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Tuesday, 2020 Apr 21st
Mill Pond Park may not play host to the haggis toss and other shenanigans that come with the annual Saline Celtic Festival
Organizers were planning for the 25th edition of the festival - originally held to celebrate Saline's sister-city friendship with Brecon, Wales. it was to be held July 10-11.
But with each passing day during this health pandemic, it's more and more unlikely the city could host a major festival in July.
This was the week we were scheduled to host events at Township Hall marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The Sustainability Committee began planning for the April 22nd Forum (now cancelled) last fall. The Forum was intended to inform and engage community members to further the original mission of Earth Day: To diversify, educate, and activate by engaging you to promote our community’s sustainability goals around Energy & Climate; Environment & Waste Management; Agriculture & Local Food Access; Infrastructure; Transportation; and Infill Practices.
Seven more Washtenaw County residents have died as a result of COVID-19. According to Washtenaw County Health Department data released Monday afternoon, 33 county residents have now died because of COVID-19. That number sat at 26 on Saturday afternoon.
Shirley Eileen Zimmerman, 92, formerly of Dearborn, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 after a brief hospitalization for COVID-19 virus at Providence Park Hospital, Novi MI.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Frederick Harold Zimmerman.
Monday, 2020 Apr 20th
Thomas Luther Frederiksen 72, of Saline, Michigan passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Arbor Hospice residence.
Tom was born January 13, 1948 to the late Hugh Hans and Marjorie L. (Thurkettle) Frederiksen in Grand Rapids, MI. On August 10, 1968 he married Shirley Marie Kabza.
Born in Lubbock, Texas and raised just outside New Orleans in Morgan City, Louisiana, Doyle Mack Barnes of Saline, Michigan was the quintessential southern gentleman. He embraced all whom he encountered throughout life, always ready to help someone in need. His heart was as big as his personality.
Michigan State University Extension is a resource for Food Preservation information, whether it is canning, freezing or drying foods as a method of preserving food. Food Safety Educators will be hosting a live online webinar series on Thursdays, from 1-2 p.m. focusing on various food preservation topics. Thursday April 23rd, presentation WHAT’S IN YOUR FREEZER. Participants are encouraged to ask their questions during the Q & A portion of the event. Food Safety Educators will be available for this session and will provide the most up-to-date research-based information.
We hope that you’re doing well and staying healthy. It’s a surreal, challenging time all around, and we feel it’s more important than ever for us to reach out with some positive content. This time, we want to focus on online therapy: an option that could be available to help you and your loved ones through the pandemic.
The coronavirus may have robbed the Saline High School class of 2020 of the last few months of high school, the winter sports playoffs, spring sports, concerts, prom and other activities that have been rites of passage for previous classes. But, as Ryan Lampman said in the video below, "We will not be defined by three months of quarantine, but by three years of memories. No virus, or anything else, can take that away from us."
Among the many uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is how it will impact school district budgets.
But it likely won't be good news.
Saline Area Schools Board of Education Trustee Dennis Valenti, chair of the district's finance committee, briefly addressed the topic at last week's meeting, which was held remotely using Zoom software.
Valenti said while the district will see some federal dollars, it probably won't be enough to offset lost revenue.
Sunday, 2020 Apr 19th
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System has treated its first hospitalized COVID-19 patient at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor hospital with plasma donated by a person who has recovered from COVID-19, as part of the Mayo Clinic Coordinated Expanded Access to Convalescent Plasma Program.
Saturday, 2020 Apr 18th
Saturday's Washtenaw County Health Department data showed no new fatalities as a result of COVID-19. The number of fatalities remains at 26, according to county data on the county website.
The data also showed just 13 new confirmed cases - the lowest difference in day-to-day totals since March 25. There have now been 871 confirmed cases in Washtenaw County. The total number of hospitalizations increased by 11 to 249. The total number of recoveries increased by 24 to 360.
All around Saline, people are pitching in to help each other during this unprecedented period.
This week, Saline Area Schools officially agreed to help their neighbors to the west. The Saline Board of Education approved a cooperative agreement that essentially shares Superintendent Scot Graden with Manchester Community Schools from April 13-June 30.
Friday, 2020 Apr 17th
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is offering COVID-19 screening centers at multiple hospital locations across southeast Michigan, including St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. Mary Mercy Livonia.
The legislature was formally in session one day this week, during which the only actions were some new bill introductions. This Roll Call Report describes a package of bicameral Republican bills to amend the laws that authorize assumption by a governor of extraordinary powers during a declared emergency.
Michigan State University Extension is a resource for answering consumers questions regarding food safety. Food Safety Educators will be hosting a weekly webinar focusing on various food safety topics. The Monday, April 20, 2020 from 10-10:30 a.m. webinar will provide recommendations for Enjoying Fruits and Vegetables Safely. Participants are encouraged to ask their questions during the Q & A portion of the event. Food Safety Educators will be available for this session and will provide the most up-to-date research-based information.
The COVID-19 virus claimed the life of another Washtenaw County resident, according to data released by the Washtenaw County Health Department Friday afternoon. 26 county residents have now died as a result of the coronavirus.
The number of confirmed cases jumped by 31 to 858 while the number of hospitalizations increased by six to 238.
The number of recoveries rose by 18 to 336.
The number of cases in Saline's 48176 zip code increased by four to 53.
On April 8th, the Pittsfield Township Board of Trustees approved a $50,000 contribution to support its small businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic.