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Calendar – Music – Lake Effect Show Choir’s 11th Annual TASTE Concert – Apr. 26, 27

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s Lake Effect Show Choir will present its 11th Annual TASTE Concert on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. each evening in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at NMU.

This will be a night of musical entertainment complemented by appetizers, desserts and beverages. This year’s event revolves around a “Road Trip!” theme.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Forsberg’s…A New Leaf on Front Street, the NMU Music Department office in the Thomas Fine Arts building, or by calling (906)-227-2563. Show seating is determined by the order in which the tickets are purchased.

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Calendar – Education – Storm Spotter Training in Marquette – Apr. 26

Marquette – The National Weather Service will offer Storm Spotter Training on Wednesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

The presentation is a great way for residents to be significantly involved in the weather warning process by relaying important, potentially lifesaving, weather information to the National Weather Service during times of active weather. The presentation is free and open to all.

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Calendar – Community – Community Rally “Beckoning the Stop to Bullying” – Apr. 25

Escanaba – A community rally to address bullying: “Beckoning the Stop to Bullying,” will be held on Tuesday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Besse Center Auditorium at Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba.

Local union, USW Local 2-21, has dedicated itself to this cause to help others realize the effects of bullying on a community comprised of schools, worship organizations, political groups, work facilities, social networking organizations, unions, and a various others. Their goal is to spread the message that bullying will not be tolerated in our community.

The evening will begin with a project for kids and adults. There will be a number of speakers and videos about bullying and the difference everyone can make as a community.

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Calendar – Music – Bluesday Tuesday Concert with Bahluze – Apr. 25

Marquette – The Bluesday Tuesday Concert Series will offer a concert by Bahluze on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Bahluze consists of four seasoned local musicians who have played music throughout their lives and have decided to perform a genre of music that they truly love—blues. Derrell Syria plays guitar and sings lead vocals. Dave Ziegner plays bass and sings. Paul Neumann is the drummer and Gary Parkkonen plays the keys. These four musicians will impress and entertain you with both original and rearranged versions of blues tunes.

There is no admission charge to attend this event which is co-sponsored by the Marquette Area Blues Society and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. Call 226-4318 or visit www.pwpl.info for more information.

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Calendar – Youth – 2’s and 3’s Story Time – Apr. 25, 27

Marquette – 2’s and 3’s Story Time will be offered on Tuesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 27 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Children ages 2 and 3 will enjoy stories, finger plays, songs and activities. The event is free. For more information, call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Youth – LEGO Club Meeting – Apr. 25

Marquette – LEGO Club will meet on Tuesday, April 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Youth Atrium of the Peter White Public Library.

LEGO Club is for ages 5 and up. Listen to stories and work with others to build Lego projects. LEGOs are provided and the event is free.

For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Education – Computer Coaching on Mango Languages – April 24

Marquette – Computer Coaching on Mango Languages will be offered on Monday, April 24 at 3 p.m. in the Computer Lab on the upper level of the Peter White Public Library.

The class offers access to over 70 languages by downloading the app to your tablet, iPad, or phone. There are ten lessons each in ten chapters of online language instruction. Please bring personal electronic devices with you. The class is free. For more information, call the PWPL Reference Desk at 226-4312.

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Calendar – Music – “Together in Song” Concert at MTU – Apr. 24

Houghton – A “Together In Song” Concert will be held on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Rozsa Center on the campus of MTU in Houghton.

The Keweenaw Music Educators’ Association is excited to present this concert featuring elementary, middle and high school choirs from across Houghton County Public Schools.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students 18 and under. Call the ticket office at the Rozsa at 482-2073 to order or you can purchase tickets on-line.

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Diabetes Workshop coming to Ishpeming – 4/24/17

Ishpeming, MIApril 23, 2017 – The Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is returning to UP Health System-Bell Hospital beginning on April 24th. The workshop helps people living with daily challenges of diabetes, learn skills and tools needed to improve their health and manage their symptoms.  Subjects covered include: symptoms of diabetes, stress, managing fatigue and emotional problems, exercise, healthy eating, medications, and working with health care providers.

The six week class will meet on Monday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. beginning on April 24th.  Pre registration is required- family and caregivers are welcome.   There is no cost to attend.   Please call Erin Carter at 906-369-4572 to register.  For more information, visit www.upcap.org. This program is brought to you in part by UPCAP, UPDON, and the MSU Extension.

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NMU College of Business Hosts Spring Celebration Reception – 4/27/17

Marquette, MIApril 23, 2017 – The Northern Michigan University College of Business is hosting a Kevät Juhla (Spring Celebration) Reception on Thursday, April 27. The event will celebrate College of Business student, faculty and alumni achievements. It is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the University Center Explorer Rooms.

Dean Dave Rayome will share plans for a new Business Innovation Center. The free event will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Register before midnight Monday, April 24, at www.universe.com/kevatjuhla2017.

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VA Hosting Warrior to Soul Mate Retreat – 4/22/17

Iron Mountain, MIApril 20, 2017 – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting a Warrior to Soul Mate Retreat for couples in Hancock on April 22-23, 2017. Warrior to Soul Mate is a new program that provides hope and renewal to relationships impacted by military service, deployments, and war. It is free of charge for both the Veteran and his or her significant other including hotel and meals.

“It provides a safe and healing environment for Veterans to renew and reconnect with their significant other through the teaching of productive communication skills,” said John Jamison, a VA Peer Support Specialist and one of the retreat facilitators.

According to Jamison, a retired Marine combat Veteran, there is clear evidence that healthy relationships decrease episodes of stress related illness, divorce, depression, suicide, abuse and neglect.

The retreat is specifically designed for couples who have been in a committed relationship for at least six months. Other prerequisites are that one person must be a Veteran enrolled in VA health care and the couple has had no domestic abuse issues in the past six months.

Space is limited. Veterans enrolled in VA health care who are interested in the retreat should ask their VA primary care or behavioral health provider to place a consult for the Warrior to Soul Mate program or contact VA Chaplain Herb Becker at (906) 774-3300, extension 32066 or Herbert.Becker@va.gov.

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Qualified Forest Program: Application Deadline for 2018 Enrollment is September 1, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 18, 2017 – Since June 2013, the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has enrolled more than 370,000 acres of privately-held forestland in the state of Michigan. Excitement about the program continues to grow with new options for enrollment available to landowners based on recent legislative changes.

In order to be eligible for enrollment in the QFP, landowners must have a current forest management plan, written by a forester registered with MDARD.  To qualify for the program, forested parcels have to be at least 20 acres, but not larger than 640 acres in size, per taxing unit (typically a township). Parcels 20-39.9 acres have to be at least 80 percent stocked with forest capable of producing forestry products, while parcels 40-640 acres in size must be at least 50 percent stocked with the same capabilities as previously mentioned. In the event that a landowner cannot meet the stocking requirements, Public Act 107 of 2015 provides another option for landowners to enroll in the QFP. The legislation allows for the combination of agricultural use property with productive forest property, allowing mixed-use landowners to enroll their property under the Qualified Forest designation.  Similar to the regular QFP program, landowners of mixed-use parcels need to have a forest management plan in place prior to their enrollment in the QFP.

The QFP now provides three separate tax benefits for landowners. With a Qualified Forest School Tax Affidavit, enrolled land becomes exempt from a maximum of 18 mills of school operating taxes on non-homestead property. The second benefit is through the Qualified Forest Taxable Value Affidavit, which prevents the uncapping of a parcel’s taxable value when a QFP-enrolled parcel changes ownership. This can provide significant tax savings to the new landowner, provided they remain enrolled in the QFP. Recent legislation now provides a third benefit, through the Transitional Qualified Forest (TQF) option. The TQF option allows for landowners currently enrolled in the MDNR’s Commercial Forest program to transfer their property into the QFP under waiver of penalty, and provides for an incremental increase in tax liability for the following five years. Ownership and acreage restrictions do apply, and the TQF option is only in place until September 1, 2021.

As part of their continued enrollment in the QFP, landowners pay a two-mill equivalent fee annually. This fee is deposited into the Private Forestland Enhancement Fund, which supports opportunities for future timber supplies, forestry-related employment opportunities, and the conservation, maintenance, and enhancement of a sustainable private timber resource.

Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2017, to be considered for the tax exemption in the 2018 tax year. If you have any questions, please contact the QFP staff at 517-284-5630 or mdard-qfp@michigan.gov.

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