Coronavirus cancellations throughout Upper Michigan

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Below is a list of cancellations or postponements of events due to growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. We know this list is long, but it's broken down by category. We hope you can find any cancellation information you may be seeking in the text below.

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If you have cancellations to add to the running list, please email them to wlucnews@wluctv6.com.

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Schools and related organizations

All Michigan K-12 public and private schools are closed through April 6. Some head start, preschool and early head start programs are also canceling. Rapid River Head Start and Manistique Head Start are closed through April 6.

Little Huskies Child Development Center is closed with a tentative reopening on Tuesday, April 14.

Escanaba Head Start will be closed until April 6.

Important Message from MAPS Food Service: In light of Monday’s Executive Order for Stay Home-Stay Safe, we have decided to create a schedule for the next couple of weeks. Tuesday, March 24, will be our normal schedule. Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, we will begin handing out meals for multiple days. We will provide Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday’s meals all to be picked up on Wednesday. Our next delivery day is Tuesday, March 31. On the 31st you will receive supplies for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Monday. The next delivery day is Tuesday, April 7. These supplies will be for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday.
MSHS 11:00-12:00 in front of the canopy entrance please pull up
Graveraet 10:50-11:10, Employee Parking Lot
Superior Hills 11:20-11:40, Parking Lot in front of School
Cherry Creek 12:00-12:20, Parking Lot in front of School
It is crucial that during these times we try to keep a distance of 6 feet from each other. Please understand this is for your safety and ours. Please stand back until we place your food on the drop table or place it into your vehicle. We will continue to offer JJ Packs through our new schedule. They have been amazing and we will continue to work with JJ Packs while supplies last.

Due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases across the country and within Michigan, effective 12:01 AM, March 24, the physical campuses of Bay College will be closed and all services will be available online, on the phone, or through email as our employees work from remote locations. It is critical we all do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. College employees will provide all the services possible as they navigate this challenging time. Bay College has moved all possible courses online. For students, all coursework, testing, and exams have been moved online. Support services including tutoring, supplemental instruction, advising, counseling, registration for summer and fall, and more are moved online (or via phone). Due to the CDC's COVID-19 recommendations, Bay College is postponing spring commencement ceremonies until the end of Summer II Semester in early August or Fall Semester in early December 2020. Details will be forthcoming as the national and state emergency unfolds.

To help better serve the families in our community, the Ishpeming Public School District will be expanding their locations for picking up breakfast/lunch combo packs! Beginning Monday, March 30, throughout the length of the school closure, each Monday & Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Parents may also pick up breakfast/lunch combo packs at Christ the King, 440 Stoneville Road, Ishpeming. Parents have the option of picking up multiple combos for multiple children. Parents may also pick up enough combos to sustain their children for multiple days. Combos are free for anyone 18 years old or younger & everyone is welcome! Combos will continue to be available at the IMS/IHS Pearl Street entrance Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Social services and medical facilities

Beginning Friday, April 3, Pathways Community Mental Health Authority (Pathways CMH) will be closing its offices located in Alger, Delta, Luce and Marquette counties on Fridays through April 30, for the health and safety of both the public and Pathways CMH employees. While the offices remain closed on Fridays, Pathways CMH will continue to provide 24/7 crisis services. If you are in crisis or have questions about your services through Pathways, please call Pathways at 1-888-728-4929.

Michigamme Township is temporarily discontinuing curbside garbage pickup. The garbage truck will be available in the parking lot for residents to place their garbage in beginning Monday, March 30, and daily Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Western Marquette County Sanitation Authority Transfer Station in Ishpeming Township is closed until further notice.

Beginning Monday, March 30, Marquette County Transit Authority (MARQ-TRAN) will provide door-to-door service only. Please call 906-225-1112 for essential rides only (work. medical, pharmacy, and grocery). These rides are free and hours of service will remain the same. There will be no fixed route service and the Marquette Transfer Center will be closed until further notice.

The Portage Lake District Library and the Hancock School Public Library will be closed beginning Saturday, March 14 until Monday, April 6 due to concerns related to COVID-19.

To protect our patients, families, and health care workers during the national outbreak of COVID-19, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital will be implementing visitor restrictions.

The Lighthouse at Hancock Health and Rehab is currently limiting visitation to medical personnel only.

The Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls is closed to all visitors.

The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette is closed to visitors. In order to keep our members as safe as possible, the Jacobetti home is closed to anyone not providing medically necessary services to the home. The facility is working to set up ‘virtual visits’ via email, mail, phone, Skype, FaceTime, teleconference and other ways for our members to keep in touch with their loved ones.

The Marquette County Medical Care Facility is suspending all visitations at the request of the federal government. Anyone with questions is asked to call 906-485-1061.

No visitors are allowed at the Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette, unless medically necessary or unless approved by administration for extenuating circumstances. The center is still accepting new residents, but none showing flu-like symptoms or from out of Marquette County. Norlite will set up Skype, FaceTime, or Messenger video chats with residents at the request of families. Please call the facility at 906-228-9252 and ask for Amy for more information.

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program sponsored by the Northern Michigan University College of Business normally held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. in Jamrich Hall 2315 is canceled until further notice. Digital assistance is available by calling Dr. Trent Batchelor at 906-227-2707. This program is a community service for NMU and Marquette community members who need assistance with their 2019 income taxes.

The Peter White Public Library has suspended all public operations until further notice.

Effective Saturday, March 14 until Monday, April 13, the Manistique Senior Citizens Center has suspended all activities, presentations and programming. This includes Bingo, Homemaker Aide and Transportation Programs, card groups, potluck dinners, Alzheimers and Medicare presentations, footcare and blood pressure clinics, hearing aide clinic, CBC bake sale, volunteering and all other activities. During this time, the Senior Center will remain open for people who need equipment loan, help, and support, but we are requesting everyone phone ahead to the center at 906-341-5923. We are also asking people to refrain from entering the Senior Center if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

Beginning Monday, March 16, until April 6, RSVP Non-Emergency Medical Transportation will be canceled.

The North Dickinson branch of the Dickinson County Library is closed. No other details were provided.

Dickinson County Healthcare is activating COVID-19 patient visitation restrictions, in order to protect the health and safety of patients, employees, providers, volunteers, and visitors. These restrictions are temporary until the situation is stabilized. Visitors must be 19 years of age or older. All visitors must have no symptoms of the cold or flu. Visitation is further limited by patient type: Terminally and Critically Ill Patient Visitation - Immediate family, spouse, or significant other only. Pediatric Patient - Parents and or care giver only. OB Patient - Spouse, significant other or coach only. All Other Patients - Spouse, significant other or care giver only.

For the safety of patients, their loved ones and Mission Partners, OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group is expanding visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Effective immediately all routine visiting is being suspended until further notice.

Negaunee Senior Center has closed amid coronavirus concerns. Negaunee Senior Center will be closed for social activities from March 16 through April 6. This includes all cards, meals, fitness classes and other social gatherings.

The Luce County Sheriff's Office is closed to walk-in traffic. If you have a complaint, please call 911 or call the office at 906-293-8431, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This policy is in effect until further notice.

Public Health of Menominee and Delta Counties locations are closed to the public beginning March 19 at 8 a.m. until Sunday, April 5, at 11:59 p.m. No walk-ins will be accepted. Those in Delta County are asked to call 906-786-4111 with questions. In Menominee County, please call 906-863-4451.

The Salvation Army in Hancock has decided to cancel the Vacation Bible School scheduled over Spring Break (March 23-27). We want everyone in our community to take the necessary precautions to avoid contact with others for their own safety during this COVID-19 crisis. The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the community, and has made ourselves available to government agencies to assist however we can. Currently, offices remain open for the food pantry and energy assistance Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Steps Pathways is taking to assure safety of staff and the people that we serve and yet still provide essential services. Immediately, suspension of groups, ABA, Clubhouse, Skill Building, non-essential CLS and routine clinical appointments for 30 days. Pathways will continue to provide 24/7 Crisis Services. If you have questions about your services through Pathways, please call Pathways at 1-888-728-4929.

The Iron County Medical Care Facility AND Victorian Heights Assisted Living in Crystal Falls, Michigan are BOTH closed due to Federal Mandate.

MDSCAA (Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency) has closed their Escanaba building until further notice. If you’re in need of services call 906-786-7080.

Negaunee Housing Commission is closing the Lakeview Apartment Complex to the public until further notice.

The Used Book Sale that was set to take place at Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library on March 26 through 28 has been postponed indefinitely.

Norway Senior Center is closed through April 5. All meals, services and activities have been suspended for now.

The CBC in Manistique has canceled all events at the Manistique High School.

Florence County's Senior Meal Sites are closed until further notice. If you feel you may qualify for home meals instead, please call 715-528-4890.

Munising Memorial Hospital has implemented a no visitors policy. This is to keep all patients and staff safe. Exceptions may be made for family members, but only under special circumstances. The hospital's lunch & Learn with Dr. Rudzinski that was set for April 9 has also been canceled.

UP Health System - Bell in Ishpeming has implemented visitor restrictions and more. Read more about that here.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Tuesday announced that MDHHS will close its lobbies to visits from the public, except for appointments, and will stop requiring residents to visit MDHHS offices in order to receive state assistance benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Marquette County Aging Services Department will be closed to the public, effective 03/18/2020. In keeping with the recommendations of the CDC, the Aging Services Advisory Committee is temporarily postponed, until further notice. Aging Services staff will be available by telephone and email at the following contacts: Kathy DeMarinis, 906-315-2658, kdemarinis@mqtco.org OR Mary Harris, 906-315-2607, mharris@mqtco.org. If you have questions about the coronavirus, please contact the State of Michigan Hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or contact the Marquette County Health Department, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 906-475-9977.

The Women’s Center is limiting access to its offices. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, our offices in Gwinn, Marquette and Munising are closed to the general public. Our services are still available, but we want to ensure best practices are in place for the health and welfare of clients and employees so we are limiting access to the general public. All advocates will be available by telephone at their respective locations and we encourage our current clients, as well as new clients, to call us during this time. If it is necessary to visit one of our offices, please call ahead of time to schedule an appointment during hours of operation for emergent matters.
Gwinn office: 346-2134/869-4549
Marquette office: 225-1346
Munising office: 387-4554/250-2595
Our 24/7 Support Line, 226-6611/800-455-6611 is always available
Our shelter, Harbor House, remains open. If you have a scheduled appointment, please call your advocate to confirm

The Marquette County Health Department will be only performing essential public health services beginning March 18. If individual services are needed, contact the health department at the following numbers:
Clinic services: 906-475-7844
WIC: 906-475-7846
Environmental health: 906-475-4195

UP Health System - Marquette will be rescheduling its Hope Starts Here Challenge. The event was scheduled for May 9, but is being pushed back to Saturday, August 22.

There is limited access available for the K.I. Sawyer Service Center, effective immediately. If it is necessary to make a visit there, the public is asked to call ahead to schedule an appointment during normal hours of operation. Please call 906-346-3308 to schedule appointments with the following people:
Duane Duray, Director of Operations: ext. 3138
Jody Lindberg, Development and Marketing: ext. 3130
Julie LeRoy, Security Assistant, ext. 3132
If you need to make a payment on utilities, you can pay by check (mail or drop box), sign up for automatic payments, or pay online. Anyone with payment or service questions can call the KI Sawyer Water Department at 906-346-3137.

Effective immediately, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is limiting some non-essential services. Clinic services will be by appointment only and home visits will be temporarily suspended. Environmental programs can be accessed online at www.wuphd.org. This is for all locations of the WUPHD. Please call the WUPHD call center at 906-487-5545 with questions or concerns.

The Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library will be closed to the public beginning March 16 until at least April 6. All online resources are still available at gldl.overdrive.com.

Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority is not accepting appointments for household hazardous waste (HHW) and confidential document destruction until further notice.

With Executive Order No. 2020-21, the Negaunee Public Library is ceasing curbside services after the library closes at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23. Furthermore, the library asks that patrons do not use the library drop boxes at Negaunee City Hall or Negaunee Township Hall, as staff will not be checking or emptying the drop boxes. All library materials will be due back Tuesday, April 14, after the order expires.

Important announcement for CAAM Senior Meals: All CAAM Commodities in Alger & Marquette Counties will be delivered on Thursday, April 9. Some pick up sites have been combined and all times have changed. Participants who pick up their commodities are asked to stay in their vehicles, show their CSFP card, and their commodities box will be loaded for them. No signatures are needed this month. This monthly program is for Seniors who have signed up through Community Action Alger Marquette.
Humboldt Township: 8:00 a.m. (Republic participants need to pick up here)
Ishpeming St. Joseph Church: 8:45 a.m.
Negaunee Senior Center: 9:45 a.m.
Snowberry Heights Apartments: 10:45 a.m.
Pine Ridge Apartments: 11:15 a.m.
Marquette St. Vincent de Paul: 11:45 a.m.
Cherry Creek Apartments: 12:45 p.m. (Skandia residents will need to pick up here, )
Munising Lakeshore Manor: 2:15 p.m. (Au Train will pick up here)
Chatham Manor: 3:15 p.m.
KI Sawyer – St Francis Connection Center: 4:00 p.m. (St Anthony Gwinn participants will need to pick up here)

The Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway pick-up scheduled for April 16-26 and May 9-17 around the state have been canceled. The summer schedule is still planned at this time for July 18-26.

The Marquette County Road Commission remains working, but all buildings are closed to the public. To contact the road commission, call 906-486-4491 or email MCRCAdmin@marqroad.org.

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Churches

Most Reverend Timothy T. Ferguson will be giving a blessing with the Exposed Sacrament on Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the parish. 709 1st Ave. South, Escanaba. He will be asking everyone to stay in their cars with the windows rolled up. Everyone is welcome.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Marquette will be closed until May 10, 2020. This includes services, activities and other meetings.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Norway is canceling all services and meetings until further notice.

Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene, 2601 S. Lincoln Rd., Escanaba is closed but will be streaming services Sunday on Facebook Live.

Hiawatha Country Foursquare Church Wednesday, March 18, Bible study and Sunday morning worship services are canceled. The church will then decide week-to-week.

Cornerstone Community Church in Iron Mountain is suspending in-person services until at least Sunday, April 12.

Faith Lutheran Church in Rock has canceled worship services through April 5.

The Iron River Bible Church Services for Wednesday and Sunday are canceled for this week.

All church activities of Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming will be closed until April 9.

The Watson Bible Chapel is canceling all Sunday Church Services through April 5.

Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Houghton is suspending its in-person Sunday Services, effective immediately.

The Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette is canceling all Services, worship and meetings through April 3.

Grace Episcopal Church of Ishpeming has cancelled all services, events and meetings at the church until May 10.

Mitchell United Methodist Church of Negaunee will be closed for worship and all weekly activities through the month of March.

The First Presbyterian Church in Escanaba has cancelled all services, worships and meetings though April 11.

Grace United Methodist Church in Norway and Faith, and Faithorn United Methodist Church have both canceled their church services until the end of March due to the spread of Covid-19.

The Eden Lutheran Church in Munising is canceling all Worship Services and Sunday School classes through April 3.

The Mohawk-Ahmeek United Methodist Church is canceling Services through the end of March.

Wesley Church of Ishpeming is canceling all activities until Monday, April 6.

Hope Free Lutheran Church in Ishpeming has canceled its March and April community dinners.

Bethany Lutheran Church of Escanaba has canceled worship services and all public events at the church through at least March 25, 2020, due to the covid-19 outbreak.

All activities and services at Gwinn United Methodist Church are canceled until Palm Sunday, April 5.

All services for all locations of Marquette Hope United Methodist Church have been suspended through the end of March.

Grace Lutheran Church of South Range has canceled all services through the end of March. Worship services will be available online.

Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet has canceled services indefinitely. Sunday worship will be on the radio on The Life FM 99.3 and AM 1400, or on Facebook. The office is open, but call 906-337-2400 for more information or assistance.

The Silver Creek Church in Marquette has canceled all worship services and activities at the building through April 18. Mid-week Devos with Pastor Kevin take place via Facebook Live each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Worship services are available at 10 a.m. each Sunday on the Silver Creek Church Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Lakeside Christian Church in Escanaba has canceled all services until Monday, April 6.

Bethany Lutheran Church has canceled services and will re-evaluate in three weeks, as of Monday, March 16.

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee has canceled all corporate gatherings until further notice. This includes Sunday and Monday church services.

Redeemer Lutheran Church has canceled all service and activities through April 5. Worship will still be livestreamed Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

7th Day Adventist Church in Marquette has canceled services indefinitely.

Bethany Lutheran Church of the Keweenaw, in Mohawk, will suspend services until further notice.

Kingsford Maranatha Assembly of God has canceled all public services and gatherings through at least April 1.

Escanaba First United Methodist Church and Escanaba Central United Methodist Church are both closed for all in-person gatherings through at least April 1.

The First Lutheran Church in Iron River has canceled services until further notice.

The Catholic Diocese in Marquette has suspended all in-person masses throughout the Upper Peninsula through April 5. Learn more about the change here.

Eastwood Apostolic Lutheran Church in Negaunee has canceled services and events indefinitely. No details were given on a possible reopening.

Grace Lutheran Church in Gwinn is canceling all services until April 5.

The Lenten mission, “Finding Happiness,” scheduled for March 29 and 30 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Marquette, has been canceled. This action coincides with recent measures taken by other local entities to restrict large gatherings of people to slow the spread of the coronavirus and keep people safe. St. Michael Parish plans to reschedule the mission later.

Bethel Baptist Church in Marquette will not have services on March 22.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Metropolitan (in Dickinson County) will not gather in person for worship, Bible study or other gatherings until further notice. Sunday worship services can be viewed live at 10:15 a.m. on its Facebook Page.

Bethel Lutheran Church in Republic has canceled all services until further notice.

The Spring Bazaar & Luncheon at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette scheduled for April 18 has being canceled.

Richmond Township Library in Palmer will no longer be open for curbside serve. But Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. we will still be a distribution place for student lunches that we receive from the Negaunee Public School. These pre-packaged lunches will be placed outside as we have been doing during the past week.

Our Savior Lutheran Church of Escanaba announces cancellation of all public church activities including worship services, Sunday school, and Bible studies.
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Government and law enforcement

Due to the State of Michigan Stay Home Stay Safe order, involving COVID-19 the City of Gladstone annual clean up for city residents typically held from May 1 through
June 30 is postponed until further notice. Please remember that leaf rake out into city streets and the burning of leaves within city limits is prohibited. The City compost will remain open. People must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside of the individuals household to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

The intent of the Marquette County Clerk is to consider the needs of the community, while ensuring best practices are in place for the health and welfare of patrons and employees. Beginning March 30 through April 9, the office will be open Monday through Friday by appointment only from 8 a.m. until noon for the following:
-All Court Filings along with Personal Protection Orders
Vital Records may also be ordered through the following methods:
- Mail your request to my office
- Online services at www.co.marquette.mi.us
Please call 906-225-8330 to schedule appointments OR email theoffice at countyclerk@mqtco.org.
All other questions concerning Clerk Services should be emailed and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

The Ely Township offices are now closed to the public through March 31. Employees will be available on a limited basis by phone or email. Office hours have been reduced to Thursdays from noon until 6 p.m. in order to do necessary township business.

Effective Monday March 23, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Houghton County Courthouse will be closed to the general public, but will remain staffed. If you have business to conduct with one of the offices in the Courthouse, we encourage you to call or email them directly or go to the Houghton County Website (houghtoncounty.net). In some cases, you may be able to make an appointment and enter the building. The deadline for individuals to pay delinquent property taxes to avoid foreclosure has been extended to May 29, 2020 or 30 days after the present State declared emergency is terminated, whichever comes first. The Houghton County Transfer Station will remain open to the public. The Houghton/Keweenaw County Veterans Affairs Office, located at the Houghton County Memorial Airport, will remain open but you must have an appointment to enter. Walk-in Wednesdays will be suspended until further notice.

The Charter Township of Chocolay is closed to the public. Township staff are still working and can be contacted at 906-249-1448.

Kingsford Public Safety Department’s lobby will be closed until further notice. If you need assistance, please call 906-774-2525 for non-emergencies. Always call 911 for any emergency.

The lobby of the Kingsford City Hall (906-774-3526) and the Public Works Department (906-774-3070) are closed to the public for walk-ins. Call either agency with questions.

The Iron Baraga Conservation District Office is closed to the public. Employees are available by phone, email, mail and the drop box in the Iron County Courthouse, as they are all working remotely. Tree orders are still being accepted until April 13. Call 906-875-3765 or email ironbaragacd@gmail.com for questions.

The City of Houghton is postponing the Downtown Houghton Parking focus groups and public forum scheduled for March 18 and 19. They will be rescheduled for later April or May, if possible.

The Sands Township Office will not have open office hours through April 13. Officials ask residents to leave a message for the front office or email. Messages will be checked daily and an appointment can be set up if someone does need to come in the office.

Public access is closed to the Alger County Courthouse. Employees are still to report to work. If the public needs assistance they're asked to contact county officials at 906-387-2076 and they'll be directed through prompts or an individual to the appropriate department.

The Alger County Sheriff's Office has made the decision to cancel inmate visitation and limit all front office non-essential business to emergencies only. This will be re-evaluated on April 6.

The City of Marquette closures and changes have been announced. Beginning Monday, March 16, Lakeview Arena and the Baraga Gym will be closed to the public. All upcoming City Arts and Culture programming has been canceled. Residents and City staff are urged to limit in-person interactions and to utilize remote – online and phone – options whenever possible. This includes City bill pay, which can be done by mail, through the drop box on the outside of City Hall, or via phone at 1-855-246-9466 or online payment here

A new webpage has been created to centralize all COVID-19/coronavirus updates related to the City of Marquette. This page, located at www.marquettemi.gov/covid19, has a feed of all related public service announcements, information regarding bill payments, instructions on participating in City Commission meetings and other useful information for residents.

The Marquette Sheriff's Office lobby is closed to the public effective March 13, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Call 911 for emergencies. Inmate Visitation is available by visiting here. Inmate bond and commissary deposits can be made by visiting jailatm.com. Jail housing and booking ticket payments can be made by mail or calling 225-8477. Civil Process payments and requests for papers to be served should be mailed. Questions concerning civil process can be directed to 906-225-8463. FOIA requests can be requested by visiting co.marquette.mi.us. Sex offenders should call 906-225-8435 to make arrangements with staff to verify. Failure to do so will result in non-compliance. Completed RI-060 Forms and completed Permit to Purchase Forms should be mailed to: 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855. If a permit to purchase a firearm is needed immediately, please call 906-225-8435. Call 906-225-8435 for further questions and Sheriff staff will gladly assist you.

The Richmond Township office will be closed to the public until further notice as of March 23. The office will be staffed. Payments can be made at the front window or the office drop box.

Starting March 17, all local Social Security offices will be closed to the public and will only be offering phone and online services. You can find the link to online services here. If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, call the National 800 number at 1-800-772-1213.

In accordance with actions taken by the Governor of the State of Michigan, all meetings held by City of Negaunee are hereby canceled for the month of March. This includes all meetings held in official capacity of the City, non-governmental agencies, and private entities that meet in or at city spaces or city buildings. Public meetings shall be rescheduled at an appropriate time and any such businesses needing to be conducted shall be limited to necessity, allowing for the continuation of minimal services provided at this time. Learn more here.

Schoolcraft County Courthouse will be closed, until further notice, after 4 p.m. on March 17. During this time, the courthouse will continue to operate. If you need to conduct business in person, you will need to contact the appropriate office and set up an appointment. Other Schoolcraft County offices are closed or adjusted as well.Click here to read more about those.

Marquette Township offices will be closed through at least Tuesday, March 31, beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16.

All Escanaba Township Board and Planning Commission meetings have been canceled for eight weeks as of March 17. Future meeting dates will be set at the end of this time period. Township Hall will be open as normal.

Marquette County will be limiting access to the Marquette County Courthouse Complex and Ishpeming Service Center. If it is necessary to visit the County offices, the public is asked to call ahead to schedule an appointment during hours of operation for time sensitive matters only. All court hearings will be suspended beginning March 17 until April 13, 2020. All matters will be rescheduled by the courts.

Tilden Township Hall will be closed to the public. There will be a lock box outside the hall for any payments of water bills. Residents are being encourage to mail payments at this time.

Effective Monday, March 23, the Negaunee Township Office will be staffed but closed to the public until further notice. We will continue normal functions and be available to address your concerns by telephone or via email exchange. Payments can be put in the drop box outside the building, made over the phone with a credit card or sent to us by US postal delivery. To comply with the mandated restrictions regarding social interactions our facility is canceling all rentals through March 31 and possibly into April. The facility will be open between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday and Friday for those Negaunee students signed up to get boxed breakfasts/lunches. We understand this may be an inconvenience for some and are hoping this will be short term. These decisions are made to ensure the safety and health of all in our community.

The Charter Township of Portage in Houghton County has made adjustments to its operations. As future changes are made, they will be announced: On our door with signs, To the local newspapers and news outlets, On our website, and On our Facebook page. We will operate our office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, provided that our staff are healthy and available to work. Our doors will be closed to the public. We will meet with people: On the phone at 906-482-4310, Via email – supervisor@charterportagetwp.org, clerk@charterportagetwp.org, treasurer@charterportagetwp.org, assessor@charterportagetwp.org, or ctpwater@charterportagetwp.org, or By appointment if needed. Please call our office if you have any questions or need any community resources. Payments can be made: Our drop box is open 24 hours/day, mailed to 47240 Green Acres Rd, Houghton, MI 49931, or via ACH by competing the ACH form on our website or calling the office to get one by mail. If you have any immediate issues requiring assistance, please call the township office. During off hours, please call Township Supervisor Bruce Petersen at 906-281-3890.

For the health and wellbeing of our employees and our residents, Ishpeming Township is limiting entry into its building for EMERGENCY reasons only. There is a drop box on the outside of the building (left of windows) for items you would like to leave. Its staff will remain available during normal business hours to handle township business by phone 906-485-5411 or email at ishtwp@ishpemingtownship.com. For transfer station tickets, please knock on the window for assistance. If a personal visit is necessary, please call for an appointment. The township will continue to monitor local health agencies and the CDC for guidance as we move forward. EMAIL: ishtwp@ishpemingtownship.com - WEBSITE: ishpemingtownship.com - Or visit our Facebook Page at Ishpeming Township.

The Mackinac County Sheriff's Office is making changes to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Administrative offices have been restricted to only essential personnel. The lobby remains open, but CPL and employment fingerprinting has been temporarily suspended. Court-ordered tests, drug tests, sex offender registrations and gun registrations will continue as normal. Inmate visits to the jail have been temporarily suspended, but inmates can still have access to legal counsel and other mandated functions. The Mackinac County Courthouse is open, but access is limited. The sheriff's office can be reached on its non-emergency line at 906-643-1911. More information can be found on the Mackinac County website.

State Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) said Wednesday that his Senate office in Lansing is closed to the public during the coronavirus state of emergency. To contact McBroom’s office, call 866-305-2038 toll-free or 517-373-7840. People may also email his office at SenEMcBroom@senate.michigan.gov. To stay up to date on other legislative and district communications, follow McBroom on social media at Facebook.com/SenEdMcBroom or Twitter.com/senedmcbroom, or sign up to receive his e-newsletter at SenatorEdMcBroom.com/subscribe/.

Effective March 19, at 4:30 p.m., Baraga County will be limiting public access to the county courthouse in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Individuals with essential business to conduct with any county department in the courthouse or administration building should call to make an appointment. This order will remain in effect until April 6 at 8:00 a.m. unless otherwise directed. The Baraga County Courthouse and Administration Building will be closed for all meetings, trainings, conferences, or similar gathering. The Baraga County Board of Commissioners will meet as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, April 14, at 5:00 p.m. in the Circuit Courtroom.

The Lac Vieux Desert tribe has announced some changes to its operations. Click here for full details.

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has announced changes to its tribal operations. Non-essential tribal governmental office and both of the Ojibwa Casinos, Baraga and Marquette, will be closed beginning at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, March 21, through April 12. The situation will be reassessed as it unfolds.

In an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment for residents and staff, the Municipal Service Center located at 1100 Wright Street in Marquette will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23. Staff will be conducting business during normal hours of operation (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and can be contacted by email or phone.

As on Monday, March 23, the City of Gladstone offices will be closed to the public, until around April 13. Find out more on the City of Gladstone website. For power outages or other emergencies, always call 911.

Sands Township has decided to temporarily suspend curbside garbage collection and will instead be offering a drop-off service for household garbage. The garbage truck will be available at the following locations and times for residents to bring their garbage to the truck. The township says it realizes this isn't ideal, but the health and safety of our employees is our main concern, and we hope our residents understand this decision was not made lightly. The garbage truck will be at Fire Hall #2 on Silver Creek Road on Wednesday morning 9:00 - noon, at the Transfer Station Wednesday afternoon 4:00 - 7:00, at the Township Office Thursday morning 9:00 - noon, and at the Transfer Station Sunday afternoon 2:00 - 5:00. Residents can bring their household garbage to the truck during these times, remaining outdoors and where they are able to maintain at least the recommended 6 feet of distance from others. The Transfer Station will remain open on its regular schedule for Recycling & Trash drop-off. The township plans to resume regular curbside service on March 30.

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Businesses

Alpha Omega Dental Center - Dr Cynthia Wiggins, is closed. Emergenceis can reach Dr. Wiggins via text.

Silver Creek Thrift will close temporarily beginning Monday, March 23. Please watch their Facebook page for a reopening date.

Eye Associates of Marquette, has extended its office closure until April 24th. All routine appointments have been canceled. The office will continue to see patients at high risk of visual loss. The office will be contacting those patients within the next few weeks to schedule.

The Superior Dental Care office of Dr. Carla Skaates and Dr. Anja Hoffstrom is closed to patient care until March 30.

The U.P. Children's Museum is closed until April 6.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee will be closed to the public March 14 - April 13.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be closing the information lobbies at all Michigan Welcome Centers until further notice. At locations where it is possible, restrooms will remain open to the public. A contact phone number will be posted at each location for visitors who need additional information. For travel information, visit here.

First National Bank & Trust, Northern Interstate Bank and UP State Bank lobbies are all temporarily closed beginning on Wednesday, March 18.

Northern Lights Cuong Nhu will suspend physical classes starting Monday, March 16. The organization will all post instructional videos on our Facebook page for current students to be able to continue working out from home. Please contact them on Facebook for any questions or concerns.

All activities canceled and closed till further notice at Superior Martial Arts in Gladstone.

Synergy Fitness, located at 181 West Bluff Street in Marquette, is closed until March 30.

Iron Range Agency has postponed the No Fault Insurance Seminar that was to be held at the Ishpeming Elks Club on Monday March 23. A new date for the seminar has not been provided.

As of Tuesday, March 17 VAST Insurance of Marquette will not conduct any in-person meetings with clients or company partners. Their office remains fully operational Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for all calls, emails, and virtual meetings.

906 Family Dentistry is closed effective March 17 and will tentatively reopen April 1.

Westwood Mall still has open hours. Those are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kohl's is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bath and Body Works is already closed and is tentatively set to reopen on March 30.

The Community Dance scheduled at Dance Zone for Sunday afternoon, March 22, has been canceled. The dance will be rescheduled at a later date. All classes, dances and exercise classes have been discontinued through Monday, March 30. Dance Zone will tentatively reopen for normal activities on Tuesday, March 31.

Peak Gymnastics is closed through April 13.

As of Wednesday, March 18, Iron Range Agency of Ishpeming will begin a practice of “Essential Personal Visits Only” at their office at 101 N. Main Street, Ishpeming. Staff will be available as always, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. via phone, email, fax, website or Facebook contact. If a personal visit is necessary, please call them for an appointment at 906-485-5544. Drop boxes are available in their vestibule for drop-offs or pick-ups during regular business hours.

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) continues to staff its office, but the public is asked to call or email to encourage social distancing.

The Stephenson National Band and Trust (SNBT) will be open for scheduled appointments and urgent business only. All e-tellers/drive-ups, eBanking services, and the customer call center will remain available as normal. SNBT plans to operate this way until at least April 6.

TruNorth Federal Credit union has suspended lobby access at their main, Jubilee Foods and Walmart branches. Only the drive-thru at the main branch will be operating until further notice, on Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ATM locations will be accessible and can be found at all three locations. Anyone with questions can call 906-485-1210. The credit union will also be temporarily waiving their phone transfer fee of $2. Loans can still be applied for at https://www.trunorthcu.org/ or by calling the main branch.

Alpha-Omega Dental Clinic in Marquette Township is closing their office to all elective procedures. This is from March 23 thru April 3. If you have an emergency, please call the office at 906-225-1100.

UP Bras That Fit in Escanaba is closed until further notice. Emergency phone number during regular business hours is 906-399-8610. The store will ship medical supplies and merchandise.

Garrett Eye Centers (Iron Mountain and Escanaba locations) will be closed to all routine care. They will still see emergency patients as needed until restrictions are lifted.

The Michigan Tech SDC is closed to the public through April 13.

The Marquette Community Federal Credit Union has new operating hours, as of Monday, March 23. They'll be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

The Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone offices will be closed from March 24 until April 13. Staff will continue to work remotely. Clients and community members can reach staff via email at invent@nmu.edu. If the matter is urgent, staff can also be reached by phone at 906-227-6253.

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Entertainment, performances, classes, meetings and conferences

The Negaunee Male Chorus has postponed its concert. No make-date has been released yet.

In these uncertain times the Calumet High School/Sacred Heart High School (CHS/SHHS) All School Reunion Association has received several inquiries regarding the All School Reunion Festival scheduled for July 16-18. We feel that it is too early to make a decision at this time as to whether to hold or cancel the reunion. We will assess the situation at the end of April and will make a decision no later than May 15th based on the situation at that time. Planning will continue in the hope that the reunion will be able to be held as scheduled. We encourage alumni who have planned to attend to continue to send in your registrations. Your early registration will make our planning easier if we are able to hold the reunion. In the event of a cancellation all registration fees will be refunded. Further information will be posted to our Facebook page and our website. Please check CHS - SHHS Reunion Association on Facebook or mainstreetcalumet.com/clk-all-school-reunion.html for future announcements.

The April 11, Offender Success Regional Forum at Bay College has been postponed. The event will hopefully be rescheduled for fall 2020.

The American Legion Post 50, Iron Mountain, monthly breakfast held on April 12 will be canceled. The next one will be in May on Mother's Day.

The United Steel Workers Retiree Club is canceling its April 15 meeting due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Gamblers Anonymous Thursday night meeting at First Presbyterian Church, Marquette, is canceled until the church reopens to outside groups.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) book sale to raise money for academic scholarships has been postponed and collection barrels have been removed. No make-up sale has been announced at this time.

The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited 2020 Conservation and Fundraising Banquet that was scheduled for April 18 has been postponed. The new date has been set for October 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. at the NMU Northern Center ballrooms. Tickets remain at $50 per dinner ticket, $75 for a gold ticket with tables of 6 to 8 people, and $25 for students. For advanced registrations, call Doug Miller at 906-360-4343 or email him at dsmiller1@me.com.

The Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba is closed for public events, classes and exhibits until April 5.

Per Michigan Tech University, all public concerts/performances/receptions in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and McArdle Theatre in the Walker Arts and Humanities Center are canceled from March 16 to April 26. Student productions and concerts will not be rescheduled. We are working with agents to reschedule Rozsa Presenting Series events for the next season.

The Miss Upper Peninsula Pageant is no longer accepting new applications for the 2020 Competition. At this time the April 11 event will be closed to the public.

Sunday Bingo at the Chassell VFW has been canceled indefinitely.

The showings of "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" at the Vista Theater in Negaunee for mid-March were been postponed. Make-up dates have yet to be determined.

The South Range Eagles Aerie 1122 Sunday Polka dances and Wednesday night Bingo at the Aerie in South Range have been canceled through April 5.

Fruit tree pruning and other workshops through the Iron Baraga Conservation District Office have been canceled. They will not be rescheduled until after May 1.

Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre will postpone its production of Cats and cancel its summer North Coast Theatre Festival in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. More information can be found on NMU's website.

The Chocolay Lions Easter Egg Hunt that was scheduled for April 11 has been canceled.

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is postponing its April 18 performance. Further details are to be announced.

The Marquette City Band concert scheduled for April 22 has been canceled.

The Way Up Music Festival April 16-19 in Marquette is postponed. Full refunds will be issued automatically. If you don't get your refund by Friday, April 10, please contact the Berry Events Center Ticket Office at 906-227-1032 or tickets@nmu.edu.

JJ Packs has postponed its Brits and Brews fundraiser that was set to take place at Ore Dock Brewing Company on April 18. The organization hopes to reschedule for this fall.

The Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award event that TV6 & FOX UP had scheduled at the Northern Center in Marquette on March 26 has been postponed. No make-up date has been announced at this time. '

The following MSU Extension meetings are canceled due to recent CDC-issued guidelines:
Beekeeping Workshop, April 4, 2020, Ewen Trout Creek School
“Recipes for Forage Success” Meetings, March 26, Delta County MSU Extension Office, Escanaba and April 6, Mass City Community Center, Mass City

The third annual Upper Peninsula Beekeeping Conference has been canceled. The event was scheduled for March 28, at Northern Michigan University’s Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center. This conference will not be rescheduled. Follow the Superior Beekeeping Club’s Facebook page or check the club’s website for info about future activities.

The March 28 Craft & Bake Sale at the Gladstone Senior Center has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Marquette County Horse Club Annual Tack Sale that was set to happen on Saturday, March 28, at the Negaunee Township Hall is postponed will be rescheduled for a later date.

Disable the Label on March 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette has been canceled.

As a precautionary measure, due to the COVID-19 virus, the Bay College EMS Conference scheduled for March 20 and 21 on the Escanaba Campus has been canceled. All registrants, vendors, and sponsors for the event will be contacted. At this time, there are no plans to reschedule the conference. Any questions can be directed to the Dean of Business, Technology, and Workforce Training office at 906-217-4081.

The Hunter Negri Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser at Superior Entertainment Center in Marquette on Saturday, March 21 has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date. All bowling teams who have already registered and paid will receive a refund.

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce (GINCC) is postponing their Vegas Comes to Ishpeming event on Saturday, March 21, at River Rock Lanes and Banquet Center. Make sure to follow us on Facebook or Instagram for event updates.

The United States Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame (out of Ishpeming) is postponing its induction ceremony and all events scheduled for March 24-29, 2020 in Sun Valley, ID. The new confirmed event dates are December 9-13, 2020 in Sun Valley.

The TRIO Pre-College Spring Break trip out of Hancock, that was scheduled for March 24 through 26, is canceled.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be canceling the public meeting on the 2021 US-41 project scheduled in Houghton on March 24. The meeting may be rescheduled later, or information and opportunity for public input may be provided through other means.

Cutter's Edge Hair Salon in Negaunee is closed through April 5, to reopen April 6.

The Marquette Regional History Center and J.M. Longyear Research Library will continue to comply with Executive Orders coming out of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office. With this new mandate as of March 23, the MRHC staff will only be working from home until April 14. Our goal date to reopen is now April 14, 2020.

906 Adventure Team has decided to postpone the opening of registration for Adventure Bike Club (currently scheduled for June 2020) in Marquette, Delta, and Gogebic Counties until further notice. All dates on youth programs are currently to be determined.

Lake Antoine Park Partners Board (LAPP) has adjusted their calendar due to current community circumstances, moving their annual open house from April 1 to June 3.

The Bike Safety presentation at the Peter White Public Library scheduled for March 26 will now be rescheduled to a later date, to be determined.



 
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