Michigan city – Blissfield http://blissfield.net/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 13:44:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://blissfield.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Michigan city – Blissfield http://blissfield.net/ 32 32 Ian Wilson steps up and leads Valpo to decisive win over Michigan City | NWI Preps Football https://blissfield.net/ian-wilson-steps-up-and-leads-valpo-to-decisive-win-over-michigan-city-nwi-preps-football/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 21:32:02 +0000 https://blissfield.net/ian-wilson-steps-up-and-leads-valpo-to-decisive-win-over-michigan-city-nwi-preps-football/ MICHIGAN CITY — Ian Wilson and Justin Clark have parted ways at quarterback. The margin between them is so thin that they are essentially interchangeable. Valparaiso coach Bill Marshall trusts them both. Clark, a junior, took over the starting gig last week and was the more productive of the two arms in the first month […]]]>

MICHIGAN CITY — Ian Wilson and Justin Clark have parted ways at quarterback. The margin between them is so thin that they are essentially interchangeable. Valparaiso coach Bill Marshall trusts them both.

Clark, a junior, took over the starting gig last week and was the more productive of the two arms in the first month of the season, but in a tie midway through the third quarter he suffered the injury. Wilson, a senior, ran onto the field in relief and led the Vikings to a 35-14 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.

“That’s what we do in practice randomly,” Wilson said. “You have to be ready at all times. Football is a next man game. Whoever falls, you must have someone to fill that place. We will continue to play no matter what. It was either I let myself in my head and took it personally or I did it for the team.

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Wilson opted for the latter. He backtracked with his first snap and threw a 32-yard completion to senior receiver Rocco Micciche. Junior running back Travis Davis forced his way in for a four-yard touchdown three plays later.

That score on Wilson’s first drive proved to be the game-winning touchdown after trailing 14-0 early on, giving the Vikings a lead they would never relinquish.

“I can’t say enough about the work that (Wilson) has done, but even with (Clark) fighting us to get to a point where we could be back even where we could be back even and be 0 -0,” Marshall said. “That’s why we compete in practice. That’s why we had two guys going into it. The margin of difference between them each week is so tiny that I think it helps them because it allows them to move forward and thrive when competing with each other.

Marshall’s choice of words is important. Clark and Wilson do not consider themselves in quarterback competition against each other, but rather with each other. Clark is the better runner of the two having made 20 runs for 170 yards before leaving the game, but Wilson has a more reliable throwing arm, as evidenced by completing two out of three pass tries from 66 yards against Wolves, including understood that first ball to swing. momentum in the middle of a 35-0 run.

“Damn, drop 14 points, like I told them, not many teams in the state can go ahead and do that and fight to have a five-point swing at the end of the night,” he said. said Marshall. “I couldn’t be more proud of their resilience.”

Michigan City’s offense took the field for the first time with 4:15 left in the first quarter and a 14-7 lead already in tow. Junior Cameron Bell returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, then sophomore defensive back Marquez Dabney ended Valparaiso’s first offensive possession with a 55-yard pick from Clark.

Clark would bounce back. He took his first touch in response 28 yards to enter Michigan City territory. Davis would later finish that drive with a two-yard dive into the end zone. Clark would take off for a 55-yard rushing touchdown on his next offensive possession as time expired in the first quarter.

That lead lasted until midway through the third quarter when Clark was injured trying to complete a pitch and Wilson entered the game to lead the touchdown.

Davis, who continues to prove himself as a workhorse in the backfield, had 24 carries for 125 yards and four touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Valparaiso (3-1, 2-0 DAC) defense failed to allow a run while keeping the Wolves (1-3, 1-1 DAC) two-headed combination of junior quarterback Tyler Bush and junior running back Jaden Hart. just 130 yards of total attack between their respective passes and ground attacks.

“That City game, it was a decisive game for us,” Wilson said. “It was up to us to let the Region know that Valpo was ready. We have done our job. We are ready for next week.

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Northern Michigan councilman is on Oath Keepers roster https://blissfield.net/northern-michigan-councilman-is-on-oath-keepers-roster/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 14:15:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/northern-michigan-councilman-is-on-oath-keepers-roster/ A city council member from rural northern Michigan is the only one elected among hundreds of Michiganders found to be members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia that played a central role in the attack on the US Capitol last year. But Roger Marsh, who was elected to Onaway Town Council last November, said […]]]>

A city council member from rural northern Michigan is the only one elected among hundreds of Michiganders found to be members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia that played a central role in the attack on the US Capitol last year.

But Roger Marsh, who was elected to Onaway Town Council last November, said he had only paid his dues once – at least six years ago – and was only not an active participant as the group rose to extremist prominence.

“I signed up, then I just forgot. I never really paid attention,” Marsh, 65, told MLive.

Onaway is a city of 890 people, according to the 2020 census, located near the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Marsh’s membership was uncovered by the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization that analyzed a 2021 leak of Oath Keepers records.

The researchers identified 855 Michiganders among 38,000 people who paid for a membership at some point. They include Marsh, four people in law enforcement, three first responders and two in the military. ADL spokesman Jake Hyman, who first spoke to MLive about Marsh, said he could only share the names of elected officials.

Related: Leaked Oath Keepers membership lists show law enforcement and active military

The ADL describes Oath Keepers as “right-wing, anti-government extremists who are part of the Militia movement, which believes the federal government has been co-opted by a dark conspiracy trying to disenfranchise American citizens.”

But Marsh, one of 81 elected officials or candidates identified nationally by the ADL, takes issue with being equated with people labeled as extremists.

“I don’t belong to a militia, I never belonged to a militia,” he said. “I do not belong to any group advocating violence in any form. To be painted with this brush I find very irresponsible and boring.

The ADL notes in its report that a person in the database does not prove that they are an active, full-fledged oath-keeper who swears by all the views of the group: “Before take any action based on this information, an individualized assessment of the individual must take place.”

FILE – A man wearing an Oath Keepers shirt stands outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, November 19, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)PA

Marsh said he couldn’t remember how he heard about the Oath Keepers, but he was a police officer when he joined. He said he agreed with the group’s “original intent” that people who take the “oath of office” – such as police, soldiers and first responders – should refuse orders that violate the constitutional rights of citizens.

He remembered his membership package containing a map, bumper stickers and a DVD. One of the videos, Marsh said, showed Ohio National Guard troops refusing to follow orders to remove people’s guns while heading into hurricane-affected homes.

“I will not deny my membership in Oath Keepers. I’m not going to denounce him. I’m not ashamed of it,” said Marsh, a former Marine who spent 8.5 years as Onaway’s police chief and now owns a local sporting goods store.

“But again, I was never even contacted by anyone from Oath Keepers after I signed up.”

He also said his membership in Oath Keepers did not influence his actions on the town council, and that was something he hadn’t thought about in years.

The group gained national attention for allegedly helping plan the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol. Founder Stewart Rhodes is among at least a few dozen oath keepers arrested and charged in the riot, including some for seditious conspiracy.

Although he believes the Jan. 6 attack was “grossly misrepresented”, preferring to call it a “protest”, Marsh said he would not have participated in it and does not support “any kind of violence or violence.” ‘extremism”.

“The country we live in today is not the country I served, and I’m very disheartened by that,” Marsh said of the growing political extremism. “But go get an AR and decide, ‘Yeah, me and the other Oath Keepers boys gonna storm anywhere and right the wrongs? No, nothing like that. It’s ridiculous.

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Michigan City Area Schools to Host “Super Saturday” for School Immunizations, Physical Exams and Family Fun https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-area-schools-to-host-super-saturday-for-school-immunizations-physical-exams-and-family-fun/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 07:11:23 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-area-schools-to-host-super-saturday-for-school-immunizations-physical-exams-and-family-fun/ Schools in the Michigan City area will host a “Super Saturday” vaccine catch-up event on Saturday, September 17 to help ensure all 5,000 students are up to date on required vaccinations. The free event will take place at Barker Middle School, 319 E. Barker Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Super Saturday is open […]]]>

Schools in the Michigan City area will host a “Super Saturday” vaccine catch-up event on Saturday, September 17 to help ensure all 5,000 students are up to date on required vaccinations. The free event will take place at Barker Middle School, 319 E. Barker Road, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Super Saturday is open to all K-12 students and their families. It will be hosted by MCAS, in partnership with HealthLinc and the Indiana Immunization Coalition. All school vaccinations required by the State of Indiana will be offered, as well as COVID-19 vaccinations for all ages and sports and physical healthy children.

“Indiana requires all students to be up to date on vaccinations in order to attend school,” says Brandi Morlan, MCAS director of nursing. “At schools in the Michigan City area, we are giving families a grace period to be cared for. But by October 3, all of our students must have the required vaccinations or they will be expelled from school. To help our families ensure they are in compliance, we are offering this free opportunity to catch up.

“Super Saturday” will also feature entertainment for the whole family. Free Kona Ice will be available from 10 a.m. to noon, the Michigan City Police Department will host a K9 demonstration at 10 a.m., and the Michigan City Fire Department Fire Pup will be present from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Indiana Department of Transportation will distribute free bicycle helmets to children in kindergarten through 2nd grade, and HealthLinc will provide information on health insurance as well as information on sports and the child’s physical condition. .

To RSVP for sports and healthy child physical exams, call (219) 872-6200, ext. 3400. To register for required school vaccinations, visit https://patients.vaxcare.com/registration and use registration code IN65942 (select Michigan City Schools – 9/17). Advance registration is strongly recommended for physical exams and vaccinations, however walk-ins will also be accepted.

For more information on immunizations required by the State of Indiana, go to www.EducateMC.net/immunizations.

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Michigan City High School students learn about digital security https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-high-school-students-learn-about-digital-security/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 07:13:13 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-high-school-students-learn-about-digital-security/ Michigan City High School students recently learned about digital security during a presentation with Cathie Bledsoe of the Indiana State Police. During the presentation at MCHS, Bledsoe told the students, “When I look around in this room, I see potential victims and potential predators.” Bledsoe is part of the Indiana State Police’s Internet Crimes Against […]]]>

Michigan City High School students recently learned about digital security during a presentation with Cathie Bledsoe of the Indiana State Police.

During the presentation at MCHS, Bledsoe told the students, “When I look around in this room, I see potential victims and potential predators.” Bledsoe is part of the Indiana State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and was visiting MCHS as part of a proactive approach to discuss digital safety. She is a former computer science teacher who now uses her technological knowledge to fight online solicitation, human trafficking and other crimes targeting children.

To demonstrate how easily a predator can receive electronic information, Bledsoe said she started using a tracking program early in her presentation. She announced she could track a T-Mobile phone, a Nokia phone, Apple Watches, headphones and an insulin monitor – all in the MCHS auditorium at the time. She could determine the longitude and latitude of any device, even if the Bluetooth connection was off.

“The information comes from your device and speaks to other devices,” she said. “Your computers weren’t designed to be private. They were designed to collect information, process information, share information, and instantly send that information. Computer geeks like me have access to everything you done.

Bledsoe said some predators commit crimes without even realizing it. She said a person can be classified as a trafficker simply by sharing photos. She added that a person as young as 10 can be charged as an adult with committing a crime in the state of Indiana, and that the youngest age at which a person can register as an offender sex in the state is 14 years old.

“Your generation is the first generation that has no privacy. You put your whole world on computers,” she said. “With three cameras and a microphone, your phone collects information while you don’t. don’t even realize that it shares your information all over the world. Everything you say, everywhere you go is recorded. Learn how to protect yourself to have a bright future.

The presentation was coordinated by Michigan City High School’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program. Ray Davis, who oversees the JAG program at MCHS, said he thought it was an important lesson for high school students to help them become better digital citizens.

“They’re glued to their phones, and some are using them for negative things,” he said. “They need to understand the responsibility that comes with using this technology, and I hope the students who were here will share this information with their friends and we can have a greater impact.”

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Michigan City festival mixes music, food and sand | Michigan City News https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-festival-mixes-music-food-and-sand-michigan-city-news/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-festival-mixes-music-food-and-sand-michigan-city-news/ MICHIGAN CITY — This weekend’s Oktoberfest in Washington Park features live music at one end of the festival, sand sculpting lessons at the other end and vendors in between. The sand sculpting lessons echo the city’s first Singing Sands sand sculpting festival three months ago. Professional sculptor Janet Moore Schrader, owner of Sand Pirate in […]]]>

MICHIGAN CITY — This weekend’s Oktoberfest in Washington Park features live music at one end of the festival, sand sculpting lessons at the other end and vendors in between.

The sand sculpting lessons echo the city’s first Singing Sands sand sculpting festival three months ago.

Professional sculptor Janet Moore Schrader, owner of Sand Pirate in Lakeside, Michigan, spoke about her lessons while working on a dragon she named Doug on Saturday.

Normally she charges $300 for a two-hour lesson, she said, but the city paid her to provide free lessons at the festival.

“I’ve been teaching sand sculpting for about 17 years,” Schrader said, mostly between Warren Dunes in southwest Michigan and Indiana Dunes.

Before COVID-19, it was his full-time job. “I teach multiple generations how to play together,” she said.

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If you think children are its main customers, think again. “I’ve taught more adults than I’ve taught children,” she says. “They want to be king and queen of sand castles and impress their grandkids.”

“Some of my favorite sculpting tools are spatulas and cake spoons,” she said. A brush is also useful.






Professional sand sculptor Janet Moore Schroder, of Lakeside, Michigan, works on a dragon sculpture during Oktoberfest at Washington Park in Michigan City.


Doug Ross, The Times


Schrader demonstrated how to use a toy shovel to make a staircase, one step at a time.

She started her business after being diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “I looked like a pirate. I had an eye patch on, I was bald, my throat was slit. This is how Sand Pirate became the name of his company.

“I tried the business with all the other activities unplugged,” Schrader said, but sand sculpting was the most popular. “2006 was the first time I got paid to play in the sand.”

“I actually teach how to storm a castle at the end of the two-hour lesson. That’s the best part of building a sandcastle,” she said.

Chris Goodin, of Walled Lake, Michigan, has worked on the carnival circuit in all 50 states. He now operates his own carnival business, with everyone winning a prize whether or not they are strong enough to ring the bell with their hammer.

Kayla Ware, from LaPorte, helped her friend Sara Noé, also from LaPorte, sell Noé’s books and drawings.

“She’s the talent, I’m the charisma,” Ware joked.

“Miss Noah here is a two-time award-winning science fiction author,” Ware proudly said. Noah is working on the third book in his seven-book series featuring Cato as the only half-human, half-ghost hybrid in his books.

Noé dressed up as Cato to promote her books at the festival.

“When they find out that I’m a local author and a local artist, they get a little excited,” Noé said.







MC fest mixes music, food, sand

Michigan City’s Rodney Dumas opened his business, Hot Rod Snow Cones, in June and has been touring festivals ever since. Blue Raspberry and Tiger’s Blood are the most popular flavors, he said.


Doug Ross, The Times


Michigan City’s Randy Dumas opened Hot Rod Snow Cones in June and has been touring the festival circuit ever since. Blue raspberry and tiger blood are the most popular snow cone flavors, he said.

“We have nothing but a great reception,” he said.

Sofa King Revolution drummer Scott Engwert of Michigan City performed at the festival with bandmates Lee Scott and Joe Covington. The rock and roll group formed five years ago. All three are old friends from high school.

Patrick and Chantiel Thornton of LaPorte enjoyed the people-watching and free live music on Saturday. “You see funny things about funny people,” he said.

Kasia and Jon Dietz, of Melrose Park, Illinois, brought their pet birds Edward, a Moluccan cockatoo; Ruby, a green-winged macaw; and Coolek, an umbrella cockatoo. “We travel with them everywhere because they need love, they need attention,” he said.

“They like to be outside,” he said. All three birds are rescue pets.

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Michigan City High School to host Semi-State for men’s basketball https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-high-school-to-host-semi-state-for-mens-basketball/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 07:33:08 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-high-school-to-host-semi-state-for-mens-basketball/ Michigan City High School has been named the host site for the regional and semi-state rounds of the 2022-23 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament. This year’s tournament will be the 113th of its kind. With sectional rounds scheduled at many schools across the state, Michigan City will host the games that […]]]>

Michigan City High School has been named the host site for the regional and semi-state rounds of the 2022-23 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This year’s tournament will be the 113th of its kind. With sectional rounds scheduled at many schools across the state, Michigan City will host the games that will qualify Indiana’s top 16, 8, 4 and 2 teams.

The regional competition at MCHS is scheduled for March 11; the semi-state contest will take place on March 18. The semi-state champ will go on to represent the northern half of the state at the IHSAA State Finals for Men’s Basketball on March 25 in Indianapolis.

“We couldn’t be happier to host regional and semi-state competitions this year,” said MCHS athletic director Craig Shaman. “We like to take every opportunity to show off Michigan City, our school and our athletic facilities because they are all top notch. With recent upgrades to our gym, our facilities are ready to host a first class event. »

Michigan City-area schools say MCHS has seen several improvements to its athletic facilities over the past two years. New bleachers and ramps have been installed in the “Wolves Den” gymnasium, which can accommodate more than 6,000 spectators. The gymnasium floor has recently been refurbished and now features the school’s Wolves logo. Additional sports facility improvements include a renovated weight room/fitness center, baseball and softball diamonds, track and new turf at Ames Field.

More details about the Michigan City High School Athletic Department – ​​including schedules and ticket information – can be found at www.MichiganCityAthletics.com.

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Michigan City mayor under investigation for leaving crash scene https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-mayor-under-investigation-for-leaving-crash-scene/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 02:18:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-city-mayor-under-investigation-for-leaving-crash-scene/ LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – Indiana State Police have confirmed there is a criminal investigation involving Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry. The 72-year-old mayor is charged with leaving the scene of an accident after driving on a water main in Washington Park, causing damage to his city-owned vehicle. According to the accident report, on the […]]]>

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – Indiana State Police have confirmed there is a criminal investigation involving Michigan City Mayor Duane Parry.

The 72-year-old mayor is charged with leaving the scene of an accident after driving on a water main in Washington Park, causing damage to his city-owned vehicle.

According to the accident report, on the night of August 5, Parry was crossing a lawn near the entrance to a park when his Ford Explorer hit an erect water pipe with a hose attached.

As he drove away, the pipe completely ripped the exhaust system off the bottom of the Ford Explorer, and Parry left the scene without reporting the incident. According to the report, at a Ford dealership where the vehicle was taken, Parry later identified the driver and was questioned about the incident.

The report says Parry “had been drinking” and also submitted to a drug test.

The Indiana State Police is handling the investigation due to a conflict of interest and will not comment further on the investigation.

The crash report is attached below:

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Research: Rating Action: Moody’s upgrades ratings of Michigan City area schools, IN and GO issuer to A1 https://blissfield.net/research-rating-action-moodys-upgrades-ratings-of-michigan-city-area-schools-in-and-go-issuer-to-a1/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 20:31:49 +0000 https://blissfield.net/research-rating-action-moodys-upgrades-ratings-of-michigan-city-area-schools-in-and-go-issuer-to-a1/ No related data. © 2022 Moody’s Corporation, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., Moody’s Analytics, Inc. and/or their licensors and affiliates (collectively, “MOODY’S”). All rights reserved. THE CREDIT RATINGS ISSUED BY MOODY’S CREDIT RATINGS AFFILIATES CONSTITUTE THEIR CURRENT OPINIONS ON THE RELATIVE FUTURE CREDIT RISK OF THE ENTITIES, CREDIT COMMITMENTS, INDEBTEDNESS OR SECURITIES ASSOCIATED WITH INDEBTEDNESS, […]]]>


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Residents and Activists Push for Total Cleanup of Coal Ash Ponds | Michigan City News https://blissfield.net/residents-and-activists-push-for-total-cleanup-of-coal-ash-ponds-michigan-city-news/ Sun, 14 Aug 2022 23:40:04 +0000 https://blissfield.net/residents-and-activists-push-for-total-cleanup-of-coal-ash-ponds-michigan-city-news/ MICHIGAN CITY — Almost everyone who attended the NIPSCO coal ash disposal public hearing agreed on two things: They want NIPSCO shareholders to absorb the cost, and they want all of the ash from coal are eliminated. “One of the main lessons we tell our kids is that if you make a mess, you clean […]]]>

MICHIGAN CITY — Almost everyone who attended the NIPSCO coal ash disposal public hearing agreed on two things: They want NIPSCO shareholders to absorb the cost, and they want all of the ash from coal are eliminated.

“One of the main lessons we tell our kids is that if you make a mess, you clean it up,” Susan Thomas said.

Coal ash is a byproduct of NIPSCO’s Michigan City coal-fired plant, which is expected to be decommissioned in a few years.

The public has until August 10 to submit written comments. The hearing, held last week, concerned a rate increase requested by NIPSCO to help pay for the cleanup.

Michigan City Council Vice Chairman Don Przybylinski, D-at Large, has fought off previous NIPSCO demands for a rate hike. “Michigan City is a city of 32,000 people. About 30% of the people who live here live below the poverty line,” he said. “Even though it’s a great place to live, it’s not the wealthiest place to live.”

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Przybylinski estimated that the rate increase requested by NIPSCO would cost the city an additional $120,000 to $150,000 per year. NIPSCO estimates the cost of the project at $40 million and seeks to recover 80% of the costs as they are incurred – approximately 30 cents per month for a consumer using 700 kilowatt hours per month – with the remaining 20% ​​included in the next base rate increase.

The project would involve the removal of coal ash from five ponds.

The hearing was designed for public comment, not for NIPSCO to present its case or rebut its arguments.

Thomas moved to Beverly Shores a few years ago. “Once I learned how polluted this area was, I knew I had to do more for my community and my family,” she said.

Like others, she worries about the dyke that holds in place a mixture of earth and coal.

“The 40 years of coal ash buried at the site will be left behind, where it will continue to contaminate groundwater,” Thomas said. “NIPSCO has known about the groundwater contamination at MC for eight years, but has yet to act on it.”

Hobart resident Joseph Conn uses a marina in Michigan City for his sailboat. He recently walked past the power plant and observed the dyke. “It’s not just weak. If you go to the western end, you will find holes there, holes big enough to put your arm through,” he said. “This steel isn’t going to last much longer.”

“What you have there is a coating that gets hammered every year. Pounded, pounded, pounded. And I tell you it’s already broken. said Conn. “I guarantee you it will fall apart.”

Ashley Williams is the executive director of Just Transition NWI, a group that organized a protest that drew around 40 people for a pre-hearing rally.

“Leaving behind 2 million tons of coal ash in the neighborhoods of people of color is classic environmental racism,” she testified. “History has shown us that when we don’t hit a ticking time bomb, that’s what to expect.”

Like several other people who testified, Williams worries that industrial customers will get “the deal of the century” even though they have been among the state’s worst polluters.

Hannah Kilbourne, 12, is entering middle school. “As a middle-class family, my heart breaks at the thought of families with lower wages than my parents,” she said.

Former NiSource shareholder Brian Gross does not recall seeing coal ash reserves in annual reports. Shareholders pay the cost of construction, so they should also pay for dismantling, he said.

“It needs to be fixed before it becomes another EPA supersite.”

Coal ash disposal work began this spring. NIPSCO plans to remove approximately 171,000 cubic yards of coal ash spread over 11.4 acres along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It will fill Michigan City Generating Station’s five coal ash ponds with clean backfill. The utility said it plans to “beneficially reuse” about 15% of the material, or about 14,500 tonnes.

“NIPSCO and a team of nationally leading experts are focused on ensuring that our approach is protective and continues to improve our environment,” said Kelly Carmichael, vice president of NiSource, NIPSCO’s parent company. , when the project began this spring.

The utility said it is complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Residue Rule, which requires the safe disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants without contaminating groundwater.

NIPSCO aims to phase out all of its coal-fired power generation by 2028.

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Trump’s ‘fake voter’ claims mayoral seat of major West Michigan city https://blissfield.net/trumps-fake-voter-claims-mayoral-seat-of-major-west-michigan-city/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 18:44:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/trumps-fake-voter-claims-mayoral-seat-of-major-west-michigan-city/ UPDATE: History has been edited to reflect that Kent Vanderwood will not face a run-off challenge for mayor in November, as he won more than 50% of the vote in the Aug. 2 primary. GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wyoming’s new mayor is one of 16 people who signed a fake Electoral College certificate declaring former […]]]>

UPDATE: History has been edited to reflect that Kent Vanderwood will not face a run-off challenge for mayor in November, as he won more than 50% of the vote in the Aug. 2 primary.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wyoming’s new mayor is one of 16 people who signed a fake Electoral College certificate declaring former President Donald Trump the winner of Michigan in the 2020 election.

Wyoming councilman and mayor-elect Kent Vanderwood was among a group of Republicans who, in late 2020, signed documents that falsely identified themselves as the state’s voters in what some claim was a coordinated effort to overturn election results in Trump’s favor across a handful of swing states.

Vanderwood, who has served on the Wyoming City Council for the past 16 years, won the August 2 three-way primary to replace longtime Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll. Because Vanderwood got over 50% of the vote, he won’t go to a runoff in November.

Kent County election officials expect primary results to be certified later on Friday, August 12.

Vanderwood will be sworn in in December and will rule Kent County’s second-largest town with a population of around 76,500. Wyoming is located in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area.

Vanderwood declined to talk about his signing of the forged Electoral College certificate, saying his attorney’s advice was not to answer questions. He said, however, that he answered questions about it while campaigning and going door-to-door, but it “rarely came back”.

President Joe Biden won Michigan by a tally of 2,804,040 votes to Trump’s 2,649,852, or 50.62% to 47.84%, according to the state election tally.

At least two of those who signed the certificate have been subpoenaed by federal investigators after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, gave federal prosecutors details of an investigation earlier this year. one year out of the state’s 16 false voters.

Nessel, whose office declined to comment for this story, raised earlier this year the possibility of state charges against voters, if there was no “federal accountability.” She said charges related to falsifying a public document and tampering with election law could be brought against GOP voters.

Related: Michigan Attorney General Says Republicans Who Falsified Election Certificates ‘Absolutely’ Committed Crimes

The US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not respond to requests for comment from MLive/The Grand Rapids Press.

In Wyoming’s three-way mayoral primary on August 2, Vanderwood received the most votes with 5,635 of 9,812 votes cast, or 57.4% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the county clerk’s office. Kent. Because he got over 50% of the vote, he won the seat.

His colleague, longtime council member and Pro Tem Mayor Sam Bolt got the second most votes at 3,033, or 30.9% of the total, in the primary. Wyoming resident Cliff Tompkins won 1,144 votes, or about 11.6 percent.

Bolt could not be reached for comment.

Many details of the larger plan to install fake voters in seven swing states who would vote for Trump, not Biden, came from the US House Select Committee during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The committee argued that Trump tried to pressure lawmakers in those states to overturn the 2020 election by placing voters who would vote for him instead of Biden in the Electoral College tally, which decides who wins the presidency, not the popular vote.

In Michigan, the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote receives all 16 electoral votes, which under state law must be cast by every voter at the state Capitol after the election.

Michigan’s fake voters allegedly tried to “hide overnight” in the state Capitol so they could vote there, according to House committee testimony from former state GOP chairwoman Laura Cox, who said a Trump campaign lawyer told him this.

But the fake voters didn’t hide in the state Capitol overnight, and they were barred from entering the building on Dec. 14 when state voters officially voted for Biden. These votes were then submitted to Congress to certify on January 6, 2021.

Although the fake state voters were prevented from officially voting at the state Capitol, the Trump campaign had the fake Electoral College certificate and other documents transported to the US Capitol for delivery to the National Archives and the Vice Chairman Mike Pence, according to the House committee.

The intent was allegedly for Pence, who led the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress to certify every electoral vote, to introduce the fake electoral votes. He did not comply.

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