Thursday, January 12, 2012
Officials say declining community use, student need and cost main factors behind decision — some regulars vow to fight the move.
The fitness center at Hartland High School is closing to the public after April 1 — a decision that's upset some of the facility's most frequent users who hope to lobby the school district to change its mind. "I just want it to stay the way it is," said Hartland resident Scott Weigman, who along with his wife and two teenage children have used the facility that includes a weight room and indoor track. "It's my home away from home." But Michelle Otis, director of Hartland Community Education, says declining numbers over the past several years along with a need from athletic teams to use the space led officials to decide to close the center to the public. "We're not covering our costs," said Otis, who said last year the facility averaged 1.4…
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Check out the weather, fuel prices and more for Jan. 3, 2012.
It's Tuesday and as many of us settle in for the first day of work in 2012, I thought it would be fun to remember some of the best "Good Morning Hartland" videos from 2011. And, as usual, you'll also find some tidbits of news and information that we hope you find useful. So, please also don't miss our video greeting (at right) of highlights and feel free to vote for your favorite of 2011. (See poll below). Scattered snow ends before 7 a.m., then flurries until partly sunny skies emerge with a high of only 21 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chill values dip to as low as -2 (Brrrrrrrr) as a northwest wind blows between 10 and 17 miles per hour with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Vote either in the poll or by commenting — BTW, don't forget you can still enter Patch's nationwide Deck the House contest.
The warm weather this year seems to have inspired my neighbors in Autumn Woods to do more holiday lights this year (me, included — see pic). And I've actually seen some cars cruise through the neighborhood apparently checking out our lights. There are plenty of other neighborhoods, though. So, let's put it to a vote. Which one has the best holiday light drive? AND, don't forget you can win $500 off your December electric bill and $100,000 for Hartland schools in the Patch.com Deck the House contest. Enter Now! deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/hartland
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Board votes 5-2 Tuesday to become one of the few municipalities in Michigan to move away from the controversial additive after months of debate.
The Hartland Township Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Tuesday to immediately stop adding fluoride to its drinking water, joining an international movement that questions the additive's dental benefits and warns of possible health dangers that range from making bones brittle to an increased cancer risk. Fluoridation supporters countered the evidence was junk science or taken out of context while noting mainstream medical groups, ranging from the Michigan Department of Community Health and the American Cancer Society, support the practice. Some also say the move will give the township a reputation as a place swayed by conspiracy theories. The results of Tuesday's spirited debate — which one point became even a little theatrical — adds Hartland …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
More than two-dozen athletes were recognized countywide, but who do you think stands out most?
While many winter sports are now underway, some 25 fall Hartland High School athletes have been recognized countywide by the Livingston County Daily Press Argus for their exploits — and that doesn't include honorable mentions or second teams. But who stands out the most? We'd like invite you to vote for whom you think was Hartland's best fall athlete. To simplify voting, we've picked three from the Press & Argus list who were recognized as the best in the county — tennis player Grant Comly, boys cross country runner Ian McGinn and girls cross country runner Avery Evenson — and added three of our own: Emily Bee, who won an archery world championship, Kendra Hull who was the top point scorer for the state champion equestrian team and …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Supporters of the practice dominated November hearing, but the additive's main opponent to remains unswayed as the trustees revisit the issue Tuesday.
The Hartland Township Board of Trustees could decide whether to stop adding fluoride to its water system during its 7 p.m. board meeting Tuesday at Township Hall, 2655 Clark Road. The board held a public hearing in November in which a handful of residents and public health experts spoke out in favor of the practice, noting its dental health benefits. But Trustee Glenn Harper, who first raised the issue giving the board a presentation of research that shows the downside of fluoride, said he remains in favor of ending fluoridation and letting residents decide whether to add fluoride through other methods. The township's water system serves more than fewer than a thousand residential users and many commercial businesses while the vast …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Macy's, Kohl's, Target and Best Buy will open their doors at midnight Nov. 24.
It will be a little harder to tell where Thanksgiving ends and Black Friday begins this year as several big box stores open their doors at midnight Nov. 24 in preparation for the biggest shopping day of the year. Macy's, Kohl's, Target and Best Buy will open earlier than ever before. Last year, stores opened at 4 a.m. They join Meijer and Walmart, 24-hour superstores which both have sales that begin on Thanksgiving. Meijer has deals from 6 a.m. to midnight and a second round of door busters from 4 a.m. until noon on Black Friday while Walmart sales start at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Not everyone is happy with this continuing culture shift, however, including Target cart attendant Anthony Hardwick, of Omaha, NE. He started an online …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Check out the weather, fuel prices and more for Sept. 30, 2011.
It's Friday and the last day of September and the big high school football game. Here are five tidbits of news and information that we hope you'll find useful or entertaining (and in some cases tied to superheroes to follow the high school's homecoming theme this week). Please also check out our video greeting (at right) from class officers who helped organize the decoration the halls of Hartland High School during the week as they wish everyone "good morning" as part of a message to our community. To vote on which class you superhero(es) and/or video message you liked best, see the poll below. Wear warm jackets and bring an umbrella and blankets if you're going to the homecoming game. Occasional rain throughout the day is forecast with …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Heritage Day contest received 20 entries.
There might be a few more late entries but as of Thursday there were almost 20 in the first-ever Hartland Heritage Day scacecrow contest. Themes ranged from historical (Ben Franklin at Waldenwoods) and poignant (remembering Sept. 11 at the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority) to focusing what the business does in a creative way (tooth fairy at Hartland Smilemakers). These past seven days at Hartland Patch we told the story behind all these scarecrows, including our own. And to help you vote in the contest, we'd thought we'd put them all in one place with photos and links. We also have our own informal poll. (See below). If you'd like to vote in the heritage day scarecrow contest, you can vote at Cromaine District Library, the Hartland Area …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Check out the weather, fuel prices and more for Sept. 14, 2011.
It's the middle of the week. Here are five tidbits of news and information that we hope you'll find useful or entertaining. And remember always included in this Monday through Friday feature is a video (at right) from someone wishing every one "good morning" as part of a message to our community. Also, this was a our final back-to-school video. Thanks to all those in the schools who participated. There's a 30 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, as clouds increase, with a high near 69. Also, expect a west wind between 5 and 14 miles per hour, with gusts reaching 22 mph. Rain remains possible through 2 a.m., but overnight you might need the heat — a low of 38 is predicted. Brrrrrr! Too soon! …