2013-01-20 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

SHOWBOAT QUEEN APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – The Chesaning Showboat Queen’s Pageant will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Chesaning Middle School auditorium. Queen applications are available for pick up at the Chesaning High School office. The deadline is Jan. 15, and applications should be returned to the high school office. The application fee is $20, and checks should be made payable to Keely Zoellner. For more information, contact Zoellner at (989) 482-0439.

MONTROSE BLUEBERRY QUEEN APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE – The Montrose Blueberry Queen’s Pageant will be held on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Montrose Community Schools Auditorium. Queen applications are available for pick up at Hill- McCloy High School Office. The deadline is Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. and applications should be returned to Mrs. Podulka in the middle school office. For more information, contact Vicki Podulka at (810)591-8832 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or (810) 240-9602.

MONTROSE BLOOD DRIVE – There will be a blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church, 158 E. State St. The event is cosponsored by the Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council 8669. For more information, call (810) 639-6925 or (810) 639- 6317.

CHS COLLECTING LABELS FOR EDUCATION – Chesaning Union High School is collecting Campbell’s Labels for Education to earn money for school supplies and physical education equipment. Area residents are asked to send labels to school with their students, or they may mail them to school to the attention of the coordinator, Mrs. Marnie Zeigler. For a full list of eligible products, visit the Campbell’s website at www.labelsforeducation.com.

PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE – The Chesaning Township Board has voted to extend the 2012 property tax due date to Thursday, Feb. 28. There will be no interest or penalty charged on winter taxes paid before March 1. Summer bills paid in February will incur six percent interest. Beginning March 1 all delinquent summer and winter taxes will be payable to the Saginaw County Treasurer at the Saginaw County Courthouse, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, MI 48602. Chesaning Township regular office hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; closed Wednesday and Thursday; however, the office will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28.

MLK HOLIDAY DOESN’T AFFECT TRASH SERVICE – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, does not affect solid waste collection services provided to the Mid Michigan Waste Authority (MMWA) member communities in Saginaw County. All services will be on their regularly scheduled day in each community. Residents should prepare and set out materials as they normally do during the holiday week.

KIWANIS BLOOD DRIVE – The Chesaning Kiwanis Club will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Bonnymill Inn in Chesaning. One lucky donor will win dinner for two at the Bonnymill Inn.

CAMP ANNOUNCES CONSTITUENT HOURS – U.S. Congressman Dave Camp (RMI) had announced office hours held by his regional representatives in various locations around the 4th District to help residents in need of assistance with a federal agency. Constituents are invited to show up; there is no need to make an appointment. On Friday, Jan. 25, representatives will be at the Frankenmuth Wickson Library, 359 S. Franklin St., Frankenmuth, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. On Thursday, Jan. 31, representatives will be at the Owosso City Hall Conference Room, 301 W. Main St., Owosso, from 9 to 10 a.m.

ZAP AT MIDDLE SCHOOL – During the Jan. 14 meeting of Chesaning Union Schools, Chesaning Middle School Principal Melinda Soule talked about starting a ZAP program at the middle school. She explained that ZAP stands for Zeros Aren’t Permitted. It’s not a punitive program; it’s meant to be a time for students to get some help.

NO NAME CALLING – Big Rock Elementary School will participate in the national “No Name Calling Week” starting Jan. 21. Students will be creating designs for stickers with each class choosing two winners. A panel will chose one overall winner. The winning design will be made into stickers for all the students. Big Rock Elementary School Principal Colleen Nixon said, “It is the National No Name Calling Week. Students all over the country will be participating. This activity, amongst others, are what Mr. Ciarlino, school counselor and staff are using as part of our anti bullying campaign at Big Rock.”

SCHOOL BUS GARAGE – Chesaning Union Schools Director of Transportation Steve Lane reported on the status of the school district’s transportation department. Lane has hired five school bus drivers this school year; and still has two more openings to fill. Those interested, should contact him at Chesaning Union Schools. Lane has been using interns from Baker College to maintain the district’s school buses. Interns provide the district with 140 hours of free work for the district; which provides on the job experience the mechanics need. On Saturday Jan. 12, the school district’s bus garage again served as host to the local food distribution program for those in need.

GROSS ACKNOWLEDGED – During the Jan. 14 meeting of the Chesaning School Board, Building & Maintenance Director Brian Gross told the school board that on Dec. 31, 2012, his mother, Sandy Gross retired from Chesaning Union Schools after 27.4 years. During that time she worked as a monitor, a bus driver and a custodian.

CHESANING JOINT TIRE DRIVE – Chesaning Township and Village of Chesaning officials have agreed to host another scrap tire drive in 2013. Chesaning Township Trustee Bill Hedrich attended the Jan. 15, village council meeting to discuss the idea; which was met with enthusiasm. Now it’s just a matter of getting into the Saginaw County Mosquito Control’s tire drive schedule. Last summer was the first tire drive hosted by Chesaning. They filled five trailers; more than 1,000 tires were collected over two days. Watch for details in upcoming months.

CHESANING ZBA APPOINTMENT – During the Jan. 15 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Jenice Deming was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

MONTROSE ZBA APPOINTMENT – During the Jan. 15 meeting of the Montrose Township Board, Ron Loafman was appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

SNOW ON THE SIDEWALK – During the Jan. 15 Chesaning Village Council meeting, Councilman Mike Cicalo said, “A lot of sidewalks haven’t been shoveled.” According to village ordinance, within 12 hours of the time when snow or ice ceases to fall, property owners are required to clear all ice and snow from public sidewalks; as well as from around fire hydrants. It also notes that if snow or ice ceases to fall during the nighttime, it shall be cleared by 6 p.m. the following day. If the snow and/or ice accumulation becomes such that its immediate removal is necessary for the health, safety, and or welfare of the public, the village will be authorized to have the snow/ice removed at the expense of the property owner.

MONTROSE TWP. TIRES – Montrose Township has scheduled their 2013 curbside tire drive for Monday, May 20. According to Montrose Township Clerk Fred Domine, the contractor, First Class Shredders, willing to charge the township last year’s price. Watch for further details as the date gets closer.

RACE TO THE BRIDGE – According to Chesaning Village Councilman Mike Cicalo, the Tom Richardson Memorial Canoe/Kayak Race donated $500 of the 2012 race proceeds to the River Rapids Bridge project.

OFFICERS ELECTED – The St. Charles School Board elected officers at their January 9th meeting. John Germain will continue to serve as president. Leon Larsen is vice president, Laurasue Holcomb secretary, and Duane Reyhl treasurer. Trustees are Tamara Fuller, Ronald Gonzales and Kari Garcia.

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