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COVID-19
Consumers Energy Offers Videos to Assist Small Businesses
Consumers Energy is providing two videos to make businesses aware of the many resources the utility is providing to assist them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In  Video 1 , Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Vice President of Customer Experience for Consumers Energy discusses how the company is partnering with businesses on customized solutions on energy bills, energy cost savings, and how to operate safely during the pandemic, among other things. The video is 7:23 in length.

Next, in Video 2 , Consumers Energy tries to help businesses break down the complexities of the economic stimulus programs and provide tools to manage your business or organization through the crisis. Jeff Mayes, Executive Director of Business Customer Care demonstrates how to access the Consumers Energy Tool Kit that has links to checklists and spreadsheets that you can adapt to your business, among other resources. This video runs 3:07.

Beyond watching the videos, assistance is readily available to Consumers Energy customers by calling their Business Customer Care line at 800-805-0490 or visiting ConsumersEnergy.com/business

Health Department of Northwest MI COVID-19 Update
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan wants to remind residents that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has expanded the COVID-19 testing criteria, and previous barriers such as cost or a doctor's order have been alleviated. Most people who wish to be tested can now receive a test and we are happy to assist the public with getting access to testing.  If you would like to be tested, please call 1-800-432-4121 for assistance. 
 
In addition to anyone with even mild symptoms and those at high risk for severe outcomes such as the elderly and those with underlying conditions, listed below are the latest eligible individuals for COVID-19 testing. 
·        Asymptomatic patients in preparation for surgical procedures, as deemed necessary by the treating clinician 
·        Asymptomatic people with known exposure to a person with COVID-19, or symptoms of COVID-19 
·        Asymptomatic people who are leaving home to go to work  
·        Those living in areas with low testing numbers including northern Michigan

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.
NATIONAL DONUT DAY
Friday, June 5 is National Donut Day! This is definitely cause for celebration at Friske’s! ALL YOUR FAVES (including CHERRY) only 75¢ each! Please call ahead to place your order for larger quantities. 231-599-2604!

Friske Farm Market is open Mon-Thur 8am-6pm and Fri-Sat 8am-7pm!

Lavender Hill Farm Updates
Lavender Hill Farm Boutique is open daily 10-5pm! Curbside pickup available daily- call 231-582-3784 or email retailtherapy@lavenderhillfarm.com. Remember you can shop online! Addition hours include Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10am designated shopping times for vulnerable populations. This includes people over 60, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. The gift shop will be closed to all other customers during those hours.

Lunch & Lavender ! We are partnering with Lake Street Market for our 2020 Lunch & Lavender! Gourmet boxed fresh food lunches will feature Lavender Hill Farm’s lavender carefully curated by the culinary masterminds at Lake Street Market and will feature sweet and savory lavender accents. Served in our century old barn at noon every Wednesday from June 10th to September 9th, come rain or shine. Join us! Lunch will include a lavender beverage of choice, a lavender themed salad or sandwich and our famous lavender shortbread cookies. Lunch tickets ($23.50 per person) are required for admittance and will be available for purchase online until 6 PM the Monday before the lunch or until sold out. Get tickets HERE .

Raven Hill Updates
Enjoy Raven Hill's spring newsletter, plus our weekly update from Raven Hill both attached below. We are alive and well and making forward progress, despite being closed to the public. Check us out daily on Facebook and the website ( www.MiRavenHill.org ) for informal learning activities, photo memories, history pages, updates and more. We may also be reached via email ( info@miravenhill.org ) or phone: 231.675.6025. 
 
Click HERE to see Raven Hill’s update for this past week and Click HERE to see their May newsletter.

Commission on Aging Community Mitigation Strategy June Update
We have also developed a gradual reengagement plan for our services effective June 1, 2020. Below is for the month of June 2020 though, it is subject to change based on most current guidance after June 1, 2020 for the month of June so please call the COA main office for updated information 231-237-0103.

Click HERE to see the full document regarding Frozen Congregate Meals, Hot Meals, Home Delivery Meals, In-Home Services and more.

Trauma Awareness Month
McLaren Northern Michigan urges the public to be safe when venturing out and enjoying northern Michigan activities and visiting local businesses.  CLICK HERE  for Trauma Safety Tips and remember to wash your hands and practice social distancing.

Sun Safety Trips: stay hydrated, avoid high sun times, check UV index, seek shade, remember to: SLIP on a shirt, SLOP on sunscreen, SLAP on a hat, WRAP on sunglasses.

Feeding Northern Michigan Update
The Covid-19 crisis hit Northern Michigan hard and has put tremendous pressure on area food banks. So MacDonald Garber Broadcasting stations decided it was time to help. The week of May 18 th became Feeding Northern Michigan Week and 106KHQ, Lite 96.3, 104.5 BOB FM and 96.7 The Bull all came together to fill the pantries of three area food banks.

Diane Shannon Hansell, MGB Operations Manager coordinated the event. “I really wanted to raise $10,000. But once we started on air, the communities all came to together and we have $16,398 to give to area food banks. I’m so grateful to the staff for getting behind this and our to listeners and corporate partners for being so generous. It truly was amazing.”

The Manna Food Project, Father Fred Foundation and Feeding America Northwest Michigan will all benefit. For more information, Diane Shannon Hansell is available at 231-347-8713 or at Diane@lite96.com . To view the full update and press release click HERE .

Little Traverse Conservancy Goes Virtual with Environmental Education
For more than 30 years, Little Traverse Conservancy has offered programs to thousands of children every year. The majority of the programs have been held at nature preserves and natural areas throughout the five-county service area. “The current situation has caused our education staff to pivot and explore ways to still bring the joys of nature to all ages, while remaining helpful to educators and parents forced to do the work online or from their own homes,” said Sarah Mayhew, the Conservancy’s director of education. 

The result has been a brand new web experience found at www.landtrust.org/environmental-education . The program page is broken into three categories: 1) Online Learning Links; 2) Activities and Lessons; and 3) Virtual Programs.

Mayhew also points out that the nature preserves and reserves remain open and offer extraordinary outdoor classrooms available for all to enjoy and discover. She encourages people to visit the Conservancy’s interactive map, to pick up a copy of the preserve map available just outside their office entrance, or to download the Conservancy’s app, LTC Explorer.

WE ARE OPEN!
BLOOM is open! Shop with us Wednesday-Saturday 11-5. Fresh cut flowers, Jewelry, Gifts, Home Decor, Fragrance, Bath and Body. More than just a flower shop!

Have a business or member success story? We want to hear it! Hitting a growth landmark, meeting a personal or financial business goal, being awarded industry certifications or recognition's… we want to share that accomplishment. Member Success is a new section in our Biz Blast where we will highlight stories of member businesses and employees. Submit your information for the newsletter on our website submission form.  
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