10-31-2019 Breast Cancer Awareness Fund helps local families; Bainbridge gets clarification on Prid

Breast Cancer Awareness Fund helps local families

Local fundraisers reached out to the Coloma Lioness Lions Club to accept and distribute monies raised for breast cancer awareness to local families affected by breast cancer. The Karla D Smothers Agency made an initial donation of $250 to start the fund.

DONATION TO ESTABLISH FUND… Pictured is the Karla D Smothers Team in their Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising shirts (from the left): Kassie Thomas, Anarosa Barajas, Amber Devine and Karla Smothers. (TCR photo by Teresa Smithers)

Karla Smothers began talking to Vineyard 2121 owner, Deb Pallas, about raising money during October for Breast Cancer Awareness. Both women felt strongly that the money should stay local and help the many families in our area affected by breast cancer. This especially hits home for Smothers, being a survivor since 2014 and celebrating her 5-year anniversary of being cancer-free. The Lioness Lions have a long history of helping local families in need, so turning to them to manage the fundraising was an obvious choice. After all, they had once helped Karla herself. “At the time I had a good job and great insurance,” she recalls, “but the gas card the Lioness Lions donated helped during a rough time and, most importantly, touched our hearts and gave us strength, knowing the community was behind me, as well as my family and friends.” Vineyard 2121 is having a “Hallowine” event this Friday, November 1. Deb has committed 10% of all sales in wine, cider, and slushies to the new fund. Visit 2121 this Friday and help scare away the effects of breast cancer on local families! Coloma Rocket Football and Cheerleading participated in the second annual Bridgman PINK OUT. Sara Ashley and other board members organized a fundraiser for the event and sold T-shirts that read, “COMETS TACKLE BREAST CANCER” and “COMETS CHEERING FOR A CURE!” In one short week they raised $721 and donated half to Bridgman’s nonprofit, Studio I Boutique, and half to the Lioness Lions, who will use the dollars to directly benefit local families affected by breast cancer.

Bainbridge gets clarification on Pride Care ambulance service in the township

By Angela Stair Bainbridge Township Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 14, 2019. At the September board meeting the board discussed some of the response times for calls Pride Care Ambulance had reported. The average time listed looked good, but some of the response times seemed a little long, especially for a priority one call. The board decided to send a letter requesting that a representative of the company to attend their October meeting to answer the questions they had. Pride Care Ambulance CEO Bill Mears attended the October meeting as per their request. One of the first questions the board asked was about the length of time it was taking to get to calls and what is the difference between Priority 1 and Priority 2. Mears explained that Priority 1 (P1) calls are, as an example, a heart attack, while Priority 2 (P2) calls are for something not so drastic, for example a broken limb, etc. Legally a P1 call is not late if it arrives within 12 minutes and P2 calls have a limit of 20 minutes before they are considered late on a call. To further explain the system Mears used the October 1 report for September 1 to September 30. He pointed out that they had answered 16 calls (8 P1 and 8 P2) in the month of September with only one that was over the time limit allowed them. Referring to Run #29139, he pointed out that this was a Priority 1 call and the response time was 12:30 minutes, 30 seconds over the limit. A notation in the report pointed out that “there was an extended response time for run number 29139 due to distance. The crew took the correct route and did not report any further incidents.” The board asked why it was so far from a unit. Mears explained that being too far away does not happen often, but it does happen occasionally with the large area they cover for Bainbridge Township. The ambulances park within the area served, but without having a central locati