Master Gardeners prepping for '14

By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service
LANSING – Anita Callender’s garden is her refuge. “My garden is a Valium,” she said. “It is a tranquilizer. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”
As the coordinator for the Western Wayne County Extension Office’s Master Gardner Volunteer Program, Callender is looking forward to January, which marks the program’s 35th year in Michigan – and another year for her to pass on her love of gardening. The Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a gardening and horticulture education program across the U.S. and Canada, for people of all ages and experience levels.

Volunteers keep tabs on rain, snow

By ERIK STIEM
Capital News Service
LANSING – It has a long name, but the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) makes quick and easy work of measuring precipitation. Rainfall and snowfall have long been difficult to monitor. But that’s less of a problem now, thanks to a simple rain gauge and citizen participation, said Jeff Andresen, the state climatologist and coordinator of the Michigan chapter of the national group known as CoCoRaHS. Anyone can join. The only requirements are a rain gauge and an enthusiasm for the environment, said Andresen, who is also an associate professor of geography at Michigan State University.

Holt's Relay for Life

By Marlee Delaney
Holt Journal staff writer

Holt’s Relay for Life is looking for people to participate in this annual cancer fundraiser June 21-22 at Holt High School. Relay for Life celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost their battle and raises funds to stop a disease that continues to take far too many lives. The relay is a team event that lasts 24 hours. Because cancer never sleeps, it is required for at least one team member to be walking on the track at all times. Deaths due to Cancer | Infographics
American Cancer Society representative Sarah Evitts said Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s largest fundraiser.

Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Awards honor those making a difference

By Andrea Raby
Mason Times staff writer

MASON—The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Feb. 13 to honor the people, businesses and groups that are making a difference in Mason. The banquet was held at the Eldorado Golf Course Banquet Center. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Klein said these awards recognize the people that go above and beyond to help the community. “(The award winners) are setting an example for the people that are less inclined to give back,” Klein said.

Old Newsboys

On December 1st, Old Newsboys volunteers sold newspapers called “Lansing Spoof Journal” to help provide shoes and boots for children in need. Each year the effort has grown. Old Newsboys helps thousands of family throughout Michigan. 93-year-old Fred Klethe was one of them and he put his santa suit selling newspapers in the Goodrich Market.Fred likes to help Old Newsboys raise money for children and he said it is something he has done for many years. Lansing State Journal produced the latest Lansing Spoof Journal, which is a significant fund raiser for Old Newsboys.