From our friends at Newaygo County Emergency Services
Schools and communities must be prepared for a variety of emergency situations in order to maintain a safe school environment for students and school personnel. Developing and maintaining a safe school environment is the responsibility of the entire school community. Within Newaygo County, over the past year a collaborative initiative has been developed in partnership with local school officials and public safety agencies (police, fire, EMS, 911, and emergency services). The initiative supports developing and maintaining a safe school environment through completion of essential emergency preparedness activities identified in best practices throughout the United States. All public schools within Newaygo County are participating in the initiative.
As a part of the community, please take a moment to review the following safety terms (see below) being used in all public schools across the county. Use of common language avoids confusion and ensures an effective and safe response to an emergency. These terms are standard definitions established by the Michigan School Safety Task Force.
Please note, that should an emergency occur, Nixle will be the primary means of communications from public safety authorities to the community during an event. To receive these alerts, text NewaygoES to 888777. The district may also utilize Skylert notification system to provide voicemail, text, and email notification directly to parents as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Should a critical incident occur at the school which creates the need for parents/guardians to pick up your children outside of normal practices, it is important you do not come to the school. All schools within Newaygo County utilize a standardized family reunification process to reunite students with their families. This process is structured and well organized. Following staff instructions at the designated site will help parents/guardians to reunite you with your child in a timely and safe manner.
Specific reunification instructions on where to go and what to do will be sent to you after an incident using Nixle and Skylert. You can expect these instructions to include a reminder not to go to the school, as the school and surrounding roadways are being secured by law enforcement and emergency first responders as a safety measure. In order to minimize congestion at the reunification site, we ask that only one, approved parent or guardian comes to sign out their student. This individual must be on the Emergency Contact Card on file with the school and photo identification is required. For the safety of our students and staff, only parents, guardians, and designated emergency contacts will be permitted to enter the reunification site.
From our friends at the Department Of Transportation:
A total closure for culvert replacement will be in effect this Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on M-37 between Bailey and Moore roads. M-37 traffic will be detoured on Bailey Road, Canada Road/McClelland Avenue and 136th Street.
N3 received this missive from the fine folks at Native Circle. Of all the great events our area offers, this one remains a favorite at N3 World Headquarters & Butterfly Ministry (N3WH&BM)
Anii and Boozhoo Friends!
The Native Circle of Newaygo County invites you to the 4th annual Native American Gathering: "We Are Still Here":
Saturday, September 21, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, September 22, 11am - 4pm
Brooks Park, 28 State Road, Downtown Newaygo, MI 49337
This is a free family friendly, drug and alcohol free event located in the smoke free setting of Brooks Park.
The Native American Gathering is a sharing of culture, history, traditions, music, food and arts.
Speakers from around Michigan's Tribal Nations and friends will provide information and insights on history and current issues facing Indigenous people and the world in which we live. Please see the speakers schedule below.
Volunteers Needed: If you would like to volunteer some time at this event, it would be most appreciated - many hands make light work. We are especially seeking help on Saturday morning 8am - 11am for set up, and Sunday afternoon 4pm - 6pm to take down. Volunteers to sit at the welcome table and comfort station for elders and mothers are also appreciated.
If you are able to help for a couple of hours or so, please reply to this email.
Silent Auction: We are seeking donations for the Silent Auction fundraiser which will be held on Sunday afternoon.
If you have something to donate, please reply to this email. Donations of items that are new or gently used will be gratefully accepted.
Miigwech from the Native Circle of Newaygo County to the many people who are helping to bring this event to our community.
Miigwech to the Fremont Area Community Foundation, local businesses and individuals for their financial support.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Native Circle of Newaygo County
11:00 a.m. Welcome
11:30 a.m. Jade Green- Native Youth and Current Issues
12:00 a.m. Banashee Cadreau- Decolonization and our Traditions
1:00 p.m. Beth Earl- Cradleboards
2:00 p.m. Gaylord Brooks- Healing Mind Body and Spirit
3:00 p.m. Blanket Dance
3:45 p.m. Open Dance (Inter-tribal)
4:00 p.m. Jennifer McLeod- Sovereignty
5:00 p.m. Punkin Shananaquet- Seeds
6:00 p.m. Open Dance (Inter-tribal)
11:00 a.m. Welcome
11:15 a.m. Marsha Reeves- Food
12:15 p.m. Beth Earl- Breastfeeding
1:15 p.m. LJ Denemy and Sarah Jo- Line 5 Water Protectors
2:15 p.m. Jennifer McLeod- Unity
3:15 p.m. Gaylord Brooks- Who We are as Natives
4:30 p.m. Giveaway
Drum- Woodland Boyz
Emcee- Larry Plamondon
Peacekeeper/Arena Director- Mike Loonsfoot
The fun continues all day Saturday and do not miss Gaellic Storm (Saturday night 9:30) if you go. They absolutely cooked it Friday night and they're just getting warmed up.
Photos by Lil DeLaat
Or really, "Did You Hear?...." in disguise
Social Media Hint # 237
When someone asks for a quote regarding snow removal and in trying to help you offer the following
"It feels a lot colder when you're shoveling snow than when you're building a snow fort" -Cynthia Lewis.
They apparently don’t mean that kind of quote.
And there is a tendency for folks to get a bit snappish about such a reply.
Still learning folks, still learning.
The Riveridge Cider plant that opened last week south of Grant is a very cool story of perseverance as they cut the ribbon in their new plant just 14 months after a fire destroyed their previous location.
And they put on a nice opening with over a couple of hundred guests sampling the cider (and taking advantage of a free lunch).
We wish them well and like the cider...well except for the caramel flavored variety since we haven’t gotten along with caramel for several decades now.
Go to a high school football game for pity’s sake. You don’t need to have a kid or grandkid or even a cousin twice removed playing just go because it is an autumn thing to do and these young people play their hearts out.
Speaking of our recent spate of treacherous meteorological madness…
Is anyone else puzzled at the concept of ‘straight line winds.Are they really just tornadoes without the twist (shaken not stirred)?
And when it comes to power outages and traffic lights, come on people. When the traffic light is out at a place where it usually dictates your next move.. it means treat it like a 4 way stop.
Drivers Training 101.
4th Annual Native American Gathering in Newaygo
By Sally Wagoner
The 4th Annual Native American Gathering will be held Saturday, September 21 from 11a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Brooks Park in downtown Newaygo. This family friendly event is free and open to the public.
“Everyone is welcome to share in Native Indigenous music, dance, food and culture,” said Laci Reagan of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe, one of the coordinators of the event. “There will be demonstrations of moccasin making, beading and carving, among other arts and crafts.”
“This Gathering is a remembering. It focuses on teaching and sharing our history and culture with others,” states Larry Gouine. “That is why we have speakers on both days as a main focus of the event.”
Speakers will talk on topics related to Native American issues. Among the presenters will be LJ Denemy and Sarah Jo, both Water Protectors who hold vigil in support of decommissioning the Line 5 Enbridge Pipeline that runs beneath the Mackinac Straits; Punkin Shananaquet of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) who will talk about Native heirloom seeds; and Jennifer McLeod of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe on Native Sovereignty and Unity. Local Native Circle member Jade Green will talk about current issues facing Native youth. Other speakers will touch upon child-rearing with traditional cradleboards and breastfeeding; and healing the body, mind and spirit.
“Traditional Foods, Our Most Intimate Connection with the Rest of Creation” will be presented by local Native Circle member Marsha Reeves. “We will look at the way people in this area have grown, gathered and prepared foods that have sustained folks here for many hundreds of years,” states Ms. Reeves. “Participants will get a chance to sample some traditionally raised and prepared foods. You’ve never really tasted corn until you’ve tasted a heritage corn pudding prepared in the old fashioned way.”
In addition to speakers, there will be traders, artisans, food and a silent auction of donated items, many of which are handcrafted.
The Woodland Boyz, a multi-tribal Drum hailing from this region, will be the Host Drum. Larry Plamondon will be Emcee of the day, and Mike Loonsfoot will be the Peacekeeper and Arena Director.
“Even though this is not a Powwow, you can’t have a Native Gathering without Drum and dancers – it is who we are,” states Rhonda Loonsfoot, who is of the Dine (Navajo) & Pueblo Tribes. “Everything about the Drum and Dance is about traditions. The songs and the regalia that is worn have often been passed down from generation to generation. They tell what tribes and families we are from. They are a link to our ancestors, and we are connected to them through the songs, the dances and the regalia. It is a special time, and that is why the dance arena is smudged with sacred plants as a blessing before we begin.”
“We welcome all people and all nations into the Dance Circle during an Inter-Tribal Dance. This is our tradition as well. We want them to feel the heartbeat of the Drum and experience the coming together of all people,” added Ms. Loonsfoot.
“We wish to thank the Fremont Area Community Foundation, local businesses and the Newaygo County Historic and Cultural Museum who support this Gathering and other Native Circle events throughout the coming year,” adds Larry Gouine, Chair of the Native Circle of Newaygo County. “This is how a people come together to honor and respect the diversity among all of our Newaygo County community members.”
The Native American Gathering is the major annual event by the Native Circle of Newaygo County (NCNC), a 501c3 non-profit organization. NCNC’s mission is in part to share Native Indigenous cultures with all people and to tell the history of Native Americans from their own experiences and perspectives. NCNC also offers other events such as Indigenous film viewing and cultural teachings throughout the year.
“We hope everyone will come out to the Gathering and enjoy the cultures of our People,” added David Moore, event coordinator and Vice Chair of the Native Circle. “It will be an experience you won’t forget!”
For information about the Gathering or the Native Circle of Newaygo County please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call NCNC at 231.709.9005.
Worth Stay, Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney since 2017, was unanimously elected by his peers to be on the Board of Directors of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM) on Saturday. PAAM is comprised of a 14-member Board of Directors and the Attorney General who represent Michigan’s 83 county prosecuting attorney offices. He will serve a one-year term through August 2020.
Prior to being appointed as the Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney, Stay had been an assistant prosecuting attorney for almost 10 years, five of those as chief assistant prosecutor. Stay has also served as Trial Court Director and the Friend of the Court.
"We are looking forward to Worth Stay serving as a member of PAAM’s board of directors,” said PAAM President Bill Vailliencourt. “His proven dedication to public safety and protecting the rights of victims will make him a real asset to our board, and will ensure the issues he faces in Newaygo County will be a part of what prosecutors statewide consider as we address criminal justice issues in Michigan.”
“I am honored to have been elected to the PAAM Board of Directors,” said Stay. “The Association serves as a strong voice in the state to protect public safety and victim’s rights. I look forward to serving in this role with the safety of Newaygo County and Michigan residents in mind.”
The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan was established in 1928. The primary purposes of the association are to promote equal justice in enforcing the state's criminal laws and continuing the education of prosecuting attorneys and other law enforcement officials.
Guv says no to sales, ads
Yesterday, September 3, 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to issue emergency rules to ban the sale of flavored vaping products in retail stores and online, making Michigan the first state in the nation to ban flavored vaping products.
Also banned is any misleading marketing of vaping products, including the use of terms like “clean,” “safe,” and “healthy” that perpetuate beliefs that these products are harmless. The Michigan Department of Transportation is also ordered by the Governor to enforce an existing statute to prohibit the advertising of vapor products on billboards.
“As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe,” said Whitmer. “And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. "That ends today. Our kids deserve leaders who are going to fight to protect them. These bold steps will finally put an end to these irresponsible and deceptive practices and protect Michiganders’ public health.”
Rachel Uganski is part of the Headway Coalition a group of community partners working together for substance abuse prevention. She serves as the Project Coordinator for our local Drug Free Communities program.
“Our schools and communities have seen dramatic rises in the youth vaping epidemic in the last two years, said Ms. Uganski. “This legislation is a huge win to protect our kids against the harmful effects of these products.
“We commend Governor Whitmer’s efforts to protect our kids. Nicotine and vaping products have negative effects on brain development and lung health. We are proud that Michigan is leading the pack to prioritize kids over profits.”
According to figures released by the governors office e-cigarette use spiked 78% among high school students and 48% among middle school students from 2017 to 2018, In 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. kids, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students were regular users. These rates are still climbing, likely fueled by the availability of flavors akin to apple juice, bubble gum, and Nerds.
Dr Jennifer Morse is the Medical Director for District Health Department # 10.
“Flavors make vaping more attractive to kids and some flavored e-cigarettes, particularly those with cinnamon, vanilla, fruit, popcorn, caramel, and coffee flavors, have been found to be more irritating and toxic to our airways,” she stated. “With over 200 illnesses and one death associated to vaping identified so far, with no one single common factor other than vaping identified, all vaping with or without flavored liquids should be seen as dangerous.”
Vaping products have had an easy run with research and legislation tending to trail behind marketing thus far. But for now the order follows one of the primary strategies of substance abuse prevention.
Another way to get “Hey Did You Hear...?” into social media without reprisal
Nothing like a good cemetery stroll.
No not at midnight during a full moon because while that can be fun, it's kind of late and it’s kind of dark, and truthfully a bit weird particularly on a first date with someone who says it's the only place they really feel complete...but that’s a whole other story from another era.
History buffs or anyone who might have a bit of curiosity about the yesterdays of our beloved county seat will need to mark this one down. The fine folks at the history department of the nearly world famous White Cloud Library have put together a program for this coming Sunday that will include some speakers and a guided tour pointing out the most notable of those who reside on the hill heading west out of town.
Call the library for details. 231.689.6631
Going to the Climate March on Saturday, September 14 at Brooks Park?
No, you’re not because that event has been cancelled.
However (and this is important)
You are encouraged to come to the Thursday, September 12 meeting of Citizens Environmental Watch & Action Coalition, 6pm, Brooks Township Hall, Newaygo.
Q & A on Recycling will highlight the meeting with Lola Harmon-Ramsey taking the queries.
Poetry Slam night at Flying Bear this week Wednesday September 4, 7pm features Bitely poet...and yes we said Bitely poet... Alan Basting doing some readings as well as the other odistic endeavors by some of the regular rhymers. We haven’t made it there yet despite plans to do so but have heard from a number of people who enjoy the opportunities the slam presents for sharing their readings from free verse to sonnets to haiku.
Mammograms. Hesperia. Important. Nice letter Julie Burrell.
The Dublin General Store has been an up north icon forever.They pre-date the infamous Flea Roast Ox Market of nearby neighbor Irons which began in the mid 1970’s by nearly 40 years. We traveled to that area recently and stopped in for old times sake having frequented the site in the past. It was as impressive as ever and apparently evolved into the jerky Mecca of the North with a satellite store in Grandville. Yes, Grandville. A city that truly bears no resemblance to the woodsy yet regal region round Dublin and Dublin, thankfully, doesn’t have a huge castle-like structure either.
But we digress.
Now here we are just a couple weeks later and it not only burns to the ground but those nasty two words ‘foul play’ make their appearance according to reports from presumably reputable sources.
While we’re certain this will provide cannon fodder for the conspiratorial clowns who prowl social media in hopes of gaining relevance through controversy, it is our hope most folks opt to ignore them rather than feeding into their clarion call to engage in one of their social media slap fights.
And we hope the store returns as soon as possible because when it comes to getting your hands on their fine jerky a drive to Grandville just doesn’t match up to northbound cruise up m-37..
Once you get past the bridge of course.
Netflix recommendation of the week : The Kaminsky Method. 8 episodes, Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas.
We can’t wait for season 2.
“Cemeteries are like a giant library of stories.” - A.L. Mengel, The Mortician
The White Cloud Rotary Club recently inducted Betty Krueger as its newest member in the Club. Betty is the Branch Manager for Independent Bank in White Cloud. The Club is pleased to welcome Betty into the Club and looks forward to her contributions as a Rotarian.
White Cloud Rotary is a volunteer organization based on the principle of ‘Service Above Self’ and the advancement of high ethical standards, goodwill and civic responsibility. The Club meets every Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at The Eagles conference room in White Cloud.