Escanaba Salvation Army Appeals For More Red Kettle Donations

As the weather the last couple of weeks took a downturn donations at The Salvation Army Kettles have slowed and officials are seriously concerned for the annual fund raising effort.

As The Salvation Army Red Kettle effort moves into its final week donations are just over $7,000 behind last year’s collections. Major Ralph Hansen also noted that mail in donations have been sluggish this year as well causing concern for the success of our major fund raising campaign.

 

Michigan, Wisconsin Electors Cast Their Ballots For Trump

It’s official. Michigan’s 16 electors and Wisconsin’s ten electors have cast their ballots for Donald Trump for president. Despite some protests, the electors maintained their support for the President-elect when they took part in the vote of the Electoral College in both Lansing and Madison on Monday. There has been a move around the country to try to sway at least 36 electors nationwide to change their votes from Trump. In Wisconsin, Trump beat Hillary Clinton by over 20-thousand votes on Election Day.

 

Michigan Health-Human Services Dept. Names Deputy Directors

A pair of experienced leaders have been picked to head policy and aging services for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Matt Lori, who has more than 35 years of experience in public service in a variety of capacities, will be senior deputy director of the Policy, Planning and Legislative Services Administration for MDHHS. Richard Kline, who has nearly 20 years of experience serving seniors, will be senior deputy director of the department’s Aging &

 

Michigan Sen. Peters Appointed To Armed Services Committee

Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters has been appointed to the Senate Committee on Armed Services for the 115th Congress, subject to ratification by the Democratic Caucus. Peters will also continue to serve on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee.

“As a former Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, I am proud to be carrying on Michigan’s strong military tradition by joining the Senate Armed Services Committee.

 

Changes Coming For Pictured Rocks Backcountry Camping

Backcountry camping at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has doubled in growth in the last five years. The increase in usage has made it more difficult for backpackers to get reservations and a more labor intensive process for park staff to fulfill reservations with our current system. After hearing from users about our permit process and talking to other parks, we have decided to switch to an online reservation system.

Beginning at 10 am on March 28,

 

Late Antlerless Deer Hunting Season Starts On Monday

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the 2016 late antlerless firearm deer hunting season begins on Monday. Below is the list of the deer management units (DMUs) that are open and closed for this private-land-only hunt.

A valid private-land antlerless deer license is required for this season, which runs Dec. 19 through Jan. 1, 2017.

The 2016 Michigan Antlerless Deer Digest has further rules and regulations for antlerless deer hunting.

 

U.S. Marine Corps Collects Toys At Eskymo Hockey Game

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There are many ways that you can help a neighbor in need this holiday season. One of them is through the Toys For Tots program, which the United States Marine Corps Reserve has been running every Christmas since 1947.

Folks across the Upper Peninsula have been donating toys and cash throughout December at a number of locations, including Escanaba, where there was an event on Saturday to collect even more toys for kids who are in need.

 

Michigan Residents Take Part In Wreaths Across America Day

More than 50 Michigan volunteers from across the Washington, D.C., area joined the State Society of Michigan in their second annual Wreaths Across America Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.

Despite the icy weather, the group distributed more than 4,800 wreaths to pay tribute to our fallen heroes this holiday season.

State societies are civic and social organizations that are unique to the nation’s capital region. They have developed over the last 150 years as non-partisan organizations that celebrate the history,

 

Gladstone Public Safety Collecting Food Sunday Night

Police and firefighters will be out on the streets of Gladstone Sunday looking for food for the needy. The annual Candy Cane Canned Food Drive features decorated trucks playing Christmas music. Officers, families and friends will hand out candy canes and accept your donations. The event starts at 5:00 Sunday afternoon, and if you’d like to give—just turn your porch light on.

 

OSF St. Francis Hospital Gets Ready For Flu Season

OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is doing their due diligence to prepare for the flu season. According to the CDC, flu activity begins to increase in October or November and can last as late as May, though it most often peaks in December and March. At this time, OSF has not yet had any reported flu cases at their facility and hopes the trend continues.

Influenza, commonly referred to as ‘the flu,’ is a respiratory illness and does not typically effect the digestive system,