2009-12-20 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

BLOOD DRIVE -- There will be a blood drive in Chesaning between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Blood will be collected on Monday, Dec. 28 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Chesaning Lions Club, 17200 Corunna Road. For appointments call (989) 845-6246. Blood will also be collected on Thursday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesaning Seventh Day Adventist Church.

SOS OFFICES CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS – Secretary of State offices will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Offices will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25 for Christmas, and Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 for New Year’s. Super!Centers will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

SENATOR GLEASON HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE – State Senator John J. Gleason (D-Flushing) is teaming up with the American Red Cross of Genesee County to host a blood drive on Wednesday, Dec. 23, from noon to 5:45 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 606 N. McKinley Road, Flushing. Individuals who are 17 years of age, 110 lbs. or more and in generally good health may be eligible to donate. Donors may give blood up to six times per year.

TRASH SERVICE DELAYED – The Christmas Day holiday does impact solid waste collection services provided to Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities. Since the holiday falls on a Friday, all services will be on schedule for Monday through Thursday, no collection on Friday, and one day delayed from Friday to Saturday. The affected communities include: Albee Township, Brady Township, Chapin Township, Chesaning Township and Village, Maple Grove Township and St. Charles Village.

OUR LADY SWEEPSTAKES WINNER – The winners of the Our Lady Football Sweepstakes for Week Seven, Dec. 13 are: Tom Birchmeier, of Montrose, 127 pts., $200, sold by Aaron Tithof; Fran Gross, of New Lothrop, 126 pts., $100, sold by David Hemker; Jack Kenney, of Chesaning, 123 pts., $50, sold by Shelly Kenney; Elaine Kranz, of Harbor Beach, 119 pts., $35, sold by Sue Lackowski; Chuck Spoul, of Saginaw, 119 pts., $35, sold by Kurt Melwing; Marty Schneider, of Oakley, 118 pts., $20, sold by Tom Gross; John Hartges, of Chesaning, 117 pts., $10, sold by Christine Hartges; Joe Gross, of Chesaning, 16 pts., $25, sold by Joseph H. Gross; Dale Gross, of St. Charles, 16 pts., $25, sold by Stacy Gross.

SHARED SERVICES AGREEMENT – The New Lothrop Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a Service Consolidation Plan with the Michigan Department of Education Monday. The agreement shows that the board is committed to looking at operations within the school to see how services may be combined, said Superintendent John Strycker. The district, he said, already utilizes consolidation through combining administrative tasks and titles.

STUDENTS, STAFF RECOGNIZED – The New Lothrop Public Schools Board of Education recognized students Rachelle Kviz, Monica Confer and Krista Moore for coordinating a fundraiser that raised $270 for Christmas gifts for families in need. The board also recognized elementary physical education teacher Jim Perry for his teaching and positive attitude.

7-HOUR DAY DISCUSSED – The New Lothrop Schools Curriculum Committee recommended that the district stay with their six-hour day schedule at the Dec. 14 meeting. The committee revisits the pros and cons each year of switching to a 7-hour day.

ENHANCED ENTRANCE – The St. Charles Community Schools received a $3,000 Homeland Security Grant to install security locks at the high school and middle school entrances. The system requires visitors to be admitted into the building by a main office secretary, who can monitor the visitors though a video camera. The elementary school already has a similar system, where visitors must pass by the front office and be buzzed through a second door. The system, paid for completely by the grant funds, is expected to be installed during Christmas break.

SURVEY SURPLUS SQUASHED – The St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education considered obtaining more local constituent responses from a Saginaw Intermediate School District survey Wednesday. The board had already agreed to the survey and was offered the option of additional questionnaires sent to school district residents for additional fees. After discussing the options, the board decided to make no motion and stick with the original survey.

CANDLE WALK PRAISES – Chesaning Chamber of Commerce President Steve Keck thanked the Chesaning Village Council for cooperating during the Candlelight Walk event. “This year was the best ever as far as coverage,” Keck said of the Chesaning Police presence during the event. He told the village council, “There was a great turnout for the event!” Keck talked a little about the success of the first “Light Magic in Our Village” competition. Councilman Damion Frasier said to Randy Stoddard, “Randy, everyone said your display was awesome!”

SMOKING BAN EXTENDED – During the Dec. 15 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Councilman Damion Frasier said he had received several complaints about village employees smoking in village vehicles. “I got hit by two people on Saturday,” Frasier said adding, he agrees that it is a health and safety issue, as well as making the vehicles less valuable. Councilman Don Swartzmiller suggested that smoking be eliminated from all village vehicles and buildings. Mayor Joe Sedlar, Jr. asked Frasier to draft a resolution. He commented, “Most places don’t allow it.”

EMMENDORFER APPOINTED – Chesaning Township Clerk Sue Emmendorfer was recently appointed to the executive committee for the Mid Michigan Waste Authority. According to Maple Grove Clerk Richard Maxa, Emmendorfer was the only newly-appointed executive committee member. The Mid Michigan Waste Authority Executive Committee consists of Chairman John Malzahn of Bridgeport Township, Vice Chairman Herb Brunwell of Saginaw Township, Treasurer Mark Pilkington of Carrollton Township, Secretary Tom Darnell of the City of Saginaw, Hal Mead of the Village of St. Charles, Tom Metiva of Tittabawasse Township, and Russell Taylor of Thomas Township.

FREE EXPOSURE FOR CHESANING – The U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife will be promoting Chesaning on their external affairs web site, according to Chesaning Village Mayor/President Joe Sedlar, Jr. According to Sedlar, his wife Deana had recorded the Nov. 1 dam dedication where Doug Pullman and Damion Frasier charged kayaks over the newly constructed rock fish ladder in the Shiawassee River. The short film had been posted on YouTube, but the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife liked it so much, they requested an original copy to post on their web site. As a result, U.S. Fish and Wildlife will be identifying/promoting Chesaning on their web site, Mayor Sedlar told the Chesaning Village Council during their Dec. 15 meeting.

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