2007-06-21 / News

LCCF Awards Spring Grants Totaling $14,306 for Projects

By Amy Polk

Les Cheneaux Community Foundation Grant Coordinator Joni Burger (far left) distributed grants to project and organization representatives (back row, from left) Alice Newton of Cedar Cove Assisted Living, Ronda McGreevy for the Les Cheneaux Bike Path and Les Cheneaux Community Library, Carrie Carr for Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Chet Kasper Jr. for Clark Township Volunteer Fire Department, Chuck Denoyer and Jane Kologe for Les Cheneaux Advisory Committee, Barb Smith for the Advisory Committee and Les Cheneaux Historical Association, Pat Carr for Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District and Les Cheneaux Watershed Project; (front row) Wendy Wagoner for Les Cheneaux Watershed Council and Frog Fest, Lisa Burnside of Sault Tribe Youth Education and Activities, Kathy Tassier of Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Susie Rutledge for the school's Artist in Residence Program, Julie Smith for Cedarville Middle School Cheerleaders, Robert W. Smith and Margie Denoyer with Les Cheneaux Beautification Committee, and Dale Malkowski for Les Cheneaux Boy Scouts Troop 140. Les Cheneaux Community Foundation Grant Coordinator Joni Burger (far left) distributed grants to project and organization representatives (back row, from left) Alice Newton of Cedar Cove Assisted Living, Ronda McGreevy for the Les Cheneaux Bike Path and Les Cheneaux Community Library, Carrie Carr for Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Chet Kasper Jr. for Clark Township Volunteer Fire Department, Chuck Denoyer and Jane Kologe for Les Cheneaux Advisory Committee, Barb Smith for the Advisory Committee and Les Cheneaux Historical Association, Pat Carr for Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District and Les Cheneaux Watershed Project; (front row) Wendy Wagoner for Les Cheneaux Watershed Council and Frog Fest, Lisa Burnside of Sault Tribe Youth Education and Activities, Kathy Tassier of Les Cheneaux Community Schools, Susie Rutledge for the school's Artist in Residence Program, Julie Smith for Cedarville Middle School Cheerleaders, Robert W. Smith and Margie Denoyer with Les Cheneaux Beautification Committee, and Dale Malkowski for Les Cheneaux Boy Scouts Troop 140. Aplan to get kids moving, a senior citizens health fair, and beautification of Clark Township highways are among 13 successful project applicants for Les Cheneaux Community Foundation grants this spring. The foundation distributed $14,306 in grants to local projects and organizations at the 2007 Spring Grant Round Awards Ceremony Monday evening, June 11. The total does not include several scholarships that were awarded to 2007 Cedarville High School graduates this spring.

Representatives from the community improvement and educational projects attended the ceremony and accepted checks from the foundation. Joni Burger of Cedarville, the foundation's new grant coordinator, distributed the awards and a brief reception followed the ceremony.

In her third year on the foundation board, Mrs. Burger is replacing Eric Cardwell as the grants coordinator. Mr. Cardwell, who also serves as the foundation's vice president, stepped down because of additional school duties he will assume.

The rest of the foundation board includes President Rick Shapero, Secretary Jan Sitz, Treasurer Tom Coyne, and members Dewey Lopes, Katie Eberts, Jerry Reid, Rick Eberts, Diane Patrick, Michelle Royan, Kevin St. Onge, Shirley Goehmann, Doug Yoder, Todd Lysinger, Ronda McGreevy, and Phil Quinn.

Grants are awarded twice a year, in the spring and fall.

The foundation also awarded donations collected through a fundraising campaign launched in December 2006. The campaign raised awareness and money for the foundation and six local projects, including the Great Lakes Boat Building School, Les Cheneaux Watershed Project, Les Cheneaux Community Library, Bon-Air Project, Les Cheneaux Bike Path, and Clark Township Recreation Park.

The foundation wanted to identify the major local projects seeking funds, Mrs. Burger said, and synthesize their efforts into one, con- solidated request for funds. Donors were able to select as many project as they wanted to donate to, and sent their donations to the foundation to distribute to the various projects. From that effort, $4,600 was collected for the Bike Path project, $1,863.99 was collected for the library, $896 was collected for the recreation park, and $50 was collected for the boat building school.

Alist of grants and brief descriptions of the projects they help follows:

+ Upgrade Flower Beds and Fencing, Welcome Signs: $3,000 - Les Cheneaux Advisory Committee accepted the grant to help pay for replacing flower beds at the northeast and northwest corners of M- 129 and M-134. It will also defray costs of the wooden welcome signs made by Dick Carr of Cedarville to replace old signs at the M-134 and M-129 entrances to the Les Cheneaux Islands area.

+ Les Cheneaux Watershed Project: $2,571 - Watershed Council Project administrator Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District will use the grant money for water quality tests throughout the area to assess the significance of water pollution from failing septic systems. Results will be used to leverage a follow-up public outreach campaign to improve wastewater management in the area. Clark Township's rocky soil and limestone bedrock near the surface make area septic system use a challenge. Septic system education and maintenance suggestions will be part of the public outreach campaign.

+ Frog Fest 2007: $1,000 - Les Cheneaux Watershed Council and Chippewa/East Mackinac Conservation District designed Frog Fest's multiple-faceted information and educational workshops for residents and visiting people. Speakers, field trips, booth displays, art projects, children's activities, live reptiles and amphibians, and entertainment focused on the area's wetland habitat.

+ Cedar Cove Assisted Living Facility's Senior Services: $500 - The Cedarville assisted living center will host an open house and health fair for senior citizens and residents of Cedar Cove. The money will help offset the public event in July; the date and time will be announced soon.

+ Les Cheneaux Boy Scout Troop 140's Trailer Make-Over: $1,305 - The scouts received the money to rebuild the Boy Scouts' camping trailer, which accompanies the scouts to camping trips around the country. The trailer has gone as far as Virginia with the boys, Scout Leader Dale Malkowski said.

+ Les Cheneaux Community Schools' Token Economy: $250 - Les Cheneaux Elementary students use tokens in the classroom throughout the year to teach them basic economics. They earn tokens to buy, sell, and invest.

+ Les Cheneaux Community Schools' "Million Footstep Challenge": $1,530 - The $200 from the general re-granting fund and $1,330 from the Youth Advisory Committee will help fund an elementary school challenge to increase physical activity through walking, while using pedometer information to make connections to the curriculum. The program was inspired by a spring visit to Mackinac County schools by fitness educator Robert Sweetgall. The school is tentatively planning a "long walk," said teacher Kathy Tassier, that may take students from Cedarville to a nearby community like Pickford, where they will spend the night.

+ Les Cheneaux Historical Association's Summer 2007 Music Program: $300 - The money will help pay for performances by three local bands at the Les Cheneaux Maritime Museum. Tentative performance dates are June 26, July 27, and August 18. The concerts will be free, and the first will be North Country Band Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m.

+ Les Cheneaux Community School's Artist in Residence Program: $500 - Local artists come into Les Cheneaux Community schools and demonstrate their work for students. The public is also welcome to visit and watch the demonstrations offered weekly through the winter.

+ Les Cheneaux Preschool: $1,300 - Les Cheneaux Preschool is a nonprofit early educational program for three- and four-year-old children to help prepare them for kindergarten. The school wants to increase enrollment, reduce tuition costs, and improve education.

+ Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indian's Youth Education and Activity's "Circle of Life" Program: $300 - The fiveweek summer program offers American Indian medicine wheel and Seven Grandfathers teachings. The program will provide hands-on learning about spiritual beliefs regarding the elements of fire, water, air, and earth, and respect for the importance of all living things, including themselves.

+ Cedarville Middle School's Cheerleading Program: $250 - Funding will help Julie Smith, a Cedarville parent, revive a middle school cheerleading program. The group will use the money as seed funds to raise additional money for uniforms and equipment.

+ Clark Township Volunteer Fire Department's "Boots for Firefighters" Campaign: $1,500 Challenge Grant - The firefighters raised more than the $500 required to earn the $1,500 grant. The money will be used to provide 20 new pairs of protective boots for Clark Township firefighters.

Grant applications are mailed out and available online at the foundation's Web site, www. uplccf.com, or by calling (906) 484-4114, or mailing a request to P.O. Box 249, Cedarville, Michigan 49719.

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