LOCAL NEWS for FRI 16NOV18
The Tawas Police Authority have new equipment in their patrol cars.
The Tawas Police Authority recently had Mobile Data Terminals installed in
their patrol cars. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the
terminals will allow officers access to the Law Enforcement Information
Network, which provides driver's license information and outstanding
warrants. The terminals also have a printer to produce a copy of a
citation or other documents and that citations can be sent digitally to
Iosco County's 81st District Court. The new units cost $22,070 dollars
with $8,723 covered through the Tawas Police Authority's drug fund
Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging Alcona County
hunters to get deer checked for Bovine Tuberculosis. In October, the
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced that a
large beef herd in Alcona County was infected with Bovine Tuberculosis.
Deer and cattle health continue to be a concern in Alcona County. The DNR
says it’s important for successful hunters to bring their deer to a check
station. The only way to know if your deer is positive is to have it
tested. Visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash Deer Check to find the location and
hours of deer check stations near you.
Mio AuSable School District recently received grant money.
The Safety Grant is from the Michigan State
Police. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the $16,000 dollar grant
will be used to update the school's internal lock systems. Funds will also
be used to purchase new barricades that will greatly improve the
fortifications of each classroom. Mio AuSable Superintendent Paul Ciske
said the district applied for the grant last summer in the hopes of
continuing to improve the safety of the building. The new security
features are set to be fully implemented within the next six months.
Representative Sue Allor will hold office hours on Monday. Allor, of
Wolverine, will be at Karsten’s Restaurant, on West Third Street in Rogers
City from 11am until noon. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to
attend but would like to talk with Representative Allor can call her
Lansing Office at 517-373-0833.
LOCAL NEWS for THU 15NOV18
deer season begins today and hunters are being reminded a “Do Not Eat”
advisory has been issued on deer within a five mile radius of Clark’s
Marsh near Oscoda. According to the Michigan Department of Health and
Human Services high levels of the contaminant PFOS, a type of PFAS was
reported in a deer shot near the marsh. For more information call the East
Tawas Office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at
proposed change to weight restrictions on roads in the state could affect
local roads. The Senate Bill would create an exception to seasonal
load restrictions for vehicles transporting forest products on an unpaved
road. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Iosco County Road
Commission Manager, Bruce Bolen, the absence of weight restrictions for
timber haulers could destroy roadways and cost the road commission and
county townships and municipalities funding. Bolen said currently the road
commission and area loggers have a good working relationship. He said one
factor in the proposed legislation is whether timber haulers would limit
loads during weight restriction periods voluntarily. The bill has yet to
be passed and Bolen and road commission members are working to get
resolutions passed to send to the state to oppose the legislation.
Ogemaw County Friends of Extension were recently honored.
The Friends of Extension received the 2018 Key Partner Award from Michigan
State University Extension. according to the Ogemaw County herald, the Key
Partner Award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to
supporting and promoting MSU Extension Programs. The Friends of Extension
was formed to advocate, fundraise and create awareness for MSU Extension
Programs in Ogemaw County. The group was responsible for raising money to
keep the program functioning after two millage proposals for funding were
defeated in 2016, and were credited for helping get a funding proposal
passed in August of this year. Michelle Warner, MSU Extension District
Director, nominated Ogemaw County Friends of Extension for the award. You
can visit their website at
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Dam Management Grant Program is
providing $350,000 dollars to address Michigan’s failing dam
infrastructure. The money will support dam removals as well as critical
repair and maintenance. The DNR is accepting applications through
tomorrow, Friday, November 16th. For application information
LOCAL NEWS for WED 14NOV18
Police are investigating the source of two pipe bombs found inside logs in
Tuscola County. According to M-Live, On Friday a resident in Arbela
Township was splitting logs when he found an apparent pipe bomb inside
one. Sheriff's deputies, along with the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad
and ATF personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the device was an
actual bomb capable of exploding. The Bomb Squad deactivated the
explosive. Tuscola Deputies report a second device was recovered in
another log on Monday and that the incidents are isolated to a single
residence in that area. Anyone with information as to the bombs' origins
is urged to call Detective Jim Hook at 989-673-8161, extension 2234.
Alcona Chapter of the Michigan Townships Association is working to add a
classroom component on local government. The Alcona
Chapter has been working with Alcona Schools, the County Board of
Commissioners and Michigan State University Extension to bring a local
government class component to the school. According to the Alcona County
Review, starting this semester, Alcona Middle School students at the
eighth grade level are learning how local government functions. Students
will also tour the county building to see how the various offices function
as well as emergency services that are a part of local government.
Discussion will also soon start about creating youth positions on certain
county and township boards.
Harbor Beach City Council approved a request to stop a dangerous situation
at the school. The decision came at the request of Harbor Beach
police Chief Todd Bucholz. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Chief
Bucholz received a letter from Harbor Beach Community Schools seeking help
with parking signs for the school's bus loop. The letter requested signs
prohibiting parking between 7:15 and 8am and 2:30 to 3:15pm on school
days. The Council approved the request and instructed Bucholz to go ahead
with the signs. Council members also noted the school board must also
officially approve the measure.
Representative Sue Allor invites people to get their voices heard during
office hours tomorrow. Allor, of Wolverine, will be at the Alcona County
Courthouse, in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, 106 5th Street
in Harrisville from Noon until 1pm. And at the Tawas Bay Big Boy, 1222
South U.S. 23 in East Tawas from 2 until 3pm. Allor said office hours are
the best way for her to connect with people living in Northeast Michigan.
No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend but would still like
to talk with Allor, may contact her Lansing office at 517-373-0833.
LOCAL NEWS for TUE 13NOV18
Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op Communities First Fund Board recently awarded
$8,000 dollars in grant money. Cheboygan County United Way received $3,000
dollars to purchase food and personal hygiene products for distribution to
attendees of two Project Connect events. Tri-Township Fire Department in
Montmorency County received $2,500 dollars to assist with the purchase of
a washer extractor machine to clean personal protective equipment worn by
firefighters. The Friends of the Ocqueoc Outdoor Center in Presque Isle
County received $2,500 dollars to assist with the purchase and
installation of a washer and dryer. For more information on the grants
was a fatal accident in Ogemaw County Saturday. A 52 year old Lupton
man is dead after his vehicle rolled over Saturday. According to the
Ogemaw County Herald, the Sheriff’s Department reports that Brian Douglas
Benjamin was traveling northbound on Deckerville Road, near the
intersection of Oyster Road, when his vehicle left the roadway. The
vehicle eventually went airborne and rolled. It is unclear what time the
accident occurred but deputies report the vehicle was found and reported
by a passerby at approximately 8am Saturday. It was later reported that
Ogemaw county sheriff's deputies said that a medical condition could have
contributed to the accident. The accident is still under
Flint man is facing misdemeanor breaking and entering charges in Tawas
City. Antwann Suggs, 18, of Flint faces a misdemeanor
count of breaking and entering and a misdemeanor count of contributing to
the delinquency of a minor. According to the Iosco County News Herald,
Suggs faces the charges after the Tawas Police Authority investigated a
breaking and entering on October 13th at the Crow's Nest Inn of Tawas
City. Suggs and a female allegedly entered one of the rooms without a key
and were staying there. The Tawas Police Authority confronted Suggs who
allegedly stated that he broke into the room to take a shower and hang out
with his girlfriend. Suggs is scheduled to appear in 81st district Court
for a pre-trial Tuesday, November 27th.
LOCAL NEWS for MON 12NOV18
The Iosco County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday at approximately
8:40am, a deputy responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on M-55
near Dean Road in Tawas Township. A seventeen year old Reno Township man
was traveling to church when he lost control of his vehicle on the icy
roads. He suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover. A
combination of icy roads and bald tires appear to be contributing factors
in the crash. The Iosco county Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the
Michigan State Police, Iosco County EMS and Tawas City Fire Department.
Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will meet tonight. On the agenda is
a review of election results and approval of the electrical engineer and
construction management contracts. Board members will also discuss the
hiring of a school social worker and educational assistant. The meeting
will begin at 7pm this evening in the boardroom of the administration
office in Tawas City.
County Officials donated two retired ambulances to the Iosco Regional
Educational Services Agency. The decision comes after the
county received two new ambulances. According to the Iosco County News
Herald, Scott Kiernicki, Operations Manager at Mobile Medical Response
said IRESA students wanted to turn an old ambulance into a food truck or
warming shelter potentially as a multi use tool or for first aid purposes.
Kiernicki said one of the rigs donated to IRESA had been in use since 2012
and couldn't serve MMR properly anymore. The two new ambulances Iosco
County received in May were inspected by the state and put into use this
Thumb Area schools will receive grant money. The three
schools will receive a portion of $25 million dollars in state grants.
According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the state grants are to purchase
equipment and technology to improve the safety and security of school
buildings, students and staff. Elkton Pigeon Bayport, Caseville and Zion
Lutheran School in harbor Beach were among those receiving grants. Laker
received $91,728 dollars, Caseville $7,500 dollars and Zion Lutheran
$5,974 dollars. Laker also recently received a Federal Security Grant of
$111, 542 dollars for the school's
security officer and two additional Stop Violence Educators. The schools
have until September 30th, 2019 to use the grant funding.
LOCAL NEWS for FRI 09NOV18
Thursday, State Senator Jim Stamas was named by Senate Majority Leader
elect, Mike Shirkey, as the next chairman of the Senate Appropriations
Committee. Stamas was elected to a second term as State Senator on Tuesday
for the 36th District and he will begin his tenure as
Appropriations Chairman when the 100th Legislature takes office in
January. Stamas currently serves as Assistant Majority Floor Leader,
Chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and chairs the
General Government Subcommittee on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Stamas, of Midland, said he is honored to be entrusted with leading the
process to once again pass a balanced budget that holds state government
accountable, supports our students and fixes our roads.
AuSable Township Board of Trustees recently voted on new equipment for the
Children's Park. The AuSable Children's Park will be receiving new
fitness equipment after the unanimous vote by the AuSable Township Board
of Trustees. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Superintendent
Leisa Sutton said the township was awarded a Michigan Passport Recreation
Grant in 2016 that will cover the cost of the project. Sutton said the
equipment will cost $9,539 dollars and will include a variety of fitness
equipment including a self weighted rower, leg press, strength and stretch
bars, back extension and a single elliptical machine. Installation of the
new equipment at the AuSable Children's Park will take place next spring.
Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union recently held a Strategic Planning Session
and Financial Reality Fair. Recently Alpena Alcona Area Credit
union's volunteer Board of Directors, Credit Committee, Supervisory
Committee and team members participated in a two day strategic planning
session. The session allowed team members and volunteers to set goals and
make plans for the future of the credit union. The credit union also
partnered with the Michigan Credit union League to host a Financial
Reality fair for students from the Alpena Community College Oscoda Campus.
The Reality Fair teaches students about budgeting, saving money and
finances by having students select a career they would like to pursue.
Students then visit twelve lifestyle stations that focus on various
expenses they would face. Each of the lifestyle stations had credit union
team members, school employees and community volunteers that worked with
students. Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union serves members in Alpena,
Alcona, Montmorency and Iosco County. Learn more at aaacu dot com.
LOCAL NEWS for THU 08NOV18
Michigan State Police West Branch Post reports that troopers were
dispatched to south Fifth Avenue in Tawas City for a report of a
disorderly person. Matthew Zastrow, who lives with his mother and
step-father entered the house allegedly intoxicated and began to threaten
the couple. He was attempting to gain access to a firearm by prying open a
gun safe with a crowbar when troopers arrived. Zastrow is currently on
probation and one of the terms was not to possess or consume alcohol or
controlled substances. He refused a preliminary breath test although he
showed several signs of intoxication and was found to be in violation of
his probation. The case has been sent to the Prosecutor’s Office.
County will be seeing an increase in revenue. The county's
taxable value increased by four million dollars over the past year.
According to the Oscoda County Herald, that increase will lead to an
increase in revenue for the county. County Equalization Director, Casey
Guthrie, said the increase is due to a combination of factors including
sales, new construction and inflation. Guthrie said the increase is a
positive thing for the county as the more taxable value the county has,
the more money the county has to operate and work with throughout the
year. Guthrie added that this is the second year in a row that Oscoda
County has increased its taxable value.
STATE NEWS for FRI 16NOV18
body found in a house fire on Detroit's west side last month is now
believed to be that of the son of Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer.
The fire happened on October 26th in a vacant house on Bramell, although
the body was discovered two and a half weeks after the blaze occurred.
Michael Dwyer's body was identified using finger prints, and the cause of
death is pending a report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
charges have been filed against a Marquette area doctor, Jonathan
Robertson, who's charged with exchanging narcotics for sexual favors. WLUC
reports he's already charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct
third degree. 22 new counts have been added including: criminal sexual
conduct first degree, and delivery of a controlled substance resulting in
The U.S. Senate has passed a provision to create a team to study the
effects of possible oil spills in fresh water, like the Great Lakes. It
would establish a U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for the
Great Lakes in Michigan. Sponsor Senator Gary Peters says they'd like to
see this close to Line 5 and have experts who understand how to clean up
oil in fresh water. The bill now goes to the House.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded grants to the
cities of Detroit and Warren to help improve their recycling collection
infrastructure. Warren will receive 500-thousand-dollars to support the
purchase of 25-thousand recycling carts, while Detroit will get
75-thousand-dollars for 7-thousand carts. The DEQ says the grants will
result in greater recovery of recyclable material, get more residents
involved and boost opportunities for recycling education.
STATE NEWS for THU 15NOV18
man is being held in the Roscommon County Jail after he allegedly
assaulted a Michigan State Police sergeant outside the post in Houghton
Lake. Police say the man walked into the lobby with a lit cigarette and
the desk sergeant asked him to take it outside and an argument began. The
sergeant went outside with the man and the man allegedly pushed the
sergeant several times before another officer came out and arrested him.
Police say the man had two loaded pistols on him. The man was given a
mental health exam.
seems crazy, but Arthur Township in Clare County will no longer have
emergency fire services next year. 9and10 News reports a ballot proposal
to pay for fire services was rejected last week. The township no longer
has a contract for services from Harrison. The Arthur Township supervisor
says they're considering some options, including a "pay-per-use" fire
Vicksburg man was killed in southwest Michigan's St. Joseph County Tuesday
in Leonidas Township. Police say 30-year-old Bryan Smith crashed his
pickup truck into a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt .
teens have been arrested for having meth in northern Michigan's Wexford
County. 17-year-old Gage West, of Lake City is charged with making meth
and conspiracy to deliver meth. 19-year-old Grace Arnold is charged with
having meth and conspiracy to deliver. If convicted they could face 20
years in prison.
should get people in west Michigan in the Christmas spirit. The Art Van
Santa Parade will be held in Grand Rapids this Saturday. Miss Michigan
Emily Sioma is the grand marshal of the parade. It is the second largest
parade in Michigan, second to Detroit's Thanksgiving parade.
STATE NEWS for WED 14NOV18
developer Dan Gilbert is selling Greektown Casino in Detroit to Penn
National Gaming and a real estate investment trust for one Billion
dollars. The Detroit News reports the sale comes after months of
speculation that the Quicken Loans chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner
was trying to sell some or all of his gaming properties to investors. The
sale is being called a "redirection" of Gilbert resources, mainly into
Detroit redevelopment projects.
dispute over last week's shooting in Saint Clair Shores that killed a
Detroit man and a police K-9 still being investigated by the Macomb county
Sheriff's Office. The family of Theoddeus Gray is upset that more is being
made over the death of a police dog than the 29-year-old man. Police say
Gray was armed when he was confronted by police outside the Lakeland Manor
banquet center and refused to drop
weapon. When he tried to flee, police turned the K-9 on him. Police say
Gray shot the dog at which point officers returned fire. A memorial is
being held today for Axe. Visitation and a funeral for Gray will be this
There could be a fee on liquor in Traverse City next year. Traverse
City commissioners are considering an annual liquor license fee. 9 and 10
News reports the fee would cover costs for enforcement issues related to
alcohol. The fee could range from 500 to 15-hundred dollars a year. More
talks are planned.
John Schon has resigned as the CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare
System in Iron Mountain. Schon will transition to a consulting role
according to a statement as the hospital goes through organizational
restructuring. The hospital has been on the verge of bankruptcy since two
potential buyers backed out.
A Reed City woman who passed away has left the city 60-thousand dollars
for rails and trails in the city. Florence Diak (dee-Ak) reportedly wanted
to the city use the money to add a bench and a light post near where her
and her late son would go for walks. She also donated money to the Osceola
Animal Shelter, Reed City food pantry, and a church.
Every student in the Constantine Public schools is expected to be given
an electronic device for the school year after receiving a one and a half
million dollar grant from the Robert and Ellen Thompson Foundation. WOOD
TV reports about half of the students in the southwest Michigan school
district have tablets now, but it will be all of the students next Fall.
STATE NEWS for TUE 13NOV18
A jackknifed semi truck is causing travel problems in west Michigan this
morning. The right lane of northbound US-131 is blocked by the crash after
142nd Avenue near the Allegan-Kent County line. The first significant
snowfall of the season leaving as much as three inches of snow around
parts of southeast Michigan. In northern Oakland county, National Weather
Service spotters in Lake Orion area reporting 2-point-6 inches of ground
cover this morning, while White Lake is checking in with 2-point-2 inches.
Just over an inch of new snow overnight fell in Garden City and in Flint.
Up north, Stutsmanville--near harbor springs--is reporting 5 inches of
snow this morning.
the wildfires rage on in California, some Red Cross volunteers from west
Michigan. 15 volunteers are on standby and could get assignments by
tomorrow. 42 people have been killed and many homes destroyed in those
A 71-year-old Marquette man was rescued early Monday on the North
County Trail. WL-U-C reports Stephen Nason went to do maintenance work on
the trail Sunday, but when he didn't return home on time, his wife called
911. A search and rescue team found him after two Monday morning, and he
appeared to have hypothermia. He was taken to a hospital to be checked
A teacher in Grand Rapids is back on the job after he allegedly choked
a student. The Kent County Prosecutor's office and the Grand Rapids Public
Schools have reportedly decided that the allegations against Kent Hills
Elementary teacher Robert Spaeth were unsubstantiated. The mother of the
eight-year-old boy allegedly choked by Spaeth, Passionelle McBride, tells
WOOD TV there's a lot of anger. She has had her son moved to another
classroom. Spaeth was suspended last year for allegedly grabbing another
student around the neck, but police and the district decided there wasn't
enough evidence to show that it was assault.
holiday food drive is being held in Gaylord this week at N-A-I. Food is
being collected for Thanksgiving baskets. 9 and 10 News reports the
company says it's an effort to give back to the community. The food will
be distributed on Monday.
STATE NEWS for MON 12NOV18
murder investigation is underway in metro Detroit. Waterford Township
Police say it happened overnight, but are not releasing more details yet.
investigation is underway in Port Huron in an apparent murder-suicide. A
53-yearold woman was found dead Saturday afternoon with her 79-year-old
mother on the floor next to her. Police say a handgun was used in the
may learn the next step this morning in the criminal case against former
Democratic state Senator Virgil Smith. The Wayne County Prosecutor's
Office withdrew a plea deal for Smith, accused of the destructive shooting
of his ex-wife's car three years ago. Earlier this year, the state Supreme
Court ruled a plea deal that barred Smith from running for public office
violated public policy. A judge may decide how the case will proceed in
this morning's hearing.
new memorial has been unveiled in Superior Township in Chippewa County for
Veterans Day. The oldest veteran in the county, 98-year-old Purple Heart
Recipient, Russell Hoornstra, attended the ceremony. He fought in France
during World War Two. He says it's a nice monument and was was nice that
people came out for the event.
oil prices have gas prices at their lowest level since March in the
Triple-A gas weekly survey. The price at the pump has dropped 41 cents in
the last 46 days, ten cents in the past week. Self -serve regular is
averaging $2-61 a gallon across Michigan. Analysts say we're not done yet:
Gas prices could still drop beneath prices a year ago on Thanksgiving.
A drop of another 10 to 20 cents a gallon is possible by the end of the
STATE NEWS for FRI 09NOV18
of the Michigan Senate have elected state Senator Mike Shirkey of
Clarkelake to lead the Republican caucus from 2019 through 2022. Meantime,
the new Speaker of the House is State Representative Lee Chatfield of
Levering. He will take over the position from outgoing Speaker Tom
Leonard. The Emmet County Republican has been serving as Speaker Pro-Tem.
The 30-year old will be the youngest Speaker of the House in Michigan
in St. Clair County say it's the sheriff's biggest drug bust ever. A
pulled over a car along I-69 in Riley Township on November 2nd. He asked
for a police dog, who sniffed out $125-thousand worth of meth. The
38-year-old driver from Port Huron, was arrested at the scene and is
expected to face charges of possession with intent to deliver illegal
Governor Rick Snyder says his legislative priorities before leaving office
include pushing through fee increases to pay for environmental cleanup,
water infrastructure and recycling needs. The Republican governor met with
GOP lawmakers Thursday -- the beginning of the "lame-duck" period. It's a
final chance for Republicans to enact bills before Democratic Gov.-elect
Gretchen Whitmer takes office in January.
A Muslim group is suing the city of Troy after officials refused their
request to build a mosque. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, says
Troy is "apparently guided by Islamophobia," and violating a federal law
that is intended to accommodate religious groups. Troy's attorney Lori
Grigg Bluhm says there are many reasons why a community center and mosque
doesn't fit an area near residential neighborhoods.
The Montcalm County Commission is turning to youth as an 18-year-old
has been elected as a commissioner, Brendan Mahar. He reportedly says he
likes to think that he's representing his generation, that we're going to
be living in the decisions we make for ourselves. Mahar received 65
percent of the vote, beating out an opponent who is 50 years older than
STATE NEWS for THU 08NOV18
Township trying to get a handle on recreational marijuana following
passage of Proposal 1 Tuesday. A five-member committee is being created
under a new requirement to review and amend ordinances that criminalize
recreational marijuana. The committee will include Chesterfield's
Directors of Planning and Public Safety and a board trustee. Township
Supervisor Dan Acciavatti says they want to comply with the proposal's
requirement and maintain community values.
54-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy have been arrested for allegedly
vandalizing a church and school in Montcalm County near Carson City.
Police reportedly believe the pair , including Anna Morris, spray painted
buildings, signs and church vans at the church & Carson City Fish Creek
School because of the church beliefs. Some church members' homes and cars
were also targeted. Morris has been charged with malicious destruction of
a building and destruction of property.
substitute teacher in Battle Creek has been charged with possessing child
pornography. 56-year-old Stephen Bridges was arrested after evidence was
found on electronic devices that allegedly belonged to him. Police
reportedly say Bridges has no criminal record, so a criminal background
check by Lakeview Schools didn't show anything. Schools Superintendent
Blake Prewitt sent a letter to parents , saying that Bridges had worked as
a substitute teacher at Prairieview Elementary, but there's no evidence
that any Lakeview students were harmed.
The third time was not the charm for a bond issue for the Mesick
Consolidated Schools. 9and10 News reports the money would have been used
to add a wing to the middle and high school building to make room for
elementary school students. Schools Superintendent Scott Akom (ay-come)
says the elementary school is falling apart and he's not sure what they
will do next.
buying into the office lottery pool pays off. It did for a west Michigan
group of 21 people in the Bus Busters lottery club....The workers at
SoundOff Commercial Vehicle Solutions in Hudsonville won one million
dollars in the October 23rd historic megamillions drawing. Each will
receive about 47-thousand-600 dollars before taxes.
NOVEMBER 16th, 2018
WOMEN'S ENTREPRENEURSHIP DAY
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF TOLERANCE
U.S. SUPREME COURT MEETS IN PRIVATE CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS CASES AND
VOTE ON PETITIONS FOR REVIEW
TOY AND GAME INVENTOR AWARDS
11th annual Toy and Game Inventor Awards aka TAGIE Awards. Part of Chicago
Toy & Game Week, the TAGIEs celebrate toy and game inventors and innovation
from around the world.
105TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY IN CHICAGO (7PM ET)
NOVEMBER 17th, 2018
VICE PRESIDENT PENCE CONTINUES TRIP TO JAPAN,
SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Vice President
continues his on behalf of President Trump, with agenda including
representing the president at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia
Summit in Singapore and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
meetings in Papua New Guinea, as well as participating in meetings with
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong, Indian
PM Narendra Modi, Papua New Guinean PM Peter O'Neill, and Australian PM
Scott Morrison, and holding other bilateral meetings.
CHICAGO TOY & GAME FAIR (11/17-11/18)
The largest toy and game fair in North America, targeting families with
thousands of new toys and games, celebrity inventors and interactive
GREAT AMERICAN COMIC CON (LAS VEGAS, 11/17-11/18)
Two day event featuring exhibitions from comic book writers, artists and
NATIONAL DOG SHOW
National Dog Show Presented by Purina, featuring over 2,000 of the top
American Kennel Club sanctioned dogs from across the country. Over 180
different breeds and varieties compete for Best of Breed, First in Group
and Best in Show.
15TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'WASHINGTON SNIPER' CONVICTED - John
Allen Muhammad convicted in Virginia. Muhammad was executed in 2009 for
the three-week killing spree that left 10 dead.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS RECORDED
Annual ceremony recognizing the best in soul, R&B and hip-hop, hosted by
Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold. H.E.R. and Bruno Mars lead the
nominations with six each, followed by SZA with five. Erykah Badu receives
the Legend Award and Faith Evans receives the Lady of Soul Award. Show
airs on BET November 25th.
BRIDAL GOWN FROM SHARON TATE'S WEDDING TO ROMAN POLANSKI GOES UP
'Property From The Collection Of Sharon Tate' auction, featuring Tate's
ivory silk moire mini wedding dress, as worn at her London wedding to film
director Roman Polanski in 1968, and the black floral lace Christian Dior
mini dress worn by Tate to the London premiere of Polanski's film 'Cul-de-Sac'.
NATIONAL UNFRIEND DAY
Annual National Unfriend Day (NUD), holiday instigated by Jimmy Kimmel
dedicated to giving Facebook users the opportunity to 'unfriend' people on
the social networking site without guilt or reprisal.
WORLD VASECTOMY DAY
To raise awareness of the male sterilization technique. The idea was
inspired by documentary-maker Jonathan Stack and Dr. Doug Stein, who
wanted to 'set the stage for a global conversation about the social,
cultural and ethical issues of an ever-increasing population and the
effect it has on the planet's finite resources'.
NOVEMBER 18th, 2018
VICE PRESIDENT PENCE CONCLUDES TRIP TO JAPAN,
SINGAPORE, AUSTRALIA AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Vice President
concludes his trip to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea,
on behalf of President Trump, with agenda including representing the
President at the U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore
and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New
Guinea, as well as participating in meetings with Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe, Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Papua
New Guinean PM Peter O'Neill, and Australian PM Scott Morrison, and
holding other bilateral meetings.
BARACK OBAMA HOSTS SECOND OBAMA FOUNDATION SUMMIT (CHICAGO,
Hosted by former President Barack Obama, for 'young leaders to come
together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems,
and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world'.
FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON VISITS GERMANY
NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY
National effort to raise awareness of over 100,000 children in foster care
waiting to find permanent families.
32ND ANNUAL DC ADOPTION DAY CEREMONY (WASHINGTON, DC 10AM ET)
32nd annual DC Adoption Day ceremony, co-hosted by DC Superior Court and
the DC Child and Family Services Agency, to celebrate the 'joys of
adoption and encourage area residents to consider adopting or fostering a
child in the District’s child welfare system'. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser acts
as keynote speaker.
40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 'JONESTOWN MASSACRE' - Guyana,
South America, when over 900 members of Californian cult the People's
Temple Christian Church, led by the Reverend Jim Jones, committed mass
suicide after reportedly consuming a soft drink laced with cyanide and
15TH ANNIVERSARY OF MASSACHUSETTS HIGH COURT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
15th anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling 4-3
that the state constitution guarantees gay couples the right to marry.
90TH ANNIVERSARY OF MICKEY MOUSE
90th anniversary of the New York premiere of Disney's 'Steamboat Willie',
the studio's first cartoon with synchronized sound, and the first to
feature the characters of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
WORLD DAY OF THE POOR
Awareness day requested by Pope Francis in August. Subtitled 'This poor
man cried, and the Lord heard him'. The pontiff offers Mass and a luncheon
for hundreds of people inside the Vatican.
NOVEMBER 19th, 2018
WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE PRESENTED TO THE FIRST
COUPLE (3PM ET)
Official White House Christmas Tree presented by the 2018 winners of the
National Christmas Tree Association national tree contest to U.S. First
Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump. This year's tree is a
19.5-foot Fraser fir from Larry Smith's Mountain Top Fraser Fir. The tree
arrives at the White House by horse and carriage, and will be displayed in
the Blue Room.
U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND SYRIA (2PM
NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION AND DISPLAY (ASHEVILLE, NC)
26th annual competition and display, with contestants from around the
country showing their sugar-and-spice creations.
FORBES TOP-EARNING WOMEN IN MUSIC LIST ANNOUNCED
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE START OF IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS AGAINST
20th anniversary of House Committee on the Judiciary starting impeachment
hearings against President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal,
with independent counsel Ken Starr outlining his case against the
WORLD DAY FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE
INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY
This year's theme is 'Positive Male Role Models'.
WORLD TOILET DAY
Promoting awareness of those without access to proper, clean sanitation.
85TH BIRTHDAY OF TV AND RADIO HOST LARRY KING
80TH BIRTHDAY OF MEDIA MOGUL/ CNN FOUNDER TED TURNER
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
NOVEMBER 20th, 2018
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
LAUNCHED - The assembly of the International Space Station (ISS)
beginning with the launch of the first bus-sized component, Zarya, from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURS' DAY
Held during National Entrepreneurship Month
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Commemorating those who have died due to anti-transgender prejudice.
Established in memory of transgender African-American Rita Hester, who was
murdered November 28th, 1998.
NATIONAL CHILD'S DAY
Universal Children's Day, also known as National Child's Day.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
NOVEMBER 21st, 2018
MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE BALLOON INFLATION NIGHT -
Offering spectators the chance to see the giant balloons being
inflated ahead of Thursday’s parade.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said this day has
become one of the biggest drinking days of the year.
WORLD HELLO DAY
Celebrated by greeting 10 people to demonstrate the importance of personal
communication in preserving peace. Observance began in response to the
1973 conflict between Egypt and Israel.
WORLD TV DAY
In recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making
by bringing attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security, and
through raising awareness of economic and social issues.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
NOVEMBER 22nd, 2018
MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK (9AM ET)
92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring floats, giant inflatables,
and marching bands.
NFL THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL
Annual series of three games played over the Thanksgiving holiday, with
the first two traditionally hosted by the Detroit Lions and Dallas
Cowboys. This year features Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions, Washington
Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES' 'WHITE ALBUM'
50th anniversary of The Beatles releasing their self-titled ninth studio
album, also known as 'The White Album' due to its blank white cover. The
album hit the top of the charts in both the UK and the U.S. and is often
cited as one of the most influential in the history of modern music.
Notable tracks on the double album include 'Back in the U.S.S.R.', 'Dear
Prudence', 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da', 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
NOVEMBER 23rd, 2018
Traditional beginning of the Christmas shopping season on the Friday after
Thanksgiving, when retailers offer big savings to entice shoppers. Many
retailers open at midnight to take full advantage of the day.
EXPECTED BIGGEST SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR - Busiest
shopping day of the year expected to fall on Black Friday, as predicted by
shopper analytics providers ShopperTrak.
INTERNATIONAL BUY NOTHING DAY
Encouraging people to take a break from shopping for 24 hours to highlight
the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism.
PHIL MICKELSON AND TIGER WOODS PLAY FOR $9 MILLION IN LAS VEGAS
Golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods face-off in an 18-hole match play
event in Las Vegas, titled 'The Match', where they compete for $9 million
in prize money.
NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY
As part of Native American Heritage Month.
NATIONAL FLOSSING DAY
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
SENATE ON RECESS 11/16 – 11/26
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