Briefs 11.25.2021

City to host Iron Belle Trail open house
The City of Grayling invites the public to attend and participate in an open house session at the Grayling City Hall (1020 City Boulevard, Grayling) on Tuesday, November 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to obtain comments and answer questions on proposed routing of the Iron Belle Trail from the location of the proposed Northern Market along the I-75 Business Loop south to the north along the corridor between the business loop and the railroad grade. Various options to complete the route will be presented in an informal open house setting where citizens may browse and review various displays and information. Officials and transportation consultants will be available to answer questions. After the meeting the consultant team will continue to analyze the anticipated impacts and develop strategies. More information about the project is available by calling Doug Baum, City of Grayling, at 989.348.2131. Written comments can be sent to: City of Grayling, PO Box 549, Grayling, MI, 49738.
Online donations to help Meals on Wheels 
The Commission on Aging is partnering with the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan to raise money for Crawford County Meals on Wheels this Giving Tuesday. For 24 hours on Tuesday, November 30, the Commission on Aging is asking all donations to be made online (if possible) at Click on the Commission on Aging logo to donate to Crawford County Meals on Wheels. One-hundred percent of your donation given in support of the Commission on Aging will help provide food to homebound seniors in Crawford County. 
Empty Bowls event to be held in Roscommon
The 12th annual Empty Bowls – an event to raise awareness and money for the hungry and the homeless – will be held at Jack’s Place of Roscommon (2412 N. M-18, Roscommon) from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 27. All you can eat soup bar with salad, bread, and dessert. Bowls are hand-crafted by survivors and local artists. Cash bar available. Artwork and other items will be available in a silent auction. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds will benefit River House Inc. Admission is $15 per person.
Voting laws program offered 
On Wednesday, December 1, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area will present a virtual program about the differences between the current voting laws that were approved by Michigan voters in 2018 and the 2021 Secure MI Vote voting rights proposal. The presenter will be Margaret Goeman, LWVGTA member. Christina Schlitt, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Michigan, will be the moderator. This LWVGTA broadcast can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook page; the LWVGTA Facebook page; via Zoom at; and on Traverse Area Community TV channel 189 with Spectrum cable. For more information, go to Questions can be submitted prior to and during the program through the LWVGTA Facebook page, and during the program through the Zoom “Chat” function.
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Crawford County Avalanche

Mailing Address
Box 490
Grayling, MI 49738

Phone: 989-348-6811
FAX: 989-348-6806

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