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Chamber names new director

The St. Johns Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Danielle Dershem Schrader will be their new Director.

Someone speaking on behalf of the Chamber says that Danielle brings passion, expertise and a deep commitment to community growth. We’re confident, they say, that she will lead with vision and dedication.

“As I step into the role of Chamber Director, my heart is brimming with enthusiasm and anticipation,” says Schradder. “I’m eager to serve and collaborate with our wonderful community.”

City Clerk swears in a new police officer

On Monday St. Johns City Clerk Mindy Seavey swore in the newest St. Johns Police Department officer, Officer Bradbury.

Briggs District Library offers suicide prevention training

Learn to be trained to prevent suicide in your community. A free training will be offered on Thursday, November 2 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Briggs District Library.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling or neighbor.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:
-Recognize the warning signs of suicide
-Know how to offer hope
-Know how to get help and save a life

Use this link to sign-up today.

October Planning Commission meeting a focus for Wind/Solar concerns

Clinton County is getting lots of attention from the large Utility companies like DTE and Consumers Energy and out-of-state developers to cover prime farmland with large Utility Scale Wind and Solar Energy Systems. As a result, Clinton County is currently in the process of updating its Utility Scale Wind and Solar Ordinances. This will possibly change the farm landscape of Clinton County for the foreseeable future depending on the direction the County takes.

At the next Clinton County Planning Commission Meeting on Thursday October 12at 6:30 p.m. The Citizen Advisory will make Final Recommendations to the Clinton County Planning Commission who will then take over the Wind/Solar Ordinance Revision process before making its recommendations to the Clinton County Board of Commissioners in the near future.

In May of 2023 Clinton County placed a 1-year Moratorium on Special Use Permits for Large Scale Utility Wind and Solar. Shortly after, the process of revising the old Utility Wind and Solar Ordinances for Clinton County began in earnest.

Over the summer there were ongoing meetings of an Advisory Committee, 7 in all.

the last meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee was held on Thursday September 28. It was the last meeting to arrive at Revised Wind/Solar Ordinance language, covering Wind Turbine Tower Height, Wind/Solar Setbacks, Wind/Solar Noise Levels, and Solar Energy System Acreage requirements.

Organizers have been told that everyone is watching this process unfold within Clinton County, even State Officials and Federal Officials. They believe that they need to make sure the Community’s voice is heard, not just those landowners who have signed leases with DTE, Consumers and ESA Solar. Interested residents can join the Facebook community group Clinton County Citizens United or attend the upcoming meetings to get additional information and make their opinions known.

For more information please contact Greenbush Township resident Theresa Owen.

Visit Briggs District Library’s Braille StoryWalk

The Briggs District Library is featuring a special braille-enhanced StoryWalk on loan from the Library of Michigan.

Find the first pages of Ninja Red Riding Hood at the circulation desk. Then follow the arrows around the library to complete the story. This special StoryWalk will be available until Saturday, October 14.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers to meet October 2

The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers Support Group will be meeting on October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Clinton County Senior Center in St. Johns.

Anyone with questions or concerns about Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. Open discussion and helpful hints are often brought out at these meetings.

Just a reminder – what is said/heard at the meeting stays at the meeting.