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Fabius Township Board approves contract for communications tower at new fire station

Posted  December 11, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The Fabius Township Board has given its approval for St. Joseph County Central Dispatch to erect a 180-foot communications tower at the site of the new Lockport-Fabius-Park Townships Fire Department fire station under construction on Broadway Road. Approval of the contract and authorization for Trustee Dave Brueck to sign it on behalf of the township […]

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Fabius Township Board okays money for fire station items

Posted  December 11, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The Fabius Township Board has approved expenditures not to exceed $8,500 as the township’s share of the cost for three items for the new fire station on Broadway Road. The action during the board’s December meeting Wednesday evening (December 10th) will provide money from the fire category of the township’s general fund budget to cover […]

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McDonough warns of “a lean couple of years”

Posted  December 11, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The challenging economic times were evident Wednesday evening (December 10th) in comments by Fabius Township Supervisor Bob McDonough near the end of the December meeting of the Fabius Township Board. McDonough noted recent news reports about state budgets, revenue sharing and such and shared some thoughts regarding Fabius Township.  He said, “We’ve been doing fine, […]

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Deadline for physical damage disaster loan applications is January 16th

Posted  December 11, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of all sizes of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damage caused by the severe storms and flooding that occurred from September 12th through October 14th, 2008.  The deadline to file an application for physical damage is January 16, 2009. […]

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Governor presents “first step” to address fiscal year 2009 challenges

Posted  December 11, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

LANSING – State Budget Director Robert Emerson on Wednesday (December 10th) formally presented to a joint session of the State House and Senate Appropriations Committees Governor Jennifer Granholm’s proposal to cut $134 million from the fiscal year 2009 budget.  The governor’s proposal, made through executive order, is a first step in addressing the economic challenges […]

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Upton applauds House passage of loans for U.S. automakers, urges swift passage in the Senate

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph), co-chair of the Congressional Auto Caucus, made the following statement today (Wednesday, December 10th) following the House passage of legislation making available nearly $15 billion in loan assistance for domestic automakers.  The measure, H.R. 7321, passed the House by a vote of 237 to 170. “The vote […]

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Glen Oaks enrollment continues to increase

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

Students are enrolling in Winter Semester classes at Glen Oaks Community College in near record fashion. That was the word Wednesday morning (December 10th) as college officials reported during the December meeting of the Glen Oaks Community College Board of Trustees. Enrollment was up six percent last fall and registration numbers for winter indicate possible […]

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Immaculate Conception School faces challenges from falling enrollment, revenue

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

Immaculate Conception School in Three Rivers is facing challenges from a decline in enrollment and revenue. The difficulties confronting the school on South Douglas Avenue are noted in an article by Julie Mack in Wednesday’s (December 10th) edition of the Kalamazoo Gazette.  To access the “online” version of the story, click here. Immaculate Conception School […]

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Glen Oaks Community College announces new employees

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

Glen Oaks Community College has announced three new employees hired for several key positions. Terri Moses has been named Applications Programmer, Tonya Howden is the new Executive Assistant in Student Services/Admissions, and Leanne Barnell has been named Upward Bound Program Advisor. The positions had been vacant for some time due to retirement or resignation. Moses […]

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“Christmas in Constantine” activities set for Saturday

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The Village of Constantine will come alive on Saturday (December 13th) with all of the stores open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – not to mention that Santa Claus and his reindeer will be on hand Saturday morning! Santa will arrive at the Village Inn and be in Constantine from 9 a.m. until noon […]

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Fabius, Park township board meetings set for Wednesday evening

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The December meetings of the Fabius Township Board and the Park Township Board are scheduled for this evening (Wednesday, December 10th). Both meetings will get underway at 7:30 p.m. at the respective township halls.

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St. Joseph County Conservation District to celebrate 60th year of service with Annual Meeting/Open House

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The St. Joseph County Conservation District will celebrate its 60th year of service to St. Joseph County with its Annual Meeting/Open House on Wednesday, December 17th. The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the St. Joseph County Conservation Center Office at 693 East Main Street in Centreville. Light refreshments – specifically, […]

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Three Rivers City Commisison to conduct public hearing on tax abatement request December 16th

Posted  December 10, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The Three Rivers City Commission will conduct a public hearing on a tax abatement request from R & H Machine Products during its meeting on Tuesday, December 16th. The company, located at 702 Webber Street, is seeking an Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption Certificate for a replacement CNC machine. The purpose of the hearing is to […]

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Slush holds clues for winter driving

Posted  December 9, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

As weather conditions change rapidly across southwest Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is sharing some tips from snow plow drivers to help motorists know when roadways are icing over. “We teach our crews to look at the slush being thrown by passing vehicles. If slush is thrown to the side of the wheels […]

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Fisher Lake sewer system discussed in Lockport Township

Posted  December 9, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

The December meeting of the Lockport Township Board Monday evening (December 8th) produced lots of conversation about a proposed sewer system to serve Fisher Lake, but no action or conclusions. Much of the discussion focused on determining how Fisher Lake residents feel about the project. Township Clerk Wayne Timm reported on his efforts by letter […]

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Fire Protection Review Committee looks toward future of fire service in Lockport Township

Posted  December 9, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

A Fire Protection Review Committee has begun work toward determining the direction Lockport Township will take to provide fire service to the township in the future. During the December meeting of the Lockport Township Board Monday evening (December 8th), Township Clerk Wayne Timm said the five-member committee has met once and is “looking at making […]

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Lockport Township considers website possibility

Posted  December 9, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

Could a website be in Lockport Township’s future? Possibly. During Monday’s (December 8th) meeting of the Lockport Township Board — under an item of “New Business” entitled “Township Communication” – newly-elected Supervisor Ray Signorello suggested that the township consider developing a website as a way to bolster communication, “if we can afford it.” Signorello noted […]

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State Representative Shaffer says ‘thank you,’ wishes new Lockport Township supervisor well

Posted  December 9, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

State Representative Rick Shaffer, a Lockport Township resident, was a man with two missions Monday evening (December 8th) as he visited the December meeting of the Lockport Township Board. Shaffer explained that, for the last six months, he’s been on a mission to get to all 44 townships, villages and cities that he has represented […]

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Neighborhood names finalized in Sturgis

Posted  December 9, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

Over the past year, staff members from the City of Sturgis, working with Monica Smith of the Sturgis Neighborhood Program, have engaged the public to help develop neighborhood boundaries and designations. Citizen input was gathered through a series of four community meetings and a city-wide feedback campaign that included distribution in utility bills and the […]

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Modest job market expected for Kalamazoo-Portage MSA

Posted  December 9, 2008  by  Bruce Snook

Kalamazoo-Portage area employers expect to hire at a fair pace during the first quarter of 2009, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. “From January to March, 19 percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 15 percent expect to reduce their payrolls,” according to Manpower spokesperson Becky Slager.  “Another 63 percent […]

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