June 18 • 11:54 PM
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Thanks for expressing the other side of issue

Kudos to Rick Liblong for his 'More food for thought' column in last week's Tri-City Times.

I am currently building in the Dryden/Metamora area, so I pick up the paper whenever I can. As such, I note the frequency of Mr. Lengemann's columns and their very one-sidedness. He appears to be one seeking to increase the political divide. Thanks for expressing the other side. I imagine Rick has received a lot of negative emails. Good luck to him, I appreciate his efforts.

—Mark Lingeman
June 13, 2019

States have long history of independence

Rick Liblong's "Food for thought" column in last week's issue presents counter ideas to attorney John Lengemann's pro life letter, but they lack proper thought and again are just "opinion."

John Lengemann is a well known attorney in a prominent law firm. Akin to the commercial "When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen," Mr. Lengemann talks from years of research and expertise. If one counters his views, one had better be well prepared. Mr. Liblong tries to deflate Mr. Lengemann's assertions on the 14th amendment. Does one believe an attorney or a retired newspaper columnist? As far as state by state rules on cars, housing, medical care, etc., states have a long history of independence on many issues. Remember "states' rights" caused a civil war in this nation? And come on. Give men a little more credit on their own personal care. Do you want to "feminize" men?

Saying the 60 million abortion deaths were a necessary evil saddens me that anyone has the gall to even say that. I remember the late Mother Theresa saying "It is a poverty that children must die so we can live as we want." Abortion is not a solution! It is the sign of a morally corrupt nation.

In this country there are between 12 and 20 million plus illegal aliens. Is it alright to kill unborn babies to save our world, but okay to tolerate those violating U.S. law? As far as adopting unwanted children those couples wanting to adopt have had to resort to foreign adoptions as there are no children available. Infant adoption has been almost an impossibility for 40 years plus. Referring to foster care, not all children in foster care are adoptable. Some spent years in foster care. Many have been pulled from homes by state's protective services, awaiting issues at homes corrected, or cutting of parental rights. "Unwanted children" is just a ploy by abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to promote their pro death agenda.

I do wonder why Mr. Liblong states he wishes abortion was never needed. There are so many ways that women won't get pregnant so why promote abortion? But most troubling is his statement about when a fetus becomes human life. He states "It can survive outside the womb." Just when is that? Can a year-old take care of itself? Can a 2-year-old? Can a special needs child or person survive without help? Oh, that's right we will abort them. Maybe he should rethink himself.

—David Naeyaert
June 13, 2019

Lum firefighters thankful for support

The Lum Firefighters and families would like to thank all of those folks who came to eat at our annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, May 18. We hope everyone had plenty to eat and had fun with our 50/50 raffles and Chinese Auction. We always appreciate everyone who comes out to support the fire department.

We would also like to give a huge THANK YOU to all the people and businesses who either donated money or items for the auction. We are very thankful for all the continued support from our community and the surrounding communities as well. The continued support year after year is truly amazing. Again, this year you have all made this Spaghetti Dinner a huge success.

Thank you again,

—Lum Firefighters and Families
June 13, 2019

K-2 kids will get free books

The United Way of Lapeer County is excited to bring the Books4Kids: Building Home Libraries program to Weston Elementary in Imlay City during the 2019-2020 school year.

Funded by a grant from the Stebbins Family Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the United Way of Lapeer County has partnered with Literacy and Beyond of Port Huron, to provide every K-2 student at Weston Elementary in Imlay City and North Branch Elementary in North Branch with 10 free high interest books of their choosing at bi-monthly book fairs.

Approximately 950 children will receive a total of 9,500 books with this program.

—The United Way of Lapeer County
June 05, 2019

Safe stage fighting program

Lapeer County 4-H SPIN Clubs is introducing a 'Theatrical Stage Combat' program teaching youth how to perform a fight scene safely.

Learn the safety of proper stage fighting, how to move and swing a sword like a true stage performer. The SPIN Club runs Fridays and Saturdays through June 15 at Cramton Park in Lapeer. Please wear comfortable shoes.

There is a participation fee of $20 per youth or $60 per family with 3 or more children and $5 for youth interested in keeping their sword. Register quickly as space is limited!

For more information or application please contact me at the Michigan State University Extension Office, 810-667-0343.

—Brandon Kreiner
June 05, 2019

Auxiliary extends gratitude

The American Legion Auxiliary Post 135 of Imlay City would like to extend a big 'Thank You' to the community and surrounding towns for their generous donations to our 'Poppy Days.'

We'd like to thank Kroger and TSC stores for helping the Auxiliary be visible in the community to give back to the veterans.

One-hundred-percent of donations goes back to the veterans. How do we do that, you may ask? The Auxiliary purchases numerous items to take to the VA homes. We furnish toiletries for the men and women, clothing, handmade throws that are sewn, knitted or crocheted, and knitted or crocheted hats. We provide socks by the hundreds through our yearly 'Sock-O-Rama' project. We stuff purses for the women veterans to be given around Mother's Day, and provide items for the annual baby showers. Where there is a need, we try to fill it.

We also would like to extend a 'Thank You' to Tiana's Dollars-N-Deals Store and to Doug Halibicky State Farm agent in Imlay City for their generosity.

With great gratitude,

—American Legion Auxiliary
June 05, 2019

Coming events at IC Farmers Market

Entering the month of June, the Imlay City Farmers Market will continue operation on the corner of Third and Main Streets in Downtown Imlay City. The market runs from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. every Thursday, with something new occurring each week.

The first market of the month, Thursday, June 6, offers its usual goods— Penzien's flowers, Diane's antiques, Meg's Cakes, and so much more—as well as the second appearance of Lapeer food truck YaEatYet?

A newsletter will be provided to attendees about exciting Farmers Market news, as well as information for upcoming community events that you'll want to know about.

Beginning this month, the second Thursday of each month will be designated as Crafters & Artisans week, encouraging unique sellers to populate the market with repurposed home décor, handmade clothing, and homemade gifts. Thursday, June 13 will be the first Crafters & Artisans week of the season—just in time for your Father's Day gifts!

Kids' Day is making a return to the Imlay City Farmers Market as well. Thursday, June 20, vendors and activities geared towards children will be mixed in with our weekly vendors. The market will have an ice cone truck and a clown, as well as attendance by our very own Ruth Hughes Memorial Library gals. Kids' Day will happen the third Thursday of June, July, and August.

Our last Thursday of the month, June 27, will be graced with another live musical performance by Robyn Marriott, as well as another return by YaEatYet? food truck. As always, the usual vendors will stock the market with fresh produce and flowers, honey and syrup, baked goods, crafts, and more.

The best way to strengthen your community is to shop and eat locally! Visit the Imlay City Farmers Market and be a key player in supporting local farmers, businesses, and community members. While helping everyone else, you're also helping yourself with weekly access to healthy, fresh foods for you and your loved ones, as well as fun activities to get out and enjoy this summer!

Imlay City Farmers Market accepts EBT and Debit cards, and participates in the Double Up Food Bucks program, doubling up to $20 with your EBT transaction.

We are continuously looking to grow this Farmers Market. If you would like to sell at any of the weekly markets, contact me at the Imlay City Municipal Office at 810-724-2135, or email for more information.

See you there!

—Katrina Morrow, Market Manager
June 05, 2019

Robotics Club also gardens

On Thursday, May 23, The Imlay City 'Spartronics' Robotics Club donated their time at the Imlay City Butterfly Garden.

Teacher and club leader Don Heeke and the team volunteered in planting annuals and laying mulch. The students did a wonderful job! This group of students worked so well together. Oh! There was laughter, and joking around! I have to admit, at first I thought, we were not going to get a thing done with these young kids, but I was wrong. These students dug right in! I was even amused by all their laughing and joking around. I must say, I had a great time with these teenagers!

Along with Mr. Heeke and the Spartronics team, I would like to thank Dr. Jim Sillers for all his hard work the last few years on the garden. Each year he donates the plants and mulch. He is always the first one out to the garden in the spring, getting the beds ready!


—Kelly Villanueva
June 05, 2019

Keep current on LEAF info using Facebook

Thank you Tri-City Times for helping to spread the word and being such a great media partner (Investing in the Future, TCT May 22, 2019). For those interested in keeping up-to-date on all the LEAF information, we encourage you to 'like' and 'follow' LEAF Lapeer County and the Lapeer County Community Foundation Facebook pages.

—LEAF Lapeer County; Lapeer County
May 29, 2019

Protect family and pets from rabies

Warmer weather creates additional opportunities for outdoor activities in Michigan and increases the chances of wildlife encounters. Michiganders are reminded to adopt practices that protect their families and animals from rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that is transmitted through the bite or scratch of an infected animal. Bats and skunks are the most common carriers of rabies in Michigan. In 2018, there were 79 cases of rabies in animals in the state, including 77 bats and two skunks.

Rabies testing at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is ramping up, and as of May 22, the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories has identified rabies in five bats and two skunks of 928 animals tested.

Michigan health departments experience increased calls from citizens about bat encounters during the warm weather months between May and September. During this time, bats are more active, searching for food and rearing their young. While bats are beneficial to our ecosystem, they are also one of the species that is a natural host for the rabies virus.

People or pets usually get exposed to rabies when they are bitten by an infected animal. Other situations that may present a risk are when a bat is found in a room with people who have been asleep, or a bat is found with an unattended child or an impaired adult who cannot be sure they didn't have contact with the bat. In these cases, it is important to collect the bat for rabies testing.

Rabies is fatal to humans. Post exposure treatment is given to people who are exposed to a potentially rabid animal. Treatment is not necessary if the animal tests negative for rabies.

Protect your family and pets from rabies by taking these simple steps:

•Avoid contact with wildlife. Do not keep wild animals as pets and do not try to rehabilitate wildlife yourself. Wild animals can carry rabies without looking sick.

•If a wild animal appears sick, please report it to the Department of Natural Resources online at or at 517-336-5030.

•If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, seek immediate medical attention and alert the local health department. A directory of local public health departments is available at

•If you find a bat in your home, safely confine or collect the bat if possible and contact your local health department to determine if it should be tested for rabies. More information on how to collect a bat safely can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

•If you are unable or would prefer not to confine or collect a bat yourself, you may consider hiring a bat/wildlife removal service.

•Protect your pets by getting them vaccinated against rabies. Even cats that live indoors and never go outside need to be vaccinated, as they can encounter a bat that gets inside the home.

•If your animal is bitten or scratched by a wild animal or if you believe they have had unsupervised contact with wildlife, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Even if your pet is currently vaccinated against rabies, additional actions may need to be taken to prevent them from becoming infected. If possible, safely confine or capture the wild animal without touching it and contact your local animal control officer or veterinarian, as the animal may need to be tested for rabies.

More information about rabies and a map of rabies positive animals in Michigan can be found at

—Lynn Sutfin
May 29, 2019

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