Local eateries can access $$ for pandemic losses.
The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
Registration for the SBA application portal is now open. Applications opened Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET. See How to apply for more details.
Though businesses must contact SBA directly... Julie Burrell, Newaygo County Business Development Manager for The Right Place is willing to help.
From our friends at the Health Dept:
May 7, 2021 – District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) just launched a short community survey to gather input on the COVID-19 vaccine to address some concerns related to receiving the vaccine. The goal for this survey is to gain a better understanding of how to reach those who have not been vaccinated yet.
The survey also asks for suggestions on possible community clinic locations and times that would be the most convenient for those looking to get vaccinated. DHD#10 has also been working on community outreach to ensure the vaccine is readily available and accessible.
“We now have a Mobile Clinic that staff can take out into the community to offer the COVID-19 vaccine,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10. “If your community is hosting an event or festival and you would like DHD#10 to come and offer the vaccine, please let us know in this survey or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Last week, DHD#10 staff took the Mobile Clinic to the Mesick Mushroom Festival and vaccinated carnival staff and festival attendees wanting to be vaccinated (see image below).
The survey will be available for a couple of weeks to capture as much information as possible. Please participate in the survey at this link: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6322393/Community-Vaccine-Input
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, go to www.dhd10.org/covid-19-vaccine. To stay up to date on the latest information, sign up for Public Health Alerts at www.dhd10.org/schedule.
Young Adults Who Experienced Foster Care On or After 13th Birthday Eligible to Apply
LANSING, Mich. ― The Michigan Department of Treasury reminds young adults who have experienced foster care on or after their 13th birthday that they are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund.
The Fostering Futures Scholarship application period for academic year 2021-22 will stay open until June 30, 2021. Eligible students enrolled at a Michigan degree-granting college or university may now apply to receive scholarship funds for tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies.
“Fostering Futures Scholarships make a difference in the lives of our foster care youth who aspire to attend college,” said Robin Lott, director of the Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning. “Those who have experienced foster care typically don’t have the support systems in place for college costs. Every dollar helps create opportunities for our youth who have experienced foster care.”
Since 2012, fundraising efforts have totaled more than $1.3 million. This money has been raised through individual donations, group donations, sponsorships, ticket sales, auctions and many volunteer-based fundraising events.
Most of the funds raised have been awarded as scholarships, with a small portion being designated to an education endowment that supplies investment income for scholarships.
To learn more about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to www.fosteringfutures-mi.com.
Fostering Future Scholarship applicants with questions should contact the state Treasury Department’s Student Scholarships and Grants area at email@example.com or call toll-free at 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687).
May 6, 2021 - Today, Family Health Care announced it is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.
A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week.
An Economic News Update From The Right Place
By Julie Burrell, Business Development Manager, Newaygo County
This column is designed to share the timely information our community needs to continue being a place where both people and businesses can grow and prosper.
We all know it’s tough to find people to fill open jobs, but what about keeping them from jumping ship? A focus on culture has become critical to retaining talent, and it’s how one local tool & die company has made huge strides in this space. The company has opted out of setting parameters on lunch or breaks, telling staff to simply take care of themselves. Additionally, they’ve built an on-site gym and actually pay their staff to use it. Since implementing these policies, the company has seen a 55% drop in sick days.
Michigan Construction Career Day is being held on Thursday, May 6, and is open to all students grades 7-12. Students will have the chance to learn about employers, trades and colleges in the construction industry. Employers will have the opportunity to connect directly with Michigan’s future workforce to virtually showcase their organizations. Registration is open now.
Upskilling current staff is easier on your bottom line with The Fremont Area Community Foundation’s Adult Scholarships program, which is open for applications year-round to Newaygo County residents. These scholarships are available for undergrad study, certifications, credentials, and apprenticeship programs. Additionally, the recently announced Michigan Reconnect program pays a portion of the cost of tuition for eligible adults in Newaygo County pursuing an associate degree or skills certificate.
Intern season is nearly upon us, and Hello West Michigan is offering a free training workshop for employers to learn best practices on transitioning from in-person to virtual internship programs. As organizations shift to incorporate new digital processes, this workshop is designed to leave participants feeling confident in facilitating a virtual internship program. Register today for the May 13th session.
Looking for more tools in attracting workforce to Newaygo County? Check out this great video put together by the team at The Right Place, highlighting what it’s like to live and work in beautiful West Michigan.
We’ve just launched entrepreneurial programming for 2021 with the Grow North series. Are you interested in starting a business in 2021? Our first session, focusing on starting a business in 2021, can be viewed here. Next up, on May 20, we dive into making a home-based business flourish, which you can register for here.
Is your daughter curious about space, wondering what a career at NASA would be like, or simply interested in STEM? Registration is now open for the Women of Aerospace event on May 15th. Professional women from NASA will be sharing their journey with students across Michigan to help curate the next generation of women in aerospace careers.
Teachers interested in learning about cybersecurity & computer science are invited to attend GenCyber Teacher Camp at Michigan Tech (MTU) this July. Register here by May 1st.
What makes your town an amazing place? We like to think it has something to do with the businesses that make up the fabric of our communities. These small businesses start somewhere, and The Right Place is excited to announce the 3rd annual Pitch North competition is now accepting submissions for the 2021 event. Entrepreneurs living in Newaygo, Oceana or Lake Counties are invited to submit their ideas for a chance to pitch at the live virtual event and win cash prizes to bring their idea to life. Submissions are accepted at www.pitchnorth.com until May 10th.
We all know broadband struggles in Newaygo County, but if your organization has an open Wi-Fi connection, you can help! Partnering with Connect Michigan, we are hoping to beef up the Newaygo County WiFi map, by including any organization with a Wi-Fi connection open to the public. Enter your business info here.
The Newaygo County Tourism Council is in the midst of their Spring campaign with the best ways to do Spring in Newaygo County. Interested in being seen by their 48,000+ website visitors? Contact them to get your business a front-row seat.
Are you interested in learning how your use of technology can better quantify opportunities and return on investment within your manufacturing operations? Industry 4.0 Assessments are now available from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center–West (The Center-West) free of charge thanks to funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Valued at $1,600, this resource will only be offered at no-cost for a limited time. Contact Ben Wood with The Center-West to set up your Industry 4.0 Assessment today.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended through May 31, 2021. For more details, check the SBA’s website.
Automation Alley is a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. Its programs give businesses a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. If you are a manufacturer interested in a free membership, sign up here.
Are you interested in doing business with Boeing? On Wednesday, May 12, join Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) for the Boeing Small Business Team presentation. Select suppliers will have an opportunity to meet with Boeing in one-on-one meetings. Learn more here.
The Michigan Furniture Industry Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, May 13. This a no-cost event focused on strengthening Michigan’s position as a leader in the commercial furniture manufacturing industry. Register here.
The American Rescue Plan established a $28.6 Billion program called the Restaurant Revitalization Fund within the Small Business Administration (SBA). Information on this program is available here.
Due to generous funding from the Fremont Area Community Foundation, those who need home repair are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application for the Critical Home Repair Program.
Did you miss the Newaygo County Economic Outlook on February 23? Watch the replay here.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently established the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The program entails broadband assistance for low-income residents which can offer a one-time discount of up to $100 on a laptop, desktop or tablet and up to $50 per month on broadband services. More info can be found here.
Saturday May 15 8am-2pm
By Ken De Laat
Ready to get rid of those old paint cans? Got some antifreeze that needs to be gone?
How about batteries? Light bulbs? Pesticides?
Well, the waiting is over. After a year’s sabbatical due to COVID concerns the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is back.
Bring your unwanteds to the Newaygo County Road Commission garage on Saturday May 15th from 8am-2pm and they will e out of your life (and garage) for good.
But hey, don’t bring tires. There will be a separate date set for those steel belted discards
Drain Commissioner, Board of Public Works Chair Dale Twing:
“This program has had a huge positive impact on our local environment. We weren’t able to have it last year due to COVID-19 but it has gotten bigger and more popular every year.
“The county is the primary funding source for this program contributing over $40,000 to put on the event. We also have several partners who help out including Marv Deur of The Shack who has continued to assist us each year.”
“In 2019 the last time it was held over 500 carloads from nearly every city and township in the county dropped off their unwanted materials.”
And while it doesn’t cost a thing to do the dump on your hazardous waste stuff...
Donations to the cause are cheerfully accepted.
At their regular meeting the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners recognized Bonnie Fetterley on her retirement for her years of service. Ms. Fetterley has been a fixture in the Sheriff’s Office for nearly 30 years beginning with a tenure as a Corrections Officer then serving as Office Assistant/Secretary in the past 2 ½ In addition to members of the Sheriff’s Office , Bonnie’s family was there to share in the moment as she received accolades for her loyalty and long time service.
The Board received some good news from Equalization Director Joann Hunt who reported an 4.3% increase in taxable value in the county led by a boom in construction. Croton Township saw approximately $3.2 million in residential construction and Brooks Township had nearly $2.6 million.1950 parcels were sold leading to increases in taxable value as well.
Seems the real estate market in Newaygo County is experiencing a banner year as evidenced by a scarcity of homes on the market and the speed with which properties have been gobbled up by prospective buyers.
In other business the Board ok’d the submission of a grant to the DALMAC fund for continued development of The Michigan Dragon Trail, the two-county project around Hardy Pond that has drawn massive interest among bikers and hikers throughout the region and beyond. The DALMAC Fund goals include expanding bicycling and improving the bicycling environment in the state.
Newaygo County RESA is accepting bids for the purchase of a parcel of property and buildings located at 5479 West 72nd Street Fremont MI 49412.
Interested parties may request a bid packet by emailing email@example.com and a bid packet will be emailed to you. BIDS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED USING ISSUED BID FORM IN BID PACKET.
For a walkthrough of the buildings and grounds, an appointment must be scheduled in advance with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sealed bids must be received or hand delivered to the Superintendent’s office at 4747 West 48th Street Fremont MI 49412 before 12:00pm on Tuesday June 1, 2021 EST, at which time bids will be closed.
All bids must be clearly marked “RCASCA Building Bid”. The name and address of the person or entity submitting bid must be clearly marked on envelope. Any bid received after 12:00pm June 1, 2021 will be returned unopened. No fax, email or electronic bids will be accepted. Bids will be opened and read aloud immediately following the close of the bids.
NC RESA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT/REJECT ANY AND ALL BIDS AS IT SEES FIT FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AGENCY.
Gov sets goals for lifting of restrictions
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the first benchmarks for a return to normal by unveiling the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michigan residents ages 16 years or older. Recently, Michigan reached another vaccination milestone in record time -- administering more than six million doses of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, with the latest one million doses being administered in 11 days
The ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan will use four vaccination-based milestones -- using data for residents 16 years or older who’ve received their first dose -- to guide future steps required to get back to normal:
To date, Michigan has administered 6,657,997 vaccines. Currently, 48.8% of residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with 35.9% percent of ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of residents ages 16 and older as soon as possible.
“The safe and effective vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of COVID-19” said Dr Joneigh Khaldun chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “By getting shots in their arms as soon as possible, Michiganders can protect themselves, their families and their communities and help end this pandemic as quickly as possible.”
If Michigan keeps up its current vaccination pace, it could hit the first benchmark — 55% with the first dose — by late next week.
A special meeting of the Newaygo Public Schools Board of Education was held on April 27 to interview the most recent candidate for the Superintendent position which will be vacant on June 1, 2021 when current Superintendent Peg Mathis retires.
After interviewing Mr. Jeff Wright, and deliberating, the Board voted unanimously to approve a one-year contract with Mr. Wright. The Board has appointed a committee to negotiate the terms of this agreement and are confident in the selection and his commitment to Newaygo Public Schools.
The search process was complicated by the limits and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This interfered with traditional interviewing processes and posed unprecedented challenges for the Board as well as their applicants. We are fortunate that Mr. Wright is willing to postpone planned retirement to serve in Newaygo for at least the next year, allowing the Board to consider options post-pandemic.
Vince Grodus, Board President, stated, “I want to thank our Board and community for their diligence and perseverance in finding us the perfect candidate! We are pleased to welcome Mr. Wright as our next Superintendent of Newaygo Public Schools. He will officially begin his duties not later than June 1. The Board looks forward to his leadership in our pursuit of excellence. We can now focus on having another outstanding school year in the Newaygo Public Schools.”
Mr Wright was selected by the Board from an applicant pool of over twenty educators. He has been a teacher in Michigan as well as an elementary and high school principal at Greenville Public Schools and most recently the Superintendent of the Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools.
DHD#10 & Double JJ Resort Hosting COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic This Wednesday
From our friends at DHD#10:
April 26, 2021- District Health Department #10 is partnering with Double JJ Resort to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Double JJ - Back Forty at 5900 S. Water Road in Rothbury on Wednesday, April 28 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
This vaccine clinic will offer two types of the COVID-19 vaccine:
Appointments are available to scheduled online. Walk-ins are also welcome between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM – no appointment necessary, but first come, first served.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Double JJ Resort to host this COVID-19 vaccine clinic,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10. “It’s opportunities like this that allow us to accommodate more people in a convenient location.”
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, go to www.dhd10.org/covid-19-vaccine. Sign up for our Public Health Alert at www.dhd10.org/schedule.
To keep pace with the changing needs of the community Newaygo County has installed a new website, one that provides users with a boatload of information in an accessible format.
Want a dog license application? You can find the form here.
Looking to find permits for your housing project? Yep it’s here too.
Questions about the courts or the jail? (we assume you’re asking for a friend of course) This is the answer place.
Who is my County Commissioner? Can I get a Passport at the Register of Deeds? Where do I go to get a Concealed Pistol Permit? How do I apply for a job with the county?
It’s all on the site.
The Parks Department even has a virtual tour of those nifty looking little cabins they have available at our county campgrounds.
And at the bottom of every page is an opportunity to sign up for those vital alerts from the Emergency Services Department.
And while the site is still under construction and many features continue to be added...
It’s new, it’s user friendly and it is up and running so check it out.
From the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office:
This morning (4-19-21) at approximately 9:46am, during the course of assisting Newaygo County deputies with locating suspects involved in a reported breaking and entering on Baseline, in Wilcox Township, the suspect vehicle was located by a Mecosta County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Upon attempting a traffic stop of the vehicle on Mecosta County's 7 Mile Rd near Elder the suspect fled the Michigan State Trooper and Mecosta County Deputy. The pursuit continued down Northland Drive through Mecosta, Montcalm and into Kent County. The driver, a 36 year old male from Evart and his passenger, a 40 year old female from Evart, both were apprehended a short time later after they had abandoned the vehicle in the Sand Lake area and had fled on foot into a wooded area.
The two are currently being held at the Mecosta County Jail, awaiting charges for the breaking and entering, fleeing and eluding, among a host of other charges from the events today and over the past month throughout Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo Counties.
The arrests were the result of communication and teamwork from each of the agencies involved. Assisting in the arrest, along with the Mecosta and Newaygo County Sheriff's Office and Michigan State Police were the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, the Kent County Sheriff's Office, DNR Law Enforcement Division and Meceola Consolidated Central Dispatch Authority.
NEWAYGO COUNTY – The increase of COVID-19 cases in the Newaygo County community has caused the Newaygo County Courthouse to move to Phase 1. Although the courthouse is still open we ask the public to utilize remote access tools to the greatest extent possible and only visit the courthouse when there is an emergency need to do so. In-person hearings are limited to emergency matters and matters where there is a statutory or constitutional right to be present that has not been waived. Consistent with Michigan Supreme Court directives, the Newaygo County Trial Courts must take protective measures for the public and court personnel to ensure that our services to the public are not impacted.
If your business with the court can be handled via phone, fax, mail, or email, please use those methods before coming to the courthouse. Additionally, we encourage you to call prior to making a trip to determine if your business can be handled remotely as new services are being added for your convenience. All filings and payments can be done electronically or mailed. Additionally, the courthouse has a new drop box in the entryway for payments and non emergency filings. If you visit the courthouse you may be given alternative directions to access services if your need is not an emergency or a matter for which you have the right to be present.
Courthouse visitors granted access to the building will continue to follow the current visitor screening process including the completion of a health screening and temperature assessment. Masks must be worn in the courthouse unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge and social distancing guidelines must be followed. Visitors who are unable or unwilling to wear masks, or abide by social distancing procedures, will be provided with alternative methods for conducting business and may be asked to leave the courthouse according to our most recent Local Administrative Order.
All other hearings that are not emergencies or matters where litigants have the right to be present, will be conducted remotely via Zoom or as directed on hearing notices. It is preferred that filings be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the courthouse whenever possible. Please find contact information for each court below. Court sessions will not be open to the public. All court sessions will continue to be livestreamed, or recorded and posted to YouTube, to provide public access. Please visit countyofnewaygo.com to find the Departments tab where the Courts tab is located.
Please see the complete Local Administrative Order for Phase 1 for more complete details or contact the appropriate court using the information below:
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (231) 689-7251
Main Phone: (231) 689-7252
Fax: (231) 689-7015
Phone: (231) 689-7228
Main Phone: (231) 689-7257
Fax (231) 689-7258
Phone: (231) 689-7274
Main: (231) 689-7270
Fax: (231) 689-7276
As the Newaygo County Courthouse returns to Phase 1 we remain fully staffed and ready to assist you. Thank you for adhering to these guidelines so we can continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community together.
Hon. Robert D. Springstead
Circuit Court Judge
Newaygo County Trial Courts
Current COVID Concerns Cause Cancellation...Again
“To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart.”-Daniel Patrick Moynihan
From our friends at the Michigan Irish Music Festival:
It is almost unbearable to imagine another festival season without live Irish and Celtic music. However, based on the current guidance for live events provided by state officials, the continued uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, and the present level of active COVID-19 cases in Michigan, the Michigan Irish Music Festival board of directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 festival.
We are unable to proceed with producing a festival in the format that we have established and on the level of quality our patrons, volunteers, musicians, vendors, and sponsors have come to expect. Our board continues to monitor Michigan restrictions, health guidelines, and capacity limits to determine what type of events will be permissible in the future and we will plan accordingly going forward.
A variety of details were considered by the board, including the unknown timeline for allowing large gatherings and the comfort level of patrons who wish to attend. While we expect local businesses and some events to begin reopening before the year’s end, it is unclear whether mass gatherings like the Michigan Irish Music Festival will be permitted to operate at full capacity, without restrictions, before September. First and foremost, the safety of our volunteers, patrons, musicians, and vendors was the most important factor in this decision.
The information surrounding COVID-19 changes on a daily basis. The successful execution of the festival involves significant upfront planning and logistics with attendees, vendors, and entertainers from across Michigan, the country, and around the world. So, it is important that we make this decision now due to the countless details and months of planning required to produce the Michigan Irish Music Festival. With a large contingency of our entertainment coming from Ireland, Scotland, and Nova Scotia, the additional unknown specifics of travel regulations also contribute to the timing of this decision.
For those who have purchased tickets in advance, we will be in contact with you via email within the next 14 days. We will also be communicating with our sponsors, volunteers, musicians, and vendors to provide them with details regarding this decision.
Everyone is facing challenging times right now. In order to ensure the long-term success of our event and organization, this difficult decision was the best plan to allow us to move forward. Until we can meet again, please follow us on Facebook and our website, www.michiganirish.org, for updates and details.
Please stay safe, stay healthy, and know we all look forward to celebrating with you in the near future.
“May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far”
- Irish Blessing
The Fremont Regional Digester is hosting a virtual town hall meeting on April 29, 6:30-7:30pm.
During the virtual event the digester team will be discussing how the digester works as well as the latest updates to the facility.
They will also We’ll also be taking questions from community members who want to learn more. People can RSVP on the Digester’s website at:
https://www.fremontdigester.com/town-hall, and will then be emailed instruction on how to virtually attend.
They are also asking attendees to take a brief survey to provide feedback. The first 50 respondents will receive a $10 gift card to the Moondance Café in Fremont.
NEWAYGO COUNTY REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICE AGENCY BOARD VACANCY
The Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency Board of Education announces one (1) vacancy on the NC RESA Board effective July 1, 2021. The election for the one (1) NC RESA Board seat will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Newaygo County RESA, Educational Service Center, 4747 W. 48th Street, Fremont, MI. One member will be elected for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2021 and expiring on June 30, 2027. Board of Education election packets, including Nominating Petition Forms and Affidavits of Identity may be picked up at the Newaygo County Clerk’s office, 1087 Newell, White Cloud, MI, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The deadline for filing petitions OR paying a $100.00 nonrefundable filing fee is 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 10, 2021. More specific instructions will be given at the time candidates receive the election packet. You may contact Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark, Superintendent, at (231) 924-8853 with questions.
White Cloud, April 15, 2021- Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney, Worth Stay, announced that a juvenile petition has been issued for a 16 year-old juvenile stemming from an investigation into an explosion at Newaygo High School on March 8, 2021 and subsequent search warrant of a residence.
The juvenile is charged with a violation of MCL 750.211a(2)(a) - Manufacture/Possession of a Molotov cocktail or a similar device. Additionally, the juvenile is charged with violating MCL 750.237a(4) - Possession of a weapon in a weapon-free school zone.
A preliminary hearing was held on April 14, 2021 and future court dates will be set by the Family Division of the 27th Circuit Court.
A juvenile is presumed innocent until proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation is asked to please contact Officer Ryan Dornbos at the Newaygo Police Department, 231-652-1655, ext. 242 or the Michigan State Police, Hart Post at 231-873-2171.
J&J Vax paused. All current appointments scheduled are Pfizer and Moderna only.
From our friends at DHD#10
April 13, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a joint recommendation to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) vaccine. Per these recommendations, District Health Department #10 will not be providing the J&J vaccine until further notice.
More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. to date. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of an extremely rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, April 14th to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. The FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, DHD#10 will pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution and will release more information about future J&J clinics as it becomes available.
“Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare, and there have not been any reported adverse events reported in the DHD#10 jurisdiction after the administration of the J&J vaccine,” said Kevin Hughes, Health Officer at DHD#10. “COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for all vaccine providers, and we are assured that the data is being reviewed swiftly by the experts.”
DHD#10 will continue to provide the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination products at clinics as previously scheduled. To schedule your vaccine appointment, go to www.dhd.org/schedule; residents who need assistance scheduling an appointment can call 888-217-3904.
Despite request for 2 weeks of remote, county schools to continue in person learning, sports.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise dramatically in the state Governor Whitmer used her Friday press conference not to issue more restrictive orders, but to make a plea for residents to voluntarily follow recommendations aimed at stopping the current surge.
“Policy change alone won’t change the tide,” she stated. “We need everyone to step up and to take personal responsibility here.”
The recommendations included opting for dining al fresco or maybe take out in lieu of taking a table inside and suspending in person activities for youth sports for the next two weeks.
She also urged high schools to shift to remote learning for 2 weeks to combat the possibility of a surge spurred by spring break travel.
Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart: “When we say that the health and safety of our students must be our priority, that’s not just lip service or a catchy message. As educators, nothing is more important to us – which is why we fully support the governor’s call for in-person high school learning and youth sports to take a two-week break amidst rising COVID-19 cases.”
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health: “As a parent and former student-athlete myself, I understand how important athletics are to our children’s physical and mental health. However, parents and athletes need to understand the risk involved with youth sports if they choose to participate. We’ve seen that the younger population has played a significant role in transmission during this most recent spike. I urge youth sports organizers to pause in-person activities for the next couple weeks.”
And while some folks might adapt their dining decisions and some youth leagues may ponder postponement, the schools in our county look to be unanimous in staying with in-person learning and continuing with scheduled sports and other activities.
Fremont Superintendent Ken Haggart: “The Governor made an announcement this week requesting all high schools return to virtual-only instruction and that all youth sports be paused. We want to assure you that we have carefully considered this request, and that our local circumstances do not yet meet this level of reaction. We will continue to communicate with the local health department, and make decisions that best support our students. With that in mind, we feel it is important to let everyone know that in-person instruction will continue, and our athletic teams will keep playing and competing.”
Grant Superintendent Brett Zuver: “With Governor Whitmer's announcement this morning there have been some things we have had to discuss and look at today. There have been discussions with many other area school districts, each one obviously has its own unique needs and circumstances to consider. Here at Grant Public Schools, we will remain open and all sports will remain scheduled as planned.If something changes, such as an order that will impact our requirements, we will re-evaluate if needed.”
White Cloud and Newaygo will also continue in person learning and spring sports for now.
President & CEO of Spectrum Health Tina Freese Decker also spoke at the press conference expressing concern over the recent surge,
“Based on the increase in positivity rates and hospitalizations, we need the help of Michiganders,” said. “We ask you to practice the safety behaviors that we know work and get vaccinated as soon as possible. This will help us slow the spread and hopefully this will be our last surge.”
DHD#10 Adds Johnson & Johnson Waitlist and second dose waitlist to website; 16+ can now schedule online
From our friends at DHD#10
April 7, 2021 – As the COVID-19 vaccine supply is improving, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) continues to adjust and adapt processes to accommodate getting residents in the ten-county jurisdiction vaccinated that want to receive it.
Soon, DHD#10 will be receiving additional supply of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) one-dose vaccine and will open it up to the general population that prefer to receive this type. A Johnson & Johnson Waitlist has been added to the DHD#10 website so individuals can add themselves and they will be notified when appointments are available.
Additionally, DHD#10 has added a Second Dose Waitlist for those individuals who received their first dose elsewhere and are in need of their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that DHD#10 cannot guarantee that vaccine supply will be readily available for this group. This waitlist will be utilized for filling DHD#10 clinics when all other waitlists are exhausted or if there are extra doses at the end of clinics, and doses are only available on a first come/first served basis. It is also possible individuals who are contacted may need to travel to a neighboring county to receive their second dose. If you received your first dose from DHD#10 and need to reschedule your second dose, please do not add your name to this waitlist. Please email email@example.com and ask to be rescheduled or call 888-217-3904 for further assistance.
DHD#10 has opened online scheduling to anyone aged 16 and older for the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to www.dhd10.org/schedule. Individuals aged 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when receiving their vaccine or will be turned away.
For questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more COVID-19 vaccine information, visit us at www.dhd10.org/covid-19-vaccine. To stay informed, sign up for our Public Health Alert at www.dhd10.org/subscribe.
Entrepreneurial pitch competition enters third year, continues to grow
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH (APRIL 5, 2021) Newaygo County’s first-of-its-kind entrepreneurial pitching competition, Pitch North, is returning for its third year bigger than ever before.. Entrepreneurs living in Newaygo, Oceana and Lake Counties will once again have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to compete for one of many cash prizes up for grabs.. The competition’s third year boasts bigger prizes, with a total of $10,000 in award funds available to cultivate entrepreneurial growth in these rural communities. The virtual event will take place on June 8th, 2021.
Entrepreneurship continues to be critical to the success of rural communities, especially as they begin recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. When people start and grow businesses, they contribute to the economic diversity of their area. These unique local businesses become differentiators for their communities.
Recognizing that individuals living in rural areas often have less access to funding and resources to pursue these endeavors The Right Place, Inc. launched Pitch North in 2019 to change that.
Pitch submissions for Pitch North 2021 are being accepted at pitchnorth.com now through May 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm. A hand-picked committee will review and score all submissions and select five finalists to present their pitches live at the June 8th event, where cash prizes will be awarded to all five finalists. The public is welcome to attend this free event, which will be held via Zoom. Additional information on how to register is available at pitchnorth.com.
Pitch North is hosted by The Right Place, Inc. and made possible through support from The Adama Family Gift Fund, The Fremont Area Community Foundation, Shelby State Bank, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, River Country Chamber of Commerce, West Shore Community College, Gerber Federal Credit Union and The Lakeshore Fab Lab.
Local troop delivers some gratitude
Nothing says thank you like those famous GS cookies.
Especially the Caramel deLites and Thin Mints and…
But we digress.
Newaygo Girl Scout Troop 4581 met with Kristie Best from Life EMS Ambulance recently.
To show appreciation for service to our community, the Troop donated cans of nuts and boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Life EMS Ambulance.
Nicely done scouts!
Colton Isenhart, Rylee Richards, Lily Ruehmeier take top awards
FREMONT, Mich. (4/1/2021) Gerber Federal Credit Union awarded a total of $2,750 as a result of its Annual Essay Scholarship program. Entrants were asked to explain “Even during the pandemic, the cost of college education has increased while many households have struggled to provide for basic needs. You have been asked to provide three recommendations to your legislators on how to make college more affordable. What are your recommendations?” in 300-500 words. Entries were accepted from Gerber Federal Credit Union members currently attending their senior year of high school and planning to attend an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, four-year accredited college or university, or an apprentice program.
Colton Isenhart from Fremont, MI is the First Place winner, he was awarded $1,750 and publication of his essay at www.gerberfcu.com. Rylee Richards from Fremont, MI is the Second Place winner and was awarded $750. Lillian Ruehmeier from Newaygo, MI is the Third Place Winner and was awarded $250.
Essays were submitted by email and mail. Our panel of judges included 4 educators from various school districts and a member of management at a local hospital. Judges evaluated the essays on Topical Relevance and Quality of Writing after all identifying information was removed.
Mr. Isenhart’s essay can be found on our Pulse section as a Guest Column.