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COVID-19
Take Our Community Survey!
Community leaders and small businesses are doing all that we can to ensure the safety and health of our residents and visitors. This survey will help identify measures that will ensure the comfort of all who use our downtown once stay at home orders are lifted and the economy begins to re-open. We appreciate you taking the time to help inform decisions made to keep Charlevoix healthy & beautiful.


New Organizational Support Grand Cycle Announced
The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is announcing changes to the upcoming grant cycle in response to changing needs in our communities. Formerly called Community Project Support, the cycle was originally scheduled to have an application due date of May 1, 2020 and was intended to provide support for community projects and programs in several focus areas including arts & culture, veterans assistance, health and wellness, urgent needs, and more. However, due to the current COVID-19 crisis our communities are facing, the Community Foundation has moved the grant cycle deadline to June 1, 2020. The cycle will now be called Organizational Support and will provide opportunities for eligible nonprofits to apply for support for not only community projects but also for general operating support.

This grant cycle is ongoing, and organizations can learn more about how to apply at c3f.org .  To see the full announcement and document with additional info click HERE .

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.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan hosting MasterClass Web Series
BCBS of Michigan is hosting an educational series of webinars, called MasterClass, to help you navigate the complexities of healthcare. Upcoming classes include Destigmatizing Mental Health in Your Workforce, Financial Wellness Strategies for Employees in Wake of COVID-19, and more.

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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.
Consumers Energy, Habitat for Humanity Team for Power of Home Campaign
Consumers Energy and Habitat for Humanity of Michigan have teamed to provide vital financial support to Habitat affiliates that have been severely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a goal of raising $200,000 by the end of September.

Through the Power of Home campaign, Consumers Energy will donate $1 for every $2 raised through individual Habitat donations, up to $100,000.

Twenty-six Habitat affiliates across the state have signed up to participate in the campaign including Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity serving Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. Affiliates receive funding based on the amount raised through their individual donors. As of today, nearly $73,000 has been raised toward the $200,000 goal.

In order to receive the Consumers Energy match, all donations must be made through the online giving platform Classy. More information about individual affiliate campaigns is available at HERE .

North Central Michigan College Expanding Opportunities for Learning in Our Community
We are asking for your input regarding topics you are interested in, platforms for learning, and how to best reach you with this information. We will use the data we collect from these surveys to structure our Lifelong Learning program. Thank you for sharing your interests with us. We look forward to offering you excellent programming for 2020-2021. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LSCF8BW

Learn More about St. Michael Academy
Does the coronovirus have you reassessing life and re-thinking your children's education? We invite you to take a fresh look at St. Michael Academy, Petoskey. Northern Michigan's only Classical Catholic High School, where ALL are welcome, no matter what your faith. Students and Headmaster, Dr. Richard Brake will lead a live, Zoom  Get-to-Know-Us  session on  Thursday, May 14th at 7:00pm.  Please click this link:  https://bit.ly/StMichaelZoom

Raven Hill Updates
Raven Hill continues to shelter in place. We are busy behind the scenes with our Home Learning Opportunities on Facebook and the web, as well as a Photo Journal page and today we added a History Journal page to the website. Check them all out! There’s a new one at least every weekday, sometimes on weekends!

We are also trying to figure out our future: how to be hands-on and yet enforce social distancing and deep cleaning between uses of the musical instruments, small toys and other “exhibits” in the main museum room. There is also a question of how or if we can continue to have the animal room. Again, it is a question of how to make it work with distancing & cleanliness. We are also working on exhibits, events and programs for 2021. The Smithsonian Labor Days History of Work exhibit has been rescheduled to August & September of 2021. And of course, we are trying to figure out funding to get us through to 2021. Your ideas are welcome and your support is appreciated. To see the full update click HERE .

McLaren Northern Michigan's Roadmap to Safe Care
McLaren Northern Michigan has continued to provide exceptional, safe, and compassionate care to patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, McLaren Northern Michigan is beginning to look to the future to provide the care that had been deferred over the last six weeks or longer. As a result, McLaren has developed a roadmap to safely resume time-sensitive care, which includes clinical and testing protocols, further enhancements to safety for our staff and patients, prioritization of surgical cases that were postponed, personal protective equipment guidelines, and much more.

With the curve beginning to flatten, the hospital does understand that coronavirus will be present in our community for the foreseeable future. To ensure the safety of patients, McLaren Northern Michigan will begin to open services in a very controlled method with many safety measures in place. See safety measures HERE .

For more information about the safety precautions that McLaren is taking, please visit  www.mclaren.org/safecare . Patients who are waiting for a postponed surgery will begin receiving phone calls from their physicians in the coming weeks to set a reschedule date.

Hometown Hero Runs 51 Marathons for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Sunday, May 3, shortly after the sun rose, Tony Anderson, donned his Marathon4Kids gear, laced up his running shoes and set out from atop Sherman Hill on Highway 37 to run his 51 st  and last 26.2 marathon miles to the finish line at Big Brothers Big Sisters (Bigs) offices in Traverse City. This monumental event marked the end of Tony’s 17-year journey to run one marathon in every state in the Country and Washington, DC. See the full story HERE !

Munson Healthcare Seeking Hand-Sewn Masks
Munson Healthcare is heartened by the ongoing support from our communities across northern Michigan. We are grateful for the commitment to keeping our healthcare team safe during this challenging time by answering our calls for help. Today, we ask for your continued support in bringing more hand-sewn face masks to Munson Healthcare facilities.

With the universal masking policy in place, Munson Healthcare has a critical need for hand-sewn mask donations to accommodate the universal masking policy, especially for patients and visitors. At this time, Munson Healthcare is accepting hand-sewn mask donations of any style, pattern, or design.

The following guidelines will help keep our patients and visitors safe:
·     Fabric should be tightly-woven, breathable and can be secured to the face appropriately.
·     All hand-sewn items must be latex free.
·     In order to accommodate for shrinkage, please consider increasing your pattern size by at least 30 percent or wash in hot water prior to sewing.
·     Supplies should be new or unused.
·     Items must be donated to one of Munson Healthcare’s designated drop-off locations.
·     Please do not make face masks if you are ill.

We are extremely grateful for the support of the seamstresses in our communities. Your donation of hand-sewn face masks will help ensure the safety of those entering the hospital during this unprecedented time. For questions, please call or email Debbie Esenther at 708-205-8714 and debra.esenther@sbcglobal.net . See the full document HERE .

American House
Responding to and beating COVID-19 means everyone has to work together. That is where the American House Foundation comes in. With the growing needs of low-income seniors, we are fielding request from across the five states we operate in. The most pressing need is gift cards to help with:
  • food, cleaning and medical supplies
  • home delivery of groceries and prescriptions
  • safety items including gloves, hygiene products and protective equipment

We expect these needs to continue to grow. Please join our cause. There are a lot of ways you can help:
  1. Tell your friends and help spread the word about the good work we are doing to help seniors during the COVID crisis!
  2. Drop off a donation to your local American House office or donate online HERE. Your small donation will make a big impact.
  3. Sign up to participate in our new Senior Advisory Council. Please call Holly Ellis or Tina Abbate Marzolf at (248) 346-9944 to learn more.

Hours of Operation Extended and Brunch Menu Returns
Cafe Sante is excited to announce the return of their fan-favorite Brunch Menu. The restaurant located in downtown Boyne City on beautiful Lake Charlevoix is ready to serve a great selection of breakfast and lunch items for curbside pick up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily joining their Dinner Menu currently available from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Brunch Menu is tailored for the curbside pick up program. Patrons will find many favorites and new items including an expanded selection of wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, and sandwiches served on fresh-baked ciabatta bread. See full press release HERE .

The complete menu is available on the Café Sante website HERE .  Curbside pick up orders may be placed by phone at 231-582-8800, or using the new online ordering system HERE .

Virtual Open House
St. Mary is having a virtual open house! Check it out at www.stmaryschoolcharlevoix.com under "Open House." You can take a tour of St. Mary School and visit each classroom with a personal tour by the teacher! St. Mary is enrolling PreK-8th grade for the fall. If you have any questions or want more information, call the office at 547-9441.

OPEN for Curbside Pick-up Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm
WE ARE OPENING IN A NEW WAY! We will be open limited hours for curbside pickup beginning Wednesday May 6. Curbside Pickup Hours at both Charlevoix and Petoskey Wednesday-Saturday 12-5pm. PLEASE PREORDER YOUR FLOWERS we are only getting one delivery per week and are likely to sell out. Thank you for understanding!

Camp Daggett Cancels Summer Camp 2020
The Board of Trustees of Camp Daggett made the difficult decision to cancel all summer 2020 camping sessions. The board considered the situation currently facing Michigan, the United States and the world, that camp would be unable to serve their mission this summer to the standards that our camping families have come to expect.

The Board of Trustees has established a full refund policy during these difficult times. All camping families have been notified by either email, phone call or mail. All have been given the option of a full refund, or moving their deposit to secure a 2021 camping registration. Camp will be in contact with all camping families to determine their wishes and refunds will be made quickly. If you need additional information, a Frequently Asked Questions page will be maintained and updated on the website .

In additional news, the search for a new executive director has been suspended for the moment. As soon as the Board has deemed the current environment stabilized and safer, a new calendar for Executive Director hiring should be established including interview schedule, procedures, job offer and anticipated starting date. The golf outing, scheduled for Thursday, June 4 has also been cancelled and will not be rescheduled in 2020. The outing will be scheduled for Thursday June 10, 2021 at the Walloon Lake Country Club. Any questions about camp can be directed to Nathan Fleshman, summer camp director, at  Nathan.fleshman@campdaggett.org .

May is Trauma Awareness Month
May is National Trauma Awareness Month. McLaren Northern Michigan urges the public to practice safety when enjoying northern Michigan activities allowed under the Stay Home Executive Order.

As a verified Level II Trauma Center, McLaren Northern Michigan sees an average of 950 traumas each year. The following tips and guidelines will help our community to stay safe. Click HERE To see the safety tips for wearing a helmet, water/ boating safety, sun safety, vehicle/ driving safety and home safety.

Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant Open for Take-Out
We are so excited to share we will be open for Takeout beginning this Friday, May 15 from 4 to 8 pm. Hours:
Friday, May 15: 4 to 8 pm
Saturday, May 16: 4 to 8 pm
Sunday, May 17: 4 to 8 pm
Wednesday - Sunday thereafter: 4 to 8 pm


Read more about what we are doing to keep our employees and you safe: 

St. Mary School Hosts Virtual Open House
St. Mary School is having a Virtual Open House! Go to www.stmaryschoolcharlevoix.com and click on Open House to take a tour of the school and have a personal tour of each classroom! St. Mary is now enrolling for Fall 2020 for PreK-8th Grade.


Calling Downtown Residents and Business Owners- Join Us for the Senior Class of 2020 Parade
Step outside and show support with a wave as students are escorted by-car through town in a Senior Class of 2020 Parade, 3:00pm on May 31st. Our seniors have had the conclusion of their schooling heavily altered, including missing out on a traditional Senior Party. This parade, put on by the parents of the All-Night Party Committee, will help give them a safe, social-distancing event to participate in together as a send-off to their senior year. Please join in the festivities by waving, cheering, and celebrating from afar! The parade will follow the Homecoming Parade route, starting downtown at the Charlevoix Public Library, and following Bridge Street south to Garfield St. 
New Bottle Promo for Currey Farms Pure Maple Syrup
Currey Farms Pure Maple Syrup is offering a sale through the month of May! Ending May 31 st , 8.5 oz glass bottles normally retailing at $9.00 will be $7.50. Available at The Lake House, thelakehousecharlevoix.com/shop, and Martin’s Market, 1204 Bridge St


Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Centers are Reopening!
Throughout the COVID-19 emergency, the health and safety of our patients, guests, and staff has been our highest concern. During the past few weeks, we have developed and initiated policies that meet or exceed CDC recommendations for safe treatment for physical therapy in our clinics.
At this time, we feel confident that we can maintain a safe environment for all. On May 11th, we will begin to see patients in our seven clinics. We’re going to return patients on a progressive bases to help maximize social distancing.
As we welcome back our patients, our clinic staff will introduce you to our new safety procedures. We are excited and look forward to seeing you.  


Save the Date for MiCareer Quest CharEm ISD 2020: Sept. 25, 2020
MiCareerQuest Char-Em ISD is a hands-on, career and college readiness event giving 9th and 11th graders the opportunity to interact with dozens of employers representing numerous occupations. The event will expose students to exciting careers and endless possibilities! Students will have the chance to: t alk one-on-one with experts from the region’s high-demand industries, touch, feel and work with the tools−and technology−of the trades, and walk away with in-depth and practical knowledge of today’s workplaces. Careers in advanced manufacturing, construction, health sciences, information technology, hospitality, agriculture, and more will be explored.
Interested exhibitors can register online, along with schools looking to participate by sending students to this great career event


Jarvis Property Restoration Thanks Our Local Heroes!
To all first responders, medical professionals, front line personnel, and essential workers, Jarvis Property Restoration and McLaren Northern Michigan are offering FREE personal vehicle disinfection* on Friday, May 15 th, from 2pm to 6pm! Located at the McLaren Medical Office Building parking lot, 560 West Mitchell St in Petoskey. This process disinfects and sanitizes your vehicle from COVID-19 (*touchable surfaces will be disinfected with a-n EPA registered product). Must present work ID or wear your uniform – no appointment necessary. Call 866-452-7847 for more information. Thank you, heroes! 


DCL at Annual Award Banquet

The Northwest Michigan Industrial Association’s Annual Safety Awards Banquet was held Thursday, March 5 at the new EJ Foundry in Elmira. Nearly 40 manufacturers throughout northwest Michigan compete for these annual coveted and prestigious awards recognizing safety in the workplace. Nine members were selected for awards in three categories. 

DCL of Charlevoix won of the six Outstanding Achievement Award. The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes those employers with zero lost time, zero injuries and zero restricted days by their employees. 

The association that began as a safety alliance in 1974 holds safety practices and awards with great esteem. The recipients of these awards are to be commended for their efforts in creating a safe workplace. For more information on the Northwest Michigan Industrial Association, visit nwmia.org . | dclinc.com
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