Our reporters tackle how students who suffer with anxiety overcome the issues that come with it. We have a recap of the recent Lansing election and a preview of the upcoming firearms season. MSU held its 45th annual Black Power Rally. How is different this year? The Spartan Marching band has a special global performance planned for Saturday’s football game halftime show.
Here are today’s headlines from the Spartan Newsroom:
Two athletes were hit by a truck and injured riding mopeds on North Shaw Lane. Four people killed and two people were injured when a gunman opened fire in Northern California. Are you ready for some ribs or some brisket? A new BBQ joint opens in Okemos. Australia legalizes same-sex marriage resulting in a huge celebration.
For years, the Michigan Connections Academy, based in Okemos, has been offering students and families from all across Michigan an alternative way to attend public school. At this school, children in grades K-12 can learn the state curriculum without having to leave the comfort of their homes.
“It’s a really great option for kids who don’t function well in a brick-and-mortar school,” said Hannah Schrauben, a kindergarten teacher for the school. The students that her and her colleagues work with include kids with illnesses who cannot leave their home for school as well as high level athletes who devote most of their day to training.
The children participate in live video lessons or calls with their teachers.
Mitten Raised (4661 Okemos Road) opened on May 19. Since then, Katie Anne Lambert and Leah Fabian have been baking to bring “world class, handcrafted, baked goods to the Mitten State,” as promoted in their website. Born out of Lambert’s love for baking and Fabian’s contributing work, Mitten Raised is said to have baked goods and an experience customers won’t forget. A world traveler, Lambert gained experience working in Vail, Colorado, with top pastry chefs. She also spent time in Maui working at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, located inside the Four Seasons resort in Wailea but something about Michigan brought her back.
David Snider, owner of Haslett True Value Hardware, knows getting the right tool or part for the job is absolutely essential. He prides himself on not only having the right parts for the job, but also having a staff knowledgeable enough to find anything the customer could need to complete a task. The staff at the store were very attentive to all of the customer’s needs throughout the process of finding the right part for their projects. One man, trying to find out which size pipe would work best for his plumbing at home, was immediately given personal recommendations from the employee in exquisite detail. “Customer service is what sets us apart from a chain hardware store, we hire knowledgeable people that just make life easier for everybody,” Snider said.
One Kiwanis Club; One Meridian: Okemos and Haslett Kiwanis Clubs are merging together as one
The Kiwanis Club of Haslett meets up on Tuesday mornings at Blondie’s Barn to
discuss the executive board agenda over breakfast, and on Oct. 25, they met to continue their talk about their merger with the Kiwanis Club of Okemos. “The reason for the merger, we lost four of our members to passing away this past year. Then we had three more of our active members become disabled for health reasons,” said Terence Carroll, who is the former secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Okemos. “It was an awful amount of people to lose within a year and we looked at Haslett, and their membership is stable and we thought we’ll just merge.”
The Kiwanis Club is an international organization with more than 5,000 clubs in North America, according to the Kiwanis International website.
Over the past few years, the Okemos Public Schools’ Board of Education has made policy changes regarding discipline and as a result of the change asked that the administration periodically update the board.
Meridian Township has a variety of attractions to offer its community, ranging from various artworks throughout the township to historical places that are unique to citizens in the area. The township even offers a self-guided walking tour that people can go on to gain historical information on the township. Here are three places that I visited, each listed under the tour guidelines, that citizens of the community or travelers can visit during their stay in Meridian Township. Disco Fish at Wonch Park – Okemos, MI
Meridian Township is a supporter of artwork by displaying artwork all over the
township and recently three “Disco Fish” were installed in Wonch Park. “We just installed them last week,” said Meridian Township Treasurer Julie Brixie.
An inside look into the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Hear how students are reacting to the viral social media campaign, “#MeToo.” The first Costco in the mid-Michigan area opens in Meridian Township. Plus, in honor of the winningest coach in Spartan basketball history, the Breslin Center debuts the Tom Izzo Hall of History. Those stories and more on Focal Point.