Home & Garden Show – April 28 & 29

Perkins, Mich.– The Bethany Lutheran Church will be hosting a Home & Garden Show at the Perkins Lions Club this Saturday and Sunday, April 28 & 29.

April 28 (Saturday)- 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

April 29 (Sunday)- 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

What’s for sale?


  • Decorative Pots
  • Bird, Butterfly, and Bat Houses
  • Bird Feeders
  • Gardening Aides
  • Hand Painted Spring Glassware
  • Spring Linens, and MORE!

Perfect for Mothers Day!

3rd Annual Spring Fling Sing – April 28

Marquette, Mi.– The 3rd Annual Spring Fling Sing is at the Lake Superior Christian Church this Saturday, April 28 from 3:00- 5:30 p.m.

This year’s show features the local Barbershop Chorus, two fabulous quartets, and the Gwinn MS/HS Choir.

There will be an afterglow at the Gwinn VFW at 6:00 p.m. including a light meal for the performers and anyone else who wants to attend.

Cost: $15/ticket for show. $15/ticket for afterglow. (Save by getting both for $20)! Tickets are available at

Contact info: Pete Stephens-Brown (906)-361-8308,

Keweenaw Roller Girls Pancake Breakfast – April 28

Hancock, Mi.– The Keweenaw Roller Girls are hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, to kick off their 2018 season, this Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

$5/plate of pancakes. All pancakes will be delivered to tables by skates!

The league coordinates with other roller derby leagues in the U.P. to help establish a thriving, committed roller derby community throughout the area. All proceeds will go toward the 2018 season.


Tickets can be purchased here:

‘Laser X’ 90’s Alternative Rock Laser Light Show – April 28

Marquette, Mich.– The Shiras Planetarium will be showing ‘Laser X’ a 90’s Alternative Rock laser light show this Saturday, April 28, from 9:30- 10:20 p.m.

Come rock with the top alternative songs of the ’90s! Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Chris Cornell, and White Zombie highlight this energy-packed laser light show!

$10/ ticket. Get your tickets here. This is a fundraiser for the Shiras Planetarium!

Play List:

  • Lost – Stabbing Westward
  • Bulls On Parade – Rage Against the Machine
  • Zero – Smashing Pumpkins
  • Park Avenue – Girl Against Boys
  • Monkey Wrench – Foo Fighters
  • Would – Alice in Chains
  • Push It – Garbage
  • Sunshower – Chris Cornell
  • Guilty – Gravity Kills
  • Shame – Stabbing Westward
  • Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers
  • Du Hast – Rammstein
  • More Human Than Human – White Zombie

Doors open at 9:15 p.m. No late entry.

*Please note: Volume levels will be high and some imagery is intense. Some shows may contain explicit language or images which may be inappropriate for children. Please be aware that laser lights and strobes might cause seizures.

YMCA Run/Walk – April 28

Marquette, Mi.– Join the YMCA for a fun fitness event for the whole family, starting at the YMCA, this Saturday, April 28.

  • The course runs along the beautiful Lake Superior, starting and finishing at the YMCA of Marquette County.
  • The event is open to all and includes a 10 mile, 10k, 5k, and a 5k non-competitive walk, one-mile youth run, and a toddler trot.
  • Family fun, activities, and refreshments will be provided throughout the morning.

Registration for this event will be taken at the YMCA. For more info or if you would like to volunteer, please call or email Race Director, Jenna Zdunek, at (906)-227-9622,


Rummage Sale at the Elks – April 28

Marquette, Mi.– A Rummage Sale will be at the Elks Lodge this Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Goods such as antiques, home goods, clothing, jewelry, and artwork can be found at the sale. Sales benefit Jacobetti Vets and non-profit Music For All Kids (MFAK).

  • Donations are accepted April 24-27th from 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
  • For details/info call (906) 361-3992 or (906) 226-8090
Saturday Morning Yoga – April 28

Munising, Mi. – Hosted by Yoga Borealis, Saturday Morning Yoga will be at the Alger Parks & Recreation Department this Saturday, April 28 from 10:30- 11:45 a.m.

Starting off with a general morning practice, this mixed level class will have students practicing basic yoga poses, sun salute, moon salute, basic breathing techniques, and short meditation.

Register through Alger Parks and Recreation Department (906) 387-5636

Project ‘Feed A Hungry Neighbor’ Food Donation Collection, April 28

Ishpeming, Mich. – Wesley United Methodist Church will sponsor the sixth annual Project Feed A Neighbor, a community-wide food drive to restock the pantries at the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul.

On Saturday, April 28, volunteers will collect the food donations from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ishpeming area and deliver them to the food pantries.


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Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention- Grant Applications Sought by Children’s Trust Fund

Marquette, Mich. — 04/24/2018 — The Children’s Trust Fund is seeking proposals from community-based organizations to provide services to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Successful grantees can receive up to $50,000 per year for four years beginning in October 2018.

This funding opportunity from the public nonprofit Children’s Trust Fund within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is for community-based secondary direct prevention programs/services designed to promote strong, nurturing families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The target population is families that have risks or challenges in their lives that could result in parenting and child development difficulties and the risk of child abuse or neglect.

The funding is not to support programs for children and families when child abuse and neglect already has been substantiated.

These Direct Services grants are currently funding innovative services statewide. Examples include:

  • Home visitation programs such as Healthy Families America and Parents as Teachers.
  • Services for families with incarcerated parents.
  • Parent Education Support Groups in family resource centers.
  • Positive Parenting using the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Model.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program. Applications will be accepted through May 22, 2018, at 3 p.m. The Children’s Trust Fund – Direct Service project period is Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2022.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website at and click the “About EGrAMS” link on the left panel to access the “Competitive Application Instructions” training manual. The complete request for proposal document can be accessed on the MI E-Grants website in the “Current Grants” section by clicking the “Children’s Trust Fund – Direct Services” link and accessing the “CTFDS-2019” grant program.

Michigan’s Safe Delivery Law Helping Save the Lives of Newborns

Marquette, Mich.04/24/2018 – As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month outreach efforts, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michigan citizens to learn about the state’s Safe Delivery Law, and how they can help keep babies safe by promoting awareness of the statute.

To highlight the importance of this potentially life-saving law, April 20 has been proclaimed Safe Delivery of Newborns Day by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Under the law, a biological parent may legally surrender an infant no more than 72 hours old to an emergency service provider. An emergency service provider is a uniformed or otherwise identified employee or contractor of a hospital, fire department or police station that is inside the building and on duty, or a paramedic or emergency medical technician, who responds to a 911 call.

“Tragically, newborn infants have died due to neglect and exposure after being abandoned. This reminds us of the importance of ensuring public awareness of the Safe Delivery Law,” said Nick Lyon, MDHHS director. “We urge all Michiganders to help spread the word about the safe, legal and anonymous option of surrendering an infant, who will then be placed with a loving adoptive family.”

Since the state law was enacted in 2001, more than 200 babies have been surrendered in Michigan.

To learn more about the Safe Delivery Law, visit or call the toll-free 24-hour hotline at 866-733-7733.

Long-time U.P. Gasoline Vendor Sentenced To Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that David Louis Vernier, age 64, of Ishpeming, was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for committing bankruptcy fraud. The sentence was imposed by Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker of the U.S. District Court.

David Vernier, the father of Brooke Vernier, came to the attention of special agents of the FBI as they investigated the younger Vernier’s involvement in a $145,000,000 check-kiting scheme that she executed in 2012. Brooke Vernier, the owner of numerous gas stations in the U.P., circulated a huge number of bad checks amongst seven different corporate bank accounts at three different banks in 2012, thus temporarily leading the banks’ accounting systems to erroneously conclude that her accounts held more money than was actually there. When the fraud was discovered, the banks had suffered a loss of more than $1.7 million. She was subsequently convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $1,780,232 in restitution to the banks.

Now David Vernier, Brooke’s father, is also headed to federal prison. FBI agents learned that David Vernier ran a number of gas stations in the U.P. in the 2000s, but had fallen into debt. In October 2010, he filed for bankruptcy, claiming to have no real property, no income, no interests in any businesses and more than $3 million in debts. The FBI’s investigation revealed that Vernier was actually involved in running his daughter’s businesses and being paid by them. The FBI also found that he had lied not only in his original bankruptcy petition, but also during subsequent bankruptcy proceedings and in testimony he gave in a related deposition. The investigation showed that he was fraudulently attempting to discharge his more than $3 million in debts while, at the same time, secretly retaining his assets and interests in various businesses.

Vernier’s request to have his debts discharged were denied by Chief Judge Scott W. Dales of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in May 2012 because Vernier had failed to retain business records that would have allowed the Bankruptcy Court to thoroughly analyze his financial condition. In denying Vernier’s request for bankruptcy relief, Judge Dales asked, “does anybody have a good handle on who owns what . . . or is everything just hopelessly scrambled?” During Vernier’s sentencing on April 19, 2018, Chief Judge Jonker concluded that Vernier scrambled his finances and destroyed records as part of a conscious business plan to defraud his creditors. Chief Judge Jonker also found that Mr. Vernier’s wrongdoing was sustained over a long period of time.

U.S. Attorney Birge commented that: “The bankruptcy process is intended to help honest but unfortunate debtors work with creditors to resolve crushing debt and hopefully get a new financial start on life. But Mr. Vernier tried to abuse the process and get his debts modified or set aside while hiding his true assets and business interests. That’s just another form of fraud. And the consequences for fraud in the federal system are serious, as he can now attest.”

During the sentencing hearing, Vernier gave a 40-minute long statement to Chief Judge Jonker. Based on this statement, Chief Judge Jonker concluded that Vernier, despite pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud, had not accepted responsibility for his crimes.

The case against Brooke Vernier and the subsequent case against David Vernier were investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maarten Vermaat.

DEA Partners with State and Local Law To Take Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs – April 28

Marquette, Mi.– On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. State and local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring your pills for disposal to any participating precinct, office or department. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in 456 tons (912,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,300 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 14 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds—more than 4,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs, disposal locations or about the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to


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