“Fiddler” auditions begin this weekend
The Lake Superior Community Theater is seeking actors for its April production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Auditions will be held the first two Saturdays in October with one session in Two Harbors and one in Silver Bay. Auditions are open to anyone older than seventh grade.
Audition packets are available at the public libraries in Two Harbors and Silver Bay, the choir room at Two Harbors High School and the main office at William Kelley High School.
On Oct. 5, auditions will be held in the THHS auditorium from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all characters and from 12 to 2 p.m. for Teyve, the lead character of the musical.
On Oct. 12, auditions will be held in the WKHS auditorium from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for all characters and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Teyve.
More information is available at www.lsct.us.
Programs help low income families heat their homes
Low-income Minnesotans who may have trouble paying their heating bills this heating season can act now to ensure that their heat stays on. They can also apply for help to pay their heating bills.
Minnesota has a cold weather rule that takes effect on Oct. 15, and protects residential utility customers from having their heat shut off through April 15, 2014. But to prevent heating disconnection, customers must contact their utility to set up a monthly payment plan. With cold weather approaching, it’s a good idea to do so as soon as possible.
The cold weather rule is administered by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visit the PUC website www.puc.state.mn.us/ or call 651-296-7124 or 800-657-3782.
For help paying home heating costs, Minnesota offers the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as the Energy Assistance Program. EAP, federally funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helps renters and homeowners earning less than 50 percent of the state’s median income, or $43,642 for a family of four, obtain grant money to pay a portion of their heating bills. The average annual EAP grant per household last year was $500.
Households with seniors, disabled residents, and children are especially encouraged to apply for EAP. Applications were recently sent to households that qualified for EAP last year; others who may qualify are encouraged to apply, too. For more information or to apply, contact the local service provider in your county by calling 1-800-657-3710 or visit http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/ and click on the consumer favorites option.
Other forms of assistance may be available through county social service programs, community-based organizations, and nonprofit agencies. For a list of resource visit http://mn.gov/commerce/energy/topics/resources/Stay-Warm-Minnesota/
Minnesota Power telephone scam alert
Minnesota Power is alerting its customers of a telephone scam in which the caller poses as a Minnesota Power employee and instructs a business or homeowner to make an immediate payment or risk having the power disconnected.
Anyone receiving these calls should hang up immediately and call Minnesota Power at (800) 228-4966 to report the incident.
Health care insurance scammers have been reported
As the Affordable Care Act rolls out, the Better Business Bureau is urging the public to beware of scams. The BBB is advising consumers to watch out for phone calls telling them they have to provide personal or financial information to receive health coverage or keep the insurance coverage they have. Scams of this nature have already been reported and will likely only increase as the date for enrollment in the health insurance exchange approaches. Consumers may also receive calls threatening fines for not having health insurance – don’t be bullied. For official information about Minnesota’s health care exchange, visit http://mn.gov/hix/