Briefs 05.09.19

Law Enforcement Ceremony to be held - Sheriff Shawn M. Kraycs will be hosting a Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, at noon in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office (weather permitting) to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. There will be an informal luncheon following the service. 
GPA Fashion Show set for May 18 - The GPA Fashion Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Grayling campus of Kirtland Community College. Enjoy brunch while you view fashions from Grayling area retailers and shop a variety of offerings from local vendors. There will be a silent auction with items from local artisans. All proceeds go to the philanthropic community activities of the Grayling Promotional Association. Tickets are $25 each. Tickets are available at Tip’n The Mitten, Flo’s Hallmark, any GPA member, or by calling (989) 348-6630.
Church to host bake sale - Michelson Memorial United Methodist Church will host a bake sale fundraiser on Sunday, May 12, from 10-10:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the church’s bell tower restoration fund.
American Legion Auxiliary to meet - The American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Tuesday, May 14. The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday of each month. 
Senior Center to host three presentations - The Commission on Aging & Senior Center is hosting three presentations for older adults and their caregivers to help them plan for the future. All three presentations will be held at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center in Grayling starting at 5:45 p.m. On May 16 the topic is Will, Powers of Attorney, & Guardianship/ Conservatorship. Local attorney Jason Thompson will go over the importance of each of these four things and what you need to consider in regards to each. On May 23 join Todd Balkema of the Jordan Balkema Law Firm in Gaylord as he discusses issues surrounding the potential need to plan for receiving Medicaid if a person needs to enter a nursing home with a spouse still living at home.  May 30 the topic is Advance Directives. Join Steve Peterson, Munson Community Health Specialist, where he will discuss the purpose and importance of having an advance directive. If you have any further questions call Karl Schreiner at (989) 348-7123.
American Legion post to host election - The American Legion will conduct its annual election on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 106.
Diabetes PATH Workshop to begin soon - Diabetes PATH Workshop participants will learn how to deal with difficult emotions, develop a healthy eating and exercise plan, set goals, problem solve, and many more useful self-management skills. Participants will have the opportunity to try free, supportive techniques for improving blood sugar management. Any adults interested in diabetes may attend, including adults with pre-diabetes, Type 1 or 2, family, friends, or caregivers. The class will be on Tuesdays, beginning May 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and run for six weeks and is free. Classes will be held at the Frederic Township Hall, 6470 Manistee. To register go to or contact Nicole Wethington at (989) 344-3264 ext. 1 or for more information.
Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for Relay For Life - Relay For Live will conduct a fundraiser Bowl-A-Thon on May 11 from 1-5 p.m. at the Grayling American Legion Lanes. Cost to participate is $20 per person (includes lane and shoe rental). Nine pin, no tap. Prizes and snacks for all participants. For further information contact Wayne Nelson at (989) 348-2985. 
Seniors to visit State Capitol - On Wednesday, May 15, join the Commission on Aging staff and other older adults from Crawford County as they head to Lansing for Older Michiganians Day. This free event takes place on the lawn of the Capitol building where older adults will have the opportunity to meet their state legislative representatives and advocate for issues impacting older Michigan residents. Included will be keynote speakers and meetings with state legislators. There will be a box lunch available, which will be served on the lawn of the State Capitol. Contact Karl Schreiner at (989) 348-7123 for information about free tickets and transportation.  
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Phone: 989-348-6811
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