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WHMI 93.5 FM Radio Station for Livingston County Michigan with News, Traffic, and Weather Service for Howell and Brighton

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    A nonprofit boutique offering formal dresses at affordable prices returns to Livingston County this weekend as Homecoming approaches. High school students will have two opportunities in September to shop Cinderella’s Closet, which is held at Snedicor’s Cleaners in Brighton. The eco-friendly program, operated by LACASA, collects new or gently-used formal dresses over the course of the year and sells them for $25 apiece to teens before homecoming, and then again in the spring during prom season. All proceeds go to provide help and hope for victims and survivors of interpersonal violence at LACASA. The boutique will be open this Thursday and Friday, September 6th and 7th from 3 to 8 pm, and on Saturday the 8th from 11am to 4pm. It will also be open the following weekend with the same hours of operation. Shoppers must be a high school teen and will be required to present a school ID. More information about Cinderella’s Closet can be found through the link below. Pictured left to right: Nicole Caudy (Howell), Hailie VanSickle (Howell), Olivia Diakantonis (Howell), Rachel Back (Pinckney), Alexandra Abbey (Pinckney), Jenna Wincher (Howell), Gabriela Gartner (Pinckney), Grace Scott (Pinckney), Holly Humphries (Howell), Grace Meinke (Charyl Stockwell Academy), Faith Dillon (Fowlerville), Chloe Moltzen (Pinckney), Mel Grace (Hartland), Katrina Grace (Hartland), Jessica Strong (Pinckney (JK)

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    Local residents are calling on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners to take action regarding the PFAS contamination; however the county’s Director of Environmental Health feels that may be premature. Director Matt Bolang presented an update to commissioners at their meeting Tuesday, informing them of the status of state-led testing for PFAS in local water sources. Perfluoroalkyls are manmade chemicals that are resistant to heat, oil, and water, and have been found in various water bodies throughout the state at levels that exceed what is considered safe. There are 83 sites in the county that the state has identified for testing and results for 23 of those sites have been returned thus far, all of which came back as non-detect. At the meeting, several residents called upon the Board of Commissioners to take action to address the PFAS contamination, like appropriating federal funding for testing, examining data, and surveying local entities to determine whether they use products that contain PFAS. Alex Hansen, Democratic candidate for County Commissioner District 5, and Judith Minton, Democratic candidate for a partial trustee term on Howell Township’s Board of Trustees, were among those that spoke during the call to the public. Minton and Hansen shared a similar thought, saying they do not blame the board for the contamination, but feel they are contributing to the perpetuation of it by not taking some sort of action. Hansen says commissioners should be held responsible for their "inaction and apathy" to the situation. Minton said the county owns the Spencer J. Hardy Airport where deicing has occurred through the years. Deicing is one activity associated with PFAS contamination. Minton says commissioners "will become co-conspirators" if they fail to act. Commission Chair Don Parker asked Bolang if he thought the board should take action, to which Bolang responded to say he felt at this point, they’d be “chasing the unknown”. Bolang feels it’s premature to take any action until further data becomes available, and Parker believes the board should only do so at Bolang’s discretion. Parker did say that Bolang will be providing frequent updates to the board and noted that Bolang said on record at the meeting that if he feels action should be taken, he will notify commissioners immediately. Bolang expects the remainder of the test results will become available sometime in the fall. Meanwhile, Democrats in the Michigan House are criticizing majority Republican lawmakers for "inaction" on addressing the PFAS issue. Democrats held a news conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, a day before the Legislature returns from a summer break. They want GOP-led committees to hold hearings on legislation that would lower the limit for PFAS and to learn more about an internal state report from 2012 that warned of PFAS dangers. A House spokesman says Republicans are focused on getting the state's emergency response up and running first. (DK/JK)

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    Options for turning around a fire department budget that can’t sustain itself are being weighed by Hartland officials. Hartland Township Manager James Wickman led off a discussion with the Board of Trustees, Tuesday night, by telling them “what’s happening here is not good.” A study group recently looked at projections and made some conclusions around the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority’s budget projections going out to the next 10 years. Like many communities in the area, Hartland is still feeling the effects of the 2008 recession. With property values being slower to recover than the rate expenses are going up, officials believe now is the time to start looking at options for reversing that trend. The department has around $1-million in its general fund, but with new development in the township, a new fire station is believed to be an impending necessity by 2022. The station is projected to cost $880,000. If nothing changes, this will wipe the fund balance out. With operational costs running at a deficit, things will only get worse. Hartland Fire Chief Adam Carroll sat in on the discussions. He shared that neighboring Highland Township is considering a new station, only .3 mile from Hartland Township’s eastern border, which is where the new station is needed. Carroll said it is worth exploring working out an agreement to share the station if it is indeed built that close to border. Carroll and the board also discussed the logistics and feasibility of joining forces with the Brighton Area Fire Department, as the two share similar staffing and training. Carroll called these both “major league” projects that would take at least a couple of years to accomplish. A higher millage rate once the current one expires was also discussed. Currently, residents pay 1.8009 mills for fire service. Wickman showed an example of a 2.25 millage that would keep the department in the black and rebuild the fund in 6 years. The board also discussed a Headlee Override which would put it at 2.05, and restore the fund in 12 years. Wickman said there is still plenty of time to explore these options, with 4 years remaining on the current millage. He asked the board for further comment, while he and Carroll begin to put out feelers to the neighboring departments.(MK)

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    Livingston County’s three Republican legislators are coming together to host a special town hall event to solicit feedback about Livingston County’s judicial system and embattled 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan. Senator Joe Hune of Fowlerville and State Representatives Lana Theis of Brighton Township and Hank Vaupel of Handy Township have organized a town hall at 4pm on Wednesday, September 12th in the top floor of the Historic Livingston County Courthouse in downtown Howell. Written and verbal comments will be welcomed. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed an amended complaint against Brennan outlining allegations of professional and personal misconduct, and a hearing is scheduled in October. Brennan is also the subject of a Michigan State Police criminal investigation. Representative Theis remains in the process of drafting an impeachment resolution, which she anticipates being finalized in “the next few weeks”. Hune, Theis and Vaupel are encouraging all interested residents to attend the upcoming town hall but especially want to hear from those who are willing to share their story about “how Judge Brennan has damaged their lives”. Hune says they would also like to hear from anyone complimentary of Judge Brennan, noting she has been invited to attend the town hall. For those who don’t necessarily feel comfortable sharing their testimony out loud, Hune says they can submit written statements prior or bring copies. Hune says based on all the complaints that have flooded their offices, people are still outraged that their voices haven’t necessarily been heard because no actions have been taken. He tells WHMI Brennan is sitting there doing nothing but still collecting roughly $2,800 of taxpayer money every week to do nothing. Hune said it’s totally absurd, people are outraged and so is he, and he’s tired of it. Hune said he’s committed to seeing “this debacle” resolved and the people most hurt by Brennan should be a part of the resolution. Members of the public wishing to attend are asked to bring copies of relevant information to be turned over to the investigatory body. All of the statements and testimonies collected during the town hall event will be submitted to the Judicial Tenure Commission and the State Court Administrative Office for consideration during Brennan’s complaint hearing process. For additional information about the town hall, residents can contact the Office of Senator Joe Hune at (855)-JOE-HUNE or at SenJHune@senate.michigan.gov or the Office of Representative Lana Theis at (517) 373-1784 or at LanaTheis@house.mi.gov. (JM)

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    A portion of a road in Argentine and Fenton townships will be closed to traffic today. The Genesee County Road Commission advises that Hogan Road between Lahring Road and Rolston Road will be closed to traffic from approximately 8am until 2:30pm. The closure is needed for replacement of a crosstube. The Road Commission advises that no traffic will be allowed through the work zone. Motorists are being advised to seek alternate routes. (JM)

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    The Livingston County Veterans Treatment Court will soon have a coordinator working for the program full-time, despite opposition from some members of the County Veterans Affairs Committee. The county’s Board of Commissioners recently discussed a request from Livingston County Specialty Courts, seeking to create a full-time position and hire a Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator. The coordinator would be responsible for helping with the intake and screening process, building the court’s volunteer mentor program, and implementing policies and procedures in order to stay compliant with state and federal grant requirements. Without calculating benefits into the final amount, the salary for the position would be approximately $39,000 and would be funded by the Department of Veterans Services through the millage that was voter-approved in 2016. The Veterans Affairs Committee in April voted by a majority to approve the position; however three committee members attended the Board of Commissioners’ Tuesday meeting to voice their opposition to it. Committee member Bruce Hundley feels creating a full-time position would be an improper use of taxpayer dollars, saying it has always been a part-time position and worked out well in that capacity. He doesn't think it merits taking $50,000 from the millage that the citizens of the county approved to run the department. Judge Carol Sue Reader presides over the Veterans Treatment Court and according to Circuit and Probate Court Administrator Roberta Sacharski, Judge Reader has indicated there is a need for the position to become full-time. Sacharski says in addition to being a “robust, specialty court”, the VTC will soon be going through certification through the State Court Administrative office and could use the extra help. Commissioner Bob Bezotte told the Veterans Affairs Committee members in attendance that he would being going against their own recommendation if he voted against the position; a sentiment that some other commissioners appeared to agree with. In a unanimous vote, the Board of Commissioners ultimately approved a resolution authorizing an agreement for the position. (DK)

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    A Livingston County man has been arrested after making threats to students and staff at Lansing Community College. 31-year-old David Dennis Tomaszycki of Howell was arraigned yesterday on charges of false report or threat of terrorism and malicious use of telecommunication services. Eaton County Sheriff's deputies received a call around 1 a.m. Wednesday from an LCC employee about a threat, the exact nature of which has not been released. Deputies then contacted Lansing Community College Police, who immediately began investigating along with Michigan State Police. Within hours, Tomaszycki was arrested in Howell and a weapon recovered. Tomaszycki is due back in court on September 17th. (JK) Picture courtesy of WLNS

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    An informal meeting led by the Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District gave community members a chance to discuss prominent issues that affect everyone, regardless of political party. Elissa Slotkin held her third “Common Ground” event at the Lil’ Chef restaurant in Brighton Wednesday. Around 15 women attended to engage in a conversation about shared priorities, with Slotkin seeking thoughts from all sides of the political “aisle” by inviting Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. Slotkin says she began hosting “Common Ground” events and directed this one toward women after being asked by numerous women how she would repair the negative tone and divide between parties. Slotkin tells WHMI she felt the best way to begin that process was to provide a safe and civil environment for people to talk about significant and sometimes controversial issues. Slotkin says, “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or an Independent, or a Republican. Everyone’s ideas are valid. And what we find over and over again when we do these events, is that when you talk about values and principals, people have a lot of common ground. Obviously when you talk about how to fix things, well, people have different views and that’s fine. We always had different views across the political aisle…I think people leave feeling positive that it is possible to have a civil, political conversation because they don’t see examples of that from Washington or from Lansing.” Attendees at Wednesday’s event shared their thoughts on matters including mental health, national security, a lack of willingness to vote, and the cost of prescription medication. Kathy Simmermon, a teacher who lives in the City of Brighton, says she attended the event because she feels there is a noticeable divide in the United States when it comes to politics. Healthcare was one of the major issues that was discussed and Simmermon says it was nice to know that many people have similar feelings about the basic concept, regardless of the political party they lean toward. Speaking of citizens in general terms Simmermon says, “We are tired of the in-fighting…and then talking about healthcare, making sure that healthcare is available…and there’s no easy fix to it, but having some options and keeping it available to everyone seems to be important to people.” Slotkin says the goal of the “Common Ground” events is to learn what issues matter to voters and where Congress can find areas of agreement among them. (DK)

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    A Highland Township couple is headed for trial on charges related to a narcotics raid on an adult foster care home run. The Oakland County Narcotic Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at the Carter Country Homes in Holly on August 2nd following an investigation into drug dealing taking place on the premises. Police say the raid turned up cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and morphine, along with firearms and packaging materials associated with drug trafficking. 45-year-old Angela Cockerham of Highland Township served as the facility manager for the adult assisted living home. Her husband, 48-year-old Russell Cockerham, reportedly lived at the home, but was not listed as an adult household member. Neither were her two adult children, who were also living at the home. Residents said Russell Cockerham regularly smoked marijuana at the home and that suspected drug dealing at all hours would wake them up. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver ecstasy, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of morphine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and five counts of felony firearm. Angela Cockerham was charged with one count of cocaine possession. The couple was in court Wednesday, where they were bound over for trial in Oakland County Circuit Court, with an arraignment set for September 18th. State officials previously suspended the license for the group home, cited numerous violations including failing to provide a safe environment for residents.

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    A gas leak forced the evacuation of the Meijer store in Brighton this morning. Brighton Fire Chief Mike O’Brian tells WHMI they were called out at 9:37am after a hi-lo operator hit a gas line inside the store. Officials immediately ordered a complete evacuation of the store into the parking lot out front. Chief O’Brian says a representative from Consumers Energy arrived at the store and was able to shut the line down pending a repair. But the store was deemed safe and reopened to shoppers about an hour later. (JK)

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    Howell City Council has made a decision on and has sworn in the newest member to its ranks. Four candidates interviewed Wednesday night for the City Council seat vacated by Scott Niblock, as result of his resignation. Impressed with all four, council selected now-former Planning Commission member Jeannette Ambrose. Howell Mayor Nick Proctor shared his opinion on what put her over the top in his mind. Proctor has worked with Ambrose on the Planning Commission, and he said that while they don’t always see eye-to-eye on things, he sees her thinking process, can understand how she came to her conclusions, and that he respects that. The Mayor said he believes she will bring a due diligence to City Council, and with upcoming budget and Headlee Override issues to wrestle with, will bring a certain amount of wisdom to the process. A 16-year resident of Howell, Ambrose, along with serving on the Planning Commission, has also served on the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and the Downtown Development Authority’s design committee. Throughout her interview she consistently pointed to the importance of being a good listener while serving the community. She said she feels the biggest challenge she sees facing Howell right now is the budget and upcoming Headlee Override vote, and that she looks forward to being able to dig deeper into the numbers. City Council approved her hire unanimously. Mayor Pro Tem Steve Manor said Ambrose was well qualified, supportive of current efforts to stabilize funding, and is informed on city issues. Councilman Michael Mulvahill seconded her nomination and said she conducts herself professionally, is articulate, and rooted in the community. Ambrose was then sworn in and will serve the remaining 3 years and one month of Niblock’s term. With City Council facing the impending vacancy of Andrew Yost’s seat at their next meeting, members encouraged the other three candidates to keep their names in the hat for that running. Yost resigned Tuesday after it was learned he was facing domestic violence and other charges related to an incident in mid-August. They decided by consensus to open up a new application period for Yost’s seat to the public. The three candidates who did not win Niblock’s seat were told they could re-interview if they like, or use Wednesday’s for consideration, when the time comes for the new appointment. (MK/JK)

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    Downtown Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival kicks off tomorrow. The 13th annual celebration of barbecue and live entertainment is hosted by the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce. Award winning barbecue will once again be smokin’ up Main Street from Grand River to 1st Street. Vendors will be open on Main Street from 5 to 11pm Friday and from noon to 11pm Saturday. Ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, pork tenderloin, sweet treats and specialty mac n’ cheese are among some of the favorites. Chamber Director of Digital Marketing and Special Events Jen Ling says the festival will also feature kid-friendly vendors and activities, several bounce houses, an annual barbecue contest and a newly added pie eating contest and cornhole tournament. Local and nationally known jazz and blues acts will be performing at a live music stage on Mill Pond Lane in the municipal parking lot from 5pm to 11pm both days. The entrance fee to the music and beer tent is $5, which will also feature hard ciders and wine. Free shuttle service will be offered between downtown Brighton and the Meijer parking lot from 5 to 11:30pm. More information can be found through the provided link. (JM)

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    A self-balancing scooter is believed to be the cause of an apartment fire in the City of Wixom. The Wixom Police and Fire Departments responded to the Meadowood Park Apartments for a structure fire on Wednesday night. Public Safety Director Ron Moore says the good news is the occupants of the apartment were able to get out of the home, unharmed. However, Moore said he was sad to report that a dog died in the fire. Paramedics from Huron Valley Ambulance attempted to revive the dog once the scene was under control. However, it appears as though the dog succumbed to smoke-related injuries. There was said to be significant damage to the interior of the apartment and preliminary investigation revealed that the cause of the fire was from a self-balancing scooter/hoverboard. Moore said he was very proud of the efficient and professional work of firefighters as they were able to contain the fire in under 20 minutes, saving many from serious injury and preventing much property damage. Moore says the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued recalls on the devices for being fire hazards and he encourages any owners of the devices to check if their unit is on the recall list. A link is posted below. Facebook photo. (JM)

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    Congressman Mike Bishop is running his first TV ad in his bid for a third term in Congress. The 30-second spot launched Thursday emphasizes the Rochester Republican's Michigan roots and his work in the House to protect the Great Lakes, fight the opioid epidemic and protect children. The 8th District stretches between Lansing and the northern Oakland County, with all of Livingston County included. Bishop is facing a challenge from Holly Democrat Elissa Slotkin, a former CIA analyst who worked on national security in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. That was the focus of her first TV ad, which was released August 28th. The seat is a top target for Democrats hoping to retake the House in the first midterm election of Donald Trump's presidency. Bishop campaign consultant Stu Sandler says Bishop "has always called Michigan home and will continue to deliver for the 8th District." (JK)

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    The city of Brighton is putting up a valuable, 22-acre parcel of land on the real estate market for possible development. The property is located behind the MJR Brighton Towne Square Cinema 20 movie theater off Challis Road. The city owns the property and officials feel now is the opportune time for it to be developed. At its meeting Thursday night, council was told that the city acquired the property in January of 2017 from the state in a tax foreclosure. As a result of a default judgment, the city holds the full and unencumbered title to the property. The vacant land, which is zoned OR for office research and light manufacturing, was recently assessed at $1,350,000 by the firm Frohm & Widmer of Farmington Hills. Council agreed to open bids at a minimum of $1.2 million. Brandon Skopek, assistant to the city manager and Downtown Development Authority coordinator, tells WHMI that, considering its proximity to the 297,000-square-foot Brighton Center for Specialty Care, which just opened, the land is ripe for development. Although it just opened this week, the new University of Michigan medical facility at Challis Road and Karl Greimel Dr. has been the catalyst for other development in the area. That includes three new hotels which are either already completed and open for business, or under construction. The bid invitation will be listed on the Michigan Inter-governmental Trade Network (MITN) and on the city’s website. The bids are due back to city hall by Oct. 8th at 10 a.m. If the city gets favorable bids, the matter will come back to council for possible action at its Oct. 18th meeting. (TT)

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    Genoa Township is moving forward when it comes to zoning amendments to help spur future development in the Latson Road/I-96 interchange area. The Genoa Township Board met Tuesday night and unanimously approved an ordinance to amend zoning ordinance in regard to “interchange campus” and “interchange commercial” planned unit development or PUD districts. There was a lot of work involved on the part of township staff, the planning commission and board. Property surrounding the interchange is zoned agricultural. Supervisor Bill Rogers tells WHMI times have changed with the interchange going in, which didn’t really have any zoning. He says the township is now addressing it, which will assist in identifying appropriate uses in the interchange area and help encourage some development. Rogers says they’ve never had an interchange to deal with before, which is why language is more specific to interchange commercial or interchange campus. He says they can now work within what they have at the interchange and corresponding properties so those can develop versus staying farmland. Rogers added there is also a dwindling retail store industry and a lot of empty buildings so who knows what next best thing will be and the township needs to me more fluid so it can adjust to what any demands might be. Rogers noted there was a ton of work involved, as well as lots of meetings and public hearings. He says it’s exciting because they know developers and others are interested and the area is now beyond being agricultural so the township can entertain some options. Genoa Township utilizes the PUD process for projects, which Rogers says gives everyone an option at the table to adjust things that are more application specific. He noted the township still has a master plan, which must be reviewed every five years or so, and that plan might be the best vehicle in regard to a next step should other things come up. (JM)

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    A former Howell City Councilman has entered a plea on a pair of charges stemming from a domestic altercation. 31-year-old Andrew Yost was in 53rd District Court for a probable cause conference Thursday. He pleaded guilty to one reduced count of attempted interference with electronic communications, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and domestic violence, a 93 day misdemeanor. The domestic violence plea was offered under a first-offender provision of the statute, where the conviction is deferred and non-public so long as he complies with all the terms and conditions of probation. Yost has submitted his resignation to Howell City Council, which is expected to be accepted at their next regular meeting. The incidents happened on August 13th at his home, when Yost got into an altercation with his father. Yost described the incident to District Court Judge Carol Sue Reader, admitting to forcibly putting his hands on his father’s shoulders in attempt to stop him from calling the police. Yost’s attorney asked for sentencing to take place at today’s conference. The prosecuting attorney asked that it not, so that a pre-sentence investigation could be performed. Judge Reader granted the request, wanting to see further information herself. Sentencing is scheduled for October 2nd. Yost and his attorney declined to comment. (MK)

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    A new upscale charity resale boutique that benefits victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault is celebrating its first birthday - with special in-store events and customer discounts planned throughout the month of September. The LACASA Collection is located in the Kroger/Crossroads Town Center on Highland Road in Howell. The LACASA Collection features furniture, clothing, home décor, kitchenware, jewelry and kids’ gear. The store’s official “Turning One is Sweet” celebration is set this Saturday from 10am to 5pm, with special discounts, drawings, prizes and sweet treats being offered. The upscale resale boutique helps provide sustainable funding for the agency but also offers an environment where LACASA clients can shop with dignity. The LACASA Collection officially opened its doors on September 8th of last year but quickly outgrew its space. In March of 2018 it completed a build-out to accommodate a new men’s department and furniture section. The expansion project increased the store’s total footprint to 6,400 square feet. Store Retail Director Danial Jones says they’ve been touched by the support from members of the community over the past year. He says whether they shop, donate special items or volunteer, their supporters appreciate that they are an independent non-profit and all proceeds stay local to and help abuse victims in the community. Jones says they initially did a soft opening because they wanted to put the focus on clients and the surrounding community, which has been so supportive. He tells WHMI it was really nice to have an opportunity to be able to speak to customers and develop one-on-one relationships with them as they were building. The LACASA Collection also received recognition this past August, when voters named it “Best New Retail Store” in Livingston County, which Jones says was an additional honor. He says the public is invited to attend this weekend’s birthday party and store festivities throughout September. During the month, customers will be able to shop sales and spin the celebration wheel for discounts, perks and prizes. Details are available through the link. (JM)

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    This weekend marks the return of a popular family event in Fowlerville combining military vehicles with pancakes, bacon, and eggs. The Fowlerville Rotary Club is hosting the 68th annual Dawn Patrol this Sunday at Maple Grove Airport. Entrance to the event is free. Attendees are invited to walk the airport grounds and check out a wide assortment of military trucks, warbirds, and an appearance from the Capital City Sky Divers. From 7am to 11am, early birds can partake in the all-you-can-eat farmer’s breakfast. The meal costs $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, with children 4 and under eating free. For late arrivers or those that are hungry for more, the Michigan Burger food wagon will roll in from 11am until 4pm. As always, Friday and Saturday night camping is allowed and encouraged. The Maple Grove Airport can be found by taking Fowlerville Road 3 miles north of Village, then 1 mile east on Sherwood, to Robb Road. (MK)

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    Livingston County residents are being made aware of a potential scam threatening bogus IRS liens. Livingston County Register of Deeds Brandon Denby is making citizens aware of phony threats received by mail concerning IRS liens against their property because of back due income taxes. He says individuals in the local area recently received notices by “tax solution experts” reminding people of liens the taxpayer is supposedly already aware of. The notices further warn that the liens are recorded in the Livingston County Courthouse and offer assistance to help with debt relief. The letters that were received listed a dollar amount owed, one of which was more than $22,000, related to the homeowner’s 1040 filing and recorded on July 17, 2018. Upon research at the Register of Deeds Office, Denby says no such lien was filed and the homeowner specified he did not file using a 1040 form, noting his name was spelled incorrectly on each company’s forms. Denby advises that residents can check for recorded liens against their property in Livingston County anytime on the county website. He says they can also contact the Register of Deeds office with any concerns about recorded documents pertaining to property. Denby offered further information to help individuals avoid becoming a fraud victim, which is included in the attached press release. (JM)

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