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Metroparks Gear Up For Fall Family Fun

With the end of summer approaching, a pair of local Huron-Clinton Metroparks are gearing up for an autumn season full of family activities. In addition to hiking and biking trails twisting through the changing fall foliage, a variety of seasonal events are being scheduled at Kensington Metropark and Hudson Mills Metropark.

Every day in October, visitors at Kensington can take a hayride out to a pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin. Pumpkin carving parties will additionally take place at each park, complete with cider and donuts. Parents are invited to bring their younger children out, dressed up in their costumes, for early trick-or-treating with Trick-or Treat Along the Trail at the nature center. The Fab Fall Color Walk will take place in early October at Kensington. Participants will be given a t-shirt, then walk the trails to several different stations where they will be blasted with non-toxic colored powder and leave looking like a fall tree. A towel to sit on in the car after the event is recommended. People concerned about a zombie outbreak can come out and learn skills vital to surviving a zombie apocalypse, like shelter building and fire making on October 26th at Kensington.

A Metropark vehicle entry permit is required for entering any Metropark, and some of these events require an additional fee and advanced registration. For more information on all the fall activities happening at each Metropark, visit www.metroparks.com/fallfun. (MK)

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Putnam Supervisor Calls Recall Threat “Horrendous Abuse” Of Election Law

Putnam Township officials voted to refund and reduce payments appropriately to a special assessment district on Sarah Drive despite the threat of a recall.

Sarah Drive was paved in 2017, funded by 207 residential parcels that made up the SAD. Sarah Drive is the only ingress and egress for properties in the district, with several roads branching off from it. Residents from those branched roads all must use Sarah Drive to reach their homes, thus the project benefitted all homeowners who use it to get to their street. The project, assessed for $1,753.59, was finished for less than half the cost. Property owners who paid all up front will be refunded the $926.31 difference, with those paying on a schedule to see the appropriate reductions on their tax bills.

On Monday, resident Patrick Glance of Nita Drive- one of the branch roads off Sarah- filed recall language with the Livingston County Clerk accusing Putnam Supervisor Dennis Brennan of malfeasance in creation of the SAD. Glance claims the SAD was not proportionately beneficial to property owners on Nita, and that the mismanagement of public funds and lack of transparency require Brennan’s removal. According to a release from Brennan, Glance wants his road paved using the leftover funds from the SAD.

Township Attorney Mike Homier was present at Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, and explained that it was illegal under Public Act 188 to do as Glance is requesting, as paving Nita Road was not part of the assessment. Doing so would not provide equal benefit to the other branch streets in the SAD. Hormier said there is case law on this point, and by violating it the township would be sued, and rightfully so. During second public comment, Glance argued that property values off of the now-paved Sarah Drive are seeing greater return than properties on non-paved branch roads.

The supervisor said, again in the release, that one of Glance’s neighbors told him that Glance said he was using the recall as blackmail to force the township to pave his road. Brennan, before the board meeting, reported he received a new memo from Glance stating that if he delayed the refund, he would remove the recall request.

Township Supervisors, on their own, cannot create SADs. Special assessment districts require citizen petitions, multiple public hearings, and majority board approval. It was discussed during the meeting ,with the attorney, that any disputes should have been done within 30 days of confirmation of the SAD roll to the township tax tribunal. There were no disputes for the Sarah Drive SAD.

During the second public hearing, Glance still accused Brennan of violating state law, and that because he missed his time to plead his case to the tax tribunal, he has no other recourse but to recall.

Brennan said he is not worried about the threat of the recall, and that this is just wasting everybody’s time. He said that what concerns him is that things are already in motion at the county level, and that they’ve called a meeting of the county election commission. He said, “By getting that ball rolling, now, I have to take my time and go there and defend myself from these false accusations. And hopefully it stops there because the election commission will see the things he said don’t even make sense- nevermind have any truth to them.”

Trustees Norm Klein and Richard Bennet, along with resident Dixie Russell stuck up for Brennan and his work in office.

Glance declined to comment following the meeting.

A copy of Brennan’s release is below. (MK)

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Richard Lim Named Fantasy Of Lights Parade Grand Marshal

A local photographer has been named the grand marshal of this year’s Fantasy of Lights parade in downtown Howell.

Local photographer Richard Lim was selected by the Fantasy of Lights Committee for his service to downtown Howell, with the announcement being made at the Fantasy of Lights Writing Future Chapters Fundraiser. Lim currently serves on the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Michigan Challenge Committee and the Howell Main Street and DDA boards of directors. In addition, Lim is frequently seen volunteering at community events. Lim was surprised by the honor, saying he thought it was “reserved for more high-profile people and not some guy running around town with a camera around his neck”. Lim thanked those responsible, saying he’s excited to be a part of an event that the community looks forward to every year to come together and celebrate the people and city that everyone loves.

The Fantasy of Lights is Friday, November 29th. The theme, BOOK IT to Howell, was developed in partnership with local author Denise Brennan-Nelson. The Fantasy of Lights is working with other partner organizations in downtown Howell including Howell Parks & Recreation, Howell Main Street and the Howell Carnegie District Library who will be incorporating a book and literacy theme into their holiday events as well. Fantasy of Lights Director Michelle Tokan said they’re looking forward to having Lim lead the parade as it travels through downtown Howell the day after Thanksgiving – adding he has created many picture books of downtown that fit into this year’s parade theme of BOOK IT to Howell.

Parade applications can be found through the provided link.
Sponsorships are also available for the Fantasy of Lights and Fantasy 5K that takes place at 6 p.m. before the start of the parade at 7. Activities begin at 4 p.m. and include visits with Santa and his reindeer in Christmas Alley located on State Street. For more information about the Fantasy of Lights, contact mtokan@howell.org. (JM)

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Benefit To Further Mission Of “Blue Star Service Dogs”

An upcoming fundraising event will help support a local non-profit organization pair up service dogs with veterans-in-need.

The “Blue Star Bash” will be held this Saturday from noon to 5pm at 4025 Patterson Lake Road in Pinckney. Blue Star Service Dogs is a non-profit that takes shelter dogs and trains them as service dogs for veterans returning from combat.

The organization, previously known as Stiggy’s Dogs, changed its name earlier this year, as well as the name of Saturday’s fundraiser. The event, which was held for the first time last year, was known as Stiggyfest. Despite the name change, leaders of the organization have said their goal to honor combat Veterans and their families remains the same through their mission of “rescue one to heal another”.

The Blue Star Bash will include food, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, putt-putt mini golf, and entertainment. More information can be found through the link below. (DK)

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Whitmer Appoints Attorney To Replace Brennan On Bench

Governor Gretchen Whitmer today appointed Daniel B. Bain to the 53rd District Court in Livingston County.   
  
“Daniel is a proven professional who will treat the court, and everyone who comes before it, with the highest level of integrity and fairness,” Whitmer said. “I have full confidence that the residents of Livingston County will get the type of public service that they expect and deserve.”  
  
Daniel B. Bain, of Howell, is a partner and general practice attorney with his law firm Bain & Bain, P.C., where he represents clients in civil and criminal cases, including contract disputes, landlord and tenant matters, zoning disputes, divorce and family law, and misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. Mr. Bain has been with his family’s firm for over 25 years, practicing with his brother, John, and late father, Jack. Prior to earning his law degree, he worked for the firm as a law clerk.   
  
“My goal is to treat all litigants with courtesy, dignity, and respect,” Bain said. “Stepping into a courtroom for the first time can be an intimidating experience, and I want everyone to know that they are getting a fair shot when they are in court with me.”  
  
Mr. Bain graduated from Hartland High School in 1985 and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Mr. Bain has served on the 52-1 District Court Sobriety Court Advisory Board and as a member of the Michigan United Conservation Club.   
  
This appointment was made to fill a partial term, which expires at twelve o’clock noon on January 1, 2021, after former Judge Theresa Brennan was removed from office by the Michigan Supreme Court. If Mr. Bain wishes to seek a full six-year term, he would be required to run for reelection in November 2020.  
  
The appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.  (JK)

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“Recovery Walk” Aims To Shatter Stigma Of Addiction

A family friendly event to help raise awareness and break the stigma of addiction returns to Howell later this month.

Wake Up Livingston is holding its 3rd annual Recovery Walk at the Historic Howell Courthouse Sunday, September 22nd. Participation is open and free to the public. Individuals in recovery, family members, and recovery allies are all invited out to promote the successes of recovery and shatter stereotypes attached to addiction. Wake Up Livingston Facilitator Kristal Reyes says all community members are encouraged to attend, even if they personally have not been affected by addiction. She says addiction is a “community disease” and by attending, the community is showing those that have been affected that they stand with them in solidarity and know they can fight the disease together.

Reyes notes that the walk is a “drop-in” event, meaning that attendees can walk the full distance, part of it or even hang out at the starting and finishing point. Reyes says WUL’s goal and mission is to get the word out that recovery is possible and does happen, and that the Recovery Walk is centered on the culture of recovery. Information about area resources will be available at the event and guest speakers will share their stories of recovery following the walk.

The Big Red Barrel will also be onsite for anyone wishing to properly dispose of leftover prescription medications. Pills need to be in their original containers and a re-sealable plastic baggie.

Event details can be found at the attachment below. (DK)

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Global Event To Raise Climate Change Awareness Coming To Brighton

A special event aimed at families and citizens concerned about climate change is being held by environmental groups in Brighton, this weekend.

Climate Strike is a weeklong event inspired by youths to bring attention to the need for changes in policies around climate change. This Sunday, the Crossroads Group of the Sierra Club and the Brighton Chamber of Commerce Environmental Coalition are teaming up to generate awareness, educate the public, and inspire action that will provide a positive impact on the global climate. The event will take place from noon to 2pm in front of the Brighton Chamber at 218 E. Grand River.

Attendees are invited to bring fun, positive climate signs to help bring awareness to the issue. Several speakers will share messages on topics like sustainable development for environmentally responsible businesses, PFAS, the youth’s perspective on climate change, and more.

Crossroads Group co-chair Lee Anzicek said there will also be an opportunity to recycle many household products that are traditionally difficult to recycle. This includes toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, empty floss containers, roll-on deodorant containers, and old glow sticks. Additionally, Anzicek says the City of Brighton will now be accepting these items at their recycling stations at both City Hall and the DPW garage.

Anzicek said they will have a sheet available at the event full of action steps to help individuals make a difference. This includes tips like how to up one’s recycling game, the benefits of driving slower, and how to get in touch with legislators to make certain they know this is a priority at the policy level. This local event is one of 700 of its kind going on across the globe over the next week. Anzicek says they are hoping with Climate Strike to shift the political conversation – not just by making people aware, but by encouraging people to do something about it.(Logo: globalclimatestrike.net)(MK)

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Veteran Memorial Display Had “Great Turnout And Success”

A presentation of four war memorials that came to Livingston County this past July was a huge success, according to event organizers.

The Connect Five Veterans Foundation, with the support of the Disabled American Veteran Chapter 125 and Auxiliary Unit 125, brought the memorials to the Livingston County Airport July 10th through the 14th. The display consisted of a 50% replica of the World War II Memorial from Washington D.C., the Korean War Memorial with 23 full-size statues, the Michigan Vietnam Traveling Wall, and the Eyes of Freedom Traveling Memorial.

Organizers of the display recently attended a meeting of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners to share details about just how successful the event was. DAV Commander and Connect Five Foundation Director Mark Kovach says approximately 12,000 people visited the attraction over the course of its four-day stay. Kovach says the event also included a presentation of a new pin for the spouses of Vietnam Veterans, which has only happened once before in Michigan. He told commissioners they handed out over 200 pins at the emotional ceremony.

At the meeting, commissioners were presented with a signed flag from the Eyes of Freedom memorial and plaques that thanked them for their support. Kovach tells WHMI the Eyes of Freedom display, which pays tribute to members of a Marine unit killed in Iraq, was a big attraction for a lot of younger veterans, and that the Vietnam Traveling Wall was once again an important place for healing. (DK)

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Cannabusiness Open House Seeks To Educate Northfield Township Residents

An open house event will feature various speakers looking to educate the public about what Cannabis Business could look like in Northfield Township.

The locally-led citizen group Northfield Township Green Growth is hosting a Cannabusiness Open House on Thursday from 7 to 9pm at the former Family Video store at 22 Barker in Whitmore Lake. Organizers say Northfield Township Green Growth seeks to promote Cannabis business in the area and educate, in addition to defeating Proposition 1 which is on the November 5th ballot. Proposition 1 would ban all Cannabis Businesses, which organizers say would deprive Northfield Township from much needed tax revenue and jobs. The event will feature speakers discussing what Cannabis Business could look like in Northfield Township. Confirmed speakers include Nate Podrid from Liberty Cannabis dispensary, security specialist Sandy Sheils from The Safety Equation, representatives from Cannabis Attorneys of Michigan, and documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur Mike Raspatello. Local residents from the agricultural district will also discuss growing. The event is free and open to the public.

A request for comment from Northfield Township went unreturned. (JM)

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Two Stabbed At Brighton Laundromat

Two people were injured Tuesday after being stabbed at a Brighton laundromat.

Brighton Police say that at approximately 12:25pm, officers were dispatched to a call at the Country Fresh laundromat near W. Grand River and Cross St.  The initial dispatch indicated a white female in her 30s was stabbing customers. According to a release, while officers were responding to the scene, Central Dispatch advised that the female was stabbing herself. Officers arrived on scene within minutes of the call and located the suspect who was holding a large knife against her stomach. Officers were able to take the suspect into custody without injury.

Initial investigation found that the suspect stabbed two people at the scene and attempted to stab a third. One victim was treated at the scene, the other victim is seeking treatment at a hospital.  The suspect was transported to the hospital. Charges will be sent to the Livingston County Prosecutor’s office.

Brighton Police Chief Rob Bradford said his officers “did a heroic job in de-escalating a tense situation.” Linda Morin works at a store across the street in the plaza. She says they heard loud screaming and they thought someone had a gun initially so they locked the door and kind of hid because people were running around. Morin says there was a lot of commotion and it was very scary because they could hear someone yelling “put it down” and it later looked like the woman was stabbing herself in the stomach. She says when police arrived they blocked everything off and took the suspect into custody pretty quickly.

Special thanks were offered to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Green Oak Township Police and the Michigan State Police who also assisted with the call. (JK/JM)

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