On Oct. 1, Meridian Township Police Chief Ken Plaga and Sergeant Ed Besonen were recognized for their heroism for this act with a tribute presented by State Rep. Julie Brixie at the Meridian Township Board Meeting. This award was given on behalf of Julie Brixie, Gov. Whitmer, Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. and Lieutenant Gov. Gilchrist. State Representative Julie Brixie taking a photo with Police Chief Ken Plaga and Sergeant Ed Benson. Photo by Lizzy Smiley.
By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service
LANSING – During a spring flood this year in West Michigan, some people took to kayaks and jet skis – despite clear emergency warnings – and some ended up needing rescue. That sparked legislators to draft a bill calling for “grossly negligent” thrill seekers to repay their rescue costs. “The general response from the public and lawmakers was very positive,” said Rep. Brandon Dillon, D– Grand Rapids, the chief sponsor. “A lot of people support the common sense of it and we expect it to pass easily.”
But the bill may serve a higher purpose beyond punishing people who ignore safety warnings. “Clearly, perception of elected officials is not in high regard,” Dillon said.
By Danielle Woodward
Mason Times staff writer
Donkeys brayed and onlookers cheered as the Mason Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting April 20 for Turning Pointe Donkey Rescue, celebrating the start of the facility’s seasonal public tours. The nonprofit Michigan based organization gave its first public tour that Saturday as part of its mission to inform the public of the need for donkey rescue. “Businesses and organizations in the Mason area (Mason and Dansville) are invited to be members of the chamber. The farm joined recently to boost its community awareness and networking opportunities,” said Mason Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Klein. Turning Pointe, which operates out of Dansville, is dedicated to, “the health and welfare of miniature, standard and mammoth donkeys,” according the its website.