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St. Paul’s ministry grateful for support


In the past few months. St. Paul's Lutheran Church Food for Families ministry has been blessed by the kindness of this community with food items, fresh eggs, and monetary gifts.

If you purchased an ornament during the holidays, you are included in that blessing. Those funds went into our account at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to purchase pantry items.

Your support enabled us to serve over 5,000 meals in 2016 and 248 received food items from the pantry in January alone.

Your gifts are very much appreciated and please receive our sincere thanks.

Sincerely,

—The Volunteers of St. Paul’s
February 22, 2017

Buffalo & Boar Wild Game dinner on tap


Lions Bear Lake Camp is excited to announce our 3rd Annual, Buffalo & Boar Wild Game Dinner Fundraiser. The main menu will be wild boar and buffalo just as the name implies. Of course that's just the feature, as the dinner will be complimented with a variety of dishes and hors d'oeuvres. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

The dinner will be complete with gun raffles, silent auction, sportsman fishing and hunting trip packages and more!

The date is Saturday, April 1, and doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $25 each and only 200 will be available, so be sure to order your tickets now, as they go fast.

Grand prize tickets are also on sale for $25 each. The grand prize drawing will consist of three separate items, so there will be three winners possible and only 250 tickets will be sold! A fabulous Mission Crossbow, Sniper Light Model leads the way, followed by a Savage Model 220- 20-gauge slug gun, and a Thompson Center- Triumph Model 50 caliber, ss barrel muzzle loader.

Tickets for both the dinner and Grand Prize Raffle can be purchased online at www.bearlakecamp.org or Hunters Den at 2110 N. Lapeer Road, in Lapeer. You can also call Bear Lake at 810-245-0726 for more info or tickets.

All net proceeds from this fun event will support programs at Lions Bear Lake Camp for special needs children. The camp is owned and operated by Lions Visually Impaired Youth Camp, a 501-C3 organization.

The camp is also looking for donations from business and individuals for our auctions. Donations are all tax deductible. Contact the camp for info on how you can help.

Sincerely,

—Dennis Tomkins, Director
February 22, 2017

Support appreciated


The Lapeer County Education and Technology Center is pleased to announce it has received a $6,965 grant from the Lapeer County Community Foundation to support Project Raising HOPE. The Lapeer County Community Foundation manages over 63 funds to provide grants for a wide range of charitable purposes. Since 1996, over $3.1 million has been given to enhance the quality of life in Lapeer County.

Project Raising HOPE provides locally grown quality meat to community members in need through the Stone Soup Food Bank. Animals are raised at the Lapeer County Education and Technology Center by Agriscience students, FFA members and students with special needs from the Lapeer County Intermediate School District.

In the past year, Project Raising HOPE has provided 5,193 pounds of meat and over 20,000 meals to Lapeer County! This grant will help the program continue to succeed in providing to the community and educating students.

Sincerely,

—Jennifer English
February 15, 2017

Grateful for donation


The Loving Hands Free Clinic sincerely wishes to thank the Imlay City Lions Club and all their members for their generous recent donation to the Clinic.

The donation will help us to purchase basic medications and supplies that will be given to our patients. The Imlay City Lions Club donation is greatly appreciated and much needed.

For the last 13 years, the Clinic has continued to provide free primary medical care to low-income Lapeer County adults who are uninsured, and also to those low-income patients who may have insurance, but have high deductibles. Contact the Loving Hands Clinic with any questions at (810) 667-8933.

Sincerely,

—Cathy Johnson, Director
February 15, 2017

Only in Christ is peace


As Catherine Minolli quoted 1 Corinthians 13 in her February 8, 2017 'Love is Love in Imlay City' story, it should also be noted that the verse continues, saying "Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth."

We do need to respect the dignity of each person, created in the image and likeness of God.

It is not love to accept as licit a deadly sin that may threaten the external wellbeing of a soul.

I have also sinned. But I do not ask you to accept my sin as good, or to celebrate or defend it. Only in Christ is our peace.

—Susan Sterner
February 15, 2017

Rotten apple spoils barrel for reader


"One rotten apple spoils a barrel," an old saw describing that our impressions are influenced by the worst action in any event. Perception becomes the truth in a news story. Catherine Minolli's "Observations in Ink" column of February 1, 2017 attacked me personally regarding my criticizing the "Women's March" in January. Print and TV media covered the event so anyone could draw their own opinions about the march. I made no personal attack on Ms. Minolli. She has her opinion and I have mine. Ms. Minolli's attack was certainly not in the character of a newspaper editor with the history of the "Tri City Times" and not professional in any stretch. I am not a public figure to use her position of power to say anything she wants about an ordinary citizen. So thin-skinned are liberals that any negative comments are not tolerated, and they strike out like a robot with no control.

The despicable assault on the family pushing homosexual marriage by Barack Obama speaks for itself on his moral depravity. He did what he could by his "pen and phone" to destroy the family, and moral fiber of this nation. But again with liberals anything they do is alright because "it is good for us." Only they know that. The election showed that people were tired of liberal anti- family garbage.

Community respect is valuable for one in the position of Ms. Minolli. Use your own judgment. She does not have my respect.

In closing I will use one of her phrases from her rant altered slightly to describe the essence of the march": "This is what democrazy is."

I remain,

—David Naeyaert
February 15, 2017

Make a difference with therapy dogs


Have you ever thought about making a difference in your community? Do you have a dog with a good temperament, well behaved and loves human contact? If you answered yes to the above questions, Mid Michigan Therapy Dogs Inc. may be able to help you and your canine best buddy make the difference. A therapy dog is a family pet that is trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, grief camps, and other sometimes difficult situations. Dogs must be well socialized, enjoy human contact and be content being petted and handled by different people. The dogs primary job is to bring joy and comfort to unfamiliar people by making physical contact with them.

The twelve week training course includes classroom instructions followed up with field trips. Dogs will be tested for the Canine Good Citizen Certification. Class size is limited and fills up quickly. Pre-registration is required. Classes start March 7 at 7 p.m. Please no walk-ins.

If now is the time to brighten an elderly person's day, or if now is the time to help a child read, or if now is the time to offer comfort to someone grieving, then now is the time to come make a difference.

For more information call Kathie Whitehouse, president, at 248-909-9522 or Terri Martin, lead trainer at 248-521-2930 or visit our website at www.midmichigantherapydogs.com for an application.

Sincerely,

—Terry Martin
February 15, 2017

Are lawmakers on track for our state to be ‘next Ohio?’


The article on the front page of the Tri-City Times a couple of weeks ago (Jan. 25, 2017) explaining the "inevitability" of a brine disposal well to be located in Capac was unsettling to say the least. Why did the township allow the rezoning of agricultural property to commercial hazardous waste disposal site? It sounds like the Governor and his henchmen are just willing to roll over for Clear River Energy.

The article said Clear River Petroleum is very experienced at obtaining well permits; they have two well permits approved and a third well on its way in Michigan. Reading the article, I get the feeling our people in Lansing feel these oil people are just smarter than they are.

Pennsylvania and, I believe, Virginia moved to strengthen its fracking waste rules. Drillers found it cheaper and easier to dispose of their hazardous waste in Ohio. Across the region, fracking waste has increased a staggering 540 percent since 2004, with more being produced every year. Will our lawmakers let us become the next Ohio? Have we specified only Michigan fracking waste be disposed of in Michigan?

The average class II waste injection well (for fracking waste) is 4,000 feet deep, why is our Governor and his henchmen settling for a 2,600 foot well? How much will the state receive for each barrel pumped into our wells? These dollars would fund recovery of any future property damage due to the wells. Do you think the company from Oklahoma is building a truck stop at I-69 and Capac Road because the existing one will not be able to handle all the tanker truck traffic when that well opens? If these wells do fail, it will be two or three generations from now. They will affect grandchildren we will never know.

Is the well in Capac an inevitability? I thought inevitable things are earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or a hurricane making landfall. Not a waste disposal company wanting to make fat profits. Although, there are manmade inevitabilities such as elections, when voters can show their appreciation for the efforts or lack of efforts our lawmakers have demonstrated in safeguarding our environment and the largest body of fresh water on the planet.

There has been a lot of discussion pertaining to clean, fresh water shortages in the future. The August issue of the National Geographic magazine had an enlightening article about the draining of the Ogallala Aquifer. It overlays seven states from Nebraska to Texas. The deepest pool lays under Nebraska with the aquifer growing shallower as it goes south. Wells in the south end are going dry on farms and in towns and homes today. The Ogallala loses on average 8.3 million acre feet of water annually due to unregulated pumping that is not sustainable. I read years ago that it takes 100 years to replenish one foot of water in that aquifer. The aquifer is declining at twice the rate it did a decade ago.

Aquifers are not our only water problem. The level of Lake Meade has dropped 100 hundred feet, affecting the operation of electrical generating turbines at Hoover Dam. Saudi Arabia provides the most spectacular example of overdrawing a resource. The huge Arabian aquifer was tapped by drilling 2,000 foot deep wells in 1980. The dunes turned green with grain turning the nation into a major exporter. Today the aquifer is all but dry. The Saudis are now raising alfalfa in California and Arizona. Other aquifers being rapidly depleted cited in the article are in Africa and India.

They say it will be more difficult in the future to meet the needs of a growing world population with clean fresh water than meeting the needs of oil and gas. Thanks for taking your time to read this.

—Tom Janicki
February 15, 2017

Almont DDA is grateful for support


The Almont Downtown Development Authority wishes to extend our sincere appreciation for all the businesses, organizations and individuals who go above and beyond to make sure that our Youth on Main Street students can organize an event for the community.

The Youth on Main Street along with the Almont High School Dance Team consisted of 20 Almont High School students who volunteered their time to organize, prepare and put together last week's Polar Palooza for the Almont Community.

This event was co-sponsored by the Almont DDA and Almont Park Board as well as facility use provided by the Almont Lions Club for the Movie (Snow Buddies).

Further financial support and donations were provided by: Ace Hardware/Vinckier Foods, Lakestone Bank & Trust, Kommunity Kracker Barrel, Law Offices of Eric Flinn, Spring Dynamics, Almont Area Chamber of Commerce, Southeastern Heatmor, Tom Wearing, First Independent— DesCamps Agency, LLC and Dr. Jay Vanderest DDS.

A special thank you is extended to: Terry Roach, Wes Wagester, and Gary Peltier for all their assistance that day and the Almont DPW staff for all the site prep work.

The students spent a lot of time preparing for this year's event. Unfortunately, the weather did not completely cooperate, as it was very cold and no snow. The Youth on Main Street made the best of the day and are looking forward to another great year next year.

—Kim Schall, Director
February 09, 2017

Has President been ‘trumped’ by Trudeau


Has the President been 'trumped' by his Canadian counterpart? Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who in addition to being blessed with a charismatic personality, appears to have inherited the political moxie of his late father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Within hours of the issuance of the executive order that immediately banned immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering or returning to the United States, Mr. Trudeau announced that Canada would accept all of the affected immigrants who had been previously authorized to enter or to return to this country. That gesture not only reaffirmed Canada's reputation for assisting those who find themselves in a bad way through no fault of their own, but also allowed our neighbor to the north to expand its population with many bright and hardworking people, who had successfully passed the world's most thorough vetting process that was paid for in its entirety by the people of the United States.

As a result of Prime Minister Trudeau's apparent compassion coupled with his foresight, Canadian institutions of higher learning should for years to come enjoy an increase in foreign undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, while the financial dilemma that many colleges and universities in the United States face may be further exacerbated by the loss of a sizeable number of foreign students.

In addition, the income generated by these new Canadian residents will assist Prime Minister Trudeau in fulfilling one of his most publicized campaign promises by not only helping to fund improvements to existing Canadian infra-structure, but will also provide funds for the future infra-structure projects that will be necessary to accommodate the additional 3.5 million people, who are projected to move into the greater Toronto area during the next twenty years.

While American politicians may not be interested in Canadian history, the members of the Trudeau family have keenly studied American politics for well over a half century. It is apparent that the following passage from President Ronald Reagan's farewell speech, which was delivered from the Oval Office on January 11, 1989, still resonates with the current Prime Minister: "I've spoken of the Shining City all my political life…In my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have mastered the

'art of the deal,' will we Americans?

Respectfully,

—Eric Flinn
February 09, 2017

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