CMH now offering virtual Mental Health First Aid

The Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties has announced that after much anticipation, they are now offering virtual Mental Health First Aid to the community.

This internationally recognized training increases mental health literacy and teaches participants to help someone experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Visit the Eventbrite link to register for an upcoming session.


K of C fish fries are back
by Maralyn Fink

The Knights of Columbus fish fries are scheduled for March 12, 19 and 26.

No advance orders will be accepted, and dinners will be drive thru only. One line only from North Drive.

Take out items are 1) Fried fish with steak fries, 2) Baked fish with Bake Potatoes. Sides include Green Beans, Coleslaw, Applesauce and Dinner Roll.

The K of C Hall is located at 1108 Old U.S. 27 in St. Johns.


Waste Management wants to help with tire disposal

When your tires reach the end of their life, be sure they get recycled. Tires need to be recycled because they don’t biodegrade and cause endless problems to the environment. Every year millions of tires are recycled and transformed into other materials such as; playground turf, asphalt for roads, garden mulch, shoe products and so much more! If you have tires that you need to get rid of, check out the bullet points below. Call or check the websites directly for any questions.

If you have 50 or more tires on your site the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy has put together a list of registered commercial scrap tire haulers in the state.

Another way to get rid of tires is to check out he waste wizard search tool on our website. It will list local auto shops that will accept tires for disposal. Please remember that all locations will charge a small fee for disposal ranging from 1-5$ per tire.

Waste Wizard | Clinton County, MI (clinton-county.org

If you have only just a few tires think about repurposing them. They could become a tire swing, a garden planter, or a fun sandpit.


RBW Class Of ’59 plans Reunion

The Rodney B Wilson High School class of 1959 is planning a reunion for August, 2021. Please mark these dates on your calendar now.

August 27, Friday – All Day At Motz Park
Park is reserved for us from 10 a.m. to about 7 p.m.
Food and other details are in the planning stage

August 28, Saturday – Pizza Party At The Roadhouse
Meeting room reserved from 5 p.m. on
Start with social hour and then a pizza bar and conversations!

August 29, Sunday – Dinner At The Emerald Golf Course
Time, meal plan, etc. to be announced

Questions? Suggestions for fun? Contact Patrick Joslyn at pjjoslyn@yahoo.com


GreenStone Commits $40,000 in Grants

The future of the agriculture industry is largely dependent on the next generation of leaders and their ability to overcome the challenges of today’s market. To provide this pivotal cohort of diverse farmers with the educational opportunities and support necessary for success, for the fourth year GreenStone is again committing up to $40,000 to young, beginning and small farmers through the cooperative’s 2021 Grow Forward Grant program.

Each year, the grant program provides financial support to offset the cost of educational opportunities. Individuals who qualify as a young, beginning or small farmers can use grant dollars toward farm or business consultations, educational courses and seminars, and resource-focused events or conferences. The program also allows individuals to use grant dollars toward their first GreenStone tax and accounting service – setting their farm’s accounting and recording-keeping up for success.

“GreenStone’s grant program supports producers interested in gaining more education to prepare themselves to successfully compete in today’s highly competitive global marketplace,” said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone President and CEO. “Young, beginning and small farmers are vital to the economic health of agriculture and these grants help remove the financial barrier so they can focus on expanding their industry knowledge.”

Since launching the Grow Forward Grant program in 2018, individuals have taken advantage of the opportunities this grant provides by participating in a variety of programs. From forestry management, on-farm consultations, distillation courses and even workshops to educate farmers on effectively communicating with consumers, each grant provides farmers a chance to gain valuable knowledge and personal growth.

Again in 2021, GreenStone will be offering up to $40,000 through the Grow Forward Grant program to provide educational and learning opportunities to farmers. To qualify for up to $1,000, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, or farming for less than 10 years, or sustain annual gross sales from agricultural production of less than $250,000, in addition to residing in GreenStone’s territory. Both GreenStone members and non-members that qualify are encouraged to apply.

For complete guidelines and the application, visit www.greenstonefcs.com/GrowForwardGrant.


National Groundwater Awareness Week

Any resource taken for granted is a resource at risk of being lost. That is why the Michigan Ground Water Association, The Groundwater Foundation, and the National Ground Water Association will be joining hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 7-13. National Groundwater Awareness Week, now in its 22nd year, is an annual week of awareness, education, and advocacy focusing on one of Michigan’s and the nation’s most precious resources.

Michigan depends on groundwater for nearly 20% of its public water. It also provides over 2.5 million private water wells in the state with fresh and clean water every day. The United States uses 80.3 billion gallons per day of fresh
groundwater for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and other purposes.

Groundwater is undeniably crucial to our society and is a resource that must be advocated for and protected by our citizens. This is why during National Groundwater Awareness Week we are providing tools for the public to become better educated on groundwater issues and opportunities to protect groundwater in their own backyard!

To learn more about groundwater and its usage, you can visit: https://www.ngwa.org/gwaw.

Here you will find free groundwater educational resources and ways to increase awareness of groundwater issues in your community. Remember, if you don’t speak up for groundwater, who will?

For the over 2.5 million Michigan residents who rely on private water wells, we encourage you to use Groundwater Awareness Week to test, tend, and treat your private water system. An annual inspection of your well and its water can not only save you thousands of dollars in potential damages but can also protect the health of your family.

To find a certified water well contractor in your area, you can visit: https://wellowner.org/find-a-contractor.

Whether it’s writing a letter to your representative, posting groundwater facts on social media, or having your own water supply tested and treated, please remember to take time this week and help protect groundwater in Michigan.