Local briefing

Trash to Treasure coming up

MARQUETTE — City of Marquette residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the community-wide “Trash to Treasure Weekend” beginning Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 5 p.m.

The purpose of the program is to provide a venue for the recycling of reusable household items such as furniture, lamps, electronics and other working household items. The program is designed to increase awareness of recycling by creating an alternative means of reusing items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Residents can place reusable/serviceable items in front of their house on the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. on Friday. Unclaimed items must be removed from the curb no later than 5 p.m. Sunday.

Removal of items will be strictly enforced in accordance with Section 22.33 of the City’s Nuisance Ordinance, which states that it is unlawful for any person to accumulate rubbish or any articles or junk, except as may be necessary for construction work or normal course of a business. This announcement will serve as notice that items left at the curb will be picked up by the Marquette Public Works Department and invoiced to the property owner on a time, material and disposal fee basis.

College students are encouraged to participate in the treasure hunt, in that they may find items which will be useful to them in their dormitory or apartment.

Examples of items that can be recycled include lamps, tables, chairs and dishes. No rubbish. Rubbish is defined as anything that does not work, is not clean and is not serviceable. It is suggested that residents remove lawn ornaments and other wanted items to avoid mistaken identity.

For questions, call 906-228-0444.

VA mental health summit set

MARQUETTE — The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting its fifth annual Mental Health Summit from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Lakeview Arena, 401 E. Fair Ave., Marquette.

“During this year’s Mental Health Summit, we will collaborate with our community partners to address resources and access within the areas of Pain Management, Substance Use, and PTSD for our Veterans, while also highlighting VA’s Zero Suicide initiative,” said Dr. Brenda Reed, Mental Health Summit Coordinator, in a press release.

Local government human services, community mental health agencies, hospitals, veterans and their families, and any other interested organizations or individuals are invited to participate to strengthen the collaborations between the VA and the community. For more information or to register for the Mental Health Summit, contact Reed at 906-774-3300 ext 32774.