Local briefing

City hall water interrupted

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Hall renovation project is requiring a hot water heater and valve replacement. To perform this upgrade, the building water supply will be interrupted with the following schedule:

Today — 4 to 7 p.m. Water will be shut off to the entire building. All bathrooms will be out of order at this time.

Thursday — 2 to 5:30 p.m. Hot water only will be shut off to the entire building. Cold water will remain available.

Monday — 2 to 5:30 p.m. Hot water only will be shut off to the entire building. Cold water will remain available.

Parking lot closure noted

MARQUETTE — The public is advised of the closure of a portion of the Baraga Avenue parking lot, between Front Street and Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette, for the duration of the Father Marquette Park accessibility project.

Work is expected to begin immediately and will conclude in mid-November.

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week

MARQUETTE — Parents and caregivers are reminded of the importance of booster seat use during National Child Passenger Safety Week through Saturday.

According to a release from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, less than half of 4 to 7-year-olds in Michigan are using booster seats, which are shown to reduce serious injuries by nearly 50 percent, the release said.

A 2015 observation survey conducted by the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group found that booster usage is 49.7 percent for that age group. A 2008 state law requires children to be properly buckled in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8-years-old or 4 feet 9 inches tall, the release states.

“Traffic crashes remain a leading cause of death nationwide among children. Car seats and boosters can prevent many of those fatalities and injuries,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “Older children are more at risk as car sear use goes down despite boosters being less expensive and easier to use than seats for younger children. The beginning of a new school year is a perfect time to focus on traffic safety for students as they are driven to classes, sports activities and other events.”

When children shorter than 4 feet 9 inches don’t use a booster, seat belts do not fit comfortably and are more likely to tuck the beat behind the child’s back or under their arm, which can cause injuries, including internal organ damage or trauma to the neck or head, the release states.

Drivers are asked to visit a CPS technician to assist with proper installing and use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. The check usually takes up to 30 minutes. Drivers are asked to bring their vehicle, car seat and child. For a list of planned car seat checks, visit michigan.gov/carseats.

Cold War items sought

MARQUETTE — The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is seeking materials related to civil defense in the 1950s and ’60s for an upcoming exhibition on the history of the Cold War in the Upper Peninsula.

Examples include a fallout shelter, food rations, equipment, water, barrels, signs and other material culture. The center would also like to take photos of fallout shelters that still exist.

Items do not have to be donated; they can be loaned for the duration of the exhibit, which opens Nov. 2 and runs through March. To contribute items or report a fallout shelter, call 227-3212.