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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

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small gatherings of 10 people or less starting immediately, as lon

A new Michigan Senate bill would designate social districts allowing for the public consumption of alcohol and allow bars and restaurants to deliver alcohol and offer curbside pickup.

The bills are offered by Sen. Jeff Irwin, who represents the City of Saline as part of his Washtenaw County district, and Sen. Mallory McMorrow, D-Royal Oak.

Irwin's SB 939 would make Michigan the 12th state to allow local municipalities to designate areas in which open containers of alcohol are permitted.

Government

Jerry Vanover, age 62 of Wayne, died unexpectedly on May 18, 2020.  He was born on July 27, 1957, in Iaeger, WV, the son of Christopher C. and Mary M. (Trail) Vanover, who preceded him in death.   He was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Bonnie Vanover. 

Obituaries

Two months after voting to expand the Washtenaw County Road Commission from 3 to 5 members, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners appointed two new members.

The county board selected Gloria Llamas, of Pittsfield Township, and Joann McCullum, of Ypsilanti Township, to serve on the board.

According to a news release from the county, it's the first time the road commission has had a female majority. The new members also give more representation to southern areas of the township, according to the release.

Government

Wednesday, 2020 May 20th

Toyota Motor North America, which operates its research and development facilities on Platt Road in Saline and Woodridge Avenue in Ann Arbor, has donated vehicles and funds to help local agencies help Washtenaw County's most vulnerable residents.

Community

The 2020 Saline High School cap and gown distribution will be held at Saline High School’s west end parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, May 22.

This will be a drive-through event.

There will also be "Senior Swag" for students even if they aren't getting a cap and gown! Every senior is invited to come through.

All students will stay in their cars.

Schools

One more Washtenaw County resident is dead as a result of COVID-19, according to health department data released Wednesday.

90 county residents have now been claimed by the virus.

To date, 891 of the 1,261 residents with lab-confirmed cases have recovered. 355 people have been hospitalized.

There have been 69 lab-confirmed cases in the 48176 zip code.

There were 43 new deaths in the Michigan report, taking the total to 5,060.

Health

If you’re struggling to understand what’s happening as Saline City Council squabbles over the addition of a deputy police chief and human resources officer, you’re not alone.

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