2011-04-17 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

HILL-MCCLOY HS RECEIVES VEIT YOUTH CHARITABLE TRUST GRANT – On March 22, Montrose Hill-McCloy High School was notified that it had received generous grant of $5000 from the Veit Youth Charitable Trust to be used for the purchase of materials for the library. Through the considerable efforts of Liz Roman, the high school will be using the $5,000 grant to purchase both paper and electronic resources for its students. The generosity of the Veit Youth Charitable Trust makes it possible for Hill-McCloy to begin the process of updating its media center, whose selections on average are over 30 years old.

MEMORIAL TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE – Memorial Healthcare will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, April 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at Memorial’s Auditorium, located at 826 West King Street in Owosso. Memorial hosts six blood drives each year which are staffed by a dedicated team of Memorial Healthcare Auxiliary volunteers. To donate, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds or more. To schedule an appointment, contact Sharon Hannen at (989) 729-4818 or tollfree at (800) 206-8706, ext. 1818. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is preferred.

ST. CHARLES MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – Any group interested in having an entry in the annual St. Charles Memorial Day Parade, please pick up a registration form from the Village Office in St. Charles, fill it out and return it. It is very helpful in organizing the staging area for the parade if organizers know in advance how many entries they have and what the entries are. For further information, call (989) 865-6914.

37th ANNUAL ST. CHARLES BEAUTIFICATION DAY – Friday, May 20, is the 37th annual St. Charles Beautification Day. Students and staff from the high school as well as many local area citizens gather for the day to clean and plant area flower beds, spruce up the parks, and generally “beautify” the area. If anyone would like to help that day, they should contact Doug Holem at 865- 9873. For those who have a planting bed on their property, it would be very helpful if they would clean it up and get it ready for planting before that day. Organizers are hosting a picnic for all the folks who adopted a garden last year and worked through the summer to keep their areas weed-free and well-tended. The picnic will be on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m. in the courtyard area next to the greenhouse at the high school. Anyone who would like to adopt a garden this year, should join them that evening and find out what gardens are available to be adopted. They will also be able to see what the greenhouse looks like before all the plants are removed to be used on beautification day.

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, April 16, was Aaron Mulder. Guest drawer was Mark Russell, Chamber board member.

DIPLOMAS AVAILABLE FOR WWII, KOREAN WAR VETS – To provide special recognition for the service and sacrifice of military veterans of World War II and the Korean War, Public Act 181 of 2001 authorizes the board of a Michigan school district to award a high school diploma to a World War II or Korean War veteran. The law permits any World War II veteran who left high school between Dec. 16, 1940 and Dec. 31, 1946 for immediate military service and subsequently did not receive a high school diploma to now apply for a diploma. Korean War veterans who left high school between June 27, 1950 and Jan. 31, 1955, may also apply. Specific family members may also apply on behalf of a living or deceased veteran. Veterans must apply at the high school or district that they left. Applications to establish eligibility are available at the Board of Education Office of Chesaning Union Schools, 850 N. Fourth St., Chesaning, MI 48616 or by calling Kaylee at (989) 845-7020. Applications are also available from the website www.michigan.gov/dmva. The application process requires a copy of the veteran’s discharge from military service indicating honorable service. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Directorate, 7109 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48613, (517) 335- 6523, is the agency of the State of Michigan responsbile for publicity and information concerning the program.

CHS PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES — Chesaning High School will hold parentteacher conferences on Thursday, April 21 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. School will dismiss at 11:06 a.m. that day.

CLARIFICATION - During the April 7 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board meeting, Township Treasurer Cathy Gross reported that the Rehmann Health Center is still in need of a dentist to volunteer his or her time to provide free dental care to those in need. Since the opening had been discussed at previous township board meetings, Trustee Pete Hemgesberg suggested that perhaps a dental hygienist or student dentist could help. HOWEVER, Rehmann Health Center Director Lori LaRue contacted the Citizen last week, to clarify that the health center already has the services of a dental hygienist and a dental assistant. They need a dentist.

BEST TO DO NOTHING - During the April 14 meeting of the Montrose City Council, Adrian “Bud” Tackebury told the council that the Montrose City Planning Commission wants the city council to pass a moratorium on permits for marijuana-related property uses. Mayor Pro-Tem Colleen Brown talked about the Michigan Municipal League conference she attended addressing Michigan’s marijuana law. “The municipal lawyers said this is a HIPPA thing. We have no right to

regulate it,” Brown stated. City Attorney Otis Stout agreed. There was some speculation among council members about possible marijuana dispensaries operating within the city. Brown stated, “The legal advisors said, ‘Don’t get involved in it until the courts get it settled.’ Nothing in the state law allows dispensaries, co-ops or storefronts [for marijuana]. We should not give a permit for it, because it’s not legal.” City Manager Frank Crosby mentioned that the City of Fenton had some challenges over their ordinance, just because a variation of the spelling of “marihuana” was used as opposed to marijuana. Elected officials are concerned that they may have some liability, and could be faced with frivolous lawsuits.

PARK DAMAGE - Montrose Township Police were called to Blueberry Park on March 22 in reference to damage to a “Rumble & Roll Slide.” Montrose City DPW Director Everett Persall reported the damage, which was described as someone having kicked a hole into it. The total cost to repair the damage is calculated at $1,800. City Councilman Paul Wixson was appalled at the cost of the repair. City Manager Frank Crosby explained that the cost would be covered by the city’s insurance, with the exception of the deductible.

STC BUISNESS EXPANDING – The St. Charles Village Council approved site plans on Wednesday, April 13, for the Rustic Inn’s addition and remodeling. With the plans approved, the construction on the business can begin.

TRUCK TRAFFIC DISCUSSED – The St. Charles Village Council discussed heavy truck traffic on Beaver Road and North Street during the April 13 meeting. The excavation of a seven acre pond has the village anticipating heavy machinery that could seriously harm the roads’ conditions. The group discussed ways to prevent damage to the roads.

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