Jackson City Manager Patrick Burtch and City Councilman Andrew Frounfelker announced the kick-off of “Dig Downtown Jackson”, a year-long construction project on Michigan Avenue in downtown Jackson. The project will address aging infrastructure; water mains, sewers, utilities. The first phase begins this month in the block between Francis and Mechanic Streets. A website has been set up to provide schedule, maps and further details here. Other guests: Energizing Education Coordinator Kriss Giannetti with staffers Lois Dunning and Charlie Miller; Jackson County Parks Director Scott Robbins and Kelly Sowers, Jackson Pack N Ship; Jim O’Brien, Hayes State Park Supervisor with Hayes Explorer Guide Kiki Dunigan; Aubrey Febres Cordero, Brett Trombley and Kelsey Schultz; Jackson High Theatre Department’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening August 8 and continuing August 9 and 10 at Jackson High School.