Two Pediatric Flu Deaths Confirmed in Michigan, First of the 2016-2017 Season

April 1, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 1, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed the first two influenza-associated pediatric deaths of the 2016-2017 flu season. Influenza claims the lives of children every year across the United States, which is why MDHHS is reminding residents that it’s not too late to get vaccinated for protection this season.

The reported deaths involve one child from northern Michigan and one child from western Michigan. Although this flu season has been moderate in Michigan so far, flu viruses are circulating in the community and can cause serious illness, hospitalization, and death. MDHHS strongly recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine.

“The flu vaccine this year is a good match to those viruses circulating in our communities, meaning it offers more protection than it may have in recent years,” said Dr.… Read the rest

Tax Professionals Warned of e-Services Scam

April 1, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 1, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service, Michigan Department of Treasury and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of phishing email scams claiming to be from IRS e-Services and of schemes in general as the April 18 deadline nears.

The IRS, state Treasury Department and the tax industry warned that this time of year is the high season for identity thieves to attempt to steal sensitive data from tax professionals. All tax preparers and their employees must be on guard against phishing activities.

The IRS noted a particular surge in the past 24 hours related to a phishing email scam that seeks to steal practitioners’ usernames and passwords for IRS e-Services.

The subject lines on these scam emails vary but they generally are related to e-Service account closures. Some examples include:

  • Account Closure!
  • e-Service Account is Blocked
  • Few Hours to Close Your Account
  • Your Account is Closed
  • Your Account is Terminated
  • 24Hrs to Block Your Account

Links in the scam email send practitioners to a fake e-Services login page where thieves can steal the user’s credentials.… Read the rest

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – Documentary Film “Life” Screening – Apr. 4

April 1, 2017

Marquette – In honor of Autism Awareness Month, the documentary film “Life” will be shown on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist Ron Suskind, this documentary is a coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcome great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Tables will be available for those who wish to enjoy a take-out meal while they watch the film. There is no admission charge thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the Peter White Public Library. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4318.… Read the rest

Calendar – Groups – Tasty Reads Book Group Meeting – Apr. 4

April 1, 2017

Marquette – Tasty Reads, a book group for readers who like to cook, will focus on “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais on Tuesday, April 4 at noon in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Described by The New York Times Book Review as “Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille,” it tells the story of the Haji family who deal with tragedy by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumiere, France. Share your thoughts about the book and an Indian recipe inspired by it.

New members are always welcome. For more information, visit www.pwpl.info or call 226-4303.… Read the rest

Calendar – Education – Reading Group for “Citizen: An American Lyric” Meeting – Apr. 4

April 1, 2017

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s 2017 Diversity Common Reader selection is “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine. Carlyn McManis will host a reading group for “Citizen: An American Lyric” on Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Shiras Room of the Peter White Public Library.

The event is free and open to the public. … Read the rest

Calendar – Education – Michigan Tech Preschool Enrollment – Apr. 4

April 1, 2017

Houghton – Michigan Tech Preschool Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Tuesday, April 4 at 9 a.m. for alumni families at the Michigan Tech Preschool, 2000 Woodmar Drive in Houghton.

Enrollment for incoming families begins Monday, April 10 at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to download enrollment forms, please visit michigantechpreschool.org.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – 2’s and 3’s Story Time – Apr. 4, 6

April 1, 2017

Marquette – 2’s and 3’s Story Time will be offered on Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6 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.… Read the rest

Calendar – Elder Care – Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop Begins in Marquette – Apr. 4

April 1, 2017

Marquette – A “Creating Confident Caregivers” workshop will start on Tuesday, April 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Marquette.

Creating Confident Caregivers is a program in select regions of Michigan, for family caregivers of persons with dementia and/or memory loss. Creating Confident Caregivers is a six-session workshop led by trained dementia care specialists. This university tested program provides participants with information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase their effectiveness as a Caregiver.

This is a six week workshop which meets once each week on Tuesdays. If you are interested in participating in this workshop, contact UPCAP at 1-800-338-7227, dial 2-1-1 or visit www.upcap.org.… Read the rest

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