May 29, 2019

Eddy Elementary School in St. Clair to close at the end of the year

Eddy Elementary School in St. Clair to close at end of year

In a few weeks, students and families will say goodbye to Eddy Elementary School in St. Clair, not just for the summer, but for good.

The East China School Board recently voted unanimously to close the aging elementary school, which currently serves about 300 students in the city of St. Clair, effective at the end of the current academic year.

The decision came at a May 28 special board meeting, one week after a board presentation outlined potential cuts to balance the budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

Read more at The Voice.

Feb. 14, 2019

Riverview East piloting mental health curriculum

At a time when the mental health of American youth is a subject of high concern, one area high school is rolling out a program aimed at giving teens the tools they need to navigate the stresses of adolescence successfully.

Riverview East High School in Marine City is implementing the Prepare U mental health curriculum, a 15-week program designed to help students develop increased self-awareness, form healthier relationships and cultivate emotional resilience. It also addresses the impact of social media on their lives, an influence some experts believe is connected to the steep increase in teen suicide over the last decade.

Read the full article at The Voice.

Nov. 3, 2018

Remembering Marine City’s ‘Gashouse Gang’

Remembering Marine City’s ‘Gashouse Gang’

They called themselves the Gashouse Gang.

The group of young men who spent their free time at Beal Schreiner’s gas station at the corner of Bridge and Main streets in Marine City adopted the name as a nod to their hangout, putting a local twist on the nickname given to the 1934 World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals.

The 18 members of Marine City’s Gashouse Gang were not bound for the Major League Baseball history books, but they made history of their own by serving all over the world during World War II. Thanks to the efforts of amateur historian David Balfour, that history will live on at the Marine City Pride and Heritage Museum.

Read more at The Voice.

Aug. 30, 2018

Harsens Island residents question fire response times

Fire response times questioned

Harsens Island residents are demanding answers from the Clay Township Board of Trustees about fire services on the island.

Controversy about staffing on the island has swirled around the department for months. A fatal ATV accident on Little Road that claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy brought the issue to the forefront again in the days leading up to the Aug. 20 board of trustees meeting at the Harsens Island Lions Club.

Residents expressed concern over the response time to the scene of the accident, as well as over the need to send someone back to the mainland for rescue equipment.

Island resident Stacy Williams said it was not the first time slow emergency response raised alarms. She was among the first bystanders on the scene of a motorcycle crash on the island in July and said it took police more than 20 minutes to reach her after she placed a call to 911.

Read the full article at The Voice.

Nov. 20, 2016

Marine City: One for the record book A warm, sunny day brought larger than expected turnout, with more than 100 same-day registrations for the pumpkin carving. PHOTO/COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI

Largest sushi mosaic. Biggest gathering of Elvis impersonators. Longest Minecraft marathon.

These are just some of the records that fill the pages of the Guinness World Records book. Originally created 60 years ago to settle barroom arguments, the Guinness book has grown into a household name. Record-holders come from around the globe, holding claim to the biggest, longest, fastest or best in categories that span from the remarkable to the ridiculous.

Getting into the record book is no easy feat. Guinness receives more than 50,000 record applications each year, and has developed a detailed process to evaluate and confirm each record attempt. Success requires more than just commitment to breaking the record. It also depends on careful planning and documentation to meet Guinness’ exacting standards.

Read the full article at OU News Bureau.

Oct. 9, 2016

In Armada, the dead come alive

Detroit Circus performer Eric Scott Baker plays with fire for an enthusiastic crowd. He has honed his act, which also includes juggling and face balancing, over seven years as a professional performer. PHOTO/COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI

One day each year on the streets of Armada, the living dead take over the town for a celebration of all things creepy.

This is Armada-geddon.

In its seventh year, Armada-geddon has grown into an October tradition with a street fair, performers and a parade that brings residents and visitors out to enjoy the Halloween season. The Armada Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the event, which replaced Applefest as the town’s fall festival. Chamber President Carolyn Sweeney suggested the idea of zombies, and the event was born.

Read more at OU News Bureau.

June 1, 2016

Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, dance studio partner in program for people with a disability

On the first Saturday of every month, couples gather on the dance floor at Fred Astaire Dance Studio to learn the fundamentals of the waltz, fox trot, and other ballroom moves. But this isn’t just another class at the Bloomfield Hills studio.

This is Dance Mobility, a free program that brings together wheelchair users and their partners with Fred Astaire instructors for group lessons that prove dance is truly universal.

Read the full article at Metro Times.

April 17, 2016

Hazel Park demolition program gets grant-funded boost322 W. Muir, one of the homes slated for demolition in Hazel Park. - COLLEEN KOWALEWSKI

The narrative of struggling inner-ring suburbs sharing in Detroit’s decline has become conventional wisdom since the collapse of the housing market spread the city’s pain to the suburbs. But Hazel Park is rewriting the story, and assistant city manager Jeff Campbell is holding the pen.

Read the full article at Metro Times