2014-03-23 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

LOVE & LOGIC FOR PARENTS – Chesaning Union Schools will offer free Parenting the Love and Logic® Way Workshops to parents within the Chesaning school district. The workshop is geared toward parenting toddlers to pre-teens. Participants will learn how to avoid enabling and power struggles, stay calm, set limits, and how to help kids learn from mistakes. Parents choose one of the two workshops; Saturday, April 12 or Saturday, April 26. The three-hour workshop starts at 1 p.m. at Chesaning Middle School in the Distance Learning Lab. Food will be provided, along with a place to bring children during the classes. For more information contact Chesaning Guidance Counselor Jerry Ciarlino, (989) 845-8099 ext. 1377. Call to reserve a spot as space is limited.

BRUSH PICKUP – Typically, the Village of Chesaning has its first brush pickup of the year on April 30. Ken Valentine asked the village council if he placed his brush out by the road now, “Would I be fined?” One councilman quickly said, “yes.” Although, Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. responded, “We’re going to have to be more lenient this year.” Valentine explained that he didn’t want to move the brush twice. Sedlar explained that many people wouldn’t be able to remove brush now, since much of it is still frozen to the ground.

WATER QUALITY – Jan and Nancy Krause presented a brief overview of a water quality workshop they recently attended. “Chesaning is part of the Saginaw Bay Watershed,” Jan said. He explained that the Friends of the Shiawassee River has offered to obtain a grant to purchase water quality monitoring equipment. As active participants in the watershed, Chesaning would not be obligated to do any restorative work. Nancy said, “The focus is on prevention, not on restoration in our sub watershed.” “We joined the Friends of the Shiawassee River,” she said. As a non-profit group, they can write and receive grants. The Friends of the Shiawassee River have selected Chesaning as a pilot project for scientific water quality testing. Several volunteers will be needed at various levels. Jan and Nancy took the workshop about identifying insects, which is a good indication of water purity. The team of volunteers will be called “The Stream Team,” Nancy said. Volunteers will be needed to monitor the river four times a year. The grant writing is still in progress. The Krauses were very excited about the potential for this project. The village council acknowledged that a member of the Friends of the Shiawassee River is already working on the grant application; and supported submitting the application.

SEWER LINING PROJECT – The process of lining Chesaning’s sewers just went into high gear this past week, as the number of trucks performing the work increased substantially. Then monitors will be placed to measure what lining has done for the village. Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. said, “It will be exciting to see how much it helps. Hope it will get us out of trouble;” referring to the Administrative Consent Order.

KINDERGARTEN GRADUATES – During the March 18 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Big Rock Elementary School was given approval on their request to hold kindergarten graduation at Showboat Park.

FIRE DISTRICT LETTERS – According to Chesaning Village Administrator Lisa Hitchcock, letters will be going out from Chesaning Township about establishing a fire millage. She explained that while it reads as though the fire millage is new, it’s actually a renewal of the existing fire millage. Hitchcock explained that this was due to the way the millage was set up. “It’s a renewal, but it looks like a new millage,” Hitchcock said.

GOING GREEN – The Montrose Township Board will be going out for bid on a new John Deere model 1435 tractor. According to Montrose Township Clerk Fred Domine, the John Deere tractor they currently have was purchased in 2004. By purchasing a new compatible tractor, along with a new blade, they will be able to use the attachments they already have with both tractors. They already have a sweeper, lawn mower and twostage snow blower attachments. Montrose Township Supervisor Mark Emmendorfer explained that with the new trail going in, it makes sense to have interchangeable equipment for maintaining it. Construction of the bike path is scheduled to begin April 15.

REP KELLY PLANS OFFICE HOURS IN BIRCH RUN – State Rep Tim Kelly will host office hours for residents of the 94th House District on Friday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Birch Run Chamber of Commerce office, 7971 Main St., Birch Run. Residents who have concerns or questions can drop in during the office hours. No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to make the office hours can contact his office at (517) 373-0837 or via email at timkelly@house.mi.gov.

NL STUDENTS GET ARTSY – Seventh grade and high school art work will be displayed at the New Lothrop High School Library during New Lothrop Area Public Schools’ 2nd Annual Art Show. The event will include a silent auction and People’s Choice Awards. Admission is $3 per person and the show will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

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