grand rapids – Blissfield http://blissfield.net/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 17:38:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://blissfield.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png grand rapids – Blissfield http://blissfield.net/ 32 32 Dean’s Update: March 4, 2022 | College of Human Medicine https://blissfield.net/deans-update-march-4-2022-college-of-human-medicine/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 21:16:54 +0000 https://blissfield.net/deans-update-march-4-2022-college-of-human-medicine/ March 4, 2022 – Aron Sousa, MD Friends, Each year, Early Clinical Experience (ECE) students complete projects based on their experience in their first-year clinic. Many of them are quality improvement efforts with their clinic staff. Sometimes students evaluate or create patient education materials, sometimes students work on applying clinical guidelines, and sometimes students work […]]]>

March 4, 2022 – Aron Sousa, MD

Friends,

Each year, Early Clinical Experience (ECE) students complete projects based on their experience in their first-year clinic. Many of them are quality improvement efforts with their clinic staff. Sometimes students evaluate or create patient education materials, sometimes students work on applying clinical guidelines, and sometimes students work on logistical issues like reducing no-shows. Students only have a few months to work on these projects, then they make a poster and are judged by professors in a poster session. It’s like a conference poster session, except there’s no beer or wine.

I was lucky enough to participate in one of two ECE poster sessions this week and really enjoyed myself. There were nearly a hundred posters judged at each session, so I didn’t get a chance to look at them all. But I went around several posters, and I came away impressed and delighted. The students have been very helpful in their clinics this year, as evidenced by the projects they have completed to improve patient education, immunization tracking, improve staff communication, and reduce language barriers, errors and mistreatment. Our freshmen have made impressive contributions to improving clinical care in the great communities of Grand Rapids and Lansing.

In the Town hall two weeks ago we had the chance to learn and celebrate a great gift from the Maxon Foundation to the Munson Healthcare Foundation to support our students in rural Northwest Michigan. This support is due to the excellent work of our cross the city The Deputy Community Dean, Dan Webster, MD, and thank you to the leader of our Leadership in rural medicine programs who is also our new Associate Dean for Community Academic Programs, Andrea Wendling, MD. And, it is important to recognize our staff for making this work possible, and especially to thank our students, who are incredible. This type of educational support from our partners is a great indicator of the esteem, importance and connection that our community partners feel for the students, staff and faculty of the college.

Give Green Day is March 15 and we are raising funds for scholarships. You may remember our efforts to achieve our goals during Giving Tuesday last November. These types of events help prime the pump for our scholarship campaign, so we really appreciate everyone’s help and contributions.

This week, most counties on our campuses are now at CDC “medium risk” level for the transmission of COVID-19 after several months of “high risk” transmission. Some of our counties (hello Genesee!) even have “low transmission”. In areas with medium and low risk of transmission, people still need to be vaccinated and should be tested if they have symptoms. It is still true that people who test positive, have symptoms, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. And people with symptoms should stay home – maybe Zoom will make it easier to stay home when we have more colds and flus. (Imagine my wife reading this and saying something about practice and preaching, soot pots and kettles, snakes and crabs walking straightbrambles complaining about the thorns of a pomegranate tree, grains and beams in the eyes, etc.)

One of the important college projects this spring and summer is our strategic planning effort. The college has many exciting opportunities and needs to be strategic in its choices in the coming years. We could do a lot. For example:

  • The college has remarkable opportunities to expand education and scholarship in multiple communities.
  • Our clinical partners offer new opportunities for connection and collaboration.
  • We are fortunate to hire dozens of new researchers and clinicians over the next five to seven years.
  • We are fortunate to add departments to fill traditional disciplines that we did not have at the college.
  • We could work to bring together the fields of medical sciences/disciplines and public health sciences/disciplines.
  • We could take on a big challenge like improving health equity or expanding access to health.

The strategy working group has had its first meeting, and we have started the data collection part of the planning process. Thank you to everyone working on the project and to everyone who answers our surveys and participates in the focus groups. This work is extremely important to the college and can have a big impact on our future.

I can only occasionally witness the horror of Russia’s morally bankrupt invasion of Ukraine. The bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people and Russians opposed to the war are inspiring and humbling. The plight of the million or more Ukrainians fleeing violence reminds me of those leaving violence-torn regions in our hemisphere and around the world. These include the families and friends of people in our college and our fellow humans at all. I wish us all peace and security. Pay attention to each other.

Serve people with you,

Arron

Aron Sousa, MD
Acting Dean

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Residents of this Michigan city have 3rd highest Wordle scores in America, study finds https://blissfield.net/residents-of-this-michigan-city-have-3rd-highest-wordle-scores-in-america-study-finds/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:43:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/residents-of-this-michigan-city-have-3rd-highest-wordle-scores-in-america-study-finds/ GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wordle, an online game in which users try to guess a universal five-letter word, has taken the world by storm. The game has been mentioned more than 1.7 million times on Twitter since its launch two months ago, and The New York Times has since bought it. People from countries all […]]]>

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wordle, an online game in which users try to guess a universal five-letter word, has taken the world by storm.

The game has been mentioned more than 1.7 million times on Twitter since its launch two months ago, and The New York Times has since bought it.

People from countries all over the world have played, but according to a social media analysis conducted by WordTips, a city in Michigan is one of the best in the United States when it comes to solving the puzzles.

According to WordTips, it takes residents of Ann Arbor an average of 3.59 guesses, so solve the daily clues. It is the third best performing brand in the nation, behind only Saint Paul, Minnesota (3.51) and Reading, Pennsylvania (3.56).

As a state, Michigan solves puzzles in about 3.97 guesses. North Dakota is the best state with 3.65 guesses. The United States is the 18th best country to solve Wordle with a national average of 3.92.

RELATED: Wordle for March 3: Clues, answer, words with RN

Canberra, Australia, is the global city with the best Wordle average at 3.58 guesses. Sweden is the world best country in Wordle, with an average of 3.72.

WordTips pulled 195,248 tweets with the #wordle hashtag using the Twitter API. The team managed to extract the score for the game from 142,669 tweets. To qualify, the score had to be presented as a fraction (eg, 3/6 or 5/6) with the grid of colored squares.

The global average number of guesses is 3,919 based on 139,940 tweets.

You can see the full study here.

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This Michigan town is the unhappiest in all of the United States https://blissfield.net/this-michigan-town-is-the-unhappiest-in-all-of-the-united-states/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 18:03:03 +0000 https://blissfield.net/this-michigan-town-is-the-unhappiest-in-all-of-the-united-states/ (Photo by Mario Vedder/Getty Images) I like to think Michiganders are pretty happy people. I mean, we have a lot to love living in Michigan. We have all seasons, although I wish the winter was shorter. We have beautiful vibrant colors in the fall and sandy beaches in the summer. Yes, Michigan is a pretty […]]]>

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I like to think Michiganders are pretty happy people. I mean, we have a lot to love living in Michigan. We have all seasons, although I wish the winter was shorter. We have beautiful vibrant colors in the fall and sandy beaches in the summer.

Yes, Michigan is a pretty happy place, but somehow a town in Michigan was named the unhappiest town in all of the United States, I disagree.

WalletHub published a study naming the happiest cities in the United States “Location plays a role in whether it’s bright or dreary these days,” they state. “For years, researchers have studied the science of happiness and found that its key ingredients include a positive mental state, a healthy body, strong social connections, job satisfaction, and financial well-being.” They added, “WalletHub drew on the various findings of positive psychology research to determine which of more than 180 of America’s largest cities is home to the happiest people in America. We looked at each city on the basis of 30 key indicators of happiness, ranging from the rate of depression to the rate of income growth to the average leisure time spent per day.

So which Michigan city is at the bottom of the list? Detroit comes in at No. 182, all the way down. Personally, I think the Detroiters are very happy people! Detroit also ranked 181st in terms of the highest separation and divorce rate. The happiest city in Michigan is Grand Rapids at #92. No matter what the study says, I’m happy to be in Michigan and the Detroit area! Check out the full list here.

Michigan cities with the highest median household income

Anne Erickson’s love of music drew her to radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, as well as local music. She is also the head of the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet her at @AnneErickson!

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Rural Michigan County Gets First Syringe Program https://blissfield.net/rural-michigan-county-gets-first-syringe-program/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 17:32:40 +0000 https://blissfield.net/rural-michigan-county-gets-first-syringe-program/ [ad_1] A rural Michigan county gets its first syringe service program (SSP). It comes at a time when the state is reporting an increase in HIV diagnoses attributable to injection drug use. PHC provides sterile needles to people who inject drugs such as heroin to prevent the spread of disease through sharing needles. On November […]]]>


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A rural Michigan county gets its first syringe service program (SSP). It comes at a time when the state is reporting an increase in HIV diagnoses attributable to injection drug use. PHC provides sterile needles to people who inject drugs such as heroin to prevent the spread of disease through sharing needles.

On November 24, the Mid-Michigan District Health Board vote to approve an SSP. The district represents the counties of Montcalm, Clinton and Gratiot. The SSP would open first in Montcalm County, then later expand to Clinton and Gratiot if county officials are satisfied it is functioning well. Under Michigan law, syringes are considered illegal drug paraphernalia. But the distribution of sterile syringes as a public health intervention is legal, if authorized by a government agency.

Currently, the closest Montcalm County SSP residents can reach Ionia, which is over 35 km from its largest city, Greenville. The county will join Red Project, a Grand Rapids nonprofit that already operates syringe services statewide.

“The best practice when it comes to syringe access is to provide syringes on an as-needed basis,” said Red Project executive director Steve Alsum. Filtered. “So working with each client, talking with them about how often they inject, when they can take the program, how many people in their social network inject… tWe take this opportunity when we see a participant to provide him with as many syringes as he needs so that he can use a sterile syringe for each injection.

The Michigan State Department of Health recently reported that Montcalm County is experiencing an unusual increase in HIV diagnoses, linked to injection drug use.

Programs in some cities and states follow “one-to-one” guidelines, which they may be mandated to do. This means that only one syringe is given to each participant for each used syringe returned. The practice contradicts the scientific consensus—including CDC—On the best way to reduce blood borne diseases. Fortunately, Red Project gives customers as many as they need.

Red Project offers rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing in addition to syringe services. It will not actually operate the SSP in Montcalm County, but instead provide training and other support to the Department of Health as the department launches the program.

Michigan State Department of Health recently reported that Montcalm County is seeing an unusual increase in HIV diagnoses linked to injection drug use. At the same time, HIV diagnoses are on the decline for the entire state of Michigan.

There are no current data on HIV diagnoses in Montcalm County, but HIV prevalence has historically been relatively low. In 2019 the county had 54.7 HIV cases per 100,000 population. By comparison, Detroit has 713.3 per 100,000 population.

According to the data Provided to county council, Montcalm County paramedics also administer significantly less naloxone than the state average, even though opioid-related deaths are 1.7 times the state average. So far this year, 21 people in the county are believed to have died from an overdose. This would equate to 33 people per 100,000, which is significantly higher than the national death rate of 21.6 people per 100,000. in 2019.

It is not yet clear what other services the Montcalm County SSP will provide. Mid-Michigan District Health Department public information officer refused Filteredrequest for comments, other than indicating that it is too early to share details.

Alsum also pointed out that details of the new SSP were not yet finalized. But because the county has agreed to partner with his organization to train them, he suspects the services will closely resemble those currently offered by Red Project. He estimated that if all goes well, the program should be open as early as January 2022.


Photograph of Project Red in Grand Rapids Harm Reduction Services, via Facebook.

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Michigan State Men’s Golf hosts Quail Valley Intercollegiate this weekend https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-mens-golf-hosts-quail-valley-intercollegiate-this-weekend/ https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-mens-golf-hosts-quail-valley-intercollegiate-this-weekend/#respond Fri, 15 Oct 2021 20:28:18 +0000 https://blissfield.net/michigan-state-mens-golf-hosts-quail-valley-intercollegiate-this-weekend/ [ad_1] History links East Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan State Men’s Golf Team returns to the course this weekend, playing their penultimate event of the fall program at Quail Valley Intercollegiate in Vero Beach, Fla. The eighth annual event, hosted by the Spartans, will take place at Quail Valley Golf Club on Sunday (36 holes) […]]]>


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East Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan State Men’s Golf Team returns to the course this weekend, playing their penultimate event of the fall program at Quail Valley Intercollegiate in Vero Beach, Fla.

The eighth annual event, hosted by the Spartans, will take place at Quail Valley Golf Club on Sunday (36 holes) and Monday (18 holes). The 16-team course includes six schools ranked among the top 50 nationally by Golfstat.

“We are very proud to be the host school for the eighth annual Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational,” MSU head coach Casey lubahn noted. “This event has become one of the best on this part of the calendar and the members, staff and friends of Vero Beach have supported us beyond our wildest expectations. I want to thank John and Kathleen Gorman for us welcoming and helping to become a cherished part of our season over the past few years. I also want to thank Don Meadows and his staff at Quail Valley Golf Club for handling the operations and facility – they make it an amazing experience to players and coaches this weekend. “

Dated: Sunday October 17-Monday October 18
Course: Quail Valley Golf Club
Live Score: Golfstat
By / Yardage: 72 / 7,350
Format: Stroke play, 54 holes, play five, count four
Calendar: Sunday – Rounds 1 and 2 starting with a shotgun start at 8:30 am
Tuesday: Round three with tee times from 8 am on the first and 10th holes.

RANGE
1. Troy Taylor (Sr., Westerville, Ohio / South Westerville)
2. Brad Smithson (Jr., Grand Rapids, Michigan / Forest Hills Eastern)
3. Jacques Piot (Sr.-5, Canton, Michigan / Detroit Catholic Central)
4. Ashton mcculloch (Fr., Kingston, Ontario / Catholic Holy Cross)
5. August Meekhof (So ​​Coopersville, Michigan / Allendale)

FIELD
Boston College, Indiana (No. 25), Jacksonville, Kansas (No. 11), Kent State (No. 31), Louisiana-Lafayette, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Michigan State (No. 28), Missouri-Kansas City, Nebraska, Northwestern (No. 24), Rutgers, South Florida (No. 10), Toledo.

THE LESSON
Designed by Tommy Fazio and Nick Price, Quail Valley was voted one of the Top 10 Clubs by LINKS Magazine in 2010.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Spartans have won the Quail Valley Intercollegiate twice – 2015 and 2016 – in the tournament’s six-year history and finished second in 2017. Last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic of COVID-19. In 2019, Notre Dame won the event at 43 under par 821; Michigan State was seventh, Brad Smithson tied for 12th (7-under-par 209) and Jacques Piot tied for 24th place (6-under par 210).

LAST TIME
Michigan State shot a 278 by 278 in the final round and finished fifth among 14 teams at the Fighting Irish Classic on October 5. The Spartans finished the 54-hole tournament with a score of 2 under par 838 (274-286-278). First-year student Ashton mcculloch was MSU’s top finisher, tied for 15th place at par 210 (68-71-71).

LUBAHN’S THOUGHTS
“Our team is coming out of a great competition here at home and we are eager to challenge very solid ground on a great golf course. Our depth will be important and we will have to focus on eliminating the big numbers and inefficiencies that we’ve had these last two weeks. If we do that, I think we have a good chance of being in contention on Monday afternoon. “

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WKU Hilltoppers at Michigan State Time, TV, How to Watch, How to Stream https://blissfield.net/wku-hilltoppers-at-michigan-state-time-tv-how-to-watch-how-to-stream/ https://blissfield.net/wku-hilltoppers-at-michigan-state-time-tv-how-to-watch-how-to-stream/#respond Fri, 01 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/wku-hilltoppers-at-michigan-state-time-tv-how-to-watch-how-to-stream/ [ad_1] The 17/16 Michigan State Spartans (4-0, 2-0) have yet another night game for the second straight week, as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come to town for the final non-conference game of the 2021 regular season. The WKU’s top-flight offensive will hope to shake up MSU, as the Hilltoppers visit East Lansing and “The Woodshed” […]]]>


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The 17/16 Michigan State Spartans (4-0, 2-0) have yet another night game for the second straight week, as the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers come to town for the final non-conference game of the 2021 regular season. The WKU’s top-flight offensive will hope to shake up MSU, as the Hilltoppers visit East Lansing and “The Woodshed” for the very first time.

As the Spartans enter the game undefeated, the Hilltoppers have a powerful midair attack that could push secondary Michigan State to the limit. However, it will be an electric night as Spartan Stadium hosts its second straight night game for the second time in its history (2019 against Tulsa and Western Michigan was the other event, both wins), and the 25th game. all time. MSU is 17-7 in previous games at Spartan Stadium.

Saturday’s game marks the programs’ first ever meeting as Michigan State has never faced Western Kentucky. However, the Hilltoppers gave MSU rival Big Ten, Indiana, all he could handle in a 33-31 loss to the Hoosiers at Houchens Industries-LT Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky., Last Saturday, September 25. The match marked the IU traveled for the second time to WKU, the other being a win in 2010. MSU will face the Hoosiers in Bloomington in two weeks on October 16.

Saturday’s game will mark the 105th home game for Michigan State. MSU has hosted one every year since 1915, with the exception of 1943 and 2020. The Spartans are 68-33-3 all-time in home games. Despite a poor performance last week, Michigan State enters this game with the fourth most significant offense in the Big Ten (30th in FBS) with 35.2 points per game, and is third in the conference rushing to 215, 5 yards per game (22nd in FBS). The game should offer an exciting duel between offenses.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-2, 0-0 USA Conference) vs. Michigan State Spartans (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten)

Dated: Saturday October 2
To start up: 7:40 p.m. EDT

MEDIA COVERAGE

TV: Big Ten Network
Web / mobile: Foxsports.com/FOX Sports app
Read by read: Joe Beninati
Analyst: J Leman
Sideline: Michelle mcmahon

RADIO: Spartan media network
Read by read: George Blaha
Analyst: Jason Strayhorn
Sideline: Steve courtney
Broadcast host: Will Tieman
Website / Mobile: msuspartans.com/ MSU Spartans application / Tune In radio
Flagship stations: Lansing: WMMQ (94.9 FM) / WJIM (1240 AM); Detroit: WJR (760 hrs); Grand Rapids: WBFX (101.3 FM)
Affiliates: 30 affiliates listed on msuspartans.com
Satellite: Ch. 136 (Sirius), chap. 197 (XM), c. 957 (SiriusXM.com)
Pre-match show: Starts at 6 p.m.

Site: East Lansing, Michigan
Stadium: Spartan Stadium (74,866, down 139 seats compared to the previous capacity)
Area: Natural grass
All-time series: First meeting

COACHES:
MSU Head Coach: Mel Tucker
MSU record: 6-5 (second year)
Overall record: 11-12 (third year)
Record against WKU: 0-0

Western Kentucky Head Coach: Tyson Helton
WKU Record: 15-13 (third year)
Overall record: 15-13 (third year)
Record against MSU: 0-0

Do not forget to follow during the game with The Only Colors on Facebook and Twitter (@TheOnlyColors) throughout the game, and as always here on the website in our discussion thread.



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To be a ‘real’ artist | MSU Today https://blissfield.net/to-be-a-real-artist-msu-today/ https://blissfield.net/to-be-a-real-artist-msu-today/#respond Tue, 28 Sep 2021 20:45:34 +0000 https://blissfield.net/to-be-a-real-artist-msu-today/ [ad_1] Liz Schondelmayer is a graduate student of MSU’s master’s program in strategic communication as well as a full-time communications coordinator for the MSU College of Social Sciences. Schondelmayer was part of the MSU Honors College and Social Science Scholars program. She earned him undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Media and Information from MSU […]]]>


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Liz Schondelmayer is a graduate student of MSU’s master’s program in strategic communication as well as a full-time communications coordinator for the MSU College of Social Sciences. Schondelmayer was part of the MSU Honors College and Social Science Scholars program. She earned him undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Media and Information from MSU in 2019.

The definition of the word “artist”, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “a person who creates art (such as painting, sculpture, music or writing) using conscious skills and a creative imagination” . Based on this definition, I was an artist even before I could spell my own name.

Much to the dismay of my parents and teachers, I spent my entire K-12 career jotting down on every math test, spelling quiz, and notebook I came in contact with. Even to this day, all of my notes from my lectures and business meetings are covered with sketches of flowers, skulls, and any other distracted design that my hand scribbles while my brain is attentive.

Although art and self-expression have always been deeply, deeply important to me, I have never been right to call myself an “artist”. It wasn’t something I did competitively or professionally, and I never felt good enough to be a real artist. a amateur artist? Sure. But one real artist? Certainly not.

However, my attitude in this regard has changed dramatically over the past 18 months. For me personally, this past year and a half has been defined as a time of great learning and unlearning: as I gained a better understanding of the racism and classism exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and did doing my best to unlearn the prejudices of the past, I was also discovering the strength and resilience of which I myself am capable.

During this time, I was working closely with my fellow communicators #MSUSSocialScience and our Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr Nwando Achebe, to launch a new college-wide DCI feature. in July 2020. Since then, every month I have worked to tell the stories of students, alumni, staff and faculty who have overcome incredible obstacles and strive to make the world a better place. safe and more welcoming to everyone.

Their passion for their activism prompted me to take action. To do Something. To say Something – everything to help fight the injustices that too many of us have accepted as normal.

Plus, as I learned to become a better ally for different marginalized communities, I also learned that – when the going is good – I am capable of more than I ever imagined. The COVID-19 crisis has revealed to me that, for much of my life, I have largely underestimated myself. I had been struggling with impostor syndrome since setting foot on the MSU campus, and I had a lot of self-doubts, even as a graduate student and full-time employee.

However, the twists and turns of the emotional roller coaster that COVID-19 has been proved to me that life is too short – and unpredictable – to waste time doubting and holding back … especially when the need for advocacy and advocacy is needed. alliance is so important. high.

For this reason, I decided to use my artistic talents to participate in ArtPrize with a piece challenging the regressive assumptions and dangerous stereotypes many Americans hold about people of color. This prestigious community arts event has been held in the city of Grand Rapids since 2009 and features works by some of the most famous artists from around the world.

And I did.

Not only is my article on display in the beautiful Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation building, it was also highlighted by a local Grand Rapids news site. As expected, the article garnered praise, constructive criticism, not-so-constructive criticism, and overall it served what I was hoping for: it started a conversation.

To be able to call me an ArtPrize artist is an incredibly huge accomplishment and on a personal level it is a major victory and a testament to all that we are capable of when we trust ourselves and our talents. And when that self-confidence is married to a passion for a greater good, then we are able to accomplish some really amazing things.

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Mid-Michigan City Paves the Way for Accommodation for US Border Teens | Michigan News https://blissfield.net/mid-michigan-city-paves-the-way-for-accommodation-for-us-border-teens-michigan-news/ https://blissfield.net/mid-michigan-city-paves-the-way-for-accommodation-for-us-border-teens-michigan-news/#respond Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/mid-michigan-city-paves-the-way-for-accommodation-for-us-border-teens-michigan-news/ [ad_1] ALMA, Mich. (AP) – Officials in a central Michigan city granted a request to accommodate migrant boys in a former nursing home, rejecting the planning commission’s recommendation and angering opponents who had criticized the proposal in tense summer meetings. The City of Alma Commission voted, 4-2, Tuesday night to approve a zoning change requested […]]]>


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ALMA, Mich. (AP) – Officials in a central Michigan city granted a request to accommodate migrant boys in a former nursing home, rejecting the planning commission’s recommendation and angering opponents who had criticized the proposal in tense summer meetings.

The City of Alma Commission voted, 4-2, Tuesday night to approve a zoning change requested by Bethany Christian Services.

“We believe Alma is a caring and welcoming community, and we look forward to providing vital services to vulnerable children and youth here,” said Krista Stevens of Bethany, based in Grand Rapids.

Bethany wishes to use a former retirement home to provide accommodation for up to 40 days or until a sponsor is found. The boys, aged 12 to 17, crossed the US border without parents or guardians and have no legal status in this country.

Alma, with a population of 9,400, is 80 km north of Lansing and is probably best known for housing a small liberal arts school, Alma College.

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The Alma Planning Commission recommended that the zoning change be rejected. Members said opposition in the community made it difficult to determine whether certain conditions could be met to justify rezoning.

The State Department of Civil Rights warned Alma against making decisions based on fears, stereotypes and “unfounded assumptions.”

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Confusion reigns over timelines to redraw Michigan County board maps https://blissfield.net/confusion-reigns-over-timelines-to-redraw-michigan-county-board-maps/ https://blissfield.net/confusion-reigns-over-timelines-to-redraw-michigan-county-board-maps/#respond Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/confusion-reigns-over-timelines-to-redraw-michigan-county-board-maps/ [ad_1] LANSING – Clerks for Michigan’s 83 counties are at odds with state election officials when it comes to drafting new districts for county commissions. According to state law, counties have 60 days from the time the US Census Bureau publishes complete population counts to draw the maps of commission seats, before filing them with […]]]>


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LANSING – Clerks for Michigan’s 83 counties are at odds with state election officials when it comes to drafting new districts for county commissions.

According to state law, counties have 60 days from the time the US Census Bureau publishes complete population counts to draw the maps of commission seats, before filing them with the county clerk for them to take effect.

But the Census Bureau’s schedule changes have caused county officials to insist the deadline is Oct. 11, while the state claims it’s Nov. 29.

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“We’re trying to figure out… when we actually have to submit this thing,” Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck told Bridge Michigan.

As with state and federal offices, county districts are redrawn every 10 years after the release of population counts by the Census Bureau.

In most counties, county districts are appointed by an allocation committee made up of five officials: the county clerk, the treasurer, the attorney, and the county Democratic and Republican party chairmen.

In counties of over a million people – Wayne and Oakland – the Council of Commissioners is drawing the lines.

Distribution boards for counties missing their deadline to draw maps would lose authority to vote on their own proposals, says the law. Instead, they should choose a plan submitted to the panel by registered voters.

Employees fear counties following state guidelines will meet deadlines and face legal challenges from residents.

“It definitely puts a bit of pressure,” said Roebuck, a Republican.

The confusion centers on the lagging timelines of the US Census Bureau, which released decennial population counts on August 12, but did so by releasing raw data.

The agency had promised to release a user-friendly version of the data by September 30, then modified the press release September 16.

Clerks claim the 60-day deadline began on August 12. The secretary of state’s election office believes it won’t start until September 30, agency spokesperson Tracy Wimmer said.

Wimmer added that the Elections Office had released a tool for counties to draw maps and said they were allowed to start drafting the new lines “now if they wish.”

But the office told the clerks to consult their lawyers on the official date to follow.

The office also asked the Michigan attorney general’s office for a decision, Wimmer said. The office declined to comment on Bridge Michigan on Thursday.

Several attorneys consulted by counties – including Ingham and Livingston – and the Michigan Association of County Clerks argue that the state’s timeline is flawed and that counties must approve districts by Oct. 11.

“The rationale for the office is not entirely clear,” Grand Rapids-based law firm Warner Norcross and Judd told the Association of Clerks, according to an opinion obtained by Bridge Michigan.

Barb Byrum, the Ingham County clerk, told Bridge Michigan it was not clear why the Elections Office had a different schedule.

The Democrat added that her county lawyer also said the deadline has already started.

“The lawyer is of the opinion that the deadline for drawing these maps is October 11, unless the allocation commission wants the public to draw the map,” Byrum told Bridge Michigan.

The question of what is considered complete data from the US Census Bureau has also caused problems for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The panel, established in 2018 with voter approval, began drawing the state’s legislative districts using data as of August 12. However, they said they would use the user-friendly version to verify their work.

The group, which had a constitutional deadline of September 17 for the first political maps to be ready for public scrutiny, has already said delays in releasing the data will likely cause them to miss.

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Invasive plant that hinders boats, wildlife found in another Michigan county https://blissfield.net/invasive-plant-that-hinders-boats-wildlife-found-in-another-michigan-county/ https://blissfield.net/invasive-plant-that-hinders-boats-wildlife-found-in-another-michigan-county/#respond Fri, 20 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://blissfield.net/invasive-plant-that-hinders-boats-wildlife-found-in-another-michigan-county/ [ad_1] An invasive aquatic plant, called European frog-bit, has been found in the lower Lincoln River in County Mason. It has already been confirmed in several other places in the state and forms dense mats on the surface of slow-moving waters. These mats hamper the movement of boats and the movement of large fish and […]]]>


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An invasive aquatic plant, called European frog-bit, has been found in the lower Lincoln River in County Mason.

It has already been confirmed in several other places in the state and forms dense mats on the surface of slow-moving waters. These mats hamper the movement of boats and the movement of large fish and diving ducks, recent study finds Press release from the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

“Because invasive aquatic plants like the European frog bit are difficult and expensive to control, we remind boaters, waterfowl hunters and anglers to remove plants and debris from boats, trailers and gear. after each use to prevent the spread of this and other invasive species. Said Joanne Foreman, invasive species communications coordinator at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The European frog bite was first detected in the southeastern state in 1996 and has since spread. In 2016, the plant was discovered in Reeds and Fisk Lakes in East Grand Rapids. More recently, it has been found in Jackson and Washtenaw counties and in Mackinac County. The most recent sample was found in Lincoln River last month.

The plant, which resembles a miniature water lily with quarter-sized leaves, floats freely. Unfortunately, this makes it easier to transport to new locations. Activities such as boating, waterfowl hunting, and fishing can unintentionally contribute to the spread of the invasive plant, as parts of the plant can attach themselves to equipment such as boats, trailers, and gear. , according to the press release.

“Frog-bit is spreading, so it’s good to get the word out. It might well be in the Lincoln River, but maybe not,” said Tom Alwin, aquatic biologist at the Department of the Environment, Major. Michigan Lakes and Energy. “We haven’t seen it much in the rivers. It might not form those big stacks, but it’s a stranger to us.”


Fortunately, the European frog bit is a fairly straightforward plant to identify, according to Alwin. This will make it easier for boaters, anglers and waterfowl hunters to make sure it is easier to clean the plant from any equipment they use to prevent spread to other bodies of water.

“We ask people to watch everything they use in the water, if they are fishing, check their fishing gear and if they are sailing, check their boat, to make sure they are removing any plant matter before they go. travel from one body of water to another. People should clean up any plant matter. It’s a good habit to take in any body of water you use, “Alwin said.

Below are some good practices to help prevent the spread of European walrus and other aquatic invasive species:

• Clean Up: Inspect boats, trailers, docks and gear and remove all mud, debris and plant matter. Use a hose or pressure washer when available. Dispose of unwanted materials in a trash can.
• Draining: Remove water from livewells, bait buckets, bilges and other compartments before leaving an access site.
• Dry: Let boats and their equipment dry for at least five days, if possible, before using them in other bodies of water.

For more information on the European frog bit and other invasive species, visit here.

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