2011-03-13 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

COUNTRY HAPPENINGS PAGEANT ACCEPTING APPS – The Marion Springs Country Happenings Pageant will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Marion Springs Conservation Club. Entry forms are now available. The pageant is open to girls ages 5 to 18 in the Marion Township Fire Department district and areas covered by the fire department. For forms or more information, contact Vicky Szappan at (989) 585- 3519.

BLOOD DRIVE MARCH 16-17 — There will be a Michigan Blood drive on Wednesday, March 16, from 1 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chesaning High School, 850 N. Fourth St., Chesaning. Any healthy person age 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs 110 pounds or more may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID are required. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For appointments, call (989) 845- 6246. Donors are encouraged to eat before donating. For more information or questions about medical issues, please call (989) 497- 1036.

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER — The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce bi-weekly raffle for Wednesday, March 9, is Leili Frollo. Guest drawer was Doris Amman of the Chesaning Lions Club.

CHESANING FFA MEMBER AUCTION – The 33rd annual Chesaning FFA member auction will be held on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Chesaning Middle School auditorium. The FFA members will be auctioned of to the highest bidder, who will receive one eight-hour work day of his or her choice. Glardon Auction Service will again be conducting the auction. Proceeds will go to FFA-related projects.

NL FFA MEMBER AUCTION – The New Lothrop FFA member auction will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Auctioneer services will be provided by Glardon Auction Service. For more information, contact FFA advisor Nadene Blakely at Nblakely@newlothrop.k12.mi.us.

CARTER READING NIGHT - Mary Siefka Douglas, author of children’s books “This Tree is So High” and “Where the River Runs Blue” will make a special appearance at the Carter Elementary School Family Reading Night, Tuesday, March 29. The event runs 6 - 7:30 p.m. and is for Carter pre-kindergarden through fourth grade students and their parents. The event will feature reading activities for all grade levels, a book exchange and

book prizes. This event is sponsored by RIF (Reading Is Fundamental), and the Carter PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).

UPDATING POLICY - The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education Policy Committee continues their effort to update school policies to ensure they are as up to date as possible. During their March 8 committee meeting, Superintendent Mark Kleinhans explained that the terminology describing the curriculum has changed to “common core standards” for k-12 students. He explained that under the new curriculum standards, schools are working on regional curriculum, and working toward national curriculum. Kuehn-Haven Middle School Principal Edward Graham told committee members, “The trend now is toward a standards based report card for each identified skill. But as accountability standards are racheting up, we have to demonstrate students are mastering standards-based content.”

RESIGNATION/APPOINTMENT - During their March 10 meeting, the Montrose City Council received and accepted the resignation of Mary Steiner who had served on the Board of Review. With the biggest meeting of the year for Board of Review [scheduled for March 14, 10 a.m. - noon; 1-5 p.m.; and 6 - 8 p.m.] they needed to appoint someone immediately. City Attorney Otis Stout pointed out that council members could fill in on the Board of Review. Since Councilwoman Sue Head had already been trained for the Board of Review, she was appointed to fill the seat on short notice. Mayor Ray Foust recommended the appointment of Greggory Ward to fill a vacancy on the Montrose City Planning Commission.

EQUIPMENT TRADE - Montrose DPW Director Everett Persall will be trading equipment the city doesn’t need for equipment they do need. Persall proposed the switch to the Montrose City Council at their March 10 meeting. He explained that he felt the city was better off trading for equipment they need. The hot patch equipment would enable his staff to prolong the life of city roads. The hot patch application is far superior to the cold patch which doesn’t last, he explained.

MOTORS AVAILABLE - Montrose DPW Director Everett Persall is looking to sell a couple of Smith & Loveless phase three lift station motors that are no longer being used. “We have no use for them,” Persall said. He thought he might be able to sell them to a municipality (someone) that needed them; at a very reasonable price.

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