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CLOSINGS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS:

 

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES:

 

-IOSCO COUNTY BUILDING, ANNEX, JAIL ANIMAL SHELTER

-EAST TAWAS CITY HALL, LIBRARY & COMMUNITY CENTER

-AUSABLE TOWNSHIP HALL

-DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENTS NUMBER 2 AND 4

-ALPENA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CLOSED TO VISITATION

-CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ALPENA IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AND WILL ONLY BE OFFERING EMERGENCY SERVICE CALLS

- ALPENA AND MONTMORENCY COUNTY COURTHOUSE OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO PUBLIC. 

-OSCODA TOWNSHIP OFFICES & LIBRARY

-GRANT TOWNSHIP OFFICES & COMPOST RECYCLE SITE

-ALCONA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION OFFICE

 

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

-NEW HOPE CHURCH EAST TAWAS-SERVICE ON YOU TUBE 9:03AM

 

SPECIAL SUNDAY PROGRAMMING

FOR THE EASTER SEASON

 

WKJC FM 104.7:

APRIL 5             PALM SUNDAY            ABUNDANT LIFE                  9:30-10 AM

APRIL 10           GOOD FRIDAY             ABUNDANT LIFE                 12-12:30 PM

APRIL 12           EASTER SUNDAY        ABUNDANT LIFE                   9:30-10 AM

 

APRIL 9             HOLY THURSDAY         EMANUEL LUTHERAN           6:30 PM

APRIL 10           GOOD FRIDAY              EMANUEL LUTHERAN         12:30-1 PM

 

 

WIOS AM 1480:

APRIL 10           GOOD FRIDAY      TAWAS UNITED METHODIST    12-1 PM

 

 

Lupton Friends Church will be live streaming on Facebook Sunday service at 11am, with Pastor Melvin Killinger and guest speaker Sarah from Lupton Michigan. can follow along with Lupton Friends Church FB page or Lupton Friends Church group.

 

 

SERVICES:

 

-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 T-TH 11AM-1PM

-ALCONA SCHOOLS DELIVERING MEALS VIA BUS ROUTES TWICE A WEEK FOR CHILDREN UP TO AGE 18. CALL 736-6212

-TAWAS SENIOR CENTER OPEN FOR MEALS MONDAY-FRIDAY 11AM-NOON. CALL 362-6892

-ATLANTA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IS OFFERING FREE MEALS TO ALL KIDS 18 AND UNDER.  CALL TO ARRANGE A PICKUP SCHEDULE AT 785-4877

- HILLMAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ARE OFFERING FREE FOOD FOR KIDS 18 AND UNDER FOOD WILL BE DELIVERED VIA SCHOOL BUS.  CALL TO ARRANGE FOOD AT 742-33-13

-ALPENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE OFFERING FOOD FOR ALL KIDS UP TO 18.  PICK-UP WILL BE MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 4 UNTIL 6 PM AT ALPENA HIGH SCHOOL, HINKS, LINCOLN, SANBORN AND WILSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.  FO RINFORMATION, CALL 358-5019.

-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 CLOSED

- THUNDER BAY HEALTH CENTERS ARE OPEN, BUT YOU ARE ASKED TO PLEASE CALL FIRST TO BE SCREENED BEFORE GOING TO A CLINIC.

-ASCENSION HOSPITALS IN TAWAS CITY AND STANDISH ASK THAT IF YOU HAVE A FEVER, COUGH OR REPSIRATION SYMPTOMS TO CALL PRIOR TO VISITING AND ASCENSION IS OFFERING VIDEO URGENT CARE VISITS FOR $20, WITH NO INSURANCE REQUIRED.  USE THE CODE ‘home’ ONLINE.

-ALCONA HEALTH CENTER HAS MODIFIED WALK IN SERVICES AND ASK THA TYOU CALL AHEAD TO BE SCREENED BEFORE VISITING A CLINIC.

 

 

 

BUSINESSES:

 

-SUNRISE MARKET-AUGRES-FULLY STOCKED SHELVES, NO HAND SANITIZER

- PRECIOUS PETALS IN THE HUNGRY HOWIE’S PLAZA IN EAST TAWAS IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, BUT THEY ARE OFFERING DELIVERY AND CURBSIDE PICKUP.  OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 9 UNTIL 1.

-WOLVERINE STATE CREDIT UNION-DRIVE THRU ONLY

-NORTHLAND AREA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION-DRIVE THRU ONLY

-ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION-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

 

EVENTS:

 

AuSable Valley Audubon - Tawas Point Migration 2020 Cancelled

 

AuSable Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, has rescheduled their event to Saturday 30 May 2020, at the American Legion Oscoda. All raffles prizes will be drawn at that time. Any questions please call 989-739-9269. or Check out the Website https://www.ducks.org/events.

 

-EAST TAWAS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRIDAY FISH FRY TAKE OUT ONLY

-TUESDAY & FRIDAY BINGO AT SAND LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER

-MIKADO GOODFELLOWS BINGO

-SUNRISE SIDE LIFELONG LEARNING EVENTS

-AMERICAN LEGION POST OSCODA MEETING THURSDAY

-KLONDIKE CHALLENGE RACES IN OSCODA THIS WEEKEND

-SUNDAY NIGHT BINGO AT RUSHMAN HALL IN EAST TAWAS IS CANCELLED.

-ARENAC COUNTY WALLEYE DINNER APRIL 10TH. RAFFLE WILL TAKE PLACE WITH WINNERS NOTIFIED BY PHONE

-NO SUNDAY NIGHT BINGO AT RUSHMAN HALL, EAST TAWAS - UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

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: 

  • 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
The governor’s order also extends access to benefits for unemployed workers:
  • 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.

 

 

 

IOSCO COUNTY

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

428 Lake Street Tawas City, Ml 48763 989-362-6164

Fax: 989-984-1103

 

Allan L. MacGregor Ralph P. Boudreau Jr.

Sheriff Undersheriff

Scott D. Frank

Captain

 

 

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

appointment.

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

 

New Hope Church services in East Tawas will be streamed live on YouTube, Sundays at 9:03 AM & will be available on demand any time after on YouTube.  You may also find the link on Facebook by typing in Tawas New Hope Church.  We want to honor what our government says about social distancing and being responsible, so our doors will not be open for services.  If you need prayer or have other needs, the care team is available by calling 989-984-5400.  Stay updated by visiting www.tawasnewhope.com
 
SSLL events through April 30 due to the CDC guidelines surrounding Covid-19.  This includes our Kick Off event Histories and Mysteries: Shipwrecks of Lake Huron that was scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 6 - 8 pm at Rushman Hall in East Tawas. Our office is currently closed through April 5 and we will follow guidelines for schools K-12 as far as office closure goes. 
Sunrise Side Lifelong Learning, we must cancel all SSLL events through April 30 due to the CDC guidelines surrounding Covid-19.  This includes our Kick Off event Histories and Mysteries: Shipwrecks of Lake Huron that was scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 6 - 8 pm at Rushman Hall in East Tawas. Our office is currently closed through April 5 and we will follow guidelines for schools K-12 as far as office closure goes.  Please help us share this information.
 
 
Ascension Michigan COVID-19 Operations Media Update

Triage Areas
Ascension Michigan ministries have established COVID-19 triage areas near all emergency departments. This includes Ascension Genesys - Grand Blanc, Ascension St. Mary’s - Saginaw, Ascension Standish Hospital - Standish, and Ascension St. Joseph - Tawas City.  Triage areas have been set up as part of Ascension's emergency preparedness protocol. These measures are being put in place to help distance individuals with a concern about COVID-19 exposure from the rest of our patient population, staff and health care providers. 
 
For the safety of all people, if a person believes they have been exposed to COVID-19 and has developed a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, they should call their health care provider immediately for instructions. 
 
New Hotline number
Ascension is working to keep our community healthy during this time and prevent the spread of infection while helping to ease access to care. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit our website: https://healthcare.ascension.org or call 833-981-0738.
 
Supplies and preparation
We are taking proactive steps with our distributor and suppliers to ensure access to supplies. We are arranging expedited shipments directly from manufacturers, assessing alternative products and taking advantage of our abilities as a national system to make intra-hospital inventory transfers when appropriate. The safety of our patients and caregivers is our utmost priority as we all work to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and care for all in need.
 
Visitor restrictions update
To help protect the health and safety of our patients, families, health care staff and providers from the spread of COVID-19, Ascension Michigan is enforcing patient visitor restrictions for all of its hospitals and ambulatory sites. These restrictions are consistent with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order, EO 2020-7.
No visitors are permitted at Ascension Michigan hospitals except for:
  • One visitor permitted for support of activities of daily living like bathing or eating for pediatric
    (under 21) and special needs patients
  • One visitor for a surgery patient
  • One visitor for a hospice patient
  • One visitor for patients at the end of life
  • One visitor for patients in serious or critical condition
  • One birth partner (as well as a doula if participating in the birth)
  • One visitor required to make a decision on behalf of the patient (patient's medical durable power of attorney, court appointed guardianship)
No visitors are permitted at Ascension ambulatory (outpatient) sites except for
  • One accompanying person that is necessary to support the delivery of care to the patient
  • One accompanying person for a surgery patient
  • One accompanying person for patients in serious condition
  • One birth partner (as well as a doula if participating in the birth)
Any visitor meeting the above criteria must pass a health screening before entering any Ascension Michigan facility
 
Postponing elective surgeries
To help protect the health and safety of our patients, families, health care staff and providers from the spread of COVID-19, Ascension is following the CDC, Surgeon General, and American College of Surgeons guidelines which have recommended limiting elective services. Ascension Michigan began deferring all elective procedures on Tuesday, March 17. Elective procedures are those that have options in terms of timing/level of urgency to be completed, or are determined non-essential at this time. We recognize that each case is unique, so processes are in place to review requests for procedures that might be considered elective to determine issues of optimal timing and resource support. 
 
We will continue to monitor the disease activities and will use a data driven approach to revisions in the recommendations, particularly regarding duration of care deferral.   
 
About Ascension Michigan
In Michigan, Ascension operates 16 hospitals and hundreds of related healthcare facilities that together employ over 22,000 associates. Across the state, Ascension provided over $270 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in FY2019. Serving Michigan for over 140 years, Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2019, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.   
 
Christine Bergman, MSA, APR
Marketing Communications Manager
Ascension Michigan
Office: Ascension St. Mary's | 800 S. Washington Ave. | Saginaw, MI 48601
Office: 989.280.1513
 
 

Restaurant Guide

The Restaurant Take Out - Delivery Guide

 

Help support our local businesses. These restaurants are open:

 

1. Party & Food Ctr., Oscoda - Take Out & Delivery

 

2. Bayside Restaurant & Lounge in Tawas Bay Beach Resort-East Tawas- Breakfast Only, Curbside Pickup

 

3. Buckhorn Inn-Tawas City-Curbside Pickup

 

4. Dairy Queen-East Tawas-Take Out Only

 

5. Little Caesar's-East Tawas-Take Out Window

 

6. G's Pizzeria-East Tawas-Take Out & Delivery

 

7. Hsing's Chinese Restaurant-East Tawas-Take Out Only

 

8. Hungry Howie's-East Tawas-Take Out & Delivery

 

9. The Lodge-Tawas City-Take Out & Delivery

 

10. Mango's Mexican Cuisine-East Tawas-Take Out Only

 

11. Route 23 BBQ-East Tawas Take Out & Delivery

 

12. Suzie Brews Coffee Shop-East Tawas-Take Out Only

 

13. McDonald's-Tawas City, Oscoda, Mio, Rose City &  Roscommon-Drive Thru Only

 

14. Burger King-Tawas City & Oscoda-Drive Thru Only

 

15. Mama's Kountry Kitchen-Oscoda-Take Out Only

 

16. Thunder Bay River Restaurant-Alpena-Pick Up & Delivery

 

17. Mancino's Pizza & Grinders-Oscoda-Pickup Only

 

19. Fryer Pizzeria-Alpena-Take Out & Delivery

 

20. Tawas Bay Big Boy & Northwoods Steakhouse   East Tawas-Takeout & Delivery

 

21. Office Lounge & Grill-Oscoda-Take Out Only

 

22. Big Bob’s Restaurant – Hale, Sat/Mon-Thurs 8am-3pm, Fri, 8am-6pm - Take Out Only, Call Ahead!

 

23. Indian Lake Outpost – Sand Lk – Take Out Only

 

24. Mancino’s – Oscoda Take Out, Delivery, Curbside

 

25. Cafe International - Take Out Only, 11am-7pm

 

26, Boneyard BBQ, Tawas City - Take Out & Curbside

 

27. Ma Deeter's - Luzerne - Pick Up & Delivery

 

28. Faull Inn - Rose City - New Hours, Sun-Thurs 4p-8p,

Fi-Sat 11a-8p- - Curbside Pickup with correct change or credit card only.  Call first 989-685-2406

 

29. Wheeler's Restaurant - Standish - Pickup & Delivery


30. Wolf's Den - Glennie - Pickup Thursday-Sunday

 

31. Mio Saloon, Downtown - Pickup & Curbside

 

32. Kimmie's Pub N Grub, Skidway Lake - Pickup & delivery, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

33. D's Pizza Pad, Skidway Lake - Take Out & Free Delivery

 

34, Charlie O's Pizzaria, Hillmam Tues-Sat 3-9, Take Out Only

 

35. Lake Breeze Food & liquor, Sand Lake, Take Out & Curbside

 

36. Tawas Bay Pizza Company, Tawas City - Take Out & Curbside Pickup

 

37. KFC/Taco Bell, Oscoda, KFC/LJS, East Tawas - Pickup Window

 

38. The Victorian Cafe,- Take Out and Drive Through
 
39. Alward's Hot Deli, Hale -Take Out
 
Tawas Senior Center, East Tawas - Open for senior meals.  Drive up only.  Monday - Friday, 11am till 12pm.  Suggested Donation, Three Dollars sixty & older - $7.50, Under sixty. For more info 362-6892.
 
The Buckhorn, Tawas City - M-Sa, 9a-5p, Curbside Pickup & Take Out.
 
Taits Bill of Fare, Oscoda - Open for lunch & dinner, Take Out & Curbside Pickup
 
Ali's Up North, AuGres - Lunc & Dinner Take Out
 
The Flying Duck Tavern, Posen - Take Out Thurs - Sunday
 
Mi Stop Deli, US-23 North, Alpena - Featuring Broastd Chicken, Curbside, Take Out, Drive Thru
 
Tim Hortons, East Tawas - M-SU, 6a-11a, Drive Thru Only
 

 

If you own a restaurant and are open and would like to be included on the list, free of charge, call the radio station at 1-800-585-3515.