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Manistique area hosts festivities this weekend

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique area will host a slew of activities this weekend in celebration of the Fourth of July.

Beginning Friday, the annual Kiddie Parade kicks off the fun. The parade starts at 6 pm. Line-up is set for 5 p.m., with judging at 5:30 p.m.

All children are welcomed and may dress up for the short parade, which travels through downtown Manistique.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes or themes in each category, and each child will receive a participant award.

On July 7, the day begins with an Arts and Crafts Fair in the Manistique Marina.

The event, held from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., will feature food booths, vendors, and music.

The Manistique Independence Day Celebration begins with the annual Fourth of July Parade at 12:30 p.m. Line-up is at 11:30 a.m.

Fireworks will take place at dusk.

Additionally, three bands are slated to perform at the Manistique Marina as part of a “Rockin’ Independence Day Celebration”.

SHF seeking grant proposals for 2018 projects

MARQUETTE - The Superior Health Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for projects positioned to make an impact on improving substance use prevention and treatment throughout the entire Upper Peninsula.

“The Superior Health Foundation recognizes the myriad of issues relative to substance use and has made funding these issues a priority in 2017 and again in 2018,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “We recently attended a 2018 UP Health Strategies Summit in Marquette that focused on opioids and addiction. The seriousness of this issue cannot be underscored enough. We must find innovative approaches to address substance use prevention, treatment, services and awareness for the entire Upper Peninsula.”

In 2017, SHF awarded more than $283,000 in substance use funding. In 2018, more than $300,000 in grant dollars will be available to help fight this epidemic.

Non-profit organizations that received grant funding in 2017 are welcome to submit secondyear proposals if they can clearly demonstrate the need for additional funding.

The foundation will announce the award(s) at its Fall Grants Program, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.

The SHF is actively seeking support from other funders to help leverage grant dollars.

To submit an on-line application, visit the SHF home page at www.superiorhealthfoundation.org. For more information, call (906) 225-6914 or email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.

UPPCO and SWP announce low-income option

MARQUETTE – Upper Peninsula Power Company and Superior Watershed Partnership’s Energy Conservation Corp have partnered on a pilot project that is aimed at delivering energy efficiency measures to qualifying low-income customers. The pilot project is intended to deliver energy conservation services consisting of education, installation of energy efficiency products, and recommendations for additional energy waste reduction savings.

“This partnership enhances our existing energy efficiency program and complements the work that is currently being done by CLEAResult, Inc. and Michigan Community Action,” said Brett French, UPPCO’s Vice President of Business Development and Communication. “By working together, UPPCO and SWP are leveraging their local presence and expertise, while collaborating on a shared vision that is focused on delivering additional cost-effective energy conservation measures for low-income customers.”

“The SWP Energy Conservation Corp is proud to assist low-income families with household energy conservation,” said Carl Lindquist, Executive Director of Superior Watershed Partnership. Reducing energy waste across all income demographics is an important component of a sustainable energy future in the Upper Peninsula. This unique pilot project with UPPCO could easily be replicated in other underserved areas.”

New campaign reminds motorcyclists to ride sober

LANSING – Summer is Michigan’s busiest season for motorcyclists as there are more than 250,000 registered motorcycles in the state. It’s also the most dangerous, as 65 percent of motorcycle crash fatalities occur between June and September. One in three singlevehicle motorcyclist fatalities in the state involve alcohol. With the busy season upon us, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning is releasing a new advertising campaign aimed at reminding motorcyclists to “Ride Sober.”

Starting this week, a new television ad filmed at the Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit began airing on cable channels throughout the state. During the month of July, highway billboards with the “Ride Sober” slogan will be displayed in counties with the highest number of motorcycle crashes and fatalities (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Kent, Genesee and Kalamazoo counties).

“Summer is a wonderful time to ride your motorcycle in our great state,” said OHSP Director Micheal L. Prince. “It’s great to ride with friends, to ride with family, or to ride by yourself. But you should always ride sober.”

The TV commercial titled “Fallen Brothers,” shows the impact of drinking and riding.

“It’s a very powerful message,” said Prince. “The images of these motorcyclists following a hearse in this beautiful cemetery really demonstrates the dangers of drinking and riding.”

According to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center, 140 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in Michigan during 2017. That’s down three from 143 in 2016, but still well above the 2008- 2014 average number of 120 fatalities.

“We’re hoping this new campaign and increased awareness will significantly reduce the number of alcohol-involved motorcycle deaths, and motorcycle deaths in general,” said Prince.

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