Midland County News

Michigan Historic Preservation Network to meet in Midland

  • April 20 2015
Michigan Historic Preservation Network to meet in Midland

From May 13th -16th Midland will be hosting the 35th annual statewide conference of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network.  The group will be hosted by Northwood University, and tours of historic venues across Midland and surrounding areas will highlight the four day conference.  Their brochure includes many historic sites, including the Midland County Courthouse and the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio.

Primary sponsors for the event are the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Office of MSHDA.  While the primary conference is reserved for registered participants, there are community events scheduled free of charge. 

Pinecrest Farms Annual Report

  • April 15 2015
Pinecrest Farms Annual Report

2014 and 2015 has been a time of continued positive growth in terms of census and financial status for Pinecrest Farms. There have also been improvements in the delivery of health services to residents, community involvement and outreach, life enrichment for residents and security of residents and improved employee communication.

The census (the number of resident’s occupying the facility) has increased from 36 in December 2013 to reach full capacity of 60 in November 2014. Through relationship building, marketing plans and positive word-of-mouth campaigns Pinecrest has managed to remain around 58 residents to capacity at any-given time. The increase in census has led to an increase in revenue from $49,322 a month in December 2013 to $74,031 a month in March 2015. Expenses have not increased greatly due to the streamlining process of ordering of supplies and finances being centralized by one division.

The new leadership administration structure consisting of an Administrator, Director of Nursing and Business Manager was implemented in the Spring of 2014 and has improved delivery of care, finances, community outreach and employee relations.

Safety and security measures have been increased to benefit the residents, staff and visitors of Pinecrest. Automatic door locking mechanisms have been installed that are enforced during nighttime hours to prevent intruders while keeping residents with cognitive impairments from leaving the facility. 

Staffing currently consists of thirty (30) total staff members. Pinecrest currently has six (6) LPN supervisors, Twenty-one (21) Universal Workers with fourteen (14) of the staff being full-time.

Pinecrest serves those 18 years and older who meet any of the criteria: frail and elderly (aged), developmentally delayed, mentally ill, Alzheimer’s/Dementia or are physically handicapped. Part of the admission requirements includes the need for assistance with at least two ADLs (Activity of Daily Living) and must not present a harm to themselves or other residents or staff. The Administrator and Director of Nursing oversee the admission process to ensure residents are properly placed.

Activity and life enrichment is an important part of what is offered at Pinecrest. Socialization, outings, events, music and more are important to bring joy to residents and maintain healthy living. We offer a variety of activities from music, arts & crafts, games to outings to local shopping centers, Dow Gardens and an annual summer trip to a Great Lakes Loons game.

Marketing and community outreach plans are implemented to not only assist with the recruiting of residents but to educate the community on the Midland County Millage. Marketing tools and tactics include relationship building with local health care centers, presenting at social clubs and organizations, appearances at networking events and attracting media coverage for events and updates.

2015 is a milestone year for Pinecrest. This year we celebrate our 150th year – or sesquicentennial – of caring for Midland residents. On July 22 we will host a sesquicentennial celebration on the grounds of Pinecrest that will include a small historical exhibit, pig roast and live music.

Phone Scam involves Midland Courts

  • April 15 2015
Phone Scam involves Midland Courts

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day April 21

  • April 6 2015
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day April 21

People who have materials that qualify for these collections must call Environmental Health Services at the Midland County Health Department for an appointment at 832-6681. Please leave your name and phone number. We will call you back to schedule an appointment. Be prepared to indicate the type and amount of materials you wish to bring to the drop-off site. Appointments will be taken through Monday, April 20, 2015 or until all appointment slots are filled, whichever comes first.

Only persons with appointments will be allowed to drop off materials. Chemicals, oil paint and stains, pesticides, insecticides, household cleaning products, certain auto products, mercury and medicines are examples of items accepted at this collection.

Latex paint can be dried and included with your normal weekly trash pick-up. Oil should be recycled at the nearest recycling center.

Electronic waste may be dropped off for a small fee at Midland Recyclers which is located at the landfill entrance during this event or any time during normal hours of operation,           Mon-Fri 8-4, Wed 8-6 and Sat 9-1. 

Boater Safety Class 2015

  • March 30 2015
Boater Safety Class 2015

The Midland County Sheriff's Office will sponsor one Marine Safety Class for anyone over the age of 12.  This class is necessary for anyone born after December 31, 1978 who wish to operate a personal watercraft on the waters of the State of Michigan.   Students will meet in front of the Midland Law Enforcement Center at 2727 Rodd Street prior to 9 a.m. 

Those interested may sign up online HERE, or in person at the Midland Law Enforcement Center, 2727 Rodd Street.  There is no charge for this class, however, students must sign up and review this workbook prior to the date of the class.

Class will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pick up workbooks beginning May 1, 2014

There will be a break in the class at about noon for participants to take a half hour lunch break.  Students are required to bring a sack lunch, one black pen, one pencil and one highlighter for the class.

If you have any questions, please call 839-4630, and we will help you in any manner possible.

The class is limited to the first 60 students.  Please sign up only if you have a strong desire to learn about marine safety.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Class Registration