Several organizations are coming together to host an event called Pop The Polls. The price of admission is simply signing up to vote in November.
Pop The Polls is a one day voter registration drive and concert… and everyone in the Great Lakes Bay region is being invited to attend.
Benjamin Champagne is head of production for Pop The Polls. He said he loves seeing people get involved in their community. He hopes a little music, art and creativity will help more people get involved.
“I think that is is one of the most direct actions someone can take towards changing their community and it takes very little effort. You just go vote. You know? It’s not like you gotta go maintain a garden all summer or help build things in the community. It’s one simple act that has so much power to it.”
Champagne said several bands are scheduled to perform… and all people have to do to attend is register to vote. The event will take place Sunday, August 21 in downtown Saginaw.
A Genesee county foster care agency has surrendered its license following a state investigation.
State officials said the investigation of the Alternatives for Children and Families agency followed the death of a child in July 2015. The department found training violations and inconsistent regulations.
Bob Wheaton is the spokesmen for the Department of Health and Human Services. He said Alternatives was a case management agency, who was supposed to ensure foster families were adequately trained to care for foster children.
“So we really need to take action to try to prevent situations like this from happening, and make sure that children who are in foster care have an agency looking after their best interest, and keeping them safe.”
Wheaton said it’s rare an agency loses its license.
A regional planning group is looking for feedback from eastern Upper Peninsula residents about their internet service.
The Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission has sent out over 28,000 internet access surveys to residents and businesses. The information from the surveys will be given to service providers interested in expanding internet availability in the region.
Officials said the goal is to bring faster internet speeds to U-P residents.
Eric Wedesky is an Economic Development Specialist for the Commission. He said U-P residents deserve the same access that more populated areas receive.
“What we want is for people to come here and be able to have this rural, low population density spread out type of lifestyle, but still have the 21st century amenities that most people are more used to. And we see that as if were able to have things like broadband and access to common services in a place like this, it’ll be more attractive to people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas. So we see this as a way to effect economic development.”
Wedesky said the survey’s response rate has been high so far. Residents are being encouraged to complete the survey by Labor Day.
Tomorrow (Tue.) is the deadline for potential candidates to submit their names to be the replacement nominee for Democratic state lawmaker Julie Plawecki (pla-WEK’-ee), who died last month. Continue reading →