Curious about hearing technology? This event is for you! (Weds May 22)
The Casco Senior Care program is sponsoring a "hands-on" workshop presented by the Hearing Technology Resource Specialists. It'll be at the Casco Township Hall on Wednesday, May 22 at noon. No reservations are needed for this hands-on demonstration. Compare device features and try things out in this no-pressure-to-buy setting. No lunch for this event, but refreshments if you're lucky!
Senior Care Program: Orthopedic Surgeon
RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, June 5 at noon
The Casco Township Senior Care Program offers a special event: Dr. Loafman, Orthopedic Surgeon, will be talking about bones! This event is now slated for Wednesday, June 5, at noon at the Casco Township Hall, 7104 107th Avenue, South Haven. (Dr. Loafman was called into emergency surgery and could not attend the original date scheduled in April).
The presentation is followed by a complimentary lunch. Come learn more about South Haven Health System, your local hospital supported by your tax dollars. Reservations are appreciated for the lunch count: please call Casco Senior Care Program Director, Susan Katt, 906-5982, or Rachel Brenner, 214-2350.
Wednesdays at the Nature Preserve
The Casco Seniors meet each Wednesday throughout the summer, beginning June 12, at the new Casco Township Nature Preserve. Bring a sack lunch and your walker, wheelchair, or walking shoes and enjoy the beauty of the Nature Preserve. Rustic restroom facilities are available at this universally accessible site. There are benches and picnic tables for your enjoyment. We'll gather at 11:30 a.m. at the Preserve, located just north of 107th Avenue on Blue Star Highway. Currently, there is no access to the beach (though stairs are planned for the future!)
Welcome to new Board Members
We congratulate Cheryl "Cheri" Brenner (Democrat), Casco Township's new Clerk, and Josiah Jessup (Republican), the Township's new Trustee, on their victories in the General Election. They replace Julie Cowie, who served as Casco Township's Clerk for two terms (8 years) and Eldon Ridley, who served 40 years and 7 months as Trustee.
Plaques of appreciation were presented and refreshments were served at a reception held ahead of the November board meeting, during which Julie Cowie and Eldon Ridley were thanked for their service to the Township.
We also appreciate Joseph Jessup (Republican candidate for Clerk), and Paul Macyauski (Republican candidate for Trustee), being willing to run for office. Other November General Election winners include Judy Graff (Democrat, Trustee); Allan Overhiser (Republican, Supervisor); and Lu Winfrey (Republican, Treasurer). Thanks to the 65% or so of Casco Township voters who came out to vote, and to Ruth Hewitt & Anita Walker for co-chairing our very busy General Election day.
Opportunities to Serve
Are you interested in serving Casco Township on a local committee or board, or representing Casco on a County-wide commission? Opportunities to serve come up frequently; please contact Allan Overhiser, Supervisor, 616-836-3298, to express your area(s) of interest. These could include seniors, parks, tax board of review, zoning, or planning. Casco also has representatives on the Al-Van Humane Society, the Water/Sewer Authority, South Haven Regional Airport Authority, South Haven area Emergency Services, and South Haven Health Systems.
Project Update: Nature Preserve
Kudos to the Parks & Recreation Committee, who hosted a lovely dedication ceremony at the Nature Preserve on Friday, September 21, 2012. Patty Birkholz, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes, announced that Casco Township has been recommended for a Coastal Management Zone Grant. This grant is for $46,450, 50% of the projected cost of stairs to the beach, a viewing platform, and a connecting walkway. Watch for construction to take place in 2013.
Edward and Nancy Hanenburg, who were patient through the 3 1/2 year Maple Grove acquisition process, were thanked for making the Maple Grove parcel available for purchase by the Township. Lucia Rios, representing Disability Network, also brought congratulatory comments and applauded the Nature Preserve's universally accessible design.
The gated Preserve opens a half hour before sunrise and closes a half hour after sunset. There are picnic tables, benches, and a restroom on site, along with parking and a paved walking area. The walking area will NOT be plowed this winter. No dogs are permitted.
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which funded the acquisitions of both the Stefan and Maple Grove parcels, has fully reimbursed the Township for these purchases. See more photos on Commissions page.
Residents away for the Winter
The Michigan State Police, who keep an office at our Township Hall, have a service available for residents. They will check on your property while you are away from Casco Township. Complete this form, then fax it to the Township (269-639-1991) or mail it in, 7104 107th Avenue, South Haven MI 49090. The State Police will occasionally check your property at no charge.
Perhaps you've notice the improvement of Baseline Road between 60th and 64th, a road which has been resealed using Township road millage funding. Between North Shore and Baseline, 72nd was also resurfaced. Also, a group of residents petitioned for sewer service on the north side of Miami Park, so a 14-member sewer district has been constructed on Lakeview Avenue (at no costs to the Township).
Last Fall, a group of residents in the North Shore area met with the Township and County Drain commission to address drainage issues in the Washington Street area. The Drain Commissioner has been working to explore the status of drains in that area.
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