Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Looking For Walkers And Volunteers!

strides 2014Saturday, October 11th is the date set for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in St. Clair County.  The walk begins at 9 a.m. at St. Clair County Community College and winds around the city to the Blue Water Bridges and back.  Day of Volunteers are needed, and walkers are always welcome.  This walk is a great celebration of life – survivors are honored – music and fun is provided!  To volunteer or find out how you can participate to help rid the world of breast cancer and provide more birthdays for those facing breast cancer, please call Megan at 248.663.3509, ext. 3509  A volunteer registration training will be held on October 7th, 2014 at 6 pm at Colonial Woods Missionary Church in Carpenter Room 2.

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Lunch And Learn

The Government buys everything, and you can learn how to navigate the world of defense and government contracts with the true experts at a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday October 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at SC4’s M-Tec Building in Room 208 at 735 Erie Street in Port Huron.  This seminar presented by True…

Lunch And Learn

true northThe Government buys everything, and you can learn how to navigate the world of defense and government contracts with the true experts at a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday October 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at SC4’s M-Tec Building in Room 208 at 735 Erie Street in Port Huron.  This seminar presented by True North will help guide business owners through the procedures and process of selling produces and services to the government – Federal – State and Local.  According to organizers, their team has over 100 years of experience in all facets of government contracting and can help ensure business owners success in bidding and winning awards at all dollar levels.  This event is being sponsored by the Blue Water Chamber of Commerce and the St. Clair County EDA.  There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.  Preregister by calling 810) 985-7101

 

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McLaren Port Huron Offers Depression Screenings

In observance of National Depression Screening Day, McLaren Port Huron will partner with St. Clair County Community Mental Health and St. Clair County Community College to offer free, anonymous depression screeningsThursday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the College Center Café on the campus of SC4.  National Depression Screening Day is intended to…

McLaren Port Huron Offers Depression Screenings

mclaren port huronIn observance of National Depression Screening Day, McLaren Port Huron will partner with St. Clair County Community Mental Health and St. Clair County Community College to offer free, anonymous depression screeningsThursday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the College Center Café on the campus of SC4.  National Depression Screening Day is intended to raise awareness about depression. Those who participate in the screening will complete a brief written questionnaire designed to assess their risk for mood and anxiety disorders. Attendees will then have the opportunity to meet with a trained mental health professional to review and discuss results.  Referral information for treatment will also be available. Attendees will also be able to view educational videos and take information home on a variety of topics that address certain concerns. There will also be information to assist individuals who are worried about the mental health and safety of a friend or family member. Registration is not required. For additional information, call HealthAccess at (800) 228-1484.

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School Responds Swiftly To Mercury Exposure

Parents of students at Central Middle School were notified Friday morning via the District’s OneCallNow phone alert system that a student had brought a container of mercury on the school bus. That bus later picked up students and took them to Roosevelt Elementary.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was immediately contacted and precautionary measures…

School Responds Swiftly To Mercury Exposure

centralParents of students at Central Middle School were notified Friday morning via the District’s OneCallNow phone alert system that a student had brought a container of mercury on the school bus. That bus later picked up students and took them to Roosevelt Elementary.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was immediately
contacted and precautionary measures were taken according to their instructions. The mercury itself has been disposed of professionally. The schools and buses were checked for mercury and are being professionally cleaned.  Parents of students on this bus were contacted by school officials. Students at both schools were dismissed early today. This was a scheduled half-day for students, as staff were scheduled to participate in professional staff development sessions this afternoon.  At Port Huron Area School District, student safety is always our priority,” stated Superintendent James Cain. (more)He explained that, following the MDEQ recommendation and consultation with local health department officials, the schools remained open and the few students who had contact with the mercury were isolated. As a precautionary measure all students on the affected bus were asked to remove their shoes and all items that may have been contaminated were kept in an isolated area. All students at Central were asked to wash their hands.

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Blue Water Area Transit Bus Fares See Slight Increase

Blue Water Area Transit bus fares will increase by five cents on October 1st. The regular fare to ride the agency’s fixed-route and dial-a-ride buses in the Port Huron area, as well as the I-94 express and M-29 local commuter route buses to and from Macomb County, will go up from 75 to 80 cents.  Bus fares will…

Blue Water Area Transit Bus Fares See Slight Increase

hqdefaultBlue Water Area Transit bus fares will increase by five cents on October 1st. The regular fare to ride the agency’s fixed-route and dial-a-ride buses in the Port Huron area, as well as the I-94 express and M-29 local commuter route buses to and from Macomb County, will go up from 75 to 80 cents.  Bus fares will also increase five cents for youth, seniors, and riders with disabilities. Fares will go up from 60 to 65 cents for youth (6-17 years old), and fares will go up from 35 to 40 cents for seniors (60 and older), riders with valid Medicare cards, and riders with disabilities. Children (5 and younger, accompanied by an adult) will continue to ride free of charge.  The agency’s seasonal Trolley Tour will continue to offer a one-hour overview of local history aboard an old-time trolley vehicle for only ten cents on Saturdays through October 11th.  Monthly passes will continue to cost $25 and ten-day passes will continue to cost $10.  “It’s been more than two decades since our last fare increase,” says Linda Bruckner, Blue Water Area Transportation Commission Board chair and Fort Gratiot Township trustee. The last BWAT fare increase was in 1993 when regular fares went from 60 to 75 cents; youth fares went from 50 to 60 cents; and senior and handicapped fares went from 30 to 35 cents.  “We’ve been able to hold the line on fare increases by managing costs in several areas,” explains Jim Wilson, BWAT general manager. “Investing in eco-smart bus washing and CNG fuel systems are two examples.” Transit services were expanded in 2008, when BWAT added regional commuter routes to and from Macomb County and extended hours designed to help commuters get to and from work. The agency has been able to avoid cutting any bus services since the last fare increase. The cumulative rate of inflation since 1993 is 64.6%, based on United States government Consumer Price Index data. Spending 75 cents to ride the bus in 1993 is equal to spending $1.23 today, according to a cost of living calculator developed by the American Institute for Economic Research.  Blue Water Area Transit continues a proud tradition of innovation in public transit that has served Port Huron for more than a century. Port Huron was one of the nation’s first communities to operate an electrified transit system in the 1880s and one of the first to operate motor coaches when they became popular in the 1930s. Following an eight-year hiatus, the current bus service began in September 1976. Since then, BWAT has carried more than 26 million riders.  BWAT started producing its own compressed natural gas in 1996 and now ranks as Michigan’s largest producer of the alternative fuel. It runs the state’s largest fleet of natural gas fueled buses.

 

 

 

 

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