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Jan. 9th, 2013-Vol 2013 No. 1.1
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New Year, New Benefit!

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A partnership has formed between Leigh's GardenWinery and Lakestate Industries in Delta County. The winery and the nonprofit organization have joined forces to create a symbiotic product that represents what the Delta County community is all about. Cheryl Ohman, Director of Lakestate Industries, contacted Leigh Schmidt, owner of Leigh's Garden Winery to pitch an idea to make wooden crates for wine bottles, a simple concept with significant collaborative merit.

Lakestate Industries has recently started fabricating crates of all sizes to showcase their famous "fire starters", and almost immediately the crates became a desired item for wedding centerpieces, wedding favors, and gift baskets. The crates are adapted to each event with customized engravings that may include name, venue, date, or logo.

The organization is a private, non-profit agency that serves people in the community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Lakestate Industries provides career exploration, job development, work training and job services to adult and student populations. They provide contracted services to businesses that make a significant impact on their community. Get a Little Help to Keep Your New Year's Resolution "We are always looking for ways to expand and utilize our tools and materials. We look for new projects to involve our employees," explained Ohman.

Initially, Cheryl just requested Leigh's permission to use his Logo. Being the friends they are, he didn't see an issue. A few days later she called to schedule a meeting and said, "I need to show you something." The final product was an elongated crate to fit a wine bottle with Leigh's logo. The project went a step further by creating a crate that would fit two wine bottles.

Leigh's Garden Winery, Inc., is a small locally owned and operated winery in Escanaba, Michigan. Leigh Schmidt is the owner and vintner. The winery features wines made from cold climate grapes and a variety of northern grown fruit. Their selection has grown from 3 wines to 11 wines including: Old Escanaba, a dry red that won the bronze medal in 2011 and 2012; Beka, a rose'; C. Marie, a sweeter white; Ludington Street Blues, also a dry red; Montmorency Cherry, a semi-sweet cherry wine; and Whispering Vines Frontenac Gris. a sweet white.

"The crates are a great gift idea for any occasion. But what I like the most is working together with a fellow friend to expand both their products and mine," Leigh commented. "Collaboration is our way. We also encourage our winery visitors to take a walk and visit local businesses, and eat at our local restaurants. It is a thing that many Downtown businesses do for each other. We point visitors to which restaurants have what kind of food and prices, where to shop for additional wine related products, where local beer is made for customers. Tourists seem to like this about our downtown shopping," he concluded.

Leigh's Garden Winery, Inc., is located on 904 Ludington Street Escanaba, MI 49821 Phone: 906-553-7799
New Winter Store Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Sat. 1 PM to 6 PM, Sunday 12:30 PM to 4 PM

Lakestate Industries is located on 1830 North 21st Street, Escanaba, MI 49829 Phone: (906) 786-9212

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce welcomes The Ritz Salon & Massage Studio owned by Lynn Fitzpatrick. Located in the former Thompson Bakery building, The Ritz opened its doors in March of 2004. They are a "Full Service Salon Specialists" offering a wide variety of services including full family haircare, color corrections, full body massage, wigs and hairpieces, manicures, and pedicures. The salon and studio which is located at 1308 Ludington Street in Escanaba (next to Saykllys) maintains a high level of customer service and professionalism along with a very friendly staff.

"Our salon continues to evolve every year to accommodate and pamper our customers," explains Lynn Fitzpatrick, owner. "We have recently added dual heated massage pedicure chairs for our client's comfort and convenience to allow them to relax with a friend or spouse.

The Ritz Salon & Massage Studio also offers little extras to look fabulous for a social event or for your everyday routine. Very popular is our Shellac, OP1 & Gelish 2 week nail color, airbrush spray tanning, face and body waxing, ear piercing, and permanent eyebrows and eyeliner. The salon and studio also offer products such as LiLash (eyelash growth stimulator), Rodan and Fields Skincare lines, Visalus nutitional weight loss shakes, jewelry, and of course, haircare products and tools.

A friendly team is available Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. and later or earlier by appointment. The Ritz Salon and Massage Studio offers quality services at fair prices along with outstanding customer service right here in beautiful downtown Escanaba.

Get a Little Help to Keep Your New Year's Resolution

Water's Edge has started a campaign called "Get There". The chiropractic practice will focus on assisting anyone who has a New Year's resolution related to health and exercise. Whether it is to exercise 3 times a week or training for a half marathon, chiropractic care can help anyone get through the tough times.

For those starting this wellness path, having a new year's resolution is the first step. The second step is keeping the resolution past the end of January. The body is moving in ways that wasn't before, or the individual may be doing an exercise incorrectly. When this happens, the body quickly reacts with discomfort. Many will take this opportunity to stop working out all together. This is a mistake. How many times have you heard someone say, "I am just not cut out for this," or "My body does not like to exercise." Although these are reasonable observations, people generally point to the incorrect cause. The human body is made for moving. It is meant to be exercised.

If a person has been sedentary for too long, the body may have a hard time getting started. Strange movements may also cause stress that misaligns the spine. Weightlifting and other strength exercises are generally very helpful in a weight loss program but may put more stress on your back and body than an individual is accustomed to.

"People tend to over do it during their first time in the gym or when beginning to run for the first few times even when they know this is not a good idea. Their bodies are not used to the exercise," explains Dr. Patrick Johnson. "Aside from being sore, they may also put a little more pressure on their knees and joints than usual. Although soreness may last only a few days, joint pain and back pain may stay and may deter the individual from continuing their exercise routine. This is where Water's Edge Chiropractic comes in. We will focus on finding the cause of the pain, and we will get you back on the road to your health goals. We are that little extra support you need during the tough times," he concluded.

Water's Edge Chiropractic is a sponsor of the Heritage Half Marathon part of the Esky 150 Celebration. The Chiropractic office is located in 922 Delta Avenue Gladstone MI, 49837.

Delta County Technology Planning Team
Ends the Year with a High Note

As part of the Connect MI partnership, Lexmark has donated personal printers to non-profits in Michigan and asked our local Delta County Technology Planning Team (DCTPT) to distribute them to not for profit organizations in need throughout Delta County.

During the week of December 21st, four Delta County non-profits received a Lexmark wireless printer. Vicki Schwab, Delta County EDA Director and Suani Nieto EDA Assistant visited four nonprofit organizations to deliver the printers. Both were well received by The Historical Society, St. Vincent De Paul, United Way, and the Delta County Animal Shelter.

"It is especially rewarding to be a part of an initiative that helps organizations in need," explained Vicki Schwab. "Our team of volunteers are working hard to continue with this great work. We are making progress in formulating our broadband assessment and plan," she concluded.

The Delta County Technology Planning Team (DCTPT) had their year-end meeting Dec. 4th, 2012. The meeting's agenda included discussion of the assessment worksheets completed by the team. The information provided in the worksheets has been included in the Connect Michigan portal in an effort to analyze the current technology resources. The report from the portal showed Delta County to have 11,593 public hours of computer centers per week. The centers in the report included: the Escanaba Public Library, Civic Center, Michigan Works!, Bay College, Gladstone Library, and Hannahville Youth Services. The DCTPT continues to add information to the portal to complete the community assessment. The team will continue their efforts to include information from the public schools, hospitals, senior centers, and agricultural community. The Next Meeting will be February 5th, 2013 in the Delta County Commerce Center in Escanaba, Michigan.

Through this initiative, Connect Michigan collaborates with the Michigan Public Service Commission and the DCTPT to develop and implement effective strategies to enhance technology access, adoption, and use in Michigan. The Delta County EDA headed an initiative to create the technology planning team. The team is comprised of representatives from public and private entities.

For more information on Connect Michigan visit . For more information on the Delta County Technology Planning Team please contact the Delta County Economic Development Alliance at 906-786-2192 or at

Northern Initiatives Provides Website Effectiveness Workshop for Manufacturers

Northern Initiatives in collaboration with the Delta County Commerce Center will be providing a workshop on creating an effective website for your company. Included with the workshop will be a summary level website assessment for manufacturers interested in upgrading their online presence. The workshop will take place on February 12th at the Delta County Commerce Center in Escanaba Michigan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $50 dollars and lunch will be provided.

Marketing studies show that more than 90% of customers gather information about products and services they are interested in by conducting Internet Based research. Improving the visibility of your website through various techniques can increase traffic and potentially capture new business. The workshop will introduce ways to promote your website and create an effective online presence.

For more information or to RSVP contact Scott Byrnes by phone (906) 226-1658 or email

The Nahma Inn is proud to announce their appearance on American Pickers on January 14th, 2012. The History Channel show airs at 9/8c every Monday. The Nahma Inn will be open to share this event with visitors.

History Channel description of Monday's Show: "Later, during a swing through Michigan the Pickers discover a general store that has been closed for 60 years. Its vintage inventory is completely intact and the new owner Charlie is ready to make a deal."

No B.S. (or B.F.A.) Yet! NMU Upper Class Show
Date: 01/17/2013
Time: 7 pm
Place: William Bonifas Fine Arts Center
Contact: Bonifas Fine Arts 786-3833
Gallery Reception open to the public.

Waiting for Summer
Date: 01/20/2013
Time: 3 pm
Price: Adults $20, Students $5
Place: Willam Bonifas Fine Arts Center
Contact: Bonifas Arts Center 786-3833
A piano concert by NMU professor Nancy Redfern

Fredrick Winters - Hypnotist
Date: 01/23/2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: $5
Place: Bay College
Contact: Bay College Box Office 906-217-4045
The comedy of hypnosis is the hottest, most captivating entertainment today. With the snap of his fingers, Winters escorts volunteers on a journey into their imaginations, providing unlimited laughter and excitement. When performing, Winters turns any event into years of hysterically funny memories. For details and tickets visit:

Fredrick Winters - Hypnotist
Date: 01/24/2013
Time: 7pm
Price: $5
Place: Bay College
Contact: Bay College Box Office 906-217-4045
The comedy of hypnosis is the hottest, most captivating entertainment today. With the snap of his fingers, Winters escorts volunteers on a journey into their imaginations, providing unlimited laughter and excitement. When performing, Winters turns any event into years of hysterically funny memories. For details and tickets visit:

Tattoo Artists: Perspectives, Choices & Challenges
Date: 01/24/2013
Time: 7 pm
Place: Willam Bonifas Fine Arts Center
Contact: Bonifas Fine Arts 786-3833
Gallery Reception open to the public. With Jaqueline Beach & Eddie Moritz

Business After Hours: WLUC TV6 & Fox Up
Date: January 30
Time: 5PM-7 PM
Place: Hereford & Hops

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Date: January 30

Time: 5PM

Place: Hereford & Hops

Chamber Member Bald Eagle Harley Davidson invites you to a Sprecher Beer Tasting Event, Tuesday, February 12th. The event has only 40 spots available. RSVP by January 2013.

Since they opened their doors in 1999, Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson has been dedicated to customer service. They are the ONLY Authorized Harley-Davidson Dealership in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

They live to provide you with the things that make your ride even more enjoyable, like rugged MotorClothes riding gear, the custom possibilities of Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories and a certified Harley-Davidson Service Department.

Mother Nature slips up - ice racing rescheduled at UP State Fair Grounds
"forecasted warm temperatures and rain cancel races"

The Midwest Ice Racing Association, TLR Cup Championship Ice Racing Series, and the United States Snowmobile Association Prostar Oval Ice Racing Series scheduled at the UP State Fair Grounds January 12-13 is postponed.

Steve Masters, Director for the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau said, "The track is currently in good condition to race right now, but with temperatures predicted to be in the upper 30's and lower 40's and rain on the way, the track will quickly deteriorate and we will not be able to make any ice this week. This is the second year that weather conditions have forced a rescheduling of the race. Delta County really needs a major winter event to give the motels and other businesses an economic bump, and I am hopeful that the TLR Cup and MIRA will be able to find a date that works for both organizations' so that we can reschedule the event for 2013."

In a phone conversation Monday morning, Tom Lipar owner of the TLR Cup Racing series said, "The forecasted weather of high temperatures and rain will reduce the track ice and create unsafe racing conditions. With teams making the trip from Canada and across the United States, I have an obligation to let those teams know a.s.a.p. if an event will be cancelled. Based on the weather and for the safety of those that race the series, I am canceling the TLR CUP portion of the race for this weekend. I will work with the teams to see if we can find an alternate date to make up the Escanaba race."

Steve McAlpine MIRA President said, "We believe that the upcoming weather forecast will cause the track conditions to deteriorate to an unusable condition and we will not be able to race. It was a tough decision to cancel the race after so much work went into developing the track and organizing the event. We will work with the TLR CUP to find a make-up date. The U.P. State Fairgrounds is an outstanding venue to host this type of event, and we want the community to have a great show."

As soon as the new dates are available, they will be released to the community and advertising along with track development will be restarted.

We are here to promote your business and our community.


Vickie Micheau
Delta County Chamber of Commerce

phone: (906) 786-2192