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TAWAS CITY – The sun shone on Tawas’ Veterans Park recently as the fourth granite wall with 596 names of Iosco County Veterans was added. Employees from John Henry Excavating took great care as they gently guided the wall to its new home in the park. 

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TAWAS CITY – Citing their attorney’s legal opinion, the Iosco County Board of Commissioners, during their committee of the whole meeting, passed on conducting any action on the proposed Bill of Rights ordinance given to the county by the Iosco County Republicans for potential adoption.

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EAST TAWAS – Talks of Tawas Lake’s Special Assessment District (SAD) ending this year showed the East Tawas City Council’s hesitation to continue with city facilitation in lake management.

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OSCODA – At its Sept. 15 meeting in Thompsonville, the Michigan Aeronautics Commission (MAC) presented its group Awards of Excellence to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Alpena Transportation Service Center (TSC) and to Gary Kellan, airport manager of the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport.

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TAWAS CITY – For 10 months, meter readings in Tawas City and East Tawas were in question, and the council members from each municipality discussed the issue at their respective meetings on Oct. 4.

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OSCODA – In addition to an Aug. 31 meeting hosted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), the proposed interim remedial action (IRA) plan for Van Etten Lake (VEL) at Ken Ratliff Memorial Park was also discussed at the latest Wurtsmith Restoration Advisory (RAB) meeting. It was a hybr…

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LANSING – The days are getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to change and the salmon are starting their annual spawning runs – all signs that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is preparing for Chinook and coho salmon egg takes.

EAST TAWAS – With the kick-off of its drive completed, volunteers with the Tawas-Whittemore-Hale United Fund begin the next phase of the organization’s 2021 campaign drive this week.

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EAST TAWAS – Several Adirondack chairs in the shape of the Michigan mitten are situated at East Tawas City Park, to be enjoyed by beachgoers, campground guests and other visitors to the site. In addition to serving as an aesthetically appealing amenity along Tawas Bay, the chairs honor some …

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DETROIT, Oct. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In this time of the unemployment epidemic known as the "Big Quit" where workers are leaving jobs in record numbers due to stress, anxiety, and low wages, one business owner stands head and shoulders above the rest. Meet Alison Vaughn, owner of Jackets for Jobs. Ms. Vaughn a 4-time recipient of the Best and Brightest Company to Work for in Detroit as well as in the nation leads a progressive team of world-changers who are undergirded by an atmosphere of respect and support.

DETROIT, Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The term "gerrymandering" refers to the manipulation of congressional district boundaries to favor a particular party. Many district boundaries in Michigan intentionally weave around specific homes, neighborhoods, and streets, as to include voters with a particular ideology in one voting district. Rather than voters choosing their representatives, gerrymandering empowers politicians to choose their voters.

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BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Schechter Investment Advisors, LLC ("Schechter") a Michigan based independent, financial advisory firm announced today the acquisition of the majority of assets of Coe Capital Management, LLC ("CCM"). This move extends Schechter's geographic footprint to the Chicago area which also offers advisory, services in   California and Colorado. The acquisition of CCM aligns with the firm's strategy to partner with skilled, client-centric advisors around the country.

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HILLSDALE, Mich., Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CNB Community Bancorp, Inc. (OTC: CNBB), the parent company of County National Bank, today announced earnings for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021. Earnings during the third quarter of 2021 totaled $2.9 million, an increase of $315,000 or 12.1% compared to the $2.6 million earned during the three months ended September 30, 2020. Basic earnings per share for CNB Community Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") increased to $1.36 during the three months ended September 30, 2021, up $0.14 from $1.22 during the third quarter of 2020. For the nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported net income of $9.2 million, an increase of $1.5 million, or 19.5%, from the $7.7 million earned during the nine months ended September 30, 2020. Basic earnings per share increased to $4.32 during the nine months ended September 30, 2021, up $0.66 from $3.66 during the first nine months of 2020.

LANSING – Law enforcement officers from 102 police departments, sheriff offices and Michigan State Police (MSP) posts recently increased patrols across the state during the end-of-summer Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign that ran from Aug. 16 to Sept. 6.

WHITTEMORE – Whittemore-Prescott had hoped to claim a homecoming victory over a solid Alcona team Friday night. The contest was delayed by weather for over an hour and the Cardinals could seem…

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TAWAS CITY – The Tawas Area soccer team played what very well might have been their best game of the season on Monday, Oct. 4. It still wasn’t quite enough for the Braves, however, as they los…

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…