Forest Reminds Public of Special Use Event Deadlines

April 10, 2017

Gladstone, MIApril 10, 2017 –  Hiawatha National Forest Supervisor Cid Morgan reminds the public that individuals and organizations interested in proposing “Special Uses” on National Forest lands to take notice of the following Hiawatha National Forest’s Special Uses proposal process deadlines.  Special Use Permits are required for commercial and non-commercial use of National Forest lands.

 “Following the recent conclusion of the open season for receipt of Summer/Fall uses,” said Morgan, “the Forest is now accepting applications for Winter/Spring uses occurring between November 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.”
 In order to better manage proposals, the following annual schedule is used.  Not all applications result in a permit being issued due to reasons such as conflicting uses or workload; applicants will be notified as soon as possible if their application is denied:

 

WINTER/SPRING USES Occurring between November 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018:
Submit COMPLETE application by:  July 15, 2017 – Submit complete proposal package to the Forest Service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on Non-Federal lands, and all other basic information.

 

SUMMER/FALL USES Occurring between June 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018:
Submit COMPLETE application by:  FEBRUARY 15, 2018  –Submit complete proposal package to the local Forest Service district ranger. Required information includes proposed use, itinerary, specific information on location including trails, name of group, reason why the use cannot be accommodated on Non-Federal lands, and all other basic information.

 

For either Use Season, parties with recurring uses (permits issued for more than one year) must submit annually-required information to the Forest Service (annual operating plan, insurance, brochures, etc.) by the date specified in their permit.

 

Non-Commercial  Group Use is a use or activity that involves a group of 75 or more people, either as participants or spectators, where an entry or participation fee is not charged, and the primary purpose is not the sale of a goods or service.  Examples include weddings, family reunions, church services, regattas, camping trips, hikes, music festivals, etc.

 

A permit is required Commercial Uses regardless of the number of people involved in the activity.  Such uses include several types including  Recreation Events (e.g. animal, bicycle, motocross, or triathlon type races, jeep rallies, dog trials, fishing contests, rendezvous, rodeos, adventure games, youth treks, wagon trains, concerts, and other similar events); Commercial Photography/Filming (e.g. commercial filming or sound recording, etc); Outfitting and Guiding (e.g. accommodating guests, transporting persons, providing equipment, supplies and services); and Road Use Permits (for use of roads not open to the general public for motorized use or use of roads/driveways across NFS lan to access private property).  Commercial Uses require a permit regardless of group size.

 

“In addition to streamlining our administrative processes, open seasons help us provide better service by assuring that special use proponents submit timely, complete proposals well in advance of the proposed use,” noted Morgan.

 

If you have questions about the special uses proposal, application and authorization process, please visit our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/hiawatha/passes-permitsor contact the District Ranger at Munising (906) 387-2512; Rapid River/Manistique (906) 474-6442; or Sault Ste. Marie/St. Ignace (906) 428-5200.

 

Consumer Advisory: Do Not Eat All Varieties of I.M. Heathy SoyNut Butter or I.M. Heathy Granola Due to Expanding Recall

April 10, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 10, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is warning consumers not to purchase or consume I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter or I.M. Healthy Granola.

On March 10, 2017, the SoyNut Butter Co. of Glenview, IL expanded its recall of SoyNut Butter products to include Dixie Diner’s Club Brand Carb Not Beanit Butter. This product, in addition to all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all varieties of I.M. Healthy Granola products, were recalled because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control has identified 29 people from 12 states infected with the outbreak strain E. coli O157:H7, and nine developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. No illnesses associated with this product have been identified to date in Michigan.

MDARD is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and neighboring states to coordinate regulatory actions to make sure potentially impacted products are removed from commerce. While MDARD’s food inspectors were conducting recall effectiveness checks, they were finding recalled products still available for sale in some Michigan retail food stores.

Recalled products include:

• I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter – in 15 oz. plastic jars, individual portion cups, 4 lb. plastic tubs, or 45 lb. pails. SoyNut Butter is available in Original Creamy, Chunky, Honey Creamy, Unsweetened and Chocolate.

• I.M. Healthy Granola – in individual serving packages, 12 oz. bags, 50 oz. bags, and 25 lb. bulk bag.  Available in Original, Apple, Blueberry, and Raisin and Cranberry

• Dixie Diner’s Club Brand Carb Not Beanit Butter

E.coli symptoms vary by individual, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is fever, it usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/less than 38.5˚C). Most people get better within a week. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or can cause life-threatening issues such as HUS. People, especially children, who may have consumed these products and are experiencing illness symptoms should immediately contact their healthcare provider. The onset of symptoms is usually within 3-4 days of consumption but may be as short as 1 day or as long as 10 days.

Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should throw them away immediately or contact the firm where they were purchased for further information. Because of the long shelf life of these products (1-2 years), consumers who may have purchased these products in the past should check their cupboards for these recalled products.

Michigan Tech President Announces Intention to Return to Faculty in 2018

April 10, 2017

Houghton, MIApril 10, 2017 – Michigan Technological University President Glenn D. Mroz announced his intention to return to faculty starting no sooner than June 30, 2018. In an open letter to the University community today, Mroz stated, “For some time now, the University leadership and I have worked to develop a comprehensive plan in anticipation of leadership succession. This announcement marks the beginning of a period of transition, allowing the Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough and effective search.”

Board of Trustees Chair Terry Woychowski stated, “It’s with considerable regret we acknowledge this news from Glenn. Being the type of leader he is, he’s given Michigan Tech and the Board of Trustees a long lead time. This is not the time to thank Glenn for his amazing tenure—that will come in due course. For now, we need his foot on the gas and both hands on the wheel.”

Mroz is the third-longest serving current president among the public universities in the state of Michigan and will be the fourth-longest serving president at Michigan Tech by the time he steps down next year.

Mroz continued, “Communications like these often bring feelings of uncertainty, and with uncertainty sometimes comes a predilection to delay decision-making. I have no intention of allowing Michigan Tech to lose its forward momentum. The University owes you nothing less.”

The full contents of Mroz’s letter are below.

 

Dear Michigan Tech Community,

After much thought and deliberation, I am writing to let you know that yesterday I informed the Board of Trustees of my intent to return to the Michigan Tech faculty ranks as of June 30, 2018.

For some time now, the University leadership and I have worked to develop a comprehensive plan in anticipation of leadership succession. This announcement marks the beginning of a period of transition, allowing the Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough and effective search.

Communications like these often bring feelings of uncertainty, and with uncertainty sometimes comes a predilection to delay decision-making. I have no intention of allowing Michigan Tech to lose its forward momentum. The University owes you nothing less.

The Board of Trustees is organizing the search and will provide brief details at their open meeting on April 28.

When President Ray Smith informed the then Board of Control of his intention to step down as president in 1978, he wrote, “My reason is simple. It’s time.” I can’t say it better than that.

 

Warm regards,


Glenn

 

Student Law Forum Hosts Talk on Police Encounters – 4/12/17

April 10, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 10, 2017 – The NMU Student Law Forum will host a presentation titled “Don’t Tase Me, Bro! A Citizen’s Guide to Police Encounters.” Marquette Co. Sheriff Greg Zyburt and attorney Karl Numinen will be the speakers at this Suds, Buds and Barristers event. Their talk begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, in the upstairs community space at Ore Dock Brewing Company. It is free and open to the public.

The Student Law Forum’s goal is to provide its members with the resources to successfully enter law school. It engages its members in LSAT preparation, law school tours, conferences and speakers. Members also discuss high-profile legal issues and other topics of interest to students.

Imdieke Chairs Geisel Award Committee

April 10, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 10, 2017 – Sandra Imdieke, Northern Michigan University education professor, is chair of the 2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award selection committee. The annual award is given to author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Imdieke and committee members will review the eligible books published in 2017 and will make the award decision, announcement and presentation in 2018.

“It was a surprise and an honor to be asked to chair this committee,” said Imdieke. “Those of us who serve on these book award committees are often asked why we would want to read and review the hundreds of titles we receive during the year. But, as a committee member, you soon realize the privilege and responsibility you have been given to make recommendations that will add to the rich canon and history of children’s literature.”

The American Library Association’s Geisel Award honors books that will motivate and support readers ranging between pre-kindergarten through second grade. Dr. Seuss, the pen name of Theodor Seuss Geisel, is associated with easy-to-read books, such as The Cat in the Hat. The award honors that style of book.

Imdieke has served on the Newbery Award committee and as chair of the Caldecott Award committee. She was the recipient of the 2005 Michigan’s Reading Association’s Teacher Education Award. She has also served as a regional coordinator and chair of the International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choices Project.

Calendar – Education – Science On Tap Event “The Next Generation: Research Presented by NMU Student Scholars” – Apr. 13

April 10, 2017

Marquette – A Northern Michigan University Science on Tap event titled “The Next Generation: Research Presented by NMU Student Scholars” will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the upstairs community space at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in downtown Marquette.

Science on Tap is a monthly lecture series hosted by Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society at NMU. It is held on the second Thursday of every month. Presentations are typically 45-60 minutes, with the opportunity for questions afterward. Admission is free.

Calendar – Seniors – Welcome to Medicare Seminar in Escanaba – Apr. 13

April 10, 2017

Escanaba – UPCAP’s Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program will offer a free “Welcome to Medicare” seminar on Thursday, April 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the UPCAP Lower Conference Room, 2501 14th Avenue South, Escanaba.

The seminar is targeted towards folks that will be eligible for Medicare sometime within the next six months. Learn the basics of Medicare, and discuss what folks should be thinking about when making decisions on their Medicare choices. Information about programs that may be available to help pay out-of-pocket Medicare costs will also be discussed.

There is no charge to attend this informational event and a helpful workbook will be provided to each participant. Registration is required by calling 1-800-803-7174, or by simply dialing 2-1-1 and indicating your wish to register for the “Welcome to Medicare” event in Escanaba on April 13.

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Ishpeming – Apr. 13

April 10, 2017

Ishpeming – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive with the bloodmobile on Thursday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UPHS-Bell in Ishpeming.

For an appointment, call Amber Brancheau at 485-2777.

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