News & Notes - 6/7/23 Journal

Mount Clemens-Clinton-Harrison Journal | Published June 7, 2023

 From left to right: ​John Ruggirello, Madison Stewart, Joann Ruggirello, Katelyn Kraemer, Don Brasch, and Alayna Haag. Stewart, Kraemer and Haag received scholarships from the Clinton Township Friends of the Senior Center.

From left to right: ​John Ruggirello, Madison Stewart, Joann Ruggirello, Katelyn Kraemer, Don Brasch, and Alayna Haag. Stewart, Kraemer and Haag received scholarships from the Clinton Township Friends of the Senior Center.


Clinton Township seniors award scholarships
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Friends of the Senior Center awarded three Chippewa Valley High School graduates with $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship.

Madison Stewart is graduating summa cum laude with a 4.042 GPA and memberships in National Honor Society, Key Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the school’s Mental Health Committee. Stewart was executive board president of student government in her senior year while completing nearly 100 hours of community service. Stewart plans to attend Grand Valley State University and major in business administration.

Katelyn Kraemer is graduating summa cum laude with a 3.98 GPA and memberships in student government, National Honor Society and Coalition Teen Council. She is on the Youth Advisory Council for Know Resolve, a youth suicide awareness and prevention organization. Kraemer has more than 100 service hours in addition to performing in community theater. Katelyn plans to attend Michigan State University and triple major in psychology, theatre arts and arts & humanities.

Alayna Haag, is graduating summa cum laude with a 4.065 GPA. Haag served on the executive boards of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. She was a member of class council and Key Club and has more than 100 hours of service. Haag will attend University of Detroit Mercy and plans to major in biology through its five-year physician’s assistant program.

Funding for the Friends of the Clinton Township Senior Center College Scholarship Fund comes from donations to the senior center, typically raised during various events throughout the year. The Friends’ goal is to raise at least $1,000 per year for one scholarship, though the program has been able to award scholarships to two students since 2016.


New events at the HTPL
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — With summer coming up quick, the Harrison Township Public Library has a slate of new and returning events to keep the long days busy.

New for 2023 is “The Great Duck Hunt,” where visitors can find eight pictures of rubber duck around the library, record the attached code and report back to the front desk to become a duck hunt winner.

Come see The Soundz of Music Band at the HTPL’s first summer concert of the season on Saturday, June 10. The Soundz of Music Band is a four-piece, all-senior band that plays the hits from the 1920s through the 1970s.

On Saturday, June 17, bring in old and unwanted electronics for a recycling day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hard drives will be shredded.

Closing out the month is the HTPL Summer Reading Kickoff, from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. Sign up for the library’s summer reading program to receive a bag of goods, visit a petting zoo and have some refreshments.

For more information about HTPL events, call (586) 329-1261 or visit


Hooked on fishing
STATEWIDE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a “Free Fishing Weekend” June 10-11. During the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday. Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. A recreation passport will not be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites during the Free Fishing Weekend.

Also during the June 10-11 weekend, residents and visitors can legally ride off-road vehicles legally without buying an ORV license or trail permit. All other ORV rules and laws still apply. For more information, visit


MSU Extension opens pest, plant diagnostic lab
MACOMB COUNTY — If you find a weird bug or plant, don’t throw it away — bring it to the experts. The Macomb County Michigan State University Extension has opened a plant and pest diagnostic lab at 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, in Clinton Township, allowing gardeners and other curious folks to drop off plant and insect samples on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for testing. The lab is part of the extension’s consumer horticulture program which operates the toll-free lawn and garden hotline at (888) 674-3464 and other programs to help Macomb County residents with green thumbs.

Those with samples they wish to have tested should call the lab before arriving at (586) 469-6440. A drop box is available if the extension is not open. Sample examination costs $7.

For more information call (586) 469-6440 or visit


Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame seeking nominations
DETROIT — Michigan Women Forward is accepting nominations for 2023 inductees to the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and Historical Center, also known as HERstory, was established in 1983 to tell the stories of women’s contributions to Michigan’s history and to inspire the women and girls of tomorrow.

Nominations may be made by individuals or by representatives of organizations or groups. A candidate may also nominate herself. Nominations may be made in either of two categories — historical (deceased candidates) or contemporary (living candidates) — and must follow the nomination criteria of Michigan Women Forward.

To nominate someone, visit and click on the “Hall of Fame” page for a nomination form and criteria. The last day for applications is July 15. Those interested in judging the 2023 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame nominations can email Natalie Hall, chief development and program officer for Michigan Women Forward, at