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.

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.

Insurance for Autism in Michigan

By Jacqlyn Burnett
Ingham Couny Chronicle staff writer

Autism awareness month seems to be fulfilling its purpose. Michigan and Alaska as of 2012 are now a part of the other 29 states to require insurance to offer treatment for autistic people. An event called Buddy Day enables an experience for Mason high school students to interact and become more aware of autism with the Heartwood students. Learn more about the Michigan autism spectrum disorder state plan and the autism insurance legislation.

Mid-Michigan Food Bank Increases Gardener’s Opportunities

By Jacqlyn Burnett
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

INGHAM COUNTY—The Garden Project has expanded its opportunities and resources for gardeners and has expanded to seven counties this season with the new merger of the Mid-Michigan Food Bank. With the expansion, The Garden Project has refocused that assistance to help the whole community. The Garden Project provides resources for gardeners and food for the community members through the garden project. “We really like the fact the community gardens together,” said Valley. Currently, The Garden Project is gearing up for spring planting.

Re-cap of Republican Convention

By Gabby Saldivia and Lia Kananipuamaeole Kamana
Ingham County Chronicle staff writers

LANSING—The Michigan Republican Convention was held the weekend of Feb. 22-24 at the Lansing Center. Over 2,000 republicans from all over the state were in attendance with a large number of youth present. Gov. Rick Snyder spoke about revamping Michigan and the importance of the youth within the party. Also, a small group of protesters braved cold temperatures to advocate for gun control.

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.