St. Clair County news briefs: Road work; vision/hearing screenings; more – New Baltimore Voice Newspapers

St. Clair County news briefs: Road work; vision/hearing screenings; more - New Baltimore Voice Newspapers


Road work underway

Area motorists will see a handful of road and intermittent lane closures as various projects are completed throughout St. Clair County. Here’s a look at what’s ahead:

• Casco Township: Palms Road between St. Clair Highway and Division Road will be closed through Sept. 30 for a bridge replacement. Access to local traffic will be maintained, but access across the Belle River on Palms Road will not be allowed.

• Clay Township: Swartout Road between McKinley and Morrow roads will have intermittent lane closures during the week of Aug. 22 for ditching.

• Clyde, Kimball townships: There is a Lapeer Road reconstruction between Abbotsford and Wadhams roads with an estimated project completion in November. Traffic will be maintained in the westbound direction only for the duration of the project. The detour route is Taylor Drive/Dunlap Road to Interstate 69 to Wadhams Road.

• Columbus Township: Gratiot Road between Arlington and Bauman roads will be closed through Oct. 28 for a bridge replacement. Access to local traffic will be maintained, but access across the Belle River on Gratiot Road will not be allowed.

• Kimball Township: Sparling Road between Sunnyside Road and Taylor Drive will be closed one day during the week of Aug. 22 for a crossroad culvert replacement.

• Port Huron Township: The intersection of 36th and Little streets will be closed for three days during the week of Aug. 22 for ditching and culvert replacement.

• Riley Township: Eagling Road between Hough and Belle River roads will be closed until further notice for a bridge replacement project.

Free vision, hearing screenings for children offered

The St. Clair County Health Department is offering free vision and hearing screenings for any child entering preschool or kindergarten in the fall of 2022.

Screenings run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. Those interested can call ahead and schedule an appointment with a technician beginning Aug. 23 by calling 810-987-5300.

Beginning in October, appointments at the health department can be made for the first Monday and fourth Wednesday of each month.

County health officials cite several reasons why children should be screened, including all children must have a hearing and vision screening before entering kindergarten; early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent temporary difficulties from becoming permanent problems, and screening can help a child succeed in school, as an undiagnosed hearing and vision problem can interfere with a child’s development.

The SCCHD is located at 3415 28th Street in Port Huron. For more information, call 810-987-5300 or visit scchealth.co or facebook.com/scchdmi.

Beach Glass Class scheduled

A Beach Glass Class will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at Ira Township Hall, located at 7085 Meldrum Road. Participants can make designs such as a necklace, dangle bracelet, key ring and wine bottle stopper. The cost is $35 per person, with beach glass and supplies included. Participants are welcome to bring their own beach glass if they would like to use it in their designs. Preregistration is requested for supply purposes. For more information, call 586-339-3969 or email cindy@iratownship.org.

MI New Favorite Snack top 20 finalists chosen

The 20 top contenders for MI New Favorite Snack will be competing for $50,000 in prize money in September.

The contenders will be presenting their snacks along the shores of the St. Clair River at Vantage Point in Port Huron on Sept. 17 for the public to taste, buy and have a vote, along with a judging panel that includes Michigan broadcasting icon Chuck Gaidica, a recent press release states.

Forty-two companies from across the state of Michigan entered the contest, with five having multiple entries, for a total of 50 snacks. The team at All Star Services Inc. selected the top 20 based on company story/vision, branding/packaging, company engagement (community/social media/causes), marketability and taste/presentation.

One of the following companies will win $30,000, followed by $15,000 for the runner-up and $5,000 for third place:

• 4 C’s Cookies and More LLC — Chocolate Chip Cookie — Connie McDermott, Hersey

• Chunk Nibbles — Original Chunk Nibble Mix — Brad Cocklin, Troy

• Dave’s Sweet Tooth Toffee — Milk Chocolate Toffee — Andrew Chmielewski, Harrison Township

• Dot’s Candy Bar — Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar — Beth Welser, St. Clair

• Downey’s Potato Chips — Original Sea Salt — Kali Bagley, Waterford

• Emme’s Plantain Chips — Masala Plantain Chip — Emme Eknam, Wyoming

• Ferry Farms — Sweet and Spicy Beef Stick — Stefan Schmelzer, Litchfield

• Fry Daddy’s Brand — Original Snack Mix — Morgan Buehler, Spring Lake

• Great Lakes Snack Co. — Candied Pecans — Jill Denkins, Manistique

• Live Crispy — Coconut+Pineapple Crisp — David Shammas, Ferndale

• Mr. Leslie’s Cheesecake — Turtle Cheesecake — Marcus Leslie, Lansing

• The Muddy Buddy Boys — S’Mores — Mitch French, Montrose

• Pop City Popcorn — Crosstown Crunch — Becky Bil, Kalamazoo

• Popside Snacks — Freeze Dried Gummy Worms — Jeff Dinser, Whitmore Lake

• Rising Hope Bakery — Oatmeal Fruit Cookie — Gary Waxler, Inkster

• Sherman’s Tennessee Hot Crackers — Original Hot Crackers — Pam Lenning, St. Clair Shores

• Sweet Encounter Bakery — Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bar — Nikki Thompson Frazier, Lansing

• Wani Cakes — Berry Summer Cakewich — Anwelli Okpue, Dearborn

• Why Bars — Blueberry Bliss — Chris Forte, Birmingham

• Yell Sweets — CinnaWhat Bun Cupcake — Danielle Jackson, Shelby Township

Jon Holden, vice president of sales and marketing for All Star Services, got to taste the snacks and talk to each of the 42 contestants as part of the selection process.

“I was absolutely astounded by not only the amount of entries that we had, but the quality and innovation of the snack products,” Holden said. “Selecting the final 20 was one of the most difficult things that I have ever been a part of. All of the companies have incredible people, products and stories associated with them. It was so much fun to connect with these great Michigan-made companies and learn more about them. Michigan is full of tremendous, tenacious snack makers, and I cannot wait to see who will be crowned the MI New Favorite Snack Champion on Sept. 17.”

For more information, visit bluewaterchamber.com or facebook.com/minewfavoritesnack.



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