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Walk for Prevention set to take place Friday in marina

MANISTIQUE – The second annual Manistique Walk for Prevention will take place Aug. 11. The 5K walk/run begins in the Manistique Marina and follows the boardwalk.

The walk, which takes place from 5-8 p.m. is being held to raise awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, substance abuse, and suicide. All proceeds will stay in Schoolcraft County to help with prevention efforts and further education through training opportunities.

The walk is a family-oriented event, with bounce houses, silent auction items, as well as a door prize. Food will be available for purchase from Ray’s Barbecue.

There will be several informational booths to provide information on specific issues and resources within the community. Registration is $20 and t-shirts will be available until they run out.

All registrations include an entry for the door prize. Registration forms may be picked up at Tri-County Safe Harbor, Great Lakes Recovery, and the Sault Tribe Advocacy Center or participants can register on the day of the event at the marina.

Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility celebrates 50th

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Financed in part through a Hill-Burton grant from the Michigan Department of Health and a local millage, the then 40-bed facility opened its doors in 1967.

At that time, patients applied for admittance with the Department of Social Services.

Moving forward 50 years and after several modifications, additions, directors and staff, the facility currently manages 80 beds.

The community is invited to come and celebrate with them from 2-5 p.m. in the pavilion.

There will be inflatable bounce houses, music, drawing and a picnic lunch.

Residents asked to complete UP Health survey by Sept. 8

MANISTIQUE - About 24,000 randomly selected households across the Upper Peninsula have received the 2017 UP Community Health Needs Assessment this week. The survey project is a collaboration between all six UP health departments and 22 agencies from across the UP, including hospitals, clinics, behavioral health agencies, and health foundations.

“If your household has received the clear plastic mailer with a cover letter and yellow survey booklet inside, we urge you to take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey and mail it in,” said Nicholas Derusha, Health Officer of the Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft District Health Department. “By participating in this survey, you will assist health care agencies identify what services are most needed, and guide our work together to access funding and implement the care to best serve our residents.”

Every household that receives and completes the survey by Sept. 8 will be entered in a prize drawing for a $50 local grocery store gift card.

Survey responses are anonymous, and findings will only be published for entire counties, never for individuals. Participants may fill out the paper survey and return it in the business reply envelope provided, or complete a convenient on-line version using the link and code in their mailing.

Bay College offers nurse aide training course

Bay College is offering a 120- hour Nurse Aide training beginning Aug. 22. The Nurse Assistant Training Program provides classroom instruction and hands-on clinical training to prepare students to qualify for the State of Michigan CNA examination.

Bay College’s Nurse Aide training consists of 80 hours of classroom lecture/lab and 40 hours of clinical training at a local long-term care facility. Classroom and laboratory training will take place at Bay College in Escanaba. Cost of the training is $800, which is eligible for full reimbursement, plus the cost of books, scrubs, and instructional material.

The job growth for nursing assistants is expected to grow at a rate of 21 percent. CNA positions offer competitive wages with many receiving benefits; including sign-on bonus, health insurance and paid vacations.

Students are required to pass a criminal background check and attendance is mandatory.

For more information on becoming a CNA or to register, please contact Renée Lundberg at (906) 217- 4224 or visit the website at www.baycollege.edu/mtec.

Dodworth Duo to perform at Blaney Lodge

GERMFASK – The Dodworth Duo will be performing at the Blaney Lodge in Blaney, Mich., on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. The duo is committed to bringing life to the songs of the 19th century — principally those of the Dodworth era (1835-95), an important and everchanging period in America’s past.

Performing attired in 19th century formal clothing, the duo is accompanied by guitar, banjo, harmonica, fife, etc. They sing classic American songs such as “Clementine”, working songs like “Erie Canal”, and cowboy tunes like “Red River Valley”. In addition to being delightfully entertaining, the performances are interactive, historically informative while providing audiences a taste of American music of the past. They also interact and involve their audiences in a pleasant, fun, inclusive manner.

The event is free and will be held rain or shine.

UP Fair offers full Secretary of State services

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson encouraged residents to celebrate “Pure Michigan” and renew your license plates while attending the Upper Peninsula State Fair from Aug. 14 through Aug. 20.

“There’s nothing more Pure Michigan than the U.P. State Fair, and so we’re happy to once again participate in the event with our Mobile Office,” Johnson said. “It’s an ideal opportunity to renew your license plate tabs or your driver’s license, register to vote, sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and much more. Please stop by to take care of business quickly and easily.”

The state fairgrounds are located at 2401 12th Ave. North in Escanaba. The office, which offers all the services of a standard office, will be located in the Ruth Butler Building. It will be open Monday from 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

For more information on the fair, visit www.upstatefair.org.

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