News from Across eWashtenaw
These news stories come from all departments and sections of eWashtenaw.
As promised notes and documents from the February 29 Advocacy Alert special Town Hall meeting.
Day camp registration is open for all three Washtenaw County Parks Locations
Controlled burns will be conducted this spring in some of our rain gardens and stormwater features. If you think a controlled burn may be useful to maintain native landscaping on your property, we can help you learn more about this process! Burns help reduce invasive plants and encourage native plants to thrive.
During tax time many IRS imposters attempt to take advantage of people at tax deadline time. Criminals are looking for ways to steal your money or your identity. Don’t fall victim to an IRS scam.
Nearly 2,000 local adults and children are smiling more. Residents and community members are always welcome to visit www.ewashtenaw.org/smile or stop by the clinic at 111 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Deputy Urban and K-9 Fred have been awarded "case-of-the-quarter" by the United States Police Canine Association. Deputy Urban and K-9 Fred were recognized for their outstanding performance in assisting a neighboring agency with the timely and safe arrest of a wanted felonious domestic assault suspect with a violent history.
Lawton Elementary School has joined Community Partners for Clean Streams and the Waste Knot program. Students, teachers and parents have improved water quality by planting a rain garden and reduced waste by creating a worm compost!
Washtenaw County Public Health is providing information and coordinating testing.
In the less than five months since Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies began carrying Naloxone, they have saved 11 lives. This number does not reflect the lives saved where Sheriff’s Office deputies were on the scene but HVA or EMT-trained firefighter personnel administered the Naloxone. This equates to more than two lives saved per month because deputies who were first on the scene carried Naloxone, were trained to use it and immediately administered it when encountering a suspected heroin overdose.
Beginning February 22, WCPARC will begin accepting job applications for all seasonal positions at various parks for the 2016 season.
The WCSO takes particular pride in this program as it is an entirely staff generated initiative designed to provide children in need with an opportunity to shop for gifts for themselves and those whom they love. Selected by school social workers on the basis of demonstrated need, these are children who might not otherwise have had much of a holiday.
Frank Romine, son of Keri Romine, Owner & Proprietor of the Dexter Mill, received a special visit in early December.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office K9s Fred and Argo have received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by an anonymous sponsor.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office began training staff in the identification of a heroin overdose and on how to administer Naloxone to counteract the effect of the overdose at the beginning of August, 2015. To date, 70 deputies and 26 individuals from human service organizations throughout Washtenaw County have been trained in how to administer Naloxone. During this time period Sheriff’s Deputies have saved five (5) lives as a result of their training and ability to administer Naloxone.
The Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission (WCPARC), in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and The Conservation Fund, is pursuing a historic opportunity to establish a new state park and County nature preserve that will straddle the Washtenaw County/Jackson County border.
With more 12,000 miles of recreational trails, Michigan is quickly becoming known as “The Great Trails State”. These trails allow users to experience our rich natural, cultural, and historic resources. The diversity of available trails appeals to folks with various time commitments, fitness levels, and sense of adventure: whether one wants to backpack for multiple weeks or bicycle on Washtenaw County’s Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) for a day—there is something for everyone.
On December 3, 2015, Deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress of a house under construction in Ypsilanti Township. Witnesses saw three (3) to four (4) subjects loading materials into a van and dialed 911 to report the incident. Sgt. Dave Egeler was the first to arrive on scene where the van was still running. The suspects fled on foot upon his arrival. Deputy Houk and his police service dog (PSD) Argo initiated a track to a nearby vacant home where a door had been kicked in, but no one was located. Deputies Larkin and Traskos searched the area as well and found a subject lying in the weeds, whom they took into custody.
The Underwater Search & Recovery Team (USRT) recently completed a three (3) day training aimed both at certifying our two (2) new divers and re-certifying current team divers as Surface Supplied Air Divers. The training was challenging, requiring ten (10) to twelve (12) hours of physically demanding work and diving each day. Notably, our new divers accumulated in excess of six (6) hours of bottom time over the three (3) day period inclusive of classroom time.