HALE – While the carnival rides and a couple other activities were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, the Iosco County Fair will be returning to a full schedule for its 77th rendition in 2021. The entertainment will begin Monday, July 26, and last through the evening of Saturday, July 31.
ALABASTER Twp. – Spanning four generations, members of the Erickson family in Alabaster Township have accumulated an admirable 250 combined years of service with USG. To commemorate their long history with both the company and the community, roughly 100 people attended an event on July 10, w…
OSCODA – The Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Authority (OWAA) met, primarily in person, with some members on Zoom, on Thursday, July 15, and discussed the five-year-plan in the Airport Capital Improvement Program (ACIP).
TAWAS CITY – The weather was less than ideal on July 7, but there was no shortage of smiles during the Iosco County Toys for Tots dunk tank fundraiser, held at Neiman’s Family Market in Tawas City.
OSCODA – With the days before the Consumers Energy AuSable River Canoe Marathon counting down, things are about to get quite exciting for the racers, feeders and spectators. Although it can also be a stressful time for the event’s organizers. The 120-mile long race that spans the river from …
Open the pages of this newspaper on any given week and the topic of potable drinking water is on its pages. A fresh source of drinking water, and the need for it, has been an ongoing concern for humans since time immemorial. The current topic of drinking water r concerns pollution, but in th…
TAWAS CITY – With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by state health officials, the Tawas Area Schools (TAS) Board of Education held its regular meeting on July 12 in the boardroom at the administration office.
ALPENA – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $5.2 million to resurface 25 miles of highway at two locations in Iosco County: on M-65 from south of M-55 to Towerline Road, and on M-55 from the west Iosco County line to Chambers Road.
OSCODA – Canoe racing is finally back; and Saturday’s 27th annual Curley Memorial Canoe Race certainly didn’t disappoint. Wes Dean, 26, of Grayling and Weston Willoughby, 30, of Traverse City managed to separate themselves from the field as the race wore on, giving them first place in a time…
EAST TAWAS – Bonnie Bowen, who is celebrating her 92nd birthday today (Wednesday), has gained international attention for the series of watercolors she has been creating since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
OSCODA – Individuals waited in anticipation for the first Oscoda Rotary Club Rocket Launch which commenced on July 5, at the Oscoda High School (OHS) soccer fields.
OSCODA – The duo of Bruce Belanger and Dale Bockrath, known as Laughs And Lures entertained locals and visitors at Lumberman’s Monument on Saturday with the Great Lakes Timber Show for the first time in Oscoda.
TAWAS CITY – The Iosco County Board of Commissioners floated the use of funding from a grant of more than $4 million from the American Rescue Act COVID-19 funding to help battle the scourge of gypsy moths in the county.
EAST TAWAS – According to East Tawas City Manager Brent Barringer, this year’s lake survey has disclosed that an increase in Eurasian milfoil plants on Tawas Lake has developed.
TAWAS CITY – The Tawas City Council has taken action associated with the pension plans for the Tawas Police Authority (TPA), through the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan (MERS).
EAST TAWAS – Carolyn Kubiak, East Tawas, has transformed a plain brick wall into a colorful work of art, while at the same time giving special recognition to the hometown highlight that is Tawas Bay.
ALABASTER Twp. – Nearly 50 families fished through the rain on Saturday, June 26, when USG hosted its annual Free Fishing Weekend event at their retired quarry ponds in Alabaster Township.
EAST TAWAS – Saturdays in the middle of summer are usually filled with such activities as camping, picnics and relaxing. However, for the nearly 30 firefighters who recently attended a class at the East Tawas Community Center, they spent their Saturday, June 26, learning new information and skills.
TAWAS CITY – In his letter to staff, students, and families dated June 30 announcing plans for the upcoming school year, Tawas Area Schools (TAS) Superintendent John Klinger also answered a number of questions raised by concerned parents about the District’s COVID-19 protocols moving forward.
TROY, Mich., July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Pantero is pleased to announce the acquisition of Inspired Packaging Solutions, a Detroit-area packaging and equipment supplier. The acquisition will allow Pantero to expand its packaging automation and material handling solutions for its warehouse and distribution customers.
MUSKEGON, Mich., July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- WOWIE.co is rebranding as WP Harbor.
(The Center Square) – Michigan’s total bonded obligations total nearly $32.5 billion, making it the state with the 10th highest bond obligations in the nation, according to a new study released by The American Legislative Exchange Council this week.
The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is a major health issue, and it’s getting worse. The current national adult obesity rate is 29.7%, but almost half of adults are projected to be obese, not just overweight, by 2030, according to Harvard researchers estimates published in December 2019 in the New England Journal of Medicine. While […]
MT. PLEASANT, Mich., July 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Isabella Bank Corporation (the "Corporation") (OTCQX: ISBA) released its earnings results for the second quarter of 2021. The Corporation reported net income of $4.6 million for the second quarter and $10 million for the first six months of 2021, both increased compared to the same periods a year ago. Earnings per common share were $0.58 in the second quarter and $1.26 for the first half of the year, up from the same periods of 2020 at $0.53 and $0.91, respectively.
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced that Mark David Elliott, 63, East Tawas, has pleaded guilty to causing a crash which killed a 16-year-old last year.
OSCODA – The Oscoda Township Police Department (OTPD) is continuing to investigate the death of Joseph Theodore Sand, 82, Davison, after his vehicle was found submerged in the AuSable River on…
EAST TAWAS – An open house will be held Saturday, July 24, from noon to 4 p.m., at the East Tawas Police Department’s new building and meet the new officers.
EAST TAWAS – Multiple agencies played a role in the recent arrest of an East Tawas man, who has been charged with 20 felony counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), as a second habi…
WILBER TWP. – A National City man could face up to 20-years in prison after he allegedly broke into a home and killed a family pet, among other alleged crimes, according to the Michigan State Police.
OSCODA – One of the biggest legends of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon is back. Nine-time champion Brett Stockton, surprised many, perhaps even himself, when he entered the 2021 race; his first venture in the Marathon since winning it in 1992.
Standings - as of July 14, 2021
WHITTEMORE – After three seasons as the head football coach at Whittemore-Prescott, Tommy Atkinson felt it was time to move on. Atkinson, who had an 8-15 record in his time with the Cardinals,…
EAST TAWAS – The Tawas Co-Ed softball league is just in its second year of existence, but its popularity is already booming as six teams have played this summer; despite the late start due to …
GRAND RAPIDS – While it has been 10 years since Seth Kraft graduated from Tawas Area high school, his passion for the game of football never dissipated. Kraft, who played tight end, defensive …
A good football coach can harness the talent of a team and help players focus on the intricacies of the game. The same is true of health coaches. They provide a pathway for clients to achieve personal goals and live healthier lives. Health coaches like Taylor Kohr are available to members of the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium. Kohr, who works with Highmark Blue Shield, helps clients set lifestyle goals, including exercise, nutrition, weight control, improved sleep habits, smoking cessation. Kohr, who has a background in exercise physiology, chronic disease, cardiac rehabilitation and nutrition, spends time on the telephone with her client,s and guides them through their health journey by providing insights and establishing attainable goals. Kohr has been with Highmark for a little more than a year. She arrived prior to the beginning of the pandemic. Over the course of the pandemic, Kohr says people have been receptive to the guidance provided by the health coaches. “Having this real person on the line is beneficial. Once people talk to us, hear our voice and expertise, they tend to respond better to what we provide,” she says. “We create a personal connection and that helps a lot.” For those clients who want to lose weight, Highmark coaches use the “My Weight Management Journey” program. The coaches use this program to help their clients establish nutritional guidelines, an exercise plan and even an accountability program. Kohr checks in with her clients every two weeks. From that conversation, she will provide them with certain challenges over the next two weeks in order to hit their goals. “The coaches are here to help with these challenges along their journey and the members are typically receptive to them. It’s pretty helpful to have someone call in and check in with you periodically,” Kohr explains. A weight loss journey begins with a baseline of an individual’s height, weight and body mass index. A client’s progress is measured against the baseline and trends are shown in an analytics report, Kohr says. Leslie Ferrari, a reading specialist at Butler Intermediate High School, has been a client of Kohr for the past several months. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with a broken hip led to some weight gain for Ferrari. She wanted to get a handle on her weight before it became a problem and turned to Kohr. “The health coaching program is great,” says Ferrari, 61. “I look forward to the calls with Taylor. We talk for 25 or 30 minutes and it’s so helpful. She provides an objective, supportive source of encouragement. She’s there to guide me along this weight loss journey.” Using the weight management plan, Kohr has set goals for Ferrari and helped her address one of her key weaknesses, what Ferrari calls “mindless eating.” That mindless eating, in addition to the sedentary lifestyle that set in while she recovered from her surgery, led to weight gain. Before the pandemic and accident, Ferrari says she was “super skinny” and wants to get back into her clothing. In addition to her guidance on mindless eating and other nutritional advice, Kohr has also helped Ferrari with some exercise goals. “I’m not as fast as I used to be,” she says. “I exercise the best as I can, given the limitations of my hip.” Under Kohr’s guidance, Ferrari has already lost about six pounds and has her eye on losing about 10 more. “The clothes I wanted to get into were an important motivator,” she says. “If I lose a few more pounds I won’t look like a stuffed sausage in them.” Ferrari’s injury, combined with the pandemic are part of contributing determinants of health that Highmark notes can impact our daily lives. Outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of those determinants of health include stable housing, access to food, transportation and the like. In a Highmark YouTube video, Highmark Health Coach Terra Delia, a registered nurse, shares some typical social and economic obstructions to health that people may not consider on their own journey. “What are in people’s environments that affect their health,” she asks. Delia says people will often think they have what they need for good health, but once a health coach begins probing and asking questions, those determinants will begin to come to light. Delia shares a story of a Highmark client who was a high risk pregnancy. The woman and her boyfriend had both lost their jobs, and had no income and little food to eat. As a coach, Delia was able to bring a Highmark social worker onto the case who was able to provide some guidance and direction to find financial resources, food assistance and how to apply for WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. That assistance was able to tide the woman over until she found a new job. Delia explains that beyond advice, a Highmark health coach can provide a client with the resources they need to reach a goal or get through a difficult season in life. “It’s very rewarding to have such a positive impact on our members,” she says. For Ferrari, Kohr’s guidance has had an enormous impact. She says she is always excited to talk with Kohr about her goals. While the relationship is professional, Ferrari says she developed a personal bond with Kohr, as well. “She’s a calming influence,” Ferrari says of Kohr.
After a long and cold winter, spring is finally here, and many people are eager to get outside to exercise. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a brisk walk during your lunch break or prefer to start your day with a long-distance run, Allegheny Health Network primary care sports medicine physician Jared Ramsey, DO, shares advice on how to safely re-boot your spring workout routine.
Oatmeal, garlic, flax seeds, beans, almonds and apples — these foods may sound odd when grouped together, but for balancing cholesterol levels they are a recipe for successful health.
Silver linings can be more than poetic fodder and pretty pictures. Studies suggest that people who maintain an optimistic outlook, even when life clouds up with adversity, tend to enjoy a higher quality of life than those whose glasses are half-empty.
No matter what’s going on or where it might be going on, time is often of the essence when it comes to just about anything. The clock can be one of the biggest barriers to finding consistent routines, especially when it comes to exercising on a regular basis. But it doesn’t have to be. Check out how to squeeze in a quick yet still-effective workout that can generate real results, even if only 30 minutes are up for grabs.
Here's a view of the Corsair Trail system between trail markers 17 and 18 of the bridge crossing over Silver Creek. This is the most westerly crossing of Silver Creek on the Corsair Trail System in the Huron National Forest between Tawas and Oscoda, Michigan. This video was taken Saturday, M…