PHOTOS: Eating on less than $20 per week

The relationship between college students and food assistance has been very scarce since the U.S. Department of Agriculture Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy requirements changed and was then adapted by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in 2011. This has affected various college students when it comes to paying for constant groceries, especially student Cahlan Gillard-Tucker, a junior at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He opened up and showed a day in the grocery store for him — from budgeting, coupon cutting, and hoping to find sale sides in every aisle. Groceries can get quite expensive for Tucker when you only have less than $20 in assistance to work with.

Rural recycling program will continue in Clinton County

By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Main Street Pizza, along the downtown strip in the Village of Fowler, separates their garbage from boxboard to recycle down the street at the drop-off centers. If it weren’t for the Rural Recycling Program that maintains these sites, assistant manger Tyler Conner said they would most likely toss the boxes from shipment. “It’s just handy to be able to dispose of that in an ecologically-beneficial way,” he said. Conner can continue doing that. The Rural Recycling Program that covers Clinton County residents within Dallas Township, Lebanon Township, the Village of Fowler and the Village of Maple Rapids, was approved by the County Board during their Sept.

Clinton County bucks up to keep mental health services at the County Jail

By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter

Due to a change in general fund dollars from the State of Michigan, the Clinton County Jail has asked the county for $63,326 to continue mental health services. Since the County bucked up, services will continue. “We have less funding, which means the county has to take on that burden of supplying a mental health worker because our jail can not operate without one,” Clinton County Jail Capt. Monica Hoskins said. Within the last year, Community Mental Health Authority for Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County (CMH), along with other providers across Michigan, were notified that there would be a sufficient decrease in the amount of general funds that would be available to help their communities, including inmates at the Clinton County Jail. The push for Healthy Michigan and Medicaid was presented as a way of dealing with the loss of these funds.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission look to residents and professionals for brainstorming sessions

By Missy Sebring
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission asked members of nearby communities and professionals from across the country to put their heads together on ways to improve the Michigan Avenue and Grand River Avenue corridor with a charrette. A charrette is a planning and design session for problem solving. While these changes won’t happen overnight, they will give the planning commission direction on what the community wants for the future. Open houses and design sessions were held in Lansing and Okemos from Oct. 22-30.

Onondaga Township hopes to purchase Baldwin Park from Ingham County

By Missy Sebring
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Onondaga Township approached Ingham County this year hoping to purchase Baldwin Park from the county and assume responsibility of upkeep and management. The director of parks for Ingham County said it seems to be in favor of this plan because the park is not a lot of work, but is 12 miles from the park center. “It will just continue to get better because the county doesn’t have the time and resources to manicure it on a daily basis,” said the director of parks for Ingham county, Willis Bennett. The township felt like this was the right time to take over the park for a combination of reasons. “It is not a lot of upkeep for the park and we got a new board last year,” said Onondaga Trustee, Russell Bodell.

Ingham County offers Halloween alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

By Missy Sebring
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Ingham County has many Halloween activities planned. Lansing, East Lansing and Meridian Township have alternatives to regular trick-or-treating. The Potter Park Zoo will be having Boo at the Zoo the weekend of the 24th. According to the special events coordinator at the zoo, Jen Rostar. Families can come in costumes and see the zoo in a different perspective.

Ingham County Finance Committee discuss "Z" List for 2014

By Missy Sebring
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

The Ingham County Finance Committee met Sept. 25th to discuss the budget for this year and options for 2014. The committee contemplated what areas to place on the “Z” List, which is additional money for the upcoming year. Some commissioners said the money should be saved and placed in the contingency, while others saw the need to disperse it throughout the county. “Let’s take the rest of the money, even though after taxes and things it will be a small amount, give it to staff with a thank you for the last five years since the crash of 2008,” said Ingham County Chairperson, Deb Nolan.

Injuries among high school female athletes

By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Writer

 
Injuries are nothing new in the sports world. Athletes are no strangers to sprains, strains, contusions, concussions and broken bones. In recent years, injuries amongst female athletes have been going up, especially lower leg injuries. The three most dangerous sports when it comes to these lower leg injuries are soccer, volleyball and basketball. Examples of lower leg injuries are ankle sprains and strains, hip problems, foot problems, shin splints, pulled muscles, and the knee.

Schor holds first constituent coffee at Avenue Café


By Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

On Saturday, Feb. 16, State Representative of the 68th District, Andy Schor, held his first “Coffee time with Andy” at the Avenue Café in Lansing. Thirteen people heard Schor voice his ideas and concerns, and had a chance to tell him about their ideas and concerns. Topics ranged from education to gun handling and public roads to jobs. There will be a listening tour for House Democrats and a budget town hall meeting in March with the next “Coffee time with Andy” set to take place in April.