2017-04-16 / News Briefs


NL/ST. MIKE ALUMNI BANQUET – Alumni of New Lothrop Area Public Schools and St. Michael Catholic School are invited to attend the 88th Annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 6, in the New Lothrop Elementary School cafeteria, 9387 Genesee St., New Lothrop. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the potluck dinner beginning at 6 p.m. All graduates of New Lothrop and St. Michael are welcome to attend with their spouse. Those attending are asked to bring a passing dish and their own table service.

CORRECTION – On Easter Sunday, April 16, the Juddville United Methodist Church will serve breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. and the Easter service at 10:30 a.m. Incorrect information was listed in last week’s Citizen. We apologize for the error.

MOOLENAAR TO VISIT CHESANING AMERICAN LEGION – Congressman John Moolenaar (R-Midland) will be at the Chesaning American Legion Post 212 on Monday, April 24 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. to hand out pins and certificates to veterans. Those planning to attend should contact Lavern Spolarich at (989) 865-6257.

BREAKFAST WITH THE NL SUPT. – Community members, parents, staff and students are invited to have a community meeting and breakfast with New Lothrop Area Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Anthony Berthiaume on Saturday, May 6 in the high school cafeteria, 9285 Easton Road, New Lothrop. The current and future direction of the district will be presented with a question-and-answer session held directly after the presentation. Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. with the presentation from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m., followed by the open forum from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Those planning to attend should reserve a space by 3 p.m. on Monday, May 1 with Kelly Green at (810) 638-5091 ext. 2222, or via email at kgreen@ newlothrop.k12.mi.us so organizers will know how many meals will be served.

REP. FREDERICK TO BE IN CHESANING – State Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) will be at the River Rapids District Library, 227 E. Broad St., Chesaning, in the community room, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17. Residents are invited to attend with any questions or concerns they may have. No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend the office hours may contact Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or via email at BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.

HORN, GRAVES TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS – State Sen. Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) will hold office hours in the 32nd District on Monday, April 24 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Flushing Township Hall, 6524 N. Seymour Road, Flushing. He will be joined by 51st District State Rep. Joseph Graves. Both legislators will be on hand to answer questions and respond to concerns any residents of the districts may have. No appointments are necessary.

CHESANING CHAMBER RAFFLE WINNER – The winner of the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce biweekly raffle for Wednesday, April 12 was Mike Bueche Construction. The guest drawer was Dan Robinette of Village Sales and Service.

FIVE YEAR SCHOOL CALENDAR – During the April 10 meeting, the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education looked over the five-year calendar adopted by the Saginaw County ISD. Chesaning Superintendent Mike McGough explained the intermediate school district is required to adopt a five-year calendar. He pointed out the previous calendar only allowed a six to eight day Christmas break. He requested at least a two-week break. Next year, spring break will fall at the end of March due to the state testing schedule. McGough said there was zero support for scheduling spring break during the first week of April, among Saginaw County superintendents. He said once they make a change, it’s set for five years.

MARKETING CHESANING – Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education secretary Becky Butcher has been serving on the Chesaning marketing committee representing Chesaning schools. During the April 10 school board meeting, Butcher said the committee has been working on developing a new logo for the community as a way of re-branding. School board treasurer Scott Kohagen said everyone agrees they have to get rid of the Showboat City moniker. School board trustee Lisa Greenfelder explained school information technology expert Brett Russell has been working on a website that will bring the schools, the Chamber of Commerce and the village together with direct links to each organization’s web page. Butcher explained when a visitor clicks on the school’s link, he or she will see a video promoting the schools. Russell added they will also have a mobile app which will allow users to get school notifications sent to their phones. The app is separate from the website but it is free to download. Superintendent Mike McGough said the app is free to users, not to the schools.

ST. CHARLES HEALTH CLINIC – During the April 12 meeting, the St. Charles Village Council discussed its annual contribution to the St. Charles Health Clinic. According to councilwoman Diana Kutz, the health clinic provided 600 services to village residents during the past year. The health clinic sent the village a request for $1,300 (approximately $2.17 per service). Having contributed additional money to support the clinic in 2016, the council budgeted an additional $950 for the clinic bringing the total to nearly $2,300. Councilwoman Christine Neumann said she thinks the clinic is an asset to the community. The rest of the council agreed and approved the $2,300 payment.

BEAUTIFICATION DAY – The Village of St. Charles has scheduled May 19 as Beautification Day. Village president Marie Roe suggested everyone who can adopt a garden in the community. DPW superintendent Patrick Mishler added the park is all ready for Beautification Day.

POTHOLES – During the April 12 meeting of the St. Charles Village Council, DPW Superintendent Patrick Mishler told the council that the village had run out of patch for potholes. However, with the rain and overall wet conditions lately, they wouldn’t be able to use it. He told the council he’s been up to his eyeballs in water. Mishler also informed the council they had purchased a street sweeper. He said it’s a little older than he had hoped, but has few miles. It also came with a six-month warranty. The old sweeper was used for trade-in value, bringing the cost to the village down to $83,000. The purchase was budgeted.

LOCK VEHICLES – St. Charles Police Chief Allen Rabideau strongly recommends people lock their vehicles. Recently seven larcenies from unlocked vehicles were reported in the village from one night. He explained these are opportunistic crimes. People should always lock their vehicles and keep any valuables out of sight.

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