The Voice for Clinton County’s Children Earns National Accreditation

National Children’s Alliance recognizes The Voice for Clinton County’s Children for its delivery of high quality and effective services to child abuse victims through national accreditation following an extensive application and site review process. As the accrediting agency for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) across the country, National Children’s Alliance awards various levels of accreditation and membership to centers responding to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first. Accreditation is the highest level of membership with National Children’s Alliance and denotes excellence in service provision.

Since November 2017 The Voice for Clinton County’s Children has interviewed 82 Clinton County Children who have experienced abuse. As an Accredited Member of National Children’s Alliance, they are dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

National Children’s Alliance awards Accredited Membership based on a CAC’s compliance with 10 national standards of accreditation to ensure effective, efficient and consistent delivery of services to child abuse victims. Accredited Members must utilize a functioning and effective Multidisciplinary Team approach to work collaboratively in child abuse investigation, prosecution, and treatment. National Children’s Alliance also considers standards regarding a center’s cultural competency and diversity, forensic interviews, victim support and advocacy, medical evaluation, therapeutic intervention, and child focused setting.

“Accreditation of our CAC validates our organization’s dedication and the commitment of our professional partners to provide proven, effective approaches of child abuse intervention and prevention. Every kiddo we serve has a safe place to be heard and supported,” said Kelly Schafer, Executive Director of The Voice For Clinton County’s Children.
“The Voice for Clinton County’s Children is to be commended for its commitment to effectively serve victims of child abuse. As the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country, our goal is to ensure that every victim of child abuse has access to high quality services that result from professional collaboration. Accreditation ensures evidence-based practices are being implemented and the highest quality of service is being provided,” remarked Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance.
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Hidden treasures found at F.C. Mason building

Developers are discovering more charm in the F.C. Mason building everywhere they look. Hidden tin ceilings, brick walls and an antique safe are some of the great discoveries they have made.

The latest find is a newspaper hidden in a wall from 1908, the year part of the building was built. In the paper is also an original catalog from F.C. Mason. It’s exciting to find these treasures as they move along in the building process.

What is hidden in the wall behind the safe door?

IQhub – center for agricultural history, innovation and exploration

The IQhub is a learning center for agricultural history, innovation, and exploration. It features 23 exhibits telling the story of agriculture in America, from the time of the Pilgrims to modern day production practices.

Visitors can explore the variety of exhibits about planting and harvesting, water movement, crops, and the future of agriculture, and even drive a tractor-simulator. Children can have a hands-on experience in the Kids’ Korner, which features games, books, and age-appropriate exhibits designed to help them make meaningful connections between farms and food.
Since opening in 2014, the IQhub has hosted student groups, held summer camps, and entertained drop-in visitors. This past year, the IQhub began designing rotating exhibits and holding community events to promote them.

The first guest exhibit, which opened in May 2018, was a ‘Salute to the Military.’ Courtesy of Michigan’s Military and Space Heroes Museum of Frankenmuth, the IQhub displayed uniforms, personal military memorabilia, and stories about Michigan’s men and women who served. The display echoed the museum’s mission to honor, respect, and remember our military. Locals Dick Root and John and Patricia Hanley also displayed their large military vehicles both in and out of the building.

In conjunction with the display, the IQhub hosted Dick Thelen. Thelen is one of the last 16 survivors of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, which is the Navy’s worst disaster at sea. He talked to the crowd about his experience in the Navy, the torpedo attack, and how he survived.
In October 2018, the second guest exhibit opened, which was titled ‘Muscles, Music & More.’ The muscle came from the vintage cars and motorcycles distributed throughout the museum, while the music featured instruments, posters, and antiques. The rest of the exhibit featured trains, travel items, and toys donated by local people and organizations.

This exhibit had two events to accompany it. The first was the Color Cruise-In, where enthusiasts drove in their vintage and custom cars to the IQhub for a night of community fellowship, and the second was ‘An Evening of Christmas Music,’ where student musical groups came to perform their holiday songs and instrumentals.

Upcoming events include Aviation Exploration Day in August, which will accompany the flight-focused guest exhibit of summer 2019.

“The IQhub is definitely a one-of-a-kind facility with something for everyone,” said Emily Crambell, IQhub Education and Outreach Manager. “Whether it’s an elementary class, a youth group, or an adult professional development team, people enjoy learning about agriculture and the environment. The IQhub staff is excited to help our guests get the most out of their visits.”
The IQhub is housed inside of AgroLiquid headquarters. Founded by father and son-in-law team, Douglas Cook and Troy Bancroft in 1983, AgroLiquid remains a family business both in its ownership and direction. Troy Bancroft is now joined in corporate leadership by his three sons; Nick, Albert, and Gerrit.

The IQhub is a non-profit organization that operates on donations and grants, so there is no admission fee. Transportation grants are also available. The IQhub is located at 1130 South Dewitt Road at the corner of M-21 and Dewitt Road, west of St. Johns. It is open year-round on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m., and Saturdays by appointment. Families are welcome. For more information about the IQhub, please call 989.227.3847 or visit

A Look Back – A Scroll Presentation to Velma Beaufore

by Barry Bauer

Velma Beaufore Day September 22, 1974

To Velma Beaufore from the Clinton County Employees.

We wish to express our deepest and sincere appreciation for the dedicated, unselfish service to Clinton County. Always willing to cooperate with all Departments and Units over and beyond that which was required. From all of us a heart felt thanks Velma.

Velma Beaufore was the Clinton County Treasurer when she retired. Making the presentation I believe is Derrill Shinabery, chairman of the Clinton County. Board of Commissioners .

Letters – Library says thanks

A big “Thank you!” to Al and Dave Eicher for sharing their program on the Orphan Train with us. We will definitely have them back to discuss one of the other fascinating aspects of Michigan history they have researched.

Briggs District Library

Maralyn’s Pet Corner – 5 Tips for How to Get Rid of Pet Dandruff

Can Dogs and Cats Get Dandruff?

Yes, dogs and cats can both get dandruff, and while it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing thing in the world, it is a sign that your pet’s skin is dry. Cat dandruff and dog dandruff are not necessarily medical issues.

How to Get Rid of Dog Dandruff and Cat Dandruff

So what can you do to get rid of it? Here are five ways to deal with dog dandruff or cat dandruff.

1. Get Your Veterinarian’s Opinion

Sometimes flaky skin is a sign of a medical problem. For example, hormonal imbalances can cause skin issues. Your veterinarian may recommend diagnostic skin sample analyses and bloodwork.

2. Look Into Changing Their Diet

Pets need a certain amount of fat in their diet (the good kind of fat—no bacon!) to keep their fur shiny and their skin nice and supple. Either switch their diet to a high-quality pet food or supplement their diet with oil-based dog supplements or cat supplements.

Oils containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, are excellent for skin health. Coconut oil may also be helpful for dogs and cats. It is important that these oils be introduced slowly so as not to cause stomach upset or diarrhea.

Consult your veterinarian to discuss each of these options.

3. Bathe Your Pet Regularly

We all need a good bath every now and again (or at least a shower), but when dealing with cat dandruff or dog dandruff, regular bathing can be most helpful in keeping dandruff at bay.

Moisturizing dog shampoos, cat shampoos and conditioners are available, as well as products designed specifically for dandruff issues. Just be sure not to over-bathe your pet, as this may cause a change in the pH of the skin, which can cause a medical problem. Unless instructed by your veterinarian, pets should not be bathed more than once every two weeks.

4. Try a Dandruff Shampoo

We’re not talking about the dandruff shampoo for people; that’s not for animals! There are, however, cat skin and coat care shampoos as well as dog skin care shampoos that have been specially formulated to help treat cat dandruff and dog dandruff.

So if the problem is really bad, then we recommend adding this to your pet’s regular bath time routine to help deal with the problem.

You can also talk to your veterinarian about prescription skin and coat care products that can help combat dog and cat dandruff.

5. Get the Right Brush, and Remember to Use It

Brushing your pet regularly not only makes your pet feel good and keeps her fur smooth and shiny, but it also helps massage the skin and distribute the coat’s natural oils.

But you’ll need the right type of dog brush. If it’s too soft for your pet’s fur, it’s not going to do any good, and if it’s too stiff, it will aggravate rather than help.

Finding the right dog brush will depend on the type of pet, type of coat and your pet’s tolerance for brushing. You can talk with your veterinarian or dog groomer for tips on what will work best for your pet.

Overweight animals (especially cats) may be unable to groom themselves, especially on their backs. The short-term solution is to brush your pet, but the real, long-term solution is weight loss.

Older pets also may not have the flexibility to groom hard-to-reach places, so it is important to help them.