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Project to bring Christmas gifts to foster children in need of pilots

AeroplaneA lot of adults know how Santa feels – giving presents to children during the holiday season. But if you’re a pilot and want to know what his reindeer might feel like, we have just the thing. The state is looking for volunteer pilots to help carry gifts to foster children across the state.

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Recycle your Christmas Tree

The holiday season is in full swing, and for many people that means it’s time to bring a bit of the outdoors into the living room. But what can you do with your x-mas tree once the season’s over?

Marsha Gray, the Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association said the answer is simple: Recycle!

“I would say probably the most common option in Michigan would be to chip those trees into mulch. But you’ll also see Christmas trees that get recycled and reused in other ways. You’ll see Christmas trees piled and dumped along the shore line. It helps to prevent beach erosion. I also know some people who have lakes where they’ll sink Christmas trees because they create a great habitat for fish.”

She said one town in Minnesota takes recycling their trees to the extreme.

“St. Paul, Minnesota heats and powers most of their downtown grid with waste wood. Trimmings, clippings, palettes, all sorts of things are put into this crazy massive grinder chipper and create this product, that is literally burned, and they use that to power their city. And during the holidays they go to that waste wood facility and end up powering their city.”

Gray said although this is an extraordinary example, everyone can do something with their tree. Turn it into mulch yourself, or simply check with your local government to see if they have a street-side pick up service.

For more information on what you can do with your tree visit here.

The Christmas tree industry

Imagine 33 million Christmas trees. That’s how many holiday trees were brought home just last year in the United States according to the National Christmas Tree Association.

Marcia Gray, Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, said Christmas trees are actually considered one of Michigan’s cash crops!

“Well, first of all, Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas trees in the U.S. This holiday season we’re going to estimate that we harvest 2 to 2-and-a-half million trees. About 3-quarters of those trees leave Michigan. Our trees are going elsewhere and bringing dollars back.”

Gray said she expects the tree industry to bring in roughly 40-million dollars to the state this year, and that’s at wholesale price.

She also said the agriculture industry is much more influential on Michigan’s economy than people give it credit for.

For more information on the Michigan Christmas tree business visit this website.

Major winter storm to impact Michigan on Thursday

Parts of central and northern Michigan will be impacted by a major winter storm this week, beginning Thursday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, some areas could see over 10 inches of snow by Friday evening. Strong winds and blizzard conditions are also possible.
Forecasters say driving conditions will worsen during the day tomorrow. Slick and snow-covered roads are expected, as well as periods of poor visibility due to falling, blowing and drifting snow.
Power outages will also be possible.
Here’s what is expected as of this morning in your location:
Central Lower Peninsula
A winter storm watch is in effect for Clare, Isabella, Lake, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon..
Snow and blowing snow will develop Thursday afternoon into Friday. North winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected, with gusts up to 50 mph. 
Travel will become difficult with wet roads becoming snow covered and icy Thursday night. Near whiteout conditions will be possible at times.
Northern Lower Peninsula
A winter storm warning is in effect from 7am Thursday until 7pm Friday for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee, Montmorecny, Otsego, Presque Isle and Wexford counties. 
A winter storm watch is in effect for Alcona, Alpena, Gladwin, Ogemaw, Oscoda and Roscommon counties from Thursday morning through Friday evening.
Heavy snow will develop through the day Thursday, and continue into much of Thursday night. Snowfall totals will be in excess of 10 inches in the warning area, and between 6 and 12 inches in the watch area, according to the National Weather Service. 
Across the warning area, blowing and drifting snow will accompany this system, and periods of blizzard conditions are possible. 
In the watch area, the snowfall will mix with rain at times, resulting in some uncertainty regarding snowfall total expectations. Blowing and drifting snow is possible.
The snow is expected to be heavy and wet, making driving conditions difficult. Power outages will be possible.
Upper Peninsula
A winter storm warning is in effect from 7am Thursday until 7pm Friday for Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and from 7am Thursday until 1pm Friday for Luce County.
Heavy snow will develop through the day Thursday, and continue into much of Thursday night. Snowfall totals will be in excess of 10 inches for Chippewa and Mackinac counties, and 6 to 11 inches for Luce County.
Across the warning area, blowing and drifting snow will accompany this system, and periods of blizzard conditions are possible. Heavy, wet snow could also result in power outages.