Ingham County Prepares for Snowy Roads, Ice Storms and Potential Salt Shortages

Last winter gave Michigan drivers many problems, including icy roads, potholes and traffic delays. With a few snowstorms already hitting the mitten’s capital and the heart of winter fast approaching, Ingham County residents can only wait and see how the 2014-2015 winter pans out. Continue reading

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Ingham County: A Changing Community

By Alexa McCarthy
Ingham County Chronicle

Stephanie Vanis, born and raised in East Lansing and a junior at East Lansing High School, is starting her college search and hesitant to got to Michigan State University.

“I don’t want to go to MSU because I think it’s a bad school or because I don’t like it, but rather because I’ve been here my whole life. I want to leave.” For Vanis, getting away from the family and what’s familiar is a draw just like for so many other people her age.

Vanis says she feels the stress to stay close to home and save money because there are plenty of opportunities close by.

Sitting in her family’s restaurant, Vanis says she feels the stress to stay close to home and save money because there are plenty of opportunities close by.

While Vanis may just be starting to explore what her post-high school life will be like, she represents a similar mentality for area high school and college students

For many years, young professionals, college students and recent college grads have not seen the Ingham County area as anything more than a place to go to college for four years. This is something that the Ingham County area is trying to change perceptions about.
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$190,038 in Land Grants to Farmers Markets

By Akshita Verma
Ingham County Chronicle

A total of $190,038 in federal land grants will help the Michigan Farmers Market Association and Allen Neighborhood Group expand both size of the market and access to local farmers, according to U.S. Sen Debbie Stabenow’s office.

Allen Neighborhood Farmers Market

Allen Neighborhood Farmers Market

The grants, announced Sept. 30, come from the 2014 Farm Bill signed into law by President Obama.

“The reactions have been pretty positive, and I think it is a positive thing,” said Lizy Ferguson, market manager of Allen Street Farmers Market.

Michigan Farmers Market Association will receive $99,660 and Allen Neighborhood Group will receive $90,378.

“The money will go toward promoting the indoor market,” said Ferguson.

The outdoor farmers market is open only until Oct. 22, but the indoor market will run year round, according to Ferguson.

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Ingham County Animal Shelter

By Akshita Verma
Ingham County Chronicle

Ingham County Animal Shelter has many different types of dogs up for adoption

Ingham County Animal Shelter has many different types of dogs up for adoption

The first thing one notices when walking into the Ingham County Animal Control Shelter is a room full of cats of all different colors and personalities.

Some cats are energetic while some are hostile. All are in need of a home.

Finding a home for domesticated animals is the shelter’s job, according to Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator Ashley Hayes.
“We house all domesticated animals,” said Hayes. “We have had everything from birds, lizards, snakes and guinea pigs. We even get farm animals like pigs and goats.”

The Ingham County Animal Control Shelter was established in 1971, and all of its basic needs are paid for by the county.
“The county provides food, water, and shelter for the animals. However, special events, special programs like low cost vaccinations, these things are covered by donations by the public,” said Hayes.

The public can help the shelter pay for their programs and events by attending the multiple fundraisers the shelter does throughout the year, according to Hayes.

According to Hayes, there was a fundraiser just last saturday to raise money for a new shelter. Right now, there is a fundraiser to help cover costs for New Pets for Vets.

“New Pets for Vets, on Nov. 8, is an events we do to honor Veteran’s Day,” said Hayes.

After this, there will be a fundraiser to help cover the cost for the lower adoption fees that the shelter will do for their holiday open house and their holiday all nighter.  Continue reading

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Democrats hold 11-3 margin on County Commission

By Akshita Verma and Cameron Billes
Ingham County Chronicle

Democrats maintained their 11-3 domination of the Ingham County Commission in Tuesday’s election.

Every incumbent ran for re-election except for Dianne Holman in District 11, where Democrat Teri Banas won, and Don Vickers in District 14, where Republican Robin case Naeyaert won.

District 13 Commissioner Randy Schafer, a Republican, was the only candidate who ran unopposed.

Sarah Anthony, re-elected in District 3, took her niece to the polls with her just like she does every Election Day.
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Ingham Votes ‘Yes’ for Health and Parks millages

By Alexa McCarthy
Ingham County Chronicle

Ingham County residents voted ‘yes’ for both county millages in Tuesday’s midterm elections. The Trails and Parks millage won with a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent. The Ingham Health Plan millage was renewed with a wide margin of 70 percent to 29 percent. Both results are with 100 percent of precincts reported, according to unofficial election results.

Trails and Parks Millage

The Ingham County Trails and Parks millage will be a .5-mill levy, or 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for six years. The millage will cost an Ingham County resident who owns a $100,000 house $50 per year. The millage will raise $3.2 million in the first year for a county system of recreational trails and adjacent park trails.

The idea for the millage was originally brought to the county commissioners in 2012 by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero to regionalize the trails and parks in the county. The proposal was put on the ballot in August 2014.
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Wolves only part of the story on ballot issues

By Alexa McCarthy
Ingham County Chronicle

Ingham County residents will be voting on statewide wolf hunting proposals that are sure to stump a few.

Two proposals on the general election ballot would either allow or prohibit the state from holding a wolf-hunting season. But what many may not know is that it also involves who makes decisions involving Michigan wildlife.

“The thing that’s confusing is that there are two ballot proposals and they seem to agree on some things and disagree on other things,” said George Tesseris, an East Lansing resident. “And for a person to read that ballot proposal on voting day, it’s confusing.”

The proposals were added because of different petitions by the Humane Society of the United States and a group called Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.
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Scary Fun at the Potter Park Zoo

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Residents will vote on renewing county health millage

By Alexa McCarthy
Ingham County Chronicle

The Ingham Health Plan is asking county residents to vote to renew their millage on the Nov. 4 election.

Guadalupe Angelina Ramirez-Ortega says that the Ingham Health Plan has helped her gain the medical care she needs that she would otherwise not receive.

Guadalupe Angelina Ramirez-Ortega says that the Ingham Health Plan has helped her gain the medical care she needs that she would otherwise not receive.

The proposal seeks to continue a .52-mill levy (52 cents per $1,000 of assessed value) until 2019. The millage would cost an owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 only $26 per year.  If levied in full, the millage will raise $3.4 million in the first year. The millage funds the Ingham Health Plan which is seeks to provide health-care for lower-income county residents.

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Ballot Buzz: Millage proposal would connect trails

By Cameron Billes
Ingham County Chronicle

The Ingham County trails and parks could soon be upgraded.

Ingham County Parks Department director Willis Bennett reviews the potential trails plan.

Willis Bennett reviews the potential trails plan.

In the Nov. 4 election, a trails and parks millage proposal will be on the ballot to create, upgrade and maintain the recreational trails and parks through 2019. If the proposal passes, approximately $3.2 million will be raised within the first year. Continue reading

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