2018-01-11 / News Briefs

In brief

Robotics team gets grant

SWARTZ CREEK – The Swartz Creek Dragons FIRST Robotics team received a $2,500 grant, according to a Jan. 4 announcement from the Michigan Department of Education.

The Dragon team was one of 1,375 FIRST Robotics and Science Olympiad teams from 462 public and private schools to receive the Competitive FIRST Robotics grants.

The grants support school districts’ efforts to “expand opportunities to improve mathematics, science and technology skills” through participation in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and Science Olympiad, said Sheila A. Alles, chief deputy superintendent for the MDE.

The programs engage students in “well-rounded learning experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), language, business, culture and creativity, (and provide) access to personalized learning technologies that support and enhance those learning experiences,” Alles said. – L.R.

December emergency stats

GAINES TOWNSHIP – There were 130 calls for police services in Gaines Township in December, according to 911 records. Eight were in the village of Gaines. The Gaines Township Police Department responded to 77 of the calls.

In addition, township police issued two citations, gave 17 warnings, performed 74 property checks, made five felony arrests and one misdemeanor arrest, and obtained four felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant.

There were 1,635 incidents reported in 2017, as compared to 1,762 in 2016. Police Chief Mark Schmitzer said that although there were 1,127 fewer calls last year, the complaints were for more serious issues than in 2016.

The Gaines Township Fire Department had 15 fire runs and 16 medical calls in December.

Firefighters responded to 133 fire calls and 170 medicals for 303 total fire department activations in 2017.

In other fire department business, firefighter Blake Lakies submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 3. – L.R.

Tax aid available to seniors

SWARTZ CREEK – Beginning in February, IRS-certified tax counselors will provide tax services to senior citizens at the Swartz Creek Area Senior Center.

Appointments are now being scheduled. Services are by appointment only. Call 635-4122.

In addition, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, a volunteer tax preparation and assistance service, is looking for volunteers to help taxpayers complete tax returns. Experience is not necessary; training on the software and tax forms is provided. For more information, call the number above. – L.R.

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