2011-05-08 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

ST. CHARLES MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – Any group interested in having an entry in the annual St. Charles Memorial Day Parade, please pick up a registration form from the Village Office in St. Charles, fill it out and return it. It is very helpful in organizing the staging area for the parade if organizers know in advance how many entries they have and what the entries are. For further information, call (989) 865-6914.

37th ANNUAL ST. CHARLES BEAUTIFICATION DAY – Friday, May 20, is the 37th annual St. Charles Beautification Day. Students and staff from the high school as well as many local area citizens gather for the day to clean and plant area flower beds, spruce up the parks, and generally “beautify” the area. If anyone would like to help that day, they should contact Doug Holem at 865-9873. For those who have a planting bed on their property, it would be very helpful if they would clean it up and get it ready for planting before that day.

FAIR MEGA PASSES NOW AVAILABLE – The Saginaw County Fair recently announced that the 2011 Mega Passes are now available. The $35 pass allows guests access to all five days of the fair July 26-30—including the full grandstand line-up and free rides. Visitors can enjoy the Figure Eight Races, Lawnmower Races, Pocket Pullers, Monster Truck Thrill Show and the Broken Horn Championship Rodeo, along with all of the fair rides and exhibits—all for $35. The Mega Pass is a $15 savings over the $10 daily tickets. Mega Passes are now available at the fair office, 11350 Peet Road in Chesaning, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (989) 845-2143.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED — AFS Student Exchange is looking for host families in Montrose, Chesaning, New Lothrop and St. Charles for the fall. For details or to volunteer, contact Audrey Pinchock at (810) 638- 7224 or via email at pinchock@juno.com.

CHESANING BACCALAUREATE SET – Chesaning High School’s graduating class of 2011 announces its baccalaureate service will be hosted this year at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesaning. This event will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m., with light refreshments following. Seniors, family members and interested citizens are cordially invited to attend this free event. Questions may be directed to Mary VanLoon at (989) 845-6326 or Katie Eichler at (989) 845-3536.

CHS YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE MAY 12 – Attention CHS students and parents: The 2011 high school yearbook will be available next Thursday, May 12. For those who did not pre-order, extra copies will be available for $65. There are a limited amount available and these will be sold on a first come, first served basis. If paying by check, please make checks payable to Chesaning HS Yearbook. Book protective covers and autograph inserts will also be available for $2 each.

MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE – The Chesaning Area Historical Society will host an open house at the museum, 602 W. Broad St., on Tuesday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. This year the museum features the history of pharmacies, funeral homes, jewelry stores and soda fountains of Cheasning. Refreshments will be served.

CHESANING KINDERGARTEN AND VISION SCREENING – Testing for students entering school this fall will be held at the Rehmann Health Center on Monday, June 20. Working parents can have grandparents, sitters or other family members bring their child for testing. For an appointment, call the Health Center at (989) 845-3911.

FREE MEDICAL CLINIC – Individuals ages 19-64 who are uninsured or under-insured can be seen at the Rehmann Health Center for the St. Mary’s Center of Hope free clinic. Dr. Bala Srinivasan will see patients on Tuesday, May 10. For more information and appointments, call (989) 845-3911.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – Winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for May are Randy Nietling, of Montrose, Curt Ustishen, of Chesaning, Don Rivette, Sr., of Montrose, and Robbin Ebenhoeh, of Chesaning.

ROAD TRIP WITH A HARTLEY NATURALIST – The Hartley Outdoor Education Center will be offering a new program entitled “Take A Road Trip With A Hartley Naturalist.” The first road trip will be to see the Audubon Birds of America exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hartley naturalist Paul Roose will host the trip. The Audubon Birds of America exhibit contains 30 original Audubon prints with an audio tour. Several birding sports will be visited along the way to Grand Rapids. The trip will take place on Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the trip is $85, which includes a box lunch, snacks, beverages and museum admission. This program is for birders ages 15 and older. For more information or to register, call Paul Roose at the Hartley Outdoor Education Center, (989) 865-6295.

MEMORIAL PARADE SEEKS UNITS – The New Lothrop Memorial Parade is looking for any group, business or organization who would like to participate in honoring veterans this Memorial Day. The parade lines up at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30, and starts at 10:45 a.m. Participants may walk, build a float or ride in any vehicle which they provide. Signs and banners are allowed, and there is no charge to participate. For more information, contact Krystal or Jacob Brown at (989) 845-6461.

STC CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle is Gail Hawley, of St. Charles.

CHESANING SCHOOLS SPRAYING FIELDS – Chesaning Union Schools will be spraying fields throughout the district from Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 20. They will be eradicating weeds and grasses with the chemicals DowElanco, Power Zone and Roundup. Spraying will be done at fence rows, athletic fields and other areas on district grounds. Warnings will be posted in the areas that are being sprayed at that particular time.

EARLY COLLEGE APPROVED – The St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education approved participation in the Great Lakes Bay Early College last week. The board approval will allow students to apply for the early college, which allows them to take both high school and college classes simultaneously at no cost. Juniors and seniors can participate in the program that is designed to prepare students for college. For more information about applying, visit www.sisd.cc/glbec or talk to a high school counselor. Prospective early college students must be attending a school that has voted to participate in the program, as the school helps to fund the program.

STUDENTS CAER - Twenty-one students from Chesaning and St. Charles ride the school bus to attend St. Thomas Aquinas School or Nouvel Catholic Central. On the afternoon of Friday, May 13, these students will be bringing donated food and other nonperishable items to the Chesaning CAER Center (Chesaning Area Emergency Relief) as part of the “Students Care to Share Food Drive.” St. Thomas Aquinas School will be collecting food at the school during the week of May 9. Several Chesaning dignitaries are expected to meet the students along with CAER Center Director Ken Bueche.

COMMUNITY SERVICE - Chesaning High School class of 2011 seniors will participate in a community service event called “Senior Involvement Day” on May 17. According to Chesaning Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr., “We have 54 seniors involved.” Several projects have been identified in the community that need to be addressed. Later in the week the Citizen followed up with Village Administrator Lisa Hitchcock, who listed the current projects as: landscaping work at Showboat Park, cleanup work at both Cole and Showboat parks, yard work for seniors who utilize the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center, projects at Wildwood Cemetery for Chesaning Township, and cleanup along a ditch in town. In addition, student organizer, Chantelle Fondren, has recruited more help, and the number of high school seniors helping has swelled to 79. Hitchcock invites those who have an idea for a community service project that students could do on the morning of May 17 to contact the village office at (989) 845-3800. If weather proves uncooperative on May 17, the backup date is May 18.

FIRE ON M-52 - The Chesaning-Brady Fire Department responded to assist the Tri- Township Fire Department at a structure fire on the corner of M-52 and Gary Road on the afternoon of Thursday, May 5. According to Chesaning-Brady Fire Department Captain Kevin Carlton, a pole barn was burning with vehicles inside. From what Carlton could see, there were several vehicles inside the burning structure, including a car, two motorcycles and a tractor.

FESTIVAL CREATES A FIGHT - During their May 3 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council got into a discussion over rumors about cage fighting during the new Mexican - American Festival scheduled for June 25. Councilwoman Julie Schirle expressed concern about the potential for the crowd to get rowdy, especially as they leave the event. Councilman Don Swartzmiller said, “Fighting is fighting. Young children shouldn’t see it. It gives them the perception that it’s alright to beat up others.” Councilman Damion Frasier asked if there are age restrictions for those attending. Planning Commission Chairman Tim Weisenberger commented, “I wouldn’t bring my kid.” Councilman Bill Boyd relayed that a doctor had told him that violence in the home increases year by year. Frasier suggested that age 14 would probably be all right. Although, Boyd asked Frasier, “How can you card someone at 14?” Village Administrator Lisa Hitchcock commented, “My concern is alcohol and fighting, and having our police deal with it.” According to Weisenberger, there are many people in town who attend cage fights. He then asked, “What’s the age limit in Saginaw?” Schirle responded, “There isn’t one.” Boyd commented, “They don’t have to have it here. They can have it someplace else.” Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. added, “We get 10 percent.” Hitchcock informed the council that the village police chief is also concerned about the combination of fighting and alcohol. Boyd said, “We’re going down a slippery slope here.”

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