Good Morning Hartland (7-19-11)

Check out the weather, fuel prices and more for July 19, 2011.

Hello, Hartland. Here's Tuesday's version our feature that offers five tidbits of news and information that we hope you'll find useful on a daily basis before 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.

1. THE WEATHER: A heat wave is here and it's expected to be the worst since 1995, according to the National Weather Service. A heat advisory, air quality alert and an excessive heat watch have been issued. The high temperature Tuesday will be near 90 degrees and increase Wednesday to 95 degrees and near the triple-digits by Thursday. (We hope they are wrong!).

2. FUEL PRICES: Here's a quick daily survey of the regular per-gallon price, according to gasbuddy.com β€”

  • : $3.77
  • : $3.98
  • : $3.99 ($3.89 β€” cash only)
  • Lowest price in the state: $3.21 at stations in St. Johns.
  • Highest price in the state: $4.19 at stations on Drummond Island and in Romulus.
  • Statewide average: $3.73

3. SMILEMAKERS UPDATE: The dentists of the gave out more than 90 mouth guards during to raise money for Gleaners food bank and help area youth athletes. A final talley is not yet available but it is expected to be more than $1,300.

4. HARTLAND TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETING: The board meets 7 p.m. at , 2655 Clark Rd. The agenda includes:

  • a presentation of the 2010-11 audit.
  • a public hearing on the possible correction of a special assessment roll for part of a sewer district called SAD No. 4.
  • a presentation from Hartland-Deerfield Fire Authority Chief Adam Carroll on emergency prepardness.

For the full agenda, click on the PDF below the video.

5. HARTLAND TRIVIA: Congrats to Rosanne for getting Monday's question to join our scoreboard below. Here is Tuesday's question: Who was known as "Mr. Hartland"?

Answer in comments below and check out our score on who's the Hartland trivia champ through last week. Points are awarded on who answers correctly the fastest.

Patch User

Number correct

Stefanie Furge


Rosanne 1 Deb Curcuru 1 Beth Economou 1 Hartland Patch 1 Note: The number for Hartland Patch reflects the number of questions not correctly answered
diane July 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM
I love this new addition to the Patch. It makes our community seem even more intimate when we get these messages from our hometown folks!
Christofer Machniak July 19, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Glad you like it. That's what we thought. BTW, would everyone like the video automatically pop up or would you prefer having to click on it?
Linda Bowen July 19, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Chris, as someone who does web usability work for a living, I can tell you that having videos play automatically has long been considered a user-experience no-no. Studies have shown that users generally don't like content thrust upon them so allowing the user to make the decision to play the video is the better option. That said, I really like this feature!
Charlotte July 19, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Any thoughts as to why Speedway's gas prices are always the lowest of the three stations?
Christofer Machniak July 19, 2011 at 08:46 PM
Hi Linda, Thanks for the feedback. I have received an email from someone who likes this way. I would tend to agree with you, though, about the auto-playing. Still, I also think sometimes videos can get missed if we don't feature them prominently. I'm willing to go either way, so anyone else feel free to weigh in. - Chris
Ann July 19, 2011 at 10:36 PM
I might be old-fashioned, but I feel that having the video automatically turn on is an intrusion on the reader's senses as well as on the peace and quiet of anyone in the room, such as hubby sleeping, for example. Also, if one is working in an office or library environment, the noise can be annoying and even alarming for others in the room who are deep in thought. Please go back to letting us turn it on if we want. Thanks!
Ann July 19, 2011 at 11:22 PM
I have wondered why the disparity in gas prices. Would there be anyone who could research this so that we could better understand why gas prices have to vary so much?


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