2016-12-11 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

TOYS FOR KIDS PROGRAM GEARING UP – The Chesaning American Legion Post #212 will again be sponsoring the Toys For Kids program for the Christmas season. This program is to help bring joy and happiness to those less fortunate children in the area. Toys collected will stay in the Chesaning School District. Collection boxes will be in place at the following locations: Ace Hardware, Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing, Citizens Bank, PNC Bank, Pintown Pizza and Lanes, Frank’s Supermarket, St. Mary’s of Michigan Chesaning Health Center, Community State Bank, LaClair Sales, Chesaning Chamber of Commerce and Mel Ervin Ford. Anyone who would like to donate to this cause can contact Bill Lickman at (989) 661-7676. Donations may be sent to Chesaning American Legion Post 212, P.O. Box 521, Chesaning, MI 48616.

STC TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY - The Toys For Tots 2016 campaign has begun. Donors can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the following locations in St. Charles: Arnold Family Chiropractic, Community State Bank, Dollar General, Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mercantile Bank, Nativity Lutheran Church, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, St. Charles District Library, St. Charles Family Dentistry, St. Charles United Methodist Church, Union Court Assisted Living, and Victorian Purses by Sue. These locations will be accepting toys through the end of November.

HOLIDAY LIGHT RECYCLING DRIVE – Area residents are urged to recycle their old holiday lights by dropping them off at collection sites. From Nov. 15 to Jan. 15 collection bins will be in place at the following area locations: St. Charles Village Office, 110 W. Spruce Street in St. Charles and Ace Hardware in Chesaning at 207 W. Broad Street. All proceeds from the Holiday Light Recycling Drive, hosted by Mid-Michigan Waste Authority, will benefit the CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region. For more information or a complete list of drop-off locations call MMWA at (989) 781-9555.

MONTROSE BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive from noon to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the Montrose United Methodist Church, 158 E. State St. Donors should hydrate, wear comfortable clothing, bring identification and bring a friend. Donations are stored on ice until 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.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, Nov. 23, was John Newmann, of St. Charles. Guest drawer was Amanda Danek, of Chesaning.

FOOTBALL FRENZY WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce Football Frenzy for Week 12 are: First place, Kathy Stevens, of Corunna, 118 pts., $100; second place, Matt Euliss, of Webberville, 117 pts., $70; third place, Keith Carpenter, of Flint, 115 pts., $60; fourth place, Brett Meyer, 112 pts., $50; fifth place, Kristy McDaniel, of Flint, 111 pts., $40; sixth place-tie, Nicole Hasse, of Chesaning, Colby Farrar, of Chesaning, and Susan Cannon, of Chesaning, 108 pts., $10 each; first place low, Troy Weisenberger, of Chesaning, 31 pts., $30; second place low-tie, Al Birchmeier, of Chesaning, and Gayle Roat, of Grand Blanc, 32 pts., $10 each.

MAYOR PRO-TEM – Montrose City Mayor Colleen Brown recommended councilman Mark Richard to serve as the new mayor pro-tem. Former mayor and mayor pro-tem Ray Foust did not run for re-election. Brown said Richard was her first choice due to his focus on following the rules. The council unanimously voted Richard as pro-tem.

CITY MEETINGS – During the Dec. 1 meeting, the Montrose City Council voted to continue holding the 2017 monthly council meetings on the second Thursday of each month.

FUNDING POLICE SERVICES – During the Dec. 1 meeting, the Montrose City Council discussed concerns about the cost of public policing. The city’s police services contract with Montrose Township expires on Dec. 31. Mayor Colleen Brown explained to new council members Debbie Gross and Chrissy Sanborn that the city currently pays $30,000 per month for police services. Brown explained if the city continues with the contract, the city will be spending more than 50 percent of its budget on policing. Councilman Mark Richard said they should find out what the citizens want. From his discussions with citizens, they want police protection. Mayor Brown feels that people want police protection until they have to pay for it. She said the city is operating with a $30,000 fund balance, hoping that nothing breaks down. She explained that the city cannot pursue any additional projects. Brown added that there’s no city Montrose’s size with 24/7 police protection.

BURNING PERMITS – The Montrose City Council is currently considering revisions to the burning permit schedule that would be less confusing. The council is expected to revisit the issue in February or March of 2017.

FOOTBALL FRENZY WEEK 13 WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce Football Frenzy for Week 13 are: First place, June Sticker, of Oakley, 119 pts., $100; second place, Stephanie Judd, of Chesaning, 116 pts., $70; third place, George Gewirtz, of Chesaning, 112 pts., $60; fourth place-tie, Mike Ward, of St. Charles, and Brock Williams, of Midland, 111 pts., $45 each; sixth place, Rebecca Pursley, of Oakley, 110 pts., $30; first place low-tie, Tim Martz, of Chesaning, Robert Griffin, of Chesaning, and Matt Euliss, of Webberville, 26 pts., $16.67 each.

SHIAWASSEE SCHOLARS SOUGHT – Academically-talented eighth grade students in Shiawassee County are encouraged to take the SAT test on Saturday, Jan. 21. Go to www.ctd.northwestern.edu/numats/register to register for the special testing session at the Owosso Middle School. Parents will need three code numbers and should contact the student’s school counselor or Renee Dotson at the Shiawassee RESD at (989) 743-3471 or www.sresd.org. Registration only takes a few minutes and must be done before Dec.18. It is good practice for students to take above-grade-level tests, which can assist in selecting the appropriate level courses to take in high school. If the eighth grade student is one of the top 50 scorers, he or she will be invited to join the Shiawassee Scholars Program. This test site is also open to sixth and seventh grade students who attend school in Shiawassee County and wish to practice above-grade-level testing. Seating is limited and the cost is $85 but could be waived with proper documentation from the school counselor.

NO COUNT – Michigan’s ballot re-count for the presidential election was halted before local clerks had to get involved. Chesaning Township Clerk Frances Kukulis said the recount did not end up affecting her team, other than planning and scheduling. They were prepared to start the recount on the morning of Dec. 8. Montrose City Clerk said the city of Montrose had not been scheduled for a recount, but is sure all Michigan taxpayers will end up paying for the one day the count did take place.

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