2016-09-11 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL SERVICE – There will be a memorial service on Sunday, Sept. 11, on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, hosted by Trinity Baptist Church at 6 p.m. in the village park in St. Charles. The service will honor all first responders, police, fire, EMT, and 911, so all are invited. Light refreshments will be provided.

MAPLE GROVE 9/11 SERVICE – The Saginaw County Fire Association will host its annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Fire Department’s fire station, 17010 Lincoln Road in New Lothrop. It will feature speeches, 343 flags to honor lost lives, bell ringing, bagpipes, refreshments and the reading of the times the planes crashed and the towers fell. Maple Grove firefighters and area fire departments will be present. For more information, call Maple Grove Township at (989) 845-6967, visit www.saginawcountyfire.org, or find the Saginaw County Fire Association on Facebook.

BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from noon to 5:45 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church, 158 E. State St. Donors should hydrate, wear comfortable clothing, bring ID and bring a friend. Donations are stored on ice until they are transported to a Red Cross center. Donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health. The event is co-sponsored by the Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council #8669. For more information, call (810) 639-6925 or (810) 639-6317.

COMMUNITY BLESSING – Montrose churches will host the sixth annual Community Blessing on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. in the auditorium Montrose Community Auditorium at the school. They are inviting the community to attend, joining in prayer to ask for God’s blessings before school starts. Several community members, officials, and staff that will be praying for different areas of the community. A youth choir will sing God Bless America.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for September are John Emmendorfer, of Chesaning, Greg and Cheryl Bishop, of Chesaning, Peg Bitterman, of St. Joseph, and Big Joe Birchmeier, of Chesaning.

MONTROSE FARMERS’ MARKET – The Montrose Farmers’ Market will feature the veterans’ bell memorial on Thursday, Sept. 15. Stella Green Botanicals will be the featured vendor on Thursday, Sept. 22.

DEPOT DISCUSSION – During the Sept. 8 meeting of the Montrose City Council, Debbie Gross addressed the city council about closing the gap between citizens and the council in regard to the depot. She went into how the depot committee was formed and how City Attorney Otis Stout had helped to set up the depot as a non-profit organization within the DDA. Gross argued that she keeps hearing the council talk about the liability. She argued that it is an asset, not a liability. After Gross was finished, the council decided that the city manager and city attorney should meet with representatives from the depot committee to work out an arrangement. The city will transfer all of the depot funds to the depot committee. Montrose non-profit organizations will continue to use the Depot at no charge.

DPW OPENING – Montrose City Manager Neil Rankin announced that Nick Bogart resigned from the DPW recently. Rankin is anxious to get the position filled. Rankin can’t blame Bogart for taking a job offering more money. Rankin is looking for someone with both knowledge and the training for the job. The city needs someone who can drive a plow truck.

UNFUNDED LIABILITY – Montrose City Manager Neil Rankin said he recently took part in a conference of city managers to discuss the problem of unfunded liabilities having to do with pensions. He said it’s scary looking at the long list of communities that are 40 percent or more underfunded in pensions.

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