2017-10-11 / Opinion


‘Thanks’ for supporting Art in the Rough

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority would like to thank all of the businesses, sponsors, artists, volunteers, and community members who helped make Art in the Rough, held on September 30 in downtown Imlay City, a huge success. It was a pleasure to partner this year with the Lapeer Art Association and the Mulefoot Gastropub.

We would like to thank our Premier Sponsors the Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce and Milnes Auto Group along with our Diamond in the Rough sponsors: Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City, 4th Street Antiques Vintage and Casual Décor, Doug Halabicky State Farm and Somewhere in Time Photography.

We would also like to thank the businesses who opened their doors during the event and allowed our artists to create Pop Up art studios: Somewhere in Time Photography, Ron Gray Edward Jones, Imlay City Family Hair Care, The American Legion, The Mulefoot Gastropub, Kevin Wilder Farmers Insurance, Doug Halabicky State Farm, CharleeJack Designs and Gem and Diamond Specialists.

A special thank you to the City of Imlay City, Imlay City DPW, Walter Bargen, Ian Kempf, 4th Street Antiques Vintage and Casual Décor and Heritage Church for their efforts before and during the event.

Our volunteers were amazing and we thank Kelly Villanueva, Judy Schachermeyer, Diana Humphreys, Tom and Judy Blount, Kyle Miller, Austin Blount, TJ Decker, Randy Hall, Tim Wright, Sheryl Davis, John Powell, Sarah Graver and Heather Sample.

The DDA is proud to bring special events to our District but we can’t do it without the support of our community. We greatly appreciate your commitment.

Dana Walker


Imlay City Downtown

Development Authority

A win-win for everybody

We would like to thank Lapeer Fire Chief Terry Kluge and all his people and the people at Lapeer City Hall that made the investment to put in better pipelines to carry water. I bet they don’t get a lot of thanks for the hard work they do, but I was real pleased to read in Sunday’s paper (Oct. 8 edition) that because of things they’ve done people like us that live within their service area will likely see a reduction in our insurance rates.

That’s good news to us older folks on a fixed income where every dollar makes a difference. I don’t really understand what the ISO is, but I guess that’s not that important.

What’s important is to say “thanks” to the officials who make sure the firefighters have the best equipment and training, and that they have reliable water sources in the event of a fire.

None of the equipment comes cheap, so that’s why it’s important they use our tax dollars wisely when they make purchases.

Thanks for helping us keep safe and thanks for saving us money. It’s a win-win for everybody.

Maggie Wosskow

Mayfield Township

Who will fix the roads?

Are people familiar with the acronym NIMBY? It stands for “Not In My Back Yard.”

I read the article in Sunday’s County Press (Oct. 8 edition) titled “Wind turbines could be headed to county” and I was quite alarmed to say the least. My husband and I have lived in this area for nearly 15 years, and we’re not too excited to possibly have wind turbines near our property just because the next guy over is tempted by the easy money.

I would urge people to be considerate of their neighbors and show some consideration of their property and who might have to look at the wind turbines for the rest of their lives. We’ve been up close to the ones in Huron County and they definitely make noise, and at night the entire sky is lit up with blinking red lights wherever those things are.

There’s a lot more I’d like to know about wind turbines. I saw a picture of a wind turbine in Huron County where one of the huge turbine blades broke, so these huge towering structures are capable of being knocked down and having major damage to them.

I’d like to know are the companies that put up the ugly wind turbines going to fix our roads when they bring in heavy cranes and trucks to build them here?

I appreciate The County Press bringing this important story to our attention, because it’s going to forever change the look of our property and this community if it’s allowed to happen.

Cathy Handall

North Branch Township

‘There goes the neighborhood’

Some people think they’re beautiful, but I suppose it matters if you’re just driving by a wind turbine farm or else you have to look at it out your window. I’m not in favor of wind turbines for a lot of reasons, but mostly because they’re very tall and are visible for miles away.

My father’s house is in the area I saw mentioned in the paper (Sunday, Oct. 8 edition of The County Press). He plans to sell soon as his health is deteriorating and he’ll likely move in with us — but who’s going to buy the place if they’re going to have to look at wind turbines for the rest of their lives.

We have friends near Ubly and they tell us all the time about the noise they make and that birds are always running into them at night, killing them. Keep in mind these things have to have access roads to build and to allow them to be serviced, so that’s also going to cut up valuable farmland and not to mention destroy the beautiful horizon my dad’s property has now.

I’m not in favor of wind turbines. I think they’re going to hurt property values and destroy the countryside. If they’re built there goes the neighborhood.

Kaitlyn Fleming

Lapeer Township

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