2009-11-08 / News Briefs


DDA TAKING BIDS FOR LIGHT POLES – The Chesaning Downtown Development Authority is taking sealed bids for the four streetlight poles that were on the M-57 bridge over the Shiawassee River. Bids will be opened at the DDA meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 11. A reserve is in place. Bids should be sent to the Chesaning Village Office, Attention: DDA, 1100 W. Broad St., Chesaning, MI 48616. Light poles will be sold in “as-is” condition. For inspection or any questions, contact David Duey at (989) 845-2926.

ANNUAL VETERANS’ DINNER – The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6579 in New Lothrop will sponsor a dinner for any veteran who served in the United States Armed Services, along with their families, on Sunday, Nov. 8. Doors will open at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. There is no cost for the dinner, but donations will be accepted. For reservations, please contact Auxiliary President Jeannette Clark at (810) 639-6984 or Carley Tallman at (810) 639-6684.

COLLGE PLANNING NIGHT – On Monday, Nov. 16, Chesaning High School will be hosting a College Planning Night for interested students and parents. It will be held at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium, and will feature guest speaker Renae Gavitt of Aquinas College. Topics will include academics, scholarships, financial aid and tips to get organized in a college search. All area parents and students are invited to attend. For more information, call Wanda Kensrud at the high school, (989) 845-2040.

HELP FOR THE UNINSURED – Saginaw County residents who have no health insurance can schedule an appointment for the Healthy Futures Clinic at the Rehmann Health Center, 147 S. Saginaw St., Chesaning. The doctor provides free health assessments and primary care treatments with referrals to other agencies if needed. This service is open to adults and children on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The next clinic will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10. For information and/or appointment, call (989) 845-3911.

COATS FOR CAER – New or gently used coats for the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center can be dropped off at the Burger King of Chesaning.

OUR LADY FOOTBALL WINNERS – The winners of the Our Lady Football Sweepstakes for Week One, Nov. 1, were: Charles Wesley, of Lancaster, Calif., 121 pts., $200; Terry Henning, of Chesaning, 118 pts., $100; Bob Hurd, of Burton, 112 pts., $45; Darcy Jenkins, of New Lothrop, 112 pts., $45; Lisa Greenfelder, of Chesaning, 110 pts., $25; Scott Kindler, of Sebewaing, 110 pts., $25; Barb Hallwood, of Flushing, 108 pts., $10; Willie Hale III, of Harbor Beach, 108 pts., $10; Pavel A. Mendlik, of Chesaning, 20 pts., $30.

SOS OFFICES CLOSED – Secretary of State offices will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty. For more information, visit the department website at www.Michigan.go/sos.

HARTLEY CSI INVESTIGATES WILD TURKEYS – When most people think of turkey, they think of leftovers, football, relatives and dishes. But those who attend the Hartley CSI session on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to noon will find out interesting facts about the wild turkey. A turkey calling contest will be part of the fun as the investigators go in search of wild turkeys on Hartley’s property. Annual CSI membership is $50, and investigators will receive an invitation to the Hartley Appreciation Breakfast, Hartley Trading Post coupon and a Hartley CSI t-shirt, certificate and badge. Drop-in investigators are welcome at $8 per month. Call Hartley at (989) 865-6295 to register by Friday, Nov. 13, or for more information.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for November are Bessie Harris, of Chesaning, Joe LaClair, of Chesaning, Gail Robinette and Co., of Chesaning, and Ron and Pat Harris, of Chesaning.

BLACK AND WHITE BABY AD DEADLINE APPROACHING -- For those who wish to submit black and white baby ads for Chesaning High School seniors, the deadline is fast approaching and space is becoming limited. Please make sure to get orders into the high school yearbook staff by Dec. 1. Forms have been mailed home, however if more are needed they are available in the office. For more information, call adviser Todd Vondrasek at 989-845-2040.

STC DENTAL CLINIC DATE CHANGE – The dental program at the St. Charles Area Health Center will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The date was incorrectly listed in last week’s Citizen. For an appointment, call (989) 758-3835.

FIRE TRUCK ALERT – Recently, MDOT installed new signs along M-57, just west of Chesaning, that have lights that flash when activated by the Chesaning Brady Fire Department. The signs are designed to alert motorists that emergency vehicles could be entering or exiting the drive which lies between Bueche’s Furniture and St. Mary’s Health Center. During the Nov. 5 meeting of the Chesaning Township Board, Trustee and Fire Captain Kevin Carlton reported he was surprised to see traffic was actually stopped as the fire truck was leaving the station recently. He explained, “These are yellow lights, not red.” It is designed to alert motorists that an emergency vehicle could pull out of the station driveway. He pointed out that the light, once triggered, flashes for five minutes. They’re considering extending the flashing to 10 minutes.

TOUCH MATH FOR SCHOOLS – During the Nov. 2 meeting of the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education the decision was made to purchase the Touch Math program. The new program will be used at Albee and Brady elementary schools this year, as both are Title One schools. Next year, when the elementary schools have merged into Big Rock, the program will be used at Big Rock, since it will then be a Title One school. The cost of the new program is $15, 136.90.

RECYCLING MATTERS! – Sunday, Nov. 15 is national America Recycles Day, according to Chesaning Township Clerk Sue Emmendorfer. The more the community recycles, the more it saves.

FRASIER RE-APPOINTED – During the Nov. 3 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Damion Frasier was reappointed as mayor pro-tem for the Village of Chesaning. Frasier would officially step in as mayor in the event the mayor is not available.

MONTROSE PURSUES BIKE PATH – The Montrose Township Board is working toward creating a bike path that would run from the east edge of the city, along M-57, to Seymour Road and south to Barber Park.

SIGN APPROVED – The Chesaning Village Council selected a design for the new sign that will replace the sign identifying the village office on Broad Street. Rob Kehoe will install the new sign.

MAUSOLEUM MOVING ALONG – The Chesaning Township Board discussed the legal proceedings with regard to the mausoleum at the Wildwood Cemetery. Township Treasurer Cathy Gross talked with the township’s legal council, Otto Brandt. Gross reported that their case has been assigned to Judge William Crane. Meanwhile letters have been sent to the last known addresses of persons who have family members inside the mausoleum. The township is attempting to take ownership of the mausoleum so the roof can be repaired and the structure can be sealed off from animals gaining entry. With the process underway, Gross said, “I guess we wait.” During their Nov. 5 meeting, Township Clerk Sue Emmendorfer told the township board that she had run across misfiled documents that indicated that the Chesaning Health Board went through the process of condemning the mausoleum in 1974. However, it appears that condemnation was rescinded by the same board several years later. Emmendorfer later commented, “If it’s not condemned, it should be.”

RAGGED RAILS NEED RENOVATION – Chesaning Township Trustee Kevin Carlton reported to the Chesaning Township Board on Nov. 5 about the condition of the train track between Chesaning and Owosso. Carlton explained that the cost to repair the rails so they are in good condition to continue bringing the Polar Express into the Saginaw County Fairgrounds is estimated at $30,000 to $50,000. The Polar Express is already scheduled to visit Santa’s Village this holiday season starting Thanksgiving weekend.

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