Lansing workers return to new normal

Across the Lansing area, workers have faced different challenges since March because of COVID-19. But for recent Mason High School graduate Reagan Bercaw, she said going back to her job at Plato’s Closet made her feel just as at home as she did all quarantine. “For me, coming back (to work) was really nice to finally have something that I actually had to do,” Bercaw said. “I hated sitting at home.”

Bercaw, like many others, was laid off March 23 while Plato’s Closet in East Lansing was closed during Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Some employees resumed work May 14, but Bercaw came back June 1.

Parkinson’s Walkathon Brings Awareness to Greater Lansing Community

By Jennifer Raye
The Meridian Times staff writer
OKEMOS, Mich.- More than 400 people participated in the “I Gave My Sole for Parkinson’s” Walkathon and 5K run, organized by the Michigan Parkinson Foundation at Okemos High School on Oct. 1. The second annual Greater Lansing area Michigan Parkinson Foundation Walkathon and 5K run had more than 100 participants compared to last year’s walkathon, which had around 300 walkers and runners. “We’re bringing people together from all over to celebrate their coping with this disease,” said Debby Orloff, CEO of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. The Greater Lansing area has 30,000 to 35,000 people currently affected by Parkinson’s disease.