Saline district library evolves in digital age

In an overwhelmingly digital age, what role does a local library play in a community like Saline? Jess Hesselgrave said an important one. Hesselgrave, head of adult services at the Saline District Library, said she thinks good libraries in towns the size of Saline have evolved to be more like community centers in the year 2019. “We still have a very high circulation rate for physical materials like books as well as digital materials like DVDs or Blu-rays,” Hesselgrave said. ” Plus, our meeting rooms and study rooms are in constant use, and we usually have a ton of people here in general.”

Hesselgrave, who lives in Whitmore Lake and has worked at the Saline District Library for two years after having worked at libraries in Ann Arbor and Salem/South Lyon, says in Saline she has more creative freedom at her job.

The Grand Rapids Public Library in downtown Grand Rapids

Michigan libraries seek to stock opioid overdose meds

Opioid overdoses have increased dramatically in America over the last two decades. A pair of bills moving through the Michigan Legislature would allow librarians to store and administer opioid overdose antidotes with legal immunity, an option many are eager to have.

Watch Focal Point: A MSU Professor finds a new office, a MSU student graduates with his mother, and a MSU student starts her own business

On this special edition of Focal Point, we spotlight many cool things Spartans are doing around campus and beyond. Learn about the MSU professor who took his talents out of the classroom and onto a TV set. We introduce you to a group of MSU students who are making dreams come true as Disney princesses. The first annual Izzo Legacy Run/Walk leaps into action and an MSU baseball player achieves a lifelong goal. These stories and more on this edition of Focal Point.

Mobile homeowners say their landlords unfairly sell their homes

By ZARIA PHILLIPS
Capital News Service

LANSING — Mobile home parks are selling the homes on the lot after the owners of those units have moved out, according to a lawsuit. But although those owners may have been evicted for not paying rent on the land owned by the park, they should still keep ownership of their home, according to a class-action suit filed by the Center for Civil Justice on behalf of families that have lost their homes to park owners. Those families claim they should be compensated for the sale of property they still own. Here’s what happens:

People in some parks own their mobile homes but rent the land on which they sit from the park owners. When they are evicted or can’t pay their rent, they have to leave their mobile home while they wait to sell it, said Mario Azzi, an attorney for the Center for Civil Justice.

Michigan food assistance program threatened by Trump’s budget proposal

By ZARIA PHILLIPS
Capital News Service

LANSING — Federal officials are proposing a budget cut to food assistance that would add restrictions to 1.2 million Michigan families receiving benefits, according to Michigan advocates for low-income residents. In 2018, President Donald Trump signed the farm bill that would expand the food assistance program and double the funding in Michigan, but the president‘s budget proposal would undermine that agreement. It must be approved by Congress before taking effect. “Months after Congress and the Trump Administration debated and renewed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the farm bill, the administration is proposing to take away food assistance from struggling workers and families through these harsh cuts and changes to SNAP, ” said Alex Rossman, communications director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. The Michigan Center for Civil Justice, a nonprofit legal firm that advocates for low-income people, objects to proposed federal rules that would give able-bodied adults without disability more work requirements, much like what Michigan legislators have proposed for Medicaid recipients.

Agency offers adult mental health first-aid training

Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Trainings are targeted toward adults. They teach parents, caregivers, teachers, family members, human and health service workers and others citizens how to help individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges.

Honor for All combats the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress

Honor for All, a non-profit organization with roots in Williamston seeking to erase the stigma surrounding post-traumatic stress, has made national strides in bringing awareness to the damage of recognizing this commonality as a weakness and disorder.
The group is pushing to change the term post-traumatic stress disorder to the less damaging post-traumatic stress injury.

Neighbors helping neighbors at the Harold Larson Williamston Food Bank

In 2018, the Harold Larson Williamston Food Bank was able to provide 81,390 meals for 144 families who walked through their doors. Recently, they have noticed there has been an increase in the number of children per month.
The Williamston Foodbank is a pre-pack foodbank that packs based on the family that is being served. Jill Cutshaw, director of the Food Bank, said that they have an area of the food bank that is called ‘client choice.’ This allows families to fill up a bag or two depending on the number of people in their household.

First-ever female Scout group co-hosts pancake breakfast

Young Scouts—including the first cohort of a female Scout group in Okemos—were put to work early Saturday morning at 2|42 Church, 2600 Bennett Road in Meridian Township, greeting hungry faces at the door and serving empty bellies hot pancakes.

Ted Ferris, a former Scoutmaster of Troop 164 in Okemos, said leadership training is a big part of Scouts, and young members run most of the events.