Local News, Information & Updates for Northeastern Michigan
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CLOSINGS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS:
-IOSCO COUNTY BUILDING, ANNEX, JAIL ANIMAL SHELTER
-EAST TAWAS CITY HALL, LIBRARY & COMMUNITY CENTER
-AUSABLE TOWNSHIP HALL
-OSCODA TOWNSHIP OFFICES & LIBRARY
-GRANT TOWNSHIP OFFICES & COMPOST RECYCLE SITE
-ALCONA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION OFFICE CLOSED ALL NON-CRITICAL WORK SUSPENDED
LOCAL CHURCHES ARE CLOSED, HOWEVER MANY ARE HOLDING NON-CONGREGATIONAL SERVICES ONLINE. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL CHURCH OR PARISH:
-1ST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH-ALPENA
-TAWAS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH-SERVICES ON WIOS 10AM
-OSCODA CHURCH OF CHRIST-SERVICES ON WKJC 9AM
-JUDSON BAPTIST CHURCH-PRESCOTT-SERVICES ON FACEBOOK
-ALABASTER BIBLE CHURCH
-ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH-TAWAS CITY-SERVICES ON FACEBOOK
-EMAUNEL LUTHERAN CHURCH-TAWAS CITY-SERVICE ON WKJC 10AM
-CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH-EAST TAWAS
-TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH-OSCODA-HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES ON FACEBOOK
-NEW HOPE CHURCH EAST TAWAS-SERVICE ON YOU TUBE 9:03AM
-GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH-EAST TAWAS
-LUPTON FRIENDS CHURCH 11AM ON FACEBOOK
-ABUNDANT LIFE CHURCH-STANDISH-GOOD FRIDAY NOON & EASTER SERVICE 930AM ON WKJC
-EMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH-TAWAS CITY- HOLY THURSDAY 630PM & GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE 1230PM ON WKJC
-TAWAS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE NOON ON WIOS
-HOLY FAMILY PARISH-EAST TAWAS & SACRED HEART PARISH-OSCODA-MASS POSTED DAILY ON THEIR WEBSITE. EASTER SUNDAY MASS LIVE STREAMED ON WEBSITE
-CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH- WEST BRANCH SERVICE ON YOU TUBE
-COMMUNITY OF CHRIST CHURCH-MIKADO-SERVICES ON FACEBOOK
-ALPENA POWER COMPANY-ALPENA OFFICES
-PRESQUE ISLE ELECTRIC & GAS COOP-ONAWAY OFFICES
-HALE AREA FISH THRIFT STORE
-ALCONA COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING-HOME DELIVERED MEALS LEAVE A COOLER OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR
-EAST TAWAS ASSEMBLY OF GOD-FREE SACK LUNCHES FOR STUDENTS
M-W-F CURBSIDE PICKUP 11AM-1PM
-TAWAS AREA HIGH SCHOOL-FREE SACK LUNCHES CURBSIDE PICKUP TUESDAYS 11AM-1PM
-ALCONA SCHOOLS DELIVERING MEALS VIA BUS ROUTES TWICE A WEEK FOR CHILDREN UP TO AGE 18. CALL 736-6212
-TAWAS SENIOR CENTER SERVING MEALS MONDAY-FRIDAY 11AM-NOON. CALL 362-6892
-IOSCO TRANSIT CORPORATION FREE PICK UP & DELIVERY OF PRESCRIPTIONS FOR AT RISK RESIDENTS
-THUNDER BAY TRANSPORTATION BUSES RUNNING M-F 9-1 ONLY
-HARBOR LIGHTS PREGNANCY & INFORMATION CENTER
-SUNRISE MARKET-AUGRES-FULLY STOCKED SHELVES, NO HAND SANITIZER
-WOLVERINE STATE CREDIT UNION-DRIVE THRU ONLY
-NORTHLAND AREA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION-DRIVE THRU ONLY
-ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION-DRIVE THRU ONLY
-HURON COMMUNITY BANK-DRIVE THRU ONLY
-GARY OIL PROPANE OFFICE CLOSED TO PUBLIC. GAS STATION OPEN BUT EMPLOYEES PUMPING FUEL AND TAKING PAYMENTS
-THUNDER BAY ART GALLERY
-SOARING EAGLE & SAGAINING EAGLES LANDING CASINOS
-COOPER STANDARD EAST TAWAS & OSCODA PLANTS. EMPLOYEES WILL BE CONTACTED BY PHONE WHEN A RETURN TO WORK DATE IS DETERMINED
-OLD ORCHARD PARK-OSCODA
-EAST TAWAS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRIDAY FISH FRY TAKE OUT ONLY
-TUESDAY & FRIDAY BINGO AT SAND LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER
-MIKADO GOODFELLOWS MONDAY BINGO
-KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS-EAST TAWAS SUNDAY BINGO
-SUNRISE SIDE LIFELONG LEARNING EVENTS
-ARENAC COUNTY WALLEYE DINNER FRIDAY. RAFFLE WILL TAKE PLACE WITH WINNERS NOTIFIED BY PHONE
-AUSABLE VALLEY AUDOBON TAWAS POINT MIGRATION EVENT CANCELED
-RECYCLE ALCONA DROP OFF SATURDAY CANCELLED
-OSCODA RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE TUESDAY CANCELLED
-IOSCO COUNTY FAMILY FUN FAIR 4/25 PPD
CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS. CALL AHEAD BEFORE ATTENDING ANY ACTIVITY.
UIA Offers Update on Unemployment System, Provides Tips
to Get Help as Soon as Possible
LANSING, MICH. The State of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) today provided updated information for workers affected by COVID-19. Workers are encouraged to apply online at Michigan.gov/UIA or over the phone at 866-500-0017, but due to the tremendous call volume, certain callers may receive a busy signal.
“The UIA is working hard and fast to handle the influx of applications for unemployment benefits as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis. While an unprecedented number of calls and clicks has challenged the system, particularly during peak hours, we want to assure Michiganders that the system is providing emergency financial relief,” said UIA Director Steve Gray. "Our website may be operating a little slower, and phone queues are full resulting in busy signals for some callers, so the UIA is urging patience and recommending that workers go first to the online system at Michigan.gov/UIA.”
In addition, applying online in off-peak hours will expedite the process. The 24-hour website operates faster when there are fewer people on the site at any given time. The UIA also urges Michiganders using the website to expect longer load times. It may take several minutes for a page to load at this time. Users are asked to be patient and not click more than once to reload a page. Filing online remains the fastest way for Michiganders to apply for unemployment benefits.
Off-peak hours: 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Applicants with questions can also access information on the website Michigan.gov/UIA, including frequently asked questions about the process and current challenges due to COVID-19. Checking the website for answers may help alleviate pressure on the phone line. A downloadable handout on the filing process can be found here
“Though it is best to file your claim as efficiently as possible, and we understand residents are eager to receive their checks quickly, the UIA wants to remind Michiganders that the eligibility window to apply has been increased from 14 to 28 days from the date of their work stoppage,” added Gray. “The UIA is shifting as many resources as possible to handle the increase in applications and is exploring further solutions to help Michiganders get the assistance they need as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.”
Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-10 on March 16, 2020 to expand unemployment benefits to eligible workers:
The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:
- Sick Workers: Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
- Workers Caring for Loved Ones: Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off
- Increased Weeks: Benefits will be increased from 20 to up to 26 weeks.
- Longer Application Time: The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days.
- Fewer Requirements: The in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.
OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF
428 Lake Street Tawas City, Ml 48763 989-362-6164
Allan L. MacGregor Ralph P. Boudreau Jr.
Scott D. Frank
Due to the recent health concerns statewide the Iosco
County Jail is implementing new procedures to protect
our inmates and employees from outside sources.
All jail visitations are suspended. Inmates will be compensated
with free weekly phone calls.
All Live scan and paper finger printing for the public and court
ordered prints have been suspended.
All gun purchase permits are suspended.
Gun registration forms shall still be collected in a drop box at the
Sheriffs office lobby entrance.
Sex Offender Registration please call 989-362-6164 for an
All civil process paper service and mortgage sales are suspended.
The money kiosk inside the jail lobby for inmate deposits is closed
please go online to www.smartdeposit.com or
www.govpaynow.com or call 1-866-345-1884
For inmate medication drop off please call 989-362-6164
Redbox medication disposal box in the lobby is suspended.
Captain Scott D. Frank
Iosco County Jail Administrator