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(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette High School Quiz Bowl team took 6th place during the State Quiz Bowl Championship April 19 and 20 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Over 600 students from 36 counties took part in the competition for Class A, B, and C and D schools. Locally, Cros-Lex, Sandusky, Brown City, Marlette, CPS, Yale, Dryden and Bad Axe School attended. Marlette won 6th place honors in the 27-team Class C and D Tournament. The team ended the tournament with four wins and two losses. Marlette Coach Bruce Irland said one of the more exciting matches had Marlette defeat Macomb by 5 points with a correct answer by Junior Adam Krause on the last question. Macomb had led Marlette for most of the match. Marlette's 6th place finish this year bested the school's previous 8th place finish back in 2003. This year's state team included Adam Krause, Larissa Duff, Andrew Howard, Jerod Hutchens, Chris Blatt, Collin Blatt, Charis Blatt, Janet Goodrich, Adam Goodrich, Becky Taylor, Erica Miller and Kristen Sobczek. The original State of Michigan Quiz Bowl Championship Tournament was started 25-years ago by former State Senator Dan DeGrow and was held in Port Huron for several years before being moved to MSU. Dan DeGrow, a native of the Thumb, is currently Superintendent of Schools for St. Clair County.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The 11th Annual Flamingo Fling raised $30,770 for Eva's Place, the shelter for women and children in Sanilac County. The event was held April 18th at Demott's Westpark Inn in Sandusky. Over 140 women participated in the evening filled with food, raffles, and auctions. Generous businesses, civic groups. and individuals donated more than 100 prize packages and over $4,000 in cash. The SAVE Council wishes to extend sincere thanks to everyone involved, especially Dave Hall Chevrolet, Thumb Tent Rental and Demott's Westpark Inn for their donations. Kohler Oil and Propane, Tri-County Equipment, The Goodtimers, and Clear Ideas for all their help and support with this year's "Specialty Raffle." Thanks also to the talented ladies at Once Upon a Memory in Deckerville and Flo Vogel, of Fonts by Flo, and Carolyn at Sandtown Florist for their work on decorating.

(LANSING) -- State Representative Terry Brown (D-Pigeon) spoke at an event on the Capitol steps Tuesday in the fight against child abuse. Prevention Awareness Day, hosted by the Children's Trust Fund, serves as the kickoff to Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving environment, so they can go on to lead healthy, productive lives," Brown said. "Preventing the abuse and neglect of innocent children is a critical issue, and I'm proud to take part in this event and bring this critical issue into focus."

In the past 10 years, Michigan saw a 12 percent increase in child abuse victims. Last year in Michigan, more than 21,000 claims of child abuse and neglect were filed. It's estimated that effective prevention of child abuse and neglect could save taxpayers more than $100 billion a year. More information about Prevention Awareness day and Child Abuse Prevention Month is available at www.michigan.gov/PreventChildAbuse.

PICTURED: State Representative Terry Brown of Pigeon speaks about child abuse prevention at the Prevention Awareness Day event on the Capitol steps Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

(MARLETTE) -- Each year, the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recognize individuals who have provided outstanding commitment and service to hospice care. The organization developed the Dream Team Awards to celebrate hospice aides, bereavement coordinators, clinical supervisors or patient care coordinators, registered nurses, support team members, physicians, social worker/counselors, spiritual care providers/chaplains, and volunteer coordinators. Locally, Debra Schell of Sandusky earned the award for clinical supervisor. Debra has been with United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital for over 14-years. She is the nurse manager of the hospice residence and the patient care coordinator for United Hospice Service. Debra was presented the award April 11 at the MHPCO annual conference, which was held in Bay City. Joined by fellow UHS staff members, Debra was completely taken by surprise when presented with the award, as nominations are submitted anonymously.

PICTURED: The Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (MHPCO) presented the Dream Team awards at their annual conference on April 11, 2013. United Hospice Service (UHS) Clinical Supervisor Debra Schell was presented with the award for the 2013 Hospice Clinical Supervisor of Michigan. Pictured above is Debra Schell (right) with UHS Director Randy Foco, LMSW.

(AREA) -- In honor of Autism Awareness Month, State Representative Dan Lauwers Wednesday, April 17 highlighted a new state plan to help address the needs of the 16,000 young people with autism in Michigan public schools and the 50,000 residents and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Michigan ASD State Plan was created by advisory committees made up of groups including state health officials, parents, autistic adults, educators, agency/organization professionals, health care providers and university faculty.

"The growing number of people who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders need our understanding and help in order to reach their fullest potential," said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. "The new plan provides a roadmap to build an infrastructure of support for individuals and families living with autism."

The ultimate goal of the plan is to guide future planning, decision making, and resource allocation to meet the needs of individuals and families.

Local residents who want information about the plan can visit www.michigan.gov/autism The website also includes information on Michigan's Autism Insurance Reform legislation, which was approved last session.

Monday, 15 April 2013 18:13

Cardboard City brings in over $10,000

(SANDUSKY) -- High School students from all across Sanilac County gathered Saturday night on the Sanilac County Courthouse lawn for the Youth Advisory Council's twelfth annual Cardboard City. Jared Hutchins, a senior from Marlette High School who participated in Cardboard City, says the event is held each year to raise money for homelessness in the county.

"The money mostly goes to Eva's Place, the homeless shelter for women and children," Hutchins comments. "It also goes into several different funds that can be used for homelessness, like the State Police Department and the Sandusky Police Department."

Marlette junior Alex Beyers says students either find sponsors, or donate money out of their own pocket.

"Everybody who comes to cardboard city pays thirty-five dollars. They can also go around and collect donations from businesses. We go around our town of Marlette and we collect donations from businesses who want to donate, and other schools do that too. So, that's mainly how we get the money," Beyers says.

Over 100 high school students braved the elements Saturday night, which included below-freezing temperatures, snow, and even hail. This year's Cardboard City raised just under $10,900.

Pictured: Marlette High School students Jared Hutchins, Destiny Bruderick, and Alex Beyers take a break from setting up their boxes at this year's Cardboard City.

(AREA) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller has announced the winners of this year's 2013 Artistic Discovery Art Competition. The Congressional Art Competition, created in 1982, honors high school students from each of the nation's congressional districts. This year 116 pieces of artwork from Michigan's 10th Congressional District were entered into the contest. Additionally, all of the artwork will continue to be on display through April 27th at Studio 1219 located on 1219 Military Street, Port Huron.

"Congratulations to this year's art competition winners: Jestine Duncan, Lindsey Winslow, Kayleigh McKeehan, Alexandra Wofford, Shelby Rummel-Knott and the Facebook "Fan Favorite" Alexander Cate. I am honored to highlight all of our students' artistic work through this year's Artistic Discovery art competition. We had a wonderful array of talented students living in our communities submit their art pieces and they all should be immensely proud of their work," Miller said. "I wish them well in the future and hope they will all continue to grow their talents."

PICTURED: First place: Jestine Duncan (Port Huron High School) for her artwork "Breaking From The Clan" (Computer generated digital art) Jestine Duncan's artwork will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the United States Capitol for one year.

Second place: Lindsey Winslow (Imlay City High School) for her artwork "Fred Rodgers" (Charcoal) Lindsey Winslow's artwork will be displayed in Rep. Miller's Washington, D.C. office for one year.

Third place: Kayleigh McKeehan (Imlay City High School) for her artwork "Still life of Mythical Beast" (Charcoal pencil) Kayleigh McKeehan's artwork will be displayed in Rep. Miller's Shelby Township office for one year.

Honorable Mentions go to:

Alexandra Wofford (Richmond High School) for her artwork "Cheli's" (Scratchboard), and Shelby Rummel-Knott (Port Huron Northern High School) for her artwork "Despair" (Batik - Wax, Dye, Fabric)

"Fan Favorite" winner is: Alexander Cate (Romeo High School) for his artwork "Vibrance and Pride" (Oil-based colored pencil - prism color) with 487 Facebook "Likes." Alexander Cate will receive a U.S. Flag which was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

First, Second, Third places and Honorable Mentions were judged by:

· Sharon Will, resident of Washington Township, Michigan, award winning pastel and oil artist

· Vianna Szabo, resident of Romeo, Michigan, professional portrait artist with specialties in oil, pastels, charcoal, and watercolor.

· JoAnne Wilke, resident of St. Clair, Michigan, Former President of the St. Clair Art Association.

Voting for this year's "Fan Favorite" took place over a two-week period and on Congresswoman Miller's Facebook page. The winner was decided by the number of "Likes" an individual artwork received by the end of the voting period.

(MARLETTE) -- Through various fundraising efforts throughout the year, the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary is able to purchase needed equipment and furnishings for Marlette Regional Hospital that enhance the patient and visitor experience. Most recently, the Auxiliary generously presented the Marlette Regional Hospital long-term care unit with a digital camera and a 32" flat screen TV for the resident activity room.

PICTURED: Auxiliary members (back row, left to right) Rosann Clark, Pat McLaren, Barbara Woods, Margaret Thrall, Carol Campbell, Carleen Foster and Jane Fry pose with long-term care residents Mac Trigilia, Dot O'Leary, Ivan Harneck and Yvonne McVay. Marlette Regional Hospital is grateful to the Auxiliary for their generosity!

(LANSING) -- State Senator Mike Green's office is the new home to an inspiring art collection from the students of Cass City Elementary School.

"These fine works of art created by the talented students at Cass City Elementary will impress visitors to my Capitol office," said Green, R-Mayville. "I'm grateful for their hard work and proud to show off their talent to state leaders, district constituents and my fellow legislators."

The art consists of works by students in second through fifth grades from teacher Rebecca Walker's classes at Cass City Elementary and will be displayed in the senator's office through April. Green invites anyone who would like to view the pieces to stop by and take a look.

Any school or teacher in the 31st Senate District interested in submitting student art for display may contact Green's office toll free at (886) 305-2131 or by visiting his website at www.statesenatormikegreen.com

(BAD AXE) -- Gulf War veteran and Huron County native, Mike Gretch is looking to bring new jobs, unique dining, and top-notch customer service to residents and visitors in Bad Axe. Gretch purchased the former Cousins Food & Spirits in downtown Bad Axe and is transforming it into the QB Blitz Sports Bar & Grill. A grand opening is planned later this spring. QB Blitz will have a sports-themed atmosphere. Gretch recruited two top chefs back to the area. Aaron Richardson and David Kegel, both formerly from Huron County. Wait staff, kitchen help and bartender positions are available. To submit an application, contact Mike Gretch at 989-975-0886 or send your resume to qb-blitzhotmail.com

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