2011-08-07 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

GAZEBO TICKETS ON SALE NOW – Tickets are on sale now for a gazebo swing, sponsored by the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce Christmas Candlelight Walk Committee. The gazebo swing was build by Roger Stoddard, with materials donated by Swartzmiller Lumber Company. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10, and can be purchased at the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce office, Studio 124 or Homes by Stoddard’s.

SAFETY AWARENESS PRESENTATION – Montrose Township Police Chief Darrell Ellis will make a Safety Awareness Presentation at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, at the Montrose Senior Center, 200 Alfred St., Montrose.

RIVERBOAT PLAYLAND BRICK ORDERS – Brick pavers for the Riverboat Playland can be ordered at the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce. The cost of an engraved brick is $25. The money generated form the sale of the bricks is used to maintain the playscape. Bricks will be placed in the walkway leading up to the playscape or in the memorial garden if they are in memory of a loved one. Orders must be purchased by Aug. 13 to be placed in Cole Park this year.

KINDERGARTEN VISION AND HEARING TESTING – A free vision and hearing clinic will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17 at the Rehmann Health Center, 147 S. Saginaw St., Chesaning. This clinic is for kindergarten students in the Chesaning Union Schools District who were not screened in preschool. For information and appointment, call (989) 845-3911.

LITTLE MISS SAGINAW COUNTY PAGEANT – Orientation for the 2011 Little Miss Saginaw County Pageant will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 6 P.M. in the Thomas Township Public Safety Building, 8215 Shields Dr., Saginaw. The pageant is open to Michigan girls ages 7-12; prizes and titles will be given in two age groups. For an application and more information, call Deb at (989) 781-3796, email littlemisssaginaw@hotmail.com or visit http://misssaginawcounty.weebly.com. The pageant, which will be held Sept. 17 at Swan Valley High School in Thomas Township, is a scholarship fundraiser for the Miss Saginaw County Scholarship Program.

HEMLOCK FARMERS’ MARKET A FINALIST – The Hemlock Farmers’ Market is one of three finalists in the Yankee Barn Homes’ Great Barn Giveaway. In partnership with the Farmers Market Coalition and the American Farmland Trust, Yankee Barn Homes is giving away a 24 by 36 feet open air barn structure to one of the three finalists. Voting will take place Aug. 1 through Aug. 15. To vote, or for more details on the contest, visit www.yankeebarnhomes.com.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for August are Lorraine Cowman, of Chesaning, Robert Birchmeier, of New Lothrop, Tom Hemgesberg, of Chesaning, and Jean Ebenhoeh, of New Lothrop.

EMT CLASS OFFERED – Twin Township Ambulance will host an Emergency Medical Technician class starting Thursday, Sept. 8. Classes will be held in New Lothrop on Monday and Thursday evenings starting at 6 p.m. The cost of the class is $500. Applications are available at the bases at 7900 Saginaw St., New Lothrop, or 288 State Street, Montrose. For more information, call (810) 638-5034. The deadline for applications is Aug. 31. Joe Rychlicki is the instructor for the class.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for August are Lorraine Cowman, of Chesaning, Robert Birchmeier, of New Lothrop, Tom Hemgesberg, of Chesaning, and Jean Ebenhoeh, of New Lothrop.

EMT CLASS OFFERED – Twin Township Ambulance will host an Emergency Medical Technician class starting Thursday, Sept. 8. Classes will be held in New Lothrop on Monday and Thursday evenings starting at 6 p.m. The cost of the class is $500. Applications are available at the bases at 7900 Saginaw St., New Lothrop, or 288 State Street, Montrose. For more information, call (810) 638-5034. The deadline for applications is Aug. 31. Joe Rychlicki is the instructor for the class.

NL SCHOOL OF CHOICE – New Lothrop Area Public Schools is now accepting School of Choice applications for the first semester of the 2011- 12 school year. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 9. Interested families should contact the building principals for applications and further information on the district. Elementary applicants should contact David Harnish at (810)-638-5026 ext. 2230. Jr. high and high school applicants should contact Anthony Berthiaume at (810) 638-5054 ext. 2228.

SAGINAW CO. FAIR DRAWING WINNERS – The Saginaw County Fair recently announced the winners of the drawing, held during fair week. Dakota Richardson of Lennon won the TV; Chad Gotham of Merrill won the recliner donated by Denno’s Furniture; and Megan Satato of Warren and Stacey Bagbeck of Birch Run won $50 gift cards from Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing.

CHESANING CHOICE SCHOOL – Chesaning Union Schools will accept new students for the School of Choice non-resident program for the 2011-2012 school year. Applications may be picked up at all school buildings beginning Aug. 17. The application deadline is Sept. 9, 2011. Inquiries may be directed to Kelly Green or Karen Quaderer at (989) 845-7020.

DRIVING COSTS DOWN – “We’ve zeroed out on drivers ed,” Montrose School Superintendent Mark Kleinhans stated Tuesday, Aug. 2. He explained that while they have cut funding for drivers training, there are some students who have already paid for the second half of the drivers education program. The school district is currently working out a deal with a company that would provide drivers training to students at no cost to the schools. All the school district would provide is a place for them to hold the training. “We’re not incurring any cost!” School Board President Morrie Fikes exclaimed. Hill McCloy Principal Jim Ply added, “If we’re able to get the cars, they can cut the cost to students by $25 per kid.”

FIND THE MONEY – The Chesaning Village Council directed project engineer Wade-Trim to proceed with applications for grant money as well as loans. The grants and/or loans would enable the engineering firm to monitor, collect data, create a computerized diagram of the village’s sewer system, diagnose the problem(s), continue the effort to reduce the inflow and infiltration (INI), as well as fund improvements to the Chesaning Village wastewater treatment plant. The engineering firm discussed the different finance rates available utilizing USDA vs. SRF financing. Councilman Don Swartzmiller insisted that the firm also pursue S2 grant moneys, which aren’t expected to be available until October. Swartzmiller expressed concerns about the cost of the project. “We can’t put all our money in one place and not be able to fix a streetlight. My point is we can’t overlook the S2 grant,” Swartzmiller concluded. Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. stated, “We’ve been on the hot plate [with the DNR] since the 90s. They’re going to get tired of us not getting to where we need to be.” The council approved the proposal to move forward with applications for the grant money and loans as discussed.

LIGHTNING STRIKES – According to Chesaning Village DPW Director Dennis Sizemore, the Wastewater Treatment Plant was hit by lightning, sometime during the last week of July. The jolt damaged a flow meter and the circuit board.

BAR LICENSE TRANSFER – During their Aug. 2 meeting, the Chesaning Village Council considered a request to transfer a liquor license from Dave’s Bar, Inc. to McFarlan’s Pub LC. While the council approved the transfer, there are other approvals required before the transfer is complete.

SEVEN TEACHERS RETURNING – After extended budget discussions and teacher contract negotiations, the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education approved recalling seven of the nine teachers who were notified on April 26, that they would be on the lay off list. The following teachers have been recalled: Tina Trantham, Amy Dowd, Theresa Paxton, Amanda Kebbe, Ed Trisch, Angela Reilly, and Shannon Kaiser.

FERDEN ROAD PROJECT – During the Aug. 4 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, Trustee Bill Hedrich expressed his appreciation for the patience demonstrated by both Ferden Road residents and Vincke Excavating. Hedrich said, “To all citizens in the Ferden Road area, [thank you] for being so patient while their trees were being cut down, yards being torn up, the road being blocked off, and the garbage not being picked up in a timely way.” To Vincke Excavating, Hedrich thanked them “for being so patient while we settled our difference of opinion with the [Saginaw] County Road Commission on the Ferden Road job.” Hedrich also stated, “They had a rough start, but got the job done in the end so they could get the base coat down.” Chesaning Township Clerk Sue Emmendorfer expressed appreciation for Hedrich going “above and beyond” as he had kept a close eye on the Ferden Road project.

PIT BULL MAKES NEIGHBORS NERVOUS – “I’m afraid to walk around my property,” a Chesaning Township resident told the Chesaning Township Board during their Aug. 4 meeting. He recalls when people used to take walks along the road in the neighborhood; they don’t do that anymore. He believes they’re too afraid of the pit bull. Some individuals have been cornered by the animal in question; but they too own dogs and didn’t want to complain, he explained. “I’m worried about that dog hurting somebody. I’m afraid for my wife and family,” he stated. He asked the township board if there were some township ordinance that could help. Township Trustee Ken Hornak acknowledged that he understood the resident’s concern, talking about the aggressive behavior as part of the breed’s nature. The resident commented, “They’ll turn on their owner.” According to Township Supervisor Bob Corrin, the township planning commission had just discussed developing a dog ordinance the night before. Corrin said the township would have to pursue the issue. Corrin advised, “Start a paper trail,” keeping a record of the incidents with the dog. The man concluded, “It’s sad when you don’t feel save in your own yard.”

LOCAL PARTNERSHIP – The Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) has partnered with ACE Hardware of Chesaning to recycle commercial fluorescent light bulbs. This is for commercial use only, as residents can take their used fluorescent bulbs to the MMWA sponsored hazardous waste collection events scheduled periodically throughout the county.

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