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Month: June 2015

City lays out strategy for street improvements

The City of Charlotte took an important step Monday, June 22 in its plans to improve city streets. City councilmembers discussed a proposed five-year plan that includes a mix of reconstruction and rehabilitation that would impact streets in four different quadrants within the city. “The council was supportive of Strategy 1, which includes a combination of mill and fill projects and some total reconstruction,” said City Manager Gregg Guetschow. “The next step is for us to put together proposed streets.” As part of the five-year plan, councilmembers were provided with a list of streets described as reconstruction candidates and a much longer list of rehabilitation candidates. “I’m very excited we’re moving towards a comprehensive plan to get the roads taken care of,” said Mayor Carrie Burch. “Next year we’ll start to see projects underway.” Year one of the five-year plan, which Guetschow described as the first five years of a 12-year plan, would include a major street reconstruction project, utilizing approximately $310,000 of an available $670,000 for street improvements. It also includes $350,000 spent on rehabilitation (mill and fill) projects. Projects would get underway in the 2016 construction season. Guetschow estimates the city will have approximately $425,000 annually for projects — approximately $300,000 will come from the county road millage; $40,000 from interest from the Owens-Illinois settlement; $75,000 freed up from the retirement of road bonds and $10,000 it...

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Local youth have opportunity to play soccer on national stage

Chris Kirk has seen something for a few years now in the young men he coaches on the soccer field. It’s not only their talent and determination on the field that impresses him — it’s their character off it as well. That’s one of the reasons he is so excited for the opportunity his tournament team, Fire soccer, has been given this summer. The four boys — Braylen, 8, Peyton, 8, Devon, 10 and Laben, 10 — have qualified to compete in the Challenge Sports 3v3 National Championships at Walt Disney World Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex....

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First Baptist Church shares thousands in merchandise with local non-profits

Sally Seifert, Children’s librarian at Charlotte Community Library, kept her eyes open for items that sparked her creativity. At the same time, Kalli Dempsey of Housing Services Mid Michigan, loaded up on office supplies. Both were doing some much needed “shopping” for their organizations by taking advantage of a program First Baptist Church has offered for more than 15 years. Since 1999, First Baptist Church has partnered with the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR), which receives donated merchandise from manufactures all around the country. NAEIR in turn, gives away the merchandise free to non-profit organizations...

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Pit bull’s actions help save owner’s life

Penny Wheeler and her husband watched with great concern as their neighbor’s dog paced back and forth. They had never seen Anna May, the pit bull terrier owned by their neighbor Rochelle Earl out of the house without a leash. Anna May’s pacing also caught the attention of a local passerby, who pulled into Earl’s driveway when she saw what looked like a person lying on the garage floor. In the garage (which faces away from the Wheeler home), the good Samaritan found an unconscious Earl and immediately flagged down a police officer that was spotted down the street....

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Trio of awards exemplify Hayes Green Beach’s quality of care

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital president and CEO Matt Rush will tell you that his organization does not aspire to win awards. Part of a key strategy at HGB, however, is to be an organization of distinction. “We value relentless improvement,” Rush said. “This new strategy is going to drive us to be that much better.” The strategy has already proven its worth as HGB was recently named a 2015 HEALTHSTRONG Hospital by iVantage Health Analytics. HGB also received the Patient Safety Excellence Award, bestowed upon hospitals rated in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety by Healthgrades. In addition, several HGB surgeons and physicians received 5-star Excellence in Healthcare Engagement Awards by Professional Research Consultants. “These awards came at a time where we’re reenergizing our organization to take it to the next level, because the world around us is demanding it,” Rush said. “It’s really energized our place for the continued journey to be the best we can be.” HGB was one of just three Critical Access Hospitals in Michigan and one of 527 nationally to receive a 2015 HEALTHSTRONG Hospital distinction. iVantage Health Analytics evaluates hospitals according to a performance scorecard based on 56 metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency. The Patient Safety Excellence Award is based on 14 standard patient safety indicators as recognizes hospitals for how well they prevent...

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