Negaunee Compost Site Limited Hours

May 15, 2019

Negaunee, MI – Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron is announcing that the Negaunee Compost Site days of operation and hours will be limited due to misuse of the facility. “Several individuals have illegally dumped trash, furniture, and other debris at the compost site, forcing us to take a more hands-on approach in managing this facility,” Heffron said.

According to Heffron, additional measures will be taken to help manage the compost site such as annually disposing of accumulating brush piles, providing more signage on what is allowed to be disposed of at the site, and more surveillance of the area to prevent illegal dumping.

The Negaunee Compost Site will only be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (excluding holidays) from 9AM to 6PM, The compost season will begin on the last Saturday of April and end on the First Saturday in November.

“It’s unfortunate that we cannot allow complete access of this site to the public for the convenience of our residents, but it it’s our responsibility to manage this site for its intended purpose”, Heffron said. According to city ordinance, dumping illegally is punishable up to $500.00.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.

Island Resort and Casino Captures Top Magazine Awards

May 15, 2019

Harris, MI – The Island Resort & Casino once again garnered numerous awards from casino industry magazines. Island garnered nine “Best of Dining & Nightlife” Awards from the readers of Casino Player Magazine for the Midwest Region, and eight “Readers’ Choice Awards” from Midwest Gaming and Destinations. As a premier resort destination, the Island’s customer centered focus keeps them top of mind for visitors, as evidenced by the designation for “Best Overall Service” in Casino Player.

“It’s very gratifying to be recognized by the readers of these well-known publications,” said Tony Mancilla, Island Resort & Casino’s General Manager. “The Island Resort & Casino is truly a total resort experience and we are gratified by the support of our Midwest guests.” he said.

Five of the awards in Casino Player Magazine were in the Dining categories, including Best Variety of Restaurants: Island Resort & Casino; Most Romantic Restaurant: Firekeeper’s Restaurant; Best Pizza: Signature Subs & Pizza; Best Late-Night Dining: Coral Reef Grille; Best Sports Bar: T.McC’s Sports Bar. “I’m very proud of our great team of employees,” said Stephan Gakstatter, Food & Beverage Director.

“Our kitchen staff takes pride in the dishes they prepare, and our wait staff consistently delivers friendly service that helps create an inviting atmosphere.”

The Island Resort and Casino was also recognized as a choice destination for nighttime entertainment in three of Casino Player’s categories: Best Comedy Club: Club Four One; and Best Night Club: Club Four One; and Best Place for Cocktails: 5 Bridges Pub. In the “Readers’ Choice Awards” from Midwest Gaming and Destinations, over 20,000 votes were tallied to determine the best casinos in nine states by category. Island Resort & Casino ranked best in Michigan for “Restaurant,” “Buffet,” “Pool,” “Casino Personnel,” “Customer Service,” Player’s Club,” and “Theme.” Additionally, Sweetgrass Golf Club earned the “Golf Course” award. Since it opened in 2008, Sweetgrass has earned multiple awards, including 2019’s top ten ranking from Golfweek Magazine’s “Best Courses You Can Play in Michigan.”

“We’re especially proud of our popularity among golfers,” Mancilla said. He noted that Sage Run Golf Club, the Island’s second Paul Albanese-designed golf course, opens for its first full season this spring and is quickly gaining attention for being dramatically different from Sweetgrass, but equally exceptional.

For more information call 1-800-682-6040 or visit

Type O Blood Donors Needed to Combat Critical Shortage

May 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets now through June 10 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical. That means just six units of type O blood are available for every 100,000 people, but at least 14 are needed every day. While just 7% of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what hospital staff reach for during emergencies when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”

The Red Cross collected approximately 11,500 fewer type O blood donations than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. Spring break schedules are known to decrease blood donations, and schools, including high schools and colleges, begin to host fewer blood drives in late spring as school years end. Because these drives account for about 20% of blood donations during the school year, less drives can also greatly affect the blood supply.

Donations needed now
Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Eligible donors with type O blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or Power Red donation, where available. During a Power Red donation, donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross May 1 through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at Additionally, those who come to give May 24-28 will receive an exclusive Red Cross-branded T-shirt, while supplies last.

How blood shortages affect hospitals
Blood shortages are not uncommon and can have a direct impact on patient care. Dr. Atif Shafqat, an oncologist and hematologist at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, says that hospitals face consistent shortages of blood products year-round, even causing some surgeons to delay elective procedures because of individual shortages. “When I ask our blood bank director the toughest part of her job, she always tells me it is these shortages and how to deal with them,” he said.

Despite these challenges, hospitals and the Red Cross work to ensure patients have the blood products they need, but that can only happen when a volunteer donor rolls up a sleeve to give. “This is all possible thanks to the volunteers and the blood donors who are giving this generous gift,” said Shafqat.

How to help
Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass® are encouraged to help speed up the donation process. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation reading and answer the health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from the convenience of a mobile device or computer, or through the Blood Donor App.

Those interested in hosting a blood drive can learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive this summer by visiting

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 13-June 8:


5/14/2019: 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln
5/30/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln
6/11/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln
6/12/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Delta Plaza Mall, 301 N Lincoln


5/15/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Memorial Building, 213 S Marquette St


6/10/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Carney Evangelical Free Church, 52 Church Street

5/15/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stephenson High School, W526 Division St, PO Box 529

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

NAMI Support Group Meeting May 16th

May 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette (NAMI) offers free, confidential peer support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness.

Support group will gather on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm in the Baraga Place Conference Room, 129 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette. For more information call 906-360-7107, visit, or follow us on Facebook.

Catholic Social Services Open House May 16th

May 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Catholic Social Services of the UP serves approximately 1,500 people annually for mental health and substance abuse issues. We serve all faiths and welcome anyone in need. If you or someone you love who is struggling with life events that are emotionally draining or substance abuse issues, we encourage you to seek help.

Catholic Social Services of the UP have the professionals who can help you. We are available to answer any questions and invite you to visit our open house on Thursday, May 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at our out-patient clinic in Marquette located at 347 Rock Street or call us at 227-9119. Staff will be on hand at the open house to answer questions and there will be positive hands-on activities and a prize drawing to win a healthy coping skills basket and light refreshments.