Over the holiday weekend a person driving by noticed 3 kids on the roof of the Sister Lakes Elementary School. They were on the roof playing with the bell. Van Buren dispatch was called to notify them what was going on. Person was told no officers were in the area. I know Keeler only pays for 40 hours of police protection a week, and this was a non-emergency on a holiday weekend. We get good service during those 40 hours but that means 76% of the time we don't have someone around.
The amount of free educational resources online is staggering. You can take anything from simple math to advanced physics for free online. Since summer is always a busy time I decided to limit myself to reading a few good books. Coursera is offering a U of Michigan class on Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World Looks like fun.
There are a few parades in the area to remember the men and women who this holiday honors. Hartford has a Memorial Day parade at 10am through downtown Hartford. Keeler also has a parade at noon. It goes from a dedication at the cemetery and goes along CR 687 through Keeler to Territorial Road. Enjoy your long weekend.
The hard working folks at the SLFD have made their station a recognized Red Cross Disaster Shelter. Their press release tells it all :
"The Sister Lakes Fire Department is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the American Red Cross and are now a fully operational and recognized Red Cross Disaster Shelter. With a building of over 7000 square feet, a 440 3 Phase 200 Kilowatt generator, 1500 gallon per minute well, and a commercial kitchen we are capable of supplying many of the elements we have all come to take for granted.
Verizon Cell phone users will soon notice a drastic improvement in service. A new cell tower has been placed behind Cooper's hardware store. Part of the agreement of placing the tower was that the company would have to allow another service to rent space on it. For those with other cell providers there may be hope for better signal for you too.
The December Keeler Township board meeting, with new member Barb Fisher as Treasurer and Bill Kays back as Supervisor, was a mostly normal enough meeting. I'll upload it in the next few days to the youtube channel. However the October response times from Pride Care were surprising. Pride had 3 calls over the 12 minute contract time in October. The times were 16 minutes, 22 minutes, and a 13 minute. One was for being lost and needing directions, the others were not clarified as to exactly why the calls took so long. Personally I find it scary that emergency aid may be so long in coming..
The Keeler United Methodist Church is having a turkey dinner this Friday, Nov 9 from 5-7pm. It will have turkey, Shirley's delicious stuffing and gravy, real mashed potatoes, vegetables and many desserts. Everything is made the old fashioned way and served with warm fellowship. Donations are accepted. It's a great group of people there and the food is always delicious. Keeler United is the white church on the corner of 687 and Territorial, across from the new store.