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THS graduate working for Lung Cancer Alliance

Rachel Bartolo, a 2010 Tecumseh High School graduate, wants to make a difference in people’s lives. This desire led her to Lung Cancer Alliance after she graduated from the University of Michigan(UM) last September.

“I wanted to work for a non- profit that had a big impact,” said Bartolo.

Her women’s studies/women’s health degree from UM also inspired her to find work that focused on the disparities with women. Fighting lung cancer was a perfect fit for Bartolo.

The disease happens to be the second biggest cause of death for women right behind heart disease. Before working with Lung Cancer Alliance, Bartolo was unaware of the reach of lung cancer in society.

“Nobody is really talking about lung cancer and there’s very little funding for research,” Bartolo said. “Nobody knows about the disease. It kills about 160,000 people per year. Most people diagnosed are between the ages of 65 and 75.”

Lung Cancer Alliance, based in Washington, D.C., has a three-tiered approach to educating Americans about lung cancer. “We fund research, we help patients by providing information and we raise awareness about the disease,” Bartolo said.

Ignorance about the prevalence of lung cancer and lack of access to early screening means many Americans, mainly women and minorities, don’t get a diagnosis of the disease until it has moved beyond the early stages.

“Right now we’re seeing most people caught at Stage 4,” said Bartolo. “People think, ‘Lung cancer never can happen to me,’ and it’s devastating when it does.”

Bartolo was surprised to learn that approximately 20 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked and 60 percent don’t currently smoke. “Just because you have lung cancer doesn’t mean you smoked,” Bartolo said.


LDFA OK’d, moves ahead for Adrian, Tecumseh

The creation of a SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) for Tecumseh and Adrian has been a race against other municipalities in becoming a satellite zone to the one already established in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

On Thursday, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone (AYSZ) LDFA met to discuss with whom they would be choosing to accept as their satellite district. Brighton also submitted documentation along with Tecumseh and Adrian.

A SmartZone LDFA operates by capturing the incremental tax revenue in local taxes along with the six percent school tax. Money captured from the incremental tax revenue can only be used for public right-of-way projects that directly benefit the business in that district while collected school tax can only be used to entice new companies to the area with training and support programs.

All revenue captured in Tecumseh will be spent in Tecumseh, unless usage outside the city is voted upon. The same goes for revenue captured in Adrian.

What set the Tecumseh/Adrian SmartZone (TASZ) apart from Brighton was its readiness and complimentary offerings to what AYSZ was accomplishing. The AYSZ passed a resolution to accept the TASZ as its satellite district.

Now, the AYSZ has to go to their respective city councils for approval of adding the TASZ as the satellite district before seeking approval from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

The AYSZ did raise concern that after the New Year, those at the MEDC may interpret the rules governing SmartZones in the state differently. The AYSZ praised Tecumseh and Adrian for being ready, just one criterion Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti used to determine which SmartZone to go with.

The other criteria were:

• How much money was placed into each program?

• Which was the more strategic choice?

• Which would be most attractive to the state?

• Who had a better history of innovation?


Gordon captures NASCAR Sprint Cup crown at MIS

After winning the pole position on Friday, recording a Michigan International Speedway (MIS) track record of 206.558 mph, Jeff Gordon edged out the competition on a late-race restart to win the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday. This is Gordon’s third win of the season and third at MIS — his first since 2001.

Cautions plagued the beginning of the race, with Kyle Bush hitting the wall on lap 5. On lap 22, Kyle Larson collided with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. while both were making a pit stop.

The next caution came with the restart on lap 25 when Danica Patrick made contact with teammate Jeff Burton, who was driving the No. 14 car in place of Tony Stewart. A nine-car pileup ensued.

The next caution came just before the midpoint of the race when Kyle Larson hit the wall hard, his car exploding into flames.

Larson was the first to test the new NASCAR rule requiring drivers to remain in their car under caution and prohibiting them from approaching other cars. Larson exited the car at the urging of his team, but stood by it until safety personnel arrived.

Two late-race cautions set up Gordon to clinch the win.

A restart with 23 laps to go had Kurt Bush attempting an aggressive pass on Gordon and Logano. Bush brushed the wall, setting up the late-race restart that allowed Gordon to slip ahead of Logano, who came in third behind Kevin Harvick. Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. claimed fourth and fifth place.

“I kept getting in the inside lane and not getting good restarts and I knew that last restart was going to get exciting with Kurt [Busch] and Joey,” Gordon explained. “Those two are very, very aggressive.”

Logano felt that he let the win get away, with the last race being his downfall.

“We were battling on those restarts pretty hard, I used every trick in the book I had and I know the 24 [Gordon] was also laying back pretty hard,” Logano said. “Every game that could be played was being played on those restarts.”


Tecumseh Music Fest to feature rock, jazz, food and more

On Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Community Arts of Tecumseh (CAT) will bring the sound of music to Hantz Golf Club with the second annual Tecumseh Music Fest. This evening of live rock, blues and jazz music paired with fine food and fun activities will help raise money for CAT art programs throughout the year.

“CAT started in 2010, so we have had four years of fun and good experiences,” said founder Martha Melcher. “The response from the community has just solidified the reason why we started. Having the art center has brought so many people together, and opened up people’s creative processes and thoughts.”

CAT is a non-profit arts organization that serves youth and adults in Tecumseh, offering educational opportunities in visual arts and music. Busch’s Fresh Food Market and Hantz Golf Club are the major sponsors for the event, and are working together to provide the food, served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to music from The Jim Rice Group, and Simons & Rose, the evening features both a silent and live auction, and kids activities. A week on Lake Michigan and a flat screen TV are just two of the big ticket items in the auction. Local businesses have donated a number of items for the silent auction, and CAT is still accepting auction donations from businesses or individuals.

“Our music fest in September is another way to get people together,” Melcher said. “We have a lot of original art from our artists and the artists who come to Art in the Park in June.

Community support is key to the success of CAT. The non-profit has received great support from businesses and individuals as it focused on strengthening the arts in Tecumseh. Continued loss of art, music and drama education in schools inspired CAT founders Melcher and Jean Lash to provide space and teachers for art and music.

“It has been an opportunity to let people have the experience of art here,” Melcher said.


Council approves housing development grant for downtown

The Tecumseh City Council unanimously approved the use of a state grant to help in the development of upper-floor housing in downtown Tecumseh at Monday’s meeting.

The grant, $287,000, was awarded to Tecumseh in September from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

Dan Meikle will use $175,000 of the MSHDA grant while supplying $200,897 of his own money. It will go towards the development of five rental units at the James Block 1894 LLC building located at 112 W. Chicago Blvd. Money from the grant will be used first.

The grant has terms that must be met, and the city has to guarantee those terms are being followed. Under the conditions of the grant, Meikle has to rent the apartments to low- to moderate-income renters.

“We are, for lack of a better word, insuring the terms are being met,” said City Attorney Scott Baker.

In essence, the city acts as a pass through of the MSHDA money to Meikle. Tecumseh City Manager Kevin Welch said the city is the mortgage holder, even though it is not responsible for any funding.

“This is the way it’s done. There is no way around it,” said Welch.

The process to receive MSHDA funds begins when the contractor submits a bill to be reimbursed. The consultant, city and state then have to sign off on the bill. The funds are then released to the city and reimbursed to the contractor.

“It’s a rather tedious process,” said Paula Holtz, Tecumseh Economic Development Director.

Baker said the agreement has a number of waivers in the documentation that releases the city from any financial liability.

Council also approved the spending of $13,289.60 for protective floor covering from Humphrys Cover Sports in Philadelphia, Penn. at the A.J. Smith Recreation Center for the gymnasium floor. The purchase of the covering was a budgeted item at $18,000.


Water to be shut off to replace valve

Water will be shutoff at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, according to a statement from the City of Tecumseh. The areas affected include:

• Chicago Boulevard (west of Union Street to Adrian Street)

• West Logan Street (west of Union Street)

• North Van Buren Street

• North Democratic Street

The outage is to replace a water valve at the corner of Union Street and Chicago Blvd. Water is expected to be turned back on by 2 p.m. or sooner.

Questions can be directed to Julie Craig, City of Tecumseh Utilities Department, at 424.6545.

Replacement of the valve is not related to the water main break that occurred Saturday, Aug. 16, on westbound Chicago Blvd., according to Todd Amstutz, superintendent of the city's Department of Public Utilities.


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