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ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Propane pricing and customer protections are on the agenda this week at a U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Escanaba. 

Wednesday's meeting at Bay de Noc Community College is open to the public to comment on energy issues in the Upper Peninsula.

The task force is assessing overall energy needs in the U.P. and how they are being met. It also is tasked with identifying and evaluating potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution.

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Strikepoint will be performing at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 17 in Bay College’s Besse Theater (2001 N. Lincoln Rd.) in Escanaba. Admission is free but a donations are suggested. This performance is the opening concert of the group’s 2019 summer tour.

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The next Strings on the Bay concert as part of this annual chamber music series at Bay College will take place Tuesday, July 16th at 7:30 PM EST in Bay College’s Besse Theater.

Showcasing pieces from the era of World War II on piano that “helped win the war,” the program is entitled the “Victory Vertical Project.” Presented by Eastern Michigan University piano professor Garik Pedersen, attendees will be treated to what one patron in 2017 called “an incredible and inspiring combination of history and music and awe-inspiring beauty of music!”

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Bay College in Escanaba will welcome Victoria Vox to the Besse Center stage on Wednesday, July 10 at 7:30 PM EST and tickets are currently on sale.

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Bay College’s Escanaba Campus is pleased to announce the kick-off of its outdoor live music series, Lunchtime LIVE! that began Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Bay’s central outdoor courtyard and continues Thursday, June 27, 2019. “The start of summer means fun, sun, and hopefully a little live music and good food along the way,” says Emilie Schada, Community Events and Marketing Coordinator.

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Strings on the Bay, an annual summer chamber music series at Bay de Noc Community College, begins 7:30 PM Tuesday, June 25th at the Besse Center Theater. This performance is the first of three concerts this summer and features local audience favorite performers. St. Joseph/St. Patrick’s organist John Ignatowski will be playing harpsichord and piano. The Director of Bands for the Escanaba Middle School Laura Robinson, oboe, will join Escanaba native violinist Paul Lundin in a program entitled “Old Dog, New Tricks.”

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   A forum will be held in Escanaba to get residents' input on a utility's long-term service plans in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

Sessions are scheduled May 17 at Bay de Noc Community College and will include presentations on Upper Peninsula Power's integrated resource plan that's pending before the Michigan Public Service Commission.

The commission says utility-developed integrated resource plans are required under Michigan's energy laws to map out how companies will meet their customers' future electric needs.

ESCANABA, MI--   The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is visiting Escanaba on Monday. 

Neel Kashkari will meet with businesses and answer resident questions during a town hall forum at Bay College. He says his job is to try to understand what is happening in the region and bring it back to Washington, D.C. when the Reserve sets monetary policy for the nation.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Bay College EMT/Paramedic Club is holding a clothing drive to benefit emergency department patients.

Students found out that many times when emergency patients go to OSF Hospital for treatment their clothes are ruined and they have nothing to wear home. Club members are now collecting sweat pants and t-shirts that are new or slightly used. They will be given to patients who need something to wear home when they’re released.

The EMT/Paramedic Club will collect clothing until the end of the semester, May 11. A drop box is located in the lobby at M-TEC.

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   A library in Escanaba is offering artificial sun during a dark period of the year.

Bay College Library has installed therapy lamps for visitors. The Daily Press says the two lamps emit light that can help with depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Library director Oscar DeLong says they can be effective if used 20 to 30 minutes a day. He says the lamps, which cost a total of $450, were set up in time for students who were studying for final exams in December.

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