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TAWAS CITY – While COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Iosco County, in Michigan and in other states, a group of about 20 concerned citizens protested Monday about something they don’t think is fair.

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EAST TAWAS – Winds and waves may have led to potentially dangerous rip currents in Tawas Bay and the Saturday, Sept. 11th’s planned triathlon became a duathlon for the athletes who registered for the event. 

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EAST TAWAS – Beginning Friday, local volunteers will be calling on area residents and businesses to contribute to the annual Tawas-Whittemore-Hale United Fund campaign drive. 

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TAWAS CITY – The spectre of COVID-19 and the Delta variant was the main topic of discussion at the regular meeting of the Tawas Area Schools (TAS) Board of Education meeting on Sept. 13, as an increase in cases of the virus during the first two weeks of the new school year has been confirmed…

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OSCODA – The Oscoda Township Police Department are asking for any information that could help them in their ongoing investigation of the homicide of a 3-year-old Oscoda resident, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon.

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EAST TAWAS – Nearly 3,000 people perished during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, including hundreds of first responders who raced to the scene to put the safety of others ahead of their own. Among those who died that day were 343 firefighters, as well as several emergency medical te…

HALE – This Saturday, Sept. 18, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 422 of Hale will be hosting a Veteran Suicide Prevention Walk. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the inaugural event, for which the proceeds raised will be used to assist the immediate needs of military veterans in crisis.

TAWAS CITY – The Iosco County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 during their Sept. 1 Committee of the Whole meeting to have the county attorney look over a proposed ordinance from the Iosco County Republican Party Chairman David Chandler, which would ban COVID-19 vaccine mandates and face mas…

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich., Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Saga Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq - SGA) (the "Company", "Saga" or "our") today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per share.  The dividend will be paid on October 22, 2021, to shareholders of record on October 8, 2021. The aggregate amount of the payment to be made in connection with the quarterly dividend will be approximately $960 thousand.  The quarterly cash dividend will be funded by cash on the Company's balance sheet.  Including this dividend, the Company will have paid over $73 million in dividends to shareholders since the first special dividend was paid in 2012.

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ALLEGAN, Mich., Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Padagis announced today that Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc initiated patent litigation on September 24, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the district of Delaware, regarding Padagis's Paragraph IV Abbreviated New Drug Application filing for crisaborole ointment 2%, asserting patents listed in the Orange Book for Eucrisa®. This action formally initiates the litigation process under the Hatch-Waxman Act.

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(The Center Square) – Michigan House Republicans on Tuesday announced the beginning of a plan to fix long-standing problems within the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA).

WHITTEMORE – Whittemore-Prescott scored a pair of early touchdowns to hang around early on its home North Star League 8-man football game with Mio Friday night. The Cardinals couldn’t keep it going however, as the Thunderbolts controlled things as the night played out, handing W-P a 56-16 setback. 

TAWAS CITY – Tawas Area’s tour through the rugged Northern Michigan Football League Legends Division continued Friday night, in Cheboygan. The Braves had their best offensive night of the seas…

HALE – Hale’s quest for a playoff berth and North Star League championship took a hit Friday night. The Eagles lost 22-20 at Hillman, and though it makes things more difficult for the team mov…

Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week is the third week of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Emil Fernando is taking part in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign to raise funding for the American Cancer Society. To read more or donate, visit https://secure.acsevents.org/site/STR/RMWP/RMWPCY21NER?px=57156522&pg=personal&fr_id=101096

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.

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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…