Deer management in Meridian

Chronic wasting disease threatens Meridian Township deer

Over 1,000 deer from Meridian Township have been tested for chronic wasting disease in order to gauge the extent of the problem, with eight deer confirmed positive for the disease in Clinton and Ingham counties. In May of last year, the first free-ranging white-tailed deer in Meridian Township was found to have chronic wasting disease, a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. According to Dr. Jen C. Owen, Associate Professor of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU, chronic wasting is a prion disease that only affects other cervids – mule deer, white tailed deer, elk, moose, and reindeer. Owen explained that prions are misfolded proteins that replicate in the animal by conversion of normal cellular proteins into abnormal proteins, which accumulate in brain tissue and the lymphatic system and resist normal immune responses of the infected animals. Symptoms may not show up for months or years after the animal is infected, and it is always fatal.

The crowd waiting for vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence to arrive at the AVFlight Hanger in Lansing, MI., Nov. 4, 2016.

Mike Pence Rally 2016

On Friday, Nov. 4, 2016., a rally for vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence was held at the AVFlight Hanger in Lansing, MI prior to the Nov. 9 election day. A large crowd gathered amid different jets and airplanes parked inside and Pence addressed them for approximately 35 minutes before departing to the next stop on his tour of Michigan.

A young woman at The MSU College Democrats peace rally holds a sign on Nov. 10.

Rally of Reactions

The MSU College Democrats hosted the Rally Against Hate, Bigotry, Racism, and Sexism in lieu of the 2016 presidential election results on Nov. 10, 2016. The rally was held at the rock on MSU’s campus at 5:30pm. Over one thousand people attended.

Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie on Election Night, Nov. 8, 2016

Brixie, Dems sweep Meridian Township races

Democrats were on track to win all races in Meridian Township, with Julie Brixie elected township treasurer, Ronald Styka elected supervisor and four Democratic candidates winning seats on the township’s Board of Trustees: Phil Deschaine, Patricia Herring Jackson, Dan Opsommer and Kathy Ann Sundland. Brixie, who was re-elected for her third term as treasurer, said her dedication to the Democratic Party was key in her landslide win.


Meridian Township Farmers’ Market faces potential location change

The Meridian Township Farmers’ Markets may permanently move from Central Park Pavilion to the Meridian Mall parking lot, according to the Parks and Recreation director, LuAnn Maisner. The department is discussing with Meridian Mall to create a partnership plan for the new shared location. The department hopes to incorporate new green space with picnic tables and other amenities to the new location. “It will take several months to be implemented, but plans are being discussed,” Maisner said. Marjorie Johns has been a vendor at the farmers’ market for several years and is opposed to the move of the market to the Meridian Mall parking lot.