This is Benjamin’s abarrotes store in San Ignacio Cerro Gordo, Jalisco, Mexico.

In a Mexican town, a small business owner struggles to make ends meet

SAN IGNACIO CERRO GORDO, JALISCO, MEXICO – Benjamin Muñoz Moreno owns one of the many “abarrotes” stores in San Ignacio Cerro Gordo. In Spanish, abarrotes means groceries. In his small store he sells fruits, vegetables, bread, milk, cheese, chips, and more. His products come from local suppliers around the region and “fruterias” in the town. With the pandemic, he is facing many challenges to keep his business running.

“It’s the same education in a different space.” East Lansing prepares for in-person instruction

As East Lansing prepares to bring students back for in-person learning for the first time, students and teachers alike are anxious to return to normal — but many recognize that it won’t quite be the same.

After nearly a full year of remote learning, East Lansing secondary schools are planning to return to in-person instruction on March 1. Elementary schools are returning Feb. 22.

Winter storm in Ingham County keeps people from paczkis

Town classic Groovy Donuts, 313 W. Grand River Ave. in Williamston, opened its doors on Fat Tuesday to those undeterred by the snowy roads. That day it only served paczkis, vegan paczkis, and gluten-free cake donuts compared to its extensive weekend donut menu.

A winter storm though hit Ingham County overnight and left residents stuck at home.

City of Lansing plans to open ice rink outside City Hall Plaza

LANSING – For years, Lansing residents and families have been searching for new ways to have fun in the state’s capital city, especially during the winter season. In efforts to promote a safe method for people to enjoy the outdoors while exercising, the City of Lansing and the Community Foundation announced on Jan. 26 that they are opening a synthetic ice rink in the City Hall Plaza in downtown Lansing. “With COVID-19, we know that people are looking for outdoor recreation for their physical and mental health,” Brett Kraschinske, the city’s Parks and Recreation Director, said. “We were able to collaborate with the Community Foundation to promote activities, events, and place-making along the capital’s riverfront.”

The Community Foundation is a non-profit organization in the Capital Region that helps create a lively community with the help of several donors that help fund city projects.

The city of Lansing’s response to increased domestic violence rates

LANSING – Along with the pandemic affecting all of our lives, domestic violence rates have also increased. In the city of Lansing alone, the numbers jumped from 539 cases in 2019 to 662 in 2020. Lt. Chris Baldwin, a supervisor in the Lansing Police Department’s detective bureau, said that despite the trend, the department has not dealt with domestic violence cases or charges any differently than they would have before the pandemic. “Officers will either arrest based on probable cause at the scene if the accused is on scene, or the written report will be sent to the prosecutor the following day for issuance of an arrest warrant when an accused subject can be found,” Baldwin said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, there are many factors that can contribute to domestic violence.

Pictured above is the Warren Consolidated Schools administration building. This is where members of the board have their offices.

Warren Consolidated Schools plans to return to in-person learning

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – Warren Consolidated Schools are finalizing plans to return to in person and hybrid learning. Safety precautions have been put into place to help the transition go smoothly. 

The school board has met regularly. These meetings are where safety protocols and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines have been discussed and implemented into their plans for this change. 

Covid-19 has been running its course since last March. Worldwide there have been a reported 107 million cases and 2.33 million deaths.

Extra funds from state, federal sources offer short-term relief for Lansing School District

LANSING, Mich. — The Lansing School District prepared for a financially thin year in the midst of the pandemic, but larger-than-expected revenues from state and federal sources have given the district breathing room for the short term. With a fiscal year that begins in July, the Lansing School District has to budget its year before they know exactly how much funding they will receive from the state, which has a fiscal year running from October to September. Their initial adopted budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year was based on cautious predictions of state funding, cutting their total budget by about 6% from the previous year. 

As more federal funds became available through the CARES act, the Lansing School District found itself with nearly $20 million, about 9% more than originally budgeted in the spring. In addition to those emergency funds, the state altered how it measured enrollment for allocating funds.