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Seeking WWI info


I would like to do a column or series of columns about the Tri-Cities during World War I to commemorate the centennial of America's involvement in The Great War. If you have any stories, letters, diaries, photos, memorabilia, etc. of any of your family members in World War I please let me know.

I do not want originals, only copies, so nothing will be lost. Let's tell the story of our ancestors who were part of "the war to end all wars."

Please email me at rick.liblong@cox.net with any information and/or contributions. Many thanks.

—Rick Liblong
April 19, 2017

Sharathon to begin


The WMPC 43rd Annual Spring Sharathon is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday April 24-25-26. Normal programming is preempted so the station can raise the funding needed for its operating costs for the next 12 months. WMPC, the longest continuously operating Christian radio station in America, is non-profit and continues to remain commercial free. We are currently in our 91st year of broadcasting.

The station will have several area pastors as guest hosts and several children's groups will stop in to lend their singing voices throughout the 3-day event.

Christian artist Brian Free and Assurance will kick-off this year's Sharathon with a free concert. The concert is Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at our host church, Calvary Bible Church, in Lapeer. No tickets are needed to attend.

With Gratitude,

—Ed LeVoir
April 19, 2017

Spring concerts on tap


The Lapeer County Concert Choir is busy with final rehearsals in preparation for their upcoming spring concerts titled 'An Appalachian Spring.' This is the choir's 49th season, and the first season with their new director, Dr. Edward Howell.

Dr. Howell has chosen two works by Aaron Copland, 'In the Beginning' and 'Old American Songs,' along with a medley of songs by Stephen Foster. Moses Hogan's arrangement of the spiritual 'Do Lord, Remember Me' is included. Several other selections will round out the Americana-themed performances.

Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dryden will host the first concert on Fri., Apr. 28 at 7 p.m. On Sun., Apr. 30 at 4 p.m., the second concert will be held in Lapeer at the First Presbyterian Church.

A week later on Sun., May 7 at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Davison, LCCC's third and final concert will be performed.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. These can be purchased from choir members, or online at www.lapeercountyconcertchoir.com, or at the door which opens a half hour before performances. If further information is needed, call 810-688-8708.

We hope to see you there and thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

—Sarah Gardiner
April 19, 2017

President choosing bluster and bombs


In October, 1962, Russian ships were sailing to Cuba, to put missiles 90 miles from the American coast. Our President told them to turn around.

For 13 days, we were on the brink of war, while President Kennedy and Russia's Khrushchev separately debated who should give in, and at what price.

I was very young, but remember the cloud of fear that hung over everyone.

Finally, Khrushchev "blinked," the ships went home with their cargo, and Kennedy was victorious.

But, 50 years later, we know the rest of the story, because documents sealed at that time, are now public. Quietly through back channels, Khrushchev was promised something—the removal of US missiles from Turkey and Italy, close to Russia's border.

How many deals like this have saved us from catastrophe before?

These are the deals our intelligence services and our State Department broker for us. These career professionals have trusted relationships with foreigners who can speak for us with their leaders. They have studied the histories of countries and know what matters to them—and what will anger them.

These agencies keep us from making serious mistakes.

Trump called our intelligence agencies brokers of fake news. Trump's budget severely cuts the State Department, laying off our network of knowledge about the world and our connections to back channels that have helped us in the past.

Instead, Trump is relying on Jared Kushner, a real estate mogul, and Ivanka Trump, a fashionista.

On the table right now: wars in Syria and Iraq, and the HUGE question of how to diplomatically handle a nuclear power, North Korea, without nuclear war.

So, to sum it up: Trump refuses to use what has kept us safe in the past. He prefers bluster, bombs and family advice.

I feel like that fearful little girl again.

—Carolyn Medland
April 19, 2017

Imlay always one of ‘America’s Best’


Just days remain in the America's Best Communities competition; a $10 million prize competition supported by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel. The goal was to create incentives for communities and towns to come together across rural America to support revitalization and improve lives and livelihoods. As we prepare to announce the three grand-prize winners, we're reflecting on the impact of this campaign.

More than 350 communities entered the competition in 2014, and 50 were selected as quarterfinalists. Imlay City, Attica Township and Imlay Township were among this vibrant group of villages, towns and cities that earned their status as one of America's Best Communities.

We cannot thank you enough for your hard work, dedication and tenacity.

You brought your communities together—people from different walks of life, people who did not typically work in collaboration - and together, you rallied behind a vision for a more prosperous future and you set about bringing it to life.

The innovative ideas you incorporated into your Community Revitalization Plan are now part of a bank of solutions that live at AmericasBestCommunities.com. The 50 plans developed with funding from the competition are accessible at each community's page on the website.

It has become a resource for rural communities and small cities that are seeking effective ideas for economic growth and community development.

When Frontier Communications joined with our partners to sponsor this program, we were proud to provide incentives to inspire towns and cities to create revitalization strategies, and you should be proud of how your work is inspiring other communities to pursue their own revitalization programs. Your ideas will help others reimagine their future.

In recent months, the term 'Rural America' has been used frequently in the national media. The focus tends to be on the challenges facing rural communities and small towns.

However, we believe it's time to shift the conversation and focus on the vast potential of rural cities and regions across our country. We need to emphasize the grit and determination, the innovation and collaboration, the creativity and competitive spirit that epitomizes rural America.

No community is without its challenges, but your communities continue to show what it means to be one of America's Best Communities.

The best communities are the result of people working together to boost the local economy and enhance the safety, health and vibrancy of neighborhoods. These communities strive to improve lives and livelihoods and create new opportunities.

And that's why Imlay City will always be one of America's Best Communities.

This campaign was never only about finding one "best" community. Rather, it was about finding new solutions and new strategies to spark economic revitalization and helping our nation understand what makes communities like yours America's best.

—Kathleen Abernathy
April 19, 2017

April is Alcohol Awareness Month


This April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) since 1987, this year's theme is: 'Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery.'

No other substance is more widely used and abused by America's youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number one public health problem in the United States.

It is important to connect the dots that lead to awareness and recovery from underage alcohol and drug use. Fostering healthy and responsible attitudes, talking openly and honestly, encouraging supportive relationships, and showing children that their opinions and decisions matter, are all ways to help prevent the use of alcohol and drugs.

It can be challenging to develop the communication skills needed to talk with your children about drinking and drugs, but it will be well worth the effort you put into it, as you get to know your children a little better and help them build the coping skills they need to handle the anger, stress, peer pressure, loneliness and disappointment that are part of being an adolescent.

Sincerely,

—Rebecca Jadwin, Prevention Specialist
April 13, 2017

Don’t miss the 2017 Sturgeon Festival


Friends of the St. Clair is sponsoring the 5th annual Blue Water Sturgeon Festival on Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vantage Point Maritime Center in Port Huron. Parking and admission are free.

This family-friendly event is centered on providing close encounters with lake sturgeon, the 'Giants of the Great Lakes' by featuring Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruises and indoor and outdoor exhibits. Other featured activities include a sturgeon touch tank, drop in workshops, sturgeon chalk muralist and a Run With The Sturgeon 5K.

The Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise tickets went on sale April 1st at www.huronlady.com.Three cruise times are available at 10 a.m, 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. Ticket price is $25 per person.

During the Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise, guests watch lake sturgeon swimming on the bottom of the St. Clair River via live video by Gregory A.D divers. Big screen televisions allow guests a view of the bottom of the river. The 1-hour cruise features narration from fisheries biologists and researchers. The Blue Water Area supports the largest population of threatened lake sturgeon anywhere in the Great Lakes.

All St. Clair County fifth grade students are eligible to participate in the Sturgeon Art Contest for participation on a Huron Lady Sturgeon Cruise just for fifth graders on Friday, June 2. During the student cruise, scientists teach students about lake sturgeon habitat and sturgeon tagging in Lake Huron. Art entries are due May 1.

The Blue Water Sturgeon Festival is a partnership between natural resource agencies, government, businesses and anglers in order to highlight the ecosystem approach to managing fish and wildlife in the St. Clair River and to increase interest in restoring lake sturgeon populations.

For festival information, visit www.SturgeonFestival.com. For more information, contact the St. Clair County Health Department at (810) 987-5306 or sturgeonfestival@stclaircounty.org.

—Sheri Faust
April 13, 2017

Those who created the problem have no room to whine


When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died over a year ago, it left a vacancy on the Supreme Court. President Obama did as the Constitution states, and nominated someone to replace Scalia.

Obama could have picked a partisan figure, but this was No-Drama Obama. He picked a guy everyone could like or hate a little, one who could accurately be called a moderate.

Now it was the Senate's turn, to confirm or deny this candidate.

In charge of setting this up is Mitch McConnell. Despite the fact that Obama had 11 months left on his term, McConnell said it would not be legitimate for Obama to nominate and that the next president should get the pick.

Not legitimate? A president easily elected twice who was enjoying a 60% -plus approval rating?

There is nothing in the Constitution that puts a timeline on a confirmation, so McConnell's decision stuck. The Supreme Court hobbles along, one person short.

The job of appointing a new justice fell to constant-drama Trump, who picked someone certain to be controversial, Neil Gorsuch.

The most important thing to note about Gorsuch is that in cases where the big and powerful were pitted against a voiceless common man, he always ruled for the big and powerful.

The Democrats have said no—no to Gorsuch's stands, no to Trump getting to nominate someone at all.

The simple summary of what can happen next is that the Republicans chose to change a long-standing rule —one that encourages Senators to work with each other and compromise— and shove Gorsuch into the Supreme Court.

Still, you will hear plenty of whining from Mitch McConnell that the Democrats did not play fair.

When you cause the problem, you have no right to whine. McConnell has no one to blame but himself.

—Carolyn Medland
April 13, 2017

4-H celebrates Spring Achievement winners


The 2017 4-H Spring Achievement/Style Revue was held recently at the Wesleyan Church in North Branch.

Evening honors for youth included:

4-H AMBASSADOR COURT:

Senior Ambassador: Amber Bennett

Junior Ambassadors: Nathan Dahn, Alexis Hedgcock, Audrey Johnston, Sydney Kapushinski

CAPITOL EXPERIENCE: Emma Bloss

JR. AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY MEMBERS: Jennifer Gibbs

KEY CLUB:

Jessica Childs, Jennifer Gibbs

NATIONAL 4-H CONGRESS:

Jonah Haskins

CITIZENSHIP WASHINGTON FOCUS:

Jonah Haskins, Sydney Kapushinski

COUNTY AWARDS MEDAL WINNERS:

Achievement - Amber Bennett, Emma Bloss

Agriculture - Jonah Haskins

Citizenship - Kayla Aboukarroum

Leadership - Emma Bloss, Jonah Haskins

PROJECT MEDAL WINNERS:

Camp Counselor - Bryce Hudson; Community Service - Emma Bloss; Dogs - Emma Bloss, Bryan Dahn; Gardening - Alexis Hedgcock, Sydney Kapushinski; Goats - Audrey Johnston, Mackenzie Johnston; Performing Arts - Sydney Kapushinski; Personal Development - Emma Bloss; Pocket Pets - Audrey Johnston, Mackenzie Johnston; Poultry - Amber Bennett, Freya Cusson, Magena Cusson; Rabbits - Nathan Dahn, Audrey Johnston, Mackenzie Johnston, Arianna Kosa; Swine - Amber Bennett, Audrey Johnston; Visual Arts - Alexis Hedgcock

COVER DESIGN CONTEST:

1st - Abigael Fox; 2nd - Avis Schapman

LAPEER COUNTY 4-H STATE AWARDS PARTICIPANT:

Kayla Aboukarroum - Leadership and Personal

Development - Sr.; Emma Bloss - Leadership and Personal Development - Jr.

TEEN COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES:

Kayla Aboukarroum, Ashley Gibbs

The Lapeer County 4-H Program also recognized adult volunteers, clubs, and outstanding supporters of 4-H at the Spring Achievement program.

4-H clubs were recognized with a $50 award for outstanding programming. Young Pioneers 4-H Club received honors for the best Club Community Service project; Dyna-Mutts 4-H Club won the Fun & Social Award.

A special award was given to honor Friends of 4-H. It went to John and Heather Seidell for their volunteer help with the shooting sports program; to Jenny Alexander for opening her farm for 4-Hers to have a place to ride their horses; to Steve Brandt for maintaining the arena at the fairgrounds and running the gymkhana show; and to Cassie Schultz for stepping up to volunteer to be coordinator of the BBQ at the Livestock Auction at Fair.

4-H volunteers are all extraordinary people who do extraordinary things to help kids, but every year the 4-H Program honors volunteers who have gone above and beyond by recognizing them as 4-H Leaders of the Year. This year the honor went to Tiffany Howell, volunteer leader of the Rural Route Horse club. Outstanding Lifetime Leader Award was awarded to Ray and Shelley Swain, leaders in Blue Ribbon Beef. Rae Haskins, a leader in Moo Crew and also Burnside Busy Bees 4-H clubs, received the Meritorious Leader Award.

Kathy George
April 05, 2017

Young Marines a great place for youths


Are you a boy or girl interested in leadership development? An opportunity to join the Young Marines is just a few days away.

Our Lapeer County Young Marines unit has an accelerated recruit training class scheduled for April 2017. Normally, our recruit training period is 13 weeks long during which new members complete a minimum of 26 hours of training. However, we are going to run a condensed four-week long recruit training in April that will fit all 26 hours into a shortened time frame.

The Young Marines is a national youth organization dedicated to developing leadership, teamwork and self-discipline skills of our members. We perform a tremendous amount of community service while promoting healthy, drug-free lifestyles of all youth. We encourage our members to be leaders within our community by setting a positive example for all youth to follow. These efforts include our peer-to-peer presentations on the dangers of drugs and the promotion of Red Ribbon Week (drug awareness) in October each year.

The program is open to boys and girls ages 8 through high school graduation. Due to the accelerated nature of this recruit training class, as well as the required weekend encampment away from home, this recruit class is only open to kids 11 years-old and older. We will be running a traditional 13-week recruit training in September which will be open to ages 8-17.

This recruit class will require our recruits to join us for a weekend encampment on April 21-23; the location is local. Thanks to generous donations from various individuals and organizations, we are able to supply the tents and the majority of gear that will be required for this encampment. It will be a fun and challenging weekend packed with a tremendous amount of learning and team building.

The mandatory orientation for this recruit class will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the American Legion Hall on Genesee St. in Lapeer (next to Big Lots). Please come with the registration packet completed to save time, including the physical. If you have had a sports physical done in the past few months, a copy of that will work in place of our physical form. The registration fee of $50 is due on that night as well. If payment arrangements are needed, please contact me at 810-688-7161.

For additional information and to obtain the registration packet to join, please visit our website at www.LapeerCountyYoung-Marines.com or call 810-688-7161. We are looking forward to welcoming Lapeer County's brightest and most motivated youth to join our Young Marines family.

—Carol Arman, Unit Commander
April 05, 2017

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