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THE COVANTAGE CARES Foundation Giving Tuesday campaign presents a $5,836 check to the Iron County Cancer Unit in Iron River. From left are Kevin Isaacson and Jolene Spoke of the Cancer Unit and Rogene Hemeleski, a CoVantage teller, and Julie LaMay, Iron River branch manager. (The Daily News).
Covantage Cares Effort Nets $240k For Donations
Farrell Is Facilities Manager
ESCANABA — OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group announces Bill Farrell as its new manager of facilities management. He will be responsible for the plant operations and housekeeping departments and will oversee all facility construction projects. In addition, he will be responsible for implementing standard facilities management practices, regulatory and accreditation compliance strategies, design and construction standards and commissioning procedures at all OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group locations.
An Escanaba native, Farrell graduated from Bay College with an associate degree in water purifi- cation and later earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological Uni- versity in Houghton.
“Bill brings a wealth of engineering knowledge and experience to OSF and we are looking forward to his leadership in our facility”, said Kelly Jefferson, vice president of operations for OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.
Farrell resides in Soo Hill with his wife, Kristen, and their two young daughters, Hattie and Harp- er.
Photo provided by Evergreen Technology The Houghton/Hancock area was featured as the home of Evergreen Technology at a recent industrial summit in China. Pictured is the Portage
Lake Lift Bridge.
Hancock Connects To China
HANCOCK — Highlighting recent investment in the area with the creation of Evergreen Tech- nology, parent company FuTianBao Group featured the Hancock firm at an industrial summit in China.
The summit hosted many similar Chinese-based companies and research.
FuTianBao sees major research potential in the Keweenaw Peninsula region, with access to Michi- gan Tech student and professors. The organization is working to improve its industrial wastewater treatment systems in Evergreen Technology’s labs.
WiththeinternationalstudentbodyatTech,thegoalistoexpandintonewmarkets,saidBusiness Manager Pete Mackin.
The CoVantage Cares Foundation has award- ed nearly $240,000 to local non-profit groups in communities where CoVantage Credit Union has branches, the board of directors announced.
The money came from donations by CoVan- tage Credit Union members, staff and the com- munity during the foundation’s Giving Tuesday campaign.
Giving Tuesday, just after Black Friday, is nationally recognized for charitable contribu- tions. The foundation views it as an ideal time for fundraising to support organizations that help locals in need.
Staff at CoVantage Credit Union locations were asked to select a non-profit group to receive the funds raised, with the bonus that the CoV- antage Cares Foundation would match up all contributions made during the two-week effort, up to $75,000.
The strong response convinced the founda- tion to increase that matching gift to $100,000, raising the final total to $239,653.
KATIE CLARK, COVANTAGE Credit Union’s Crystal Falls branch manager, left, gives a $54,165 check from the CoVantage Cares Foundation Giving Tuesday campaign to Brian and Paula Schulze from Friends of Camp Batawagama in Crystal Falls.
Union’s Crystal Falls branch manager, left, gives a $54,165 check from the CoVantage Cares Foundation Giving Tuesday campaign to Brian and Paula Schulze from Friends of Camp Batawagama in Crystal Falls.
“We are very grateful to our members, employees, and community members for their generosity and could not be more thrilled to be able to give a financial boost to these nine deserv- ing charities right before the holidays,” said Charlie Zanayed, CoVantage CEO and a foun- dation board member.
Charities selected for funding and their spon- soring CoVantage branches include: Iron Coun- ty Cancer Unit, Iron River; Friends of Camp Batawagama, Crystal Falls; Marinette-Menom- inee YMCA, Menominee; Northwoods United Way, Crandon and Rhinelander, Wis.; United Way of Langlade County, Antigo, Wis.; Elcho Food Pantry, Elcho, Wis.; Big Brothers Big Sis- ters of Northcentral Wisconsin, Wausau, West- on, Rib Mountain and Rothschild; SAM25 Homeless Shelter, Shawano, Wis.; and Boys and Girls Club of Portage County, Stevens Point, Wis.
For more information about CoVantage Cares Foundation, or to obtain the grant appli- cation needed to request a donation, go to
Forget Me Not Opens In Sault Ste. Marie
Business owner Kathy Perry announced the opening of her new store, Forget Me Not, in mid- November. It's located at 826 Ashmun Street in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and show- cases a wide range of repurposed, refurbished and restored items including furniture, decor and art- work.
Perry repurposes many of the items herself, but also offers work by three other local vendors to create a mix of styles, tastes and techniques that greet Forget Me Not customers with a variety of beautiful things.
Forget Me Not is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

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