April 2021 Newsletter:
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Both ladies offer Auto Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Renters Insurance, Personal Article Insurance, Business Insurance, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, Annuities, or Mutual Funds.
Kristi Harwood-Causley
2637 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
906-635-5377
Leisa Mansfield
2660 Ashmun Street
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783
906-635-1593
Thank You Renewed Members March 2021:
Chamber News:
2021 Chamber Sponsorship Packages Now Available
We are rolling out our 2021 Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Sponsorship Packages. We understand that we are in strange times right now, but your support to the Chamber of Commerce brings great exposure and benefits to your business. Please consider our packages for your business.
1st Ship Through the Soo Locks
Chamber Executive Director: Tony Haller, City Dignitaries, Conventions Visitors Bureau Representatives, and Board Members from the Soo Locks Visitor Center Association were honored to participate in the annual welcoming of the first vessel of the navigation season at 12 Noon on March 24th,2021. The Captain and crew of the Laura L. VanEnkevort/Joseph H. Thompson were excited to be the first ship and welcomed everyone with social distancing orders in place.
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Tanglewood Golf Course-
NOW OPEN!
The Tanglewoord Golf Course is now Open for the 2021 Season.
All 18 holes. Carts Available. Early Bird Membership Rates are still available (until the 15th!) Fully stocked pro-shop and bar. Sign up for leagues now!
Clyde's is Open!
A Note From Clydes:
We are open!
We appreciate all of our customers.
Please be patient with us while we are in the process of training new employees.
We are short staffed and most staff is new. Scenarios could present situations where we could have to alter times and days of operation due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Wicked Sister- Wins Award:
Michigan 50 Companies to Watch
LANSING – Michigan Celebrates Small Business, has been honoring small businesses in the state of Michigan for 17 years and today they are announcing the awardees of the 2021 MCSB annual gala.
The 2021 gala will take place on July 20 and will feature three award categories including Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, Michigan 50 Distinguished Alumni, and Best Small Business. Businesses that are announced to receive awards will be able to celebrate the change they have created alongside one another despite the challenging year.
Your Invited:
Chambers across Michigan and their members are invited to join us as we discuss the American Rescue Plan and the recovery and reopening of our economy as restrictions are lifted. In order to attend, simply click on the picture or the link below which will take you to the registration page for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please submit any questions for consideration in the comment box included on the registration page. A handful of Chamber representatives from each region will have an opportunity to ask a question to the Senator during the Q&A portion of the event.
Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours
Sails into 62nd Season
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (April 10, 2021) - Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours is pleased to announce new changes for its 62nd season. Starting May 15, passengers can board the iconic yellow and blue tour boats for a 90-minute tour through the Soo Locks to enjoy highlights of the American and Canadian shorelines.
Aboard the Nokomis or Le Voyageur, passengers experience both an up bound and down bound passage on the St. Mary’s River through the world’s largest parallel locking system that resolves the 21-foot variance between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. Passengers will also get a close-up view of the construction of the new “super lock.”
Also new for 2021, passengers can purchase advance tickets online for specific tour times at famoussoolocks.com. With e-tickets, passengers can proceed directly to the boats and tickets will be scanned upon boarding. Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours welcomes passengers to share photos from their tour experience on its new Facebook page (@famoussoolocks) for a chance to win monthly prizes.
The new 90-minute lock tour features live narration of the history and operation of the Soo Locks plus an overview of the new super lock under construction. Conveniently located next to the Valley Camp Museum Ship and within walking distance to the Tower of History, Famous offers free day parking for cars and motor coaches. Their bright yellow and blue tour boats are accessible and climate controlled with a full beverage and snack bar.
Dinner cruises are no longer offered due to Covid-19 limitations, but Famous offers a special lighthouse cruise on select summer Saturdays. For a true maritime adventure, this cruise offers live narration of the history for two lighthouses and a wide variety of navigational aids along the American and Canadian shorelines (no passports required). This four-and-a-half-hour cruise passes both up bound and down bound through the Soo Locks and allows for even more opportunities for close-up views of freighters.
After 60 years of operating in a joint venture with American-Canadian Lock Tours (formerly known as dock #1), Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours (formerly known as dock #2) is now operating independently.
Operating since 1959, Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours offers a variety of cruises aboard its iconic yellow and blue tour boats. Located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan next to the historic Valley Camp Museum Ship, Famous makes a visit to the Upper Peninsula memorable with educational and relaxing maritime adventures.
War Memorial Hospital Approves Negotiations with Mid-Michigan Health
The War Memorial Hospital (WMH) Board of Trustees took action on Friday, April 9, giving approval to move into a nonbinding letter of intent with MidMichigan Health. War Memorial Hospital is a non-profit independent hospital located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The 49-bed hospital employs over 900 people and serves the Eastern Upper Peninsula by providing complete medical care including diagnostic services, emergency services, urgent care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, obstetrics, family medicine and many specialty services.
Match on Main Grant Recipient
Sault Ste. Marie, MI April 9, 2021: Downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan was recently one of seventeen communities to receive a $25,000 Match on Main grant provided by the Michigan Economic Development Cooperation. In total, this grant will provide 17 selected Michigan Main Street or Redevelopment Ready Certified communities $500,753 in funds that support technical assistance, interior building renovations; permanent or semipermanent activation of an outdoor space, permanent or semi-permanent business infrastructure related to COVID-19 recovery efforts, in addition to other working capital needs such as marketing needs and inventory expenses. Locally, Misti Collia was selected to transform 351 Portage Avenue into the Soo Locks Candy Shop. This new business will feature a variety of options to choose from including many popular nostalgic candies. You’ll be immersed in a fun and whimsical atmosphere including large candy wall pieces and a giant gumball machine. Downtown Sault Ste. Marie continues to be a resilient community. We’re excited to see another new business open and provide job opportunities and growth for individuals in our area. Thanks to resources like the Match on Main grant, we can continue to fill and develop vacant spaces in our downtown and help lead business owners to resources that allow them to succeed and be prosperous. Soo Locks Candy Shop has received their grant just after Heritage Outdoors opened their doors. Heritage Outdoors was also a Match on Main grant recipient showing the success this can lead. Downtown Sault Ste. Marie is looking forward to another new business and we encourage you to visit the Soo Locks Candy Shop when it opens this summer along with the several other great Downtown Sault Ste. Marie stores and restaurants.
Ladies Night Out in Downtown Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Sault Ste. Marie, MI April 23rd, 2021: Downtown Sault Ste. Marie retailers and restaurants invite you to Ladies Night Out presented by Monocle Jewelers from 4 PM – 8 PM on Friday, April 23rd. This experience based shopping event has reached its fifth year, but like many events, experienced an unfortunate year off in 2020. Seventeen retailers and restaurants along Ashmun St. and Portage Ave. will be involved this year and they along with several additional businesses have contributed to raffle items that shoppers will have the opportunity to win. Stores will be showcasing their new spring products and services while hosting special instore experiences such as: wine slushy samples, product tastings, discounted services, storewide sales, photo ops, local vendors, specialty cocktails, on site consultations, and more! Shoppers can begin and continue their night in whatever pattern they prefer however we encourage everyone to finish their evening at Soo Brewing Company for the official Ladies Night Out After Party, where they can receive a raffle ticket per each proof of purchase to enter and win prizes donated by downtown businesses. Winners will not need to be present to win and will be announced on the Downtown Sault Facebook Page following the event. This year’s participants include: Monocle Jewelers, Three One Three, The Mole Hole, Field and Forage, The Little Gift Shop, Heritage Outdoors, The Foundary, Prim Aesthetics, Proper Apparel, Superior Café (6am-4pm), Das Gift Haus, Barish’s, Phat Boutique, Silver Lining Antiques, UP North Wilderness, The Charley Noble in the Hotel Ojibway, and Soo Brewing Company. Whether you’re preparing for Mother’s Day, or making your own wish list, there are infinite reasons to get out and enjoy Downtown Sault Ste. Marie for Ladies Night Out 2021. For more information on the evening’s activities and a list of what businesses plan to do visit www.downtownsault.org. Ladies Night Out 2021 is generously sponsored by Monocle Jewelers, Soo Co Op Credit Union, and Fudge Du Locke. 
ALBERTA HOUSE ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES APRIL’S ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION AWARD WINNERS
Alberta House Arts Center is open again with the multi-media Annual Juried Exhibition in place. The juror for this exhibition was Ruthette Mills, the Chairperson of the Erickson Center for the Arts Fine Arts Committee. 
The three hundred dollar First Place Award went to Escanaba artist Deborah Abramson for “The White Pantsuit Project, a figure made of bead weaving and mixed glass. Christine Malenfant, a Dafter photographer, won the two hundred dollar Second Place Award for a digi-manip photograph titled “Falling”. The one hundred dollar Third Place Award went to Birch Point artist Paulette Attie, who entered three traditional hooked rugs, made of hand dyed wool. The award winning rug was titled “Nude Color Play”.
Honorable Mention Awards went to David Bigelow of the Sault for a soft pastel; marine photographer Mike Mishler of Holly, for “Great Republic Entering the Soo Locks” and Stephanie Moran of Brimley for “Beach Path”, an oil painting on linen. The Bonifas Art Center Placement Award was won by Laura Maze of Republic, Michigan. Laura is a multi-media painter.
The Annual Juried Exhibition will be in place through April 24. Because of the scarcity of volunteers due to covid, Alberta House has temporarily reduced hours to Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The now normal rules regarding masks and social distancing rules are in place in the building.
For more information e-mail: saac@saultarts.org. Photos from the exhibit are available on the arts council website:  www.saultarts.org. The exhibit is covered in greater depth in the April Edition of “Alberta House News”, a free download on the arts council website.
War Memorial Hospital Supports Great Lakes Recovery Centers
Sault Ste. Marie, MI – War Memorial Hospital has committed to supporting Great Lakes Recovery Center (GLRC) with a $25,000 donation. The funds are in support of GLRC’s expanded recovery services and relocation of the Men’s New Hope House in Sault Ste. Marie. GLRC’s Men’s New Hope House, currently located on Spruce St., is a 16-bed residential facility for males over age 18 with a substance use disorder. In 2020 the GLRC Men’s New Hope House saw 167 residents and the average length of stay was 29 days.
“War Memorial is honored to support GLRC’s expansion. Great Lakes Recovery Centers have provided great support to our patients who needed recovery services, and we have a long standing partnership with their organization. This donation supports our goal of providing necessary access to healthcare in the community” said WMH President & CEO, David Jahn.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers is a nationally accredited, non-denominational, non-profit organization that specializes in the provision of treatment and prevention services for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Residential substance abuse treatment allows individuals to live in a therapeutic environment, alongside other residents with 24-hour supervision and complete programming. Residents at Men’s New Hope House are assigned a counselor who provides one-on-one services and meets with them frequently throughout their stay. Residents also attend group therapy sessions and programs focused on acquiring new life-skills. Additionally, GLRC helps connect residents with support services that may be beneficial when they leave treatment, including recovery meetings, employment and housing opportunities, family support group and health services.
GLRC has locations across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and have been serving people around the Great Lakes for over 30 years. Currently, GLRC has adult residential treatment facilities in Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie, and outpatient offices in 14 Upper Peninsula communities. For more information on GLRC, visit www.greatlakesrecovery.org.
 For more information on War Memorial Hospital visit www.warmemorialhospital.org and Facebook www.facebook.com/warmemorialhospital
Cloverland Electric Commits to Hydro Plant
as Clean Energy Fuel Source
DAFTER, Mich. (March 29, 2020) – Cloverland Electric continues its commitment to its hydroelectric facility as part of its clean energy fuel mix. With concerns related to recent power outage event in Texas, the cooperative wants to reassure its members about one of its primary fuel sources that powers 43,000 meters for approximately 34,000 residential and business members of the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
 
“We are fortunate to have hydroelectricity as part of our fuel mix,” said Cloverland’s President and CEO, Mike Heise. “We are committed to ensuring our hydropower serves as a major component of our fuel mix to continue supplying our cooperative members with affordable, clean energy.”
 
Heise explains that the 119-year-old facility is one of Cloverland’s greatest assets that produces approximately 30% of the cooperative’s power in addition to the approximate 20% produced through the hydro plant at the Corps of Engineers. Together, this renewable fuel source keeps rates low for the cooperative’s members, particularly when compared to other utilities in the Upper Peninsula.
 
To safeguard the historic hydroelectric structure and the energy it produces, the cooperative invested in measures to assure it is functioning economically, safely and at its fullest capacity. To ensure the best value for its members, the cooperative recently commissioned a comprehensive hydro facility analysis with Barr Engineering Company, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Completed in December 2020, this study evaluated every extent of the hydro facility from the intake of the canal to the hydro dam and all civil works along the 2 ¼ mile canal. In addition, this study assessed the current condition of the facility and ongoing maintenance and capital projects.
 
“Using best industry practices, Barr Engineering provided recommendations and developed long-term capital and maintenance recommendations to ensure safe and economical operation of the hydro facility for decades to come,” said Cloverland’s Director of Generation, Roger Line.
 
An additional study scheduled to begin this year will analyze existing turbine/generator equipment and perform a cost/benefit analysis of equipment upgrades. This analysis will assure that the cooperative maximizes its energy value from every gallon of water passing through the plant.
 
Cloverland Electric Cooperative stands committed to its mission of delivering exceptional services through the generation and safe delivery of reliable and affordable energy solutions that encourage growth, foster innovation and strengthen the communities we serve.
 
Cloverland Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned utility located in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula that energizes 43,000 meters for 34,000 residential and businesses members in Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Schoolcraft and Delta counties. 
Christopher Columbus Hall
Now Booking for 2021
Now booking for Open Houses, Wedding Receptions, Bridal/Baby Showers, Banquets.
Call 632-7841 and leave a message. Grazie.
Karl's Cuisine
Take and Bake Menus
Spring has sprung, time for chillin and grilling. Let us provide you with the opportunity to chill while we do the work on the grill. Order via Facebook messenger or call 9062531900
Employment Opportunities:
Bay Mills Resort and Casino
CALLING ALL COOKS!
All newly hired cooks will receive a $500 bonus after 30 days of employment. If you recruited a cook and they are hired, you get $500 too!
Sacy's offers an excellent benefits package as well as vacation and sick time.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society
SEASONAL MUSEUM JOBS are available beginning May 1 at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point, Michigan. We are seeking retail sales, custodial/maintenance, marine operations, and tour guide personnel. Competitive wages and flexible schedules, full or part time. Please contact Bruce Lynn, Executive Director, at 906-635-1742, or blynn@shipwreckmuseum.com.
Visit the Shipwreck Museum Website AND Download an Employment Application by Clicking Here.
Freighter View
Assisted Living
Resident Care Assistant-
Assist residents with activities of daily living and medications, must enjoy working with the elderly, part time and full time available, all shifts available. Work with us in our beautiful community where you will be appreciated and supported. A fulfilling career awaits you! Apply today in person or at www.freighterview.com
The Palace Mexican Restaurant & Saloon
The Palace is hiring for all positions.
You can get an application in person at
200 W Portage Ave,
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Walmart
Walmart is hiring for several different positions at their Sault Ste Marie Location. Starting March 13, 2021 the starting wage for Digital and Stocking associates will be up to $14 an hour! Inquire at the Customer Service counter.
The Antlers
The Antlers Is gearing up for spring.
Now taking experienced applications for the kitchen and dining room.
Please apply in person at 804 E Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Clyde's Drive In
We are currently looking for people to cook and prep for the season if you know someone 16 or older that will be looking for a job let them know. I will be posting times and dates to apply in the near future on our Facebook Page.
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MLS Sales Report and Inter. Bridge Traffic:
Eastern Upper Peninsula
Board of REALTORS
MLS March Sales Report
International Bridge Administration
March Traffic Release
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Business After 5:
Business After 5 is designed to help make valuable business contacts and enjoy a night of networking with fellow professionals in a fun, relaxed setting. This event is open to Members and Non-Members. Are you a Member interested in hosting a Business After 5? Please Contact the Chamber Director Tony Haller at director@saultstemarie.org or call (906) 632-3301
Ribbon Cuttings:
Are you a Chamber Member or are interested in becoming a Chamber Member and would like to have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony? Let us know about your Grand Opening or your Re-Grand Opening and be welcomed by Chamber Board Members, Chamber Ambassadors and the Chamber Executive Director in a celebratory Ribbon Cutting. Contact us at director@saultstemarie.org for more information.
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2581 I-75 Business Spur, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783
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