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Save the Frogs Day

April 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

For the third consecutive year, State Rep. Matt Lori has introduced a House resolution to declare April 26 as Save the Frogs Day in Michigan.

Lori introduced House Resolution 338, recognizing the threat that frogs – including the 12 species indigenous to Michigan – are facing.

Lori said he continues to be impressed by the expansion of projects undertaken by Save the Frogs. He said he shares concerns about the impact of ignoring the important role frogs play in the state’s ecology and worldwide.

5K Color Run and Family Fun Event

April 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Glen Oaks Community College has announced its inaugural 5K Color Run and Family Fun Event will take place Saturday at the Centreville-area school.

The untimed 5K run/walk will take participants through rolling hills and wooded trails with staggered start times between 9 a.m. and noon.

Registration is $25 and each entrant will receive a white t-shirt with race logo and sponsor information to wear during the event. Volunteers positioned at five check-points throughout the route will be armed with bottles of powder to spray colors into the air.

Additionally, participants will receive sunglasses to use as protection from the flying colors and individual packets of color to throw at the finish line.

A number of events for children and families will be ongoing during and after the run.

CROP Hunger Walk

April 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The 43rd annual CROP Hunger Walk takes place Sunday, and event organizers are appealing to the public to consider participating.

The fundraising event takes place at 2 p.m. in Sturgis. Registration begins at 1:15 at First United Methodist Church.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward those in need locally and internationally.

Salvation Army of Sturgis and the Burr Oak Food Pantry will receive a combined 25 percent of the proceeds raised.

Organizers’ goal for this year’s event is to have about 125 walkers and raise at least $10,000.

Step forward and tell the truth

April 23, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The mother of homicide victim Jodi Parrack said anyone with knowledge of the incident should step forward and tell the truth.

Jo Gilson, mother of 11-year-old Parrack, addressed the media Tuesday at the Constantine Police Department. The event was staged following last week’s arrest of Raymond McCann on a felony charge of perjury.

A warrant for McCann’s arrest was issued after Michigan State Police cold-case investigators discovered inconsistencies in his comments made immediately after and years later regarding the November 2007 homicide of Parrack.

Gilson said she has known McCann since she was a teenager and is best friends with his sister, who accompanied her to Tuesday’s event. Still, Gilson, said she and the McCann family deserve to hear the truth about what happened to her daughter.

Gilson, who previously went by the name Valerie Carver, now lives in Northwest Indiana.

McCann was arraigned over the weekend and he remains in the county jail. A preliminary hearing from the perjury charge is scheduled for May 1.

Woman injured in motorcycle accident

April 23, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Officers from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an injury accident that occurred last week in Mendon Township.

A motorcycle driven by Kathy Kline, 54, of Mendon, was southbound at 8:15 p.m. Friday on Silver Street, when she lost control north of Wakeman Road

Kline’s motorcycle went off the left side of the roadway. The bike then flipped several times and Kline was thrown from the motorcycle. She sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash.

Investigators said Kline was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the incident.

Hazardous waste collection Saturday

April 23, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management Planning Committee is staging its twice-a-year household hazardous waste collection 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the county fairgrounds.

The event is an opportunity for the public to get rid of electronics, household hazardous waste, tires, paper, cardboard, paint and other hard-to-dispose-of items.

Pat Kulikowski, secretary to the solid waste committee, said this weekend’s collection will be the ninth consecutive spring event.

With a few exceptions, there is no fee for dropping off items. There is a $1 charge per tire, $3 per semi tire and $15 per tractor tire; $1 per can of latex paint, regardless of how much or how little is in the can; and $1 per pound for household hazardous waste over 100 pounds.

Kulikowski said, as always, cash donations are welcome and will be put toward staging another collection in October. The solid waste committee has an allocation of $19,000 to operate the spring and fall collections.

The spring collection has always been the larger of the two. A year ago, the take included 45,000 pounds of electronics, 13,800 pounds of household hazardous waste materials, 193 tires and an impressive quantity of paper and cardboard.

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