2017-05-28 / News Briefs

NEWS BRIEFS

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Chesaning Parks and Recreation Committee needs some good helpers to assist spreading mulch at Cole Park. Wheel barrows, large scoop shovels and laborers are needed for the job. Parks and Recreation is coordinating this effort with the Chesaning Key Club. They plan to tackle the project on Wednesday, May 31, from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY PLANNED - An American Flag retirement ceremony will be conducted by Montrose Area Boy Scouts on Flag Day, Wednesday June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Bell Memorial in Barber Memorial Park. Worn and tattered flags may be deposited in a box in the Veterans Bell Memorial. Montrose American Legion Post 367 will have American-made three feet by four feet flags for sale at the ceremony.

FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY – Chesaning American Legion Post 212 will host its annual flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Post, 15053 McKeighan Road, Chesaning. Flags that are in need to be disposed of can be dropped off at the drop box in front of Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing in Chesaning. The public is welcome to attend and learn how to retire the nation’s flag.

TRASH PICK-UP DELAYED – Memorial Day will impact solid waste collection services to Mid Michigan Waste Authority member communities. There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste collection provided on Monday, May 29. Residents should prepare and set out materials one day later than they normally do during the week. Affected local communities include Brant, Marion, Chapin, Albee, Brady, Swan Creek, Chesaning, St. Charles and Maple Grove Townships, and the Village of St. Charles.

BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive on Thursday, June 1, from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chesaning- Brady Fire Department, 1632 Brady St., Chesaning. For information, or to make an appointment, call 1-866-MIBLOOD 9642-5663) or visit www.miblood.org.

CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winners of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, May 24 were Mr. and Mrs. Anthony D’Anna, of Frankenmuth, owners of McDonald’s of Chesaning. The guest drawer was Charlette Hoten, of Advanced Eyecare and Contact Lens Center.

MONTROSE GARBAGE PICK-UP DELAYED – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, garbage pick-up in the City of Montrose will be delayed one day this week. City residents should put out their trash one day later than they normally do.

CHESANING TRASH PICK-UP DELAYED – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, trash and recycling pick-up will be delayed one day this week in Chesaning. Trash pick-up will be on Friday, June 2, and recycling pick-up will be on Saturday, June 3.

STANDING UP – During the May 23 meeting of the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education, graduating senior Amanda Conrad addressed the school board to object to a graduation policy. Conrad explained the graduates of board members and teachers were allowed to present the diplomas to their graduates. However, when she asked that a teacher who had known her since she was 2-years-old could present her diploma, she was told “no.” It was argued that there are 79 graduates, and if each had chosen a particular teacher, the logistics would be unmanageable. Conrad told them it should be all or nothing. President Alan Alguire told her the board would have some discussion on the matter.

DONATIONS – During the May 23 meeting of the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Edward Graham announced Donna Walker had donated $50 in honor of her mother Connie Tripp. The money was donated toward unpaid lunch accounts this year. Graham explained the state no longer allows schools to carry a negative balance on student lunch accounts.

ADAPTIVE PLAYGROUND – Montrose Community Schools recently received two donations for the second phase of the adaptive playground at Carter Elementary School. The Jennings Memorial Foundation donated $5,000 in support of the playground. The Montrose Lions Club donated $800. The school board gratefully accepted the donations. Superintendent Dr. Edward Graham added special education secretary Kim Stark has taken the adaptive playground on as her personal mission. The adaptive playground is designed so that children of all abilities can play.

JENNINGS FOUNDATION – In addition to donating $5,000 toward the adaptive play area at Carter Elementary School, the Jennings Foundation donated $6,500 to Hill-McCloy High School’s award-winning digital media program. Program leaders James Kitts and Tom Skinner will be investing it into new equipment.

LUNCH PRICES INCREASE – During the May 23 meeting of the Montrose Community Schools Board of Education, Food Service Director Angela Florian explained all of the school districts in the area are in the same boat. Schools are required to increase lunch prices to comply with the USDA’s Healthy Hungry-Free Kids Act; or risk a loss of funding. Every year for the past five years, local schools have been required to increase meal prices. The USDA reimburses school lunch programs for children in low income families through the free and reduced lunch programs. The USDA doesn’t want to reimburse schools for more than paying students pay. Florian hopes the USDA will consider discontinuing this practice, as schools have been forced to increase lunch prices every year for the past five years. This year’s increase is 10 cents per meal.

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