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Local MSP Post to present Citizen’s Academy Feb. 6

MANISTIQUE – The Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post is hosting a Citizens’ Academy Feb. 6 through March 27. The eight-week academy will give citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of the MSP, understand the procedures troopers follow, increase their awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community, and get to know personnel at the St. Ignace Post.

The academy will meet at the Manistique Detachment, located at 401 E. Lakeshore Dr. in Manistique, on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Individuals interested in attending the Citizens’ Academy should contact Tpr. Patrick Janisse of the St. Ignace Post at (906) 643-7582 or via email at janissep1@ michigan.gov to receive an application.

Group seeks residents to help plan annual car show

MANISTIQUE – The first meeting of the Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce – Merchants Labor Day Car Show committee – will take place Jan. 15. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center, located on U.S. Highway 2.

The car show is set for Sept. 1. Anyone interested in helping to grow the event is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Alan Barr at (906) 286-1922.

Breast cancer support group will meet Jan. 11

MANISTIQUE – There will be a breast cancer support group meeting at the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building Education Room Jan. 11. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

The topic for the evening will be “Psychosocial Adaptation to Cancer”. Dr. Kevin McDowell will be the guest speaker.

The education room is located in the old Rural Health Clinic at 115 N. Lake St. Attendees must use upper level entrance.

Second annual UP Sing off set in Nahma

NAHMA – The Second Annual U. P. Sing Off is scheduled Jan. 20 at the Nahma Inn. The competition gets underway at 7 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third. The winner will represent the Isabella Community Hall at the Island Star Quest talent search preliminaries.

Singer registration fee is $10 and payable between 5:30-6:30 p.m. on that Saturday. Interested contestants may also contact (906) 474-6109 or (906) 630- 7542.

Entrants must be at least 18 years to enter contest and have their own professional karaoke CDG with just music. Registration is for solo vocal performance entries only.

The event is sponsored by the Isabella Community Hall Committee for ongoing hall restoration projects.

USDA RD to prequalify homebuyers Jan. 31

MANISTIQUE – Tanya Routsala of USDA Rural Development will be in the Habitat for Humanity – Hiawathaland Jan. 31 to prequalify applicants for a home mortgage or home repair loan.

To schedule an appointment, call (906) 632-9611, ext. 4 or stop into the office Jan. 31 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Snyder, Calley plan changes to state income tax to protect residents

LANSING – After federal tax reform effectively eliminated the personal exemption at the state level, leading to an annual $1.5 billion tax increase on Michigan residents, Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley developed a simple and fair proposal to restore the exemption.

Snyder and Calley worked with the state Department of Treasury over the holiday season to analyze the federal reform and the effects it will have on state income taxes, and are sharing the solution publicly prior to this week’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. The conference aligns state government and economic experts in estimating how much money the state has to spend during the upcoming budget cycle.

“We are putting Michigan families first, by working to enact a simple and fair solution to fix the unintended consequences of the federal tax plan,” Gov. Snyder said. “Everyone working together to limit income taxes on Michiganders is a great way to start 2018.”

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who has led prior successful state tax cuts, said: “Over the past seven years, we have worked diligently to simplify the state tax code and lower the tax burden on Michigan families. Restoring and increasing the personal exemption continues on that path – it is direct, effective and simple.”

The recent federal tax reform changed federal tax exemptions to zero. Because federal exemptions are carried over to state tax return forms, legislation is needed to clarify Michigan’s Income Tax Act so that exemptions at the state level can continue.

UPPCO announces plan to lower water levels at hydroelectric reservoirs

MARQUETTE – Upper Peninsula Power Company will begin lowering water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs in anticipation of melting snow and precipitation during the spring of 2018.

These water level changes are required by the hydroelectric project licenses that are issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The water levels at UPPCO’s Silver

Lake and Hoist reservoirs are currently being lowered according to license requirements. Victoria Dam, Bond Falls and Lake Gogebic reservoirs will be lowered during the month of January.

Prickett Dam reservoir levels will be lowered starting in February.

UPPCO wants to remind the public that water level changes can lead to unsafe ice conditions due to “bridging” (creation of an air gap beneath the ice). Increased water flowing through the rivers may also cause the ice to deteriorate, creating unsafe conditions on ice surfaces.

As always, members of the public are urged to be careful around reservoirs and nearby rivers and lakes.

UPPCO expects its reservoirs to begin returning to their normal water levels during the month of April, depending on the rate of snow melt and spring precipitation conditions.

Free ‘Growing Your Food in the UP’ gardening series set in Marquette

MARQUETTE – A free gardening series continues Jan. 18 at 6:30 pm in the Marquette Missionary Church.

This month’s presentation is entitled

“Wild and Colorful Garden Genes” and will introduce participants to unique garden produce, offer tips on selecting nutrient dense varieties, and a hands-on activity.

The series is open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Riesterer at transitionmarquette@gmail.com or call 225- 0608.

MSP recognizes Human Trafficking Awarness Month, offers education

MANISTIQUE – Michigan State Police Community Service Troopers are assigned across the state to focus on community outreach to help strengthen Michigan communities. They serve citizens in a range of ways, including mentoring youth, working with seniors, educating citizens on emerging crime trends and focusing on community service and training.

January has been declared Human Trafficking Awareness month. Throughout the month of January, CSTs will be speaking to community members on the topic of human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a vast and expanding criminal enterprise through which traffickers profit from the exploitation and control of their victims. It is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will.

Traffickers use violence, threats, blackmail, false promises, deception, manipulation and debt bondage to trap vulnerable children and adults in horrific situations.

If you or someone you know needs help or to report a potential human trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free hotline, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at

1-888-373-7888 or email nhtrc@polarisproject.org. Support is provided in more than 200 languages and all communication with the hotline is strictly confidential.

If you would like a CST to present to your group or organization, contact Community Service Trooper Patrick Janisse at the St. Ignace Post, at (906) 643-7582.

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