The flu continues to be a serious health concern in Ingham County. To reduce your risk of contracting this respiratory virus, the Ingham County Health Department recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine. The vaccine is available at the Health Department’s immunization clinic. Many health insurers cover the cost of the vaccine. And depending on your income, you may qualify for a free or reduced-cost vaccine. For clinic hours and more information, check here.
Hawk Island Grand Opening
I was brave enough to get a flu shot, but I'm not brave enough to try snowboarding! (I like to get outdoors during the winter; it's just that I prefer something a bit less exciting, like walking my dog in the snow.) If you enjoy more adventurous pursuits, check out the new facilities at Hawk Island Snow Park. Features include a 400-foot hill for snow tubing, an “urban terrain park” for skiers and snowboarders, and lifts to get you back to the top.
A Grand Opening is planned for the urban terrain park on Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, including park hours and current conditions, click here.
Animal Control Community Outreach Center
On Saturday, my dog, Champ, and I had a nice time visiting Ingham County Animal Control’s new Lansing-based Community Outreach Center. Several people were there taking advantage of inexpensive pet micro-chipping. And some people were even adopting furry new friends.
Because Champ is a "rescue," I thought that it was fitting to take him to the Outreach Center. My family adopted Champ over a year ago when he was 5 years old. His owner had to give him up when she lost her home. He was fortunate to end up in the care of the Animal Placement Bureau. This group is a nonprofit network of “foster homes” for animals from shelters and puppy mills. They do a great service to the animals and the people who adopt them.
Champ is a poster child – I mean, dog – for adopting instead of buying a dog. And he is a great ambassador for slightly older dogs. When Champ came to our house, he fit right in with our two kids and our two cats. He was (and still is) loving, easygoing, and well-behaved. And he was already housebroken! So if you are considering adding a dog to your life, consider adopting first. You could save a life, and you could end up with a great new friend in the process.
In my previous post about the Community Outreach Center, I inadvertently left out some important details. The center is not only housed in an Ingham County Land Bank property; it is also completely funded through donations, and it will be primarily staffed by volunteers.
Week ending Jan. 13, 2013
Good news from Ingham County Animal Control
Actually, this qualifies as great news: Animal Control will open a new community outreach center in Lansing later this month. Housed in an Ingham County Land Bank property, the outreach center will provide easier access to Lansing residents who need Animal Control's services. Among the services offered will be low-cost vaccines, free pet food, free dog houses, dog licensing, and pet adoptions.
I was particularly glad to hear from Animal Control Director Jamie McAloon-Lampman that the center will offer classes to pet owners about proper pet care.
Congratulations to Ms. McAloon-Lampman, her staff, and the many volunteers who have made the outreach center possible.
The center’s Grand Opening is planned for Saturday, Jan. 26, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. To learn more about Animal Control services and volunteer opportunities, click here.
Ingham County 911 Center Update
Since its opening in late June 2012, the new 911 Center has handled a total of 375,507 calls, including 119,245 calls for police assistance and 18,752 calls reporting fires or medical emergencies.
The 911 Center continues to work on filling vacancies. A background investigator position is currently posted here.
County Job Opportunities
Check here for regular updates on the Ingham County jobs available. You can find seasonal work to professional positions and everything in between.
On January 2, 2013, I was sworn in to serve a two-year term on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners. I represent most of northern Delhi Township and a small portion of South Lansing.
Also during this meeting, committee assignments were approved. For the next year, I will serve on the Law & Courts Committee, the Human Services Committee, the Ingham County Land Bank Board, and the Tri-County Aging Consortium. I will also act as a member of the Ingham County Chapter of the Michigan Township Association.
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P.O. Box 21002
Lansing, Michigan 48909