Ingham County Consignment Auction 2015

By Darien Velasquez
Ingham County Chronicle

John Deere 640B tractor

INGHAM COUNTY – It’s almost that time! At 10 a.m. March 28, Sheridan Realty and Auction Co. will be hosting the Sheridan equipment and consignment auction at the Ingham County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center. Starting this week, Sheridan Realty will be onsite to consign items as well as scouting potential buyers for these valuables. According to Sheridan Realty, it can assist in finding a general figure for the value of the items if you do not know how much they are worth.

The focus for this year’s auction is on construction and farming equipment. According to Auction Coordinator Doug Sheridan, this covers a wide range of items such as most power tools, motor graders and even excavators. Someone can expect to consign or purchase things like front-end loaders, tractors, combines, trailers, King Corn Bushhog mowers and many more. There will also be a 2,000-gallon Poly Fertilizer Tank stored inside. Sheridan said that if you want to sell, Sheridan Realty can find a spot at the auction.

According to organizer Jason Buher, you can still be involved in the event by sponsoring. This auction provides opportunities to consign and find items as well as meet and socialize with others in the community. Larger companies also have sponsorship opportunities as well.

All items must be purchased the day of the auction. MasterCard, Visa, personal checks and cash will be accepted. There may be hold and reserves on some equipment beforehand and all equipment is sold as is without warranty. All sales are final with no refunds.

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Board of Commissioners recognizes MSU sexual assault program

By Blake Froling
Ingham County Chronicle 

Lauren Allswede proudly accepted the recognition on behalf of the MSU sexual assault program.

Lauren Allswede proudly accepted the recognition on behalf of the MSU sexual assault program.

The Ingham County Board of Commissioners formally recognized the 35th anniversary of Michigan State’s sexual assault awareness program during its March 24 meeting.

Board member Penelope Tsernoglou presented the recognition to Lauren Allswede, a therapist with the program, and gave her a framed copy of the resolution.

“I’ve heard really great things about it from the community, and we just wanted to recognize their anniversary,” said Tsernoglou. “I know they’ve been a big part of the MSU community and that a lot of other places don’t have programs like this, so we’re very fortunate to have this program.”

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Jehovah’s Witnesses meet Ingham County

By Darien Velasquez

Ingham County Chronicle

Jehovah's Witnesses East Lansing and Okemos Congregation

Jehovah’s Witnesses East Lansing and Okemos Congregation

INGHAM COUNTY – From 6-7 p.m. April 3, Jehovah’s Witnesses from all around Ingham County will gather at the Jehovah’s Witnesses East Lansing and Okemos Congregation for the annual memorial of the death of Jesus Christ. This meeting takes place once each year in thousands of locations around the world. The meeting are open to the public and seating is free.

According to Jehovah’s Witness Rafela Nygard, adherents hold meetings twice a week that are open to the public. At these meetings, Witnesses examine the Bible and apply its teachings to their daily lives. “You can expect a lot of friendly people, they would welcome anyone, and anyone is welcome to come as is,” said Nygard. The Congregation calls this the biggest event of the year.

“Since this only happens once a year, it’s a day when you can expect to see the most people,” said Nygard. Almost 20 million people worldwide observed this event last year. The meeting serves as a celebration of Jesus’ death and is also a way for others to meet.

According to Jehovah’s Witness Teodora Palamo “What outsiders can expect isn’t anything out of the normal, the witnesses welcome anybody and this meeting is open to the public so they can learn why Jesus died for us and would be very welcomed here.” Palamo continued “We are trying to reach as many people as we can, this is the biggest celebration that the Bible has.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses meetings begin and end with song and prayer. You don’t have to be a Jehovah’s Witnesses to attend a meeting. Seats are free. No collections are ever taken.

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Mom to Mom Sale provides families with opportunity to resell, buy used children’s items

Parents flocked to hand-me-down clothes with prices significantly less than retail pricing.

Parents flocked to hand-me-down clothes with prices significantly less than retail pricing.

By Jamie Brewer
Ingham County Chronicle

MASON, Michigan– On Saturday March 21 families went to the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, Michigan from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to buy and sell used children’s clothes, movies, toys and other secondhand items.

This year’s sale attracted 1,600 shoppers, 180 tables, 45 racks, 25 large booths and 249 large items with a $2 ticket price at the door.

Amanda Vaness sold 9-month to 14-month boy clothes at the sale. This is Vaness’ fifth year returning to sell items.

“I’m here because we always sell everything out. We do really well,” Vaness said.

Returning vendor Jessica Gross has made $200 to $700 selling hand-me-down boy’s and girl’s clothes.

The most popular items at the sales are large items such as furniture or larger toys such as wagons or slides, according to coordinator Brenda Batson.

Batson has been a Mom to Mom sale coordinator in the greater Lansing area and Flint for seven years.

“Realizing I could help someone not only purchase nice items at a reasonable cost but more importantly allowing those selling to enhance their family incomes was a win-win,” Batson said.
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Premier Genetics show provides new outlet for area cattle farmers

Ashley Jayne
Ingham County Chronicle

Tyler Neukom showed his market heifer at the junior show.

Tyler Neukom showed his market heifer at the junior show.

Tyler Neukom showed his market heifer at the junior show.Feb. 27, 2015 cattle raisers from all around central and lower Michigan gathered at the Ingham County Fairgrounds to show, sell and purchase heifers and bulls. The first Premier Genetics show began on Feb. 27 and ran through March 1.

Premier Genetics sale committee contact Phil Hutchinson said that the show was put together by five or six people who felt there needed to be a new outlet for cattle farmers in the area. Display of the cattle began Friday, the auction took place Saturday, and the junior show was Sunday.

“We wanted to host an event that would allow people to come and show or sell, as well as give some of the junior-level cattle raisers more experience,” said Hutchinson.

According to Hutchinson, there were over 200 entries for the junior show. Ages of contestants ranged from 7 to 21.  One entrant, Carson Evans, has been showing cattle for three or four years, according to his mother, Cami Marz-Evans.
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Blue Light Players perform in honor of Deputy Grant Whitaker

By Ashley Jayne
Ingham County Chronicle

At 7 p.m. Feb. 20, the curtain rose for the Blue Light Players presentation of “The Music Man,” performed in honor of Ingham County Deputy Grant Whitaker.

Lead actor John Franke said his favorite part of being in the Blue Light Players is making the contribution to families of fallen officers.

Lead actor John Franke said his favorite part of being in the Blue Light Players is making the contribution to families of fallen officers.

The Blue Light Players, according to director and producer Dan Southwell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its purpose is raising money for the families of police officers who have died or been critically injured in the line of duty. Each year, since its establishment in 2005, the theater group has put on a show in February at the Albert A. White Performing Arts Theater, and donated the proceeds to the family of a specific officer. In 2015, the Feb. 20 and 21 shows were dedicated to Whitaker, and the shows on the following weekend were dedicated to State Trooper Jeffrey Werda.

According to lead actor John Franke, ticket sales were higher for the 2015 show than for any previous Blue Light production.

“I have been in the Blue Light Players for 10 years and the turnout gets better every year,” said Franke. “This is the first year that we have sold into the balcony.” Continue reading

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Ingham County outreach center helps owners afford to take care of their pets

By Kellie Van Maele
Ingham County Chronicle

INGHAM COUNTY, Mich.— The volunteer-run Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center is helping pets throughout the county. The outreach center provides pet owners with the proper pet supplies at an affordable rate. The need for the outreach center became apparent in 2012, and the center opened in January 2013.

Supplies are available to pet owners at a reduced cost

Supplies are available to pet owners at a reduced cost

“The previous animal shelter director noticed that a lot of the animal abuse and neglect calls that the police department was getting had to do with unintentional neglect,” Ashley Hayes, volunteer coordinator of the outreach center, said. “The pet owners did not mean to neglect their pets, but when you don’t have enough money to buy food for your family, it’s hard to care for a pet.”

The outreach center receives donations from the community, which include pet food, toys, treats, dog houses and other necessities.
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New Commission Chair McGrain hopes for steady year

By Jamie Brewer
Ingham County Chronicle
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Brian McGrain was elected as Chairperson of the Ingham County Board of Commissioner Jan. 2 with plans to have an amicable year leading the board.

McGrain has been District 10 commissioner since 2008.

“After six years as a commissioner, I felt that I had sufficient knowledge of the county to volunteer for the role of chairperson,” McGrain said.

McGrain works as associate director and chief operation officer of the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). The non-profit group of businesses, organizations and individuals strives to rebuild and revitalize communities and neighborhoods in Michigan.

As chair, McGrain is required to attend board meetings and provide guidance to top-level staff about the commissioners thoughts.

“I did promise to my colleagues that I would do my best to act on their behalf and to hopefully lead us through a quiet, non-contentious year,” McGrain said.
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Low gas prices mean big savings, but do drivers notice?

By Blake Froling
Ingham County Chronicle

The pain most people experience when looking at the rising digits at the gas pump is slightly easier to bear nowadays.

Gas prices hit rock bottom in the past few months, reaching their lowest figures in years. But some consumers do not see much difference in the savings each time they fill up. Prices in Lansing dipped below $1.80 per gallon in January, the first time this has happened since late 2008. This should come as a welcome relief to drivers who had to shell out almost twice that amount in August.

“I have a really good car on gas mileage so it doesn’t affect me as much, but I do notice some savings,” said Brandie Yates, who has a long commute to work every day. “It’s great that the prices have been so low, but they won’t affect any of my driving habits.”

The savings are quite visible from this chart of gas prices for the past year.

The savings are quite visible from this chart of gas prices for the past year.

While the savings might be hard to notice, some simple math can show how the money adds up. For instance, as of Feb. 24, the average price for a gallon of gas in Lansing was $2.36. If a typical car uses 12 gallons of gas, the total cost would be $28.32. But if the price was $3.64 per gallon like it was last February, the total would be $43.68. That is a 54 percentage burden lifted from wallets everywhere.

Unfortunately for the consumers, gas prices have started to climb back up. As of Feb. 24, a gallon of gas costs 41 cents more than it did earlier. However, compared to the sky-high prices from last August, the current ones seem like a gift. Some drivers just do not see the savings.

“It’s not really that great of savings,” said Charlie Nunez. “I haven’t noticed any changes in my driving.”

According to Lansing Gas Prices, gas had not gone below $2.30 since 2009. Based on current price trends, It appears costs will continue to rise as summer approaches, so consumers should take advantage of the huge savings before it is too late.

 

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Medical facility plan postponed

ngham County Board of Commissioners discussing the expansion

Ingham County Board of Commissioners discussing the expansion

By Darien Velasquez
Ingham County Chronicle

County Commission Chairman Brian McGrain supported the Ingham County Board of Commissioners decision to postpone the decision of expanding and renovating Ingham County Medical Care Facility at Tuesday’s meeting.

Ingham County Department of Human Services requested that the board authorize the expansion of the facility for additional bedding. The facility currently has 178 beds and will have 204 beds. The resolution passed and the facility has a three-phase expansion and renovation plan for further action.

The facility is located off of Dobie road and has accommodations which provide short and long-term medical care for seniors that are not performed in hospitals.

McGrain described the benefits the facility would bring to Ingham County and to local communities. “It’s a great idea to expand the facility because it will provide the additional beds and it’s nice for the senior community.” McGrain continued, “It has been decided and resolved that the Board of Commissioners authorize the expansion, it’s just a matter of meeting up with Ingham County Department of Human Services again and planning out all the details.”
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