CLINTON TOWNSHIP – A socially distanced ceremony, held in the engine bay of Fire Station 4 on Tuesday afternoon, saw the promotion and swearing-in of three Clinton Township firefighters. Clinton Township Fire Chief Tim Duncan and other Township officials congratulated Aaron Schmid, who was promoted to Deputy Chief of Administration, and Ryan Amormino, promoted to Lieutenant Paramedic. Stephen Caron, the newest member of the Fire Department, was sworn in as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
“I always say we have the best fire and police departments,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “And the public backs me up every time they vote for a millage to support our first responders.” Cannon went on to encourage everyone in attendance to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine shot when possible.
“After ten months of COVID and everything else that is going on, it’s nice to have something positive to celebrate,” said Duncan.
Township Clerk Kim Meltzer and Trustee Tammy Patton also attended. Family and friends of each candidate were on hand to participate in the badge-pinning ceremony.
Schmidt, a graduate of De La Salle High School, took courses at Oakland University then entered the Detroit Fire Academy. Upon graduation, he joined the Detroit Fire Department (DFD), and from there moved on to the Clinton Township Fire Department (CTFD). While with the DFD, he was awarded the Citation of Valor and the Commissioner’s Citation for Outstanding Bravery and extreme Devotion to Duty. Schmidt received an associate degree from Macomb Community College (MCC) and was one of the firefighters who completed the paramedic program when the CTFD first sponsored it.
Amormino studied for a firefighter/paramedic degree at MCC and came to the CTFD after working for Medstar Ambulance as a paramedic and at Henry Ford Medical Center. Duncan said Amormino took the lead in many of the department’s most important projects over the past two years. His guidance and assistance during the COVID crisis have been invaluable. He recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master of Science degree in leadership, emphasizing homeland security and emergency management.
Caron graduated from Henry Ford High School and earned an associate degree from MCC. He began his firefighting career in Highland Park and served with the Utica and Washington Township fire departments before coming to Clinton Township.
Last week’s response to Clinton Township’s participation in a Toys For Tots campaign and a drive-through food collection has exceeded expectations.
At one point, during the Toys For Tots challenge with Mount Clemens, toy donations filled an entire meeting room at Township Fire Station #4. Combined, Township fire and police departments collected more than a thousand toys. The final tally was comparable to the amount collected in Mount Clemens, but actual numbers are not available.
“The bottom line is that children who might not receive a Christmas gift, will get one, and that is what matters most,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “I’ve been encouraged during this past week. Driving around, it appears to me that there are more Christmas light displays on homes, and I’ve seen a greater response to the charities that help people in need,” he said.
All last week, residents dropped off food donations at the Township Civic Center. Last Friday, Parks & Recreation Department staff loaded two dozen recycling bins, filled with food, into a van for delivery to the Macomb Food Program, where staff will distribute it to those in need.
Cannon is grateful for the tremendous response to the Toys For Tots contest and the Township’s Drive-Thru Food Drive. “Despite all the gloom with the pandemic, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. No matter what, some things can’t dampen the Christmas spirit,” he said.
LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated information in its priority groups for vaccination administration document and launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard to help Michiganders track information about the vaccine across the state.
MDHHS expanded its guidance to allow Michiganders 16 years of age and older to receive the vaccine and also provided updated information on pregnant women and the vaccine. While there is not currently data on the safety and efficacy of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that pregnant women may be offered the vaccine within the priority groups upon consultation with their medical provider.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard includes data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry on the number of providers enrolled to provide the vaccine, the amount of vaccine received and doses administered. The dashboard will be expanded over the coming weeks to include vaccination coverage rates by age and race.
Vaccination for COVID-19 is the path forward to controlling the disease and protect Michigan residents. This guidance outlines the strategy for vaccine prioritization for the State of Michigan and will be used by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), as well as public health and health care, as they allocate and administer vaccines. This guidance may change as information evolves and more vaccine types become available.
On Monday, Dec. 14, an individual from Michigan called the FEMA Regional Watch Area (RWA) to inquire if FEMA, through Facebook, asks residents to send gift cards. In exchange, FEMA sends financial assistance through Cash App. NOTE: FEMA does not use or require gift cards for assistance and does not send money via Cash App. Most likely, the person was attempting to conduct fraudulent activity. The caller pretending to be a FEMA employee has been reaching out to people online with the same offer of federal assistance.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The Wreaths Across America ceremony is similar to other national events that recognize the United States military in May and November, with one significant difference. Unlike Memorial Day, first observed in 1868, and Veterans Day, with its 100-year tradition, Wreaths Across America came into existence in 2007, 15 years after holiday wreaths were first donated and placed on the graves of soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
On Saturday, December 19, at noon, Clinton Township will hold its tribute to Wreaths Across America at the American Veterans Memorial section of Resurrection Cemetery, located at 18201 Clinton River Road, in Clinton Township.
"Wreaths Across America is about remembering our fallen U.S. veterans, honoring those who currently serve, and teaching our children the values of freedom," said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon.
Cannon will welcome dignitaries attending the event, following opening remarks by event organizer Karene Straffon. Guests include Doug "Odie" Slocum, Brigadier General (Ret), USAF, and Gold Star family members Mike and Carol Lilly, parents of SGT Joe Lilly, who died in 2012 in Afghanistan during active duty Operation Enduring Freedom.
Christina England will sing the Star-Spangled Banner, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 will lay a wreath dedicated to the Michigan POWs and MIAs at the Vietnam monument.
Resurrection Cemetery invites the public to events hosted throughout the year on Memorial Day, Patriots Day, and Veterans Day. For more information, call 586-286-9020 or visit www.mtelliott.com/veterans-day.
The winter stonefly is one type of insect that you will most likely find! The Clinton River Watershed Council conducts stonefly searches to gauge the health of our streams. When you sign up to volunteer, you will join a small group of other volunteers to search a selected stretch of stream for stoneflies.
Stonefly ID Virtual Training
January 16, 2021
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Online Zoom Training
Registration is required!
January 30, 2021, 9 a.m.
Teams to be coordinated beforehand to abide by social distancing guidelines.
Registration is required!
A free virtual event by the Clinton River Watershed Council
January, 6, 2021. 7 to 8 p.m.
Homeowners have a responsibility to protect water quality year round.
Attend this science driven presentation to learn simple steps you can take at home during cold months to protect water quality.
To register for this free event, visit www.htlibrary.org
Hosted by the Harrison Township. Public Library
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Township officials are offering a safe and easy way for area residents to donate to the Macomb Food Program.
“By holding a food drive, we’re helping our residents help those who are less fortunate,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “Despite the pandemic, we have a great response to our drive-through events at the Civic Center. We’ll post directional signs leading to an outdoor collection area, so people can drive up, drop off, and be on their way,” he said.
Food donations can be left at the Civic Center from Monday, Dec. 14, to Thursday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clinton Township Civic Center, located at 40700 Romeo Plank Drive, is south of Canal Rd. next to the Clinton Macomb Library. The Clinton Township Civic Center, located at 40700 Romeo Plank Drive, is south of Canal Rd. next to the Clinton Macomb Library.
According to the Macomb Food Program web page, suggested food items include canned tuna fish, canned meats, beef stew, meat or hearty soups, canned spaghetti or pasta, dry or canned kidney, pinto, green, yellow, refried, or black beans, canned fruit, rice noodles, macaroni, powdered milk, pancake or baking mixes, cereal, oatmeal (including single service sizes), granola, protein bars, peanut butter, jelly (in plastic jars).
For more information about the food drive, contact the Supervisor’s office at 586-723-8093.
About the Macomb Food Program
The Macomb Food Program provides immediate relief to those in need of food through a network of more than 50 pantries and hunger relief organizations. The program supplies food at no cost to ensure pantry shelves are stocked and operates as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization (mca.macombgov.org/mca-es-food).