(SANDUSKY) -- Sandusky High School students formed a group called Food 4 Friends in 2012 and collected donations at M-19 and M-46 during the Memorial Day weekend with the goal of purchasing food to distribute to those in need. Since then, the students have raised over $4,000, which brought six truckloads of food to Sandusky. Over 1,100 families have been served in the community and donations have been given to Eva's Place and HELP Inc. This year, Food 4 Friends will be collecting donations at M-19 and M-46 this THursday through Sunday, May 22-25. Their goal is to match last year's $2,100 and hold three separate food drives in June, July, and August at the Sandusky Elementary School.
(LAPEER) -- The city of Lapeer announces that construction will begin Tuesday, May 27 on Court Street from the Farmers Creek Bridge to Nepessing and on Clay Street from Cedar Street to Pine Street. The parking lot behind Dagwood's Deli will also be closed during this time period. The streets will be completely closed to through traffic. Motorists and residents should expect delays and find an alternative route. The project is expected to last through August 1. All other city parking lots in Lapeer will be open.
(AREA) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday at the Flynn Township Senior Center as part of the board's "out in the district" series of meetings. Commissioners approved Sanilac County Emergency Manager Todd Hillman's requests to update equipment and install new sirens in several county communities. A total of 10 new laptop computers will be purchased for use by emergency management at a cost of $5,059. Additionally, four new warning sirens will be purchased and installed in the villages of Peck, Port Sanilac, and Applegate, as well as in Moore Township. The combined cost of the sirens, including installation, comes to just over $40,500. Funding for the project will come from the emergency management budget and will be reimbursed by the Region 3 Homeland Security Grant.
(LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP) -- A Clinton Township man was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday morning along M-53, about a half mile north of M-46 in Sanilac County's Lamotte Township. Sheriff's deputies say the incident took place around 11:45 a.m. when a motorcycle driven by 62-year old James Covey was traveling north on M-53 behind another motorcycle driven by his brother, 56-year old Charles Covey of Sterling Heights. Charles attempted to pass a vehicle ahead of him and noticed a southbound vehicle approaching. As Charles slowly merged back into his lane, James struck the rear of his brother's motorcycle causing him to lose control of his bike. The motorcycle crossed the centerline and entered the ditch. James was transported to Marlette Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say both men were wearing their helmets at the time of the crash. Marlette Police, Marlette EMS and the Lamotte Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.
(BROCKWAY TOWNSHIP) -- A 19-year old Yale resident was killed in a two-car crash around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Brockway Township. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the victim, Joshua Ward, was traveling north on M-19 near Brockway Road when his vehicle crossed the centerline and struck a vehicle traveling south, nearly head-on. The southbound vehicle was driven by 29-year old Nicole Blackmer of Kimball Township. She and her passenger, 44-year old Andrea Misch of Emmett, suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash. Ward was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
(AREA) -- Thumb-area lawmakers announced measures Monday to stop the construction of a Canadian nuclear waste dump and strengthen the state's protection of natural resources from radioactive waste. Legislation introduced by State Senator Phil Pavlov on Tuesday would ban the importation of nuclear waste into Michigan, as well as call on President Obama and Congress to weigh in on the development of a nuclear waste facility along Lake Huron's shoreline. The facility--officially called the Deep Geologic Repository in Kincardine, Ontario--would store over 7 million cubic feet of nuclear waste only a quarter mile from Lake Huron.
State Representative Paul Muxlow, who co-sponsored the legislation, says putting a nuclear waste dump next to the lake is a bad idea. "I know there is contamination from time to time, but I think the potential for a problem is pretty great. Maybe not in our lifetime, but I am worried about my grandchildren and great-grandchildren."
Senator Pavlov says the legislation would also establish the Great Lakes Protection Radioactive Advisory Board. He adds that support is already beginning to come in from various organizations. "Well, we are seeing all the major environmental groups statewide calling in this morning once they've seen the press release go out that they're are on board with it. So the MUCC, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Michigan Wildlife Foundation...they're coming in and they're in support."
Congresswoman Candice Miller offered her support on Tuesday, as well. "I certainly applaud the Michigan lawmakers who are taking a very active role to protect our Great Lakes from a potentially dangerous and environmentally risky proposal to store radioactive waste in such close proximity to the Great Lakes. I note that they are also asking that the International Joint Commission engage on this issue."
Citizens are encouraged to voice their concern about the proposed nuclear waste dump by signing an online petition and encouraging friends and family to do the same. The petition can be found at www.protectlakehuron.com.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- As the Memorial Day weekend gets underway, the Sanilac County Parks Commission has good news for campers. Evergreen Park has 46 new full hook-up campsites that have just opened. Lexington Park has also re-opened for camping and free wifi is now available for campers at both Forester and Evergreen Parks. Complete camping information is available at the parks' website www.sanilaccountyparks.com.
(AREA) -- State Representative Kevin Daley of Lum recently testified before the House Agriculture Committee and voted to approve two bills, including one he sponsored, to allow the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development or universities in Michigan to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. Industrial hemp, while being biologically related to marijuana, is grown differently. The end products at harvest are two completely different plants. Hemp does not contain the high chemical concentrations of THC, the chemical component that makes marijuana a drug, and therefore once harvested is useless as a plant for drug purposes and is only viable as an industrial product. House Bills 5439 and 5440, both approved by the Ag Committee, would allow industrial hemp, currently a controlled substance, to be grown and cultivated for research purposes as long as the THC concentration was not above 0.3 percent. The bills now go to the full House for approval.
(SANDUSKY) -- This week during National Emergency Medical Services Week, we honor the dedicated EMS professionals who serve citizens every day. This vital public safety service is provided primarily by cross-trained, multi-role emergency responders who hold a deep connection with serving our communities. EMS agencies work closely with other emergency response agencies, including police, fire, and 9-1-1 communications, to provide rapid medical care and safe transport to those who are ill or injured. The Sanilac Medical Control Authority recognizes the life-saving contributions and achievements, as well as the dedication and commitment of those who serve.
(AREA) -- A St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Dive Team member, who died during a training exercise, was honored last week at the National Police Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. John Makuch, who joined the Dive Team in 1991, suffered a massive heart attack during training at the YMCA on May 1, 2011. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital in Port Huron. The 33rd annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service was held Thursday, May 15 on the West Front of the United States Capitol. Following the memorial service, a wreath laying ceremony was conducted at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. John's wife Eileen and son Johnny were given a flower that was placed in the wreath. Mrs. Makuch was also given a medal in honor of her fallen husband. John's name will be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in January 2015.
Pictured: Johnny Makuch, Dive Chief Wayne Brusate, Eileen Makuch, and Lt. Paul Reid