The Branch Hillsdale St. Joseph Community Health Agency (BHSJ) will recommend universal masking for the upcoming K-12 school year, according to Health Officer Rebecca Burns.
David Hecker writes, “Under (the School Aid budget bill), foundation allowance funding for public schools across the state will be equal, meaning nearly every district will receive the same dollar amount per student. This is a positive change that will benefit students and educators — but, as (Gov. Gretchen) Whitmer herself acknowledges, it’s not enough.”
The COVID-19 transmission rates in 32 Michigan counties — 21 more than last week — are considered “high” or “substantial,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). St. Joseph County is among the areas with “substantial” transmission rates.
In the first public event to raise funds for the Three Rivers Promise, Dan’s Famous Fish Fry will be held on Friday, August 13 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Three Rivers Lions Club located at 420 6th Ave.
Glen Oaks Community College recently welcomed alumnus Mike Rasmussen as its new athletic director replacing Matt Brawley who accepted the athletic director position at Niles Schools.
Glen Oaks President Dr. David Devier writes, “Now the reader might say that, of course, the president of Glen Oaks Community College would always say the college is worth it! On the surface this would seem to be true, but what is the rest of the story? I grew up as a blue collar son from a blue collar family.”
Rick Haglund dissects whether Michigan can “grow its blue economy while being good stewards of the state’s most important natural resource.”
Doug and Alek are joined by Sow Good Seeds columnist and the most talented member of the Haak-Frost household Deborah Haak-Frost. The trio discuss the wonders of permaculture, why lawns are a problem, the many pursuits of Three Rivers nonprofit *culture is not optional, scones, and the GilChrist Retreat Center.
The nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) has calculated that, given the state’s current trajectory, it will take until mid-November for Michigan to reach the desired 70% vaccinated threshold to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
LGBTQ+ representation in elected offices has taken big strides in the last year nationwide, especially on the local level in Michigan, according to a recent study.
Park Township Trustee Tom Springer has written a letter in response to a recent Letter to the Editor published by Watershed Voice titled “Park Township Proposed Tax Increase.” Springer writes that implying the township board tried “to keep the road millage ballot proposal a secret” is “inaccurate and unfair.”
Katie Sweeney of Park Township contends township residents have “not been properly informed” of a proposed millage that, if passed, would result in an increase of up to .5 mills to help fund road repairs within the township over a four-year period. The issue will appear on the upcoming Michigan Primary ballot on Tuesday, August 3.
WSV’s Steph Hightree writes, “You know the old saying ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees?’ Well, I have a secret to tell you: They were right, it doesn’t. Let’s talk money in this week’s #MomLife.”
The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday primarily ruled in the state’s favor on a major case regarding how the state funds local governments and schools.
Charles Morris writes, “Our faith teaches us to look out for one another to address the crises before us, and as our nation continues to recover, we must now turn our attention to the climate crisis and environmental justice. A bold investment in clean energy infrastructure currently being discussed in Washington would do just that. This is an opportunity to invest in a clean energy future while addressing the injustices of the past.”
Glen Oaks President Dr. David H. Devier has been chosen by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) as the recipient of the 2021 Central Regional Chief Executive Officer Award. He will be recognized during the 52nd Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, in San Diego in mid-October.
Housing policy experts have warned that millions of Americans are still struggling to pay their rent, and that the end of that legal protection likely will lead to a surge in eviction filings across the country.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced plans in Detroit on Tuesday to make a significant investment in affordable housing that addresses the health, safety and well-being of Michigan residents. The proposal would assist 6,000 Michiganders, produce 2,000 rental housing units, and leverage an additional $380 million in private funding, while creating 1,600 jobs.