September Coffee Hours Set
"You are not forgotten"
This year, National POW MIA Recognition Day will be observed on Friday, Sept. 16.
The annual event is an important way to honor the servicemen and women who remain missing from past wars and conflicts and those whose remains have not been recovered. More than 1,000 Americans are still missing from the Vietnam War. In addition, more than 7,800 are unaccounted for from the Korean War and more than 73,000 service members are missing from World War II.
Find more information, including a gallery of POW/MIA posters for 2016 and prior years, at www.dpaa.mil/Families/Posters.aspx
. Home heating credit deadline
The Sept. 30 deadline to apply for the federally funded Michigan Home Heating Credit in 2016 (for tax year 2015) is fast approaching. The credit assists qualifying senior citizens and low-income people with winter energy bills. It is not necessary to file a Michigan tax return to apply for the home heating credit.
Eligible customers must have their homestead in Michigan, own or rent the home in which they live and meet income requirements. More information, including a checklist and Form MI-1040CR 7 is available at www.michigan.gov/taxes
. New law helps protect pregnant women
Studies indicate that between 30 and 60 percent of abortions involve some form of coercion of the mother, including violence or threats of violence, isolation from family or loss of financial support.
A new law that takes effect this month will help protect women from this type of domestic abuse. Public Acts 149 and 150 of 2016 make it a crime to coerce a woman into having an abortion against her will and set penalties for a conviction. With the new law in place, a provision requiring abortion clinics to screen for coercion, part of legislation enacted in 2012, can now go forward.
A woman should never feel forced by a boyfriend, spouse or any other person to end her pregnancy. Final roadside pick-up date set
Motorists should take extra care Sept. 24 to Oct. 2 as thousands of volunteer groups comb Michigan roadsides for litter and trash as part of the final 2016 Adopt-A-Highway pick-up.
Three times a year, volunteer crews collect debris from highway roadsides to help keep Michigan clean and beautiful. Currently, 2,800 groups clean 6,400 miles of highway, including two-lane roads and business routes. These local groups collect about 70,000 bags of trash each year.
Sections of highway are still available for adoption. More details are available at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.