Michigan’s Second Measles Case of 2017 Confirmed in Connection with First, Travel-Related Case

April 15, 2017

Marquette, MI – April 15, 2017The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced a second confirmed case of measles in Michigan.  This case is an adult and the direct result of an exposure to the state’s first case of the year in late March.  The two individuals, who are not members of the same family or otherwise related, were both passengers on the same flight when the first individual was contagious.

“This underscores the importance of routine vaccination for both children and adults, and of making certain as many Michiganders as possible have protective immunity against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS. “Measles is highly contagious, and though it is generally a rare disease in the United States – in fact it was eliminated from the country in 2000 – it shows up every year as a result of travel to other parts of the world where it continues to be a common illness.”

Measles is a viral infection that can result in pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization, and death.… Read the rest

Calendar – Food – Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry at Marquette Salvation Army – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Marquette – The Marquette Rotaract Club at Northern Michigan University will host a Feeding America West Michigan mobile food pantry on Tuesday, April 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army in Marquette.

About 15,000 pounds of food will be distributed to people in need. The mobile pantry contains fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, baked goods and non-perishables intended for anyone in need from the surrounding area. Clients will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food, but they are asked to affirm that they are in need of food and to bring their own boxes, bags or laundry baskets.

The food distribution will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Any leftover items will be donated to the Salvation Army of Marquette.… Read the rest

Calendar – Health – Blood Drive in Chassell – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Chassell – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive with the bloodmobile on Tuesday, April 18 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Chassell High School in Chassell).

For an appointment, call the school office at 523-4491.… Read the rest

Calendar – Youth – 2’s and 3’s Story Time – Apr. 18, 20

April 15, 2017

Marquette – 2’s and 3’s Story Time will be offered on Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20 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 – Youth – LEGO Club Meeting – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Marquette – LEGO Club will meet on Tuesday, April 18 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.… Read the rest

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – “Fences” Film Screening – Apr. 18

April 15, 2017

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s 2017 Diversity Common Reader selection is “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine. A screening of the film “Fences” will be shown on Tuesday, April 18 at 12:30 and 6 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library.

In this film, an African American father struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. The event is free and open to the public. … Read the rest

April 16th Through April 22nd is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan

April 15, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 15, 2017 – Now that the harshest cold of winter is now in the rearview mirror, the warmth of spring and summer will soon be returning to Michigan.  With the arrival of the new seasons, come the threats from spring and summertime severe weather. As another severe weather season approaches, Governor Rick Snyder has declared April 16 – April 22, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

Severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and tornadoes were responsible for two deaths and over $160 million in damages across the state of Michigan last summer.  While the state saw a near average 16 tornadoes, six of those tornadoes actually touched down across the U.P. which was a record. In addition to the tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with high winds and flash flooding resulted in millions of dollars in damages to parts of the western U.P. … Read the rest