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Jan. 15th, 2013-Vol 2013 No. 1.2
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We are off to a great start for 2013: Esky 150 events being planned, Nahma Inn on American Pickers, and Business After Hours scheduled for January 30th.

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YMCA, OSF Medical Group, Bellin Health, and Esky 150 Committee Promote Community Weight Loss Program
150 Years ago the citizens of Delta County didn't need any motivation to move. In fact, their whole lives revolved around physical work. Fast forward 150 years to today's busy hectic life and you can see why remaining active in a healthy lifestyle is a challenge. In order to help, the Northern Lights YMCA, OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, Bellin Health, and the Esky 150 Committee are combining resources and sponsoring a program called 150 Days to Wellness.

The 150 Days to Wellness promotion is a part of the Escanaba 150th Birthday Celebration, and will run from February 4th through July 5th. "It will provide area citizens a way to participate in a life changing wellness event along with participation in a fun community celebration," said Dianna Seymour of Bellin Health.

The 150 day program is partner based with teams of two focusing on exercise and healthy eating habits. The kick-off and mini-health fair will take place in the Heirman Center at Bay College on February 4th beginning at 6:00 p.m. Then for the next 150 days, participants will begin a series of positive steps to improve their lifestyle habits. It awards chances in a drawing for every pound lost. "We wanted to provide a framework that anyone in the community could participate in and have the support of a partner" said Lana Scannell of OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group. Top prize in the drawing is $1,000 to the winning team.

The 150 Days to Wellness program is open to the community. Registration fees are $29 for YMCA members and $199.00 for non-Y members. The non-member fee includes use of the YMCA facilities. All participants will be assigned to a YMCA certified personal trainer and will be assigned to a wellness team. Special group events will be offered to keep excitement and commitment level high.

"The New Year is the time that people traditionally make a resolution to lose weight and eat better," said Gary Nash, YMCA executive director. "We just wanted to provide a fun element and some support to make it more successful," he added.

For more information contact the YMCA at 789-0005.

Photo left to right is: Lori Hertig-Esky 150, Linda Klope-OSF, Dianna Seymour-Bellin, Hadele Peacock-YMCA, Lanna Scannell-OSF, and Kay Johnson-Esky150.

Word 2010: Taking the Frustration Out of Formatting

Do you find yourself struggling to get Microsoft Word to do what you want it to? Are you confused by formatting changes that seem to happen for no apparent reason? If so, this class is for you!

Get ready to explore all of the basic formatting and editing options that will allow you to control the software and the appearance of your document. You will learn to change paragraph spacing and indents; add headers, footers, and page numbering; insert page breaks and section breaks; apply and use styles; use building blocks for repetitive text; work with tab settings; and much more.

This class is designed primarily for the person who uses Word but has had little formal training with the software. Come prepared to get your questions answered!

Friday, January 18
Date: Friday, January 25
Time: 9 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $99
Location: M-TEC Room 2019

The Heritage Half is off to a great start. 100 runners have already registered; one as far as Tennessee. During the Kickoff Party at Ernie's Irish pub, 86 participants took advantage of the $50 special. The Heritage Half Run became the most visited run in the Midwest on during the duration of the kickoff event. "We are so excited for the warm welcome we received during our kickoff party. The team of organizers was expecting about 50 runners, but the end number of runners who registered for the night surpassed our expectations," explained Gina Zanon, Director. "This gives us room for planning a safe and fun event," she concluded.

The Heritage Half Marathon, part of the Esky 150 celebration, will take place July 6th, 2013. The timed run will showcase the beautiful Highway 41 shoreline. The route starts at Van Cleve Park in Gladstone and ends at Ludington Park, passing by downtown Escanaba. The route will also include food and beverages for the runners sponsored by different local businesses.

"This is the best time to start thinking of a Half Marathon. It's the beginning of the year, and you can take your time starting slow to prevent major stress on your body if you are not used to running," explained Dr. Patrick Johnson from Water's Edge Chiropractic, organizer.

Registration is $60 and can be done online at or you can pick a printed registration at Water's Edge Chiropractic 922 Delta Avenue, Gladstone.

Sarah Aviles: McDonalds

Laura Bermudez: Hannahville Indian Community

Brandy Bougie: Delta County Credit Union

Matthew Burr : New Page

Melissa Ann Charlebois: Bay College

Sharon Damitz: OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group

Rick Elrod : Delta County Chamber of Commerce

Pamla Farrell: New Page

Sara Flath: McDonalds

Connie Gatien: OSF St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group

Jennie Gylock: Peninsula Federal Credit Union

Becka Holm: Jaycees, Messersmith Mtg., Inc

Allison Kirby: Sayklly's

Patty Kohli: OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group

Tracey Lantagne: Delta County

Scott Maki: McDonalds

Meghan Micheau: Kipling House Bed & Breakfast

Chris Perryman: Delta County Chamber of Commerce

Lance Rath: Bay Bank

Holly Rau : Gary L. Olsen, P.C.

Nicholas Stafford: VanAire, Inc

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


New Year, New Benefit!

Delta County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Constant Contact®, the leading email marketing service for small businesses, to bring you a great way to stay in touch with your most important audience: your customers. With Constant Contact, email marketing is easy, affordable, and effective.

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If you already have a Constant Contact account and would like your discount, please send an email to with your user name telling them you are a member of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce.

If you haven't opened an account yet, you can start with a 60-day free trial. To begin your trial, click on the Constant Contact Logo.

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:

Sponsored by: WLUC TV6 and FOX UP

Date: January 30

Time: 5PM-7PM

Place: Hereford & Hops

This great "Face-to-Face" event will highlight TV6, FOXUP and

Guest Speakers Include Karl Bohnak, Vicky Crystal, Yona Gavino and Troy Parkins.

It's time to plan a big birthday party for our great city of Escanaba! Founded in 1863, some Escanaba residents may remember our wonderful centennial celebration that took place in July of 1963. The parade and events that commemorated our 100th birthday still evoke fond memories.

Our sesquicentennial celebration is planned for July 5th -July 13th, 2013. There have been many events and activities planned already, including a variety of concerts, logrolling demos, water-ski shows, a mari-time festival, UP Trappers, car race, half-marathon, 5K run, singing contests, historic celebrations and beard growing contests, just to name a few!

Because of the two All School Reunions and the esky150 festivities, we are expecting thousands of people to attend this historic event! The Sesquicentennial Committee will hold an INFORMATIONAL MEETING to provide you with facts regarding all of the festivities and events that are planned for in July.

HOTEL and RESTAURANT Representatives
JANUARY 18, 2013 Friday
10:30 AM City Council Chambers
410 Ludington Street

Materials will be provided and we are available to answer any questions that you may have regarding the event. Please RSVP one of the following:

Kay Johnson, Events Co-Chair , 906.235.2027

Lori Hertig, Events Co-Chair, 906.250.1935

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like information, please send us an email with your request and contact information. We look forward to meeting with you!
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The New Year has arrived and we have many exciting events planned for this year in Delta County.

The Chamber of Commerce puts together thousands of bags a year for visitors. Guests really enjoy getting little give-aways from area businesses. If you have anything you would like to donate such as pens, mirrors, or coupons, the chamber would happily accept. Anything you are willing to give in any quantity would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to showcase Delta County and promote your business.

Here is quick look at upcoming events:

· Upper Peninsula State Fair
· LPGA Symetra Tour
· MWC World Walleye Championship
· Escanaba's Sesquicentennial Celebration
· Lake States Logging Congress and Equipment Expo
· Walleye Season Opener
...and that's just to name a few.

If you wish to donate an item simply drop them off at the chamber, or call 786-2192 if you would like it picked up.

We are here to promote your business and our community.


Vickie Micheau
Delta County Chamber of Commerce

phone: (906) 786-2192