Union Home Cemetery Association meeting is May 25

The annual meeting for the Union Home Cemetery Association will be held on Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Greenbush Township Hall located at 1883 E French Road, St. Johns.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend as space allows with priority given to persons who own a burial space. Only those individuals are eligible to vote to elect the trustees of the association.

COVID Restrictions will apply, and all who attend must wear a mask.


MDHHS launches Michigan Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker

New tracker includes CDC data on Michiganders vaccinated in-state and in other states for the most complete vaccination rates; 54% of residents have received first dose

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is launching the Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker to complement the Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. This Tracker includes vaccinations of Michiganders received both in-state and out-of-state, allowing the state to provide more comprehensive data on vaccination milestones as they are reached.

“The Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker provides the most complete estimate of the number of Michigan residents ages 16 and older who have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “The safe and effective vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 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.” 

To date, 4,393,499 Michiganders age 16 and older have received their first dose of he safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, 54% of the state’s residents.

The tracker uses vaccination counts from the CDC COVID Data Tracker to provide information on the number of Michiganders ages 16 and older who have received their first dose. CDC has access to administration data from providers who are not currently reporting to the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), including federal entities, such as Veteran’s hospitals and Department of Defense Facilities, and out-of-state providers who administered vaccine to Michigan residents.

The Vacc to Normal Tracker also tracks the date when 55%, 60%, 65% and 70% of Michigan residents 16 years or older have received their first dose of vaccine and provides the date two weeks later when the next steps to normalcy will move forward. The Vacc to Normal plan will use four vaccination-based milestones:

55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks 
Allows in-person work for all sectors of business. 
60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks 
Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%. 
Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%. 
Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%. 
Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars. 
65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks 
Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties. 
Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings. 
70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks 
Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants. 

The Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard provides detailed information on doses administered and coverage, including detail on county, age group, race/ethnicity and provider type. The Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard provides detailed data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR), collected from Michigan enrolled providers.

Doses administered to Michigan residents by most health care providers in other states are not sent to MCIR at this time. CDC is developing an interstate data transfer system for sharing data on COVID-19 vaccine doses between states for their residents. Michigan has signed a Data Sharing Agreement with CDC and is working with other states to put technological connections in place for sharing information until the CDC data transfer system is developed. Michigan has had data sharing agreements with Wisconsin and North Dakota for all immunizations since before the COVID-19 vaccination campaign began.

Michiganders who have been vaccinated in another state are urged to bring their vaccination card to their health care provider at their next appointment or to their local health department to have their immunization information updated in MCIR. Although MDHHS is now receiving CDC counts on first doses administered to Michigan residents, this data is aggregate and does not include information about county of residence, age, sex or other demographic information.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine


Telephonic workshops available

Tri-County Office on Aging is offering two 6-week telephonic workshops for individuals with chronic pain or diabetes (no internet required). You will learn tools and techniques to better manage your condition, increase energy and improve quality of life, and more.

When:
Chronic Pain PATH: Tuesdays, June 8 – July 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 am via small group phone calls.
Diabetes PATH: Wednesdays, June 9 – July 14 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm via small group phone calls.

Funded by Mason Area Community Fund and Lions Club International.
Workshops are free of charge, but donations are accepted.

To register: Call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465. Please register by Tuesday, May 25 to ensure all materials are mailed to you on time.


Free meals every Tuesday

His Cup Runneth Over, a free meal ministry, will be doing free meals every Tuesday starting Tuesday.

Free meals will be given out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Ave., St. Johns. They will be located in the back southwest corner of the parking lot.

Everyone is welcome to come, and it is free for all who come. For those unable to pick up lunch, please call to arrange for delivery by Monday.

If you would like to get involved in volunteering or need a delivery call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764.


August 13-15 Mint Festival looking for volunteers

The St. Johns Mint Festival is looking for a couple of people to join the working committee in the following areas:
– Ice Cream Co-Chair – This person would work with the chair to set up the booth for the weekend, get volunteers to scoop ice cream, be there during the weekend, tear down of the booth, etc.
– Volunteer Chair – This person would help get volunteers for all events of the festival, coordinate with certain groups for volunteers and be there over the weekend to make sure volunteers show up and move them around where help is needed).

If you would like to help in one of these areas, or would like more information, please email the Chamber of Commerce at ccchamber@4wbi.net or call 989-224-7248. Please leave a message and Brenda will call you back.

Vendor Applications for Arts & Crafts, Flea Market, Commercial and Parade for the Aug 13-15, 2021 St. Johns Mint Festival are available at www.clintoncountychamber.org/mint.

Social distancing will be followed between each booth and vendors are asked to have hand sanitizer at their booth. Many sanitizing stations will be set up around the St. Johns City Park.

For more information email the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce at ccchamber@4wbi.net.


ABAC Honors local Top Academic student

Deborah Graham, a Business student from Perrinton, qualified for academic honors during the 2020-21 academic year at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College during the recent Spring Fling on the ABAC campus.

Students receiving Distinguished Honor status are those who have completed 45 or more academic semester hours at ABAC with an overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Superior Honor students are those who have completed 45 academic semester hours at ABAC with an overall grade point average of 3.5 to 3.74, and Honor status goes to those who have completed 45 or more academic semester hours at ABAC with an overall grade point average of 3.25 to 3.49.


Briggs District Library providing literacy backpacks

Some of the dedicated staff at Briggs District Library has started putting together literacy backpacks. These are themed kits designed to encourage interest in reading. Each backpack includes books and an activity that help readers think of literacy as fun and engaging.

The first backpacks are now available. They have a variety of themes/topics, and can be checked out for 3 weeks.

For more up to date information visit the library’s website www.briggsdistrictlibrary.org or Facebook page or call (989) 224-4702.

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Contact Information:

Library Director: Sara Morrison
Phone: 989-224-4702 * Fax: 989-224-1205
E-mail: director@briggsdistrictlibrary.org
Street address: 108 E Railroad * Saint Johns, MI 48879