2017-10-11 / Editorial

Help available against domestic violence

One in three women and one in four men will likely experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity we utilize every year to spotlight the severity of the problem in many Lapeer County households — while at the same time reminding residents there is help available.

In Lapeer County, we’re fortunate we have Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Assault (LACADA) and a law enforcement community that includes police officers, prosecutors and judges that don’t tolerate domestic violence in our community.

Tomorrow evening (Oct. 12) LACADA will hold its 25th Annual Taste of Lapeer fundraiser event at the Lapeer County Club. It’s an opportunity for the pubic to sample great food from a host of restaurants and eateries across the county and beyond, as well participate in a live auction — with all proceeds to supplement the mission of LACADA. In operation since 1991, LACADA provides free and confidential support services that include crisis intervention, support groups, court accompaniment, information and referrals, emergency shelter and personal advocacy.

LACADA has a long history in Lapeer County, and one we intend to spotlight in detail this Sunday when the INSIGHT section of The County Press will be telling the LACADA story. In addition, we will talk with local law enforcement and other officials in the legal community to address what they’re doing to combat domestic violence in our community.

It’s important to know there’s help available in our community. If you or your loved ones are in imminent danger as the result of domestic violence, call 9-1-1. LACADA offers a hotline too. Call 810-667-4175.

Celebrate renewable energy

Lapeer County is on the map as a community that has embraced clean, renewable energy thanks to the construction of an estimated $100 million solar array project in Lapeer by DTE Energy. Sourced by nearly 200,000 solar panels, each about the size of a standard household door, the panels are generating enough electricity to power 11,000 homes and businesses.

On Sunday, The County Press published a story that wind turbines could be on the way to portions of northern Lapeer County as soon as 2022. DTE Energy said about 20 easement agreements have been signed on approximately 60 parcels in Burlington, Burnside and North Branch townships.

Such agreements have been identified in past DTE press releases as key to clearing the way for other multi-million dollar DTE wind energy projects around the state. DTE is beginning discussions with landowners to determine if there is sufficient interest for a future wind project that would bring investment, tax revenue and clean energy to the area.

But it’s very early in the process, and there will be much discussion on this topic in The County Press for months and years about a possible project in five to 10 years from now.

To show off the recently completed solar array project in Lapeer that has been online since May, DTE Energy invites citizens to join its Lapeer Solar Celebration to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 14). Area residents can park at the Mott Community College campus in Lapeer at 550 Lake Drive, where guests will board free shuttle buses that will take them to the event site.

The event will include a hayride tour of Michigan’s largest solar array, while there will also be activities for children, face painting, cider and donuts and live entertainment.

Come and explore the changing face of energy generation right here in Lapeer County.

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