2014-04-13 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

FILING DEADLINE APRIL 22 – Maple Grove Township residents who wish to run for a two year term as a trustee on the township board must file an affidavit of identity and petition form by April 22. Forms are available at the township office on Mondays and Thursdays from noon until 5 p.m.

BEAUTIFUL BABY CONTEST – The Curwood Festival will be holding its annual Beautiful Baby Contest on May 17, at the Baker Collage Welcome Center in Owosso. Applications, along with a schedule of events for the day, can be found on the festival’s website, www.curwoodfestival.com. Applicants are asked to postmark their applications no later than May 1. The entry fee is $15. Payment must be made in the form of cashier’s check or money order. No personal checks will be accepted. Instructions for mailing the entry form are location on the application. There are absolutely no registrations the day of the contest. For further information, contact the Curwood office at (989) 723-2161, Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

VETERANS RELIEF FUND TAKING APPLICATIONS – The Chesaning Area Veterans Relief Fund is taking applications from any honorably discharged veteran from the area. Applications were sent out to all the local churches in the Chesaning area and the C.A.E.R. Center. Veterans need to contact them to fill out an application. Assistance comes in many forms. Assistance can be determined in the form of heating, such as propane, fuel oil, wood, and electric can be applied for. Past-due mortgage payments or electric bills can also be a form of assistance. Each application will be determined on a case-by-case situation. A committee will determine if an individual is entitled for assistance and how much. Those in need of help should contact a local church or the C.A.E.R. Center to receive and fill out the application form. Proof of military service along with a picture ID is required as the main items to get started. Other items are listed on the application that will be required.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce bi-weekly raffle for Wednesday, April 9 was Sam Trimper, of Stanton. Guest drawer was Bobbi Bates, of Studio 1-2-4.

TEST DRIVE FOR CHESANING SCHOOLS – On Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mel Ervin Ford will host a Drive 4UR School event at Chesaning Middle School. Come out to the event. Take a test drive. Complete a brief form. It’s easy. Ford Motor Company will pay Chesaning Union Schools $20 for each eligible test drive during the event, up to $6,000. This is the second year Mel Ervin Ford has participated in this limited Ford promotion. Owner/ General Manager Mark Ervin said, “Last year we raised $4,000. I hope we can raise more this year.”

SWIM LESSONS – Evening swimming lessons are now being offered at Chesaning Middle School starting Monday, April 14 and running through Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays. There are sessions available for parent and child (30 minutes); as well as preschool, and levels 1 - 6 (50 minute sessions). For more information, call the Chesaning Middle School Pool at (989)845-8099, ext. 1344; or visit www.chesaningschools.net. Class sizes are limited.

SEWER RATE INCREASE – The Genesee County Drain Commission Department has informed the City of Montrose that sewer rates will increase effective July 2. The drain commission reports that this is the first increase since 2007. The increase will be approximately 13.5 percent. The Montrose City Council discussed the increase during the April 10 council meeting. “Do we have any choice in this?” Councilman Robert Arnold asked. Mayor Ray Foust responded, “No, we don’t.” Mayor Pro-Tem Colleen Brown said, “It’s not official, but it’s coming. It’s a warning.” City Attorney Otis Stout reviewed the city charter to ensure proper procedure is followed. He determined that the rate increases must be established by resolution. City Manager Amy Planck will be directed to prepare a resolution for the next meeting; which is April 24.

DPW CREW – Montrose City DPW Director Everett Persall has requested that the DPW crew switch to a four-day work week effective April 21, due to the early thaw. He assured the city council that he’s been getting good work out of the crew and they like the four day week schedule. He also told the council that he has been working without a part-time worker for awhile. Persall explained that he would prefer to have the DPW crew working on DPW work, rather than mowing.

COMMUNITY GARDEN – A small group of Montrose City residents have been getting ready to start the community garden. Montrose City Councilman Paul Wixson reports that there are currently four volunteers. There is a garden cleanup set for Saturday, April 26. For more information, contact the Montrose City Office.

NL SUMMER EVENTS SLATED – This year’s New Lothrop Farmer’s Market will begin Tuesday, May 20 from 3 until 7:30 p.m. in the village parking lot, next to First Merit Bank (Genesee/Main Street.) The market will run until sometime in October, according to organizers. Another summer event in New Lothrop this year will be celebrating its 25th year. The annual New Lothrop Car Show will be held on Saturday, July 26. Read the Tri County Citizen for more details about these upcoming events.

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