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

April 22, 2017

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.

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

April 22, 2017

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 for more information.

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

April 22, 2017

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 or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

Calendar – Youth – LEGO Club Meeting – Apr. 25

April 22, 2017

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 or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

MDHHS Urges Pregnant Women to Ask Physicians About Prenatal STD Testing

April 22, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 22, 2017 – During the month of April, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is recognizing National Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month to highlight the importance of testing during pregnancy.

Many STD infections that can occur in pregnant women can also affect a newborn baby. However, the transmission of these infections to the baby may be prevented with proper testing during pregnancy. Testing pregnant women for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis multiple times during pregnancy will lead to better health outcomes for both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

“If a physician is aware of the woman’s infection before the baby is born, they can provide treatment to ensure the baby doesn’t become infected,” says Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.

Every pregnant woman should be tested for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis at their first prenatal visit.  MDHHS recommends additional testing at 26-28 weeks. Pregnant women with high risk factors such as having an STD, using or injecting drugs, or having more than one sex partner, should also be tested for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B at 36 weeks or at delivery even if their previous tests were negative.

Testing is important because people often do not show signs or symptoms of having HIV, hepatitis B or syphilis.  Pregnant women who are infected with HIV, hepatitis B, or syphilis can transmit their infections to a baby who would have a greater risk of becoming infected or developing severe health problems because of an infection.

Pregnant women with these infections may need to begin treatment during pregnancy.  Early treatment greatly reduces the chance of the baby being born with the infection or having severe health outcomes.

In addition to treatment in pregnancy the baby may also need treatment at birth to protect them from getting the infection.

In the past five years, Michigan has had three preventable cases of perinatal Hepatitis B, three cases of congenital syphilis and three babies born with HIV infection.  MDHHS encourages all pregnant women to ask questions and discuss their risks and concerns with their doctor during their prenatal visits.

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