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Chamber Chat

Communities are coming together to help each other

Bob Hendrickson, GINCC

As we continue to navigate the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic the GINCC has been working on compiling accurate information to share and doing our best to encourage supporting local businesses.

We recommend everyone follow recommendations from the State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as the guidelines for social interaction and prevention of spreading the virus.

The current situation has many businesses on the West End of Marquette County either temporarily closed or on modified hours. Several of the auto garages have gone to a call-in procedure to bring vehicles in for repair. We are working on a list to share with the public to the status of GINCC membership businesses and look forward to sharing that later this week.

The GINCC has created a member list of restaurants offering take out which can be referenced on our Facebook page or website www.gincc.org and we recommend that you call ahead prior to going out.

In the short term we ask people to support local businesses the best they can: purchase gift cards, order take out, keep your subscription/memberships, call ahead for purchases or even give a call and ask how you can help. Communication and support will go a long way during this time of crisis.

This will come to an end and we’ll all get through this together. In the meantime, the GINCC and Negaunee Lions are promoting participation in the Teal Lake Meltdown. The fundraiser is based guessing when the mine headframe replica will sink through the ice on Teal Lake.

People are asked to pick the month, day, hour and minute the structure will completely drop through the ice. Funds raised are divided as follows: half of net proceeds goes to the winner closest to the time the structure sinks, the remain half is split between the Negaunee Lions and GINCC to support their community missions.

Participants can select as many guesses as they would like. Each guess is $5. The Negaunee Lions created an online form to buy tickets using Paypal as the payment portal for checkout. Go to negauneelions.com or gincc.org to purchase.

For more information visit the GINCC website at www.gincc.org or email ginccdirector@gmail.com

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Hendrickson is the executive director of the GINCC. He currently resides in Negaunee with his wife, Laura, and daughter, Sierra. He enjoys mountain biking, skiing, fishing and hunting along with family time.

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