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COVID-19
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 .

Munson Healthcare
We are grateful for the outpouring of support by generous community members who wish to assist Munson Healthcare during this crisis. How we respond now will determine how severely impacted our communities will be in the future. We simply could not face these challenges times without your support.

Munson Healthcare has received a number of questions from community members interested in donating personal protective equipment (PPE). Visit our website to view regularly updated details such as:

  • New or unused, unscented items being accepted
  • Guidance on how to make homemade/hand-sewn face mask
  • Donation drop-off locations available across northern Michigan
  • Where to send notes of appreciation and encouragement for healthcare team

A few items to note:
  • Munson Healthcare is accepting any style, pattern, or design of hand-sewn face masks
  • Please do not drop off items at the Foundations office, emergency departments, hospitals, clinics, etc. Donated items should be delivered to one of the designated drop-off locations

PPE Supplies for Charlevoix County Municipalities and Their Associated Services
During this COVID-19 pandemic, if your agency/municipality is in need of gloves/masks/gowns/hand sanitizer/shields, etc.;

Please click the link below to submit such PPE Request(s):
  • http://www.cceoem.net/charlevoix/ (You cannot submit for multiple items at one time. You will have to submit a request for each item you are requesting. Please be specific on what item and quantity amount for each requested item.)

As supplies are very limited to get currently through the State and local vendors, please request what supplies you are currently in need of so we can try and fulfill everyone's order(s) once we receive the supplies. If you have already submitted a request, please do NOT submit a duplicate.

If you should have any questions or need to modify the request you have already submitted, please give the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office a call at 231-547-4461 and speak with Sienna Wenz.

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.
BLOOM's Online Shop is Open!
BLOOM's online shop is now open and gathering flower orders for local Mother's Day delivery. Many other items available for US shipping, we have something for everyone! Thank you to our customers for shopping small business.

Open Enrollment
St. Mary School is Open for Enrollment for grades PreK-8th Grade! You can go to www.stmaryschoolcharlevoix.com and fill out the registration form under Admissions. Call the office if you have any questions: 231- 547-9441

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 College 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

Catholic School Offers Free Online Classes as Public Service
Because we’re “all in this together,” St. Michael Academy, Petoskey is offering-up it’s online classes to the community at-large, free of charge, through the end of the school year.  6th-12th grade students and adults may “sit-in” on classes in Civics, Calculus, Medieval and Ancient History, Philosophy, Music and more. SMA Headmaster, Dr. Richard Brake says, “during these difficult times, we believe that students need consistency and purpose in learning. We’re therefore offering our Classical Catholic curriculum, presented by our stellar faculty, as a free service for those who want more for their children than they’re currently receiving from the public schools.” Samples of classes are available at  www.stmichaelupnorth.org /online-learning-initiative/. Full access, with guidance from the instructor, may be obtained, for any jr. high or high school student, by request at  drbrake@stmichaelpetoskey.org . St. Michael Academy hopes many take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Consumers Energy Foundation COVID-19 Support Surpasses $1 Million
The Consumers Energy Foundation Wednesday announced a second wave of grants totaling $600,000 to help the continuing battle against COVID-19.  These grants, combined with $500,000 in donations announced last month, bring the foundation’s COVID-19 support to more than $1 million.  Of the new funds, $300,000 will be distributed to 30 community foundations representing 45 counties across Consumers Energy’s service territory in Michigan.  The Food Bank Council of Michigan is receiving $140,000 to support the production of 5,000 quarantine boxes for home-bound senior citizens.  Another $100,000 is going to MSU Extension to develop an innovative process to decontaminate personal protection masks.  Another $90,000 will be distributed to local nonprofits around Michigan addressing the crisis.  

Consumers Energy Foundation President Brandon Hofmeister said, “As our company continues to provide critical energy to Michigan’s homes and hospitals, our foundation is honored  to support the front line of this war against COVID through providing additional protective equipment for doctors and nurses, helping our senior citizens stay safe in isolation, and ensuring everyone in Michigan has access to food.”  

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 .  

Charlevoix County Transit
During the COVID-19 Stay At Home Order, Charlevoix County Transit is providing FREE delivery service for items such as prescriptions, food pantry boxes, groceries and other essential items. To schedule a delivery, please call 231-582-6900.

Charlevoix Public Schools Kindergarten Registration
Experience Charlevoix Elementary! We can't wait to show you all that we offer!

If your child turns 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2020, call (231) 547-3215 or email cesinfo@rayder.net with the following information: student name, date of birth, parent(s) name, mailing address, phone number, previous preschool attended. You will be contacted with further information. To view the full flyer click HERE.

Northern Michigan P.D.R.
We will be up and running business as usual starting on May 4th. We are offering a 10% discount on services! Northern Michigan P.D.R. does paintless automotive dent repair such as; door dings, small minor dents and hail damage. Home or office!

Hogarth's Pest Control Company Celebrating 35 Years!
It's time to sign up for your spring pest control and rodent baiting! Click HERE to sign up. Pet Control, Wildlife & Animal Removal, and other services. Our office staff is currently working remotely, In order to limit call volume, please use the link above to sign up for service. If you have an immediate concern, you can still reach us at 231-264-6060 or 800-264-6161.

Reminders:
  • As always, Hogarth's will contact you the day prior to confirm your appointment. Exterior treatments are always weather permitting.
  • Any painting, staining, or pressure washing should be done before having your home sprayed. Window washing should be done after. Failing to follow these recommendations may void your guarantee. Please let us know of any plans to paint/stain/pressure wash so we can work with you to schedule in a timely manner.
  • If you have bait stations at your home, spring and fall rodent baiting will be scheduled automatically.

Munson Healthcare: Virtual Visits
Munson Healthcare Virtual Visits allow you to stay in the comfort of your home while seeing the high-quality provider you need to keep your health on track. Munson Healthcare has openings for you and your family in a wide range of areas, including:
  • Primary care
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral health
  • OB/GYN
  • Allergy care
  • Physical therapy
  • Post-surgery follow-up
  • Prescription refills
  • Rashes and skin conditions
  • Urology
  • Wellness visits, and more.

Simple, secure, and convenient, we can "see" you in two virtual ways: audio-only via telephone or face-to-face through web and mobile apps. Click HERE.

Request Your Appointment! Call your MunsonHealthcare provider to request an appointment. We will help you schedule the right kind of appointment that fits your needs. No provider? Contact a Munson Healthcare "Find a Doctor" representative at 231-935-5886 or findadoctor@mhc.net

Many Ribbons Project
McLaren Northern Michigan has witnessed an incredible outpouring of support every day from the community for our health care heroes.

McLaren Northern Michigan is asking the community to tie ribbons of any color on trees or mailboxes or hang them in the windows of their homes to show support for our community of medical caregivers and first responders. This group includes Emergency Medical Services, Public Safety Officers, Fire Departments, Doctors, Nurses, and the entire McLaren Northern Michigan team as we collectively respond to and care for those patients in their time of need.

McLaren Northern Michigan is asking community members not to leave their home for material. If you don’t have a ribbon, you can print a cut-out version on paper to hang on the inside of your window. Use any material you already have in your home in order to show your support for our Health Care Heroes. 

Friske New Take-Out Menu
Friske Farm Market has a new take-out menu! All food is fully cooked - just heat and serve! Please call us a head to place your take-out order or request curb-side pick up service 231-599-2604. Local milk, eggs, bacon and MORE! 2 servings in Chicken Pot Pie, Lasagna and Cabbage Rolls. Hours are Mon-Thurs 10-4pm and Fri-Sat 10-6pm.

Soup/Chili Pt/$6.99 Qt/$12.99
Chicken Pot pie $9.99
U.P. Pastes (asst varieties and size)
Lasagna Rolls w/ marinara $11.99
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls $12.99
Mac n' Cheese 14oz/$7.99 32oz/$14.99

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