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Long, cold temperatures slowing the flow of sap


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This year’s extra long winter is pushing back the production of one of nature’s sweetest treats. Syrup farmers are saying they finally expect to begin collecting sap this week.
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Lawmakers to iron out differences on emergency road money and Medicaid shortfall bill

file5201336372254The state House and Senate have not been able to agree on a mid-year budget bill.
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New index aims to measure the ‘misery’ of each winter season

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This winter is shaping up to be one of the worst on record, according to a new tool has been created by weather experts to measure the “misery” of each winter season.
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Taking a polar plunge to support Special Olympics

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What better way to plunge into a brutal winter than taking a plunge into your local pool or pond? Maybe not recreationally, but to raise money for a good cause.
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Be prepared to protect your landscape this winter

Snowy TreesAutumn leaves are off the trees in many areas leaving behind trees that are vulnerable to the upcoming winter . Arborists say now is the perfect time for property owners to consider tree protection.

Winter is known for being a season of severe weather. Trees can be damaged by windstorms, lightning, ice and snow. Arborists say homeowners should know in advance how their trees will handle winter weather.

Ben Veling, master arborist with Timberwolf Tree Care, said a few tree species such as Chinese elm, silver maple and some poplars, have brittle wood that is easily broken and can cause serious damage.
“The best thing people can do is to be active with their trees, is to have an interaction. Have a baseline, understand what the potential risks might be, some species are more prone to failure than others, and some have characteristic growth that is more likely to fail in storms or ice buildup than other trees. So having a good discussion with your arborist would be a great way to start, another thing to do is keep up on the maintenance.”

According to Veling, it’s essential to pay attention to a tree’s weakness because the stability and integrity will decrease over time as it ages.

In the interest of full disclosure, Timberwolf Tree Care is an underwriter of CMU Public Radio. To find an arborist near you click here

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Drivers are reminded not to follow too closely on the road


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While the winter brings holiday cheer, the weather creates treacherous conditions for drivers on the road.
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Freezing rain advisory issued; could affect morning commute

file1391253801340A freezing rain advisory was issued Monday night for central Michigan, the Tri-Cities, Flint, and parts of the thumb, as freezing rain and drizzle created slippery conditions on area roads.
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Resorts fire up snowmakers to start 2013-14 season

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Northern Michigan ski resorts are taking advantage of this week’s cold weather, by firing up their snow guns for the first time this season.
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$90 million made available for energy assistance programs

file2231266365543Nearly $90 million in grant money has been distributed among several organizations in Michigan to provide home heating assistance.

Consumer’s Energy, DTE Energy and The Salvation Army are a few of the 14 organizations that received money to provide energy assistance funding to those who need it.
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