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Sheriff’s department offers home-checking program

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department is offering a new, free program for residents who leave their homes for extended periods of time.

According to Undersheriff Darrell Dixson, the department recently uncovered a need for a residence-checking service. This service will be offered to those who have a residence vacated for long periods of time.

Once a resident fills out a form detailing the address to be checked, a phone number and address where the resident may be contacted, and when the resident will be returning, a Schoolcraft County Sheriff deputy will begin checking the residence.

The service is available to all Schoolcraft County residents and will be dependent on weather.

Those interested may call the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department to get more information or have a form delivered to them. Residents may also visit the department to pick up a form.

Indian Lake illegal gill net case comes to a close

MANISTIQUE – A case involving the use of an illegal gill net on Indian Lake has come to an end.

Troy Matthew Herro, 55, of 6415W Faketty Road, pleaded guilty in 93rd District Court Wednesday morning to purchasing fish for wholesale distribution without a license.

The co-defendant in the case, Landon James Edwards, 29, 131 N. 3rd St., was sentenced in August after he pleaded guilty to illegally netting fish in Indian Lake.

According to a press release from Schoolcraft County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Noble, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers had observed Edwards illegally netting fish and subsequently transferring those fish to Herro for further distribution.

“In addition to probation, both parties received fines, costs, and restitution totaling more than $3,100,” Noble stated, adding that Edwards’ fishing license was also suspended for remainder of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 and he was ordered to perform 96 hours of community service.

“Various organizations have spent significant time and resources developing the quality of fishing on Indian Lake,” Noble said. “My hope is that the restitution ordered in this case will be used by the DNR to assist in restocking Indian Lake so that it can continue to be a quality fishing lake for all anglers.

The DNR did an excellent job in this investigation. These cases remain difficult to prosecute due to the complexities of state, tribal, and federal laws,” he added. “I encourage our legislators to continue working with all levels of government to simplify hunting and fishing regulations across Michigan.”

New offerings, family fun at Health Fair Saturday

MANISTIQUE – Ready to get health? Attend the Schoolcraft County Health Fair Saturday.

The event, under the theme of “Uniting for Quality Health”, will take place 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.

The fair will include: a Teddy Bear Clinic; Southtown Sprint; Outdoor Harvest and Artisan Tents; Fast Pass scheduling; screening and lab testing; mini-spa services; alternative health and wellness vendors; diabetic feet and nail checks: computer “brain games” and information about mental health services; and Health Talks.

For more information visit www.scmh.org/community/ schoolcrafthealthfair2017/.

MSU Extension to host ‘Mindfulness’ series

MANISTIQUE – Mindfulness is an attention practice that helps calm the mind by focusing on the present moment in an accepting manner free from judgment. Michigan State University Extension will provide a five-week series, “Stress Less with Mindfulness”, beginning Nov. 7.

The series will take place in the Manistique High School’s Community Room and meet four weeks: Nov. 7, 14, 28, and Dec. 5 and 19. Each week participants will learn different techniques and practice skills. Topics are as follows: Mindful Breath, Mindful Eating, Mindful Walking, Be Kind to Your Mind and Mindful Humor.

MSU Extension Health Educator and certified Laughter Leader Tracie Abram will be teaching the series and encourages teens, adults and seniors to participate.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and closedtoe shoes. Registration is required.

Call Tracie Abram at MSU Extension at (906) 235-2985 or email her at abram@msu.edu. The series cost $20 per person or family or $5 per person, per session.

MARSP to told personnel meeting October 18

GARDEN – The Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel meeting will take place Oct. 18.

Superintendent Dee Dee Thill will present “Updates from Big Bay de Noc School”.

The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Sidetracked Restaurant, 15710 18th Road in Garden. All retired school personnel from Schoolcraft and Eastern Delta counties welcome and encouraged to attend.

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