Cochran challenged by Clark 67th House seat

Democratic incumbent state Rep. Tom Cochran, D-Mason, faces challenger Republican  Leon Clark to represent the 67th District in the state House. With 60 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran leads Clark 56 percent to 44 percent. The 67th District spans much of southern Ingham County. Looking to win his third and final term in office, Cochran previously served on the Lansing Fire Department for over 29 years. Born and raised in Lansing, Cochran has been a mid-Michigan resident his entire life.

Greater Lansing Food Bank

Greater Lansing Food Bank feeds thousands

In Michigan alone, one of every six people struggles with hunger, according to feedingamerica.org.  The Greater Lansing Food Bank estimates that 17.6 percent of the population in Ingham county, or roughly 49,060 people, is suffering from food insecurity. The Greater Lansing Food Bank’s core mission is to make sure no one will go to bed hungry in any of the communities it serves. For more than 35 years, people in this community and workers at the food bank have come together to feed the hungry. “Food is really a building block for a person and a building block for a community,” said Justin Rumenapp, a food bank employee.

Potter Park Zoo millage goes miles for local elementary schoolers

National election scandals mean more people at the polls this year–and there’s one non-partisan item on the ballot that local elementary school teacher Sara Nemeth says you should look twice at. That’s the Potter Park Zoo Millage, which is up for renewal this year. Without the millage, zoo staff says they wouldn’t be able to do half of their operations. Gate prices alone don’t cut it for the accredited zoo. The millage would cost a person with a property value of $100,000 and a state taxable value of $50,000 around $20.50 per year.

CATA will offer free rides to anyone showing a voter registration card on Nov. 8.

CATA offers free rides to voters on Election Day

Capital Area Transportation Authority, or CATA, will offer free rides on Election Day, Nov. 8. A bus pass will not be required. CATA Director of Marketing Laurie Robison wrote in an email that “a valid voter registration card is all that’s required for a free ride aboard CATA on Election Day.”

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Pink Dessert Wars take the cake

On October 11, local bakeries, pastry shops, caterers and restaurants in the Lansing area competed in the third annual Pink Dessert Wars. “Seventy-five percent of the money raised stays local and the other 25 percent of it goes to nationals for research,” said Alicia Brink, the community events coordinator of Susan G. Komen in Michigan. “We help men and women get mammograms that can’t afford it and are uninsured, so that’s always nice.”

The event was held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing.  Doors opened at 4:30 p.m. for general admission and the event went on until 7 p.m.   Tickets were $12 when bought in advance and $16 at the door.  A portion of ticket sales benefited the Susan G. Komen foundation.

East Lansing resident Ray Stiles, 4, has his face painted during the 9th annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square on Oct. 24, 2016, along Washington Square in Lansing.

Trick-or-Treat on the Square pleases families

Hundreds of families poured into Washington Square in downtown Lansing on Oct. 24 to trick or treat and enjoy various attractions during the ninth annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square. Families were able to go from business to business and receive candy from the multiple businesses that volunteered to hand out candy. Outside of candy, families could get their faces painted as well as enjoy cider and donuts.  

Lansing opens new Chick-fil-A location

It’s been over a week since the opening of the new Chick-fil-A, and traffic has not slowed down yet. “There was just a lot of excitement for the new Chick-fil-A Restaurant,” said Matt Adair. He and about 100 others camped outside of the restaurant to get a years worth of free meals. Some customers camped there for over 24 hours. Adair says that he had been there since 6 a.m. the previous day.

Transportation engineer of AECOM Sean Kelsch addresses the crowd during the CATA Bus Rapid Transit presentation on Oct. 4, 2016 at Allen Neighborhood Center at 1611 E. Kalamazoo St. in Lansing, Mich.

Lansing, East Lansing, Meridian review CATA’s rapid transit plan

Capital Area Transportation Authority held three meetings to present modifications of its Bus Rapid Transport project to the public during the first week of October. The ideas are in response to community input at meetings in August. “The purpose of these meetings is for us to respond to the public. They raised a number of concerns with the current design, and said ‘we don’t like the way it is currently designed,’” CATA Assistant Executive Director Debbie Alexander said. “So we came back with some preliminary thinking to address those concerns.”

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The current BRT plan runs from the capital to Meijer and the Meridian Mall in Okemos.