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New Towner Park coming to Meridian

The former Applegate Driving Range in Meridian Township will become a 23-acre park, with the start of construction planned for early 2017 and the debut expected in 2019. Located in the northern Haslett area off Lake Lansing, Towner Road Park aims to attract as many residents as possible.

Gender doesn't matter: Haslett High's girls basketball team is embraced by the community

By Tamar Davis
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — The Haslett High School girls basketball team has been on fire for the last two seasons. With this season coming to an end due to a crucial loss to East Lansing High in the first round of the playoffs, the Vikings kept their heads up high as they look to improve and become a team to be highly-scouted. With all of their success, the Vikings have made a statement as to how girls basketball is just as important and entertaining as boys basketball. Coach Robert Currier believes his girls received a great amount of attention from the community and doesnt think things would be different if it were the boys basketball team. “Our community shows so much support for our team,” said Currier.

What are Meridian schools doing to keep student obesity at bay?

By Lauren Captain
The Meridian Times Staff Writer

It can be quite alarming to hear the statistics with obesity in the United States, but Michigan is one state to be especially worried about. From the year 1990 to 2014, the obesity rate in Michigan jumped from 13 percent of overweight people to an alarming 32.6 percent. What is most concerning about this last number is that the age group of 10 to 17 years old occupies almost half of this number. This number is 14.8 percent, which happens to almost the same number of obese people of all ages in Hawaii. This is something to notice and not ignore.

Still in high school, but earning college credits at Haslett High

By Julie Campbell
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

HASLETT — When it comes to Haslett High School, it’s more than just high school classes. With the amount of college credits they offer, it’s almost as if the students are part time attending a two-year college. According to the Haslett High School website, the school is fifth-best in the state and 62nd-best in the country when it comes to college readiness. “Currently, all of our advanced placement classes offer college credit upon receiving a 3 or higher on their AP exam,” said principal Bart Wegenke. “Most of our Haslett High School students take at least two AP classes so they are at least half way through their freshman year before they begin college.”

There are students at Haslett that take enough AP classes in which they earn credit that would normally take them two years to earn at college.

In Meridian Township, being outdoors is a year-round activity

By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

The smell of a bonfire fills the air while playful screams echo in the distance. About 15 parents surround the fire pit watching their kids run up a giant hill, and sled down the same hill lit by the moon and some help from overhead lights. Despite the below-freezing temperatures, the biannual Moonlight Sledding event in Okemos was under way recently. Although, for Recreational Specialist Mike Devlin, the turnout wasn’t quite as large as it usually is. “This is a huge family event,” Devlin said.

Haslett High School awarded $1,800 for broadcast equipment

By Cayden Royce
The Meridian Times

The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association awarded $1,800 to Haslett High School for the broadcast program. DSBA is a nonprofit organization, which promotes sporting activities and educational broadcasting programs around metro Detroit. The nonprofit generates funding from its annual summer golf outing to provide applicants with grants. Nearly 20 years ago, the organization shifted its focus to education and began promoting broadcast curriculums in Southeast Michigan up to East Lansing, said Marketing Director Bill Harrington. Harrington is on the DSBA executive board and said he looks at the grant applications to decide how the funds will be distributed.

Weekend Survival Kit program works to feed kids in need

By Richie Carni
Entirely East Lansing staff writer

EAST LANSING—The Weekend Survival Kit program is operating again this school year. The program helps provide for underprivileged elementary schoolchildren by donating backpacks full of food and delivering them to area schools. Dave Muhleck, owner of Allegra Marketing in Okemos, revived the program after it had been stopped due to a lack of funding and volunteers. Muhleck said the program has expanded greatly since he took over. “There are 17 schools being served right now in Lansing, Mason, Williamston, Haslett, DeWitt and other areas,” Muhleck said.

Haslett Community hosts annual Daddy Daughter Dance

By Erin Eschels
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Hundreds of elementary aged girls and their dads showed up at Haslett Middle School for this year’s Daddy Daughter Dance on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Though typically a Valentine’s themed event, this year’s theme was “Enchanted Evening Princess,” which allowed the girls to wear their ball gowns and tiaras. Fathers and daughters said the dance was set up very efficiently, more so than in previous years.  “This one is a little bit better because it’s less chaotic.

Smoke-free housing event in Haslett aims to educate and empower

by Gabriela Saldivia
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

LANSING—Wednesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. there is a local celebration of Kick Butts day, a national day of activism to prevent youth addiction to tobacco, for Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham county residents. The event takes place in Haslett, Mich., at the Marsh Pointe apartment community, 5895 Marsh Road, a 55-and-older property that recently went smoke-free. Amy Ann Moore, the tobacco prevention coordinator at the Ingham County Health Department, said the event’s focus is to educate and empower citizens about their rights regarding smoke free housing. “A lot of times when I have approached apartment owners or property management companies, they don’t realize they can legally ban smoking inside. All of them have had complaints but they don’t know that they have the right to say there is no smoking inside the building that they own or manage,” Moore said.