Author: Kevin Hodge

Cloverland Cares to Give Scholarship to Students Entering Non-traditional Career Paths

A new scholarship program looks to help students wanting to enter non traditional career paths in eastern upper peninsula schools. The scholarship is provided by Cloverland Cares, a non-profit foundation with Cloverland Electric Cooperative in the U.P. Applicants will be evaluated by financial need, school involvement, community service and more. The scholarship must be used for educational purposes at Lake…

U.P. Cities Face Challenges Hiring for Local Government Positions

It took Sault Ste. Marie eight months to find someone to take over as manager of their wastewater treatment plant, and they’re still looking to fill other positions including chief of police.  City Manager Brian Chapman says there are a few reasons why it’s so hard to hire people for local government. “One of them is our rural nature, kind of…

Harbor Springs Restaurants Encouraged by 50 Percent Capacity

Michigan restaurants are again back up to 50 percent capacity after Governor Whitmer announced an order loosening restrictions earlier this week. One owner in Harbor Springs said 50 percent will help out a lot, but they’re ready to open up to 100 percent. “I think restaurants where we’re sitting down—like to see it at 100 percent fast,” said Mike Naturkis,…

Charlevoix Area Humane Society Looks to Give Away Feral Cats

The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is trying to give away about 20 feral cats to good homes. Because they are a no-kill facility, they need to find people who can provide a safe place and food. Those interested should be aware these cats are undomesticated and wild. While they aren’t the kind that just want to cuddle, they could prove…

Screws Keep Appearing on a Road in Gaylord, Drivers Experience Flat Tires

Screws and nails are appearing all across Meecher Road in Gaylord, and it’s causing damage to vehicles.   “It’s pretty serious,” said Kirk Harrier, Managing Director of the Otsego County Road Commission. “It’s not just a flat tire that you could see. You could have a serious issue driving down the road. Hopefully we don’t have any fatalities because of…

Sault Ste. Marie Moving Forward with Carbide Dock Project

Carbide Dock in Sault Ste. Marie hasn’t been used by the public since 2016. It was once a place where people could go and watch the freighters and enjoy some fishing.  After receiving over $20 million in grant funding, the city is working to bring it back better than ever. The city recently revealed the first renditions of the repairs…

Sault Ste. Marie Takes Part in National COVID-19 Memorial

The Floral Heart Project started as an art project and soon gained nationwide traction. On March 1, they held a COVID-19 Memorial Day meant to honor those who have lost their lives during the pandemic. “Some places are doing candle vigils, candlelight vigils,” said Ciara Krantz, lead volunteer. “Other places, similar to ours are having the mayor speak, some mayors are…

Sault Ste. Marie Woman Turns 107

A Sault Ste. Marie woman celebrated her 107th birthday on Monday. Helen Krol has lived her whole life in Michigan and throughout her years, she’s seen some of the biggest moments in United States history. She’s lived through two world wars, the Great Depression, and has seen 19 presidents. When she was a young girl, she would help her mom…

War Memorial Hospital Administers 53 Vaccines on Sugar Island

War Memorial Hospital is working on vaccinating as many rural areas as possible. They took to Sugar Island in the U.P. to distribute a total of 53 Moderna vaccines.  War Memorial Hospital and other community organizations in Chippewa County are looking to distribute the vaccine to as many rural areas as they can. Since December they’ve given over 9,000 doses, vaccinating…

Sugar Island Hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie is working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to as many rural locations as possible, including island communities in the Great Lakes. Sugar Island Town Hall medical staff began administering the vaccines Friday morning and are expected to administer 50 vaccines by the end of the day. The manager of emergency preparedness at War…