11-24-2016 Letters and Commentary



Donation appreciated

Dear Editor,

With your help 220 service members are each receiving a box filled with love, support, a little bit of home and lots of Holiday Cheer!

Thank you for your very generous donation for our 14th annual “Christmas Open House” event. There are no words that can express our deep appreciation of your support to our mission of supporting the troops. We are committed to projects which help raise the morale of our troops and bring more support to America’s service members, veterans and their families.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 was an amazing day at Michigan Lutheran High School! We started with a moving program hearing from those who have served, Blue Star Mothers, and music from retired military members. Then it was time to pack boxes for our troops! With the help of many hands 220 boxes were packed and shipped! Each box contained at least two one gallon size zip lock bags of toiletries as well as two one gallon size zip lock bags with food items. Every box also contained Christmas stockings and larger bulk goodies; Oreo cookies, peanut butter and jelly, magazines, books, toys and very special handmade cards and letters written by students from local area schools. The total cost of mailing was $4,575.35. To date we have sent 5,233 boxes at a cost of $104,947.76. You enabled us to accomplish this and we are so very appre­ciative!

Thank you for being part of a community that is so supportive of America’s military, and for your contribution that made this project successful. We could never have done this without your help!!

With sincere gratitude,

Blue Star Mothers Chapter #177

VB County Road Commission snow removal operations

Dear Editor,

The road commission wants you to know… as in previous years, normal operations of the Van Buren County Road Commission are scheduled between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Routine snow removal and ice control will be performed during normal work hours only.  Snow removal operations begin on County Primary Roads as a first priority (Red Arrow Highway, Blue Star Highway and all roads with the “CR” designation).  Local Roads (streets and avenues) and roadways within subdivisions are given secondary priority.

Weekend operations and/or overtime operations will be authorized in the event of a snowfall in excess of four inches (4″) only on the most critical locations on selected County Primary Roads, as conditions permit.  In the event of a snowfall in excess of eight inches (8″), authorization shall be extended to cover the remaining County Primary Roads System and the Local Road System of the affected area(s), as conditions permit.  In addition, unusual ice and/or wind conditions causing hazardous driving on the affected areas of the road system may also be authorized, as conditions permit.

In all cases, minimum crew sizes will be utilized to cover the affected areas with every effort within the physical and financial resources of the Road Commission being made to keep the roads in a safe and reasonable condition for public travel.

The Snow Plow Policy can be found on the Van Buren County Road Commission’s website at www.vbcrc.org.

Remember: Drive slow on ice and snow!

Van Buren County Road Commission

Red Cross urges donors to give the perfect gift this winter

Dear Editor,

Blood and platelet donations needed throughout holiday season.

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the perfect gift this holid