CNS budget, Sept. 30, 2022

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Week 4 – 9/30/22

CNS Budget

To: CNS Editors

From: David Poulson and Judy Putnam

Welcome to the fourth CNS file of the 2022 fall semester. 

For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Eryn Ho at (616) 485-9295,

For other matters, contact Dave Poulson at (517) 899-1640;

Here is your file:

TRAIL TREES: An unconventional highway sign in a park in Traverse City marks part of a route that once extended from Detroit to the Straits of Mackinac. The more than 200-year-old sign is a tree bent as a sapling by Native Americans to mark the north/south trail through Michigan. And it’s among the trail marker trees throughout the Great Lakes region that Illinois artist and author Dennis Downes has spent a career identifying and working to preserve. By Audrey Richardson. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, BAY MILLS, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS

w/TRAIL TREE PHOTO 1: Dennis Downes, center, with the 16-foot sculpture of a trail tree that he made in Glenview, Illinois. in 2021. He is standing with Cherokee Elder Andrew Johnson and Ottawa Elder Hilda ‘Little Fawn’ Williams. Credit: Dennis Downes

w/ TRAIL TREES PHOTO 2: Dennis Downes and a trail tree at Civic Center Park in Traverse City. Credit: Dennis Downes

w/TRAIL TREES PHOTO 3: Dennis Downes and his wife, Gail Spreen, at a trail marker tree in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Credit: Dennis Downes

HOSPITALS:  More therapy dogs and tourniquet emergency training are among the programs Michigan hospitals are investing in to better serve patients, officials say.  The state’s hospitals invested more than $860 million in community-based partnerships and programming in 2020, according to a recent report by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. By Janelle James FOR LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS AND ALL POINTS.

DRAIN CODE: A proposed plan to revamp how Michigan manages water problems would give drain commissioners authority across county lines. The change is part of a package of legislative fixes to the state drain code that could set up water management programs based around a single drainage basin that overlap multiple counties. Advocates say that would make it easier to manage floods. By Liam  Jackson. FOR MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

FOSTER CHILDREN: The statistics are grim:  By the time Michigan foster children are  21, one in three are homeless, one in four are imprisoned, one in two is unemployed and three out of five don’t finish high school. Lawmakers are seeking to help out by expanding the definition of a relative able to adopt them and requiring lawyers who represent foster training to get special relationship training. By Sarah Atwood. We talk to statewide children’s advocates and the bill sponsors. FOR ALL POINTS.

COTTAGE FOOD: Michigan home producers of jams, jellies, bread, baked goods, popcorn and other cottage food are asking for more leeway in the laws to do business. Proposed legislation would raise the $25,000 cap on gross annual income of the businesses that are not state- inspected. It also would allow third party delivery systems and change the requirement that home addresses be placed on each label. We interview a Midland cookie maker and a state representative from Midland and a national advocate for the cottage food industry. Sponsors are from Casco Township, Detroit, Lansing, Millington, Saginaw Township, Lake City, Livonia and Lake Ann. By Liam Jackson FOR MIDLAND, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, DETROIT, LANSING CITY PULSE, BENZIE COUNTY, CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS: More after-school programs will open next year as the state passes out $24 million in COVID relief funds. Some programs that operated before the pandemic are expected to reopen. Detroit has just one slot per 300 kids, versus the national standard of one for every 200 children. We talk to a state education consultant and Winston Coffee, a coach with Midnight Golf in Detroit. Alpena reference. By Janelle James. FOR DETROIT, ALPENA and ALL POINTS.

FLU SEASON: State and local health authorities are bracing for a tough flu season now that fewer people wear masks to protect from COVID. Also, immunity may be down because of easier flu seasons in recent years. The message from state health officials: Get your flu shots. We talk to officials with the state health department, the Michigan Health and Hospital Association and the Michigan Association of Local Public Health. By Sarah Atwood. FOR ALL POINTS.

MAPLEHURST: Maplehurst was once a summer camp for gifted children. Today, it’s a preserve that draws nature enthusiasts and hikers to its trails on a strip of land separating two of Michigan’s largest inland lakes, Elk and Torch, northeast of Kewadin. By Jim DuFresne. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, PETOSKEY, CADILLAC, CHEBOYGAN, BENZIE COUNTY and ALL POINTS.

w/MAPLEHURST PHOTO 1: Dog walking in Maplehurst Natural Area. Credit: Jim DuFresne/

w/MAPLEHURST PHOTO 2: A hiker stops to look at a small stream in Maplehurst Natural Area. Credit: Jim DuFresne/

w/MAPLEHURST PHOTO 3: A scenic resting point in Maplehurst Natural Area. Credit: Jim DuFresne/


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