After being reinstated by the City Council two months ago, the Williamston Farmers Market is gearing up for the 2016 season. The Farmers’ Market and its manager Marlene Epley were cut from DDA funding without warning in February. The reason for the defunding seemed to be because the market was operating at a loss. At the following City Council meeting, it was standing room only as many citizens came to both defend the market and demand the market’s and Epley’s reinstatement. The City Council voted unanimously to reinstate both and create a committee to monitor and plan the market.
Officials have replaced boiler room valves in two Williamston schools where lead was found over acceptable limits and will address other fixtures where lead was present by June. The valves at Williamston High School and Explorer Elementary did not carry drinking water, according to Superintendent Narda Murphy. But water tested by Testing Engineers & Consultants on Feb. 13 contained lead levels above the threshold of 0.015 mg/L. Small amounts of lead were also found in a teacher’s lounge faucet in Williamston High School, a restroom drinking fountain in Explorer Elementary, a kitchen sink and 7th grade hall drinking fountain in Williamston’s Middle School, and a maintenance garage bathroom sink.
Williamston High School’s junior-senior prom will be on April 30, and the school is making safety a number one priority. The main concern in terms of safety is underage drinking, according to WHS principal Dr. Jeff Thoenes. “We emphasize as best we can that the students be safe and make good decisions, especially encouraging them not to drink,” said Dr. Thoenes. “When I first got here, about seven years ago, I noticed that kids were coming to public events and school functions intoxicated. So, we purchased a breathalyzer and announced it to discourage student drinking,” he said.
A city engineer told City Council members Wednesday that a key part of the sewage system is unsafe and needs replacing. Officials said during the budget work session that this lift system, which brings waste water from lower to higher elevation, must be addressed and the cost to do this will be hefty. Lift stations are typically put where waste needs to be raised against gravity. “Right now the workers are a little bit afraid to step on top of the steel structure on top of it because it could break,” said Scott DeVries, city engineer and director of public works.
“Right now the workers are a little bit afraid to step on top of the steel structure on top of it because it could break,” said Scott DeVries, city engineer and director of public works.
The children lined up at the start line with Easter baskets in hand. The look of excitement and the urge to begin lit up their faces. The Crosaires Assisted Living Home hosted its third annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 25. Crosaires’ owner Todd Walter said their mission statement is “Where care and community intersect.” Each year, they pick a community need to raise money for. Walter organized the event and stuffed more than 1,500 eggs with nut-free candy for the children.
The Williamston boys varsity basketball team is preparing to play their state semifinal game Friday — not only for the title, but for their coach, Jason Bauer, who was diagnosed with brain tumors earlier this month. The team will face Detroit Henry Ford at The Breslin Center in East Lansing at 6 p.m. Friday. “Our whole motto was that coach is going to have a lot of battles coming up to win his own war, so we need to win our battles on the court and win games,” said Riley Lewis, a senior on the team. Lewis said finding out this information shocked everyone. “After we won our first game in districts against Sexton, we knew he was sick because he didn’t coach,” said Lewis.
WILLIAMSTON – Members of the senior center plastered paint on their hands and utensils, creating different images on their cloth during silk screening class. Smiles filled the room as the ladies found themselves enjoying one another. Silk screening class is a great way to personalize anything. For one hour the ladies had fun working together to transfer a design to a screen. “It’s an easy, fun process that has unlimited outcomes,” said class instructor Wendy Shaft.
The PSAT and SAT have been redesigned as of this year. The new test will be scored differently than the previous SAT. Before, students were deducted points for every wrong question. Now, students will only be scored for correct answers. There is no punishment for guessing on a question, so students must strategically take the test in a different way.
Honor for All will name a trail in Memorial Park to honor veterans and first responders lost to suicide due to post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury
Honor for All is a small, non-profit organization founded in Williamston whose goal is to eliminate the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress. “We are dedicated to bringing honor to invisible wounds,” said Thomas Mahoney, president of Honor for All. “Our immediate goal is to overcome the stigma associated with post-traumatic stress and to bring the friendlier civic term of injury and to drop the word disorder from public use.” This group has not been idle in trying to achieve its goals. Honor for All has been working to get June 27 named as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Awareness Day.
With Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump winning the March 8 primary election in Michigan, some Williamston residents are shocked Sanders snagged the win over Clinton. “I am so glad Bernie won the Democratic primary for our state,” said Crystal Davis, 38, a resident of Williamston and sales clerk at Food Mart. “I believe he is a man for the people and has a true heart for this country.”
Davis said that Sanders’ compassion for the people is what got her vote. “I did my research on Bernie and I was surprised to discover that he was heavily involved with civil rights back in the ’60s,” said Davis. “He believes in equality for all humans in this country no matter the circumstance.”
Along with Davis, Cheryl Drake, an accountant at Fifth Third Bank, also voted for Sanders.
Williamston police have stated that they are patrolling the Putnam and Grand River intersection more carefully to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians. “It’s a dangerous intersection because there is no visibility due to the fact Grand River curves there,” said Police Chief Bob Young. The chief said that there was no specific incident of a pedestrian being hit that led to the call for stepped-up enforcement. Young said focus elsewhere can be a cause of driver distraction. “People are making a right turn on red and they are paying so much attention to traffic and the curve of Grand River that they pay little or no attention to the crosswalk walking,” Young said.