Caution urged for Ford River water customers

FORD RIVER — With winter in full swing Ford River Township Water system customers are reminded to use extra caution during the winter months. The water system has hydrants, valve boxes, curb stops, meter pits and meter radio antennas all of which can likely fall in areas where homeowners may be plowing or riding recreational vehicles. Home owners are responsible for damage of all water supply equipment which is located next to their property, and therefore are asked to use care.

For example, if winter snow covers a curbstop and a homeowner plows his driveway and bends over that curbstop, you will pay for repair or replacement of any Water Dept. items. Also check around your home to insure there are no water supply lines exposed to freezing conditions.

Any questions about the Ford River water system should be directed to Mark Rose 906-630-1864.

No NAMI meeting will take place this month

ESCANABA — There will be no National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting in January. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Casteel at 789-9464.

Escanaba class of 1988 reunion meeting

ESCANABA — A reunion meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. at Ferdinand’s for the Escanaba Class of 1988’s 30th reunion. The reunion will be held July 7, 2018. All classmates are invited to attend.

Please contact Pamela (Houle) Wiley at 906-553-7311 or 906-399-7705 or by email with any suggestions or ideas if you are not able to attend.

Rapid River Relic Riders meet Wednesday

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Relic Riders will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the ‘Clubhouse’ at 10474 S. Main Street in Rapid River to discuss plans for the upcoming Rapid River Relic Riders Show and Swap on Jan. 27 at the Rapid River Lion’s Club.

New volunteer trainings set for Hope at the Inn

ESCANABA — The next training dates for homeless shelter volunteers are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Harbor Lights Church at 612 2nd Ave, So., in Escanaba, and another for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at 600 S. Lincoln Rd., in Escanaba. The trainings are geared for new volunteers, but those wanting a refresher or to learn more about the shelter are welcome. The trainings last about 75 minutes — no pre-registration needed. Attendees will learn about the shelter concept and specific duties for each shift.

Volunteers are needed to provide an evening meal, and staff three shelter shifts each day from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., and 3 to 8 a.m. each day. The location rotates weekly among 13 churches.

Check for the current shelter and training schedule. Trained volunteers may sign up online, at the host churches, or by emailing Call The Salvation Army (906) 786-0590 for more information or to offer donations.

NARFE January meeting

MARQUETTE — Marie Ross, care counselor for the Marquette area Alzheimer’s Association, will speak at the Jan. 24 meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) Chapter 1900.

She will discuss Alzheimer’s Disease, its warning signs, care options, etc. The Alzheimer’s Association is the official charity of NARFE, receiving donations from the national, state and local levels of the organization.

The NARFE program will begin at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Room B of the Marquette Senior Center, on the lower level of City Hall, 300 W. Baraga in Marquette. Members may enter from Spring Street, behind City Hall. Spring Street is one-way from east to west.

NARFE Chapter 1900 includes members from the Marquette, Escanaba, Rapid River, Houghton and Hancock areas. For additional information please call 906-475-0362.