Public meeting to be held regarding water issue - A public meeting to update the Grayling community about the ongoing PFAS water investigation is scheduled for Thursday, August 1, at 6 p.m. at the Kirtland Community College Health Science Community Room, 4800 W. 4 Mile Road. Residents are welcome to attend a question and answer period from 4:30-6 p.m. to speak with representatives from several state organizations, including: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; District Health Department #10; Michigan Department of Military Veterans Affairs; Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; Michigan Department of Natural Resources; and Michigan PFAS Action Response Team.
Sign up for Smart 911 - The Crawford County Commission on Aging is offering another opportunity for Crawford County residents to sign up for the Smart911 Program on Wednesday, July 17, from 1-3 p.m. Smart911 is a free service available in the area to help you when you call 9-1-1. Once you have signed up, first responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help them address your emergency. This information – including medical issues, current location, and even pets – can help Police, Fire and EMS locate and help you. For more information call (989) 348-7123. The Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale Street.
Church to host food distribution event - Mt. Hope Lutheran Church will host a Free Food Distribution event for residents of Crawford County on Saturday, July 13, at 10 a.m. Dress for outdoor distribution. Picture ID required. Bring bags and boxes. A hot dog lunch will be held after food distribution.
Veterans can get ride to VA hospital - Veterans living in Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon, Otsego, or Ogemaw counties can arrange to be picked up along the I-75 corridor for a ride to the VA hospital by a Disabled American Veterans van. Call the Veterans Service Office at (989) 344-3861.
4-H offers Forestry Camp - MSU Extension 4-H is offering a Forestry Camp in July for youth ages 11-15 with a desire to learn about forestry and forest ecosystems. This four-day camp gives youth the opportunity to learn all about forestry in Michigan, including tree identification, forest measurements, careers, compass basics, forest health (insects, diseases, and invasive species), and ecosystem management. Games and a field trip to a sawmill and timber harvest are also planned. Camp dates are July 22-25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no overnights). Participants need to bring a bag lunch each day. The location of the camp will be at the Marguerite Gahagan Nature Preserve in Roscommon. Cost is $25, plus a $20 4-H participation fee for youth who are not already enrolled in 4-H. Deadline for registration is July 17. For more information about 4-H Forestry Camp, or for a list of local family lodging options, contact Julie Crick at (989) 275-7179. To register go to https://events.anr.msu.edu/Roscommon4HForestryCamp2019
Presentation to be held at Senior Center - Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center for a Brain, Health, and Aging Presentation with Brooke Mainville, Special Projects Coordinator, from the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging. This is a free workshop to provide you with current information about brain health, threats to your health, and tips on healthy aging. The presentation will take place on July 18 at the Crawford County Commission on Aging at 5:45 p.m. Enjoy a beef tip dinner prior to the presentation. Dinner is $3.50 suggested donation for those 60+ and costs $5.50 for those under 60.
Board meeting to include relocation discussion - A subcommittee of the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center board has visited potential sites for relocation plans for the Senior Center. A discussion will be held regarding this at the board meeting on July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center, 308 Lawndale Street. The public is invited to attend the meeting.
Baby to Toddler Closet seeks donations - Crawford County Baby to Toddler Closet is seeking donations of shoes, socks, and underwear. They are needed for the following ages: 12 months, 2T & 3T, 4 & 5 years. The Baby to Toddler Closet is still collecting Spartan Family Fair receipts, which helps to buy diapers, potty training items, safety gates, cribs, and mattresses, etc.
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