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Local News Summary - April 26, 2017 Edition

Shelter Inc. now named Hope Shores Alliance
Hope Shores Alliance is spreading the word about the multitude of services offered. Formerly known as Shelter Inc., the organization changed names about a year ago to help eliminate barriers for some in need. Katy Conklin, executive director for HSA, told the Tribune the former name was misleading, because sheltering people represents only 25 percent of the services offered.

“It was determined what was a barrier to providing services to many people was our name,” Conklin explained. HSA offers free confidential services for male and female survivors of sexual, domestic, stalking and dating violence, including professional counseling and community advocates for legal, medical and short-term safe housing placement as well as community education and preventive programs.

The organization serves Alcona, Alpena, Iosco, Montmorency and Presque Isle counties. The former Crisis Hotline, now called the Help and Support Line, is available 24/7 at 800-396-9129. HSA is currently seeking board members from Montmorency County.

Volunteers who would like to assist and support survivors of violence or give back for services received can work in thrift stores in Oscoda or Rogers City or in a Hope Shores Alliance office. They can also assist with events related to Stalking Awareness Month in January, Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Medical marihuana ordinance topic of discussion at Briley Township Board meeting
The planning commission for Briley Township isn’t drafting an ordinance for medical marihuana until the state decides which rules of new legislation will take effect in December. At the regular township board meeting, April 17, Gordon Green, planning commission, said the details of the legislation are changing on a weekly basis.

Currently, the new legislation provides for regulation of growers, processors, transporters, provisioning centers and lab testing. Green said the state has formed a new bureau to oversee the law, and there are ramblings the state will now be conducting lab testing.

“They may take that portion right out as a facility available, because they’re going to want that money for themselves,” Green explained. “If they only have one testing facility in Lansing, they’re going to have a firm grip on the industry and I think that’s what they want.”

Township officials need to decide if medical marihuana will be allowed and to what extent. If no action is taken, Green said no aspect of medical marihuana would be allowed.

“The way the act is written, there are rules to be followed. They haven’t named a rules committee, yet, at the state level,” Green told the Tribune. “We can do an ordinance, but it may be a waste of vote and a waste of paper.”

Second measles case in Michigan
Michigan’s second measles case is related to the first, which was reported in southeast Michigan earlier this year. The two individuals were both passengers on the same flight when the first individual was contagious.

“This underscores the importance of routine vaccination for both children and adults, and of making certain as many Michiganders as possible have protective immunity against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases,” Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said in a press release.

She added measles, which is highly contagious, is generally a rare disease in the United States, but it shows up every year because of travel to parts of the world where the illness is common. Measles can result in pneumonia, brain inflammation, hospitalization and death. It starts with a high fever, runny nose, cough and reddened light-sensitive eyes followed by a red, raised body rash starting on the head and face.

Measles may be contagious for a few days before symptoms become apparent until several days after the rash appears. The virus is spread through coughing and sneezing.

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