2010-10-24 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO MEET THE CANDIDATES - The Chesaning Public Library will host a Meet the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a moderator, and each candidate will have a couple of minutes to introduce themselves. According to Library Director Erin Schmandt, audience members can write questions on cards to be handed to the moderator who will lead the discussion. After the candidates have had their forum, the moderator will review the local and state proposals that will be on the ballot. A sample ballot will be available. The event is sponsored by the Chesaning Public Library and the Chesaning Area Task Force. This event is free and open to the public.

POST PROM COMMITTEE MEETING – There will be a meeting of all parents of Chesaning High School students interested in organizing Post Prom activities on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the middle school commons. Those who did not attend the first meeting are still more than welcome to attend this and any meetings following. For more information, please contact either Beverly Kimball at bkimball@chesaning.k12.mi.us or Nola Mark at (989) 845-7273.

TOYS FOR KIDS – Chesaning American Legion Post 212 in conjunction with the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief (CAER) Center, will be having a Toys for Kids program this year. This program was started a few years ago and worked through the Chesaning Schools. This year, they are working with the help of the CAER Center. The goal of this program is to collect toys for Christmas for those children who are less fortunate. All toys gathered will stay in the Chesaning School system area. There are collection boxes at the following locations in Chesaning: Ace Hardware, Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing, Community State Bank, Charter One Bank, and Frank’s Super Market.

NEW GUILDLINES FOR WELL WATER TESTING – The Saginaw County Department of Public Health Laboratory Services has announced the routine well water test will include coliform, fluoride, nitrate, nitrite, sulfate and the addition of testing for iron, hardness and sodium. The cost for this complete test is now $23. Well water test kits are available at the Rehmann Health Center, 147 S. Saginaw St., Chesaning. The cost of the test is now payable only by check, which will accompany the test bottle back to the Health Department, and an electronic receipt will be returned with the results of the test. No cash will be accepted at the Health Center. For more information on these changes, contact Lori at (989) 845-3911.

MONTROSE AMERICAN LEGION POST RAFFLE – The winners of the Montrose American Legion Post #367 raffle are: first place, Charles Person, of Montrose; second place, John McMillon, of Montrose; third place, Tim Hernandez, of Davison. The Legion would like to thank everyone who participated in the raffle to help build the Veterans Bell Memorial.

HORN SCHEDULES OFFICE HOURS – Local residents can visit with State Rep. Ken Horn on Monday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Thomas Township Public Library, 8207 Shields Drive. 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 encouraged to contact Horn with a question or concern.

SEN. KAHN SETS OFFICE HOURS – State Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Township) will be available to meet with constituents on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Zauel Memorial Library, 3100 N. Center Road in Saginaw Township. For more information, contact Kahn's office toll-free at 1-866-305- 2132.

HALLOWEEN HAYRIDES TOO - In addition to hosting their annual Halloween Rest Stop, the Lamb of God Fellowship Church, 214 N. Saginaw, in Montrose will offer FREE Halloween Hay Rides this year. It's one more activity for families to enjoy together on Halloween night. Board the hay wagon at the Lamb of God Fellowship Church, starting at 5:30 p.m. for a ride down Hickory Street, up to Montrose Lions Park on the east side of Carter Elementary School and back to the church. The last hay ride of the night will leave the church at 8:15 p.m. The Halloween Rest Stop will be open at Lamb of God Fellowship Church on Sunday, Oct. 31, (Halloween night) 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Halloween Rest Stop offers FREE food and beverages such as hot chocolate, coffee, donuts, hot dogs and FREE activities for the kids; as well as a place to use the restroom, and warm up during trick-or-treating.

NL HIRES AIDE – The New Lothrop Area Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Colleen Bitterman as a four-hour teacher's aide on Monday. “Ms. Bitterman already volunteers for our district and has demonstrated her love and care for our school,” said Superintendent John Strycker. “She will do an excellent job working with our elementary students.”

MONTROSE PARENTS UNITE - Parents of Kuehn-Haven Middle School and Hill-McCloy High School students in Montrose are coming together to form a Parent Advisory Council (PAC). Mary Quast and Kendra Wilson are organizing the group in order to pool resources and work together for the benefit of students and teachers. The middle school and high school don't have PTAs or PTOs. Quast said, “There's more to school than hitting the books.” Among the group's first goals will be to organize dances for both schools. Parents, as well as teachers and administrators who have children in the middle school and/or high school are welcome to be part of the group. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Kuehn-Haven Middle School Media Center.

BLUEBERRY CONSTRUCTION - On Monday, Oct. 25, work is scheduled to be begin on the installation of “street lights” along the walkway in Blueberry Park, at the northeast corner of South Saginaw Road and Coke Drive, in Montrose. Montrose City Councilman Paul Wixson wants to make sure residents are aware of the construction, especially since the park will remain open throughout the construction process. Children should stay away from the construction area.

SUBPOENAS ISSUED - During the Oct. 19 Village Council meeting, Mayor/Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr. commented that residents need to know that occasionally Village Police officers and vehicles are conducting official police business outside the village. Chesaning Police are actively following up on various cases, rendering assistance to public safety agencies and conducting other police business. Occasionally this takes them outside the village limits. “There's always a reason,” Police Chief Stacey Wilburn said. Councilman Michael Cicalo told Wilburn, “You're doing a good job.”

CANDLELIGHT WALK - During the Oct. 19 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, a permit was granted and the fee waived for the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce to sponsor free carriage rides during the Chesaning Candlelight Walk, Nov. 26 and 27.

VILLAGE VACANCY - Mayor/Village President Joe Sedlar, Jr., announced Oct. 19, “We have a Planning Commission vacancy.” Joe Sedlar, Sr. will be stepping down from his duties on the Chesaning Village Planning Commission. The village will be looking to fill that position. Mayor Sedlar also mentioned that the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) is seeking citizens to serve on its advisory council. He believes there are individuals in the Chesaning community who would be interested in serving on that committee.

TREASURER HUNT - The Montrose City Council held a special meeting Thursday, Oct. 21 to narrow the list of applicants for the job of Montrose City Treasurer. The City received 15 job applications, one of which dropped out early. After reviewing the applications, the city council voted to interview the seven candidates recommended by City Manager Frank Crosby as those that would be the “best fit”. Since all of the candidates had requested anonymity, their names were not released to the public. Crosby preferred that the entire board interview the treasurer candidates. Councilman Ray Foust commented, “I feel we need to fill this position as quickly as possible.” Crosby will schedule the interviews.

STC SUPERINTENDENT GOALS APPROVED – On October 20, the St. Charles Community Schools Board of Education approved the 2010-2011 goals for Superintendent Michael Wallace. The goals are to work on curriculum (including new curriculum initiatives and improving test scores), finance (maintain a balanced budget and stable fund equity), communication (establish a group of key communicators within the community, maintain district visibility and participation), and personnel and human resources (negotiate with all district groups to reduce strain on district finances).

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