October 2017 - Issue #63
Dear Members,

As baseball, boating and camping give way to football, hunting and color tours, it is a great time to reflect back on our busy summer. 

May saw the graduation of the inaugural class of Leadership Keweenaw. This year long workshop was a collaboration of the MTEC Smartzone, local universities, municipalities, businesses, and the Chamber, to invest in community leadership skills. Along with learning from leaders from every corner of the Keweenaw, participants worked on real-world projects from snow removal challenges to creating media to promote all that a Copper Country lifestyle has to offer. A big thank you is owed to the talented and dedicated team of volunteers that made this program happen.

In July, the Chamber took on a roommate, as KEDA moved its offices to co-locate at the College Avenue visitors center. This move is specifically designed to promote better communication and coordination between the distinct business development agencies. An added benefit is the opportunity to share administrative and staff resources to meet community goals. We are very excited to be working even more closely with Jeff and Dar.

To close out summer, the Chamber hosted our annual golf outing at Portage Lake Golf Course on September 13th. The weather and the course were both fantastic, but it was our generous supporters and sponsors who made the event a success. From our top tier contributors, to those who paid for teams or sponsored holes, to all of the businesses who generously donated prizes, we are grateful.

In hindsight, it has been a summer of collaboration. We know that as a small community we are strongest when we work together, and our voice is loudest when we speak together. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate with your business or organization in the future. 

Thank you for your support,

Brian Donnelly
Board President
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Brian Donnelly, President
Financial Services Representative
Superior National Bank

Jan Cole, Vice-President
Managing Partner
Edochi, LLC

Matt Thyer, Treasurer
Up and Running Technology Solutions

Karin Van Dyke, Secretary
Vice President for University Relations
Finlandia University
Carrie Richards
Dual Career Program Coordinator
Michigan Technological University

Angela Luskin
Health and Fitness Manager
UP Health System-Portage

Marilyn Clark
Chief Executive Officer
MTEC SmartZone

James Desrochers
Associate Director, Industry Relations
Michigan Technological University
2017 Golf Outing Results
2017 Teams:
GS Engineering (2), Tadych’s Econo Foods, Chassell Carpentry, Finlandia University, River Valley Bank, Walmart, Michigan Technological University, The Miners State Bank, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, UP Health System-Portage, Keweenaw Brewing Company, Peterson’s Fish Market, Copper Country Ford, Electric Brewing Supply, Daily Mining Gazette, Tervo Agency, UPPCO, U.P. Engineers & Architects, City of Houghton, Portage Lake Golf Course, Campioni Enterprises, Range Bank, Northwinds Adventures, Superior National Bank (2), Michigan Tech Employees Federal Credit Union, OHM Advisors, Auto-Pro Glass & Tire

Hole-in-One Donors:
Copper Country Ford, Tervo Agency, Blaine’s Chainsaw Carvings

Eagle Sponsors:
Keweenaw Brewing Company, Tadych's Econo Foods

Par Sponsors:
Pepsi-Cola of Houghton, Gardenview Assisted Living, Finlandia University, River Valley Bank, Walmart, Copper Country Ford, Electric Brewing Supply, Daily Mining Gazette, UPPCO, UP Engineer & Architects, Campioni Enterprises, Northwinds Adventures, Superior National Bank, Portage Health Foundation, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital

Chassell Carpentry, Copper Country Engraving, Pat’s Foods, Tadych’s Econo Foods, Michigan Tech University Images, Culver’s, Holiday Inn Express, Parkview Lodge & Grill, M&M PowerSports, Kirkish Furniture, Quincy Mine Hoist, Peterson’s Fish Market, Mine Shaft Rock House Grill & Tavern, Loading Zone, McDonald’s, UP Health System-Portage, Michigan Tech Portage Lake Golf Course, Walmart, Miner’s State Bank, Omer’s Golf Course, Michigan Tech Athletics, Magnuson Franklin Square Inn, Finlandia University, Auto Pro Glass & Tire

2017 Golf Outing Results

First Place Team: Range Bank
Second Place Team: Auto Pro Glass & Tire
Third Place Team: Chassell Carpentry 

Shortest Drive #1: Judy Aho
Longest Drive #2 (Women): Deb Young
Longest Drive #2 (Men): Alex Roy

CTP #4: Bob Perreault 12'4"

Longest Putt #9: Brad Gustafson 26'3"

CTP #14: Joel Peterson 16"

Longest Putt #16: Alex Roy 24'3"

Skins Winners: $180 Each
Eagle #17: GS Engineering Team 1
Eagle #17: Pat's Foods
Eagle #17 Peterson's Fish Market
Keweenaw Point Trail Project - Ribbon Cutting Phase 2
Join the Copper Harbor Trails Club and staff from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, October 5th for the official ribbon cutting for Phase 2 of the Keweenaw Point Trail Project - Keweenaw, Michigan. While the official ribbon cutting will be held at High Rock Bay at 2 p.m., we are gathering those that want to mountain bike to the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Keweenaw Adventure Company. We will vanpool from town to the start of the singletrack off of Mandan Road and ride to High Rock Bay. If you choose to drive to the ceremony, be sure to allow yourself ample time to get there with a higher clearance vehicle recommended (10 miles from Copper Harbor, 40 minute estimated drive time).
What better reason to be in Copper Harbor on a Thursday during peak fall colors than to celebrate this wonderful project and network with DNR staff? Phase 3 is on the horizon and your support at this event would be greatly appreciated!
For more information please visit

The Daily Mining Gazette
Deer Hunters' Widow (Widowers) Craft Show
The Deer Hunters' Widow (Widowers) Craft Show Extravaganza is Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Copper Country Mall in Houghton. This is the largest craft show held locally, and it gets bigger each year. This year promises the same fine crafts and collectibles with over 60 vendors all under one roof.
Don't miss this chance for some fine holiday shopping!
For more information please call Yvonne Robillard at 906-483-2220
Calumet featured in
Spark Magazine
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Best Hat Ever Fundraising Boat Cruise

Wear your best hat for a chance to win prizes during a sunset cruise on the Isle Royale Queen IV. This cruise is a fundraiser for the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. Prizes for best hat, dessert, and libations will be available. Boat leaves from the Portage Canal on the Houghton side on Sunday, October 8th at 6pm to sunset (appx 90 minutes).

Don't have a fancy, special, or outrageous hat? You can still come! Tickets for the cruise are $40 each or $75 for two and available by advance purchase only. A limited amount of tickets will be sold. All proceeds benefit the Copper Country Community Arts Center. The CCCAC thanks the Isle Royale Line and the Kilpela family for their generosity.

To purchase tickets or more information stop by the Copper Country Community Arts Center at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock or call 906-482-2333.
41st annual Poor Artists Sale - Booth Applications Available

Artist booth applications are available for the 41st annual Poor Artists Sale. The Poor Artists Sale is a juried art fair and will be held at the CLK Gymnasium in Calumet on Saturday, December 2. Artists who would like to apply for a booth space should pick up an application form at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock or visit coppercountryarts.com
Applications must be received by October 17.

The Poor Artists Sale is organized by the Copper Country Community Arts Center, located at 126 Quincy Street, Hancock. Contact Cynthia Coté or Bonnie Loukus at (906) 482-2333 or email ccarts@coppercountryarts.com  for more information.
Our roots run deep in the Keweenaw
Upper Peninsula Power Company was created in 1947 through a merger of three utilities. One of them, the Houghton County Electric Light Company, earlier acquired the interests of Peninsula Electric Light and Power, which began operating in the Keweenaw in 1884 – just five years after Edison invented the light bulb.
From the Edison bulb to high-tech electronics of today, you might say UPPCO has been providing “ U.P. Power ” for more than 130 years. 
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( 800-562-7680 )
24-Hour Electric Emergencies/Outages
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Renewable Hydroelectric Generation
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Omega House Expanding Services

Omega House has been servicing residents of our surrounding communities for 12 years. During this time we have cared for over 470 U.P residents faced with a terminal illness. Omega House provides end of life care in a homelike setting that emphasizes compassion, independence, respect and dignity. In cooperation with local hospice programs, Omega House provides residents with exceptional care and attention 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

The Omega House vision is to be a community leader and resource for end of life care issues. In keeping with this vision we have added services to better assist families with making health care decisions. 

The first program is Advance care planning (ACP) which is a process that helps you decide and document what kind of care you would want or not want in the event you have a health crisis and are not able to communicate or make decisions. This is important for everyone who is 18 or older. This process includes thinking about what is significant to you and talking about it with those close to you. Very importantly, it includes talking with your doctor and selecting someone to act as your representative. Facing the reality of dying is difficult, but talking about it, ahead of time, can be very helpful for all involved. Advance care planning improves end-of-life care and can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in surviving relatives.

Most recently Omega House expanded its facility by constructing an 8 th room. This room has been designated for respite care services and officially opened in August. All too often the health and well-being of at-home caregivers is placed in jeopardy because of stressful circumstances they face every day. Omega House respite care will allow you to spend time on other obligations, events or possibly that vacation you haven’t had for many years, without worrying about loved ones. You will return with renewed energy and a fresh perspective.

Respite care can be arranged in advance or on shorter notice during a time of caregiver crisis. Whether it’s for a few days or several weeks, respite care offers you the chance to reduce stress, restore energy and keep your life in balance. 

For additional information on Omega House and any of its programs, call us at (906) 482-4438 or visit our website at www.omega-house.org.
Thank you for renewing your membership...
Bill Siler Contracting, Inc.
Bob Hager Agency, Inc.
Book Concern Printers
City of Houghton
CM Morris Group, Inc.
Keweenaw Young Professionals
Community Action Agency
Continental Fire Co.
Copper World
Country Village Shops
Crampton Surveying, Inc.
D and L Janitorial Services
Eisenhower Center
Xpress Self Storage
Insight EyeCare
Down Wind Sports
Eagle River Sunset House
Great Lakes Account, PC
Hancock Bottling - Coca Cola
Hannula Agency
Horst Schmidt
IR Telemetric
Isle Royale National Park Service
Joey's Seafood & Grill
Keweenaw Gem & Gift
Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground
Loading Zone II Bar & Grill
Massie MFG, Inc.
McGrath, Inc.
Nicholas Insurance Agency
Northern Lights Cottages
Northwoods Sporting Goods
Ronald Fisher, DDS
Loading Zone Bar & Grill
Quincy’s Restaurant
Ramada Waterfront
Society of Saint John – The Jampot
Somero Enterprises, Inc.
Stang Decisions Systems
Suomi Restaurant
Superior Monogramming, Inc.
Thermoanalytics, Inc.
U.P. Engineers & Architects, Inc.
UP Oil Company
Village of South Range
Thank you to our Top Chamber Partners
Leadership Keweenaw will be postponed until 2018!
Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce
902 College Ave, Houghton, MI 49931