s annual organizational meeting today at 4 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the district courtroom of the courthouse.

Black wolf struck and killed by vehicle near Escanaba Monday night

ESCANABA – A wolf was struck and killed by a vehicle near Escanaba Monday.

According to a press release from Escanaba Public Safety, officers responded to the scene of the accident, on U.S. Highway 2 and 41 near the city limits, at 7:07 p.m.

When officers arrived, they discovered a west bound Jeep struck a wolf that had been crossing the road. The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries and the wolf was killed.

Rampart EMS transported the driver to OSF St. Francis Hospital and the deceased wolf was turned over to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division personnel.

The wolf was black in color and weighed approximately 130 pounds.

Amity group to hold white elephant sale Jan. 8

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Amity Group is having its annual “White Elephant Sale” fundraiser on Jan. 8. The event will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Manistique.

Attendees are asked to bring two gift wrapped, clean, slightly used items for the sale. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.

For more information, call 341- 7444 or 341-6840.

Retired school personnel host program, meet

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft and Eastern Delta Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will meet on Jan. 8 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique.

Lunch will be catered by Trader’s

Point and served at the church at 11:30 a.m.

Alan Duyke, Stacey Cunningham and Joan Brown will conduct the program, “Strong Body and Minds”, emphasizing body recall, physical therapy and brain health.

Cloverland Electric announces rate settlement

DAFTER – Cloverland Electric Cooperative announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission has approved a rate settlement reached between the cooperative, public service commission staff and the city of Mackinac Island, an intervener in the rate case. The approved $2 million or approximately 2.4 percent increase is about half of the amount requested by the cooperative in its August 2013 rate filing.

In May 2010, the cooperative purchased neighboring Edison Sault Electric from Milwaukeebased Wisconsin Energy Corporation. In its order, the MPSC started the process of restructuring the cooperative’s rates.

“Cloverland’s current rate structure does not recover its fixed costs or provide the revenues necessary to reinvest in the electrical system as required,” said Dan Dasho, Cloverland’s president and chief executive officer. “With this settlement, the cooperative begins the transition to fair, cost-based rates. While we are disappointed that the state commission did not grant our entire request, the process of transitioning to a single set of cost based rates over the next 10 years has begun.”

Rate changes will go into effect with January billing cycles. Additional information, including updated rate schedules, will be posted on www.cloverland.com and be available by calling (800) 562-4953.

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