Relay for Life features Hazel Findlay Fighters

This week team Hazel Findlay Fighters is in the spotlight.

Hazel Findlay Fighters is a team formed by employees at the Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor in St. Johns, MI. This team is a returning team to the Relay For Life Event, they have been participating for 3 years.

Kari Sodman and Madison McIntrye will be leading this team as Team Captains for the 2020 event.

When asked “What is your Relay Story? Why do you Relay?”, this is the response we got:

“We have had several employees and employee family members affected by cancer. We as a facility feel it is important to show our support in this fight. The American Cancer society uses funds raised by volunteers to provide needed services and advances in research. As a community, it is vital to band together to show support for our survivors and their families.”

Not sure what a Relay For Life event is? It’s an overnight walk where teams are formed by family and friends, businesses, civic organization, schools and faith-based groups. These teams come together in the fight against cancer.

The Relay For Life event is not a race.It is a “walk.” Teams have at least one team member walking the entire time of the event. Cancer doesn’t sleep, so we aren’t sleeping either.

These teams come together to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. Participants unite at the annual Relay For Life of Clinton County to celebrate all who have been touched by cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised at this event help The American Cancer Society fund and conduct breakthrough research, and give cancer patients and their families the resources they need, like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals and a live 24/7 helpline (1-800-227-2345 / for answers and support.

We are blessed to have so many people and businesses in our community that are committed to putting an end to this monster we call cancer.

Are you interested in forming a team? Joining the planning committee? Becoming a sponsor? For more details go to event web site at

Relay For Life of Clinton County, Friday, May 8, 4:00 p.m. – Saturday, May 9, 2:00 p.m., Downtown Depot Pavilion, 107 E. Railroad Street, St. Johns, Michigan

SJHS Dance Team competes in Nationals

Nineteen members of the St. Johns High School Dance Team competed earlier this month in National finals held in Orlando, Florida. They finished 13th in the Large Varsity Hip Hop division.

The team is coached by Michelle Lundquist. The assistant coaches and about 40 family members and friends accompanied the group.

A look back at old Rodney B. Wilson School

A Look Back Again – RBW Addition
by Barry Bauer

Because the St. Johns School District is planning on starting their expansion of the high school, it seems fitting to show the addition going up at the old high school, RBW, on the south side.
This addition happened in 1954, and it was hoped that the new rooms would be occupied by late February of 1955.

The new addition cost $450,000 which seems like a drop in the bucket compared to today’s cost.

Maralyn’s Pet Corner – What Pet Parents Need to Know About the New Coronavirus
courtesy of Jennifer Coates

As with any major health crisis, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about dogs and cats and the new coronavirus (also called the Wuhan coronavirus or 2019-nCoV).

Can pets get this new coronavirus? If so, can they give it to us? And can they get it from us?

Let’s look at what we know and, just as importantly, what we don’t.

Can dogs and cats get the new coronavirus from other animals or from people?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.”

This means that it is very unlikely that dogs and cats can get the virus from people or serve as a source of the infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adds the following:

CDC recommends that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus.

Could the new coronavirus mutate?

Most viruses can only infect a limited number of species, which is determined in large part by the virus’s ability to recognize receptors on host cells. However, as a group, coronaviruses seem predisposed to mutate and become able to infect new species.

For example, the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus outbreak originated in dromedary camels, and the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) coronavirus appears to have come from civet cats. Scientists don’t definitively know the source of 2019-nCoV, but research is pointing towards bats as a likely source.

How is this virus different from canine coronavirus and feline coronavirus?

While dogs and cats appear to be unaffected by 2019-nCoV, they do have their own coronaviruses to deal with.

Dogs infected with canine coronavirus typically develop diarrhea. Young puppies are at highest risk, but dogs of all ages usually recover uneventfully on their own or with symptomatic care.

Feline coronavirus also tends to cause mild, self-limiting diarrhea, especially in kittens. In rare cases, however, the virus can go dormant in the cat’s body and later mutate into a new form that causes feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), a disease that is almost always fatal.

Neither canine coronavirus nor feline coronavirus can infect people.

Stay informed as we learn more about pets and the new coronavirus

It is important to recognize that viruses are constantly evolving. At this time, 2019-nCoV does not appear to be a problem for dogs and cats, but it’s possible that this could change with future mutations or as our understanding of the virus improves. As history shows, it is also likely that an even newer coronavirus will emerge, which may have the ability to infect companion animals as well as people.

Help prevent the spread of viruses

As always, good hygiene is one of the best defenses against infectious agents of all sorts. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, especially after being around sick people or handling animals or animal waste. If you or your pet is ill, seek appropriate medical or veterinary attention and follow the doctor’s recommendations when it comes to vaccination and other forms of preventative care.