2010-03-21 / News Briefs


TWIN BROOKS PLANNING SESSION – The Twin Brooks Golf Club Board of Directors is looking for volunteers to assist in planning the 50th Anniversary celebration July 30-Aug. 1. The next planning meeting will take place at the Riverfront Grille Conference Room, 128 N. Front St., Chesaning on Sunday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. They are looking for any volunteers interested in the following planning committees: promotion and ticketing; food and catering; historic; decoration; and clean-up.

LIONS CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT – The Chesaning Lions Club’s annual Easter egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 3, at 10 a.m. at Showboat Park. Prizes will be available.

CHESANING FFA MEMBER AUCTION – The Chesaning FFA’s 32nd annual member auction sale will be held on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium. Sponsored by the Chesaning FFA Alumni Association, the proceeds from the sale go to FFA-related projects.

NEW LOTHROP VILLAGE OFFICE OPEN WEDNESDAYS – The Village of New Lothrop will have office hours on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Deputy Clerk Mary Poletti will be in the office.

CHESANING KIWANIS RECOGNIZED FOR HIGHWAY WORK – The Chesaning Kiwanis Club was recently recognized for 20 years of service in the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The club received a certificate of appreciation signed by Governor Jennifer Granholm and State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle for their efforts.

BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESSFUL – Chesaning High School and the Chesaning community hosted a three-day blood drive March 3-5. This drive registered 132 potential donors, drew 97 pints, and brought in 36 new donors.

STC CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the St. Charles Chamber raffle for Tuesday, March 16 is Sally Hasier, of Chesaning.

REP. GLEASON SETS COFFEE HOURS – State Representative John J. Gleason (D-Flushing) will be holding coffee hours on Monday, March 22, from 9 to 10 am. at the Montrose City Hall, 141 Parksway St., Montrose. He will be available to discuss the issues he is currently working on in Lansing.

CHILDREN’S VISION/HEARING CLINIC – A free vision and hearing clinic for children will be held on Monday, March 29 at the Rehmann Health Center, 147 S. Saginaw St., Chesaning. Call (989) 845-3911 for more information and appointment. Testing is done by techs from the Saginaw County Department of Public Health.

HEALTHY FUTURES CLINIC – The Healthy Futures Medical Clinic for the uninsured will be held on Tuesday, March 23 at the Rehmann Health Center, 147 S. Saginaw, St., Chesaning. Call (989) 845-3911 for appointment.

BIRCH RUN GLEANERS COLLECTING FOR TROOPS – The Gleaner Birch Run Arbor #776 has partnered with Birch Run High School and Marshall Greene Middle School to collect items for service men and women. A list has been prepared of items requested by those in the service. Community State Bank has volunteered to be a drop-off location for anyone who wishes to donate. Items can be dropped off at the Montrose and Birch Run offices through the end of April.

HYDRANT FLUSHING IN NEW LOTHROP – Village of New Lothrop water customers should tak notice the village will be flushing the fire hydrants on Thursday, March 25 at 8 a.m., weather permitting.

KIDS CARE OPEN HOUSE – An open house is scheduled for Sunshine Learning Center and Bulldog Kids Care in St. Charles on Tuesday, March 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parents and children will be able to visit each classroom and turn in applications for the 2010-11 school year. Currently enrolled parents have first opportunity to re-enroll within their classrooms before registration is open to the public on March 23. For more information, call (989) 865-9210.

KAHN TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS – State Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Township) will hold office hours with Saginaw County residents on Monday, March 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Zauel Memorial Library, 3100 N. Center Road, Saginaw. Kahn will be in attendance to provide constituents with an opportunity to meet and discuss concerns.

HARTLEY CSI SATURDAY – The Hartley CSI (Citizens Science Investigators) will gather on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hartley Outdoor Education Center to look for squirrels. Participants will learn about the squirrels of Michigan, what they are doing now, and use the “very expensive, super-sophisticated flying squirrel banging stick” to see if they can wake up any sleeping gliders or other squirrels. Annual CSI membership is $50, and members will receive an invitation to the Hartley Appreciation Breakfast, Hartley Trading Post coupon and a Hartley CSI t-shirt, certificate and badge. Drop-in investigators are also welcome at $8 per month. Call Hartley Outdoor Education Center at (989) 865-6295 for more information. Please call and register by Friday, March 26. The Hartley Outdoor Education Center is located at 12633 Beaver Road, St. Charles.

HOUSE-CHECK KEEPS POLICE INFORMED – The Chesaning Police Department recognizes that breaking and enterings frequently occur when homeowners are out of town. Police Chief Stacey Wilburn encourages Chesaning Village property owners to fill out a House-Check form for times when they’ll be away for the weekend or longer. When Police see activity at a home and know the owner is away, they know to investigate immediately. The House-Check form can be picked up at the Chesaning Village Office.

BONES IN CHESANING – According to Chesaning Police Chief Stacey Wilburn, the Saginaw County Crime Lab was in Showboat Park recently to investigate bones that were discovered on the shore of the Shiawassee River. The conclusion of the investigation was that they were not human bones, but animal bones.

CAR CRUISES PLANNED – During the March 16 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, the council received requests in conjunction with two proposed car cruise/car show events. The Chesaning Showboat Committee has tentative plans to hold a car cruise in downtown Chesaning on Saturday, July 17. Showboat Chairman Phil Giesken requested permission to block off the street downtown to boost local business traffic during the car show with the vehicles cruising down to Showboat Park for the hospitality tent, food and music afterward. Jennie Carlton on behalf of Justin Carlton who was requesting the use of Showboat Park for “The Showboat City Rumble” car show on Aug. 14. The Showboat City Rumble is a charity event. Both car shows/events were approved.

NEW HIRES/NEW POLICY – Chesaning Village Mayor Joe Sedlar, Jr. wants a new policy in place for new hires, which requires them to live within 20 miles of the village. Sedlar told the council that during an emergency it is important to have village staff on the scene as quickly as possible. Councilman Don Swartzmiller asked, “Does that include everyone? Can we force people to live within the village limits?” Sedlar said, “You can’t force people to live anywhere now.” But he was in favor of offering an incentive, particularly in the case of a new administrator. He suggested a financial incentive to live in the village itself, perhaps $5,000. Interim Village Administrator Dennis Collison said he offered such an incentives in two other communities and in both cases the candidates took advantage of the incentive.

WAGE FREEZE CONTINUES – During their March 16 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council was asked to consider salary increases for two seasonal summer workers who are earning minimum wage. DPW Director Dennis Sizemore reasoned that the two are already trained. It will save money to bring them back since they already know the job. There were concerns among the councilmen who explained that they had already asked all other village employees to accept a wage freeze. It was difficult to justify a wage increase for seasonal part-time employees. At the conclusion of the discussion, the council agreed to go out for bid on mowing the airport property. Sedlar stated, “In light that we asked employees to take a pay freeze, I don’t think it would be a good idea [to offer increases for the two summer workers]. I don’t think we could give anyone a raise.” He also believed that minimum wage is pretty good money for sitting on a mower. Mayor Pro-Tem Damion Frasier suggested the village seek out bids on the landscape work. He believes it could be cheaper to request bids and outsource the work when you consider the cost of equipment, labor, workers comp and wages. Mayor Joe Sedlar, Jr. said it wouldn’t hurt to investigate. But just to make it simple, he suggested just bidding out mowing services at the airport.

DISC GOLF TOSSED AROUND – Mayor Pro-Tem Damion Frasier told the Chesaning Village Council about, disc golf, an idea Parks & Recreation is considering. He explained how the game is played, describing the disc cages, which serve as targets (or holes) and the discs that serve as putter, driver, and chipping wedge, as well as a certain disc that goes around trees. Frasier explained that the nice thing about disc golf is that it is consistent with park use. “From what we saw so far, there would be no detriment to the park,” he said. The Parks & Recreation committee had met with a couple of guys from St. Charles. “They’re pretty diehard about it,” Frasier commented,

They’re totally enthusiastic for this.” Interim Village Administrator Dennis Collison commented, “They told me they even play in the winter!”

PARKS & RECREATION FLOATS MONEY TO SHOWBOAT – The Chesaning Parks & Recreation Commission recently voted to donate $10,000 to the Chesaning Showboat Festival, Mayor Joe Sedlar, Jr. announced during the village council’s March 16 meeting. Mayor Pro-Tem Damion Frasier explained that without the Showboat, the Showboat Park campground would receive less funding.

NL SCHOOLS RECOGNIZE STAFF, STUDENT – The New Lothrop Area Public Schools Board of Education recognized the transportation department and student Chad Birchmeier during their March 15 meeting. “[School transportation] is a job that allows little room for error. These people must always be at their best and I am proud to say that they are,” said Superintendent John Strycker. The board also recognized Birchmeier for his citizenship. “He is a conscientious individual that cares about his school and his reputation,” Strycker said.

Students like this are what makes New Lothrop Schools the school that it is today.”

NL HIRES DRIVERS ED INSTRUCTORS – During the March 15 board meeting, the New Lothrop Area Public Schools Board of Education approved Gerry Evans as Driver’s Education Coordinator and Steve Powers, Larry Kelly and Bob Grieves as program instructors.

ELEMENTARY TEACHER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT – The New Lothrop school board accepted the retirement of elementary teacher Diane Lahmann during the March 15 board meeting. “Mrs. Lahmann has given so much for our school district that will be hard to replace,” said Superintendent John Strycker. “She was also very instrumental in the process that the district has made recently regarding our curriculum alignment.” Her retirement will be effective at the end of the school year.

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