This week the Grand Ledge and Haslett school districts announced they are starting online. In a note sent out to the Haslett families, the school board had this to say:
" We understand that there is not a decision regarding a Return to School Plan that will fully meet the needs of every family in the district. We also recognize that the shift to online learning that occurred in the spring was not without issues. Unlike the sudden and mandatory shift that occurred in the spring, staff have been working for months to make this year’s educational experience (whether in person with significant changes to practices and procedures, or online) as robust and comprehensive as possible. Our goal is to continue providing an A+ quality education to all students of Haslett Public Schools utilizing Haslett’s exceptional faculty, while also enhancing the technology supports that have been in development within the district over the last several years. We hope to offer a few in-person opportunities to students who need additional supports, as well. Information on implementation of the 100% online plan will be shared over the next few days. Parent forums will be offered to help navigate all aspects of online learning."
We continue to keep track of what each school district is planning to do for the start of school this fall:
DeWitt: Virtual Start
East Lansing: Virtual Start
Eaton Rapids: TBD
Grand Ledge: Virtual Start
Haslett: Virtual Start
Lansing Catholic: In Person
Lansing Christian: Hybrid
Lansing Eastern: Virtual
Lansing Everett: Virtual
Lansing Sexton: Virtual
Mason: Virtual Start
St Johns: Hybrid
Webberville: In person blended schedule
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With everyone staying close to home these days it’s easy for a Mid-Michigander to long for the taste of up north even though it feels far outside of their reach. The solution is easy, because you can stay home and have favorite UP treat all because of a traveling wonder, that is Grampa’s Pastys.
Grandpa’s Pastys are the life time effort of Cheryl & Geff Clarke and their desire for a good pasty. Starting in 2010 and hailing from Richland, MI they decided to make the leap and serve primarily at local farmers markets around the state including regular stops at the Meridian Township Farmers Markets in Okemos. “Our English South African background opened up the door for going this route together with the Michigan tradition of the Yooper pasty?!” Cheryl mentioned. “We do mainly farmers markets because of the personal contact. Customers become friends and are longtime supporters.”
It’s easy to see why people support Grampa’s Pastys. We tried a few of the pasties and were swooned by the flaky buttery crust and the fresh and flavorful fillings. Our group tried the Adobo Chicken, the Spicy Cuban beef and the Vegetarian Curry. We found the sweet and sour adobo delightful, the Spicy Cuban beef not too spicy, but our overall favorite was the Vegetarian Curry. The flavors and smell were right out of your favorite Indian kitchen and the vegetables tasted fresh were not mushy. Add in lentils and copious amounts of garbanzo beans and you had a hand held meal that was both delicious and satisfying. You’ll need to get to the market early because Grampa’s Pastys were selling out fast. Other varieties included
· BEEF YOOPER – Your traditional pasty with steak, onion, carrots, potato and rutabaga
· ITALIAN MEATBALL – Ground beef, egg, garlic, tomato, butter in a bechamel, parm sauce
· PERI-PERI CHICKEN – Portuguese style with chicken, lemon, sweet peppers and paprika
· FLATLANDER – Michigan red potatoes, onion, cheddar, Gouda and cream
So you want something that isn’t messy, is adventurous and affordable street food from Up North, stop by Grampa’s Pastys all summer long. Learn more at www.grampaspastys.comor find them on facebook @GrampasTheGreatAmericanPastyandPieCo
ROCHESTER, Mich. – Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) today called on her general election opponent to condemn the Trump administration lawsuit that would destroy the Affordable Care Act, including its protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.
Slotkin was joined by Dianne Byrum, director of Protect Our Care Michigan, and by two 8th District residents who shared their stories of what’s at stake if the ACA is dismantled: Sarah Stark, a diabetic and activist on prescription drug prices, and Keith Van Houten, the father of a son with muscular dystrophy.
“For more than eight months we’ve had Republican challengers competing against one another for the nomination in the 8th District,” Slotkin said. “And at no time during those eight months did we have a candidate answer a very basic and simple question: Do you support the Trump administration’s lawsuit to undermine the Affordable Care Act and its protections, particularly for those with pre-existing conditions?”
Slotkin also called on her Republican challenger, Paul Junge, to support passage of legislation passed in the House to reduce drug costs, including provisions to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug costs, and to refuse donations from corporate PACs as she has done, including pharmaceutical industry PACs.
“I certainly would support a real, honest conversation about the differences between myself and Mr. Junge on protecting people with pre-existing conditions, lowering the cost of healthcare for all Americans and creating transparency and lower prices on prescription drugs.”
To date, Junge has not taken a public position on the Trump administration’s lawsuit now before the U.S. Supreme Court. In June, the administration filed a legal brief in the case calling for the full dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, and specifically cited its protections for pre-existing conditions as provisions that should be invalidated. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court are expected this fall.
“We don't know his position on healthcare,” Byrum said. “Will Mr. Junge disavow President Trump and Republicans in Congress on their attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act?”
Sarah Stark, who accompanied Slotkin to the 2020 State of the Union Address and advocates for fellow diabetics struggling with the high cost of insulin, said people like her with health conditions are deeply concerned about the outcome of the election: “It’s something that’s on our minds when we go into the voting booth: who cares about our health care and who doesn't.”
Van Houten said his son has healthcare expenses of $100,000 a year, including $85,000 in drug costs, plus use of an expensive wheelchair.
“He is exactly who insurers want to exclude from their insurance pools,” Van Houten said. “Prior to the ACA, that’s exactly what insurers did.”
On the Trump administration lawsuit, Van Houten said: “It scares the hell out of me and my family.”
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-164 which requires face coverings to be worn in all child-care centers and camps. Michigan has seen COVID-19 outbreaks at these locations, adding to the mounting evidence that children can contract and spread the virus. By requiring face coverings, child-care centers and camps can remain open while keeping children and staff members safe.
“Child-care workers have been on the front lines of this crisis and have worked tirelessly to provide a safe place for our children and families during this time. COVID-19 is still a very real threat to Michiganders of all ages, and we must continue to stay vigilant and use every tool at our disposal to protect ourselves and each other,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am committed to doing everything in my power to protect people of all ages from COVID-19. By masking up, we can all be a part of the solution to further prevent the spread of the virus and save lives.”
“Masks continue to be one of the best ways to contain the spread of COVID-19, and they can be safely worn by most of us over the age of two,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and MDHHS chief deputy for health. “Be a role model for your children and demonstrate the importance of wearing a mask. Have your child practice properly wearing a mask – over their nose, mouth and chin – while they are at home so they are comfortable with it in public. It will take all of us, of all ages, doing our part to continue slowing the spread of this disease and to protect our families and communities.”
Executive Order 2020-164 requires all staff and children ages 2 and up to wear a face covering on a school bus or other transportation. Additionally, all staff and children ages 4 and up must wear a face covering in all indoor common spaces. All staff and all children 12 and older are required to wear a face covering when in classrooms, homes, cabins, or similar indoor small-group settings. The governor also strongly encourages that all children ages 2 and up wear face coverings when indoors. These rules align with the existing rules on face coverings that already apply to preK-12 schools across Michigan.
If a child-care center is located in a region in Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan, face coverings are not required, but are still strongly recommended. Furthermore, face coverings are not required for any child who cannot medically tolerate it, during meal time, while swimming, during high-intensity activities, outside while physically distanced, or if a child is under the age of 2.
Child-care centers and camps may use facilities that are otherwise closed under Executive Order 2020-160. Furthermore, child-care centers and camps must follow additional guidelines on infection control as determined by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The governor also extended Executive Order 2020-146 until August 15, 2020.
The Michigan Mass Timber Summit – postponed due to COVID-19 – is going virtual, and there’s plenty of time left to register. The summit, originally planned for April, is now a series of three web-based sessions from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Sept. 22 and 29 and Oct. 6. It was originally scheduled to take place in April. One summit highlight will be a virtual tour of Michigan State University’s new $100 million STEM Teaching and Learning Facility. It’s the first building in Michigan to use mass timber – a system where the load-bearing structure of buildings is constructed from engineered wood. Panels of durable, lightweight cross-laminated timber are being used for floors and ceilings in the 120,000-square-foot building near Spartan Stadium.
Other seminar topics scheduled for the summit include calculating the costs and benefits of mass timber projects, design and logistics, building codes and construction.
“People are starting to see the possibilities of mass timber, and it’s wonderful to have a large, public building on the MSU campus where people can see the technology for themselves,” said Jeff Stampfly, acting chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Resources Division.
The event is co-hosted by the DNR and the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute. Leading sponsors of the event include The Nature Conservancy, Granger Construction, SDI Structures, Michigan State University, and JM Longyear.
The switch to a virtual summit means the registration cost is lower and more spots are available and organizers welcome anyone with an interest to come learn about this new building approach.