A Snow Emergency is not cause for an emergency in Meridian Township

Winter arrived fashionably late this year when a snowstorm hit Meridian Township Sunday night, blanketing the community with six to eight inches of snow and causing a Snow Emergency, said Ken Plaga, the township’s police chief. A Snow Emergency might sound daunting, but don’t be alarmed, said Meridian Township Manager Frank Walsh, “it’s actually quite simple.”

“We’ve certainly had six to seven inches of snow before so we don’t want to dramatize this,” said Walsh. “The Snow Emergency simply means is we’re asking or requesting people not to leave their cars in the street.”

After a Snow Emergency is declared, people have 24 hours to remove their vehicles from residential roads, and they have four hours to remove vehicles from main roads like Grand River and Hagadorn Roads. Clearing the roads made it easier for plow trucks to get through, said Plaga. Snow Emergencies are also used to make sure cars don’t get blocked in.

Meridian Township adds an -s to Family Winter Sport Weekend

Meridian Township’s Parks and Recreation department expanded this winter its schedule of Family Winter Sports Weekends. What once was a program held in one weekend spans multiple weekends. “When we first started out 18 years ago, we try to do just one big weekend,” said Mike Devlin, one of Meridian Township Parks and Recreation team specialists, “Now, every weekend we have something going on.”

Families—free of charge—can take advantage of Michigan’s snow storms with programs like sledding in the dark during the Moonlight Sledding event and the Harris Nature Center’s Winter Wonderland. Indoors, residents enjoyed a free skate session as part of the Meridian Skates event at the Suburban Ice rink at 2810 Hannah Blvd. in East Lansing.  Normally, it costs $10 or less to skate.

Troop 164 rewrites history

“Its hard to tell your children that they can’t do something,” Troop 164 Scoutmaster, Marla Ekola, said. Marla Ekola is penciling in her daughter’s future. Re-writting a tradition if you will. Troop 164 is making history. They’re a part of Scouts BSA, formally known as Boy Scouts of America.

Watch Focal Point: Text 911, the Polar Plunge came to Lansing, sorority delivers flowers on Valentine’s Day, and more.

On this edition of Focal Point, get an overview of why people took a cold plunge to raise funds for the Special Olympics. A sorority on campus made special deliveries for Valentines Day, and Lansing joins 49 other counties in Michigan in the text 911 service, allowing people to contact 911 via text if they are unable to call. In sports, MSU men’s basketball defeats Wisconsin, while the women’s team falls behind. Those stories and more this week on Focal Point.

Ingham County introduces text 9-1-1

‘Call if you can, text if you can’t’ is the new motto at the Ingham County 9-1-1 Central Dispatch. Ingham County became the 49th county in Michigan to enact the new service. Residents can now text 9-1-1 if they are in an emergency situation where they are unable to hear or speak. Lance Langdon, director for Ingham County 9-1-1, said communicating through the telephone and speaking in an emergency is most important, but also that text-9-1-1 should provide an addition support to those who can’t speak. “It could be something we talked about like a health-related problem, someone’s choking and they can’t speak, so their only option is to put a text message through,” said Langdon.