2016-07-24 / Viewpoints

Letters to the editor

Chesaning fireworks comm. says ‘thanks’

Dear Editor,

What a great night in Showboat Park! The fantastic fireworks show of July 7 put together by Wolverine Fireworks Display Inc. was so spectacular that it shook the rain from the clouds, providing us with a much-needed thunderstorm finale!

Thank you to everyone involved... our vendors (the Lions Club, Hungry Howie’s Pizza, Las Cinco Chicas Mexican Street Food and Jeff Drake for providing light-up and glow items), A Family Affair Face Art & Balloon Twist for providing fun for the little ones, the Chesaning National Honor Society volunteers and Randy Stoddard and his band for entertaining the crowds prior to the show! We also deeply appreciate Chief Stacy Wilburn and the Chesaning Police and Reservists, and the Chesaning-Brady Fire Department for keeping our spectators and fireworks crew safe. Also, a huge thank you goes to Chesaning Parks and Recreation and Mike Matsumiya’s team for making the park look great for the community and for their assistance during the fireworks.

Finally, thank you to all who supported the Fireworks show financially, whether through donations, purchase or sales of raffle tickets and parking admission fees... your commitment to funding the firework show benefits the whole community! We are already looking forward to next year’s show!

The 2016 Fireworks Committee
Ron Ebenhoeh, Jessie Woods, Anne
Swartzmiller

Writer urges support of library millage

Dear Editor,

In the rural communities of Shiawassee County the best kept secret is the Community District Library. As Board Chair on behalf of the CDL Board of Trustees I ask you to remember our library system on election day, Aug. 2.

Walk into any branch: Corunna, Perry, Bancroft, Byron, Lennon, Morrice and New Lothrop and you will find patrons from preschool to senior citizens using the CDL resources your tax dollars provide. Librarians love statistics and I could provide amazing numbers like 87,000 items circulated last year, 417 programs with attendance of 7,000 patrons or 20,000 computer users. But what is most important about the CDL branches is that they are community centers. This is where children can attend programs from science to crafts, pre-school children can hear and interact with stories at story time. The Summer Badge Blast program has been a new way for children to keep up their reading skills over the summer. Adults can also be found cooking, painting or at a book club discussion. “Blind Date with a Book” offers a new way to “meet” a book. Technology is as big a part of a CDL branch as books. On-line searches and inter-library loan of materials stretches that .7 of a mill. New to the branches is Zinio with 300 digital magazines and streaming movies and music through Hoopla.

The previously authorized millage of .7 of a mill is not an increase. For the past 12 years this millage has provided stable funding and given the branches the opportunity to soar. As a library patron and Board Chair I see this dynamic system in action. The secret is out and I hope you remember to support our Community District Library.

Diane Lahmann
Board Chair
Community District Library

Writer supports Aue for 85th District

Tri-County Citizen Editor,

The 85th District has a long history of strong leadership in Lansing. It is my hope that this great tradition will continue with the nomination of Hartmann Aue as the Republican candidate on Aug. 2. I have known Hart for nearly thirty years, and I can genuinely say that he is committed to the task of making his community stronger. In the two years that Hart has served as Shiawassee County Commissioner, he has accomplished more than what many elected officials have been able to do in their entire career.

What impresses me most about Hart’s work is that he is not doing it alone. He is a unifier. Hart has managed to establish collaborative efforts on numerous projects. Most recently was the announcement of the new Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility. With Hart’s signature authorizing the purchase of the land, the leadership teams of Pleasant View and Memorial Healthcare, along with the board of commissioners, one of the biggest developments in county history became a reality without much toiling or debate. This is the type of leadership we need in Lansing. We need someone like Hart to bring people together through compromise and a mutual understanding.

I recall when Hart was considering running for public service and discussing the needed changes to improve Shiawassee County. It has been impressive to watch those ideas become reality over the last two years with Hart serving as Chairman. Those achievements include the reestablishment of the County Sheriff’s road patrol, partnering with the local RESD to increase IT services while cutting costs, the board cutting their own health benefits to save the taxpayers’ money, and the recently announced surplus.

We need someone who has been there and done it. Too many people have merely been there. Send Hartmann Aue to Lansing by voting for him on Aug. 2 and then again on Nov. 8.

John Adams
Owosso

Chesaning Parks & Rec says ‘thanks’

Dear Editor, Chesaning Parks & Recreation would like to thank the following volunteers and sponsors of this year’s River Run 5K held on July 10, 2016.

Sponsors: Rootnote Landscaping, Full Moon Fitness, Broad St. Pharmacy, Wildwood Vet Clinic, Neumann Family Farms, CrossFit Steel Courage, Struck Landscaping, Dr. Hopfensperger, Waddell & Reed, Chesaning Sportsplane Assoc, M-57 Surplus, Riverfront Grille, Charter One Bank, Bare’s Sport Shop, Pintown, Malt Shop, Ace Hardware, Wicke Crop Insurance, Animal Healthcare, Franks Super Market of Chesaning, Horgers of Chesaning, Sparta Electric and Kiwanis Club of Chesaning.

Volunteers: Denise Edgar, Cameron Matsumiya, Rod, Jodi, Nathan and Ben Fowler, Rim and Reed Weisenberger, Rick Goward, Troy Feltman, George Detwiler and Darlene Valentine. This year’s event brought in 66 participants and the overall winners were Nicholas Davitt, 17, with a time of 17:36 and Courtney Krupp, 15, with a time of 20:34. For event photos visit the Friends of the Chesaning Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

Chesaning Parks & Recreation

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