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Celebrate Public Power Week with us--you might win prizes for it!  Staff members of both Norway Public Utilities and WPPI Energy will station themselves in City Hall's lobby Thursday and Friday, October 8th and 9th.  Stop by, and chances are, you'll walk away with one of our hundreds of prize packages.  While you're there, enter to win one of four (4) grand prizes by leaving your name, phone number, and email address.  *To be valid, grand prize entries must be from current customers of electricity through City of Norway whose name is on the utility bill account and whose utility bill balance is not past due--and must include first & last name, a working phone number, and an up-to-date email address.  One entry per account (regardless of the number of addresses on the account), one grand prize package per entry.  Thank you in advance for your participation.  We are very much looking forward to this year's Public Power Week community giveaway.    
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Current Schedule of Events

***Please Note:  All items subject to change.

Friday, October 9th, 2015 Festivities

10:00 a.m.  Saintly Stitchers Quilt Show at the Norway Covenant Church; runs until 6 p.m.

7:00 p.m.  PianoMan, a tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel at Norway Fine Arts Center by ticket only; call 906-282-4426.

Saturday, October 10thAll Day Fall Festival
Begins at 9:00 a.m., on Main Street and all around town.

  • Many Businesses will host events, music, and featured specials.
  • Viking Village & Reenactment
  • Icelandic Chickens & Herding Dog
  • Art & Fine Craftsman Indoor & Outdoor Show
  • Alpacas will be downtown! (In the lot next to the laundromat.)
  • Artistic Face Painting by Joseph Graff
  • Taste of Norway Food Booths (Next to the band shell this year.)
  • Blacksmithing Demonstration
  • Chainsaw wood carver Chad Denkins will carve us a Viking!
  • Fall Produce, Pumpkins, & Farmers Market (Mike's on Main)
  • Inflatable Jumpers
  • Horse Rides & Mini Zoo
  • Saintly Stitchers at Norway Covenant Church 'til 4:00 p.m.
  • And so much more — our list of events is changing daily.

10:00 a.m. 

  • Leif’s Run; 5K & 10K Competitive Runs and 2M Fun Run/Walk, starting at the Marion Park shelter on US 8.  (Visit to download the entry form.)
  • Scandinavian Dancers at the Band Shell
  • Jake Menghini Museum Invitational Art Exhibit from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., on O’Dill Road near the train tressle on the west side of town.
  • Wagon rides up and down Main Street; until 2:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m.  Viking Combat Reenactors at the Band Shell

12:45 p.m.  Band Shell (900 block of Main Street) Activities:

• Crowning of Miss Norway
• Friend of Norway Announced
• Senior Couple Announced
• Leif’s Run Winners Announced

1:00 p.m.  Parade; line up at the Knight Owl, north end of Main Street.
After the parade, the festival continues around town­.  Viking Village will be across from the band shell.

1:30 p.m. Abba Salute concert at the band shell.  ABBA Salute is quite literally the most accurate tribute band in the country.  With painstaking attention to detail, they've recreated an ABBA experience that won't soon be forgotten.  Fronted by two dynamic ladies with angelic voices and backed by a group of world class musicians, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a Las Vegas-style show that mesmerizes viewers, young and old alike.

Saturday Evening; Night of the Viking

6:00 p.m.  Viking Dinner, at Holy Spirit School by ticket only; inquire at First National Bank of Norway, Swedish Passport, or Norway City Hall.  Sponsored by DDA and Curtis J. Brackett Memorial Fund.

8:15 p.m.  Torchlight Parade around Strawberry Lake.  After the parade will be the “Funeral Pyre” boat-burning.  Meet at Knights Kingdom.  All welcome.  Bring flashlights.

Sunday, October 11th Festivities

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Breakfast Fit for a Viking at Mike’s on Main, 600 block of Main Street.

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Jake Menghini Museum Invitational Art Exhibit on O’Dill Road, near train tressle on west side of town.

Kick off this year's Leif Erikson Fall Festival with a trip back in time, to the beginnings of Norway, Vulcan, and Sturgeon Mills.  Local historian Bill Cummings will provide an overview of our community's story on Tuesday, October 6th, at 6:30 p.m. in Norway City Hall.  In the meantime, here's a preview. 
NHS Before the 1912 Fire

The above postcard view of southeast Norway was taken prior to August 28th, 1912, when the Norway High School building pictured at the upper right was destroyed by fire.  Directly below the high school building is the McKinley School.  The intersection of Ninth Avenue (left) and Norway Street (right) is in the foreground.  The church at the far right was the Norwegian Lutheran Church, located at 313 Norway Street.  Nelson Street (now Main Street) was one block east of Norway Street.  W.J. Cummings photo.

From M 12 to US 2

Postmarked Norway, Mich., October 3, 1931, the above postcard view shows the intersection of Mine Street and Seventh Avenue, then M-12 and now US 2, facing west.  A gasoline station, a Sinclair station in the 1950s and 1960s, owned by Ernest Christanelli, appears on the right, at the northwest corner of the intersection.  W.J. Cummings photo.

Old City Hall

Postmarked Norway, Mich., July 1, 1912, this above 1908 postcard view shows the Norway City Hall, located at the southwest corner of Nelson Street (now Main Street) and Aragon Street.  The building housed the city offices, and the police and fire departments.  When this picture was taken, probably shortly after the building opened, the First National Bank was located in the northeast corner of the first floor.  Norwegian Lutheran Church at far left in background.  W.J. Cummings photo.

Ben Franklin

Dating between 1950 and 1960, this view of the west side of the 300 block of Main Street, at its intersection with Eighth Avenue, shows the Ben Franklin Store at the north end of the block.  The Gift Gallery, formerly occupied by The Norway Current, was next to Aune’s Drug Store, on the northwest corner at the intersection with Seventh Avenue.  W.J. Cummings photo.

1911 NHS Football Team Except Olson

Fourteen (14) members of Norway’s 1911 football team, identified from left to right, and including positions of players roster-listed for the November 4th game with Iron Mountain, were:  Willard S. Perkins; Harold B. Lindahl (wearing helmet), left halfback; Carl Erickson, right end; Willard Bolitho, right halfback; Sigisfredo “Fred” Ossanna, quarterback; Richard Uren, left guard; Harvey Duvall, also left guard; Fred Pancheri, left tackle; William Ellison, right tackle; John C. Possi, fullback; Hedley Anderson; George Harfoot, center; James Williams, left end; and Raul or Roll Sutherland. Another player named Olson played right guard, according to the roster.  W.J. Cummings photo.

Sponsored by the Dickinson County Library, “Early Norway and Vulcan Views” will present more than 200 archival documents, historic photographs, and vintage postcards.  If you’re interested in history, Norway, or both, you won't want to miss this!  Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30 p.m., Norway City Hall.  
New Sign Fall 2015
This long-awaited, prominent sign was created and installed by Xcell Graphix--and what an Xcellent job!  Hop onto our museum's page for more on this project.
Be sure to visit the Jake Menghini Museum's Second Annual Art Exhibit during the Saturday & Sunday, October 10th & 11th, of Leif Erikson weekend.  Custom-made, local art will be displayed in the O'dill home and the museum building; guest artists include members of the Borderland Art Group, NWTC art class(es), and Focus Photography Group.  Exhibits on the 10th & 11th will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for $2.00 admittance.  View, download, print, or help distribute the flier.
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Almost done with high school?
It takes a village--and then some.  Keep in mind that for those young adults graduating from Norway Vulcan Schools, there may be local, state, and/or federal resources available to minimize financial barriers to higher education. 

Why college?

Link to information on Michigan student aid.
Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Have you checked into Bay de Noc Community College?
Or Northern Michigan University?

There is an annual scholarship awarded by Norway Public Utilities, with support from WPPI Energy, that goes to either one (1) or two (2) high school seniors who plan to attend a.) a technical college that offers an Electrical Power Distribution program, b.) a technical college that offers an Electrical Engineering program, or c.) a technical college that offers an Engineering program.  (Priority is allocated in that order.)  See who won this year.
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Decrease your electricity charges!
Rebate Off Your Bill 2015

Efficiency UNITED is offering customers of the City of Norway's Department of Power & Light opportunities to decrease the electricity charges on your utility bill while improving your home’s--and your business's--energy efficiency.  The more energy-efficient your building, the less it costs to power in the long run.

To participate in this year's Rebate Off Your Bill program, please follow these easy steps:
1.  Save your receipt from the ENERGY STAR®
purchase.  (Eligible items may be purchased at any location.)
2.  Save proof of the item having ENERGY STAR qualifications. 
(Example:  A product label or description.)
3.  Bring both items to Norway City Hall at 915 Main Street, or the Department of Power & Light at 1000 Saginaw Street.


*Eligible items and rebate amounts are subject to change; this listing is accurate only until February or March of 2016.  New listings are posted as they become available.   

CFL bulbs, 9W-26W; $1.00
LED bulbs, 40W-100W; $4.00
CFL fixtures; $8.00
LED fixtures; $8.00
Ceiling fan including Energy Star light kit; $10.00
Clothes washers, MEF 2.2 - Electric WH Gas OR Electric Dryer; $50.00
Clothes dryers; $50.00
Dehumidifiers; $25.00
Dishwashers, Electric Water Heater; $50.00
Room air conditioner; $25.00
  6.0 Television, 41" or larger; $50.00

See the eligible commercial items.

Efficiency UNITED also offers rebates through their
Home Performance and Appliance Recycling programs.
Ask our local representative, Jeff Forbes, for more information; 715-495-7604, or  
 Have you heard the buzz?  Bumblebee populations around the world are dying out at alarming rates.  Find out about this issue's causes and effects.  Then find out how to help.  
Got a question about problem trees?
Click here to find general guidelines.
View Norway's 2014 Water Quality Report.
View Norway's Renewable Energy Plan.

What and Where to Recycle

Our compost site, for use by City residents, is located at the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) just off US 8, south of Danielson’s Greenhouse (the physical address is N1700 US Highway 8). Compost items include grass clippings, leaves, and brush; drop off these items daily, at no charge.  

We have a recycling container, also for use by City residents, located at the Department of Public Works (DPW; 400 Tenth Avenue).  Recycle paper, #1 and #2 plastics, and tin cans.  We have two dumpsters for scrap iron.  We do not take cardboard.  Recycle daily at no charge; scrap iron must be dropped off during normal hours of operation (non-holiday weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).                                          

Residents of any city or township in Dickinson County may bring used oil and batteries to the Dickinson County Solid Waste Processing Facility (Great American Disposal) in Quinnesec (W7702 US 2), at no charge.  They collect tires for a fee according to size.  They’re open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon).  On questionable items, call 774-5680 first.  For more information, link to
To operate an ORV in the City limits of Norway without a guardian you must be 18 years old or possess a valid driver's license and ORV Safety Certificate.  Violators will be cited with fines and fees in excess of $100.00.

Riding adjacent to the railroad tracks is trespassing on railroad property and subject to charges.

Copies of the ordinance & maps are available at the Norway Police Department during regular office hours.

Ordinance, map, licensing, and permit information are available on the ORV Use sub-page of our Parks and Recreation page.

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Next summer, we'll celebrate the City of Norway's 125th birthday--in a big way.  We're  currently seeking sponsors and volunteers to help our community's Norway125 event meet its remarkable potential. 

Are you a business owner, another type of community leader, or a dedicated resident?  Please view Norway125's sponsorship packet.

Do you want to help in a hands-on way?  Let us know you'd love to get an inside view and become a volunteer!  Visit Norway125's website.

City of Norway
915 Main Street / P.O. Box 99
Norway, MI 49870-0099