2012-05-06 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

SHOWBOAT PARADE SPONSORS SOUGHT – The Chesaning Showboat Parade Committee is seeking sponsors for this year’s parade. For more information, contact Keely at (989) 482-0439 or at kazoellner@hotmail.com.

CHESANING TOWN WIDE ATTIC SALE – The Chesaning Chamber of Commerce is looking for participants in the 23rd annual Town Wide Attic Sale to be held on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Registered participants will be included on a village-wide map. Forms are available at the Chamber Office, and must be returned by Friday, May 4 to insure inclusion on the map. For more information, call the Chamber at (989) 845-3055.

HORN ANNOUNCES OFFICE HOURS — Local residents can visit with State Rep. Ken Horn at the Thomas Township Library, 8207 Shields Drive, on Monday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Horn toll free at 1-866-HORN094, or email him at kenneth horn@house.mi.gov. Horn has scheduled ongoing office hours throughout the 94th District on the first Monday of each month. Residents who are unable to attend the office hours are encouraged to contact Horn with a question or concern.

VISION AND HEARING TESTING — Vision and hearing testing for Chesaning area students entering kindergarten this fall will be held at the Rehmann Health Center on Tuesday, May 22. Appointments can be made by calling (989) 845-3911. Children of working parents may have a sitter, family member or friend bring them for testing.

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE MAY 12 – On Saturday, May 12, the Chesaning letter carriers will once again gather food donations as they participate in the 20th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger national food drive put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC). This effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2011, drive organizers across the country collected more than 70 million pounds of total food donations for the eighth consecutive year. To participate in the Stamp Out Hunger drive, The residents of Chesaning, St. Charles and other surrounding communities are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to a local food bank.

CHESANING KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus raffle for May are Jody Brunner, of Chesaning, Gerald and Nancy Particka, of Chesaning, Jeanette Somers, of Owosso, and Tom Cassidy, of Chesaning.

TTA OFFERS CPR CLASS – An American Heart CPR class will be held on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Township Ambulance in New Lothrop. Students will learn adult, infant and child CPR. Upon successful completion of the class, students will be issued a CPR for the Healthcare Provider card. The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in basic life support, and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged except for materials for such a course, do not represent income to the association. Registration is required for the class, and students should pick up the book one week prior to the class. The cost of the class is $30. For more information, call (810) 638- 5034.

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR TTA ANNUAL ELECTION – Twin Township Ambulance will be holding its annual election on June 24. Nominations for the board of directors are now being accepted. Nominating petitions will be available at the ambulance base at 7900 Saginaw St., New Lothrop from May 7 through May 13. The following seats are open: Maple Grove Township, a three-year term; and Hazelton Township, a three-year term.

FREE ELECTRONIC DROP OFF EVENT IN FRANKENMUTH – Mid Michigan Waste Authority, in partnership with Vintage Tech Recyclers, will host a free computer, TV and household electronics recycling drop-off event on Saturday, May 19 in the parking lot of Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance, 1 Mutual Drive (off of West Genesee) in Frankenmuth. The drop-off event is open to any Michigan citizen, school and business from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Accepted items include desktop computers and laptops, computer-related equipment, all televisions, and a wide variety of household electronics, including microwave ovens, small appliances, holiday light strings, cell phones, PDAs, and gaming systems. A complete list of acceptable electronics is available on the MMWA website at www.recyclemotion.org, or by calling (989) 781-9555.

CONSUMERS ENERGY TO HOST RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PROGRAM EVENT – Consumers Energy will be hosting an event to randomly select go-forward residential customer solar projects on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Curtiss Hall on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, Saginaw. State Representatives Ken Horn (RFrankenmuth),

Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and Charles Brunner (D-Bay City) are scheduled to participate in the event. This 90 minute event is open to the public. Reservations for this event and information about the program are available at www.consumerenergy.com /EARP.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL NEWS – The Montrose Blueberry Festival has selected Dr. James and Nancy Stewart as the grand marshals for 2012. This year’s festival theme will be “Disco-Funk, a Music Revolution.” Organizations receiving donations from the 2011 Blueberry Festival proceeds included: Open Cupboard Food Pantry; Montrose varsity cheerleaders; Ramchargers Wrestling Club; Montrose Band Boosters; Prom Rendezvous 2012; the Montrose Community & Sports Hall of Fame; and Santa Claus Still Cares. Scholarships this year will go to the 2011 Blueberry Festival queen and court, and the $500 scholarship winner will be announced at the Hill-McCloy High School honors night on May 30. Festival committee meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Montrose Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum. Donation requests may be submitted through June. Contact the festival at (810) 639-3475 or by email at montroseblueberryfestival@hot mail.com to obtain a donation request form.

NL VILLAGE FLUSHES HYDRANTS – The Village of New Lothrop will be flushing hydrants on May 10, weather permitting, with May 11 as an alternate day. Residents should not be alarmed if they see water coming from the village hydrants; the process is part of annual upkeep.

NEIGHBOR SUPPORT - According to Neighborhood Watch coordinator Phil Larner, Robert and Marlene Heit recently donated $200 to the Chesaning Neighborhood Watch program. They join Jean Geisken in supporting the local Neighborhood Watch. The next meeting will be held on May 16 at the Peet Community Center. Donations are needed to purchase additional Neighborhood Watch signs, and informational materials.

MAPS IN A FLASH - Chesaning Township Assessor Kevin MacDermaid asked the township board for approval to purchase two sets of township maps from the county for assessing purposes. Usually, each map costs the township $525. However, it was determined that he could obtain the same map information by using a flash drive, and then having them printed at a print shop. The total cost would then be $100 per set. Trustee Pete Hemgesberg asked if it’s budgeted. Supervisor Bob Corrin confirmed that it was in the assessing budget. The Chesaning Township Board approved the purchase of up-to--date maps for assessing purposes.

TREASURER SAVES TAXPAYERS MONEY - During the May 3 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, Treasurer Cathy Gross said she has been working with assessor Kevin MacDermaid and things are going very well. Gross noticed that there were a few township residential properties that were not designated as a homestead. She contacted the homeowners and encouraged them to file for homestead status; which will reduce their taxes. Also during her report, Gross stated that the township’s most recent state revenue sharing check was in the amount of $26,041. This is up from last year at this time which was $23,717.

DEADLINE APPROACHING - Outgoing Clerk Sue Emmendorfer reminded Chesaning Township Board members that the deadline for filing as a candidate for a seat on the township board is May 15 at 4 p.m. She commented that candidates must have their petitions signed by 3-10 registered voters. She also cautioned them that if they had more than 10 signatures, the candidate would have to select names to be removed. All board positions will be up for election in November.

PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES - “Personal property taxes are a hot issue in Lansing,” Chesaning Township Board Supervisor Bob Corrin said Thursday, May 3. He pointed out that if they do eliminate personal property taxes, “there’s nothing to replace it.” “We’d lose about $5,000,” he told the Chesaning Township Board. However, other municipalities would lose a great deal more operating revenue.

UNITED APPEAL - According to Chesaning Township Treasurer/Chesaning Area United Appeal (CAUA) co-Chair Cathy Gross, the CAUA is “very excited.” “We’re going to meet our $30,000 goal,” Gross reported that the Chesaning FFA donated $1,500 from their Donkey Basketball event; the Chesaning Sports Boosters donated $300; and another $500 was donated by a Saginaw foundation. The funds will be distributed later this month.

CHESANING PRESCHOOL OPENINGS – Chesaning preschool has openings in both the 3 and 4-year-old programs. Programs for 3-year-olds run on Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Programs for 4-yearolds run Monday-Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m., or Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, call (989) 845-2430.

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