The deep freeze is over! Thank goodness. The wintery weather closed schools, governments and some businesses last week as extremely low temperatures and winds made travel very difficult.
It’s ironic that just as the Federal Government opened, local governments closed.
Not all government operations received a paid furlough. Police, Fire, EMS, DPW and Road Commission were kept busy throughout the week-long bad weather. The Sandusky DPW was tasked with snow removal and a sewer main break caused by a contractor, during the height of the storm. with nearly thirty below temperatures.
What government closures demonstrate to me is… that we could manage with way less. There is not argument found here for the decision to keep children safe and close schools, but if you’re an adult, put your pants on and get to work. The sky is not falling, it’s just another winter in Michigan.
Some good ‘ol farming work ethic could go a long way these days. I’m certain that all of the livestock was fed and cows were milked in spite of the storm. Oh yes, and our newspaper was delivered on time to all of the stores and post office.
During Sandusky City Council regular session on Monday night, the body approved the purchase of property adjacent to the new homeless shelter for a new park/playground. The purchase agreement between the City and Sandusky Baptist Church detailed the price to be $6,000.
In other Council news, DPW Supervisor Matt Harris was given a favorable performance evaluation by Mayor Lukshatis and Manager Faber. Both recommended the personal committee and Harris come to a compensation agreement for the remaining three years of his contract. Harris has an existing agreement through February 28, 2022.
The City accepted the full-time police officer resignation of Albert Pearsall III who has accepted the Chief of Police position in Kingston. He expressed the desire to remain as a part-time officer for the City.
Council also approved the $5,600 to Steve Scribner for ceiling insulation at the DPW Garage and will move ahead with a BS&A computer software time card change with an initial expense of $6,990.
The regular monthly meeting of the Sanilac County Republican Party will be held this Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Sandusky Benchwarmers Restaurant dining room.
The meeting, normally held on the third Thursday of the month was changed to accommodate the Michigan county convention requirement. The County Convention will be held in conjunction with the Monthly Meeting.
After February, meetings are planned for the third Thursday of each month.
The Marlette Sports Boosters will hold a Pulled Pork Dinner on Friday, February 8th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The proceeds will go toward medical expenses of the Joe McClatchie family. The dinner, served outside the high school gym will include pulled pork sandwich, chips, dessert and pop or water. Questions may be directed to Bestsey Herron, Secretary at Marlette High School: 989-635-7429.
The Ruth Knights of Columbus will hold a euchre party on Sunday, February 10th, starting at 1pm. Cash prizes and hot lunch is included for an admission charge.
The Sanilac County Genealogy Society has planned a pair of “Genealogy 101” workshops for February. The workshop presenters are Karen Baranowski, Ella Klein and Jolyne Fisher.
Are you thinking that you would like to learn how to start your Family Tree or have you reached a brick wall in your research? The Society invites you to bring what you have and they will help you get started or give you ideas to help get over those barriers..
The Ancestry website can be accessed at both Sandusky District Library and Aitken Library.
Some members may offer use of their personal laptop computers as well.
Classes will be held Tuesday February 12, 2019 at the Sandusky Library beginning at 1:00 p.m. Also, Tuesday February 26, 2019 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Aitken Library in Croswell. Reservations are not required. Questions? Please call Ella Klein, 810-679-3816.
Rawson Memorial District Library in Cass City is hosting Senior Citizen Movies on Friday, February 15, at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This older adult program is offered free of charge.
The Megafalls of Iguaçu – Deep in the heart of South America, where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay collide, lies the greatest waterfall on earth. Five times the size of Niagara, these falls are also home to one of the richest habitats on earth. This documentary charts the life of animals adaptable enough to make Iguaçu their home. (60 minutes)
Cinque Terre: Italy’s Hidden Riviera – Rick Steves returns to his favorite stretch of the entire Mediterranean coastline — Italy’s Cinque Terre — to explore its five dreamy port towns. Enjoy the village life: fish for anchovies at midnight, savor the best pesto, pick grapes, cheer cliff divers, and hike the “walkway of love.” Each pastel town is a delight. (30 minutes)
A Swiss Steak Dinner is planned for Friday, February 15, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the Sandusky Presbyterian Church, 104 S. Lexington, Sandusky.
A charge will apply for adults and children aged 6-11 with children under 5 eating FREE. Carry outs welcome call: 810-648-3335.
Fish Dinner: The Marlette Knights of Columbus, will host a fish dinner on Friday, February 15, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the St. Elizabeth Parish Hall, in Marlette. Carry outs are available. Questions? Call Bill Maher at 989-635-7072.
A Spaghetti Benefit Dinner for Cindy Osmulski, who continues to overcome health challenges, will be held on Saturday, February 23, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, Sandusky.
Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, dinner rolls, desserts, beverages. Raffles for gift baskets.
Sanilac County Relay for Life will hold a Scotch Doubles Bowling Tournament on February 23, at 7:00 p.m., at Liberty Lanes in Sandusky.
There is an admission fee for participation. For more information or to register, call Janet at 810-837-0128. All ages are welcome. Proceeds to fund cancer research.
Winter Euchre parties will be held on: , Sunday, February 24, Sunday, March 24 and Sunday, April 28 at St. Joseph Hall in Argyle, starting at 1:00 p.m. An entry fee is charged. Prizes awarded and a light lunch served after play is completed.
Sponsored by the Good Shepherd Altar Society.
The February meeting of the St. Clair Family History Group will be on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Marysville Library, 1175 Delaware Avenue, Marysville,Michigan. The meeting will begin with our program “Volga German’s of St. Clair County” and is being presented by Tim Weeder. The program will be followed by our business meeting. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone interested in local history or researching their family history is welcome to attend as a guest, or may become a member. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Shavers Free Self Defense class will be held at Marlette Regional Hospital East Campus Building, on Saturday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
The class is for children ages 6 to 10 years and must be accompanied by a parent. Participants will be taught the Stranger Rules Checklist. People Smarts and Stranger Danger tips, calling 9-1-1, simple striking, stunning and escaping techniques.
Pre-registration required, call 810-648-5463. You will need attendees names, phone, and an e-mail. The class limit is 20 students and is sponsored by the Sanilac Area Violence Elimination Council and Eva’s Place.