Energy Assistance Program Available to Michiganders

September 30, 2018

Lansing, MISeptember 30, 2018 – As colder weather arrives, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding low-income residents they can apply for emergency energy assistance either online or using paper applications.

Misinformation has been circulating that has the potential to create confusion that could cause residents to not realize that both online and paper applications for energy assistance remain options.

“MDHHS is making sure that residents who may need assistance to keep their homes heated and the lights on have access to energy assistance applications – whether they want to apply online or using paper forms” said Terrence Beurer, the department’s deputy director for Field Operations Administration. “People who need help paying their energy bills can apply online at or pick up paper applications at their local MDHHS office. Lobby navigators at MDHHS offices and some private agencies that assist with energy assistance can help people apply online. We want residents to have multiple ways to apply so they can keep their families warm.”

Assistance to low-income households is available through State Emergency Relief and the Michigan Energy Assistance Program.

State Emergency Relief is for immediate assistance to someone facing conditions of extreme hardship or emergencies threatening health and safety. This emergency support is designed to help low-income households that are normally able to make ends meet, but occasionally need help when an unexpected situation arises – and is available to pay for utilities only when a shutoff has occurred or there is a threat of a shutoff.

The Michigan Energy Assistance Program is a preventive program designed to provide energy assistance to low-income households so that they can reach energy self-sufficiency.

A household that qualifies for State Emergency Relief for heat or non-heat electricity services also qualifies for additional energy services from the Michigan Energy Assistance Program through private agencies that have received MDHHS grant funding.

More information can be found on the Michigan Energy Assistance Program website. Grantees for 2018-19 have not yet been announced, but the website will be updated in October.

If they do not want to or cannot apply online, people can apply for energy assistance at local MDHHS offices or through MEAP grantees. The application form MDHHS-1171 can be found and printed on the Assistance Application page of the MDHHS website.

Michigan Energy Assistance Program grantees will use the MI Bridges online system to assist applicants and provide them with energy self-sufficiency services such as weatherizing their homes so they are more energy efficient.

There are some changes in the application process beginning Oct. 1.

All households applying for energy assistance are now using MDHHS applications. Previously, there were different applications for the Michigan Energy Assistance Program. MDHHS will now process all applications, which will streamline the process and allow grantees to devote more of their resources to helping people become energy self-sufficient.

Beginning Oct. 1, people can apply for energy assistance year-round. That’s different than in recent years, when people were required to apply only during the designated energy crisis season, which was from Nov. 1 to May 31.

Anyone with questions about energy assistance can visit the website and click on “Assistance Programs” and then “Emergency Relief: Home, Utilities & Burial.” Or contact the local MDHHS office for information.

Munising Hosts “Art in the Alley” Installation

September 30, 2018

Munising, MISeptember 30, 2018 – Don’t miss out on seeing Munising’s “Art in the Alley” installation before it’s taken down in mid-October.  Enjoy the exhibit, have lunch (or dinner) and visit our gift shops, museums, art galleries, etc.

Come on Tuesday, October 2 and enjoy the last Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market of the year at Bayshore Park from 4pm-7pm.

Get more details on this and upcoming events here or here.




Michigan Municipal League Board Names Six New Members

September 30, 2018

Grand Rapids, MISeptember 30, 2018 – Officials from Boyne City, Holland, Menominee, Midland, Pontiac, and Vassar Selected to Statewide Municipal Association.

The members of the Michigan Municipal League recently elected six new members to the statewide League Board of Trustees.

During the League’s Annual Meeting at its 2018 Convention Sept. 21 in Grand Rapids, the League membership elected as new board members: Midland Councilmember Diane Brown Wilhelm; Michael Cain, City Manager of Boyne City; Vassar City Manager Brian Chapman; Holland Mayor Nancy De Boer; Menominee Mayor Jean Stegeman; and Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman.

The League board also selected its 2018-19 officers. Ferndale Councilmember Melanie Piana named president and Saginaw City Councilmember Brenda F. Moore was named vice president. As vice president, Moore is in line to become the League president for the 2019-20 term.

New board member details (all terms expire in 2021):

Diane Brown Wilhelmis a tireless public servant, sitting on the Midland city council and city planning commission for more than 10 combined years. She also is the city council’s legislative director, representing the city as a delegate to the Michigan Municipal League. She also holds leadership roles with Midland’s Shelterhouse, Midland Community Family Ministries, and the League of Women Voters. She is a senior manager executive for Accenture.

Michael Cainhas served as city manager of Boyne City since 2002. He has over 35 years of municipal management experience having previously worked for Grand Traverse County, Traverse City, Fenton, Wolverine Lake, Troy, and St. Johns. Cain has served on various League committees. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Michigan Municipal Executives where he served on the board and several committees. He currently serves as the chairperson of the Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet County 911 Authority and is also on the board of Networks Northwest. Cain works hard to remove unnecessary organizational silos, promotes collaboration between and within organizations and communities, all while looking for ways to say yes. He is the past president and current board member of the Boyne Valley Lions Club and is an Eagle Scout.

Brian Chapmanhas been serving in local government since 2007 and is the current city manager for the City of Vassar. Prior to coming to Vassar, Chapman was the organization development specialist for the City of Oshkosh, WI; management assistant for the City of Oshkosh, WI; and assistant to the city manager in Negaunee, MI. Chapman has also served as a consultant to numerous communities and counties throughout Wisconsin. His background includes areas as diverse as public works, economic development, public finance, organizational development, process improvement, and long-range planning. Chapman is an active member of the International City Managers Association (ICMA), Michigan Municipal Executives, and Strong Towns.

Nancy De Boeris the 43rdmayor of the City of Holland and became the first woman mayor in the city’s 148-year history when she was elected in November 2015.She previously served 10 years as a member of the city council.During her tenure on the council, she has championed many initiatives, but most notably played a vital role in fostering the redevelopment of the city’s 60-year-old civic center. After 11 studies, three committees, and plans over the last three decades, the Holland Civic Center has finally been reborn and will catalyze human connections and investment in Holland. The city is now beginning a visioning for waterfront development with the vacation of the coal-fired power plant on the water.

Jean Stegeman has more than six years’ experience as a municipal official, currently serving as mayor in the City of Menominee. She was a member of and served as chair of the Menominee planning commission for several years prior to becoming mayor. She is active in several local civic organizations.

Dr. Deirdre Watermanwas elected as mayor of Pontiac in 2013, becoming the first woman to be elected to the position, and she was re-elected in November 2017. As mayor she has numerous accomplishments, including working successfully to end 10 years of emergency managers and state takeover and guiding the city from a deficit budget to a $15 million surplus. An ophthalmologist by profession, Dr. Waterman is a longtime business owner and operated her practice, Holloway Eye Care, in Pontiac for more than 30 years. She was the first African-American female ophthalmologist in the state of Michigan. She also served as chairman of the National Medical Association, Region IV, as well as two terms as finance chair for that organization. She was president of the Associated Healthcare Providers and is listed in the first education of Vital Signs: Michigan, citing African-American achievement in healthcare. She was awarded the 2017 Crain’s Newsmaker of the Year Award in February 2018. She was named one of Essence Magazine’s ‘Woke 100 Women’ of the year in the May 2018 issue and is featured in the photo spread with the 18 most prominent African American Women Mayors in the country.
The newly elected Trustees join Piana, Moore and the other volunteers who remain on the 2018-19 Board: Marlon Brown, Mason Mayor Pro Tem; Christine Burns, Spring Lake Village Manager; Shea Charles, Howell City Manager; Brenda Jones, Detroit Council President; Andy LeCureaux, Hazel Park City Councilmember; Richard Lewis, Traverse City Commissioner; Kimberley Sims, Muskegon Heights Mayor; Oliver Turner, Sault Ste. Marie City Manager; William Wild, Westland Mayor; and Mark Vanderpool, Sterling Heights City Manager.

The board and League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin also thanked for their years of service outgoing President Catherine Bostick-Tullius, Lapeer City Commissioner; and board members Wendell Dompier, Baraga Village President; Maureen Donker, Midland Mayor; Jason Eppler, Ionia City Manager; Rebecca Fleury, Battle Creek City Manager; and Rusty Showalter, West Branch Councilmember.

FARM Science Lab visits at Superior Hills Elementary

September 30, 2018

Marquette, MISeptember 30, 2018 – Superior Hills’s second, third, fourth and fifth graders got a head start on learning more about how their food is raised as the Food, Agriculture & Resources in Motion (FARM) Science Lab made a stop at school this week.

Classes spent an hour apiece investigating renewable resources, studying food science or learning the structure and function of plants.

Equipped with the latest teaching technologies and tooled with STEM-based lessons to increase agricultural awareness, the 40-foot mobile classroom brings hands-on, field trip-type learning directly to schools.

The FARM Science Lab helps to reinforce grade-level standards with hands-on science experiments while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives. All FARM Science Lab lessons meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

“The FARM Science Lab provides an opportunity for students engage and learn about the role agriculture plays in our daily lives while connecting to the NGSS science standards,” said Michelle Blodgett, FARM Science Lab Manager, Michigan Farm Bureau. “Through our Michigan Agriculture in the Classroom programming, which includes the FARM Science Lab, we strive to show teachers ways to make real-world connections to scientific concepts through agriculture.”

The FARM Science Lab’s visit to Superior Hills) was sponsored by the Michigan Farm Bureau and the Upper Michigan Farm Bureau Grant Committee.

The FARM Science Lab is made possible by generous donors to the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501c3 charitable organization housed by Michigan Farm Bureau.

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant FILLED

September 29, 2018

Apply for a job at GLR today
Great Lakes Radio, Inc., an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Position Type:
Full Time/Part time
Reception / Administrative Assistant
Typical Work Day:
Weekdays between 8:30 am to 5pm. Other hours and duties assisting various departments may be required, especially during contest and giveaways.
This position may offer more hours in other areas for those with writing, web, and eBay experience. 
Open Application Dates:
$9.25 per hour, but compensation is commensurate with experience.

You must send the writing samples requested with your resume or in a email to be considered for this position.

Short Description of Position:

We are seeking a highly organized multi-tasker to professionally answer phones, do typical administrative tasks, run a cash register for our Shopping Show, provide sales support, promotional support, maintain newsletter, write promotional messages & scripts, write and perhaps record on-air promotional scripts for Items-of-the-Day and specials, run fax machine, complete daily reconciliation report, do daily backups, run front desk & reception. Quick mastery of phone/fax/email and other office systems is a must. A variety of other tasks and duties may be required as directed by management.

Required Skills:

General office skills required include but are not limited to: reception and cash register usage, fax machine (incoming & outgoing), cash management from shopping show sales, sale support, completing reports, filing and organizational skills, excellent computer skills with experience using spreadsheets, Microsoft or Open Office productively programs, decent typing speed and accuracy, excellent writing and editing skills for online posts, email & newsletter, simple presentations skill, proposal editing, promotional script writing from time-to-time, e-mail, internet account management, detail-oriented policy adherence, and communications and writing skills focused on promotional and marketing success.

In addition to usual in house cash register sales and upsells, candidate should be comfortable with online activities, including but not limited to online sales (eBay, Craigslist, PayPal etc), and social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is a big plus.

Other Requirements:

A flexible mind, honesty, attention to details, great attitude, positive interaction with customers and clients and salespeople are the most important qualities for the successful candidate. Willing and able to learn new skills, apply them successfully, and work in a highly challenging, multitasking environment are also extremely important qualities the successful candidate will possess.

Other Possibilities:

Great Lakes Radio provides employees with many opportunities for growth in different areas within the company. Based on your experiences and interest, you may be able to pick up more hours in other departments to achieve more work hours.

Knowledge in the following areas could help you grow your position at Great Lakes Radio in the future if hired:

  • Writing
  • Web Experience
  • Computer Technology Experience

How To Apply:

Great Lakes Radio, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please send your resume and writing samples to or Employment, C/O Great Lakes Radio, Inc. 3060 U.S. 41 West, Marquette, MI 49855.

Applicants should provide three writing samples: one sample in the first person, one in third person, and a third of your choice.

All writing samples should be 5-9 paragraphs long, written at the 6th-8th grade reading level with the public as intended audience. Inclusion of a photograph appropriate to the article would also be helpful to evaluate current skill set.

All qualified persons have equal opportunities in positions at our company, including but not limited to equal opportunity for recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, training, discipline and treatment.

All qualified persons have equal opportunities in positions at our company, including but not limited to equal opportunity for recruitment, selection, appointment, promotion, training, discipline and treatment. Great Lakes Radio, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

Wheel Classes for Beginners to Advanced – October 1

September 28, 2018

Calumet, Mi. – The Calumet Art Center is offering wheel classes for beginners to advanced this Monday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Ed Gray will teach interested people how to use the wheel or learn more. Schedule your own 2-hour sessions at any time that suits your needs (between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.).

  • Choosing your starting date and signing up when you register is required. Only one student per scheduled time.

Call (906) 934- 2228 for more information or to register.

NMU Presents Alumni Awards

September 27, 2018

Five Northern Michigan University alumni were honored during Homecoming festivities Sept. 21-22 for significant achievements in their fields, substantial contributions to society and demonstrated exceptional leadership and civic qualities. The recipients and their awards were: Keith Nelsen (’86 BS) of Minneapolis, Minn., and Scott Schloegel (’90 BS) of Springfield, Va., Distinguished Alumni; Beth Millner (’08 BFA) of Marquette, Outstanding Young Alumni; Michele Butler (’76 BS, ’78 MAE) of Marquette, Alumni Community Service; and Skye Patrick of Downey, Calif., Alumni Achievement.

Nelsen is executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Best Buy Co., Inc. He has multi-channel accountability for worldwide legal operations and for identifying, managing and mitigating material risks to Best Buy. He is also the executive sponsor of Best Buy’s Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) and is very active in the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives. Nelsen graduated with a degree in finance from NMU. He said playing quarterback for the Wildcats football team helped him to develop discipline, time management and a strong work ethic. Nelsen credits former coach Herb Grenke and the late mathematics professor Tom Knauss as prominent mentors.

“I discovered I won an NCAA post-graduate scholarship, which is given to 25 football players in the country across all divisions for academic and athletic performance,” he said. “Tom Knauss, who was also chair of NMU’s Athletic Council, completed the application for me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I walked into his office, knowing my plan to be the next Bart Starr wasn’t going to work out. But I came out knowing that I would continue on with school (he earned his juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin). I owe him dearly for where I am today. I came to NMU scared and insecure, but left with a set of experiences that made me ready for what I do today.”

Schloegel retired after 25 years of service in the federal government. He graduated with a communications degree and went to work for Michigan state representatives Bart Stupak and Ken DeBeaussaert. After Stupak was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992, Schloegel became the Congressman’s district administrator and later chief of staff until 2011. From 2007-2011, he also served as an investigator and professional staff member on the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, which Stupak chaired. He closed out his career at the Export-Import Bank of the United States, initially as chief of staff, then as first vice president and vice chairman of the board and, finally, as acting president and chairman in December 2017.

“My years at Northern were the most memorable and formative of my life,” Schloegel said. “The size of the university allowed me to get involved in a lot of activities that helped me to develop skills that ultimately led to an appointment by President Obama. I was inspired from a leadership perspective by many. NMU’s leadership programs are wildly successful. There are grads across the country and around the world making significant impacts thanks to a foundation of great education and leadership training here at Northern.”

Millner graduated with a degree in metalsmithing and launched her home-based jewelry business out of the corner of her kitchen. Four years after graduating, her business was thriving and she made the transition to a brick-and-mortar location in downtown Marquette. Millner is dedicated to giving back to her community. This year, she designed custom pendants for four local non-profits and donated the sales proceeds to each organization. She also donates jewelry pieces to local fundraisers, events and silent auctions. Millner regularly gives presentations to aspiring artists, business owners and students at NMU. She also sponsors awards at NMU’s Senior Art Show and Marquette’s Art on the Rocks.

“At Northern, professor Dale Wedig made critiques fun,” said the Marinette native. “He taught me how to understand and interpret art in a way I hadn’t before. I knew I would study art and design, but I didn’t know exactly which direction I would go. NMU let me try different studio classes and find the right path. Jewelry classes enabled me to use different skill sets and I gravitated toward that concentration.”

Butler is co-owner of Vango’s restaurant in Marquette. She has provided an invaluable training site for young people and has mentored other business owners and countless NMU students over the years. In addition to being a cornerstone of regional business, Butler is also well known as an ardent and active supporter of the Marquette community and region. She has been honored many times for her service and contributions, including receiving one of Rotary International’s highest honors, the Service Above Self Award, for demonstrating exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others.

“This is a great honor, but I didn’t get here by myself,” said Butler at the awards ceremony. “A lot of people in the room have helped me get where I am today. I was a graduate assistant at NMU and earned my master’s degree. I particularly remember Bob Allbritten as an excellent instructor. There were others instrumental in my early endeavors and I appreciate all the help they’ve given me over the years.”

Patrick is director of the L.A. County Library, which offers services to more than 3.4 million residents in unincorporated areas and to residents of 49 of the 88 incorporated cities of L.A. County. Patrick has made it her mission to break down barriers and increase access. She continues to reinforce the library’s role in the community as a civic and cultural center, a hub for public information and services, and an institution of literacy, innovation and lifelong learning. Patrick was previously Broward County (Florida) Library’s director and held leadership roles at Queens Public Library in New York and San Francisco Public Library. She even worked for the libraries at NMU and her high school.

“I want to thank NMU for this tremendous acknowledgment,” Patrick said. “I was the first African American female to graduate with a BFA with a concentration in film. Some of my peers and I started the first LGBTQ student group at Northern. Being a person of color and openly queer at the time I was there was a challenge. I encourage the university to continue to create a community of tolerance so there’s a feeling of inclusion. I hope there’s an opportunity to make everyone feel welcomed at that magnificent campus.”

Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees Meeting

September 27, 2018

Houghton, MISeptember 27, 2018 – Michigan Technological University’s Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 28 in Memorial Union Building Ballroom B.


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