2015-12-17 / Community

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4-H counselor apps due

THE THUMB — Thumb Area 4-H Camp Teen Counselor Training has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, and will be conducted at the Huron Expo Center, 170 W. Soper Road, Bad Axe, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 4-H teens, ages 15-19 by Jan. 1, 2016, interested in becoming 4-H Camp teen counselors for the 2016 Thumb Area 4-H Camp may complete and return an application by Friday, Dec 18. For more information: 989-269-9949.

“Just say, Thanks!” — drop off items by Dec. 20

BAD AXE — Community members may join the Bad Axe Area District Library in saying a heart-felt “Thanks” to local first responders. Individually wrapped snack and drink items may be dropped off at the library any time before Sunday, Dec. 20. Donated items will be delivered to the Sheriff’s Department, Bad Axe City Police Department, and the Ambulance Service, along with a card of thanks from the Bad Axe Community, all just in time for Christmas! Suggested items: snack crackers, cookies, granola bars, packaged nuts, candy, individual sports drinks and juice drinks, cocoa and tea packets, and any other individually packaged items. All donations will be appreciated.

Pigeon library notes

PIGEON — While there will be no Story Hour on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Pigeon District Library, the library will still be open and families with young children are welcome to come in and check out books for the Christmas Holiday. The Pigeon District Library will be closed on Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The library will be closing early, at noon, on both Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31. There will not be a December book club meeting due to the holidays; the next scheduled meeting is 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28.

Caseville Community Food Pantry closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

CASEVILLE — The Caseville Community Food Pantry, located in the Helping Hands Thrift Shop building, will be closed on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 and on New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Anyone in need of food who lives in Caseville, Caseville Township or Lake Township may visit the pantry from noon to 3 p.m. on another Friday in December or January.

4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular!

TUSTIN — The Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular will be conducted Jan. 30-31, 2016, at the Kettunen Center, Tustin. The workshop features 22 sessions focused on youth leadership, civic engagement, global citizenship, international cultures, life skills and career exploration and workforce preparation. Sessions for the workshop have been planned and will be led by youth and adult volunteers and MSU-Extension staff. Highlights include an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet and an exclusive Saturday evening performance and workshop of Taiko, a form of Japanese drumming. The workshop is open to current and aspiring leaders and volunteers, age 12 and older (by Jan. 1, 2016), and youth development professionals. Participants must register by Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. Registration fees include lodging, home-cooked meals and conference resources. For more information, call 989-269-9949 or MSU-Extension Educator Brian Wibby at 906- 475-5731.

Check off a resolution early!

LANSING — The Michigan Tobacco Quitline, at 1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669, is offering free coaching and nicotine replacement therapy to anyone - regardless of their insurance status from now until Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, according to Ann Goldon, Health Educator, Genesee County Health Department.

President signs Every Student Succeeds Act

WASHINGTON — Two local area legislators commented on President Barack Obama signing the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said: “Today, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law in Washington, D.C., replacing No Child Left Behind and marking a new era in education policy. For the first time in many years, states will have significantly more ability to set their own policies, without constant fear of federal intrusion and repercussions. It will be important to remain vigilant about the state agencies that will now hold much more power. I applaud Congresswoman Candice Miller’s leadership in protecting the Michigan tradition of local control of our schools.”

U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) said: “Today, the President signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law, replacing No Child Left Behind, achieving the largest rollback of federal control over education policy in a quarter century. This legislation revokes Washington’s ability to coerce states into adopting Common Core by holding states’ critical federal education funding hostage. Today, we put states back in the driver’s seat, making student success the focal point of this nation’s education system.”

For more information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177), see the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee online: edworkforce.house.gov/k12education/.

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