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Local News Summary - July 8, 2020 Edition

MCCOA to begin to resume in-person meals August 3
Congregate meals through the Montmorency County Commission on Aging will begin at area senior centers on Aug. 3. At a June 30 board meeting for MCCOA, motions passed in favor of opening the centers in Hillman and Lewiston prior to Aug. 3 for center functions, providing health safety protocols are followed. When congregate meals resume, residents will have to call for reservations as no online reservations will not be accepted. Anna Rogers, director of MCCOA, explained the organization is short on staff and nobody has been applying for open positions.

Seating will be limited to 30 people, staff will greet participants at the door, take temperatures, screen for health status and be sure everyone is wearing a face mask. The centers will not provide cafeteria-style serving, and those participating in congregate meals will be served, individually, at tables.

“We are trying to keep our clients, our staff and our people who attend the meal service healthy,” Rogers said. “We need to make sure that anyone who comes in still adheres to wearing a face mask. That is critical.”

Renewal of driver’s licenses, state ID cards and vehicle registrations extended until September 30
Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 876-878, which codify her previous Executive Orders, further extending the renewal dates for driver’s licenses, CDLs, state ID cards and vehicle registrations. Among the extensions outlined in the legislation, those with driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations expiring after March 1 have until September 30, 2020 to have them renewed.

“I am pleased to continue to work with the Legislature to codify significant Executive Orders that help Michiganders cope with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Whitmer. “These bills will give Michigan residents peace of mind and reduce the amount of person to person interaction necessary when renewing licenses and registrations.”

“We are grateful for the support of the Legislature and Governor Whitmer in our work to ensure essential transactions can be conducted in our branch offices in a way that balances the health of staff and customers with the needs of Michigan drivers,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “We have been continually assessing the safest way to maintain branch operations and this legislation will go a long way toward those efforts.”

Many transactions, including vehicle registration renewals, do not need to be conducted in person, and should be done online at Automobile, motorcycle and watercraft registration renewals also can be completed at one of the 122 Self-Service Stations located around the state. Residents needing to schedule an appointment can do so online at or by calling 888-SOS-MICH. Advance appointments can be made up to 180 days ahead of time. Same-day appointments become available 24 hours prior to the appointment time.

Ignore and delete unclaimed property text messages
The Michigan Department of Treasury is asking Michiganders to ignore and delete text messages coming from an unknown source that boasts about reuniting individuals with their unclaimed property.

Over the last week, the state Treasury Department has received reports about text messages going out to the public stating that individuals have unclaimed property at random dollar amounts. The text message asks the recipient to click on a link to claim their property, resembling a phishing scam.

“Please do not interact with or respond to these texts,” Deputy State Treasurer Ann Good said. “These messages are not affiliated with the state Treasury Department and could be a scam. If you have questions about unclaimed property, visit our website or contact us directly.”

The state Treasury Department is the custodian of millions of dollars in lost or forgotten assets from dormant bank accounts, uncashed checks, valuables left in safe deposit boxes and stock certificates. Because these properties were considered abandoned and unclaimed by the bank or company entrusted with them, they are turned over to the state as required by law.

In the last five years, more than $400 million has been paid to claimants. Individuals can search for unclaimed property on the Michigan Unclaimed Property website at Claimants may also call 517-636-5320 between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays and Fridays and between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

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