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 location to return to or leave from, sometimes the ambulance is just too far away. Township Supervisor Bill Hodge asked if they ever ask for help when the distance is too great to get to a P1 call in 12 minutes or less. Mears said they do indeed ask for help if it is available, but sometimes there isn’t anyone that is closer. Kalamazoo can come into Van Buren County to help if needed, and on occasion they have used them; but Pride Care cannot go into Kalamazoo County to help out. When asked why, he said he did not know why it was written up that way, but that’s just the way it is. The board thanked Bill Mears for coming to the meeting and clarifying the report and response times. Fire & Police reports Supervisor Hodge reported the Sister Lakes Fire Department answered two calls in Bainbridge Township. One was for power lines down and one was for a motor vehicle accident, there were no injuries. Sergeant Sutherland of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office reported their activities in the township for the month of August. They worked 35 complaints, wrote a total of ten tickets and made three arrests. Of the calls worked, eight were traffic accidents, one assault, one burglary – forced entry, and three fraudulent activities. Finance issues The board discussed the asphalting of the parking lot at the Township Hall and the estimate of $2,597.00 by Shembarger Asphalt Sealing, Inc. out of Berrien Springs. Supervisor Hodge said they had the option of sealcoating the asphalt surface with Gem Seal premium rubberized sealer. The cost would be an additional $125.00; after discussing the benefits, the board approved the additional price for a total of $2,722.00. They are hoping to get it done quickly. The board also approved the hiring of Joe Mundt, owner of Total Tree Care LLC to snowplow and shovel steps at the Township Hall for $90.00 per time on days the office is open; on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by 7:00 a.m. The agreement includes an additional fee of $65.00 per hour if equipment to remove snow (move back) is needed. They also approved paying bills in the amount of $39,349.32, payroll in the amount of $7,433.82 and payroll liabilities in the amount of $2,463.62 for a total of $49,246.76.

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