Positive news: negative test results from water quality testing at Bath schools

By Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — As the Flint water crisis continues to harm and inconvenience the lives of residents by the thousands, Michigan residents outside of Flint are expressing concern for the quality of their own community’s water supply. The results of recent testing done at Bath Community Schools, however, can reassure Bath parents that their children have access to safe drinking water at school. “The DEQ stated that our water is in great shape,” said Superintendent Jake Huffman. “Testing the water in any venue is important. People need to be sure and feel confident that the water they’re using is safe,” said Terry Gibb, Senior MSU Extension Educator in Natural Resources and Government & Public Policy.

Bath’s parks benefit the community in more ways than one

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Access to public parks can have positive attributes to communities, no matter the size. According to an article published by The Trust for Public Land, some of these benefits include exposure to nature and greenery which makes people healthier and increased property value. “Research has shown that cities with good parks and recreation services have stronger economic growth so they can attract residents and businesses because they are seen as amenities,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor of Political Science Dr. Laura Reese at Michigan State University. According to Reese, parks can also positively contribute to public health and lowering crime in local communities. “Public events can bring in tourists that shop and eat in the community,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor, Political Science Dr. Laura Reese.

Bath and DeWitt High Schools, while different in size, are equally aware of the importance of media and technology education.

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

In today’s working world, it is necessary to have a grasp on how to use technology. There is an issue of a Digital Divide between those that competently use technology like computers, smart phones and the internet and those that can’t open up a web browser. Those that can use technology perceive and navigate modern and advancing platforms as common sense, according to TechTarget’s definition. This is usually because they have been exposed to such platforms during their developing years. Those that struggle, don’t understand how to use technology as easily due to their restricted access.

Bath High School is small in numbers, but large in opportunity

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Bath High School has a graduation rate of 87 percent with about 70 percent of those graduates moving on to college, according to Bath High School Principal Matt Dodson. When looking at post-high school life, there are a few options students can look into. If they obtained adequate American College Testing (ACT) scores and were able to earn a sufficient grade-point average (GPA), their first choice may be to attend a college or university, but it takes more than good scores to be prepared for the collegiate environment. “We have a state-approved computer science program and our computer science courses are articulated with Lansing Community College (LCC), so our students get college credit for their high school courses,” said Dodson. “We also run a media production course.”

“All of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) classes and Automated Accounting are articulated to LCC,” said Bath Computer Teacher Gloria Bond. “That means that students who take these classes as a junior or senior and earn an 80 percent get credit for the classes at LCC.

Annual Wild Game Dinner in Bath benefits wildlife, economy

By Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Reporter

BATH — Bath may be a relatively small community compared to others in the state, but what it lacks in population size it makes up for in natural bounty. The third annual Wild Game Dinner, hosted by the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy this month, will once again highlight Bath’s plentiful natural resources by showcasing local hunters’ contributions to their township while benefiting wildlife conservation efforts. Taking place March 19 at the Bengel Wildlife Center from 6-10 p.m., Bath’s 2016 Wild Game Dinner will feature a silent auction, music and door prizes, a cash bar, and an all-you-can-eat strolling dinner of wild game and other food. Food will be replenished until 9 p.m.

The provisions at these dinners can vary greatly, ranging from relatively standard wild game choices to more exotic ones for adventurous eaters. For this particular event, participants can expect “some bear, venison, some duck, some geese, some lake trout, and a whole list of other different game,” said Kim McKenzie, Office Administrator at the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy.

Conserving the Looking Glass River, a treasured resource for DeWitt

By Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The Looking Glass River has long been a boon to the city of DeWitt with its scenic views and abundant wildlife, not to mention the added opportunities it offers for activities such as kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Its beauty and bounty does not come effortlessly, however. Resident Bob Bishop served as the communications director of one such local organization, Friends of the Looking Glass Watershed Council, Inc., until his retirement last fall. Friends of the Looking Glass (FLG for short) is a non-profit environmental action group that has been taking initiative to improve the river’s ecological health and water quality since 1990. “The Looking Glass is a really unique, picturesque stream,” said Bishop.

Residents to Bath Township: Use the money you already get, or get it from elsewhere

By Diamond Henry
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff reporter

BATH — Bath Township leaders have a pretty clear idea as to how residents want to pay for community needs: using grants and existing township funds. That’s according to Bath Charter Township’s recently-published results of a community survey regarding the township’s strategic plan. Once sent out to the community, citizens recorded votes and opinions based on the plans and goals given and how to go about them. Citizen results showed that “grants” and “leveraging existing Township funds” were the most popular results as to how to pay for the goals. Ryan Soucy, the Planning Director of the Bath Township Board of Trustees discussed the strategic plan, the community survey and the goals the township is hoping to accomplish.

Bath Township assisting in statewide road improvement efforts

By Patrick Gifford
The Bath-DeWitt Connection

BATH – As the state grapples with how to fix its crumbling roads, Bath Township has budgeted some short-term pothole relief. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced a $54-billion state budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Feb. 11 that included $113 million in general fund spending for roads and bridges in Michigan. There is also an upcoming May ballot initiative for an additional $1.2 billion annually that would go toward the state’s worsening motor pathways. In its most recent available annual report, the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council indicated that that “at current investment levels, the condition of both roads and bridges will continue to deteriorate.” The report also showed that 33% of Michigan’s federal-aid eligible roads are in “poor” condition.

Voters’ pre-election views of issues

By Mandi Fu
The Bath-DeWitt Connection

Time is moving closer to election on Nov. 4, some residents from DeWitt and Bath are starting to prepare for the issues and parties. Many residents said they are going to vote for the up-coming election. According to data on Clinton County’s website, the turn out of election for DeWitt and Bath area is ranged from 10 percent to 26 percent for the passed August. Judy Hood, 78, has been a Democrats for more than 50 years: “Oh I always vote…since I was able to vote”.

MEAP results released. How are they and why is it now gone?

By Mike Moffatt
The Bath-DeWitt Connection

Results

According to the official Michigan school data website, both Bath Township and DeWitt schools performed average on their scores. Students were very proficient in reading and writing, but then struggled on mathematics. “I feel like this happened because math takes a lot more years of schooling to get good at, while students’ writing improves year after year because they start that at such a young age.” said Lori Webb, the Scott Elementary school principal in DeWitt. Origins

The MEAP test, which started in the 1970s by governor William Milliken, was created to test current elementary and middle schools students’ skills. The skills tested were mathematics, reading, science, and social studies.