10-10-2019 State finalizes aerial treatment for EEE infested mosquitoes over 557,000 acres which in

AMAZING SUPPORT FOR MACI RAE… Organizers of Sunday’s fundraising event in support of young Maci Rae Rosen in her battle with juvenile neuroblastoma, report a whopping total in excess of $24,000! Parents Lindsey (Drake) and Justin Rosen humbly and most sincerely appreciate the tremendous outpouring of donations thanks to countless volunteers along with help from local business, individuals and two anonymous donors who matched the donation jar up to $2,000 and $5,000 respectively. A special account for Maci Rae has been set up with Honor Credit Union to accept additional contributions. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)

State finalizes aerial treatment for EEE infested mosquitoes over 557,000 acres which includes Berrien and Van Buren counties; continued vigilance encouraged

By Annette Christie Aerial treatment covering more than 557,000 acres and targeting 14 counties has been completed to help combat Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today. “In one year, we have had more human EEE cases confirmed than in the past decade,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS. “We chose to conduct aerial treatment to protect the health and safety of Michiganders. We also continue to urge communities and residents to take precautions against mosquito bites as the risk of EEE remains until the first hard frost.” This announcement comes as another case of EEE was confirmed in a Cass County resident. The onset date for the new case was Sept. 20, prior to aerial treatment beginning on Sept. 30. Treatment was conducted in portions of Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Jackson, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph, Van Buren and Washtenaw counties. In addition, Fort Custer Training Center, which is in both Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties, was treated. The decision to conduct aerial treatment was made based on the large number of EEE cases in both people and animals this year. EEE has been confirmed in 10 people, with four fatalities. Cases resided in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. In addition, cases have occurred in 34 animals from 15 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren. EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people. Until the first frost, residents should still continue to be vigilant in their protection against mosquito bites. The Berrien County and Van Buren County health departments have both provided the following recommendations for the public: When outdoors, apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered product to exposed skin or clothing and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites. Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddies pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.

Keeler Township Board renews Lake Assessments for three area lakes; tickets for speeding on Township roads increase, County Sheriff Deputy reports

By Annette Christie The Keeler Township Board held a public hearing during their Tuesday, October 8 meeting to hear comments regarding the renewal of three lake special assessments in place. The lake associations of Keeler, Round, and Big and Little Crooked Lakes have asked for the continuation of these special assessments, all part of a five-year plan. Clerk Carl Davis confirmed that there was no written communication in favor