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OMPUMC's JAM Kids with assembled Easter Baskets | Deb Allen Photo
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At the end of every week, there always seem to be a lot of bits and pieces of news that I didn’t get a chance to write up into a full story during the week.

So I’m trying a new thing where I round up everything at the end of each week – news from township meetings, community events, emails people send me, etc. into one story. We’ll see how it goes.

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Here are a few things that happened this week on the Old Mission Peninsula:

Easter Baskets. The JAM Kids at Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church made Easter Baskets for other kids in need in the community. Check out the pic of the goofy basket assemblers at the top of this story, and read about how the kids are helping the new library.

Township Comings and Goings. Township Planner Brian VanDenBrand has resigned (read his resignation letter here). Supervisor Rob Manigold said they will be addressing this now that the budget sessions are done and the Township budget has been approved. In the meantime, Assistant Planner Gordon Hayward’s contract has been extended for two more pay cycles.

Also, Trustee Maura Sanders has moved her family to southeastern Michigan to be closer to family, with easier airline access to her husband’s job in Washington, D.C. She has not yet submitted an official resignation to the Township, but when that happens, this position will be available.

Peninsula Community Library SUP stalled. The anticipated approval of the library’s special use permit for their new building was tabled temporarily by the Township Board. Read more here.

Township Board approves fire department millage. At a special meeting on Thursday, March 29, the Board approved a budget of 2.0 mils for the Peninsula Fire Department. This will allow the fire department to expand and grow with new staff, equipment upgrades and more. Read more here, including Chief Fred Gilstorff’s goals for the fire department.

Township Board approves 2018-2019 Budget. At that same meeting, the Board approved the various budgets for the Township – General Fund, Police Fund, Parks, etc. View the 2018-2019 budget here.

Meeting Videos. Meetings at the Township Hall are now streamed, so you can watch them online if you aren’t able to get to the meetings. Go to the Township home page, scroll to the bottom, and you’ll see the streaming box. If you click on that box, you’ll see icons for “previous broadcasts” and “broadcast schedule.”

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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