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(IMLAY CITY) -- The 6th Annual Polly Ann Trail Walk in Imlay City this month raised over $2,500. Funds were donated to the Lapeer County Polly Ann Trail for improvements and Lapeer's Adoptable Pets organization. 79 people joined in the nature/dog walk June 15. The walk started at the Imlay City Farmers Market and headed north. Some walkers went all the way to Lum and took a shuttle back to Imlay City.

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Friends of the Polly Ann Trail, and Lapeer Adoptable Pets would like to thank all the walkers and the generous support of the sponsors. This year's Gold sponsors were Milnes Chevrolet, Kelly's Pet Salon, Imlay City Rotary, Imlay City DDA, Clendenan Chiropractic, Butterscotch Castle Childcare Learning Center, Albers Landesigns custom landscape and design, Fori Automation, and Fick's Market. Silver sponsors were Total Runner, Barbara L. Yockey Law Office, Champion Bus, LA Auto Sales, Doeren Mayhew, and Ulmanis Veterinary Clinic and a business sponsorship from American Tree.

LANSING -- State Senator Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with a display of student artwork in his Lansing office. The art was submitted by students from Hampton Elementary in Bay City and St. John's Lutheran School in Port Hope. The art depicted Michigan agriculture, Michigan winters, lighthouses and Michigan summer activities.

(BROWN CITY) -- The Dr. Duane E. Smith Memorial 5K Walk/Run was held on June 8 in conjunction with the annual Thumb Soybean Festival in Brown City. The event is organized by the staff of Family HealthCare of Brown City. The 17th annual event was carried out the same week that their long-time local physician Dr. Michael A. Ogboh passed away. As a heartfelt tribute to honor Dr. Ogboh, the community rallied for the event including family members and friends, to commemorate his life as a provider of care, a coach, a community member, a husband, a father, and a dear friend. Friends and family members proudly wore vibrant colored shirts with Dr. Ogboh's name printed on the back. Out of 103 participant runners, first place was awarded to Danny Jones with a time of 18 minutes and 51 seconds. Daniel Carroll placed second, followed by Dr. Ogboh's son, Donovan, who placed third. Event proceeds totaling over $2,000 were allocated to United Hospice Service to financially assist patients who are unable to afford their hospice care. Dr. Ogboh always expressed his passion for hospice services and insisted that patients be cared for at the highest level. The memorial event will be renamed next year as the "Dr. Michael Ogboh Memorial 5K Walk/Run."

(CROSWELL) -- The Croswell Parks and Recreation Committee sponsored the annual Pizza Cook-Off competition June 19, raising funds for the Swinging Bridge Festival. 180 votes were cast and the Corner Market took top honors. Duffy's Derby was second and the J and D Market took third. The Parks and Recreation Committee would like to thank the volunteers, Farm Bureau Insurance of Brown City, and City Bakery for their sponsorship of the event. Everyone is invited to Croswell's Family Fun Day this Saturday, June 22 from 12:30-4 p.m. in the Riverbend Park. All of the activities are free.

(AREA) -- State Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township is sponsoring the "Be a Senator for a Day" summer reading contest, in coordination with St. Clair County and Lapeer County libraries. The contest begins Monday, June 17 and end on August 10. The contest and the libraries' "Dig Into Reading" programs encourage students to keep their minds active and educated over the summer months. The contest is open to 1st through 5th grade students enrolled in any public, private or home-based school. Once students have completed the summer reading program, they may fill out a contest entry form at any public library branch in St. Clair and Lapeer counties. One winner from each branch will be selected to bring their parents to Lansing for a tour of the state Capitol, take part in mock committee hearings, and enjoy a pizza party with Senator Pavlov.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Mike Green announced that an impressive art collection from the Townsend North Elementary School students of art teacher Mrs. Johnson is now on display in his Capitol office.

"These fine works of art created by the talented students at Townsend North Elementary in Vassar 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 Young Fives and Kindergarten from teacher Joni Johnson's classes and will be displayed in the senator's office through June. 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

(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System's Physical Therapist, Jennifer Long, received her Doctor of Physical Therapy May 17 from Washington University's School of Medicine in St. Louis. Jennifer's accomplishment advances her clinical skills, as well as strengthens the Physical Therapy Department at McKenzie Health System in Sandusky, focusing on patient care and research advancements. Hospital President and CEO Steve Barnett says Long's advanced training and knowledge will help current patients and other community members who will seek care with McKenzie in the future. Jennifer has been with McKenzie since 2005. She received her Master's for Northwestern University and her Bachelor's from Adrian College. McKenzie Health System's Physical Therapy Department is staffed by licensed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. The staff provides services to those individuals who have experienced a physical change in their ability to perform daily living, leisure, work or sports activities. To schedule an appointment with Long or another Physical Therapist, call 810-648-0210.

(AREA) -- U.S. Representative Candice Miller made the following statement applauding the recent comments of support to work towards separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River systems made by state of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn during the Council of Great Lakes Governors meeting.  Congresswoman Miller has been calling for this type of solution of separating the Chicago area locks and waterways in order to stop the continued threat posed by the Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. “I applaud Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on his statements supporting the action needed to rework the Chicago area locks and waterways system, and ultimately separate the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.  I and many others have been suggesting this type of action for decades.  It is very encouraging to hear this type of support and I applaud Gov. Quinn, and I also agree with him that this type of endeavor would be a project of national significance and the associated expenses should be viewed as such.  I look forward to this renewed dialogue and action to solve this detrimental problem posed by the Asian carp and other invasive species which threatens the Great Lakes and our surrounding states.”