(AREA) -- An informal survey recently conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation found a traditional Independence Day picnic menu costs less than $6 per person, making it one of the most affordable holiday meals on the calendar. The average cost for a summer picnic for 10 is $57.20-just $5.72 per person.
Sixty volunteer shoppers in 22 states checked retail prices for these summer picnic staples: hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, ketchup and mustard, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, watermelon, chocolate milk and lemonade.
The American Farm Bureau Federation's July Fourth Picnic Survey is part of the organization's marketbasket series, which also includes an annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey.
Here are the average retail prices shoppers found:
Ground round (2 pounds) - $7.86
Hamburger buns - $1.67
Hot dogs (1 pound) - $2.29
Hot dog buns - $1.64
American cheese slices (1-pound) - $2.73
Pork spare ribs (4 pounds) - $12.29
Potato salad (3 pounds) - $8.77
Baked beans (28 ounces) - $1.99
Corn chips (15 ounces) - $3.37
Lemonade (2 quarts) - $2.07
Chocolate milk (2 quarts) - $2.62
Watermelon (4 pounds) - $5.71
Ketchup (20 ounces) - $2.64
Mustard (16 ounces) - $1.55
(AREA) -- U.S. Representative Candice Miller made the following statement on the upcoming Fourth of July: "Thursday marks our Independence Day and Americans from across the nation will gather with family and friends to mark 237-years of freedom and democracy. For more than two centuries, as a nation we have experienced countless events which have molded and shaped our path forward. Throughout the years, one thing remains consistent-the American Spirit. We see this spirit in average citizens who have stepped forward and assisted a neighbor whether be down the street or across the world. We see this spirit in each and every individual who has donned the uniform in defense of our nation's freedom. And as we enjoy the traditional picnics, barbeques, parades and firework celebrations, we extend our thanks to those men and women who on this day are currently standing in our nation's name across the globe. They are in our thoughts and prayers on this Independence Day. The Fourth of July is a celebration of American resilience and dedication to upholding unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Our nation has never forgotten the true meaning of our founding statement, the Declaration of Independence, and our commitment to freedom will never change. Happy Fourth of July!"
(CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC) -- Carsonville-Port Sanilac School Board members Tuesday interviewed three candidates for the open board seat created by the resignation of Craig Schneider. Julie Leen was appointed by the board and will serve until November 2014. Julie is a parent of three CPS students and has been involved in various areas of the district. Letters of Interest are being accepted to fill another vacancy on the board following the resignation of Mary Anne Magri. Letters will be accepted until Noon on Monday, July 8 and should be sent to Superintendent Harold Titus. Candidates will be interviewed during the July 16 board meeting.
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.
ATHLETIC COACHING POSITIONS
Varsity Girls' Volleyball Coach
7th Grade Girls' Volleyball Coach
8th Grade Girls' Volleyball Coach
Fall Varsity Game Supervision
Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach
Assistant Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach
7th Grade Boys' Basketball Coach
7th Grade Girls' Basketball Coach
8th Grade Girls' Basketball Coach
JV Winter Cheerleading Coach
7th Grade Cheerleading Coach
8th Grade Cheerleading Coach
CLUB SPORTS COACHING POSITIONS
(CASCO TOWNSHIP) -- Four Port Huron residents were arrested during a drug raid Tuesday night following an investigation into the sale of heroin in St. Clair County. Drug Task Force Officers stopped a vehicle on I-94 near Meisner Road in Casco Township around 9 p.m. and found $2,850 worth of heroin and cash. Two men ages 36 and 60 and two women ages 31 and 39 remain jailed on numerous drug related charges.
(LEXINGTON) -- The Blue Water Winery in Lexington has earned gold medals for two of its red wines at the prestigious 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Owners Connie Currie and Steve Velloff won top honors for the winery's 2010 Cabernet Franc and its Norton wine. The San Francisco event was June 14 to 16 and was its 33rd year. More than 4,500 wines were entered. They started the winery about eight years ago and have expanded to the Old Town Hall Winery tasting room in Lexington. It also houses the Lexington Brewing Co., which they started this year.
(SANDUSKY) -- WMIC 660 AM received a special tribute proclamation during its 45th Anniversary Open House Saturday, June 29 from 83rd District State Representative Paul Muxlow. The tribute was also signed by 31st District State Senator Mike Green and Governor Rick Snyder. Sanilac Broadcasting Company was founded in 1968 by brothers George and Robert Benko. WMIC AM signed on the air June 27, 1968 from 19 S. Elk Street in Sandusky, Michigan. WMIC was originally at 1560 on the AM dial where it remained until December 1987. That is when it moved to the left side of the dial on 660 AM. In 1981, the station became an affiliate of the ABC Information Network and meterorologists John McMurray and Judy Coy started to bring local weather broadcasts to listeners in 1983. WMIC 660 AM delivers local news, sports, weather and entertainment to listeners in the Thumb and Blue Water Area daily.
PICTURED: Left to Right: Founders Robert and George Benko, General Manager Bob Armstrong, State Representative Paul Muxlow, and George Benko Jr.(center) President of WBGV-FM.
(MARLETTE) -- The staff of Marlette Regional Hospital recently hosted a reception honoring employees of the month. Co-workers accredit these outstanding employees as being team players and leaders within their departments. Honored as the February employee of the month was volunteer coordinator Lillian Comment of United Hospice Service. The March employee of the month was long-term care CENA Kim Curell. Long-term care MDS Coordinator and registered nurse Michelle Bodmer was named the April employee of the month. The May employee of the month was registered nurse Julie McCracken of the long-term care unit.
PICTURED: Left to right: Julie McCracken and Lillian Comment.
(CLIFFORD) -- The Clifford Village Council Monday night unanimously approved the construction of a fire/EMS paging tower on village property. Construction is set to begin immediately. The paging tower will bring much needed coverage to the northernmost portions of Lapeer County. Antenna's will be pointing toward the south to cover Clifford, Burlington Township, and parts of Rich and North Branch Township's. The increased coverage will allow area fire departments, medical first responders, and Lapeer County EMS ambulances to receive calls from dispatch with hopes of a faster response time.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center/Residential Treatment Program will close effective August 24. The detention center has, on average, housed 30 youth per month in a facility that holds 70 beds. The closing is the result of a declining need. The Day Treatment/Night Watch will expand and remain active. There is a waiting list to obtain access to the program. Youth go to the center during the day for educational and mental health treatment and are then transported home with visits from surveillance personnel. Troubled youth that require 24-hour supervised care will be sent to an out of county detention center. The closure will result in the layoff of 31 part-time and 25 full-time employees. Eleven part-time employees with the Day Treatment/Nigh Watch Program will also be laid off.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky City Council reported positive feedback from last weekend's Thumb Festival during their meeting Monday night. Council members were pleased with the exemplary turn-out and wide variety of events and activities. In other business, City Manager Dave Faber announced that the video inspection of Sandusky's sewer system has been completed. 11,243 feet of sewer were inspected by video camera, which is a little over two miles. There were no major problems or concerns following the inspection. Council members also recognized WMIC 660 AM, for its years of service to the community. The station was presented with a plaque commemorating WMIC's 45-years on the air.