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Marna Wilson was named a "Frontline Hero" as part of Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr's mission to find and reward the heroes of the 23rd district.
Marna volunteers 2 days a week at the Lansing First Presbyterian Church Food Pantry. When COVID hit, many of the pantry’s senior volunteers were unable to continue volunteering, so Marna stepped up. In the spring, she began volunteering 3 of the 4 days the pantry is open to cover not only a smaller team of volunteers, but an overwhelming need in the community: the pantry has seen at least 3 times its typical usage during COVID and by June, its resources were quickly depleting. Marna went to work, fundraising $10,000 for the pantry and collecting $40,000 worth of donations from the community.
Marna takes on a large administrative role at the pantry, answering phones, making appointments, and recordkeeping. She has made it her mission to ensure their pantry is able to meet the community full spectrum of needs. In addition to food, the pantry has a coat closet and provides personal care items like toothpaste and brushes, laundry detergent, dish soap, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and more. Marna also goes above and beyond to connect callers to the pantry with social service needs they cannot meet, like providing beds, high chairs, cribs, or blankets, or housing assistance. Though their pantry is set up to serve two Lansing area codes, she prides herself on working to assist anyone who comes to them in need.
A volunteer for the past 8 years, Marna very much considers the food pantry her passion project. Her team is comprised of only 7 volunteers ranging from age 60 to 84, and she’s extremely proud of the services and resources they are able to provide the community with. In addition to the food pantry, she serves as President of the Haslett Okemos Rotary Club, has served on the Friends of Okemos Library Board for 25 years, serves on the Age Alive Leadership Council through MSU, and is involved with 100 Women Who Care and The Blue Brigade. Marna considers herself a “connector” who connects people with projects that help the community. Her work does not go unappreciated, and we are so grateful for Marna’s dedication to serving our community wherever she can!
Marna will receive a $100 gift card to Henry's Place in Okemos. Open since 2016, Henry’s Place is a cozy gourmet pub in Meridian Township’s shopping district with New American cuisine, 24 seasonal & regional beers on tap, and specialty craft cocktails. Throughout the pandemic, Henry’s Place has been dedicated to the needs of its staff, organizing multiple fundraisers to directly benefit its employees financially impacted by the pandemic.
The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association recently recognized outstanding area players for post season awards. Here are your Okemos honorees:
Gaggandeep Grewal .
Richard Smith III
Congratulations to all!
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 13 – Three more Michigan High School Athletic Association non-contact Winter sports will be allowed to restart practice Saturday (Jan. 16) per the updated epidemic order announced today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), while four Winter contact sports may begin indoor practices Saturday with non-contact activities.
Girls gymnastics, girls and boys bowling, and girls and boys swimming & diving, as “non-contact” sports, may also begin competition before the end of this month – swimming & diving Jan. 22 and gymnastics and bowling Jan. 25. Masks will be required of all participants except when they are actively participating in gymnastics and swimming & diving. Spectators will be capped at 100 persons in school gyms or 250 in stadiums and arenas, per MDHHS orders.
Basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling are considered “contact” sports and may begin non-contact practices Jan. 16, with their first competitions scheduled for Feb. 1. Because of the later start to competition schedules in those sports, the MHSAA will adjust its tournament dates for those four to conclude on later dates than what is currently scheduled – those dates will be announced later this week.Girls and boys skiing, as an outdoor non-contact sport, was allowed to begin in December.
“We are glad to have three more sports join skiing in returning to full activity, but we understand the disappointment and frustration on the part of our athletes and coaches whose sports are not yet able to restart completely,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “We will continue to adjust schedules to provide all of our winter teams as substantial an experience this season as possible, as part of our greater plan this school year to play all three seasons to conclusion.
“We have shown with our remaining Fall sports this month that our schools can participate safely, and we’re confident teams will continue to take all the appropriate precautions as we jump back into indoor Winter activities.”
Additionally, spring sports teams and fall teams not participating in the MDHHS rapid testing pilot program may begin four-player workouts and resume conditioning Jan. 16, but only with non-contact activities. Fall teams finishing their seasons in girls volleyball, Lower Peninsula girls swimming & diving and football have been able to do so by taking part in the MDHHS rapid testing pilot program for COVID-19; volleyball and swimming & diving will conclude with Finals this weekend, while football will finish Jan. 22-23 with 11-Player Finals.
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