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Alice Cooper golfs with Jason Carr, talks sports, music, Detroit

There are several events going on tomorrow at the main branch in Midtown. There are lots of things that signify spring in Michigan: St. Patrick's Day ...
Water and Sewerage Department - until now. A West Bloomfield middle school student was bullied ...

Animal gas chambers spark West Michigan woman’s campaign

and you might be surprised to learn they’re still used in two Michigan counties. Suzanne Sarlls-Hartwell, of Branch County, is looking to get that number to zero. At last check, of the 83 counties in Michigan, Cass and Branch Counties still use gas chambers.

Michigan youth create service projects to benefit Michigan AgrAbility

The fraternity also spent a Saturday helping install adaptive equipment onto farm equipment owned by Todd West ...
contribute to Michigan AgrAbility.” Ned Stoller, engineer for Michigan AgrAbility accepted a $2,000 check during the Branch County Fair ...

Consumers Energy Achieves Promise To Increase Spending In Michigan By $1 Billion; Suppliers Add More Than 5,000 Jobs

This ' Michigan first' program has helped other businesses add ...
Pumford Construction ( Saginaw) is doing $29.4 million worth of projects including building the new West Branch Service Center and Groveland Service Center. Monarch Welding ( Bay City ...

6 departments battle big barn fire in Branch County's California Township

MONTGOMERY, MI (WTVB) - Firefighters from six departments last night battled a barn fire in Branch County’s California Township ...
the blaze got started at the Miller Farms on Southern Road west of Philip Road in the southeast corner of the county.

West Branch police chief warning of possible scam

Anyone who suspects they might be the target of a scam should call the West Branch Police Department at 989-345-2627, the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office at 989-345-3111 or the Michigan State Police at 989-345-0955.

Gwen Dawn Green

Gwen was born May 6, 1955, in West Branch, Michigan. She loved reading Gods word, talking about Jesus and lit up every room with her smile. She was very talented in writing, drawing, and understanding people. She is survived by her daughter, Nicole Marie ...

Citizen Planner Class in West Branch

community and economic development will be held in West Branch. Early registration is required. Michigan State University Extension is offering its premiere Michigan Citizen Planner program Wednesday evenings April 8 through May 27, 2015 (no class May 13 ...

Sturgis Bancorp, Inc. Completes Acquisition of West Michigan Savings Bank

"Strategically, the addition of West Michigan Savings Bank is a synergistic extension ...
This transaction marks Sturgis' first whole bank acquisition after a string of successful branch purchases over the last 25 years. Sturgis Bancorp, Inc. was advised ...

Big foot hunters will love west branch michigan big foot festival.

West branch, Mich- With numerous big foot sightings in and around the area of West Branch Michigan its no wonder that West Branch has created its own Big foot festival. The West Branch Big foot days festival. This year the Festival with feature Dr. Igor ...

6 highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Thursday

Six quick reminders for the rest of today/tonight, before it’s too late: SW ROXBURY SAFETY PROJECT ‘OPEN HOUSE’: Questions about the changes planned for SW Roxbury? 3-4:30 pm, SDOT‘s at Southwest Bra…

Make your home more earthquake-resistant: register now for 2 free workshops coming up in West Seattle

Want to make your house more earthquake-resistant? Two chances to learn about retrofitting are coming up in West Seattle as part of the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program. They’re f…

Six highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

(WSB photo taken at Seacrest this morning, after the West Seattle Water Taxi sailed away) From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, six highlights for this afternoon/evening: ‘LITTLE MERMAID’ SINGAL…

The Facts about Naz Shah, Labour Party Candidate for Bradford West in 2015 General Election

We are publishing an exclusive report on the Labour Party’s candidate for Bradford West, Naz Shah. Our researchers have spent weeks scrutinising two decades of legal documents and interviewing Naz Sha…

For those interested in textiles, kniiting, costumes and history

Here’s a link to an interesting website that combines knitting, textiles and costumes with history. The website http://theknittinggenie.c om is owned by P.H.  a writer and genealogist; born in Leeds, …

West Seattle Tuesday: Admiral, Fauntleroy, Junction community councils; singalong; wine class; more

(Band-tailed pigeon in Fauntleroy Park, photographed by Mark Wangerin) Flying on into the Tuesday highlights from our calendar: ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ SINGALONG: 2:30-5 pm at Southwest Branch Library, ki…

West Seattle Saturday: Food drive; benefit rummage sale; International Tabletop Day; open houses; Diverse Harmony; more

(Golden-crowned sparrow, photographed by Mark Wangerin) Happy Saturday! First, a transportation note: WATER TAXI NOW RUNNING WEEKENDS TOO: This is the first Saturday since the West Seattle Water Tax…

West Seattle Thursday, featuring April Art Walk highlights & more

Thanks to Don Brubeck for the sunrise view from the Alki Trail. A beautiful Thursday is under way… TODDLER STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Library. Free! Details here. (35th/Raymond) GET OUT IN T…

2015 West Branch Softball Preview

2015 West Branch Softball Preview Head Coach: Jennifer Woods 2014 Record: 18-7 On May 22, West Branch’s season came to a close when the Lady Warriors dropped a 6-4 decision to the eventual Alliance…

2015 West Branch Softball Preview

2015 West Branch Softball Preview Head Coach: Jennifer Woods 2014 Record: 18-7 On May 22, West Branch’s season came to a close when the Lady Warriors dropped a 6-4 decision to the eventual Alliance…


Buying prescription drugs via the Internet: A consumer guide to WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN

The Internet has changed the way we live, work and even as bought. The advance of the Internet has made it possible to compare prices and buy products without having to leave the house. But when used for medicine is important to be very careful. Some websites sell drugs that are not legitimate, putting their health at risk.

For example, some websites that sell medicines:

  • They are not licensed pharmacies with state of the United States or are not really pharmacies.

  • They can give an incorrect diagnosis or sell you a drug that is not appropriate for your medical condition.

  • Do not protect your personal data (eg social security number and credit cards).

Some of the drugs that are sold on the Internet:

  • They are fake (counterfeit or adulterated).

  • They are very strong medicine dose or very low concentration.

  • They contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health.

  • They are expired or expired medicines.

  • They have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA for its acronym in English), or have not been studied for their safety and efficacy.

  • They have been prepared using safe standards.

  • They are not safe for use with other medicines or products you use.

  • No right or have not been properly stored or shipped labels.


  • Talk to your doctor and get a physical before taking any medicine for the first time.

  • Use only medications that have been prescribed by your doctor or other health professional you trust, who is licensed in the United States to give prescriptions or prescriptions.

  • Ask your doctor if you have to do something specific for your prescription.

The following information will help protect (a) if you purchase medicines via the Internet:


Make sure that the website where you buy your drugs is state-licensed pharmacy in the United States and you are located in the United States. Pharmacies and pharmacists in the United States must be licensed by a state pharmacy board. The pharmacy board of the state where you reside, you can tell if the website you use is a state-licensed pharmacy if you have good reputation, and if you are located in the United States. For a list of state pharmaceutical boards in English at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) whose website is:www.nabp.net . For information in Spanish call toll free 1-866-SU-FAMILIA (1-866-783-2645), the Li line Telefónica Health National Hispanic Family.

The NABP is a professional association of pharmaceutical state boards. This association has a program that will help you find some of the pharmacies that are licensed to sell through the Internet. The websites where the hallmark of this program appears, have been checked to ensure they comply with federal and state regulations. For more information in English about this program and for a list of pharmacies where VIPPS® (Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites ™) seal appears, visit the website: www.vipps.info . For information in Spanish call toll free 1-866-SU-FAMILIA (1-866-783-2645) National Helpline Hispanic Family Health.

. Find the websites whose practices are designed to protect you a secure website should:

  • Be located in the United States and be licensed by the state pharmacy board which operates the website (visit the website www.nabp.net for a list of state pharmaceutical boards in English). For information in Spanish call toll free 1-866-SU-FAMILIA (1-866-783-2645) National Helpline Hispanic Family Health.

  • Have a licensed pharmacist who can answer your questions.

  • Require a prescription from your doctor or other health professional who is licensed in the United States to give prescriptions or prescriptions.

  • Having a medium through which you can talk to a person if you have any problem.


Note that the privacy and security of the site you will find easy to use and understand.

Do not give any personal information (such as your Social Security number, the number of your credit card or your medical history) unless you are sure the website will keep the protected information and not made public.

Ensure that the website will not sell your personal information unless you authorize it.


Report the web sites you do not feel safe (a), or those for which you have complaints. Visit the website www.fda.gov/buyonline and click under "Notify the FDA sites web troubled "to fill the form in Spanish.



Giving Every Young Person in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN a Path to Reach Their Potential

Our nation’s most basic duty is to ensure that every child has the chance to fulfill his or her potential. This isn’t the responsibility of one individual or one neighborhood: it’s up to all of us to pave these paths of opportunity so that young people — regardless of where they grow up — can get ahead in life and achieve their dreams.

That’s why My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) is such an important initiative. Launched by President Obama last year, MBK brings communities together to ensure that all youth — including boys and young men of color — can overcome barriers to success and improve their lives. I got to see this work up close during a recent trip to Oakland, California. I joined Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council President Lynette McElhaney, and other stakeholders for a conversation about efforts that are making a difference in the lives of local youth.

One of the participants was a teenager named Edwin Manzano. The son of a hard-working single parent, Edwin found encouragement and support at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). Thanks in part to the academic and mentoring services offered by the EOYDC, Edwin will become the first member of his family to attend college when he begins his studies this fall at San Francisco State University.

Edwin is grateful for the opportunities that EOYDC afforded him. “Everyone needs a support system,” he says. That’s true whether you are a teenager or HUD Secretary. I was lucky when I was growing up on the West Side of San Antonio. Although it was a modest community in terms of resources, it was rich with folks who took an interest in my future. I had family members, teachers — and even policymakers — who paved a path that allowed me and other young people like me to succeed.

Unfortunately, not every child is as fortunate. That’s why My Brother’s Keeper is so close to my heart. The future of every young person in America should be determined by their heart, their mind and their work ethic. It should never be determined by their zip code.

In Oakland, I talked with 17 young people who have big hopes and aspirations for the future. It’s in our nation’s interest to help them achieve their goals. And we’re committed to doing our part at HUD.

For example, we’ve introduced a Jobs-Plus pilot program that will provide public housing residents in eight cities with intensive employment training, rent incentives and community building focused on work and economic self-sufficiency.

We’re also working on a broadband initiative to ensure that students living in HUD-assisted households will benefit from the life-changing opportunities available through high-speed internet. This project will provide the access to online resources that young people need to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

On the housing front, we expect the recent expansion of our Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) initiative to aid HUD-assisted properties in raising billions of dollars in private sector investment — funding that will be used to secure our nation’s affordable housing future. And recently, our Federal Housing Administration lowered its Mortgage Insurance Premiums to make homeownership more affordable for responsible families, helping them put down roots and build wealth for the future.

But I know HUD alone won’t solve the issues facing America’s youth. These challenges require our Department to maintain longstanding, effective partnerships with other federal agencies and key stakeholders. Most importantly, President Obama understands that My Brother’s Keeper will only succeed if local leaders take his call to action into their own hands.

Folks in Oakland are stepping up to answer this call. During the Community Conversation, I spoke with leaders from Oakland’s nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, and faith-based organizations that are putting our young people on the path to success. Groups like the East Oakland Youth Development Center, the East Bay Foundation, and the Allen Temple Baptist Church are using promising and proven approaches to make a real difference in their communities.

This kind of work is happening all across the nation and will benefit generations of Americans. We’ve got to keep it going by continuing to support our young people. When they succeed, our nation grows stronger, and our future becomes brighter. And by giving everyone an opportunity to reach their goals, we can ensure that the 21st century is another American century.


Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in WEST BRANCH MICHIGAN

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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