Saturday, March 23, 2013
This year's County Health Rankings show Washtenaw County is again at the top of the list.
Washtenaw County ranks first among Michigan counties in “health factors” according to the 2013 County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This is the fourth consecutive year that Washtenaw County has received the top ranking for health factors, according to a press release from Washtenaw County Public Health. The County Health Rankings are published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute The rankings are based on the idea no single thing makes us healthy or unhealthy – rather it is a variety of factors such as physical activity, access to healthy food, education and family and community support combined. There are two rankings for each county, one for health factors and one …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
There are more than 90,000 federal employees in Michigan. Click on Washtenaw County in the interactive chart below to find out how many there are here and hover over the bars to see which departments they work for.
Unless Congress reaches a last-minute agreement on the sequester by Friday, the huge budget cuts slated to kick in have the potential to affect nearly 5,000 federal employees working in Washtenaw County. Barring any kind of deal, the Obama administration will have to impose $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs on Friday, according to The New York Times. Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. The numbers in the graph above show the number of federal employees in Michigan by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. It compiles the data from the U.S. Office of Personnel …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Here's a look at some events going on around the county today for Martin Luther King Day.
As the nation prepares to honor Martin Luther King Jr., here's a look at some events going on around the Dexter area today. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. symposium MLK Day Celebration - American Roots Music Martin Luther King Day Celebration Searching for Jordan Anderson: A Personal Journey Into Race And Slavery In America Chelsea Equality Proclamation 1. Original Dream Speech - King first delievered the "I have a Dream" speech to a crowd of 150,000 at Cobo Hall in Detroit, two months before the famous rendention in during the March on Washington in 1963. 2. Historical Recording - The original version of the "Dream" speech was recorded by Gordy Records, a subsidiary of Motown Records in Detroit. 3. Rosa Parks Bus - When she refused to give …
Friday, October 19, 2012
A 62-year-old man is the fifth Michigan death due to a meningitis outbreak that began in October.
An outbreak of fungal meningitis that is now responsible for the deaths of five Michigan residents, claimed the life of a second Washtenaw County resident this week. Officials with the Michigan Department of Community Health announced the death of a 62-year-old man on Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control speculate that the outbreak was caused by contaminated methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) injections produced by the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts earlier this month. According to Ann Arbor.com, as of Thursday, there has been a total of 45 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis in Michigan. The CDC advises patients who feel ill and are concerned they were injected with one of the recalled products to contact their …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Michigan Department of Community Health confirmed three Michigan deaths related to the Meningitis outbreak on Tuesday.
Family members say that a Howell Township woman was one of two Michigan residents who died after being treated with potentially contaminated steroid injections that health officials said were linked to an outbreak of Fungal Meningitis. Lilian Cary, 67, died Sept. 30 after been treated with steroid shots for chronic back pain at Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton, according to her husband, George Cary. Michigan Pain Specialists were one of four Michigan locations to receive the contaminated steroids. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) reported Tuesday that three women have died as a result of fungal meningitis believed to be linked to the contaminated steroids that have now been recalled: a 56-year-old Genesee County …
Monday, August 6, 2012
From Washtenaw County Commissioner to your U.S. senator, here are the names you'll see on the ballot this week.
Tuesday is Primary Day in Michigan. Here's a look at the candidates and issues that you will see on your ballot. District 52: Incumbent Mark Ouimet of Scio Township is the only Republican candidate for the post. Democrat Gretchen Driskell is also a candidate for the position, which represents most of western Washtenaw County. Both candidates are unopposed in the primary. Dexter Township Lima Township Webster Township Scio Township Dexter Patch will report election results as they come in on Tuesday night. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates. Polls open at 7 a.m.
Friday, June 29, 2012
The National Weather Service expects temperatures to remain in the high 90s through the weekend, which can lead to grass and wildfires.
The Dexter Area Fire Department and Scio Township Fire Department have issued a ban on outdoor burning due to extremely hot temperatures and dry weather that has affected most of Southeast Michigan since Thursday. "Due to the dry heat and high temperatures expected over the next several days, we won't be issuing any burn permits until it rains," Lt. Michael Grissom of the DAFD said. Firefighter Jordan Burns said open burn bans do not include outdoor grills and other devices that can properly contain a fire. "We know a lot of people will be grilling for the Fourth of July weekend," he said. "You still need to call the fire department to find out what we're allowing." Open burning typically involves burning dry leaves, flowers and other …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The local display is set for Tuesday, July 3, but you can check out even more events all over the area next week.
Whether you're a huge fireworks buff, can't make Dexter's event or just want to keep the Fourth of July celebration going all week long, there are plenty of options nearby. Check out the list of area fireworks events below and click on the links for more information about each event:
Monday, June 11, 2012
The storms could produce heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 50 m.p.h.
Scattered thunderstorms are likely today and this evening, according to a hazardous weather statement issued early Monday morning by the National Weather Service in Detroit. The best chances for thunderstorms will be between 5 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday, though severe weather is not expected at this time, according to the weather service. The strongest storms, however, could produce wind gusts up to 50 m.p.h. as they move east at 25 m.p.h. The storms will also be able to produce locally heavy rainfall. For the latest Dexter weather, news and information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Donors across Washtenaw Country attended the 27th annual spring auction at Chelsea Community Hospital on May 12.
Monday, June 4, 2012
CHELSEA — Chelsea Community Hospital’s 27th annual spring auction, “Rock Out Concert Tour,” was a rousing success, raising more than $253,000 for the hospital. The auction was held on May 12, at the UA 190/IBEW 252 Hall in Ann Arbor. The event included a silent auction, raffle, 52-card raffles, and a live auction, conducted by Steve Gross. With proceeds funding the purchase of a linear accelerator for radiation therapy, guests attended in a variety of costumes, including KISS band look-alikes, Elvis costumes, leather jackets, a variety of rock band T-shirts, and other musical acts. The atmosphere was exciting yet relaxed, as guests enjoyed a night of fun and friends, complete with décor that resembled a live concert and a strolling buffet…