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Local News Summary - November 15, 2017 Edition

Atlanta Community Schools holds veterans luncheon
Atlanta Community Schools, complete with decorations and thank you cards from students. A special buffet of lasagna, salad and desserts was prepared for the veterans, but some couldn’t resist the pizza the students were eating.

Fighting ceased during WWI when an armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In November, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…,” Wilson is quoted as saying.

Armistice Day was primarily to honor veterans of World War I, but, in 1954, an amendment to the Act of 1938 replaced the word “armistice” with the word “veterans,” and November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

The Uniform Holiday Bill of 1968 ensured three-day weekends for federal employees on four holidays, including Veterans’ Day, but the first time it was observed for Veterans’ Day created confusion. In 1975, President Gerald Ford returned the annual observance of Veterans’ Day to November 11, effective 1978.

The holiday continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. Observing Veterans’ Day on November 11 preserves the historical significance of the date and helps focus attention on the important purpose of the day, which is to honor American veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Cell phone surcharge request passes
The cell phone bill surcharge to benefit 911 was voted in 677/520 during the recent election, and, at the regular Nov. 8 county board meeting, Donna Baranyai, 911 director, said she is thankful for the community’s support.

“I’m really happy,” Baranyai said. “This is a good thing for the center.”

The vote allows the county board to assess up to three dollars per month to cell phones addressed within the county. Customers were paying a surcharge of $1.47 per month. It has been estimated it will take several hundreds of thousands of dollars to complete the necessary upgrades for 911, and the levy is expected to generate about $115,000 the first year.

Sheriff Chad Brown attributed much of the success of the proposal to Baranyai’s diligence in attending area meetings and explaining the need for the surcharge.

“I’d like to thank Donna. She put a lot of work in,” Brown told those attending the meeting.

Medical examiner regionalization discussed at county board meeting
County Commissioner Stacy Carroll plans to attend a medical examiner system requirement overview meeting in December in Gaylord. At the regular Nov. 8 county board meeting, Carroll said the Gaylord meeting should reveal whether there will be regionalization regarding medical examiners.

According to Carroll, medical examiners who reside in the county or adjacent county must be utilized, but finding one is difficult. The medical examiners who were in place, she said, have aged, are retiring and are not being replaced. Carroll said she has a call out to Crawford County to see if the medical examiner there would be willing to help in Montmorency, but she hasn’t heard back, yet.

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