The Lenawee County Fair wrapped up last Saturday. Thank you to all the volunteers, workers and participants that made the fair such a great event again this year. Many Lenawee County offices participated in the fair in a variety of roles. Of course, Michigan State University Extension is very active at the fair with the many 4-H displays and competitions. The Sheriff Department provides patrols to keep everyone safe and the Health Department is on hand to ensure that our love of fair food does not get us into trouble.
The Health Department also provided general information about their services and specific information about Hepatitis A and the vaccine to prevent it. Again this year, the County shared a booth with Habitat for Humanity and we appreciate working with Habitat to coordinate workers and distribute information about Habitat and County services. The Solid Waste Department and the Solid Waste Coordinating Committee do a great job manning the booth every year. It was fun to have activities in the booth for children; both the button making and the recycling game were enjoyed by kids of all ages.
The Sheriff Department was especially busy in July. Not only did they work the fair and the Faster Horses country music festival, they also moved out of the building that the Sheriff’s Office has occupied for over 60 years and into their temporary office in the Annex Building at 113 West Front Street. That building is across the street to the south from the Old Courthouse. Work can now begin to demolish much of their old office and jail building and rebuild a new Sheriff’s Office. Contracts for environmental remediation and demolition have already been approved and work will begin soon.
Area Agency on Aging Executive Director, Julie Wetherby, presented the annual report of the agency to the Board of Commissioners at their July 13th board meeting. Ms. Wetherby also presented, and received approval for, the agency’s action plan for next year. The agency, operating in Lenawee, Hillsdale and Jackson Counties, channels funding and services to many senior citizens in their region.
There is a primary election next Tuesday. Voters will have the opportunity to choose which candidates will stand for election at the general election in November. Candidates are running for all State level positions, including governor, and there is also a county level race for Probate Judge. Voting is a privilege and a duty of a democratic society; inform yourself and do your duty!