2010-10-03 / News Briefs


CROP WALK RETURNS OCT. 10 - The 26th Annual Chesaning Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 10. Registration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Dollar General parking lot on Broad Street, with the walk starting at 1:30 p.m. This annual event raises money to fight hunger worldwide and in the local community. The Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center receives 25 percent of the funds raised by walkers and their supporters. Last year, 120 people walked and raised more than $4,000. A special treat from Miss Lexie's Chocolates and Cakes will be awarded to the five-10 person team that raises the most money. The teams must be wearing the same colored shirts to identify themselves as a group. The Brady Wesleyan Praise Team will again provide live music, adding to the event's festive atmosphere. For a pledge form, please contact Chris Mishler at (989) 845-2203 or Carol Somers at (989) 661- 2365.

FLU CLINIC AT REHMANN HEALTH CENNEWS TER – A flu clinic will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at the Rehmann Health Center, 147 S. Saginaw St., Chesaning. The walk-in clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The fee is $35 for flu shots. Blue Care Network, HealthPlus, Medicare, Medicaid, cash, check and some Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans will be accepted if coverage is verified prior to coming in. The pneumonia vaccine will also be avialable for $55. Questions can be answered by calling (989) 845-3911.

HORN SCHEDULES OFFICE HOURS – Local residents can visit with State Rep. Ken Horn on Monday, Oct. 4 at the Wickson Memorial Library, 359 S. Main St., Frankenmuth, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Horn toll free at 1-866-HORN094 or email him at kennethhorn@house.mi.gov. Horn has scheduled ongoing office hours throughout the 94th District on the first Monday of each month. Residents who are unable to attend the office hours are encourage to contact Horn with a question or concern.

CHESANING BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive at Chesaning High School, 850 N. Fourth Street, Chesaning, on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1 to 7 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. For an appointment, call (989) 845-6246. Donors are encouraged to eat before donating. For more information, call (989) 497- 1036 or 1-866-MIBLOOD, or visit www.miblood.org.

NL YEARBOOKS AVAILABLE – The 2009- 10 yearbooks are in at New Lothrop High School. Last year's seniors can pick up their books at the school. The cost is $60.

STUDENT BOARD MEMBER SELECTED – The new St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education student member Britney Haney updated the board on student happenings at Wednesday's meeting. The student member is responsible for keeping the board updated on student activities. Haney, a senior, is involved with National Honor Society, Link Crew, and volleyball. The daughter of Tim and Lisa Haney, she is also the vice president of student council.

ATHLETIC DONATION DISCUSSED – The St. Charles school board recently discussed a donation policy for athletes. Starting this fall, the district requested a $5 donation from athletes to help offset training supply costs, such as medical tape, ice, and wrap. The $5 is only a donation and not a required fee to play sports. Superintendent Michael Wallace said that many families gave the donation for this season. The district does not charge a pay-to-play fee for athletics.

HEALTH & SAFETY - Marshall's Crossing on M-57 in Montrose will host a Health & Safety event which is open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 16, noon - 2 p.m. Marshall's Crossing Community Manager Wendy Brotherton and her assistant Gail Fikes have recruited the Montrose Police and Fire Departments, along with Twin Township Ambulance to be featured guests at the event. Twin Township Ambulance will offer free blood pressure checks. Families are invited to bring their children to see the emergency vehicles up close, as well as meet the police officers and firefighters who work to keep the community safe and healthy year round. Brotherton and Fikes contacted several local health organizations about offering flu shots. McLaren Hospital has agreed to offer flu shots and has a complete list of health insurances accepted. For those without insurance coverage, the flu shot is $28. Watch for the Marshall's Crossing Health & Safety event ad in next week's Tri-County Citizen.

ARE YOU SMARTER? Kuehn-Haven Middle School teacher Christina Emmendorfer announced that on Oct. 15, four Kuehn-Haven fifth graders will participate in the television program “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” at Kettering University. Watch for more details in next week's Tri-County Citizen.

MONTROSE SCHOOL AUDIT - During the Sept. 28 school board meeting, Auditor Kim Lindsay reported that Montrose Community Schools received the “highest opinion” for its financial books. Lindsay said Montrose is a “typical Michigan school,” pointing out that 79 percent of the school district's funding is from the state, only six percent from local property taxes, 14 percent from the federal government and one percent from other sources. In the area of expenditures: 56 percent is salaries, 27 percent is benefits, purchased services and capital improvements each make up six percent, with five percent spent on supplies. Montrose Community Schools received $9,268.59 per pupil. While Lindsay had positive words about the school district's financials, he warned, “It's been a tough year. There are a lot more tough decisions ahead.” Lindsay stated, “I commend you for being board members. It's a tough job.”

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH - Montrose Community Schools Nutrition Director Angie Florian reported Sept. 28 that 62 percent of the children in the district are on the Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Florian anticipates that additional applications will be submitted by parents this year. Some are due for renewal as well. Applications are available at the schools.

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