Jaycee and Oak parks to undergo expansions in near future

By Madison Morse
Living in the Ledge Staff Reporter

Two of Grand Ledge’s most well-known parks are getting a makeover. Starting this construction season, Jaycee Park and Oak Park will be undergoing expansions. The motion was brought forward at the April 11 City Council meeting. The additions will be made to fit the needs of the community, according to City Administrator Adam Smith. “The acquisition will provide for the expansion of Jaycee Park and enhance a connector trail for the existing river walk and new non-motorized trail facility,” said Smith.

Push on for more children’s health centers

By DANIELLE WOODWARD
Capital News Service
LANSING — The Department of Community Health is pushing for a program that would expand health centers for poor children to also treat mental illness. Department and child health center officials are pushing for a $2 million expansion of the program, which has been around for 25 years. This expansion would create new health centers that offer individual and family counseling, screening for mental disorders and prevention services for suicide and bullying, according to department officials. The centers would treat youth with disorders such as mild to moderate depression, high stress or anxiety, body issues and anger management. There are currently not many resources for those problems, said Carrie Tarry, manager for adolescent school health programs at the Michigan Department of Community Health.