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    DeWitt-Bath ReviewTMYour very own newspaper serving Southern Clinton County since 1979

    2011 Lansing Community Newspapers

    Vol. 37 - No. 22 March 20, 2011



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    DeWitt Twp. honors reghter

    DeWitt Township reghter Craig King (right) receives a plaque from ChiefFrederick Koos. The DeWitt Township reghters recently honored Kingas Fireghter of the Year for 2010. King, a six-year veteran with thedepartment, was recognized for his outstanding service to the departmentand community. Craig and his wife, Dorothy, reside in DeWitt Township.

    DeWITT DeWitt and Bath townships are in line for a$315,000 state grant that would pay for energy sweeps andhelp the owners of about 840 homes make energy-savingupgrades.

    The two townships applied for the grant from the stateBureau of Energy Systems in partnership with the non-prot Michigan Energy Options.

    The grant will cover most of the cost of energy sweepsat 420 homes in each township, beginning this spring in thesouthern part of DeWitt Township, township Manager RodTaylor said.

    These are considered pilot projects, Taylor said. Eachof us will do it a little bit different to nd the best way ofeducating people.

    Residents in the targeted area can have their homeschecked for energy efciency. Once weaknesses are

    Local townships slated to receive state energy grantBy KEN

    See Grant/page 4

    DeWITT TWP. Local ofcials are ina holding pattern over plans for an aer-otropolis at Capital Region InternationalAirport.

    The economic development project hing-es on tax incentives Gov. Rick Snyder wantsto eliminate.

    Ofcials from DeWitt Township and thecity of Lansing in January announced theywere applying for a Next Michigan Develop-ment Corp., or aerotropolis designation,which allows municipalities to use tax in-centives to attract manufacturing, distribu-tion, technology and other businesses tothe airport property.

    The program was created by state legis-lation passed in December. But last month,Snyder proposed a budget that would re-place the state business tax with a 6 per-cent corporate income tax and eliminateseveral business tax incentives, includingthose for browneld redevelopment and re-naissance zones.

    Its unclear howSnyders proposalwould

    affect the aerotropolis project, but the mainbenets of the program revolve around in-centives such as browneld redevelopmenttax credits or renaissance zones, whicheliminate most state and local taxes ina designated area for a certain period oftime.

    A blanket approach to eliminating in-centive tools may have some very negative,unintended consequences, said Lansing Fi-nance Director Jerry Ambrose.

    At this point, the city and township willcontinue working on a 425 agreement forland, tax and services sharing.

    The airport is in DeWitt Township. Manytax incentive programs, such as a tax abate-ment on new personal property, are avail-able in Lansing but not the township. A 425agreement would allow those incentives inthe township.

    With every great idea, theres challeng-es that you have to overcome, said RodneyTaylor, DeWitt Township manager. This isa tough point for the state and ... we need togive the state a fair opportunity to make the

    Future of regionalaerotropolis unclearBy MELISSA

    See Airport/page 3




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    News in brief

    Bath UMC hostsluncheon on March 20

    The Bath United Methodist Church holds abaked potato luncheon on Sunday, March 20, at12:30 p.m. at the Bath United Methodist Church.Donations will benet the Bath/Gunnisonville Mis-sion Team.

    The church is located in Bath at 13777 MainStreet, between Webster Road and Main Streetwith parking off Webster Road, directly acrossfrom the Elementary School. Call Sue Boyer at(517) 641-4152 with questions.

    Boy Scout Troop hosts benetspaghetti dinner March 26

    Boy Scouts of Troop 70 (Grand Ledge andWacousta area) hold their 16th annual spaghettidinner on Saturday, March 26, from 4:30 to 7 the Wacousta-DeWitt Masonic Lodge, located atthe intersection of Wacousta Road and HerbisonRoad in Wacousta.

    Themenu includes spaghetti andmeatballs, gar-lic bread, salad, dessert and beverage. Tickets are$6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 through 10and children under 4 are free. All proceeds benetTroop 70 activities.

    K of C holds weekly sh dinnersThe St Judes Knights of Columbus hold a sh

    fry every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. through April 15.The sh fry includes baked and fried sh, mac-

    aroni and cheese, french fries, baked potatoes,bread sticks, coleslaw and drinks.

    The cost will be $7 for seniors, $7 early bird un-til 5 p.m., $8 for adults and take out, $4 for childrenunder age 12, and $30 for a family.

    St Judes is located at 801 N. Bridge in DeWitt.

    DYBSA announces evaluation datesThe DeWitt Youth Baseball and Softball As-

    sociation (DYBSA) will conduct its 2011 recre-ational baseball and softball evaluations in March.To achieve the goal of balanced teams its impor-tant for players to attend pre-season evaluations.All evaluations begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Softball evaluations for 8U and 10U areMarch21 at DeWitt Jr. High.

    Softball evaluations for 12U and 14U areMarch 22 at DeWitt Jr. High.

    Baseball evaluations for8Uand14UareMarch28 at DeWitt Jr. High.

    Baseball evaluations for 10U and 12U areMarch 29 at DeWitt Jr. High.

    Please register players online prior to evalua-tions at

    Looking Glass reghters tohost breakfast March 27

    The Looking Glass Fireghters Association willhost a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon onSunday, March 27, at Eagle Fairgrounds Hall at Ea-gle Park, 14331 S. Grange Road.

    The meal includes all-you-can-eat pancakes,french toast, eggs, sausage, milk, juice and coffee.

    A donation of $6 for adults and $3 for kids willbe asked. Proceedswill be used to purchase rescueequipment.

    Bath Days committee to holdnext meeting on March 29

    Bath Days Festival committee meets on March29 at 7 p.m. at the Bath Middle School conferenceroom. Anyone with interest in helping with the2011 festival is encouraged to attend. The public iswelcome to attend. For more information, contactJennifer Wilson at (517) 712-8942.

    Blood drives to take place in areaThe American Red Cross has scheduled blood

    drives for the following dates and times: Monday, April 4, at the Knights of Columbus

    Hall, 1108 N US-27, St. Johns, from 11:45 a.m. to5:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 14, at the Catholic Communi-ity of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge St., DeWitt, from 1 to6:45 p.m.

    Blood donors must be at least 17 years old,weigh at least 110 pounds and be in goodgeneral health. For information on a blood drivein any of the 65 counties served by the GreatLakes Region, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or

    MiCAFE programavailable in Bath Twp.

    Bath Townships MiCAFE program, which pro-vides services to folks over 60, will be held the sec-ond Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.and the fourth Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. in theBath Senior Center Building.

    More information and appointments can bescheduled by calling 1-877-664-2233 or

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    Tournament champs

    The DeWitt fourth grade boys basketball teamwon the Red Cedar League Tournamentin Stockbridge. After playing two other DeWitt teams as well as many other teamsfrom the Red Cedar League, Team Flannery came out victorious with an undefeatedrecord to win the tournament.Members of the team include (front row, l. to r.) Colton Yankowski, Derek Hamp,Nate Flannery, Jace Preston, Cole Wightman, Aidan Hart, (back row) head coach BillFlannery, Wyatt Smith, Matthew Brandell, Mason Stotenbur, Riley Hendrickson, IssacHungerford and assistant coach Greg Hungerford.




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