Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
October 12, 2020

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
Attention Farmer’s Market Shoppers!
The ER Farmer’s Market continued for an additional two weeks--and Friday Oct 16 will be the last market day. Start time is at 8:30 am, a half hour later, until 12:00 noon. We’ll provide any updates on the Chamber’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/elkrapidschamber.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Our Community with Author, Doug Griffiths
Elk Rapids Citizens form group “Coalition of the Possible” to improve civility and collaboration in the community and is hosting two events in October.
The Elk Rapids Coalition for the Possible is pleased to announce two events that will both inform and entertain in a positive and humorous way as well as involve our youth in community advocacy.

1.     On Thursday, October 22 at 7:00pm, the coalition will host Author Doug Griffiths, who wrote the best-selling book “13 Ways to Kill a Community”, on a Zoom call available to all community members. Doug has a long-time passion for helping rural communities find ways to be prosperous and enduring. His book is filled with stories of challenges and solutions. He is considered by many to be a "Community Therapist"..........Continue Reading

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Monday, October 12, ER School Special Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. in person
Click for Agenda Followed by Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m.--Agenda
Monday, October 12, Harbor Commission 7:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting
Monday, October 12, Milton Township, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13, ER Township, 9:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 14, DDA Meeting 6:30 p.m. at Government Center
Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. Antrim County Board of Commissioners
Via Zoom and live-streamed on Antrim County FB Page

The Elk Rapids Village Council recommends everyone read the MDHHS press release regarding Halloween. The Council suggests households choosing not to participate in handing out candy keep their porch light off, while those that choose to participate put their porch light on—to serve as a signal for trick-or-treaters. In the downtown River Street business district, trick-or-treaters are asked to travel one-way on sidewalks, rather than criss-crossing River Street. To read the MDHHS COVID-19 recommendations about Halloween trick-or-treating, celebrations, click HERE

Due to COVID, there will not be a Zombie Parade this year.😪 We'll miss those Zombies

OCT. 2, 2020 – On October 2, 2020, the message below was sent to census takers working on the 2020 Census:
“As a result of court orders, the October 5, 2020 target date is not operative, and data collection operations will continue through October 31, 2020. Employees should continue to work diligently and enumerate as many people as possible. Contact your supervisor with any questions.”
Links to the orders from September 24 and October 1 were provided to employees as well.
The U.S. Census Bureau is currently updating 2020Census.gov and Census.gov and all external and internal guidance to ensure compliance with the orders.

Township/Village Response Rate to date = 52% •
Every resident counted represents $3000 per year

Census counts determine local funding for programs such as:
• School lunches, special education, Head Start, rural and adult education
• Child abuse protection programs
• Hospitals and fire departments
• Rural development infrastructure grants and low-interest loans
• Highway construction
• Natural disaster response
• College Pell grants and vocational training.
Also, the number of House of Representative seats each state gets (voting power) $675 BILLION in federal taxes are distributed based on census response
Michigan received $29 Billion in 55 programs in 2016, based on 2010 census data
Bring your federal taxes back home. www.my2020census.gov You can still use the link, even if you don’t have the code you received in the mail. This link is also posted on the homepage of our website at www.elkrapids.org
SBA and Treasury Announce
Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less........Read more

Understanding Furloughs and Employee Benefits
Many businesses that were thriving before the pandemic now find themselves having to make difficult decisions, including whether to furlough or lay off employees. This task is not as simple as cutting payroll. Other factors must be considered. For example, furloughed employees are treated differently than laid-off employees when it comes to employee benefits.....Read more


Work on your interviewing skills or your resume at a Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Workshop.

Stay connected with Northwest Michigan Works! online at a Virtual Career Connection meeting where you can learn about job opportunities and improve job search skills while networking with other job seekers and professionals. On Tuesday, October 13 from 2-3:00 pm, Career Connection will focus on Petoskey area job opportunities and on Thursday, October 15 from 10-11:00 am Career Connection will focus on Traverse City area job opportunities. There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information.
Secure your spot today to join our partners at Bodman PLC, TOMORROW, for a webinar that will go through the ways you can work to improve safety and compliance at your organization.

TO REGISTER & LEARN MOREhttps://lnkd.in/ggxhXDy

Want to improve your small town by supporting entrepreneurs? Learn from leaders who are working to make their communities stronger and hear what strategies have worked for them.
Join us for the virtual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities multi-state showcase! November 9-13, 2020. Register today for just $20 per individual: https://bit.ly/CECShowcase

You’re invited to participate in the third in a series of virtual public open houses hosted by Consumers Energy to gather suggestions for its Clean Energy Plan. The plan eliminates coal and helps achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.
At the open houses, Consumers Energy wants to learn what’s most important to their customers and key stakeholders and to learn their vision of the state’s energy future.
The third session will be Tue. Oct. 13 at 1:00 p.m. and will focus on Protecting our Planet. To participate in the open house, visit www.MICleanEnergy.com for links to join the event. The open house is scheduled to last 45-minutes.
The final open house will be held:
  • 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10: A Smarter Energy Future
The public input will help inform Consumers Energy’s suggested Clean Energy Plan updates to the Michigan Public Service Commission in June 2021.

Consumers Energy Commits $12 Million to Help
Michigan Customers Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
JACKSON, Mich., Sept. 29, 2020 – Consumers Energy is providing $12 million to help Michigan residents and small businesses with energy bills, making an unprecedented commitment to helping customers and communities the COVID-19 pandemic has affected.
“We stand with Michigan and are working around the clock to help our friends and neighbors through a time like no other,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy’s president and chief executive officer. “Our company’s $12 million contribution will provide a lifeline to many families and businesses, helping them stay on their feet until we can defeat the pandemic and Michigan can fully reopen.” Continue Reading
Buy any Gazelle E-Bike in September or October and receive $100 in Bayfront Bucks that can be used at any of these fine establishments in beautiful Elk Rapids. Please see store for offer details. 

Cellar 152 * Ethanology * My Michigan Roots * Mullaly's 128 Gallery Stoney Cabin Toys * Nifty Things * The Nature Connection *Stuff n' Such * Wildflower Soapworks *

Bayfront Beach & Bike * 130 River St. * Elk Rapids * (231) 498-2295
Wildflower Soapworks has so many new stickers to decorate your water bottle, computer, cell phone, and any place else! These are the latest and made by a local! Stop in and see the Elk Rapids and Up North ones too!!! Happy Fall Ya’all!!!
Wildflower Soapworks * 231-264-8000
117 River St., Elk Rapids, MI
White Birch Lodge
571 Meguzee Point
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
This beautiful lakeside retreat is perfect for your next Up North getaway! Private beach access allows you to bring your gear and get active on the Lake or kick back and relax on shore. Come Explore!
White Birch Lodge is located on Elk Lake, just before the Elk River. Our accommodations are on the water and will be available to rent short and long term throughout the Fall and Winter. If you are interested in making a reservation please contact our office for more information! 
(231) 264-8271 | info@whitebirchlodge.org

The Elk Rapids Women group (ERW) is offering a chance to receive an educational grant of up to $600. Women living or working in Antrim County will be given priority during the selection process.
The purpose of the grant is to support women who are preparing to advance themselves in order to enhance their employment, pursue further education, or development their careers. The grant may be used for but is not limited to tuition, assisting with a GED, attending job-related educational programs, or enhancing employment skills. The grant is not available to recent high school graduates due to the scholarship resources available to this population.
Applicants may be currently employed or seeking employment. Classes may be taken at the college level, through adult education courses, or other community educational programs. The grant may be used for tuition or other related educational costs.
To request an application through the mail or for more information, call Laura Schmidt at 231-350-0462 or lschmidtsh@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting an application is November 15, 2020.
Applications will be reviewed by the ERW's Scholarship Committee. Finalists may be called to schedule a personal interview with the committee before a final selection is announced.
For more information contact:

Elk Rapids Women's Scholarship
Attn: Laura Schmidt
PO Box 871
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
WEEKLY UPDATE 10-10-2020

Where science, history, and art connect!

To: friends and family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: October 10, 2020

Fall is here and the colors are peaking now at Raven Hill. If you are out and about, you are welcome to drive through or park and hike our trails. Please let us know that you are coming, so that we can track our attendance. You can text 231.675.6025 with numbers of children and adults. Grab a map from the brown mailbox and enjoy.........Continue Reading Update on October 10, 2020

Check us out daily on Facebook and the website (www.MiRavenHill.org) for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates and more. We may also be reached via email (info@miravenhill.org) or phone: 231.675.6025. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.
The Elk Rapids Rotary Youth Services team and Newton's Road Executive Director Barb Termaat delivered a 3D printer to the Elk Rapids Schools Native American program teachers and students with the goal of them becoming 3D printing skills experts for the district and community. 
OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2020

Like many other events cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids has been forced to cancel two of its’ long-running annual fund-raising events; the Rotary Show and the Harbor Days Chicken BBQ. But, the cancellation of these events doesn’t mean the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids isn’t still committed to partnering with you to raise funds for its’ Good Works Fund.

Listed are the 2019-2020 Good Works Fund grant recipients. Thanks to your past support, these organizations have been able to provide valuable services to those in need. Now, more than ever, these organizations need continued financial assistance.

Please consider making a gift/sponsorship to the Good Works Fund knowing that any amount you give will support community well being during these difficult times.

As a THANK YOU for your generosity, your business name will be featured in the Elk Rapids News, Facebook and on the Rotary Club of Elk Rapids website.
Apple Fest Weekends at Royal Farms! 
Join us for all the Fall Fun this October! 
Fall Hours:
Sunday - Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday & Saturday 9am - 7pm
Tasting Room:
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 7pm
  • Apple & Grape Picking
  • Scavenger Hunt Corn Maze
  • Farm Hayrides
  • Fresh Pressed Apple Cider--Hot or Cold
  • Donuts Galore!
  • Honeycrisp Apple Pies & Caramel Apples
  • Hard Cider & Wine Tasting 
  • Pumpkins
  • Gourds, Fall Squash & Mums
  • Fun for the WHOLE Family! 

We have taken extra measures to provide you with the safest fall fun! An apple tent for more space and convenient purchases. 
Extra rest rooms. Heaters to keep our outdoor patio spaces warm for your enjoyment!
Royal Farms * 10445 N. US Hwy 31 * Ellsworth, MI 231-599-3222
Elk Rapids District Library

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The Night Gallery with Jim Ribby
Thursday, October 15, 2020
6:00 p.m.

Join local bard, Jim Ribby, as he performs stories and poems for the Halloween season. We will be sitting outside around a bonfire. Bring your camp chair if you have one. We ask that you space yourselves 6ft. apart. Hot cider and donuts holes will be available.
This performance is suitable for ages 13 and up.
(In the event of inclement weather the presentation will be cancelled)
Free Ideal Protein
Weight Loss Seminar
Call for Meeting Options

Tuesday October 13, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.
Come learn about the doctor supervised Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program proven to promote fat loss, naturally suppresses appetite, and provides nutrition education and support to maintain weight loss. Sample foods available on the program.
Admission is free, but please RSVP, call 231-264-0700.
Presented by Dr. Ann Kuenker
Elk Rapids Skin & Laser Clinic * 516 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids
(Mon. Oct. 12 in Traverse City, Thurs. Oct. 15 in Petoskey)
The Salvation Army of Petoskey Needs Your Help to "RESCUE CHRISTMAS" this year! 
Due to store closings, reduced foot traffic at local stores and less people carrying cash, we could see a significant decrease of funds raised at Red Kettles this year; yet, the need has increased. We have already provided an increase of over $175,000 in emergency assistance through August and expect to see an increase in our Holiday Assistance as well. Please visit https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/petoskey/ or call (231) 347-3531 to start helping now!  

FROM 3:00 - 6:00 P.M.
1/2 CHICKEN 9.95
1/2 SLAB RIBS 10.95
Meals include:
baked potatoes, coleslaw, and roll

135 River Street * Elk Rapids (231) 264-8819
Grass River Natural Area
6500 Alden Hwy. * Bellaire, MI
(231) 533-8576

Click to read: In Otter News
Michigan's fall color show is slowly coming to the forefront with fiery reds, brilliant golds, dazzling yellows, and rich purples. As temperatures continue to fall, Pure Michigan is your destination for fun and lively seasonal adventure.
This coming week, you'll find a colorful mix of activities to explore as you venture out. Brace yourself for magical encounters at Howell's Howl-O-Ween, or check out Zoo Goes Boo in Grand Rapids. For more fall fun and games, head to Frankenmuth's Scarecrow Fest or the Kids Spooky Forest at Cannonsburg.
 Looking for a more laid-back week? Explore these 15 Trails for a Relaxing Fall Day, or the Classically Hip Petoskey.
You're just one click away from this week's fall color report.
Greetings to All Potter Wannabe’s!

This is to announce that Silly Sister will begin Pottery Classes Round 3.0 for October-November 2020, as detailed below. As this may be the second or third round of classes for at least some of you, classes will be geared BOTH toward newbie potters, as well as continuing potters. Instruction and demos will be geared toward multiple levels of ability, so never worry about getting bored! 

6 – week session, once/week
Tuesday evenings, 6 – 9
October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17

6 – week session, once/week
Wednesday mid-day, 10:30 – 1:30
October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18.

ADMISSION IS ON A FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED BASIS as received by email, per the ‘sent’ date and time on the email. 

For more information, please click on: Silly Sister Classes

Our Thrift Store Manager Lucy wants to resume 10-5 operating hours (now 10-3), but we need more volunteers to make it happen. Please consider volunteering at ACTS from 3-5 pm on any days, Tuesday-Saturday. To get started, call Carol at (231) 267-3002.

Acme Christian Thrift Store
8925 M-72 East
Williamsburg, MI 49690

Amvets Post #114
410 Bridge St. * Elk Rapids

CORRIE COY @(231) 676-0148
Amvets Patriot Fest 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Admission $5
Free to active duty & kids 12 & under
Local vet organizations on site
Food & Beverages * Silent Auction * Raffle, Prizes & more!
Amvets Friday Fish Fry
October 23, 2020 5:30 p.m.

Whitefish $11 Cod $9 
Combo Whitefish & Cod $13
Your choice of fries or baked potato
All served with coleslaw.
Take out available.
AmVets Post #114 * 410 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids (231) 264-5182
Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
305 U.S. 31 * Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-8202 * www.elkrapidschamber.org