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Wednesday, 2020 May 27th

Another Washtenaw County resident has died from COVID-19, according to data released by the health department Wednesday.

97 county residents have died from COVID-19 to date. The health department lists three more deaths as "probable," for a total of 100.

There have been 364 hospitalizations. Of the 1,305 people with lab-confirmed cases, 995 have recovered.

There have been 70 lab-confirmed cases in Saline's 48176 zip code.

Health

Saline Middle School Principal Brad Bezeau, a fixture in Saline Area Schools administration, is one of two finalists for the Manchester Community Schools superintendent's job.

Bezeau and Eric McCalla, principal of Manchester junior and senior high schools will be interviewed June 1, according to Scot Graden, the Saline Area Schools superintendent who is doing double duty as interim superintendent for Manchester.

Graden said the board would like to decide on June 1.

Schools

Saline's community food pantry now has a cooler to store its dairy items.

Mamarow Farms and the Michigan Dairy Farmers donated a dairy cooler to Saline Area Social Service. They also donated $500 to Saline Area Social Service.

"This gift has already been valuable in helping us store many of our dairy foods, especially on hot days like today," said Anne Cummings, Executive Director of Saline Area Social Service.

Saline Area Social Service assists hundreds of low-income residents each week with a food pantry and other assistance.

Community

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contract crews will be replacing the Milwaukee Street overpass above I-75 in Detroit this year. Due to its current structural condition, the bridge is being replaced in advance of other major improvements on the future I-94 modernization project in Detroit.

Government

On Memorial Day, Zach Radcliff strummed a few chords and chatted with friends and followers as they paraded through downtown Saline to Oakwood Cemetery to honor the sacrifices made by American servicemen and women.

"I've done this walk every year as long as I can remember," Radcliff told his friend, Randy Turner, who was proudly waving the flag.

Every other year, Radcliff walked up center of Michigan Avenue, following the hundreds of people who participated in the Memorial Day.

Community

Tuesday, 2020 May 26th

96 Washtenaw County residents have died as a result of COVID-19 according to Washtenaw County Health Department data released Tuesday.  Health officials believe there are three more deaths probably attributed to COVID-19.

There have been 362 hospitalizations. Of the 1301 people with lab-confirmed cases, 972 have recovered.

Saline's 48176 zipcode has had 70 lab-confirmed cases and six more probable cases.

The number of hospitalizations in Washtenaw County continues to decline.

Health

Monday, 2020 May 25th

With the social distancing orders from Gov. Whitmer to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus, there are no official Memorial Day activities in Saline today.

Those orders may have canceled the pancake breakfast, parade and organized activities. But nothing prevents citizens from walking in downtown Saline and viewing the flags or banners honoring Saline's veterans.

And there are no orders to stop citizens from visiting Oakwood Cemetery and viewing the doughboy monument, or visiting the gravestones decorated with American flags.

History

Saturday, 2020 May 23rd

For a senior class that's missed out on prom, spring concerts, awards nights, sports and many other potentially memorable events canceled due to social distancing policies, cap and gown pick up at Saline High School was a bright spot.

Schools

Friday, 2020 May 22nd

Albion College recognizes recent graduates, recipients of academic awards, and dean's list and Albion College Fellow honorees.

Saline resident Mitchell Carter was named to Albion College's spring 2020 Dean's List. Carter is majoring in economics and management. Carter is the child of Jeffrey and Rebecca Carter of Clinton and is a graduate of Saline High School.

Schools

Washtenaw County Health Department is rescinding local emergency orders requiring COVID-19 screening.

Health

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-100 to extend Michigan’s Safer at Home order until June 12, 2020. The governor’s order also protects Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19 by extending the temporary closure of certain places of public accommodation such as theaters, gyms, and casinos. 

Government

Kenneth N. Brostrom​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​February 18,1939—March 31, 2020

Professor Kenneth Norman Brostrom, 81, of Saline, MI passed away on March 31, 2020.

A longtime Saline resident whose three children attended Saline Area Schools, Kenneth’s love for nature and community was evidenced by his work in several local leadership roles including Pittsfield Township Park Commissioner and Pittsfield Township Trustee – a position he held until 2008.

Obituaries

Juanita Mae Gieseke Chambers (Nita) of Brecon Village in Saline, Michigan passed away peacefully on May 16, 2020 at the age of 91.

Nita is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Smith Chambers; her three children, Dan Chambers (Jean), Carl Chambers (Heather) and Brian Chambers (Lauren); five grandchildren, Moria, Laura, Joel, Miranda and Ben; one great grandchild, Zoe; her brother, Cliff Gieseke (Gloria) and her sister Laura Johnson (Norm).  She was predeceased by her parents, John and Estella Gieseke of Pensacola, Florida.

Obituaries

Thursday, 2020 May 21st

When school was closed in March due to the Covid19 and teachers were asked to provide online learning, you might have asked “how does one learn to cook or bake online.” What might have seemed like an obstacle in the academic setting was not a problem for the South and West Consortium Culinary Program at Saline High School.

Schools

The Washtenaw County Health Department reported five new COVID-19-related deaths in data released Thursday.

There have now been 95 COVID-19-related deaths in the county, according to county data.

So far, 901 of the 1,267 people with lab-confirmed cases have recovered. 358 people have been hospitalized.

There have been 69 lab-confirmed cases in Saline's 48176 zip code.

Health

ALMA, MI (05/21/2020)-- Alma College has released the Dean's List for those students who achieved outstanding academic performance during the 2020 Winter Term. Students who achieve a 3.5 or better grade point average during a term, while carrying a minimum of 13 credits, at least eight of which are evaluative grades, are named to the Dean's List.

Thomas Needham, a senior from Saline, MI, earned Dean's List honors. Needham is a graduate of Saline High School.

Schools

ALMA, MI (05/21/2020)-- Alma College has released the Dean's List for those students who achieved outstanding academic performance during the 2020 Winter Term. Students who achieve a 3.5 or better grade point average during a term, while carrying a minimum of 13 credits, at least eight of which are evaluative grades, are named to the Dean's List.

Thomas Needham, a senior from Saline, MI, earned Dean's List honors. Needham is a graduate of Saline High School.

Schools

Michigan State University Extension Food Safety Educators will be hosting a live Question and Answer webinar on May 29, 2020 at Noon, EDT.  We will be discussing safe food handling during and after floods or other severe weather situations.  We will be addressing food and water safety issues, cleaning and sanitizing, and what food to keep and discard.  Participants are encouraged to ask their questions during the Q & A portion of the event. Food Safety Educators will be available to provide the most up-to-date research-based information. 

Community

Independence Lake County Park will be closing their gates Memorial Day weekend due to beach closure and anticipated overcrowding. The beach closure will remain in effect until June 5, 2020.

Government

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