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October 9, 2012-Vol 2012 No. 9.2
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Happy Birthday Delta Force! The Chamber's program is 10 years old, and the Chamber's Annual Dinner theme will have a Delta Force flavor. Come celebrate this program and different leaders in our community during Thursday's celebration. Call 906 786 2192 to reserve a seat.

For Delta Force Alumni, a meet and greet gathering will happen from 3-5 PM. For more information Contact Josh Durst at (906) 428-9341.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the recent Health Care Forum sponsored by Bellin Health, Delta County Chamber of Commerce and OSF St Francis Hospital and Medical Group. While there is still a lot of uncertainty about the implementation and impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) , attendees came away with several important pieces of information, including:

* Starting October 1, 2012, businesses must provide a summary of benefits and coverage to their employees; regardless of whether or not the employees are part of the company's plan. It is recommended that you rely on your insurance carrier to provide the information.

* Employers must also put the cost of health insurance on employee's W-2 forms by January 1, 2013. This is not for taxing purposes, but rather to demonstrate to the IRS that you have insurance in place. It should be noted that this provision might be waived this year due to the difficulties for larger companies in preparing for the reporting.

* Some parts of the act will be phased in over time. This includes a ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and another element that's known as the individual mandate. This requires Americans to buy coverage or they will face a financial penalty. The penalty is relatively small, about $95.

* A few provisions of the bill are already in effect, including coverage for dependents up to age 26, coverage for children with pre-existing conditions and elimination of lifetime limits on coverage.

The most important thing a business, or business leader, can do right now is to work closely with their insurance provider to understand the law and make sure they're in compliance with the provisions as they go into effect.

By Craig Woerpel
ESCANABA - A night of awards and celebration will highlight the Delta Chamber Annual Dinner Thursday as the chamber recognizes the accomplishments of its members and the 10th year of the Delta Force Leadership Development program.

To mark the tenth anniversary of Delta Force, the chamber event at the Island Resort & Casino will have a USO theme.

"Just like the USO variety shows that support our troops, we will support both current and former Delta Force alumni troops and chamber members in a USO theme," said executive director Vickie Micheau. "The word on the street is that Bob Hope might even be the emcee."

Micheau said it has been very satisfying to see the achievements of Delta Force alumni over the years. The tenth class will graduate from the program at the annual dinner.

"Delta Force has accomplished what we set out to do with the program," Micheau said.

The goal of the program is to expose people to different aspects of the community that they might not be aware of to get them interested in playing an active role in its success.

"Sometimes it's easier to believe than it is to think. What we want people to do is think and learn more about the community," said Micheau.

When they first talked about developing the program, Micheau said they thought that there might be enough interest to fill the 20 positions for five years. Interest is as strong now as it was during the early years of Delta Force. The program has been full for 10 years and two people have already signed up for 2013.

The result has been more participation on different boards and commissions in the community, Micheau said.

The program offers a different theme every month. On Economic Development Day, particiapnts were able to follow the progress of the Lofts on Ludington project and see how local developers used various resources, both private and public, to renovate the historic building.

One of the more popular subjects is Law and Order Day.

"How would they otherwise have the ability to spend the time with judges in Delta County or law enforcement and ask them questions about things they always wondered about but were never in a position where they could ask?" Micheau asked.

On Education Day, they use a game board similar to Monopoly to find out how much they know about school spending.

"We ask people how they believe schools spend their money. To then hear administrators talk about how money is actually spent and why it's spent in certain areas, I believe it's a very eye opening experience for those who go through the program," said Micheau.

The chamber's annual dinner will also recognize its new board members. Cory Kuchenberg, Upper Peninsula State Bank; Ann Rath, Northern Michigan Bank; and Jeff Magowan, Garceau, Wenick-Kutz, Magowan Insurance, join the 15 member board. Deb Doyle of Michigan Works! The Job Force Board will serve as president.

Top achievers will be recognized with awards including Excellence in Education, Century Award, Business of the Year, Athena Award, Philanthropy Award and Volunteer of the Year. The Bay College Scholarship Award, made possible by the annual chamber golf outing, will be presented to a Bay College student.

Among the successes of the year, said Micheau, was the third year of operating the U.P. State Fair with an authority. At a recent authority meeting, the members reviewed the successes and started planning for upcoming years.

Superior Chiropractic

Superior Chiropractic recently celebrated their grand opening with the Chamber Ambassadors. Dr. Melissa Vandermissen and her team welcomed visitors during the grand opening of their chiropractic office on September 25th.

Dr. Melissa Vandermissen grew up in Wilson, MI and attended Bark River-Harris high school. After graduating, she went on to pursue undergraduate training at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI and received her doctorate degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, graduating cum laude.

Dr. Vandermisen's personal goal is to expand her knowledge in the field of chiropractic to better serve her patients. She has obtained licensure as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician and has advanced training in kinesio taping method and extremity adjusting. She also has extensive training with the Gonstead technique, the Webster technique (for pregnant women), and received training in cold laser therapy from Dr. Jeff Spencer, Lance Armstrong's chiropractor. She is currently working on certification for golf injuries.

Dr. Vandermissen believes in giving back to the community.While at Palmer, Dr. Vandermissen traveled to Fiji to offer free chiropractic care to underprivileged residents.

Harley Heroes DAV (Disabled American Veterans) was present to talk to veterans on receiving their benefits. Proceeds from the food and beverage sales for the day are being donated to Harley Heroes DAV, Desert Vets and Howard VFW.

Erik Vandervest opens his arms to over 1000 guests as he welcomes them to their new Green Bay Harley-Davidson dealership at 1966 Velp Avenue. Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Howard hosted their "Grand Opening" on Sat., Sept. 25. A noon ribbon cutting with the Vandervest family along with Harley-Davidson executives took place. Contractors of the dealership presented the Vandervest family with a beautiful eagle sculpture.

At 3:00 p.m. a Veteran's ceremony was held. John Maino from WIXX and representative of Desert Vets and Jerry Parins from the Green Bay Packers were emcees of the program. Veterans and present men/women in the military, firefighters and police officers were honored during the ceremony. Jack Felch and Jeff Larmay, members of the Wild Fire HOG Chapter of Peshtigo, sang the National Anthem and read a military poem to the crowd. Caleb Chronowski and Shaylee Croxall, Howard Suamico High School band students played taps.

The Vandervest family has a second dealership in Peshtigo which opened in 1998. They will be celebrating their 15 year business anniversary in May of 2013 while Harley-Davidson Motor Company will be celebrating their 110 year anniversary in August of 2013.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training - M-TEC @ Bay College

The M-TEC at Bay College is offering CNA training in both Iron Mountain and Escanaba this fall/winter. CNA training in Iron Mountain will be held at Bay West and class begins Wednesday, October 10th. Registration will be held on Monday, October 8th starting at 10:00 am (CST) in the lower commons area of Bay West - Iron Mountain. CNA training in Escanaba will be held at M-TEC with class starting Tuesday, October 30th. Registration for the Escanaba training will be on Wednesday, October 17th starting at 8:00 am (EST) at M-TEC - Escanaba. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Passing a criminal back-ground check is a requirement for the training.
September 20th-Marquette General celebrated the grand opening of their new Escanaba Doctors Park.

The ribbon cutting ceremony included remarks from Gary Muller, Marquette General Health System's Chief Executive Officer. Remarks from Scott Tuma, Assistant Administrator, and Santosh Gowda, MD, also from Marquette General, and William F. Carpenter, III, LifePoint Hospitals Chief Executive Officer, were included during the opening ceremony.

The blessing of the healing garden located in the park preceded the ribbon cutting ceremony. The blessing came from Pastor Scott White, First Presbyterian Church of Escanaba. Welcome remarks were provided by Jim Lajoie Executive Director of Superior Health Foundation. Remarks were also provided by Paddy Fitch, wife of the late Dr. Don Fitch.
10/11/2012 Chamber Annual Dinner - 5:30 PM - $30 - Island Resort & Casino - Delta County Chamber 786-2192

10/11/2012 Poetry Plus Pictures - Local poetry group will present original poetry accompanied by slides. Refreshments following the program. - Escanaba Public Library - 6:30 pm - Free - Escanaba Public Library - 906-789-7323

10/12/2012-10/13/2012 The Fab Four - 8:00 PM - $23 - Island Resort & Casino - 877-ISL-SHOW

10/12/2012 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Night - Delta County Jaycee's Second Annual Salute to our heros dinner. Cocktails 5 PM, dinner and Military Salute 6 PM. Color guard, flag folding ceremony, taps and keynote speaker Colonel Vance P Visser. Proceeds to benefit the UP Honor Flight and care packages for local troops. - Delta County Jaycee's - 5 PM - $20 - Danforth Place, Escanaba - Tickets at White's,Grocery,Gust Asp,and Grain'N'Grape

10/13/2012 Great Pumpkin Parade - All motorcycles, antique cars, tractors and walkers welcome. Toys for Tots donations. Dress in your Halloween best and come have some fun. Court House to 16th Street. - Line Up at 11pm Parade at 12pm - Abate- Mimi Spoomer (906) 359-4533

10/13/2012 Uptoberfest - UPtoberfest is the U.P.'s ONLY beer/wine festival! 100% of the proceeds benefit The United Way of Delta County. This year our focus will be on wines from the U.P. and Northern Michigan. - United Way of DC & Bay de noc Brewers Assoc. - 2PM - 7 PM - $25 pre-sale, $30 at the gate - 600 block of 1st Ave N, behind Hereford & Hops - Website: Josh Marenger,, 906-420-0779

10/13/2012 Eskymo Hockey Hoedown - Annual Fundraiser, for the Eskymo Blue Line Club - 6:00 PM - Midnight - $10 - Ruth Butler Building/ UP State Fairgrounds - Lisa 280-0479, Jim 399-0577
October, 24: Hilltop RV Superstore
Networking opportunity co-sponsored by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce
Hilltop RV Superstore
5:30PM to 7:30PM
Delta County Commerce Center (906) 786-2192

Nov. 7th: Escanaba Schools, OSF St. Francis Hospital and Stewart Manufacturing
Networking opportunity co-sponsored by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce
Escanaba High School
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Delta County Commerce Center (906) 786-2192
The annual fundraiser hosted by the Eskymo Blue Line Club is happening Saturday, October 13th. The event will take place in the Ruth Butler Building in the Escanaba Fairgrounds from 6:00 PM to 12 Midnight.

Tickets are available at the Family Inn and Elmer's County Market. Donation is $10/Person. Contact: Lisa at (906) 280-0479 or Jim at (906)399-0577.

Enjoy live music with Jam band and a delicious dinner. Prizes include Classic Auto Collision-touch treatment/detailed package, $100 Shopping Spree, $100, $50, One Hour Massage from Frederick Chiropractic, Elmer's County Market's gift card $50, Whites Grocery's gift card $20.

We are here to promote your business and our community.


Vickie Micheau
Delta County Chamber of Commerce

phone: (906) 786-2192