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COVID-19
COVID-19 Testing for Area Businesses
Click HERE to see the guidelines for COVID-19 testing through Munson for area businesses. Along with testing guidelines they have also included resources for employers.

Keeping Workers and Communities Safe during COVID-19
In an effort to keep everyone safe during COVID-19, Consumers Energy is following all of the recommended protocols by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are 12 key areas where we have revised or established interim policies, procedures and best practices. We are sharing them to help you ensure a smart start-up as we Power Thru Together. View our Stay Safe at Work doc. HERE.

Unemployment Insurance Videos to Help File a Claim
The Unemployment Agency has a series of how-to-videos to help navigate the unemployment system and assist you with filing a claim. View the full playlist of videos for employees HERE. Keep in mind, it's best to apply online during non-peak hours, between 8:00pm-8:00am. The 24-hour website operates faster when fewer people are on the site. Visit Michigan.gov/UIA to get started.

Information provided by Networks Northwest.

Public COVID Testing Available- Petoskey & Gaylord
McLaren Northern Michigan is offering COVID testing for community members who have a lab order from their primary care provider or specialist. This is not a walk-in service. The lab order will be received by one of the following locations and they will call the patient to schedule a testing time. The testing locations are:
 
McLaren Gaylord Family Practice McLaren Mitchell Park Family Medicine                                           
1320 E. M32                                                           2390 Mitchell Park                     
Gaylord, MI 49735                                                Petoskey, MI 49770                    
Fax: 989-705-8323                                               Fax: 231-487-7188                      
Phone: 989-731-5092                                           Phone: 231-487-5060                       
 
Hours of Operation for both locations: Monday- Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DTE Energy Launches New Personalized Service Protection Program
DTE Energy today launched a new Personalized Service Protection program to help customers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The plan is available immediately and helps ensure impacted customers can retain the energy service they need during this ongoing, unprecedented crisis.

Residential customers concerned they may not be able to pay their energy bills due to income reductions or health impacts from COVID-19 are encouraged to call DTE at 800.477.4747 to discuss their situation with a representative, who can help set up a Personalized Service Protection plan for them. 
 
DTE also is assisting business customers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Businesses are encouraged to contact DTE at 855.383.4249 to explore options for help.

Some of the customized services that will be made available to eligible customers include fee waivers, payment assistance and flexible repayment options.   The newly launched plan is the latest in a series of steps DTE has taken to help its customers and communities through the COVID-19 crisis.To see all details regarding the Personalized Service Protection plan, as well as DTE's other initiatives in response to COVID-19 click HERE . To view the full press release click HERE .

Bay Shore Food Market

231-437-3797
06012 US 31 North, Charlevoix


Carrie Titus- Edward Jones

231-547-2166
carrie.titus@edwardjones.com
702 Bridge St, Charlevoix
Charlevoix businesses are OPEN, in a different way!

Shops are moving online and can help you shop virtually, outdoor activities are abundant, and service businesses continue to handle your needs by phone and email.
Celebrating Grandmothers on Mother's Day
We, at My Grandmother’s Table, wish to celebrate your grandmother on Mother’s Day!

Our gift to you, in honor of your grandmother, is a farm to table family-style dinner, free of charge.  This Italian feast for 4 includes:  Artisanal Pasta with Hearty Meatballs and Handmade Mozzarella in a Vegetable-Packed Tomato Sauce, Housemade Dinner Rolls, and a Fruit-Topped Upside-Down Cake.  

This gift will be presented to the first 25 who send an email to MyGrandmothersTable@yahoo.com  with the following information:  (1) Your name; (2) Your phone number; (3) The name of the grandmother you wish to celebrate; and (4) What she means to you, even if she passed long ago.  We will begin accepting email entries on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 10:00 AM.  And, we will contact you by phone on or before Monday, May 4, to confirm your entry as one of the first twenty-five.  

This dinner package will be ready for curbside pickup on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2020 from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM at My Grandmother’s Table on the corner of Bridge Street and Park Avenue in Charlevoix, MI.  All you have to do is warm the pasta dish in the oven! In honor of our grandmothers, we look forward to the celebration of yours!

Home Haircut Challenge
Inspired by a BOLD and UNEXPECTED move by St. Michael Academy, Petoskey Headmaster, Dr. Richard Brake, when he decided to trim his own hair during a live, online student forum. SMA students are now challenging everyone to cut their own hair and make a donation to Northern Michigan food pantries. We love our local barbers and hair salons, but until they can re-open, please take the challenge! Furry friends and box hair-color count as well! Please post a picture on FB or IG and use the #SMAhomehaircutChallenge. Click HERE to see the challenge details!!

Friske Now Open Six Days a Week!
Now open six days a week! Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday-Saturday 9am-6pm.

Our take-out menu increases daily with some of our offerings being, Lasagna Rolls, Cabbage Rolls, Chicken Meatballs, Mac n’ Cheese, Handcrafted Pizza, Homemade Soup & Chili, Cherry Pecan Chicken Salad by the pound or in a wrap, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Tortellini Pesto Salad along with staples such as locally-grown pesticide free greens, local farm eggs, bacon, Farmer’s Creamery milk, Bay Bread, Purple Beet Smoothies and Michigan-grown frozen fruit…..and don’t forget about our scratch-baked goodies! Everything you need in one stop! Please call ahead to place your take-out order for pick-up or curb-side service. 231-599-2604

Raven Hill Updates
The danger of COVID-19 remains foremost in the minds of the Raven Hill Discovery Center Board of Directors. After much discussion, the Raven Hill Board has made the difficult decision to “hibernate” for 12 months, so that everyone can stay removed from one another and the Center can safely open a year from now. Opening for this 2020 spring and summer season would be difficult in this time of “social distancing”. Opening this coming fall or winter doesn't make sense, because it is Raven Hill's hardest time financially. Opening in the spring of 2021 in time for spring field trips, discovery camps and summer visitors, seems to be the best option for the Center. The Center’s staff is working behind the scenes and Raven Hill's Board will continue to reassess the situation as future Executive Orders for Michigan are released.
 
If you have any questions or need more information, please email me or call me on my cell: 231.675.6025. I will be sharing updates on a weekly basis. If you are not interested in receiving them, let me know and I will remove you from the list.

Mother's Day Flowers + Gifts
We are now taking flower and gift orders for Mother's Day! Local no-contact delivery or curbside pickup available! We also have many gift items available for US shipping. Take a peek at our website or call us direct for all of your gifting needs! We are happy to help!

Open Enrollment
St. Mary School is open for enrollment for PreK-8th Grade. Go to www.stmaryschoolcharlevoix.com for more information or call the office at 231-547-9441.

Consumers Energy Small Business Tool Kit
Consumers Energy understands that small businesses are the backbone of Michigan’s economy, and that’s why our company has been working to provide resources to support small businesses during the coronavirus crisis. This link, D elivering Support for Small Businesses , includes information on the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, and more. A new feature in the document is called the Small Business Survival Kit and it provides a small business owner with a practical, step-by-step guide to secure financial assistance including spreadsheets to track budget, cash flow, and unemployment benefits. This toolkit is a great resource for business owners and is available for free, just click on the Small Business Survival Kit and get to work. 

Extra Trees Available!
Many thanks to everyone who participated in our tree sale this year! We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation amidst the COVID-19 Executive Orders that created a different approach to our annual fundraiser, and a few inconveniences. Overall, we had a great sale & it ran very smoothly...thanks to you! 

Click HERE for a list of our remaining tree seedlings and shrubs and discounted prices. Trees will be sold first come, first serve. Please call our office Monday morning between 8am and 4pm to reserve the remaining trees. Calls/Messages before 8am will not be honored, sorry!

Pick Up Options: Stop by our office M-F between 8am-4pm. If unable to make it during our hours, let us know & we will make other arrangements with you over the phone. 

Payment: Cash or Check only - Make payment when you pick up your order, or mail check to the district office: 303 North St., Boyne City, MI. 49712

McLaren Northern Michigan Urges Residents Do Not Wait to Seek Emergency Care
McLaren Northern Michigan is reminding individuals to continue to seek care for medical emergencies. Physicians are concerned that many individuals who should have sought medical care for non-COVID related concerns have put off treatment that may be endangering your health and life.

McLaren Northern Michigan has taken multiple steps to ensure that all patients are safe. In addition to following the governor’s mandated orders for screening and visitation, McLaren Northern Michigan triages patients upon arrival at the emergency department. There are designated respiratory recovery areas in both the Emergency Department and in the hospital to keep you safe. The hospital’s in-house lab is now capable of completing rapid COVID-19 testing for inpatients.

While COVID is a public health emergency; heart attacks, strokes, and sepsis are far more deadly. If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of heart attack, stroke, or sepsis, seek medical attention immediately.

National Infant Immunization Week
Join the Health Department of Northwest Michigan and communities around the nation in recognizing National Infant Immunization Week April 25 – May 2, 2020. The purpose of this annual observance is to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunizations.
 
National Infant Immunization Week is a time to remind and bring attention to the critical role that vaccinations play in protecting the health of our children, families, and communities. Many see vaccine prevented diseases as a threat from the past, however, children can still get and spread these diseases. In recent years the U.S. has seen the return of vaccine preventable diseases, that were once considered eliminated, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough.

To see the full press release and all information click HERE.

North Central Plans Virtual Commencement Ceremony, Online Classes for Summer Semester
As statewide efforts to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) continue,  North Central Michigan Colleg e announced that it will honor its 2020 graduates with a virtual Commencement ceremony on May 8. The celebration will occur via a Facebook Watch Party at 7:30 p.m. Following the virtual ceremony, the video will be posted on the college’s  YouTube channel .

On April 14, North Central announced that all classes scheduled for Summer 2020 will be delivered via remote instructional delivery. The college is communicating directly with students to ensure a smooth transition to online classes and remains committed to delivering an exceptional educational experience while ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.

Housing North Welcomes New Executive Director
Housing North is pleased to announce that Yarrow Brown will join the organization as its new executive director. The long-planned transition will take place as Northern Michigan communities begin to grapple with the economic and housing implications of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Brown is stepping into the role currently held by Sarah Lucas, who has led the organization since it was established in 2018 and is moving outside of the area. Brown brings wide-ranging experience working with land conservancies, nonprofits, and local governments. She has managed complex land protection projects and led outreach and educational efforts. As an independent consultant, Brown partnered on master plans, strategic plans, and watershed planning efforts. Within her own community, she serves on the Cleveland Township Planning Commission in Leelanau County, where she is a vocal advocate for workforce-affordable housing. 

To view the full press release which includes some background on Housing North and remarks from Housing North Board President, Kelly Smith click HERE .

Char-Em United Way Community Response Fund
The Char-Em COVID-19 Community Response Fund (CECCRF) has been established by Char-Em United Way with initial funding from Char-Em United Way, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Charlevoix County Community Foundation and Rotary Club of Petoskey. 

These funds will be used to: 
  • Grant funds to local nonprofit, governmental, and educational organizations that are providing vital services such as access to food and basic hygiene, supporting childcare, caring for senior citizens, supporting utility and rental assistance, and overall basic needs in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. 
  • Help ensure operational support for nonprofit organizations across our two-county region working with the people and families who are most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus and economic consequences of the outbreak in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. 

A simple application form for organizations seeking funding is available HERE . If you would like to contribute to the fund, please visit HERE . 100% of your gift to the CECCRF goes to help our community respond to the threat and mitigate the effects of COVID-19. If you are in need of assistance, please call 211 (available 24/7). To view full press release click HERE

4Front to Donate $50,000 to Area Hospital Crisis Funds & Food Banks
Northern Michigan’s leading financial cooperative will deliver financial support totaling $50,000 to area medical caregivers and families in need. Frontline health provider support will be given to the Munson Healthcare COVID-19 Fund and the McLaren Northern Michigan Emergency Response Fund. The monies will allow the two health systems to procure needed supplies, support testing efforts and meet emerging needs at their combined 12 hospitals across northern Michigan, stretching from Cheboygan to Manistee.

Funding will also be provided to three food distribution organizations serving or located in northern Michigan. The Manna Food Project, the Northwest Food Coalition and Feeding America West Michigan distribute food directly to families in need and support partner food banks and pantries across the region.

Including this recent $50,000 designation, 4Front has provided support exceeding $500,000 to northern Michigan events, programs and initiatives through its Community Investment program since its founding five years ago.

Spring Seasonal Tick Awareness Notice
As more residents head outside during the Governors Stay at Home Order, the risk of human-tick interactions also increases. We want to remind residents that being outside and getting fresh air and sunshine are beneficial for overall health, but those who enjoy nature and the outdoors should take standard seasonal precautions like: 

· Using repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. 
· Wearing clothing that has been treated with permethrin. 
· Looking for ticks on your body and on any pet(s) after spending time outside. 
· Putting your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 60 minutes to kill any remaining ticks. 
· Taking a shower as soon as you can after coming indoors. 
 
Questions regarding ticks in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties should be directed to the Health Department of Northwest Michigan Environmental Health Division at 231-547-6523. Health related questions should be directed to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-648-6942. Additional information regarding ticks and Lyme disease can be found at the  State of Michigan website  and the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention website .  

Mary Bickley of PMP Services Recognized for Positive Impact

Mary Bickley is a senior account executive for PMP Personnel Services in Gaylord, and she has spent nearly four decades as an active community member, always eager to make an impact.

Bickley moved to Gaylord in 1979 with her family and has enjoyed the generous nature of Northern Michigan. She raised her four children in the area and said she has been grateful to come to know many of the incredible people that help shape the city. “We were so fortunate to be in Gaylord,” Bickley said.

In addition to raising her kids, Bickley has had a long-stretching career in Northern Michigan. She explained that she changes up her career path about once a decade, and as a people person, she enjoys being able to help others.

In Onaway, Bickley started out as a nurse before she transitioned to providing auditory testing for local schools with the health department.Eventually, she worked for ABC Medical Supply and went on to work with her husband at their granite store in Gaylord. During her time at the granite store, she was the president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and always looking to do more for her community. When they closed their granite store in 2008, Bickley took a break for a year before beginning her next career venture.

A friend recommended her for an office job at PMP Personnel Services. As the only certified staffing specialists in Northern Michigan, it is a major resource for the people and businesses of this area. Bickley went in for an interview with a little apprehension. When she met with the owner, Dr. Gilbert Mosher, she told him she might not be a good fit. “I told him, ‘I am not office material,’” she said with a laugh. While he was looking for an office staff, Bickley managed to negotiate a role in marketing for PMP, and she has been there for nearly 11 years.
Working to bring people and businesses together, she enjoys the fast pace and meeting with people from all walks of life. “I reach out to businesses and speak with human resources and CEOs to see what we can do to help facilitate employment,” Bickley said.

PMP provides services to Gaylord, Petoskey, Traverse City, Gladwin, Charlevoix and Grand Rapids to help businesses find employees who are a good fit. Bickley said she orders her business cards by the thousands because she is always reaching out to just about everyone to see if she can help in some way.

Her favorite book is the “Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews, and she believes the smallest of actions can create a ripple effect, and it is a philosophy she lives by. “I believe any little thing you do for anyone has a great impact,” Bickley said.

She has found it rewarding to be able to help people and businesses while supporting the local economy. It is a role that she is more than happy to stay in for the foreseeable future. “I am not looking to retire anytime soon,” Bickley said. “As long as I can be productive and make an impact, I will continue my journey with them.”

Because of her hard and exceptional work, Bickley was also named the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year for 2020. Interacting with people has been one of the best parts for Bickley, and she feels it is where she belongs. While she enjoys working with people, she says her true passion is kids, and she lives to spend time with her 11 grandchildren.

She takes great pride in the summer camps she hosts each year for her grandchildren where she has scavenger hunts and even hidden pots of gold for them to find. It is a special bonding time for the family, and one of her greatest joys to be able to bring them all together. Bickley is an energetic force in Gaylord, and she continues to be a major part of the city and its livelihood. pmppersonnel.com | Petoskey News article HERE
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