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(MARLETTE) -- The staff of Marlette Regional Hospital recently honored Shawn Kloss of Family HealthCare of Marlette as the November 2013 Employee of the Month. Shawn is a medical assistant serving the office of Dr. James Sams and nurse practitioner Erin Roberts. Co-workers say Shawn is noted for her positive attitude and strong work ethic. Shawn is an active member of the Marlette community. She is always willing to lend a helping hand with area fundraisers, church activities and community events. She also volunteers at the Caring Heart Health Clinic.

PICTURED: The staff of Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) recognized Shawn Kloss of Family HealthCare of Marlette as the November employee of the month. Ambulatory/Ancillary Services Director Vicki Meiburg presents Shawn with her employee of the month award.

(LANSING) -- Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law Senate Bills 171 and 172, now Public Acts 175 and 176 of 2013. PA 175, sponsored by state Senator Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, increases existing fines for illegally killing a protected animal and imposes additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. PA 176, sponsored by Senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, increases fines and penalties against violators who trespass on private property.

PICTURED: Pavlov (center right) is pictured with Snyder (seated), and, from left, Amy Trotter of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, former Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer John Borkovich and Jim Pryce, president of Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

Friday, 06 December 2013 10:49

Walking Program Awards Grand Prize Winner

(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette Regional Hospital Diabetes Education Program offered a fall Community Walking Program at Gayle’s Trail in Marlette during September and October. Collectively, walk participants completed over 2 million steps. The grand prize drawing for a $250 gift card to Zehnders of Frankenmuth was awarded to Sue Macha. The Fraternal Order of Eagles funded the annual program.


PICTURED: Walking program facilitator Jennifer Callahan of MRH Community Education presents Sue Macha (left) with her grand prize.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, Wednesday, December 4 welcomed to the Michigan Capitol Dr. Armstead Diggs, pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Port Huron. Pastor Diggs delivered the daily invocation before the start of the Senate session.

(AREA) -- Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Tuesday, December 3 in Dearborn, a new initiative sponsored by Ford Motor Co. to promote safe driving among teens and reduce vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers 14-18 years old in the United States. Parents who set, monitor and enforce safe driving practices have teens who are less likely to crash and violate the law. Involved parents, who set high expectations as well as nurture their young drivers, will see their children more likely to drive safely at far greater rates than teens with permissive or uninvolved parents (CHOP, 2009).

Joining her were Michelle Chaka, Ford's ASO Advanced Rulemaking and Strategy Manager, Jeff Larson, Safe Roads Alliance President, local resident from Sanilac County, Christine Meddaugh, Owner of UDriveSafe and President of Michigan Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association and local resident from Sanilac County Michelle Irwin parent of a teen driver.

The Parent's Supervised Driving Program uses several different formats, such as website resources, printed materials, and a mobile app to help parents coach their teen drivers more effectively. The goal is to improve upon the 50 hours of required supervised practice driving time for teens with the Level 1 Graduated Driver License, commonly referred to as the "learner's permit." As a part of the campaign, a new instructional booklet, The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide, and an associated RoadReady™ mobile app, which serves as an electronic log book, will be provided to parents and teens at no cost to them or Michigan taxpayers.

"Young drivers are significantly overrepresented in fatal crashes, and this is primarily due to their inexperience and age," Secretary Johnson said. Christine Meddaugh concluded, "We have all the necessary materials to help keep our young drivers safe. It is now up to us not only to utilize the guide but also much more. We as parents must be more committed, motivated and most importantly, drive the way we want our teen to drive."

PICTURED: Left to right; Edsel Ford Principal Scott Casebolt, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Michelle Chaka, Strategy Manager for Ford Motor Co., Christine Meddaugh, Owner of UDriveSafe and President of Michigan Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (MDTSEA), Michelle Irwin, parent of teen driver, Jeff Larson, president of the Safe Roads Alliance, Dearborn Mayor John B. "Jack" O'Reilly Jr.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, joined state Representative Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Twp., in honoring Coach Jon Davidson and the 2013 St. Clair High School boys cross country team Tuesday, December 3 in Lansing. The team was recognized by the Michigan Senate for winning the MHSAA Division II State Championship Tournament for the second year in a row. The team finished 207-0 overall, extending their undefeated streak to 398 victories and not a single loss. The St. Clair cross country team has qualified for the state championship every season for the past 14 years, currently the longest active streak in Division II.


Members of the team include:
Macon Boes
Matt (Buddy) Brosky
Walker Child
Adam Gizowski
Collin Higgins
Trevor Holowaty
Kevin Huffman
Jack Keais
Austin Kromroy
Matt LaMontagne
Ryan Parslow
Paul Schneider
Andrew Schneider
Cody Smith
Jared Unger
Dan Williamson

(AREA) -- Jarold and Marijean Hawks of Jeddo have pledged $250,000 for scholarships to the SC4 Foundation's All Aboard: Campaign for Talent, Technology and Tomorrow. The donation will establish the Jarold and Marijean Hawks Cros-Lex Scholarship Fund. To be eligible, entering freshmen and sophomores must have graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School with a 2.5 or better grade point average and submit an essay. The award may vary up to a maximum of $3,000 annually. Jarold Hawks attended what was then the Port Huron Junior College and went on to co-establish Black River Manufacturing in Port Huron. He is now retired. Cros-Lex Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Miller said the scholarship will be a great boost for his students.