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Local InterestEnsuring the greatest success for Calhoun County residents.In the last year, the Calhoun County Commission, led by Chair Derek King and Vice Chair Vic Potter, our judges, elected officials, and government staff have worked hard to provide the best ser- vices for our community. Not only do we initiate opportunities from Senior Ser- vices to the Health Department, we work in tandem with our local government and nonprofit partners to ensure the greatest success for Calhoun County residents.Most recently, we welcomed a Com- munications Manager to our staff. Lucy Blair joins us from Grand Rapids, Mich- igan. She worked for Herman Miller as social media strategist, and before that she worked in marketing and advis- ing for Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. She’s excited to improve communications from the County and answer questions about how or why we make the decisions that we do. Lucy is ready to learn more about the communities here and welcomes emails from residents with stories, comments, or questions. She can be reached at services to the community was the number one priority in 2017 and the beginning of this year. The Mental Health Treatment Court that helps indi- viduals lead healthy productive lifestyles outside of the criminal justice system celebrated its tenth graduation ceremonywith Chief Judge Michael Jaconette pre- siding. Additionally, in a state-wide ef- fort to minimize the backlog of untested rape kits, over 241 were recently tested dating back to the 1990s. Our County Prosecutor David Gilbert engaged an at- torney and investigator whose efforts in Calhoun County have led to convictions already.In 2017, Senior Services assisted 6,000 seniors and provided 313 hours of Medicaid/Medicare counseling for 436 people. Its mini grants benefited numer- ous programs including Miles for Mem- ories, Talons Out Honor Flight, coun- ty-wide transportation, and Marshall Dial-a-Ride. In December the County Veterans Affairs office held the Home- less Fair and VA Stand Down which served 500 homeless veterans or those in danger of becoming homeless, featuringover 80 vendors. Veteran Services also added a scholarship for Calhoun Coun- ty Veterans who attend Western Michi- gan University. This is the second such opportunity the County offers Veterans. A scholarship for Kellogg Communi- ty College recently selected its second recipient for the upcoming school year. MSU Extension’s 4-H program served 2,600 children who were involved in some way. This was possible thanks to 169 volunteers supporting 37 clubs. The County’s Solid Waste and Recycling program offers numerous recycling op- tions with the support of local govern- ments and other partnerships.The County’s Juvenile Home saw 456 admissions in 2017 and was able to offer empty bed space to out-of-county chil- dren. When the facility is full, it’s able to offer the best possible programming and staff training. The revenue from the Ju- venile Home has increased from $86,000 in 2012 to $561,000 in 2017, offsetting operational costs and saving taxpayer dollars.Although there’s always work to do, we are honored by awards recognizing our accomplishments. The Police Offi- cer Association of Michigan (POAM) recognized two of Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton’s officers: Deputy Frank Rosado as the Police Officer of the Year and Deputy Tosha Cummings16 SCENE 4307 I ANNUAL REPORT CARDBY LUCY BLAIR Communications Mgr., Cal. Co. Admin.Calhoun Countyexpands freeThis change offers additional FREE residential recycling for Calhoun County residents at the C&C LANDFILL, from August 6 through December 31, 2018. Located at 14800 P Drive north in Marshall. Accepted items include paper, cardboard, plastic, metal and glass. Open 6 days a week.Please visit for more informationrecycling options.

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