Beech trees return

In Michigan and Mason county, beech bark disease has been devastating to beech trees. Now, 250 beech seedlings bred in the lab of U.S. Forest Service research biologist Jennifer Koch from disease-resistant trees are returning to Ludington State Park.

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Park staff and volunteers planted the 3-year-old, 3- to 6-foot-tall trees. Ludington was the first site in the state where the disease was discovered, back in 2000. Koch’s work involves cross-pollinating resistant trees; some of those in the lab were grown from seeds collected from a handful of resistant trees in Ludington State Park. The new trees aren’t fully immune from the disease, but their resistance will be from 1 or 2 percent to 50 percent better than a nonresistant tree. “At least half of them, probably more, are going to grow and never come down with the disease,” Koch said. It’s estimated that Michigan has lost more than 2.5 million of its 32 million beech trees since the disease was discovered.


Police prepare for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),  The Michigan State Police (MSP) and other law enforcement agencies are partnering for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 28. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michigan State Police’s 30 posts will serve as drop off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted.

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“This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the medicines that have collected in your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of something that could potentially be dangerous,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Opioid abuse is a serious public health and public safety issue here in Michigan and nationwide. We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses.” National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year. In April,  State police posts collected 597 pounds of prescription drugs. Anyone who  is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.


Drag racers arraigned

Tuesday night, two accidents occurred in summit township related to drag racing.  During the race, Megan Brown and Alberto Ramirez went off the road and hit the tree. Brown was driving and Ramirez was the passenger.


They were both charged with OWI 1st offense and bond was set at $2,500 10%.


Brayden Chavalia was the driver of the other car which rolled over.  He was also charged with OWI 1st offense with a bond of $2,500 10%. All three have posted bond and have been released from jail.

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