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Food for Families helps feed the hungry


A sincere thanks to the organizations and individuals who have supported St. Paul's Food For Families Ministry in the past.

Because of your support, we were able to provide 4,200 meals and pantry items to 1,843 individuals and families in 2017.

Our association with the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan enables us to acquire government commodities at a reduced cost.

Remember the ornaments seen at various businesses in Imlay City before Christmas?

Every $1 donation gave us the purchase power of $6, and these monies went directly to the Food Bank in our name.

A special thank you to those who agreed to sell the ornaments and their customers who purchased them. We appreciate your

participation in our ministry.

We are truly grateful to everyone who provided meat, produce, groceries and monetary contributions.

Again, without your support we could not "feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and clothe the naked."

May the grace of God be with each of you.

In Thanksgiving.

—The Ministry of St. Paul’s Food For Families
January 17, 2018

Have a booth at 16th annual Earth Fair


Earth Fair is now accepting registrations for vendors, school field trips, volunteers, and Green Guardian Award nominations to participate in this year's 16th annual Earth Fair. Earth Fair is set for Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Goodells County Park, in St. Clair County.

A business, individual or group with an environmental product, message or service is encouraged to have a booth at Earth Fair by completing the online registration form. Discounted pricing is in effect January 8 - February 23 and no registrations will be accepted after March 9.

St. Clair County teachers with a 3rd - 5th grade class are invited to register online for a free field trip to Earth Fair. Earth Fair augments science lessons taught in the classroom and enables students to interact with 'field experts' in a hands-on learning environment. Field trip space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

The Green Guardian Award nomination is open until February 28. The Blue Water Area's only environmental recognition program will award four environmental superheroes from a business, school, group and individual that have demonstrated an initiative to enhance, preserve, and protect the Blue Water Area. Self-nomination is encouraged.

Earth Fair, Michigan's largest Earth Day event, is a free, two-day extravaganza that offers a unique opportunity for 70 exhibitors to connect with 10,000 visitors interested in healthy and green living. All registration forms are available online at www.EarthDayFair.com. For more information, contact Sheri Faust at (810) 987-5306 or earthfair@stclaircounty.org, or visit www.EarthDayFair.com.

—Sheri Faust
January 17, 2018

Abortion remains controversial issue


On January 22, 1973, "a day that will live in infamy," the U. S. Supreme Court gave unlimited rights to abortion on demand. While reflecting on the killing of 57-plus million unborn babies due to abortion is painful, we who believe in life can only struggle to work to change not only laws but attitudes. Laws prohibit some abortion procedures, but courts seem to find ways around them. If we only realize the destruction of human life in abortion, we understand how abortion dehumanizes us as a people. Once the Supreme Court said that one group of people could be no longer called "people" because it said so, all whether young, old, infirm, with disabilities, or any affliction could have life ended. Life is precious and must be valued. We see how human life has lost value evidenced by murders without reason in our nation's big cities like Detroit. Canada, our "progressive" neighbor north allows mercy killing. Some "progress."

Vaccines bring in a new issue. But a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, can replace common Zostavax which has used tissue from aborted healthy babies.

In closing, if you can join any Sanctity of Life activities this week, do so. Pray for the end of abortion. It must end.

—David Naeyaert
January 17, 2018

Deal with the issue, ignore language


Let me begin by stating that Trump's use of the term "s_ _ _hole" was intemperate and unwise. Particularly when it is impossible to ever have a private conversation in Washington D.C. without some person leaking portions thereof.

That being said, would Democrats/Liberals, and those who think similarly, have the same outrage had he used the term "dysfunctional" as opposed to "s_ _ _hole?" Coarse language, while insensitive perhaps, is also not uncommon even among those pompous elitists who are so outraged today (not to mention those persons comprising the "basket of deplorables"). I'll bet Gary Peters or Dick Durbin have used similar coarse expressions in their lives but now they are astride their moral high horse.

I may be wrong but I don't recall similar outrage expressed by liberals or weak kneed Republicans when Vice President Biden said "it's a big f_ _ _ing deal" on national television. Trump's remark was in a closed doors, private meeting while Biden's was out there for everyone to hear.

Irrespective of the optics or the coarseness of the language, the question Trump asked is relevant. Why do we want to preferentially admit people from such dysfunctional countries over persons from countries with a functional society who share common values and will more easily assimilate into the American way of life? It is a question that liberals and/or Democrats seem unwilling to answer but one that deserves a thorough discussion.

Wouldn't the wiser course of action be to ignore the language and deal with the issue? What should our immigration policy be? What should the criteria be to permit persons to immigrate? Do we wish to control our borders and who enters the country or is everyone entitled to come here without restriction? How many immigrants should we permit per year? Do we wish a merit based system? Should immigrants be entitled to immediately be eligible for welfare? As a nation are we entitled to discriminate regarding who is permitted to immigrate?

It seems to me that a thoughtful discussion along those lines would be far more beneficial than screaming from the housetops that use of the term "s_ _ _hole" means Trump is a racist; end of discussion.

—John L. Lengemann
January 17, 2018

Farley eulogized by former student


Last Friday, my first grade teacher from 59 years ago, Mary Margaret Farley died. She influenced me as a student, a teacher, and most importantly as a human being.

Mary Margaret Farley taught in the Almont school district. The following is a poem I penned in her honor.

Mary Margaret Farley

There is a lady, that I have known

For all of my many years.

A truly remarkable person

To both her students and her peers.

As a child, we would visit

To their farm where we would go.

My grandmother and Mrs. Farley

Were O'Neils and it did show.

It was in 1958,

When to Miss Farley's room, I went.

There'd be no other place for me,

Nor one, where I'd be sent.

The year it was amazing.

Such patience, she always had.

And always with that smile.

It made me feel so glad.

The years, they passed

As they seem to do.

Both Margaret and Ruth,

I'd see the two.

We'd talk about my teaching

And how she had influenced me.

Kindness was the key word.

We surely did agree.

Our love for family history,

Was a passion that we shared.

We read each other's family books.

And saw how much we cared.

Now it's time to say, "Farewell."

With gratitude in my heart.

You taught me such important things.

From the ending to the start.

—Rick Bryce
January 11, 2018

Increase chance to have healthy baby


To increase their chances of having a healthy baby, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging women to take steps to reduce their risk of getting an infection during pregnancy.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed January as Birth Defects Awareness Month in Michigan, and MDHHS is joining with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the March of Dimes, the Teratology Society and MothertoBaby to raise awareness of birth defects and how they can be prevented.

The campaign, "Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby's Protection," places a special emphasis on the importance of preventing infections before and during pregnancy that can increase the risk of having a baby with a birth defect. Birth defects are the most common cause of death in the first year of life and the second most common cause of death in children aged one to four years.

Among the many steps a woman can take to increase her chance of having a healthy baby is preventing infections that increase the risk of birth defects and other health problems for mothers and babies. Some helpful tips for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant include:

•Get the flu shot and the whooping cough vaccine.

•Become up-to-date with all vaccines before getting pregnant.

•Use insect repellent.

•Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside.

•Consider avoiding travel to areas with Zika virus.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water.

•Avoid putting a young child's cup or pacifier in your mouth.

•Ask about how you can prevent infections, such as Zika virus.

•Discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted infections.

All women capable of becoming pregnant should eat a healthy diet, be physically active and take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day, whether they are currently planning a pregnancy or not.

In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4½ minutes— about 120,000 babies each year. About 1 in 33 of Michigan's 113,000 babies is born with a serious birth defect every year.

MDHHS encourages residents to be an active participant in National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Learn more by following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Facebook and #Prevent2Protect on Twitter.

—Lynn Sutfin
January 11, 2018

Earn chance to win auto merchandise


My son, Mason Ludwig, age 15 from North Branch, has been racing competitively since he was 7 years-old and is constantly working on his racing career. As the next step in this coming 2018 season, he will be racing a late model race car in North Carolina.

Mason is currently entered into an online voting contest for a chance to win a $50,000 racing sponsorship through Champion Auto Parts.

The contest began Friday, Jan. 5 and round 1 of voting ends Feb. 2. Voters can vote one time per day and will be entered into sweepstakes for a chance to win Champion Auto Parts merchandise. Please take a moment out of your daily routine to cast a vote in his direction and share his entry in the process.

His entry can be found at sfac.championautoparts.com/entry/1793/ . For more information you can visit his facebook page at www.facebook.com/masonludwigracing or his website www.masonludwig.com. Any help you could provide would mean the world to Mason. Thank you.

Sincerely,

—Jaime Ludwig
January 11, 2018

Allowing marijuana raises questions


I see the village of Almont is moving forward with plans to enact a marijuana ordinance to allow medical marijuana facilities in town. And of course Capac is moving full steam ahead with plans to allow a large grow operation in the village. While police warn and cajole to slow down, the majority of village elders consider this a real financial boon for the village. After all what local unit of government couldn't use a real "shot in the arm" of a money-making enterprise with promise of high-paying jobs.

Obviously the police are vested in crime prevention, so bringing a business that brings a flood of cash, probable criminal element, and more impaired drivers is not their cup of tea. The cash issue is serious since no bank will handle the money unless federal laws change since handling the marijuana money is laundering drug money and would bring the feds on them, in case no one has noticed that Attorney General Sessions is going to crack down on marijuana laws at the federal level. Will this effect state marijuana laws? Time will tell.

Humm...The great jobs promised? Will they actually go to locals, or out of area contract labor working for far less. And I wonder who is going to finance the whole deal. Again banks won't do it. More drug money? That's scary.

Maybe we ought to get prostitution laws changed so Capac can be the "Las Vegas of Michigan." No one gets hurt, right? After all, once one starts down that road, why stop?

Sincerely,

—David Naeyaert
January 11, 2018

Time to get together for fishing fun


Michigan: home to outstanding fishing, more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams.

There's no shortage of recreational opportunities to explore—and what better time to do so than the 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend!

The 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend will be held Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. As part of these weekends, all fishing license fees are waived for two days with residents and out-of-state visitors allowed to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all other regulations still apply during that time.

To encourage involvement in Free Fishing Weekends, organized activities are often offered in communities across the state. These activities are coordinated by non-profit groups, schools, parks (local/state), businesses and others. Will you be joining them and planning a 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend event?

If you would like to plan an event, check out Michigan.gov/freefishing for information and resources to help! On the site you'll find two toolkits; one focused on planning and the other on promoting your event.

Once your event is coordinated, please register it as an official 2018 Winter Free Fishing Weekend activity online at: http://survey.sogosurvey.com/r/T3SMaB. Upon doing so you will be contacted about receiving a packet of materials from Fisheries Division to use during your event.

Please join this year's efforts to help get more people out fishing. We welcome you to become a part of the tradition that is the annual Free Fishing Weekends—a time to get together and have some fishing fun!

More information available at Michigan.gov/freefishing.

—Michigan Department of Natural Resources
January 03, 2018

Cranberry Festival better every year


On behalf of the Capac Chamber of Commerce I would like to thank the following merchants and individuals who made the 3rd Annual Capac Cranberry Festival a huge success: Lakestone Bank and Trust, Capac Pharmacy, DDA, Tri County Bank, Capac Chiropractic, Capac Family Dentistry, Capac Family Medicine, Capac Youth Baseball League, Champions Sports Bar and Grill, Fronneys Foods, Kapala Heating and Cooling, Keihin Corporation, McDonalds of Capac, Mike Pirrone Produce, Preferred Seamless Gutters, State Farm of Capac and WITCO.

I would also like to thank the following event supporters:

A-Salon of Capac, Capac Hardware, Chief Financial, Capac Lions Club, Firemen of Mussey Township, Capac Library, Mr. R's, Rising Star Dance Studio, Village of Capac, Dept. of Public Works, Steven & Donna Beatty, Joseph & Sandy Remenap and all who participated in the light parade. It was a great sight to see 30 plus floats all lit up parading down Main Street. Because of continuous support from these individuals and businesses, the Cranberry Festival has been able to grow and get bigger and better every year. Please mark your calendars for next year's event December 1, 2018.

—Mary Rilley
December 27, 2017

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