By Cynthia Lee
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and it’s called Soulfire. The Old Town-based Firecracker Foundation is a nonprofit organization to help children who survived sexual trauma, by building a community invested in healing them. The foundation was founded on July 31, 2013. The organization is run by president Amanda Dubey-Zerka who holds the annual community event called Soulfire. Soulfire 2016: The Firecracker Foundation Gallery Reveal on Nov.
Firefighters served up more than food Oct. 10 at the sixth annual pancake breakfast and open house at the fire station at 1296 W. Grand River Ave. The event’s purpose was to teach about fire prevention as part of national fire prevention week. It also raised money for the Williamston Firemen’s Association, said Tony Worth, president of the group. The money buys new equipment for the department and is donated to organizations such as the food bank.
In celebration of fire prevention week, the Williamston Firemen’s Association is hosting the 6th annual pancake breakfast and open house on Saturday, Oct. 10. Between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., members of the association will serve all-you-can-eat pancakes with scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, orange juice, milk and coffee at the NIESA/Williamston Fire Station, 1296 W. Grand River Ave. “It’s a fundraiser for the association, (which) uses it to buy equipment for the department,” said Capt. Scott Cochrane. “We also give money to local charities like the food bank.”
Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children under 12 or $20 per family.
A fire on Noble Road in Williamston in the early morning hours of March 31 left a local barn with nothing but a charred frame. The rest of the property is still intact. Williamston Fire Chief Bill Siegel said that the fire department received the call around 5:20 a.m. and was able to put the fire out shortly after. “We contained the fire to the building of origin… We contained it so it didn’t get up to the big barn by the road,” he explained. “We had assistance from the Dansville Fire Department and the Ingham County Tanker Task Force gave us the water we needed.”
Although firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the main barn and house, initial reports suggested that two cats had been killed in the flames.
At fire departments, training happens all the time. It’s essential to the safety of both the firefighters and the people they protect, and according to Delhi Township Fire Chief Brian Ball, that training is about to get a lot easier, thanks a one million dollar state grant dispersed to six Lansing-area fire stations. “Instead of Delhi having to build and staff two more fire stations, I can use the city of Lansing for assistance and trust that they’ve been trained at the same level as Delhi as Delta, as Lansing Township or Meridian or East Lansing,” he said. Ball also said that the grant will allow for more up-to-date, specialized equipment. “We’ll get ballistic helmets, ballistic vests, we’ll get more medical treatment equipment, cots, heart monitors, CPR machines,” he said.
EAST LANSING – Thousands of MSU Students took to the streets early Sunday morning, December 8 to celebrate Michigan State’s win over Ohio State in the 2013 B1G Championship Game. Fires were set to couches all over East Lansing, with a rowdy celebration ensuing in Cedar Village, just East of MSU’s campus. Students burned whatever they could find, including trees, the shirts off their backs, couches, and matresses. They even uprooted multiple trees and bushes to burn. Police were on the perimeter of Cedar Village, but did not take action until Michigan State Police and SWAT teams arrived around 2:30 AM. East Lansing Police reported that at least 57 fires were set around the city, and 15 arrests were made.
By Cortni Moore
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
EAST LANSING — The East Lansing Police Captain, MSU Police Sergeant and the East Lansing Fire Marshal can all relate when it comes to the amount of calls they get and problems that arise on game days involving the consumption of alcohol. With six games left of the Spartan football season, three of them being home games including homecoming, public safety officials give tips on how to enjoy game day while staying out of trouble. 1. During the game – Although alcohol isn’t allowed in the stadium, many fans tailgate prior to the game. MSU and East Lansing provide police officers inside of the stadium along with seven first aiders from the East Lansing Fire Department.