Winter can be beautiful, but don't forget to use caution. See the safety tips below.
Thanks to John Graham for this beautiful view.
Welcome to the U.P.!
Are you new to our lake? Have you had any changes to your contact information? LMPO needs to have the correct information. (Select Around Town at top * Click on Contact Form * Fill it out and SUBMIT)
Let's have some fun! Send in some pictures of the snow around the lake. (you can either post them on the LMPO FB page or send them directly to email@example.com) Let's see how many people join us! Several of you have added to our 'fun'. Keep those pictures coming.
Join the Fun!
Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, is also the largest freshwater lake in the world when measured by surface area. Not only that, it contains about 10% of the fresh water in the world. That’s right, THE WORLD.
New Pump Track!
May 4th at 9:00 am. Come out and join Friends of Van Riper, Gauthier Insurance and Maple Ridge for a day at Van Riper. The new pump track has arrived and we are joining forces to get it assembled. It’s a modular track, no digging required. Just measure and fasten together. If volunteers and time permit, we will head north across 41 to resurrect the Mtb (mountain bike trail) and hiking trails. There’s been a large tree down for the last couple years and maybe a few more from the tough winter. Otherwise bring your bikes and sneak in some fun after the pump tracks together.
Looking to secure camp sites at Van Riper for family?
They are now accepting campsite reservations 6 months in advance.
Looking for something to do? Don't forget to check out our calendar of local events.
If you know of anything else you would like on the calendar, please don't hesitate to email the information.
Support our 1st Responders
Be unique with these Lake license plates. $12 each. They an be purchased at Marti's Michigamme Market or the Village Hall.
Don't forget - if you are selling, buying, looking for something, we have a place you can list it. (Under Around Town tab above.) Also looking for winter rental information.
Tired of being inside? Come see our Township Fitness Room
It is now open from 6am to 2pm Monday-Friday. Available for your use is a treadmill, rowing machine and Nu step cross trainer. Please make sure you sign in and out to ensure the safety of all. This equipment was purchased through grants (West Marquette County Health Foundation) We need to show there is an interest and the equipment is being used. An increase in interest can offer the possibility of more equipment.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents boarding a domestic flight or entering certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants must show a REAL ID-compliant document. The federal standards known as REAL ID were drafted in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. REAL ID sets document and security protocols for the production of driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering. If the convenience of carrying a license or ID that meets all requirements for boarding a plane for domestic travel appeals to you, then a REAL ID-compliant license or ID is the right choice for you. If you have an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced state ID card, you already have a REAL ID-compliant card. If you don’t have an enhanced card, please continue reading. Michigan Residents: Take your Michigan license or ID card and proof of your Social Security number and citizenship or legal presence to a Secretary of State office. You may apply for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any time. Or you can wait until it’s time to renew. Your renewal notice will state whether or not your license or ID is REAL ID compliant if there is any question about it. All Applicants: Your photograph will be taken at the branch office and the appropriate driver’s license or ID card fees will be due. There is no additional fee for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card. Name Changes: If your name is different than what is shown on your birth certificate, you will need to provide evidence of a legal name change, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court action. If your driver’s license or state ID card is not REAL ID compliant, you may show another form of acceptable documentation, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card.
Don't want to drive into Marquette? Join the fun and hop on the bus! It will leave the community center at 4:30PM. Cost will be $1 for the bus and $1 tip for the driver.
A New Sign in Town!
Please Be Safe
There have been some snowmobile tracks on the lake recently since in most areas there is plenty of ice. However, even with the cold temperatures, you still need to know where you are and the thickness of the ice before venturing out on the lake. Please be safe.
Simple Winter Ideas
1. Bring out those hands!Hold it! Don’t remove those gloves or mittens yet. I mean, just think twice before walking outside with your hands in your pockets. Why? Keeping your hands in your pockets increases the risk of you falling or completely losing your balance in case you slip while walking on ice or snow. 2. Mittens VS. GlovesGloves sure look fashionable but donning mittens can actually save your life. With your fingers touching each other inside mittens, they generate more body heat than when they’re inside gloves. 3. Warm up before shoveling. Before you get rid of all the snow and ice, do some stretching exercises first. You can also march in place or walk for a couple of minutes. With your muscles all warm, not only will you work more efficiently, you also reduce the risk of injuring yourself. 4. Forget coffee and cigarettes. Before shoveling or doing any strenuous work, avoid caffeine and nicotine. They increase your heart rate and may cause your blood vessels to constrict. 5. Rock salt + Kitty Litter = Safer walkways Have some rock salt and kitty litter on hand. Rock salt helps melt the ice on slippery surfaces. Kitty litter can act gives temporary traction. 6. Tin can + Matches + Candle + Paper Cup + Snow = Drinking water Yes, you read the equation right. Before going on the road, you better prepare a tin can, candle, paper cup, and some matches. Should you get stuck in the middle of the road and run short on water, you can always melt some snow with the supplies above as part of your emergency kit. 7. Warm up before driving off While it pays to do some stretching exercises before delivering goods or driving to work, you should warm up your vehicle, too. This helps reduce the moisture condensation on the inside of your car windows. Remember, though, not to warm up your vehicle in a closed garage. 8. Six inches equals danger Be wary of floods. Be doubly cautious of running water that is 6 inches deep or more, or you run the risk of getting swept off your feet. 9. Report those damaged lines! And finally, after a winter storm, immediately report any downed power lines or broken gas lines in your area or workplace.
CLICK HERE for the entire story of how this slot machine 'returned home'
Winter Driving on Ice Tips... Go with the SkidEven the most experienced drivers sometimes make common mistakes when it comes to ice on the roads. In part, this is because they simply don’t know the facts about tires and ice.Then there are the instincts that kick in, and since humans aren’t born knowing how to drive, these instincts can lead drivers astray. Driving on Black Ice Black ice is not any different from other ice, except that it’s harder to see. The worst thing you can do when you find yourself driving on a patch of black ice is to try to get off of it. Instead, just let off the gas and keep steering straight ahead. Remember to breathe once your wheels are back on asphalt. Dangers of Crossing Bridges Bridges are the most dangerous places to drive when it’s icy out, and not just because of the steep drop off the side. Bridges are made of different materials than the road and freeze faster than other areas. The first parts of them to freeze are the areas where the pieces of the bridge connect. So, when your car hits that little dip and swerves a bit, it’s because that portion of the bridge is already frozen. Controlling the Skid When you hit a patch of ice and realize that you aren’t really the one controlling the car anymore, it’s easy to panic and jerk the wheel. In fact, many people turn the wheel in a direction they don’t even want to go in just to get out of the skid. The problem is that you’ll just keep skidding and worse, when you do come out, you’ll be going in the wrong direction. Gently aim the wheel in the direction you want to go, but don’t jerk it. Try letting off the gas, and if you are driving a front wheel drive vehicle, the next step is to give it a bit of gas. Rear wheel drive vehicles have the push tire in the back, where there isn’t a lot of weight. Front wheel drive vehicles have the push tire on the front axle, with the weight of the motor to give it some grip. By letting off the gas and then giving it some, you aren’t propelling the car into the skid. Instead, you’re letting gravity do its thing right before you give it some added go-power. This is usually referred to as “going with the skid”, which is a bit misleading. The best advice is to just stay off the roads when they’re icy, but that isn’t always possible. If you find yourself out and about and the temperature drops, just slow down and don’t panic. And remember, 4WD is great, but it doesn’t help on ice. 4WD only has two push tires, both of which slide on ice just like one push tire does.
Wonder why the fish aren't biting?
Join the conversation going on "Let's Talk". We need ideas on how to 'encourage' more fishing in our lake.
9-1-1 LMPO Annual Meeting had a representative from 9-1-1 to clarify how you can get help more quickly. If you did not get one of the fliers or were unable to attend the meeting click on 'Unofficial Notes'
Super thanks to Joan Haara for these unique views of the Antique Car Show!
If you haven't been to the library lately, you should check us out. Reminder that it is always open, free to all and we always welcome your help with new books and even a little 'muscle'. Look at the VOLUNTEER page for more information.
Did you miss paying your LMPO dues? $25 Make check out to Lake Michigamme Property Owners Association P.O. Box 137 Michigamme, MI. 49861 (reminder our dues help everyone around the lake - fireworks, dock, buoys, etc)
Boats? Docks? Boating Equipment? Lake 'toys'?
Are you interested in buying or selling anything around the lake? Contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your free ad put on the website.
Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
One change is coming... January 1, 2018 NO glass of ANY KIND will be accepted in the recycle bins. Please make sure all glass is put into the regular garbage for pick up.