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(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- Two candidates were interviewed July 2 for the open position on the Carosonville-Port Sanilac School Board following the resignation of Mary Anne Magri. Board members Tuesday night appointed Tonya Emerson to fill the vacancy. Emerson is a CPS graduate with two children in the district. The Board then elected officers for the remainder of the year. Cliff Amey will serve as President and Louise Blasius as Vice-President.

In other business, the board approved the purchase or lease of 25 I-Pad or technology devices for all teaching staff members at a cost of $5,000. This will allow the staff to begin the process of becoming familiar, through training, with the first step in overall technology for all students K-12. The vision is to have devices in the students' hands this school year.

The partnership between CPS and Cros-Lex has been expanded to include the "Blue Water Virtual School." The new Virtual School is seeking students who currently do not attend school. The full time seat waiver for grades 6-12 allows those students to take two courses or a full schedule from home. The partnership owns the rights to 27 online courses required for graduation. The goal is to have the courses ready for this fall.

The Carsonville-Port Sanilac School District is seeking applicants for the following Schedule B Positions. If interested, please complete a Letter of Interest for each position applied for and remit to Carsonville-Port Sanilac School District, Attn: Angie Hooper, Athletic Secretary, 100 N. Goetze Road, Carsonville, MI 48419.
JV Volleyball
7th Grade Volleyball
8th Grade Volleyball
Assistant Varsity Boys' Basketball
7th Grade Boys' Basketball
8th Grade Girls'' Basketball
JV Cheerleading
7th Grade Cheer
8th Grade Cheer
Bowling (Club Sport)
Golf (Club Sport)

(MARLETTE) -- A group of local sports enthusiasts, coaches and interested citizens have formed an independent committee to generate funds for a new running track at Marlette Schools. Marlette Track Coaches Chris and Cathy Storm say the surface is almost unusable and even dangerous. The Marlette Sports' Complex addition was constructed in the 1970's. School officials had set aside money for the state-of-the-art track and field facility over a number of years. Since then, the track has been used by many athletes, physical education classes, and community members. The estimated cost of the project is $200,000. Tax deductible donations may be sent to Chris and Cathy Storm at 6230 Euclid Street, Marlette, MI 48451.

(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette Country Fair Days of old has gone on hiatus and has been replaced with the brand new Marlette Dog Days of Summer Fest. These Dog Days will be reminiscent of the Country Fair Days and will occur in the same time slot, the third weekend of July. It begins on July 19 and continues through July 21.

Mr. Dave Steiler was put in charge of the pre-fireworks show featuring musical entertainment. The Dog Days committee put him in charge and then got out of his way as he and his wife Carole put everything together and came up with something called "Song Burst in the Park."

These local impresarios have lined up three stages from which the musical talent will perform. Dave commented, "The entertainers know this is a family-oriented festival and this will be the best free concert that you'll ever attend."

These stages will be in the park and spectators will bring their own lawn furniture, face the south and then beginning at 2:30 p.m. on July 20, music fans will sit back and enjoy the outstanding entertainment which includes the Hope Community Church Praise Band which will be performing from 2:30 till 4:00 p.m. This band, which Dave describes as a contemporary Christian band that plays present-day inspirational music, will be performing on stage 2.

Then on Stage 1 a folk singer/song writer by the name of Brad Goodwin will be performing. Brad has strong Marlette connections as he and his siblings attended Marlette High School. Brad is a solo artist. It will be just him and perhaps a harmonica or guitar reminding you of Bob Dylan and other folk artists as he plays songs you may know and songs he has written. Brad will perform from 4:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. He will also return to Stage 3 at 8:00 p.m. for a twenty-minute encore.

Then there is a classic rock band called Sucker Punch. Sucker Punch is best described as a classic rock n' roll band and will be performing on Stage 3 from 5:00 p.m. till 6:30. Sucker Punch consists of four local guys. Although their main repertoire is classic rock they also venture into other genres. They do enjoy playing music from the 80's. Two of the musicians are from Clifford including the lead singer, Chris McGarvey.

Next on this incredible line-up is the Jeff Hoagland Blues Band. If you have been to Memphis, Tennessee, and been to Beale Street, you'll know what to expect. It's authentic Delta Blues, Muddy Waters style. They will be on Stage 2 from 6:30 till 8:00 p.m.

If you like classic rhythm and blues then a group called East 81 will be on Stage 2 at 8:30 to entertain you. They will play till 10:00 p.m. Marlette's own Dave Steiler is part of this much-in-demand band and Dave and his fellow musicians play music from the songbooks of Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and others as they cover three generations of music. They are well known for their rendition of "Knights in White Satin."

Finally just before 10:05, or perhaps just a little later and just before the fireworks begin, Sheila G will perform the National Anthem.

Then the spectators will merely turn their seating arrangements around, face the north and enjoy the fireworks display. A new fireworks company has been contracted to put on the show.

The soundtrack to the Dog Days of Summer will be provided earlier in the day as the Hoagland Blues Band will be performing at Eddie G's Grill Out & Motorcycle Show scheduled between 12 p.m. and 3 right after the parade. The street in front of Eddie G's will actually be blocked off to accommodate the event.

There will also be music at the beer tent sponsored by the Coach House. The tent will be located next to the first green and will be available both Friday and Saturday night beginning at 6:00 p.m. and running till 2:00 a.m.

After the fireworks display Roger and Leslie Ballard, along with Ginger Younge, are providing live entertainment by coordinating the second annual Martha Janes "Walkin' after Midnight" event. This event features a paper lantern launch and proceeds will benefit the United Hospice Service.

In addition to the musical attractions there is much, much more and the list of events continues to grow. Watch for more articles and visit the Marlette Facebook page: www.facebook.com\cityofmarlette.

Pictured: East 81 will perform classic rhythm and blues covering three generations of music.

Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:17

Meth Lab Discovered in Bad Axe

(BAD AXE) -- A meth lab was discovered in the city of Bad Axe during a raid Wednesday night at 625 Oliver Street. Bad Axe Police were assisted by the Huron County Sheriff's Department and members of the BAYANET (Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team). Officers found components used in making meth discarded in a kitchen garbage bag at the home. The garbage was taken outside for processing and ignited on fire. The Bad Axe Fire Department was on the scene to extinguish two separate small fires. Officials warn that meth lab components are volatile and dangerous and can ignite at any time. The search warrant Wednesday was the second executed this year in Bad Axe regarding methamphetamines or a meth lab. Four other raids have taken place in other locations of Huron County in recent months. It is unknown if any arrests were made Wednesday. 

(MARYSVILLE) -- Enbridge Inc. is replacing approximately 210-miles of existing crude oil pipeline in Indiana and Michigan and work in St. Clair County is slated to begin this fall. Company officials say the project reduces the number of future maintenance activities and restores the ultimate capacity of Line 6B to meet increasing demand. Most of the new pipeline segments will be installed adjacent to existing segments. Construction crews will begin the next phase, which includes a 30-inch diameter pipeline replacement from Ortonville to Marysville this fall. Following the completion of the project, Enbridge will have replaced the entire length of pipeline from Griffith, Indiana to the St. Clair River in Marysville. The Michigan portion of the project is estimated to cost $1.3 billion. In 2010, an Enbridge pipeline broke, spilling over 800,000 gallons of petroleum into the Kalamazoo River. Crews replaced 3,600 feet of pipeline in 2011, which ran from Marysville to Sarnia under the St. Clair River.

(AREA) -- With summer temperatures already breaking well-over 85 degrees, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's State Veterinarian, Dr. James Averill offers a few tips to keep your furry, four-legged family members cool and healthy this summer.

Pets can suffer from heat stroke, dehydration, and even sunburn. So it's critical you use sound, common sense practices like not leaving your pet in a car. Even if you park it in the shade and have the windows partially open, it only takes a few minutes for temperatures inside the car to reach deadly levels. While all dogs and cats are at risk, older or very young pets, overweight pets, those with heavy coats, and short-nosed dogs may need extra care. Owners need to limit their exercise to early morning and evening on hot and humid days as asphalt becomes very hot and can burn their paws, keep the water bowl refreshed, and make sure cooling shade is always nearby.

If your pet is panting excessively or has difficulty breathing, has an increased heart and respiratory rate, drools excessively or un-characteristically, has difficulty walking, appears weak, in a stupor or is vomiting, immediately place your pet in the shade or air conditioning and apply cool - not cold - water to reduce the animal's core body temperature and, if available, place a fan on them. At the same time, seek help from a licensed veterinarian as soon as possible.

(DECKERVILLE) -- Deckerville Village Council members tossed a coin last week to choose the person that would fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Trustee Phil Swoffer. Village residents Ron Dore and Andy Watts were the two candidates that expressed interest. Dore, who served on the Planning Commission, was appointed by the council. He stepped down from the Planning Commission so that Andy Watts could take his place.

In other business, repairs to the Shuffle Board Court at Wilson Park were approved. A $2,575 loan will be taken from the Revolving Fund.

The Street Committee met Wednesday morning and approved the low bid of $1,199 from All American Tree for tree removal in the village. Work is expected to begin by next week.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County Republican Party will present an informative discussion on the Common Core education standards proposed for K-12 schools throughout the country at Demott's Westpark Inn in Sandusky at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18th. The feature speaker is Debbie DeBacker of "Stop Common Core in Michigan." Common Core is a set of state education standards to be used across all states beginning in 2015. The stated goal of the Common Core State Standards is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. Many parents and educators have expressed concerns about possible unintended consequences. Over the past 20-years, DeBacker has focused on the education reform process while lobbing legislators and helping draft legislation. The event Thursday is free of charge and open to anyone concerned about the education process.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The 26-year old Yale man accused in a rash of break-ins of businesses in St. Clair and Sanilac counties has had several court appearances this month. Devin Meyers was arrested in June when a traffic stop in Yale lead to a search of his residence. There, items were found linking Meyers to the crimes in Yale, Brockway Township and Sanilac County. One of the incidents Meyers is accused of was the break-in at the South Sanilac Veterinary Hospital in Sanilac County's Speaker Township. The drug Ketamine, used on humans and animals for the purpose of general anesthesia, was stolen. Meyers was arraigned in Sanilac County District Court July 3 on charges of breaking and entering of a building, larceny of a building, and two counts of possession of analogues. He waived his preliminary exam and was bound over to circuit court. Because Meyers had a court hearing in St. Clair County on Monday, the same day as his Circuit Court arraignment in Sanilac County, a written waiver was submitted. His pretrial on the Sanilac County charges was set for Monday, July 22. Meyers remains jailed in St. Clair County stemming from his arrest in Yale.

(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council met briefly Monday night and approved the tax ordinance exemption for East Side Manor in Sandusky. City Manager Dave Faber announced that the tree removal project at Diamond Trail park is complete and that an additional $1,500 was allocated to remove brush and debris from the park, bringing the total cost up to $9,000. Faber also said that the trees scheduled for removal at Doerr Field will be coming down next week.