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The Lost Railway Museum receives a grant from Consumers Energy Foundation

JUNE 4, 2018 – The Lost Railway Museum received a $25,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation. These funds will support the continued restoration of Interurban Car #29 and Car #47, development of educational programs and marketing the museum to the community. The museum welcomed its 5,000th guest since its opening in July 2017.

Most Interurban systems started in the late 19th century and only operated until the late 1920’s. A very short lifespan for such a significant industry that grew quickly and died just as fast. Most people alive today have never heard of the Interurban system. It is the Lost Railway.

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Schaub named to American 1 Credit Union board

JUNE 4, 2018 - Linda Schaub, Executive Director of Development for Spring Arbor University, has accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors of American 1 Credit Union. Schaub was appointed to fill a vacated board seat.

“We are excited to welcome Linda Schaub to our Board of Directors. Her expertise and personal involvement in non-profit work gives her a great understanding of how boards work. She will serve the credit union and its members very well,” commented Former Senator Philip E. Hoffman, American 1 Credit Union Board Chairman.

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City of Jackson receives certification as Redevelopment Ready Community

MAY 29, 2018 – For establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Jackson has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced. Jackson is in full alignment with the RRC best practices and the city is poised to attract and support private investment.

The MEDC will hold a formal presentation of the RRC Certification Award during a city council meeting which begins tonight at 6:30pm, at Jackson City Hall, 161 West Michigan Ave.

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Jackson Friendly Home to hold ribbon cutting for modernized facility

MAY 26, 2018 - The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce announced the Jackson Friendly Home (JFH) ribbon cutting on Friday, June 1, at 435 W. North Street Jackson, MI 49202 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The ribbon cutting is at 9:45 a.m.

“Over the last three years, the Jackson Friendly Home has made substantial progress in modernizing the facility. The addition of our new elevator and generator has been life changing for the women of the home. The new elevator replaces the elevator that was installed in the 1940’s," said Administrator Sarah Slamer-Wasil. She thanked the Weatherwax Foundation, Mary Thompson Foundation, Samuel Higby Camp Foundation, and the Hancock Foundation, as well as Covalle Architectural Group and Collins Design Build for helping realize our vision for this project.


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Get ready for Paws in the Park

MAY 15, 2018 - Cascades Humane Society is busy preparing for Paws in the Park, one of its biggest fundraisers of the year. This is a dog walk-a-thon through Cascades Falls Park on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

This year the Carnival theme continues complete with carnival games, a dunk tank, balloon twisting, professional face painting, and 3 free performances by the Detroit Circus. “We are excited to have the Detroit Circus performers back, doing their juggling, stilts work, and acrobatics. We hope everyone will stay after the walk to watch one of their free performances” says Heather Leszczynski, Executive Director. In addition to the carnival atmosphere, this family friendly event also includes lots of vendors to shop, food for purchase courtesy of the Jackson Breakfast Rotary, and a human-dog photo booth.

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Hackett Auto Museum names new Board member

MAY 11 - The Hackett Auto Museum selected Ed Konrad to its Executive Advisory Committee. Konrad is an avid student of history and a member of the collector car hobby. He has enjoyed a long career in the banking industry and currently serves as Vice President of Finance for CP Federal Credit Union.

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American 1 Credit Union is Presenting Sponsor at Hot Air Jubilee

MAY 10 , 2018 – The 2018 Hot Air Jubilee will return to Ella Sharp Park July 20-22 with more than 25 balloonists from across the state of Michigan. Hot Air Jubilee spokesman Jeff Knapp announced the Jubilee is partnering with American 1 Credit Union for the first time as the Presenting Sponsor. “American 1 is providing the stability of a three-year presenting sponsor agreement, and we are excited to have them onboard.” Knapp also announced that, “Once again we are pleased that Ella Sharp Museum and Hammond Propane are both returning as Gold Sponsors; their contributions and dedication to the Jubilee are extremely important to the success of this event. Ella provides the perfect venue, and Hammond generously donates the propane for our balloonists.”

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Partnership Works to Eliminate Qualifying Driver Responsibility Fees

MAY 7, 2018— The Michigan Works! Association has partnered with the Michigan Department of Treasury and Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to eliminate qualifying Driver Responsibility Fees (DRF) before Oct. 1, 2018, for individuals who participate in a qualifying workforce development training program. Many programs are available to the public, and Michigan Works! organizations will assist individuals with enrollment.

Michigan Works! Association, Michigan Department of Treasury and Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson released the following joint statement:

“Eliminating fees will remove financial, work-related barriers for a large number of Michiganders who are able and willing to work. This partnership provides a unique opportunity to participate in workforce programs with getting people on the road and back to work as the end goal.

The partnership created through the DRF program is key in helping to return workers to our state’s labor pool.

Michigan Works! and our state partners will continue to work together to ensure the success of this program, thereby serving job seekers, and ultimately employers, in a comprehensive, efficient way.”

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Health Department receives Grant Award to Prevent Lead Exposure in Pregnant Women

MAY 7, 2018 – The Jackson County Health Department announced the award of $15,000 in funding from the Michigan Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission (CLEEC) to further eliminate child lead exposure in Jackson County. The Jackson County Health Department was one of 11 award recipients in the state demonstrating innovative approaches to the elimination of child lead exposure. 

The project will be a collaboration of the Jackson County Health Department, Jackson Health Network, and Jackson Community Medical Record with a focus on Preventing Lead Exposure in Pregnant Women.  Lead exposure during pregnancy is of concern because lead can be passed to the developing fetus during pregnancy or to the infant during breastfeeding.

Dr. Ray King, President and CEO of Jackson Health Network, said, “The unique collaboration between Public Health (JCHD), Henry Ford Allegiance Health and JHN physicians and providers, and the rest of our community resources makes this type of work feasible in our community.”

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