By Katy Barth
Alex Wisney, manager at Claddagh Irish Pub, said the pub quadrupled its sales compared to other Sundays and increased its St. Patrick’s Day sales by 25 percent compared to last year. The increase in profits was a great surprise since St. Patrick’s Day was on Sunday instead of Saturday like last year, he said
“It’s our Super Bowl,” said Wisney. “We put a lot of time and effort into it every year.”
Wisney said they had better advertising this year by putting the pub’s St. Patrick’s Day information on the news and having an ad in the Lansing State Journal. The business was opened from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m. and had a mix of live music, live dancers and bagpipe players continuously for 12 hours.
Naomi Snizek, an employee at Big Ten Party Stores, wasn’t able to give specific numbers, but she said the business had a busier weekend “than it would have been if it wasn’t St. Patty’s Day.”
While liquor establishments reaped the benefits of St. Patrick’s Day, those in public safety had a quiet evening.
Kay Hoffman, chief of police for Lansing Township, said it was pretty quiet around the town.This was most likely because people had to be up early for work or school Monday morning, she said. Most of the celebrating happened Saturday night.
“I’m just amazed it was very calm compared to most years,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman said officers kept “a watchful eye” on the bars and liquor stores to make their presence known.
The officers monitored parking lots and bars with long lines. If things seemed too full, they’d check in, she said. Some things police officers check for are making sure the establishment isn’t over capacity and safe liquor consumption of the guests.
“Since we’re a small community, we’re familiar with the liquor establishments, which is usually where activity begins and ends,” said Hoffman.
Police officers were more diligent when it came to motor vehicles and pedestrians, Hoffman said.
“We just have to make sure we watch and make sure people don’t consume too much and try to drive or walk in a dangerous area,” said Hoffman.
Mike Kaloz, captain of the township’s fire department, said the ambulance service had a similar St. Patrick’s Day experience.
“St. Patrick’s days, either this year or in the past, hasn’t really affected the number of calls we’ve had,” said Kaloz.
This year, the Lansing Township fire department had three calls, two on Saturday night and one during Sunday, none were alcohol related, said Kaloz. In 2012, there were five calls on St. Patrick’s Day. Kaloz said only one had to do with alcohol, but he doubts it had anything to do with celebrating St. Patrick’s Day due to the location it was at.
“East Lansing is were all of the action is,” said Kaloz.
The East Lansing fire department was busier compared to Lansing Township. There were 80 incidents called in this year, said? . Sixty-two of the calls required ambulance services.
If you are taking care of a person who has consumed too much alcohol Kaloz said to keep food or liquid out of their mouths. If they are passed-out he said to roll them on their side. This will prevent them from choking on their vomit, should they throw up.
“Other than that there’s not a whole lot you can do other than make sure they don’t hurt themselves regardless of what their condition may be,” said Kaloz. “Help support them or sit them down to talk and wait. Most times it’s common sense type stuff.”
Anita Sukis, emergency coordinator and safety trainer, said to never leave your drinks unattended and celebrate with a buddy, if possible, that way the two of you can look out for each other.
John Foren, manager of communications at Sparrow Hospital, couldn’t comment on whether patients’ symptoms were from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations due to patient confidentiality. However, he did say that it was “a pretty regular day.”