Eligibility for COVID vaccine extended to some minors

Those 16 and 17 years of age are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but keep in mind that they must get the Pfizer and Mid-Michigan District Health Department primarily has Moderna.

If you are looking for the Pfizer vaccine for your child, here is an opportunity:
MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant is offering a COVID vaccination clinic for patients ages 16 and 17, by appointment only on Tuesday April 13, 3-6 p.m. Patients from all counties are welcome to schedule at this location.

To schedule an appointment, call MidMichigan Health’s COVID hotline, (800) 445-7356, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and press Option 1. A parent or legal guardian must be present at the appointment to sign a consent.

The Blue Bus to remain free through May

In order to continue their efforts at mitigating the transmission of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, Clinton Transit will remain fare free through May 31, 2021.

Blood drive a success
by Maralyn Fink

On Monday April 5 The American Red Cross held a blood drive at the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. JOhns.

86 units of Blood were collected. That is a great job!

Thank you to all Donors, Volunteers and to anyone who helped out to make this happen.

The next Drive will be June held on June 7. Hope to see you there.

Thank you to Jane Sira for organizing the Volunteers, and as always I enjoy my time volunteering.

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosting virtual Breakfast

Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region is pleased to invite Mid-Michigan community members to attend their virtual BIG Breakfast event on the morning of April 13. The BIG Breakfast is a free half-hour fundraising event, where guests will hear moving testimonials from Bigs, Littles, and parents in the program, and have the opportunity to make a gift if they feel so moved.

“We are very excited to host our virtual Big Breakfast event on April 13th at 8am, in partnership with Good Fruit Video, and thanks to the generous support of our Title Sponsor, Jackson” says Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member and BIG Breakfast Committee Chairman, John Varilek. “We know that providing an avenue for our young people to learn and grow through mentoring, increases their chances for future success. We are focused on expanding the reach of our program in an effort to have a greater impact on the lives of our youth. This can only be accomplished through the continued generosity of local businesses and individuals where we work and live.”

Like many organizations in the area, Big Brothers Big Sisters has felt the impact of COVID-19. However, despite the challenges of social distancing, Big Brothers Big Sisters has found new and creative ways to provide mentorship services, including virtual engagement opportunities, online volunteer recruitment, and consistent wellness checks to all matches and families. While mentorship may look a little different these days, Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to ensuring that mentorship remains available and accessible to all youth in Mid-Michigan.

The 2021 BIG Breakfast will be held online on Tuesday, April 13 at 8am, and is generously sponsored by Jackson and facilitated in partnership with Good Fruit Video. To RSVP for the event, please visit www.bbbsmcr.org/2021breakfast. Please contact Persis at development@bbbsmcr.org or 517-372-0160 with any questions.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, which is the largest evidence-based mentoring organization in the country. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region serves youth in the counties of Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, and Shiawassee.

For more information, please visit www.bbbsmcr.org.

Spring Collection Event is April 24

The Spring Collection for Clinton County residents will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. An appointment is required to attend. Registration will begin the week of March 22, 2021

This event will take place in St. Johns and is open to all Clinton County residents.

Acceptable items include household hazardous waste such as unwanted medications, farm and landscaping chemicals, motor oil and antifreeze, cleaners, yard chemicals, oil based paints and aerosols and household computer equipment and electronics. Most items are accepted free of charge, but nominal fees do apply including $10 a piece for televisions and computer monitors, cash or check only on the day of the event.

More information can be found on the website www.clinton-county.org/196/Waste-Management or by calling the office (989) 224-5186. Feel free to send questions through email to recycle@clinton-county.org.