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Veterans Day Program set to take place at MHS Friday

MANISTIQUE – Manistique residents are invited to celebrate veterans by attending the annual Schoolcraft County All-Vets Organization’s Veterans Day Program Friday. The program takes place in the Manistique Middle and High School Fredrickson Auditorium at 11 a.m.

Members of the local VFW Post 4420, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Post 83, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26 will present the program. The Manistique High School Band and Manistique Area Schools Student Leadership Group will also participate in the program.

For those not able to attend, the program will air on WTIQ Radio 1490 AM.

Area students invited to visit Bay campus today

ESCANABA – Bay College and the Delta County College Access Network are collaborating to offer area seniors the opportunity to visit Bay College campus Nov. 10, from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

With around 50 percent of area college-bound seniors choosing community college, specifically Bay, this is a positive way to prepare students for what to expect on their educational journey. Additionally, starting this process while the students are still in high school allows for additional support and guidance as students make this transition.

Attendees will hear from current and former Bay College students, Admissions, Financial Aid, Athletics, and Transfer departments, tour the college, and meet with faculty from each student’s individual area of career interest.

“Getting these students on campus, familiarizing them with the college atmosphere, and assisting them in financial aspects of college should help to eliminate some stress associated with navigating college life,” says Kathy Becker, Delta County College Access Network director.

Students who have not yet registered to attend this event are welcome to contact Jessica LaMarch to reserve their spot at Jessica.LaMarch@baycollege.edu or (906) 217-4086.

Foster Grandparents to hold in-service, meeting

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Foster Grandparent program will be having an in-service and Advisory Council meeting Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Upper Crust Deli in Manistique.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The Foster Grandparent Program is administered by MDS Community Action Agency.

For more information, contact Peggy Ramsden or Donelle Robitaille at (906) 786-7080.

SOS to close Friday, Saturday to honor veterans

LANSING – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that, in honor of Veterans Day, all Secretary of State offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed Nov. 10 and 11. She also encouraged people to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice.

“I had a rare opportunity to visit our troops in the Middle East in 2012 to study how to make overseas voting easier for those in the military,” Johnson said. “I will never forget the sense of honor, duty and patriotism that those young men and women displayed in spite of the terrible conditions. We owe everyone who has ever served this country a great debt for their service and sacrifice.”

Given the great number of veterans who live here, Johnson has unveiled a number of initiatives in support of them:

Creating a veteran designation on driver’s licenses and state ID cards that helps identify Michigan veterans so they can be connected with the benefits they have earned and deserved.

Pushing new ways to ensure that military personnel have their votes counted on Election Day, such as successfully advocating to extend a federal write-in ballot to state and local races.

Waiving road tests for veterans applying for a Commercial Driver License to help their transition to civilian life if they have sufficient heavy truck experience in the military.

Offering more than two dozen military license plates that are available for veterans allowing them to display their service with pride.

Because of the Veterans Day closure, Johnson recommends residents find alternate ways or days to get their Secretary of State business done.

Plates can be renewed at www.ExpressSOS.com with Print ‘N Go technology that allows users to buy their tabs online and print a receipt to carry with them until their tabs arrive in the mail.

Treasury offers benefits to active military, vets

LANSING, Mich. – With Veterans Day approaching on Nov. 11, the Michigan Department of Treasury reminds current and former military members about the special benefits they may be entitled to receive.

Current and former military members may be eligible to receive:

Military Pay Tax Exemption. Military pay is exempt from Michigan tax, including military retirement benefits and exit and separation pay.

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant. This program provides undergraduate tuition assistance to the children of Michigan veterans who were totally and permanently disabled, missing in action or died while serving. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200.

Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption. A property tax exemption for real property used and owned as a homestead as outlined in state law.

Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) for Active Duty Military Personnel. Property owners can retain a PRE while on active duty if their property is rented or leased.

Property Tax Relief during Active Military Service. Property owned by a serviceperson cannot be sold to pay delinquent property taxes during a tour of active duty.

Summer Property Tax Deferment. A serviceperson, veteran or widow or widower whose income outside of military compensation is no more than $7,500 per year may be eligible for a summer property tax deferment.

Michigan Bear Forum meeting set in Marquette

MARQUETTE – A group of individuals representing various sportsmen’s clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, the agricultural community and nonaffiliated bait and hound hunters throughout the state will meet Dec. 16, to discuss the future of bear management in Michigan.

“This group represents our Michigan Bear Forum,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson. “We have a very wide range of members who make up this group, each representing a slightly different view with regard to bear management in Michigan.”

The Michigan Bear Forum will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Bear East Arena, located at 275 Marquette St. in St. Ignace.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss bear management and regulations, while assessing 2017 harvest statistics.

The meeting is open to the public, and DNR staff will be available after the meeting to answer additional questions.

Swanson said the DNR also would use the Dec. 16 meeting as an opportunity to kick off its effort to update the Michigan Bear Management Plan, which was last updated in 2008.

DNR Wildlife Division staff members will provide an overview of long-term harvest statistics, population estimates, research and season updates, and trend indicators for each bear management unit.

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