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Construction to Begin on MLK Equality Trail Extension

The City of Jackson has released its weekly update of street construction progress and plans for next week.  They include beginning the project to extend the Martin Luther King Equality Trail from the King Center to Washington Avenue near Consumers Energy.  The details: Martin Luther King Equality Trail between Merriman Street and Washington Avenue Next Monday (September 20, 2016), work on the City of Jackson project to upgrade the existing trail between Merriman Street and Biddle Street and to extend the trail to Washington Avenue will commence.  This project consist of widening the trail to meet current standards, replacing the pavement with new concrete, and improving curves and street crossings to accommodate all non-motorized users.  During the construction period, one of the two south-bound lanes of S. Cooper Street will be closed to create a work zone.  Work on this project is scheduled to be completed in early November 2016. Cortland Street between Jackson and Mechanic Cortland Street just east of Jackson Street is closed for work by Consumers Energy to replace underground electrical services.  This work involves the installation of a new PVC duct bank from an underground vault under the south side of Cortland Street through an alley…

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Golden Eagles embracing great challenge for tonight’s home opener

By Mike Moore Staff Writer   Brooklyn — After consecutive wins to the start the season, the Columbia central football team came back to Earth a bit in a Week 3 loss to Hudson.   Even so, when asked about the 26-14 setback, coach Josh Kubiak did his best to keep things in perspective.   “The Hudson game really came down to too many mental mistakes,” he said. “But we knew we’d have a tough schedule to start the year. Our focus is breaking the season down into thirds, and in each third, we want to win at least two games. We accomplished our first goal. Now, we want to do the same over the next three.”   The Golden Eagles get that chance starting tonight, in their first home game of 2016, against Ida.   The Bluestreaks come in at 3-0, having outscored their opponents by nearly 40 points per game so far.   This is also a team that went 12-1 a year ago, ending the fall in a 28-26 Division 5 semifinal loss to River Rouge.   “We have to stop the run, that’s the key thing,” Kubiak said about the Ida offense, which is scoring 52 points…

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Friday, September 16

Congressman Tim Walberg;  Dan Funston, Superintendent, Concord Schools;  Kelly Gooch, Former Jackson Co. RoseQueen, New Author;  Ben Dandrow, Executive Director, Dahlem, with Board President, Becky Shotwell;  Ric Walton, The Walton Insurance Group

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Jackson Vietnam Veterans to Recognize POW-MIA Day

The Jackson Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America will hold a 24 hour vigil in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  The day will be observed on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. This annual event honors our missing service members and their families, and highlights the government’s commitment to account for them.  Across the country, local POW/MIA ceremonies are encouraged throughout POW/MIA Recognition Week, culminating with countless events and the national ceremony in Washington, DC, on Recognition Day. Support for these missing Americans and their families is deeply felt.  America’s POW/MIAs should be honored and recognized, rather than memorialized, with the focus on continuing commitment to account as fully as possible for those still missing.  Strong, united support by the American people is crucial to achieving concrete answers. The Jackson VVA Chapter will start a vigil at 3:00pm for 24 hours.  At 7:00 pm they will have a short ceremony describing the purpose of the POW/MIA table and what each part or piece that is on that table represents.  The promise is: “Until They All Come Home”.

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Thursday, September 15

Dr. Erica Person, TLC Eyecare of Michigan;  Melissa Tee & Susie Mohlman, Jackson Area Association of Realtors;  Marie Bonkowski & Cierra Sowle, Jackson Business & Professional Women;  Jan Witte & Todd Wanty, Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber’s ‘All Seasons Sports Spectacular’;  Jon Hart, Concantenation Convention;  General Materials BuilderWalk

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