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Local News Summary - May 23, 2018 Edition

Mini Relay For Life to raise funds for cancer research
The elementary buildings for Johannesburg-Lewiston Schools continue to raise money for cancer research, every year, with mini Relays for Life. The event in Johannesburg took place on May 17, and the Lewiston fundraiser was underway on May 18.

Cyndie Kievit, principal in Lewiston, told students the day was “cool” because they would be thinking about others instead of themselves and honoring those who have lost the battle with cancer as well as celebrating those continuing the battle.

“Part of our time outside is walking the loop. That’s the time for thinking about others and reflecting,” she encouraged.

Six survivors attended the event and took the first steps of the walk with students. The students also had opportunities to have their faces painted with slogans and symbols of cancer awareness, make a paper chain honoring those affected by cancer, have their palms read by a fortune teller and tour an ambulance and fire truck.

The individual classrooms collect change, and the one with the most change collected wins a pizza party. Last year’s event in Lewiston raised $1,200. The money is combined with the Johannesburg efforts and taken to the Montmorency-Otsego Relay for Life.

Laura Schrader has been organizing the fundraiser in Lewiston for nine years, and her daughter, Faith Bartle, is now taking the effort outside the community. Bartle told the Tribune she began walking in the relay about 12 years ago when she was in third grade. She eventually helped facilitate the fundraiser in Johannesburg, and she now serves on the executive board for a similar event at Grand Valley State University.

“After college, I’ll join whatever community relay I can,” Bartle said.

Tick season is upon us – take appropriate precautionary measures
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state.

Although ticks can spread multiple illnesses, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in Michigan. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick.

The blacklegged tick is well-established in Michigan’s western Upper and Lower Peninsulas. However, it is expanding into new areas across the Lower Peninsula. In 2017, there were more than 300 human cases of Lyme disease reported, and approximately two out of three cases reported exposure in Michigan. Lyme disease infected ticks have currently been identified in 34 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Information about Lyme disease risk by county is available at Michigan.gov/lyme.

“With the expansion of blacklegged ticks into new areas in Michigan, the best way to protect against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “If you find a tick attached to your body, promptly remove it. Monitor your health, and if you experience fever, rash, muscle or joint aches or other symptoms, consult with your medical provider.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week that diseases spread by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas tripled in the U.S. from 2004 to 2016. The report also concludes that Lyme disease is an increasing concern for Michigan. To read the full report, visit the CDC website.

People can protect themselves against Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases by following these tips:
Avoid tick-infested areas.

• Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush and leaf litter at trail edges.

• Protect your pets too! Dogs and cats can come into contact with ticks outdoors and bring them into the home, so using tick prevention products on pets is also recommended.

Use insect repellent.
• Apply repellent containing DEET (20-30 percent) or Picaridin on exposed skin.

• Treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact or buy clothes that are pre-treated. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.

• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying repellents.

Perform daily tick checks.
• Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard.

• Inspect all body surfaces carefully, and remove attached ticks with tweezers.

• To remove a tick, grasp the tick firmly and as closely to the skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic. Bathe or shower.

• Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.

• Washing clothing in hot water and drying on high heat will kill ticks in clothing.

Michigan citizens can submit ticks to MDHHS for identification and possible Lyme disease testing, free of charge. Or residents can send electronic photos of ticks to the MDHHS for identification to MDHHS-Bugs@michigan.gov. For more information on how to submit your tick and/or photos, visit Michigan.gov/lyme.

For more information about Lyme disease, visit Cdc.gov/lyme or Michigan.gov/lyme.

Lady Huskies battle Lady Tigers
The defense of Atlanta’s Lady Huskies presented a scoring problem for Hillman’s Lady Tigers in game one of the doubleheader on May 14. The Huskies trailed by only one run after four innings, but a nightmare fifth inning for Atlanta catapulted the Tigers out of reach.

The Tigers threatened with two runners on in the bottom of the first and the Huskies did the same in the top of the second, but it wasn’t until the bottom of the second that the scoreboard lit up with a run for the Tigers on an RBI from Alison Samp that scored Briley Tyler.

The Tigers added a run in the third on a sacrifice from Jozie Appelgren that scored Brooke Jones. Despite the first three Tigers in the fourth reaching to load the bases, the runners were left stranded against the pitching of Atlanta’s Jade Forrester.

With time running out, the Huskies needed to make a move. Chace Hooper singled in the top of the fifth, and a one-out hit for Justice Cohoon put two runners on. Hailee Brown sacrificed at first to advance the runners, and Dezyrae Cohoon smacked a runner home to bring the Huskies within one.

The Tigers were in search of a little padding to end the fifth, and they got a down-filled comforter. Andrea Taratuta and Brooke Grulke each got on, and Autumn Jones brought one home. Grulke stole home on a wild pitch as did Jones.

The runs kept coming with an RBI for Eve LaFleche and two RBIs for Brooke Jones on a single with bases loaded. As the batting order came full circle, Taratuta singled for a score, and Jones stole home to put the Tigers within one run of ending the game. That’s when Allyn Jencks cracked a triple to bring in the winning run and end game one at 11-1, Tigers. Taratuta pitched for Hillman in game one.

Game two had a similar flavor, ending in the fifth inning in favor of Hillman with the final score 15-1, Tigers. McKenna Hiveley pitched game two for Hillman. Halle Armock started for Atlanta, and Forrester closed.

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