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Operation Nine Reindeer organizes a parade for the Rousseau family

Image via Evan Brandt, Daily Local News.

Father Christmas and Mrs. Claus with the Rousseaus.

A North Coventry township family of a two-year-old boy with cancer recently received an outpouring of love and support from the community through a spectacular parade held with the help of the non-profit organization lucrative Operation Nine Reindeer, writes Evan Brandt for the Daily local news.

Brian and Kristyn Rousseau watched with their two children as a line of Warriors Watch motorcycles, police cars, fire engines, pipers, a vintage car and a Mascaro garbage truck drove past their home.

As a bonus, perched atop a Norco Fire Company pumper were Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, making an early appearance for some heartbreaking reason.

Jack Rousseau is battling a rare form of cancer and it’s unclear if he’ll see another Christmas.

To make the day special for the boy and his family, over 100 supporters dubbing themselves “the Jackpack” took part in the special event which also included a truckload of Lani Ice and visits from Sonic the Hedgehog and a member of Paw Patrol.

Jack, his four-year-old sister and their parents received many gifts, including an envelope from Santa Claus to help pay their medical bills.

“It will always be Jack’s Christmas Eve,” Kristyn Rousseau said.

Read more about the parade in the Daily local news.

The program provides meals for local children | News | Daily Sun Villages https://bridgevillestar.com/the-program-provides-meals-for-local-children-news-daily-sun-villages/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/the-program-provides-meals-for-local-children-news-daily-sun-villages/

It’s only 9 a.m., but Savannah Hodges is already thinking about lunch. The front desk administrator at the Sumter Youth Center in Bushnell is responsible each morning for counting the number of children attending the center’s summer youth program who will receive a free lunch. Once she gets a final number, she goes to Bushnell Elementary School to collect the lunches the staff have prepared for local children, then returns to the youth center to distribute them.

The Bushnell location of the Sumter Youth Center alone offers an average of between 50 and 65 free meals per day.

“Parents don’t have to worry about lunches,” Hodges said. “It gives (the kids) the same meal they would have at school.”

About 100 sites in the tri-county area are feeding children for free this summer through the Summer Food Service Program. The federally funded program, which is administered by the states, was created to ensure that children 18 and under receive healthy meals during the summer. Although most of these sites are in schools, many community partners, such as the Sumter Youth Center, also distribute meals as part of the program.

Linda Milliken, food service supervisor for Lake County Schools, expects the county to produce 47,000 breakfasts and 93,000 lunches for a total of 140,000 meals during the school closure.

“Last year we served 56,885 breakfasts and 60,602 lunches for a total of 117,487 meals,” Milliken said. “This year is higher than previous years as more sites are open and more summer programs are offered by the district.”

In 2021, Lake County provided meals at 21 schools and three community sites, but this year Lake is serving meals at 30 campuses and one community site.

According to a Marion County Public Schools press release, the county plans to serve 200,000 meals at 33 sites.

“That’s the expected number of meals, including walk-ins and summer school students,” said Kevin Christian, director of public relations for Marion County Public Schools. “That was our goal last year as well. For comparison, in 2019 we served around 128,000 meals.

Last year in Sumter County, between 40,000 and 50,000 total meals were distributed to local children. They expect to give more this year.

Eric Suber, director of school support services for the Sumter County School District, said the county is doing things a little differently than it was a year ago.

“We’re not going to do remote sites this year like we did during the pandemic because last summer we had very few attendees,” he said. “It was very different when the pandemic first hit.”

Lake and Marion counties operate the same way.

“We have offered a take-out service for the past two years due to the pandemic,” Christian said. “It allowed families to take meals in bulk.”

But these pickup sites are no longer available.

“This year, all meals are eaten on site,” Milliken said.

In the summer of 2019, more than 141 million meals and snacks were donated to children nationwide through the Summer Food Service Program, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

Average calories for meals distributed through the programs range from 350 to 600 calories for breakfast and 550 to 850 calories for lunch. Calories vary by grade level.

“For many students, these are the healthiest meals of the day,” Christian said. “For the other students, these are the only meals of the day. We don’t want any child to go hungry, and we invite all children to stop by the participating school or nearest satellite locations…this summer for free meals.

Summer BreakSpot is the Florida agency that runs the Summer Food Service program. To find a nearby food distribution site, visit summerbreakspot.org.

Writer Garrett Shiflet can be reached at 352-753-1119, ext. 5367, or garrett.shiflet@thevillagesmedia.com.

Local Woman Wins $1 Million Lottery Prize | News, Sports, Jobs https://bridgevillestar.com/local-woman-wins-1-million-lottery-prize-news-sports-jobs/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 07:02:25 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/local-woman-wins-1-million-lottery-prize-news-sports-jobs/

LANSING — A Delta County woman plans to help others after winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky X50 instant game.

The lucky 65-year-old, who chose to remain anonymous, bought her winning ticket from North Bluff Grocery, located at 6287 M-35 in Gladstone.

“When I stopped at the store to buy a lottery ticket, the seller told me that they had just sold the game I usually play, so I decided to buy a Lucky X50 ticket instead, “ said the player. “I scratched the ticket later that day and when I saw I had won $1 million I started crying.”

The player recently went to the lottery headquarters to claim her prize. She elected to receive her award as a one-time lump sum payment of approximately $693,000 rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With her winnings, she plans to help others.

“Winning is a fantastic feeling and will allow me to help a lot of people” said the player.

Players have won over $26 million playing Lucky X50, which launched in January. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 to $1 million. There are over $35 million in prizes left, including two first prizes of $1 million and 321 prizes of $5,000.

In 2021, lottery players won over $1.8 billion playing instant games.

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New Garden approves new zoning guidelines for future development on Route 41, Route 7 – Daily Local https://bridgevillestar.com/new-garden-approves-new-zoning-guidelines-for-future-development-on-route-41-route-7-daily-local/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:29:51 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/new-garden-approves-new-zoning-guidelines-for-future-development-on-route-41-route-7-daily-local/

NEW GARDEN—Change is coming to the southern part of Landenberg on its western edge. This week, the New Garden Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to change the zoning ordinance to the municipality’s Unified Development Ordinance.

These guidelines impact hundreds of acres of undeveloped land and establish specific new allowances and requirements for future development on Route 7 and Route 41. A public hearing was held prior to the vote. Due to a previous revision, the UD Ordinance no longer affects Toughkenamon.

Township Planner Tom Comitta discussed the changes to the ordinance and responded to concerns and questions previously raised by the public and some recommendations from the county.

Comitta said the plan called for “good functional development”.

The ordinance impacts the lands of Route 41 and Route 7 from the Delaware state line, in an area that also borders Kennett Township, northerly to Newark Road.

Although there are few historic buildings in New Garden, especially since many structures during the factory boom here in the 1800s burned down long ago, there are still many sites that remain around of the city and date from before the American Revolution.

For example, further south on Route 41, there is a messy barn that sits on wild, undeveloped land where Avondale and New Garden meet. And although the property has been for sale for years and may one day be preserved or developed, the original deed to the property was issued by the British Empire almost three centuries ago.

There was a general consensus that Route 41 south of Newark Road is attractive today. However, many people believe there is beauty in undeveloped land, where nature calls this space home and wildlife is free to roam.

In fact, two members of the public spoke at the hearing and asked that half of the 200 acres planned for development on Route 41 and Sunny Dell Road be preserved.

And so, the terrain on Route 41, south of Newark Road, and Route 7 in New Garden Township is destined to change.

Comitta told the audience ahead of the vote that with the changes proposed in this plan, “we are ready for a better outcome.”

Plus, “it’s something to celebrate,” Comitta said. “That’s really cool stuff.”

One change is that multi-family dwellings can now be built in the UD area of ​​Route 41 and Route 7.

“We don’t approve of the development,” Comitta said. “We harness enthusiasm.”

After the hearing, the board of directors voted unanimously to approve JP Morgan Chase’s application for an extension to its White Clay Point development plan. In fact, several sketches were submitted for the site, covering 200 acres at the corner of Highway 41 and Sunny Dell Road. Currently, the developer is requesting 309 high-density homes off Sunny Dell Road. An environmental study has yet to be submitted by the developer to New Garden on one of the 200 acres that JP Morgan Chase plans to develop.

The public encouraged the council to contact Mount Cuba for an environmental survey of the land. The Brandywine Conservancy also offers similar support to help preserve nature from complete destruction in the event of a shave.

There is no information, at press time, on the types of endangered species that inhabit the 200 wooded acres at the corner of Highway 41 and Highway 7, also known as Limestone Road. , and can take people directly to Kennett Square or Hockessin, depending on which way one turns from the Route 41 exit ramp.

Charles Wilkinson, owner and chairman of Wilkinson Homes, developed a significant portion of Landenberg in New Garden, Franklin and London Britain in the 1990s until the property crash of 2007.

And while JP Morgan Chase may own the land, Wilkinson was described to the public as the “land developer” behind White Clay Point at the meeting, according to officials present. And rather this role is that of an adviser or a possible builder of contracts, it remains to be seen.

Daily local news filed a right-to-know request last week with New Garden officials requesting all documents related to JP Morgan Chase and White Clay Point.

Some Landenberg residents may recall the historic Lenape Triangle intersection at the end of Penn Green Road and Good Hope Road which was razed in the early 2000s by Wilkinson, and at the time with the approval from London officials in Britain. Previously, Wilkson had told the Avon Grove Sun that it was a “condition” for him to build Niven View.

For those interested in seeing the New Garden portion of Landenberg remain as unspoiled, there is an Open Space Review Committee which meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Local students receive diplomas, honors https://bridgevillestar.com/local-students-receive-diplomas-honors/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 19:42:22 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/local-students-receive-diplomas-honors/

GREENBRIER COUNTY (WVDN) — Several students from local colleges and universities have received academic honors and degrees from across the United States. They understand:

Caldwell’s Zachary Ramsey, graduating from Coastal Carolina University in its spring commencement ceremonies, held May 6-7. Ramsey is a marine science student. Ramsey was also named to the president’s list for achieving a 4.0 grade point average during the spring semester.

Caldwell’s Garrett Vaughan has been named to Oklahoma State University‘s Dean’s Honor Roll. Full-time undergraduate students who completed 12 hours or more with a GPA of 3.50 or higher with no grade below C were on the list.

Baylee Christian of Lewisburg has been named to West Virginia University’s Deans’ List for the Spring 2022 semester. Baylee is a junior majoring in human nutrition and food. Students must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of graded courses to be eligible for such recognition without grades of I (incomplete), NR (not stated), or W (withdrawn).

Charlie Tolson of Lewisburg, a student at The Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences, has been named to the Spring 2022 Dean’s List. Students must achieve at least a 3.5 semester grade point average with a course schedule totaling at least 15 hours, of which 12 were taken for letter grades, to earn this distinction.

Blaine Yates, a student at Ohio University College of Fine Arts in Frankford, was also named to the 2022 Spring Dean’s List.

Two new Chester County judges on the way? – Daily room https://bridgevillestar.com/two-new-chester-county-judges-on-the-way-daily-room/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 15:30:51 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/two-new-chester-county-judges-on-the-way-daily-room/

The Chester County Court of Common Pleas bench may soon include two new members as judicial appointments are pending in Harrisburg.

Two local attorneys – Democrat Nichole Forzato and Republican Louis Mincarelli – have been nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf to fill the vacant seats on the court and could soon be confirmed by the Republican-led state Senate, observers say. with information about the sensitive and politically complicated process of appointing judges to trial courts throughout the state.

Forzato, a newcomer to the county’s legal landscape, is currently county attorney, a position she held in 2020 when county commissioners were dominated by Democrats. Mincarelli, who is a partner at a Philadelphia law firm, ran unsuccessfully for judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 2021, finishing with the most votes of the two GOP candidates.

“I am honored to have received Governor Wolf’s nomination,” Forzato said in an email Friday. “Right now, I’m focused on serving the county in my current capacity.”

“If I’m lucky enough to be confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate, it will be a dream come true,” Mincarelli said Friday, also describing Wolf’s nomination as an “honor.” “Just as I promised voters when I ran for office in 2021, I will strive to be a fair and impartial judge. I have built my career helping people from all walks of life find justice I am confident that my professional and personal experiences have prepared me to serve the residents of Chester County as a judge.

News of their appointments was confirmed Thursday by Wolf’s publicist, Elizabeth Rementer. She did not respond to follow-up questions about how the confirmation process was reached, but political observers speculated that Wolf and the Senate majority reached a common solution to fill a number of vacant jobs.

“It all comes down to cross-party politics in Harrisburg,” said a county Democratic insider, who asked to speak anonymously. “A major deal will have to be negotiated for all of this to happen.” Only the governor can nominate candidates for judicial vacancies, but only the state senate can confirm them. With parties opposed to power, agreements must be reached to bridge this political gap.

According to another source, a Republican, in April Wolf’s General Counsel’s office invited interested candidates to submit resumes to fill judicial vacancies statewide, including the two vacant positions at the Court of Common Pleas in Chester County caused by the 2021 retirements of Judge Jacqueline Carrol Cody. and Judge Katherine BL Platt. (Both now serve part-time as senior judges.)

The list of candidates has not been published by Rementer, although speculation in county legal circles is that it includes both those who have sought the position in the past and prominent members of the legal community. .

If approved by the committee, the nominees would then need a two-thirds vote in the Senate to be confirmed. Candidates become judges after confirmation. Bipartisan sources said the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to meet on Tuesday to consider the nominations of 13 judicial nominees, including Forzato and Mincarelli.

It is likely that the committee would recommend all the names to the full Senate and that the Senate could confirm the nominees next week or the week after. “It’s a reasonable time as I think their goal is to confirm before they leave for the summer,” one of the sources said.

If indeed confirmed, Forzato and Mincarelli would be placed on the bench in various capacities depending on the assignments given to them by Presiding Judge Joh. Hall. A veteran criminal defense attorney, Mincarelli could potentially take over a criminal case. Platt’s vacancy leaves an open seat in the county family court, which could be awarded to Forzato.

Either way, the two lawyers are set to face voters for a full 10-year term in 2023, first by appearing in the primary ballot and then, if nominated, in November of that year.

They will not be alone. It is expected that at least five seats on the bench will be elected next year, with the expected retirement of current judges David Bortner, Edward Griffith and Jeffrey Sommer, who have all signaled that they will not seek to remain. .

But in addition, a sixth seat may be available. Last week, State Senator Carolyn Comitta, D-19th, of West Chester announced that a proposal she had made to add an additional judge to the county trial court bench had been approved by the Senate and sent to the State House of Representatives for consideration. .

Although they come from different political parties, Forzato and Mincarelli share one thing in common: neither has extensive experience in county courtrooms.

Prior to being appointed county attorney, Forzato, 46, of Easttown, served as a senior deputy attorney general in that office’s Norristown criminal prosecution section. She had previously served as an assistant attorney for Montgomery County, where she worked with then-commissioner Josh Shapiro, who was her boss as state attorney general.

Forzato became the first woman to head the Chester County Solicitor’s office, which is responsible for initiating and defending civil suits involving the county and its various departments, as well as providing legal advice to commissioners and others. county officials in their daily work. business day under state county code. She was also the first Democrat to lead that office.

Since taking office, Forzato has had a major impact on how the county conducts business and played a significant role in numerous disputes over election law and procedures in 2021 and 2022.

“I worked in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office for five years and absolutely loved the job,” she said in a phone interview upon her appointment. “I moved to Chester County just over a year and a half ago, and I think it’s an amazing county. When I saw the opportunity to potentially serve the county, I was enthusiastic. I think I am a good candidate.

Forzato, who attended Notre Dame de Villanova Academy for high school and then Villanova University as an undergraduate, is married to former Montgomery County Detective Lieutenant Stephen Forzato.

Mincarelli, 49, of East Brandywine, came third last year in the election to take two joint plea seats behind current Justices Alita Rovito and Anthony Verway, both Democrats. He is a partner in the law firm McCullough McLaughlin & Mincarelli and a graduate of Temple University School of Law, he devotes the majority of his practice to defending clients in criminal cases in Philadelphia.

“I believe I am uniquely qualified to be a fair lawyer because I have represented clients from all walks of life, on both sides of the courtroom,” he said in an email, referring to his previous work in the Philadelphia district. Prosecutor’s Office. “The foundation of who I am starts with the values ​​of hard work and dedication, which I learned from my parents at an early age.

“It’s not something that can be read in a book or a blog, but rather something I’ve learned over my years in the courtroom – on the front lines of our legal system,” he said. he declared.

If confirmed, the two would not be the first county judges to sit because of Harrisburg’s brokerage. In 1992, Cody was nominated by Governor Bob Casey, alongside Republicans James P. MacElree II and Howard F. Riley. In 2005, longtime county attorney Ronald Nagle, also a Republican, was nominated by Democratic Governor Ed Rendell.

To contact editor Michael P. Rellahan, call 610-696-1544.

Hadwin leads the US Open | News, Sports, Jobs https://bridgevillestar.com/hadwin-leads-the-us-open-news-sports-jobs/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 07:05:40 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/hadwin-leads-the-us-open-news-sports-jobs/

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Adam Hadwin was only officially at the US Open eight days ago. He left the Country Club on Thursday with his best score in a major for a one-shot lead.

As attention finally turns away from the rival Saudi-backed league, which goes and stays on the PGA Tour, Hadwin opened with a 4-under 66 on a windy but not overly punishing day. at Brookline.

The lingering thoughts of league rivals came from Rory McIlroy, not from anything he said but from the golf he played.

It was another bold statement as McIlroy failed to bogey before his final hole – his brief tantrum revealed as much desire as frustration – for a 67. That left him in the big chasing pack. with four players who had to go through Qualifying 36 holes.

Callum Tarren of England, David Lingmerth of Sweden, MJ Daffue of South Africa and Joel Dahmen were also at 67.

On the other end was Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 52nd birthday – on the golf course, anyway – with a four-putt double bogey en route to a 78.

Hadwin birdied three straight to finish the front nine for 31, and he dropped just one shot on the back nine for his 66. His previous low score in a major was 68 on three occasions, the most recently in the first round of the 2020 PGA. Championship at Harding Park.

McIlroy has become a prominent voice on the PGA Tour in recent years, particularly with his rebuke of the Saudi-funded series that is disrupting golf. Thursday was a reminder that he is also very good at his day job.

McIlroy birdied back-to-back at the end of his round to become the first player to reach 4 under, only to miss the ninth green and make his only bogey.

At the moment, McIlroy isn’t concerned about his tough stance against LIV Golf.

“It’s been eight years since I won a major” he said. “And I just want to get my hands on it again.”

Even with a strong start and a win last week at the Canadian Open, it doesn’t look easy for McIlroy or anyone else. The Country Club could be as accommodating as it gets all week, with moderate wind and cloud cover preventing the sun from making the greens crisp and firm.

And the best anyone could do was a 66.

The 68-year-old group included two-time major winner Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Matt Fitzpatrick, who won the US Amateur at Brookline in 2013.

For McIlroy, it was his second straight major – and the third time in his last four US Opens – he opened with a score under par. There’s confidence in his game for winning last week in Toronto, and there’s a rare passion for a Thursday unless the game goes badly.

He tried to drive the par-4 accessible fifth hole and caught an awkward lie in the thick neck above a bunker, forcing him to stand in the sand. He hit that into another bunker, then slammed the club into the sand twice in frustration. But he managed to save the normal.

“You’re going to encounter things at a US Open, whether it’s lies or things like that, that you won’t really encounter another week,” he said. “It’s hard not to be frustrated because I’m walking up there thinking, ‘Just get back in the bunker.’ The thickest rough on the course is around the edges of the bunker, so I kind of cursed the USGA every time I stepped up to the ball.

And then from the ninth fairway, his approach sailed to the right and he threw his club. He couldn’t save par on that one and had to accept a 67 – not a bad start, and no excuse for his few outbursts of emotion.

“Almost to remind you sometimes how much it means to you”, he said.

There’s plenty on the table outside of golf, too, with 13 players at the US Open taking part in Saudi-backed LIV Golf last week, leading to the PGA Tour suspending those members. .

McIlroy, the first to shut down rival league talk in 2020, spoke passionately this week about building the legacy passed down by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. For those taking the guaranteed money for 54 hole events he said it was like “the easy way out”.

But now it’s time for golf, and there’s a mood of relief that could look to a US Open that first came to Brookline more than a century ago. Thursday was more about birdies and bogeys and a place in history.

No other major is more open – around half of the 156 players need to qualify – and it showed. Seven of the top 13 came out of qualifying, including Hadwin. He was the Dallas section’s first substitute and came on when Paul Casey withdrew with an ailing back.

Dahmen debated whether to play in a 36-hole qualifier 10 days ago in Ohio. The US Open is tough and it had been beaten by travel and foot results. Besides, it must have been raining. But he went anyway, and he qualified with a punch to spare.

Lingmerth was in the same qualifier and had to play 36 holes, then a few because of a 5-on-1 playoff for last place. That went to Hayden Buckley and Lingmerth was the first alternate. He entered when Martin Kaymer retired.

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Jar, prison site, money missing from Esky’s agenda | News, Sports, Jobs https://bridgevillestar.com/jar-prison-site-money-missing-from-eskys-agenda-news-sports-jobs/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 07:03:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/jar-prison-site-money-missing-from-eskys-agenda-news-sports-jobs/

ESCANABA — It will be a night of updates and discussions Thursday, when City Council will address a variety of issues, including the retail sale of marijuana in the city, how to proceed with the assessment of City Manager Patrick Jordan, the sale and redevelopment of the former Delta County Jail, and the current status of an ongoing investigation into funds that went missing during a past attempt to redevelopment jail property.


Council will continue its discussion of the future of marijuana retail sales in Escanaba by reviewing the questionnaires that each council member received from Laura Genovich, a city attorney from Foster Swift of Grand Rapids who specializes in filing ordinances on marijuana. The city contracted Genovich earlier this month for marijuana-related services on the advice of the city’s regular municipal attorney, Lisa Vogler, who was hired in late April and felt that ordinances on marijuana were outside the scope of his practice.

The nature of marijuana ordinances means that they are highly customizable, allowing communities to decide things like the location of commercial marijuana establishments, whether or not there should be a maximum number of establishments in a city and what types of establishments are allowed. Through the questionnaires, the council hopes to focus on what they think commercial marijuana would look like in the city so information can be provided to Genovich. Genovich will then draft the necessary orders to implement legal marijuana business operations.

At this time, retail stores and other commercial marijuana establishments are illegal in the city. However, the city council voted on April 7 to authorize business operations, pending the creation and passage of the necessary ordinances. Commercial marijuana sales and services will be legal after the ordinances pass or on Sept. 19, when a sunset clause repeals the existing ordinance removing the city from state marijuana law — whichever comes first .

If the sunset clause takes effect before local ordinances pass, marijuana sales will automatically become legal in the city, with only state rules in place to regulate their operation. Genovich said she thought it was possible to get the orders in place before the September 19 deadline.


Council will be updated on the progress of the sale and redevelopment of the former Delta County Jail and Chamber of Commerce properties. Before Vogler took up her new position as city attorney, the city had attempted to work directly with developers through a request for proposals process. The process hit a snag when the city administration recommended awarding the project to a Lower Michigan developer and the remaining potential developers — all of whom are from Delta County — decided to drop their individual proposals for sites in favor of a combined development proposal. The council was unsure whether it could legally award the project to local developers as no request for proposals had been submitted for the joint project.

Instead, on Vogler’s recommendation, the city abandoned the proposal process entirely and began the process of selling properties directly, using the city’s land sales policy as a guide. This required additional steps, such as assessments. The council directed Jordan to begin implementing the process and to continue working with local developers to sell the land directly.


At the end of Thursday’s agenda is an update from Escanaba Public Safety on an ongoing investigation into funds that went missing during an unsuccessful attempt to redevelop the prison site.

About $29,000 in state grant funds went missing during the city’s relationship with Proxima Management Group, which had publicly stated plans to build a $23 million hotel development on the sites of the Old Jail and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce. The city ended its relationship with Proxima at the end of 2021 after there had been no contact from the promoter for more than eight months.

The case is being investigated by Escanaba Public Safety and the FBI. Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan has repeatedly said there is no evidence or implication that city personnel were involved in the incident.


The council will continue its discussion on the evaluation of Jordan’s performance as a city manager. At a special meeting on May 26, the council approved evaluation forms for the council to use to review Jordan’s performance, as well as forms for city department heads to review and a self-assessment. to be completed by Jordan. Forms were to be completed by Thursday and submitted to the city’s human resources department, where they would be compiled and sent to council members for review at the council meeting.


The city budget includes funds to support three nonprofit organizations: Enhance Escanaba, the Bonifas Arts Center, and the Delta County Historical Society. Service agreements with the three entities are on Thursday’s agenda.

Enhance Escanaba — a nonprofit founded by City Council member Karen Moore, who is also the group’s president — is set to receive $5,000 to “Initiate, design, promote and finance beautification projects in public, private and historical places in the city of Escanaba.” One of these projects carried out by the group is the recent planting of hydrangeas along Ludington Street.

The municipality will also consider renewing its service agreement with the Center d’Art de Bonifas. Under the agreement, the city is contributing $5,000 for the 2022-23 fiscal year and the arts center offers six to eight exhibitions, a minimum of four plays and a minimum of 35 workshops or art classes and Creation. Also on the agenda is a resolution supporting the arts center’s 2023 grant application to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. “Musical Mondays” summer concert series. If approved, the city will serve as trustee of the funds

As part of the service agreement with the Delta County Historical Society the board is considering Thursday, the city would provide the society $2,000 for continued work and new exhibits at the museum and lighthouse.


Four public hearings are also on the program. The first hearing is about the project plan for planned water system upgrades that are necessary for the city to receive grants through the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund. Later in the meeting, the board will consider a resolution adopting the plan. The second hearing relates to an amendment to the city’s appropriations ordinance for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. It is necessary to balance overspending and underspending under state law. The last two public hearings deal with special assessments for alloy pavings. Both projects were requested by landowners who would be assessed.


A series of agenda items relate to the city’s public works department. Council will hear the paving schedule for the year; approve bids for ADA ramp construction, engineering services, and curb construction; and appointing Acting City Engineer Wendy Taavola as City Streets Administrator.


The council will consider renewing the city’s property and liability insurance through the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority.

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Iroquois County Polling Station Open for Special Saturday Hours | Local News https://bridgevillestar.com/iroquois-county-polling-station-open-for-special-saturday-hours-local-news/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/iroquois-county-polling-station-open-for-special-saturday-hours-local-news/

High marks for Lowe: Kankakee’s historic track season | Local News https://bridgevillestar.com/high-marks-for-lowe-kankakees-historic-track-season-local-news/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 13:30:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/high-marks-for-lowe-kankakees-historic-track-season-local-news/

Marques Lowe was ready for a change four years ago.

A native of Ford Heights, Lowe was a non-scholarship athlete on the University of Illinois men’s track team after just one senior season on the track at Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, where he earned his degree in 2001.

He stayed around Champaign after finishing school, culminating in a master’s degree in 2010. He formed the Vipers Track Club and started several jobs in education and on school track teams.

Lowe then began his career as a hall monitor at Franklin Middle School in Champaign while an assistant coach at Champaign Central High School and finished as the girls’ head coach at St. Thomas More in Champaign, where his 13 athletes qualified for the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in 2014-15, his senior year at the school.

With nothing going on at the time but the Vipers, Lowe was ready to leave Champaign for North Carolina when Jess Gathing, longtime assistant track and field coach at Kankakee High School and president of the Kankakee Track Club, contacted him.

Lowe was first offered a teaching position and the position of head coach of boys’ athletics. The offer was later increased to train both boys and girls. He will hold the title of Director of Athletics – created for him – when he becomes Kay in the summer of 2018.

It was also at this time that he first promised Gathing something that he has been reminding her of ever since.

“I didn’t know who was coming, I just wanted an opportunity,” Lowe said. “I said [athletic director] Ronnie Wilcox, Jess and [superintendent] dr. [Genevra] Walters, it took me four years to transform the program, and here we are in fourth year.

Last month, Lowe fulfilled his promise by becoming the first coach in state history to win both the girls’ and boys’ state championships in the same season.

The Kays won their first-ever State Tag Team Championship in the IHSA Class 2A Girls’ Athletics State Finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on May 21.

The boys repeated the feat on the same blue run at O’Brien Field a week later on May 28.

“It’s something you can never take away from them, and we did it together — me, the staff and the kids,” Lowe said. “We did it every day, walking in and busting their ass.

“We couldn’t have done it without their sacrifices or their buy-in; we could not have done it without our leaders.

Lowe had enjoyed tremendous success with the Vipers, where he first caught the attention of Gathing and the Kankakee community. But early in his coaching career, the former Fightin’ Illini sprinter couldn’t find the school to bond at.

That was until Kankakee called. But if Lowe wasn’t going to head east to North Carolina, he didn’t want to leave Champaign. When he thought about the travel commitments his children and their families had made with the Vipers, he realized that a potential commitment to the Kays wouldn’t be too different.

“I had athletes driving from 30 to 40 different areas, coming up to Champaign for up to an hour to train with me – why can’t I do that for someone else?” Lowe wondered. “The kids did it for the Vipers; I could do it for Kankakee.

Lowe arrived and took over an athletic program that was traditionally littered with talented individuals – especially on the girl side with legendary names of yesteryear such as Bianca Rockett, Dominique Kimpel and Tyjuana Eason – but had been unable to take that talent and create a champion team.

“When you come in and take on a program, you don’t know anything about who’s good, who’s bad, or whatever,” Lowe said. “A lot of kids were reluctant, and my motto that first year was ‘Changing the Culture’.”

When Neveah Lowe, a junior captain who won two relay golds and individual bronzes to help the state’s women’s team, entered high school as a freshman, she was at best skeptical of not only the athletics, but also school.

Both of these concerns were quickly assuaged by his head coach.

“When I came here for the track, I didn’t hear a lot of good things about the school and the track culture,” Nevaeh Lowe said. “Coming from middle school to high school, I didn’t think it would be better.

“Coming in, Coach Lowe told us he was changing the culture, and you could tell by his demeanor he meant it.”

Whether on the track when the weather permitted or in the school hallways when the weather took them indoors, a respectfully competitive culture within the program developed under Lowe.

The program has created an energetic second student Jayon Morrow, who won three individual silver medals and a relay gold at the state, said he is best exemplified when cousins ​​Jyaire and Naz Hill, a pair of top-notch NCAA Division I football rookies, go head-to-head. .

“It’s all competitive, and that’s what makes us as good as we are,” Morrow said. “We try to fight for every rep, always first, and these two just fight for every rep, from the long jump to the sprints.”

When not participating in practices, team members were always communicating with each other about how they could improve, whether on the track or in the classroom.

Coach Lowe created a panel of eight students as the indoor season began in the winter as a bridge between him and the student-athletes, with those eight also setting the tone during this indoor season.

“We wanted the athletes to come and tell me what they wanted and needed for us to be great,” the coach said. “When we started training and joined the off-season training program, we went to a meet in January and had a great time.

“We had four boys and four girls [during indoor season], and we were ranked #1; I knew we were going to be special.

It can be devastating for anyone, let alone a high school student, to deal with the loss of a loved one – doubly so for two people.

But when the girls’ assistant athletic coaches Jemiya Bates and Chwan Wilson died last year — Bates from a brain tumor and Wilson from complications related to COVID-19 — grief filled the Kays’ schedule.

“It’s a bit crazy because coach Jemiya always told us that our group was special,” said Nevaeh Lowe. “The fact that this year we were able to do this for her and Coach Wilson meant a lot to us.

“It wasn’t just the victory; it was just about living that dream that she said we could.

Coach Lowe had known Wilson for several years on the summer circuit, as Wilson was the coach who stayed on before taking over and helping the transition phase. Bates had returned as a young voice for the program’s young women; she herself had just graduated from Kankakee in 2015 after winning six IHSA medals, including a pair of gold.

“It gave our team the spirit and the energy they needed because they understood that life was short. … It was just sad; Jemiya was so young,” Coach Lowe said. “Chwan too, in his 40s, but Jemiya was so young.

“For her not being there and not being there for what we were going to do, that motivated me because they couldn’t be there to see what we were going to do.”

With heartache in their hearts and gear on their minds, the Kays celebrated a terrific regular season that culminated in the All-City Women’s Championship and a sweep of the Southland Athletic Conference, giving the girls and boys their first-ever championship titles. Southland.

That success continued with a sectional championship sweep, the first sectional title for the boys, with all eyes on the Kays on the last two Saturdays in May.

The girls went first, racking up 17 medals en route to a dominating team victory on May 21, led by freshman phenom Naomi Bey-Osborne, who won the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes and anchored the champion 4 by 100 -meter and relay champions 4 by 400 meters.

“Since we started, [Coach Lowe] said he didn’t want an individual ring; he wanted a team trophy,” said Bey-Osborne, a nod to the men’s team that won the 4 x 200 meters relay in 2021. “We fought for a trophy; we got a trophy, and I wasn’t as surprised as I should have been because I heard them talk about it so much that I knew we would get it.

Rather than practice and prepare for their own in-state appearance a week from now, the boys went to Charleston after school on Friday and watched their teammates take home the gold that Saturday.

“It was a spark and a motivation,” said junior Tyrice Bender, who ran in the 4 100-metre, 4 200-metre and 4 400-metre relay teams. “We put all the energy into training with them, winning every encounter with them, and when we saw them win we knew we had to get down and show.”

While most programs separate boys and girls, especially at the Class 2A and 3A levels, the Kays always stay together. While this presents a particular challenge for a strained coaching staff, Coach Lowe wouldn’t have it any other way, as evidenced by the support the boys have shown the girls and vice versa.

“We had to cut a lot of competition this year because we didn’t have the staff, but we managed,” he said. “They stayed focused, did what we needed to do, and we put the pieces together to have the right people in every event needed to make the program successful.”

This success continued a week later with the roles reversed – the girls in the stands to watch the boys win the other title.

Both programs returned home with parades and police escorts that ended at the school, where parties were held. Seeing the Kankakee community come together in this way has meant the world to Nevaeh Lowe.

“It feels like a dream,” Nevaeh Lowe said. “When we came back from Charleston and did the little parade, making the community proud and happy instead of what people think of Kankakee, I can’t explain the joy of making Kankakee happy and seeing them supporting us. .”

And for Marques Lowe and the Kankakee track and field program, this season has been a long one coming, and that patience has been rewarded in history at the Kankakee and Illinois levels.

Four years ago, he wanted to change culture. Today, that is exactly what he envisioned.

“Our motto this year was ‘I am the culture’ and you will portray us in the brightest light no matter what,” he said. “They haven’t had a hiccup once this year, and that’s special, and that’s because they started to see in themselves what I saw in them.”