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Fire millage supports Twp. mission

The Imlay Township Board extends our sincerest gratitude to all of our voters who took the time to come out to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, to cast a "YES" vote on the Imlay Township Fire Protection Services proposal. Because of these "YES" votes, this proposal passed.

Your support of this millage further supports the Imlay Township Mission: "The mission for Imlay Township is to function as a community where farming, industry, business, and residents compliment each other."

Thank you again for your support of our community and our community services.


—Imlay Township Board of Trustees
November 15, 2017

Center for the Arts gets $15,000 grant

The Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer, Inc. is thrilled to be awarded a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for 2018.

The Operational Support grant will assist the Center for the Arts with artists and educators fees and expenses, marketing, community outreach, production costs, classroom supplies, software and website upgrades. The Center for the Arts offers twelve Gallery exhibitions per year and over forty performances in the PIX Theatre per year, as well as a variety of art classes, workshops and special events, such as Oktoberfest, Women's Holiday Expo and Art On Nepessing Street.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the Center for the Arts included: Lakestone Bank & Trust, The County Press LAView Newspapers, Hurley Medical Center, Lapeer Optimist, Sky Electric, Calvelli's and Papa's Pizza, Meijer, Sharkey Construction Corporation, State Farm Pat Cronin, Lapeer Medical Associates, Kiwanis of Lapeer, The Curt Carter Family, Burke's Flowers, Circle K RV's, Dave Hall Chevrolet Buick, DTE Energy, The Lapeer Agency, Lesley Elizabeth, Vidon Plastics, Tri-City Times, McLaren Lapeer Region, Rotary Club of Lapeer, Aladdin's Cleaning and Restoration, Andrew Aretakis, DDS, Fenton Home Furnishings, Lapeer Community Theatre, Lapeer County Medical Care Facility, Lee's Auto Repair, Louie's Sports Tavern, Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, CMS, Gaye Butterfield, Dort Federal Credit Union, East Annrook Party Store, ELGA Credit Union, Kapala Heating Air Conditioning, Keith Byard State Farm, Lapeer Awning and Window, Lapeer Vision Center, Lapeer Dental Centre, Melanie DiCenso Financial Planner, Molly Maid of Metamora, Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Oesch and Sieting, Certified Public Accountants, Robson & McCallum, Certified Public Accountants, Roberts Dermatology, Rogers Pharmacy, Ross Automotive, Rowe Professional Services Company, Quinn Willoughby Photography, The Robert Rowden Jr, Thelma Rowden, and Carol Fischhaber Families, Sue Gregory and Gary Herfert, Rick and Fran VanHaaften Tilted Axis, Woodchips American Bar-be-que Restaurant.

The Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer, Inc. is the merger of the former PIX Arts Council and Gallery 194, the 4 year old organization is a 501c3 non-profit serving the greater Lapeer County region. This is the fourth MCACA Operational Support Grant awarded the Center for the Arts. At the grant review in August, the panelist found the quality and variety of programming impressive. The support of the DDA, service organizations, local businesses and community were also vital to the success of the grant application.

The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 558 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2018 funding.

—Jill Lyons, Executive Director
November 15, 2017

Plaid Shirt night founder thanks many

I want to thank the Capac Board of Education, Jeff Terpenning, Nicole Kirby and Woods-N-Water News for the help they gave me to re-establish the Plaid Shirt Night program.

I have so many to thank that your pages would be filled.

Each and every one of you that helped out, donated door prizes or paid admission, you have my undying gratitude.

A very huge tip of my "Stormy Kromer" to all the vendors who participated, along with my behind-the-scenes crew of Al Keskimaki, Barb Redding, Kathy Kish, Jodi and Sandy Remenap and Jennifer Mousseau.

Again, thank you to our vendors: Blumerich Farms; Buck Baits.Com; Butch Tkalcac for lumber donation; Campbell Farm Market; Carol Treece; Chris Glombowski; Dan Snyder; Dr. Noffert; Dr. Robert Young; Erika Wendt; Fred and Greg Abbas of A-Way Outdoors; Harold Kemler of Son-in-Law Products; Jeff Johnson; Jeff Wallace; John Burkovich; Joe Herrington; Jodi Rawlins, Mr. R's; John Ohmer; Kathy Voight; Kenny & Dave at The Store; Ken Jordan; Lori Hackelberg; Mike Savage; Nate Hollenbeck; Paul Block; Paul Dewitt; Pete Friedenstein; Randy Schultz; Rebecca Homer; Rick Bonney; Ryan Kersten; Steve Francis, Country Smoke House; Tom Friedsberg; Tom Kinzer, Just Land Sales; Ron Schafer and Tri-County Bank.

Thank you all.


—Joe Remenap
November 15, 2017

The rich getting a big win from this bill

Republicans are racing to push through a tax bill before Americans can digest it.

It is supposed to provide middle class relief. The centerpiece is a new, big standard deduction. But the problem is that the bill both gives and takes away from middle- and low-income Americans. It raises the lowest tax bracket by 2%, and the touted new standard deduction evaporates in five years. It will also RAISE taxes on families with children, about half of the middle class.

What is NOT in doubt is the rich getting a big win from this bill.

It puts an astounding 1.5 billion dollar hole in our budget. One trillion dollars of the tax cut goes to corporations. Another $300 billion goes to the richest among us because the Estate tax is eliminated.

Trump himself benefits 'YUGELY' from this bill.

The argument for rewarding corporations and the wealthy is the same as always— it will create jobs.


Corporations will do what they want with this windfall. Usually, it goes into buying back their own stock, which raises the price, and the CEOs and stockholders benefit.

This "trickle down" idea has been tried before. Reagan was first. When it didn't work, he just passed a huge deficit along. GHW Bush decided NOT to believe in trickle down, calling it voodoo economics. But GW Bush, bought into this idea, (and, like Trump, deregulation too) and the resulting greed brought us to 2009's catastrophic crash. Do we want to go there again?

Corporate America is already awash in cash, and it has not stimulated growth for the middle class yet.

This is not tax reform. This is a gift to the people who donate to the Republican Party. A few crumbs were thrown to the middle class to make us think we have won.

—Carolyn Medland
November 15, 2017

We just need to say no to windmills

I have attended many Lapeer County and township meetings and I have come to the conclusion that our local township boards and planning commissions do not have the proper education and experience to deal with writing enforceable windmill ordinances. Many are afraid of being sued by energy companies and ending up being bankrupt from litigation. There are many lawyers within the state that will take this issue on, free of charge.

As Nancy Reagan once said "just say no to drugs," we also can say "just say no to windmills." How would we do it? The solution is simple! The Lapeer County Board of Commissioners has the authority, through the leadership of chairman Gary Roy, to appoint County officials to establish a windmill board. They also have the authority to either adopt or reject local township ordinances. I would encourage all of the windmill opponents to attend one of the Lapeer County Board of Commissioners meetings and ask them to place at least a one year moratorium of windmill developments within the County of Lapeer. Speak up and out before you have a 500 foot windmill in your back yard.


—Gary L. Cooley
November 15, 2017

Event reflects the Almont Advantage

The Almont Lions Club and The Almont Downtown Development Authority extend their sincere appreciation to the all our sponsors who helped make the 20th Annual Spooky Time Bash, the popular Pet Parade Contest and the Best Boy & Girl Costume Contest a success. It is only through the cooperation and generosity of our sponsors that this event has continued to be such a great success.

The continued generosity of the Almont business community is deeply appreciated. Over 300 local children and residents were treated to food, games, hay rides, a magician and a clown for an afternoon of fun. Those that came were able to see Almont's creativity on full display through the costumed Pet Parade along with the children dressed up in their favorite costume. Events such as these truly reflect the Almont Advantage of living and investing in our community.

Serving Almont,

—Kimberly A. Schall, Director
November 08, 2017

Girl Scouts hold 21st Senior Dinner

The Almont Girl Scouts held their 21st Annual Senior Citizen Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, October 22nd at the Berlin Township Senior Center. We would like to thank all of those who were involved in making it a success to be able to serve 51 area senior citizens. The dinner would not have been possible without the efforts and donations of the seniors in attendance, troop leaders, and parents as well as donations from the following local businesses and organizations: Kommunity Kracker Barrel, Vinckier Foods, Kiwanis of Clinton Township, Buccilli's Cakes and Pizza, Mandy J Florist, Almont Grondin's, Almont Country Smoke House, Imlay City Jet's Pizza, Brookwood Fruit Farm, Brohl's Flower Garden, Blake Farms, Watchbands-N-More, the Stroup Family, Charlie Browns, and Yarbrough Insurance Group.

We couldn't have done it without your support. Once again, we sincerely offer our thanks!


—Almont Girl Scouts
November 08, 2017

A better use of public money

Regarding the planned sign at I-69 and Van Dyke and Newark which would "promote" a good impression for those entering the city and additional safety detailed in a story by Tom Wearing in last week's issue, a better use of public money would be to convert the existing traffic signal to include a left turn arrow for the north- and southbound traffic. Rush hour traffic allows perhaps one or two vehicles to make a turn if lucky, creating a dangerous intersection especially as winter hours befall the city. Many residents have mentioned this.

—Bruce & Yvonne David
November 08, 2017

Putting lipstick on pig, you still have a pig

Two years ago residents of Imlay City voted for a street millage. As is evident, we have little to show for such action. Cheney Street., West First, Dirgo, Pine, Fourth, (just for starters) are streets that needed attention this year. Instead we have city officials wasting $200,000 on a median project in no man's land. I have read every reason why this project has been justified but not one has anything to do with improving the lives of us who live in the city. One justification was to improve the image of Imlay City? Please. The stretch of Van Dyke between Newark and Third Street is the second most ugly stretch of highway in the county. (M-24 through Lapeer would rank #1). City officials are putting lipstick on a pig, and unfortunately you still have a pig. What do you think the image of Imlay City is for out-of-towners who drive to the football field or middle school down West First?

Slow down traffic was another justification. Good luck.

The $200,000 would have gone a long way to resurfacing the streets and allowed people to drive through town without beating the daylights out of their car.

Here's an idea for city officials and you don't even need to consult a fake tourist: Before you spend a penny, ask 'how does this improve the lives of our residents.' Your priorities are screwed up and until you prove otherwise, you can kiss another street millage bye-bye.

—Skip Wiley
November 08, 2017

Time to move on rather than go down with the dinosaurs

I get that residents in northern Lapeer County are concerned about wind turbines moving into their neighborhoods. There are concerns about noise, property values and aesthetics. All valid concerns. Maybe the most serious concerns are around feeling overwhelmed and powerless in the face of a powerful energy company making these changes over us. This breeds anger and frustration.

Changes are coming nevertheless, in the form of unstable weather patterns that we are witnessing, and will increase. Can your house withstand 80 or 90 mile an hour winds? If your house gets blown away that will also affect your property values.

I'm happy to see investment in new energy locally. Personally I feel proud of Lapeer County when I drive past the solar farm off of I-69 on the west side of the City of Lapeer. It looks to me like an investment in the future. Doesn't it bode well for our young people if they become skilled in these future technologies?

This is an evolving technology. We need to build in order to innovate the next generation, maybe vertical axis, or oscillating wind generators for example.

I know this: I'm not for investing more into squeezing the last drops of oil out of every shale layer through fracking and drilling. Time to move on rather than go down with the dinosaurs. Are we truly unable and unwilling to choose paths that ensure a healthy future because some don't like the way wind turbines look in the landscape? I think they look stately and noble, like sentries of forward thinking and action. I would like to see some on township properties, powering the community locally and perhaps generating revenue to fund public good, free rural wifi? Fix the roads?

That being said I do hear the concerns of residents who want to have a say in their future. Writing local ordinance to deal with setbacks and sound limits are worth writing thoughtfully because resentment also poisons the air and that's not healthy either. The future is reaching out for us—do you really want to run from it and into the arms of the coal and oil dinosaurs? We're already reaping the whirlwind from that.


—Miriam Marcus
November 08, 2017

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