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New Michigan Law Protects Young Athletes

new law will go into effect requiring the state to provide educational training materials for athletes, coaches and parents on concussions. Coaches will be require to remove players from the game if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion and return to the field once a doctor gives a written approval. To learn more, check out one of the health collection's newest book, Ahead of the Game

Self-Help for Legal Issues

Michigan Legal Help is designed to help those with simple civil matters that cannot afford a lawyer on their own, providing forms and toolkits on a variety of civil matters ranging from family law and housing to consumer protection and expungement.

The Michigan Legal Help website is a project of the Solutions on Self Help Task Force.

Veterans' Summit 2012

The Canton Community Foundation is hosting an educational program for professionals and veterans and their families September 12th and 13th. The two-day summit offers a day for attorneys and advocates to earn continuing legal education credits. The second day is devoted to veterans who will learn about potential benefits will meet directly with benefit representatives.
Visit the Canton Community Foundation for more information.

Michigan Primary Election

The Michigan Primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012. The Michigan Voter Information Center provides details on polling locations and voter eligibility. The League of Women Voters non partisan voter guide is available at Vote411.org.

Social Security Statements Now Accessible Online

Workers who have paid into the Social Security system can now view their personalized earnings and benefits information with the launch of a new portal by the U.S. Social Security Administration. The new online Social Security Statement replaces the annual paper statement that was suspended for those between the ages of 25 and 60. Individuals 18 and older can register and create an account and once verified can access their statement and view benefits. In February Social Security resumed mailing paper Statements to workers age 60 and older if they are not already receiving Social Security benefits.

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Great Michigan Read 2012

To wrap up this year’s Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will host a grand finale event on Monday, June 25 in Traverse City. This finale will be held at the Dennos Museum Center and feature Arc of Justice author Kevin Boyle. This will be an amazing event, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conversations and discussions generated by the Great Michigan Read throughout Michigan.

Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.

Before We Celebrate, Let Us Commemorate

For the past few years, the Canton Public Library has held a donation drive to commemorate Memorial Day by helping service men and women. Once again we will be collecting donations, this year for the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor , but there are many other rewarding ways to observe Memorial Day, including:
  • Visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes
  • Visiting war memorials
  • Flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon
  • Participating in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM to pause and reflect upon the true meaning of the day
  • Attending a parade
  • Watching a patriotic movie or reading a patriotic book
Check out websites like [White House] Joining Forces, where you can actually send a message of thanks to a military family and get other ideas for showing appreciation. Also, be sure to visit the library's displays on Memorial Day and the history behind some of our military traditions.

Memorial Day Supply Drive to Benefit Veterans

Before we celebrate Memorial Day, let's commemorate. Please help CPL as we collect items to be donated to the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor for distribution to homeless veterans. Donations will be appreciatively accepted beginning Thursday, May 10 through Thursday, May 31 at the Reception Desk.
Suggested donations include:
  • Rolls of Lifesavers (or other hard candy)
  • Rice Krispies bars (or granola bars, etc.)
  • Plastic utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Napkins
  • Ritz snack mix (or other trail mix)
  • Easy-open cans of tuna, chicken or other meats
Other general requests include $5-10 gift cards to Wendy's or McDonald's; cans of coffee (regular or decaf); prepaid telephone calling cards; new crossword puzzles and word search books.

SEMCOG Seeking Comment

SEMCOG seeks public comment on projects proposed for 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a list of roadway and transit projects selected as priorities for funding by cities, county road commissions, transit agencies, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. The public comment period officially began on March 27, 2012 and will end with Executive Committee action on April 27, 2012.

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012 is drawing to a close. This year's selection has inspired displays and discussions across the states in public libraries and schools. The author, Kevin Boyle, received his undergraduate degree from University of Detroit-Mercy and his doctorate from University of Michigan. He is presently teaching at Ohio State University. Arc of Justice won the National Book Award in 2004 and was named Michigan Notable Book in 2005.

Older Adults: March 2012

No matter where you are in your life span, you need a life plan. The American Psychological Association Committee on Aging put together a useful brochure to assist in developing an effective plan to secure a healthy, happy, and financially sound old age. Their brochure, Life Plan For The Life Span, begins by checking your attitude and understanding about your aging process by asking important questions.

TechTown and You

Craving guidance to grow your startup? Check out TechTown's upcoming educational workshops designed for entrepreneurs who are hungry to learn:

Michigan Presidential Primary

The Michigan Presidential Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th. This primary will be conducted as a “closed” primary and voters will be required to select a Republican or Democratic ballot. If your community is holding a special election in conjunction with the Presidential Primary, the special election information will appear on both ballots. You will also have the option of selecting a ballot that excludes Presidential Primary information and includes only special election information. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center for more details.

Try SEMCOG's MiRideshare Program

What would you do with an extra $3000? Where is this money going to come from? By using SEMCOG's (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) MiRideshare. Commuters can save up to $3000 per year by sharing a ride to work. If you register for the program during the month of February, you could also win a $100 Amazon gift card. Information on transportation options is available at SEMCOG's website. High gas prices are not as scary when you're sharing the cost.

It's Tax Time with H&R Block

Join Phyllis Wood and her team from Canton's H&R Block to learn the latest tax law changes in Michigan. Don't miss an opportunity to receive the best refund possible on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 PM.