Briefs 11.04.2021

Elmwood Cemetery fall cleanup to begin 
Fall cleanup of the Elmwood Cemetery is scheduled to begin on November 5 and city officials are asking residents to please remove all summer adornments from the grave sites. Residents will be able to place winter adornments after the cleanup process starting November 19. Contact Erich Podjaske, Cemetery Director, at 989.348.2131 with questions or concerns with regard to fall cemetery cleanup activities.
Planning to begin for 150th celebration
The Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce will conduct a brainstorming session with regard to the upcoming sesquicentennial year (150th) for Grayling on Wednesday, November 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grayling Eagles. The Chamber of Commerce is looking to gather input from area businesses and organizations about the celebration, set up a list of volunteers, and build a planning committee. 
Youth wrestling registration is open
Wrestlers in grades 6-8 can sign up for the upcoming Grayling Youth Wrestling Club season from now until November 12. Register through Grayling Middle School. Registration for wrestlers in grades K-5 is currently slated for December 8.
Intro to Zoom class offered 
The Michigan State University Extension will offer its monthly online Introduction to Zoom class on Friday, November 12, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Try out Zoom and play with its features while someone is available to talk you through any challenges. You can join in using a laptop or desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. To join the meeting visit Or join via conference call by calling (312) 626-6799 and entering the passcode 330171. For more information call 989.348.7123.
Church to again offer free Monday meals
Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church – located at 400 E. Michigan Avenue – recently announced that its Free Monday Night Community Dinners are back. Anyone in the community is invited to have a free dinner meal at the church on Monday nights between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (or earlier if food runs out). Enter from Michigan Avenue. Masking is required in the building until food is served at the table. Social distancing available. 
LWV to offer veterans presentation
On Tuesday, November 16, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area will present a program honoring veterans. Major General (ret) Nelson J. (Jerry) Cannon will speak about the experiences of veterans returning from service, how they overcome the shock of combat, and how we can be supportive. This League of Women Voters/Grand Traverse Area broadcast can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook page, LWVGTA Facebook page, on Zoom at or on Community TV Channel 189 (with Spectrum cable). Questions can be asked on Zoom, or in the Facebook comments. For those that are unable to tune into the live event, a recording will be available at the TACM website ( More information can be found on the League of Women Voters/Grand Traverse Area website: 
Free medical items available for seniors
The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center has many medical items including walkers, canes, incontinence supplies, and more available for free for adults ages 60 and over. If you are looking for any items, please give Kathy Meisner a call at 989.348.7123 to see if we might have what you need. All supplies are first come, first served.  
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Crawford County Avalanche

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Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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