National Homeless Awareness Month

October 30, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 30, 2018 – The Alger Marquette Schoolcraft Continuum of Care Planning Body (AMSCoC), as part of National Homeless Awareness Month for November, will be hosting a couple of public events as well as releasing a number of articles/stories aimed at raising awareness of the AMSCoC and the work it is doing to help homeless families and individuals in Alger, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties.

The month long activities kick-off on November 7th with the 2018 Fall U.P. Health Strategies Summit: Solutions for the Chronically Homeless from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Marquette Ramada Inn. Registration is $55.00 which includes lunch and break snacks. The remaining month-long events are free (see attached flyer). The public is encouraged to attend.

The AMSCoC is comprised of numerous and varied service agencies, businesses and formerly homeless individuals. The coalition is working throughout Alger, Marquette and Schoolcraft Counties as part of Michigan’s statewide plan to end homelessness in Michigan. This will be the sixth year the AMSCoC has organized these events.

The annual Helen McCormick award will be presented to a volunteer in recognition of extraordinary service to the homeless community on Nov. 27th following a candlelight walk from the Janzen House to the Room at the Inn Warming Center. The award is named in honor of Helen McCormick whose vision and dedication to the service of homeless individuals fostered the creation of Room at the Inn.

According to Douglas Russell, Executive Director of Room at the Inn and Chair of the AMSCoC, “Our community has homeless individuals, youth, and families struggling to meet their basic needs. Our understanding of these challenges continues to improve as we learn more about their life circumstances and how we can better connect them with the opportunities and resources that they need.

For more information, please contact Douglas Russell by phoning (906) 250-7461 or emailing him at

Winter Hazards Awareness Week Starts November 4

October 30, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 30, 2018 – Winter will be here soon. In an effort to raise awareness about the potential dangers of the upcoming winter season, Governor Rick Snyder has declared November 4 – 10, 2018, as Winter Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan. As we know, Upper Michigan winters are severe, so preparedness, awareness and common sense are always important when facing winter hazards. During Winter Hazards Awareness Week, Michigan residents are encouraged to learn about the dangers associated with wintry weather and how to stay safe during the winter season.

Looking back to last winter, it was a pretty typical winter across most of Upper Michigan. Temperatures averaged just below their long term average throughout the winter season. Snowfall was much more variable ranging from near normal across the Keweenaw, above normal across the southern U.P., and below normal across the central and eastern U.P.

What does the winter of 2018-2019 have in store for the Upper Great Lakes? In the absence of a strong El Nino or La Nina, confidence in the winter outlook is lower than normal. While probabilities favor a slightly milder than normal winter for the northern Plains and Upper Great Lakes, we will still have plenty of bouts of arctic cold across the area. The snowfall outlook is even trickier, but living downwind of Lake Superior guarantees there will be significant lake effect snow at times throughout the winter.

With plenty of cold weather and rounds of wintry weather expected during the next six months, now is the time to get prepared for the upcoming winter season. Many simple preparations can be taken including making sure your car is ready for the colder weather, having a survival kit in your car, ensuring you have warm coats, hats, and gloves, and being aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards from alternate heat sources such as a fireplaces, wood stoves or space heaters.

For more information on how to prepare for the upcoming winter season, visit the National Weather Service Marquette website at, or follow us on Facebook ( or Twitter (@NWSMarquette).

Peter White Public Library Youth Services Re-Open

October 30, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 30, 2018 – Come see the new Youth Services space at the Peter White Public Library on Wednesday, October 31 from 10am-9pm! Halloween is our first day open again at the main Peter White Library and costumed trick-or-treaters of all ages are welcome all day! Come see our new Youth Services, check out books on our new self-check in the Youth Services room, play on the computers, read books, tweens can come check out their new space, play and trick-or-treat! See you there! Free. For more information call 226-4320, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.