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Mike Swartz Jeff Cowall  Pat Clouse

Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider, 1290 WLBY – Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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Saline Area Chamber of Commerce:  Larry Osterling, Chamber Executive Director – Saline Salutes: Top civic performers are selected in Saline each year for these awards.  This year’s event is slated for Friday, April 13.  Larry reveals the list of awardees and salutes their hard work for the community.
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Wellness Wednesday:  Providing Relief from Serious Illness – Dr. Phillip Rodgers, Medical Director, UMHS Palliative Care Program– Palliative Care is provided by a team of specialists who give patients and their families an extra layer of support.  From pain and symptom management to difficult treatment decisions and guidance through all stages of illness, Palliative Care ensures the highest quality of life possible.  The University of Michigan Palliative Care Program is hoping to receive Livestrong community impact funding to establish a certification for Advanced Palliative Care Program, and you can help.  Click here to vote for the University of Michigan to show your support.  Click & Listen: [audio:]


National Cash Mob Day:  Paul Hickman, Organizer – Ann Arbor’s Jerusalem Garden and Encore Records are about to get “mobbed”, thanks to a group of local business supporters.  Think “flash mob” as an economic driver by encouraging others to gather at a predetermined date and time to shop, eat, and think local.  A Wall Street Journal story on the cash mob phenomenon spurred an Ann Arbor group to get started.  This weekend marks their sixth event since launching at the first of the year.
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Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce:  Janet Larson, Chamber Executive Director – Red Cross Relief effort for Dexter; Manchester Community Schools Foundation Trivia Night benefit; Annual Seed Exchange; Community Garden.
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Saving Lives:  Ham Operators & Trained Weather Spotters Credited with Early Tornado Warning – Mike Swartz, Jeff Cowall, & Pat Clouse from RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) & Skywarn – The first warning siren blared at 5:07 PM in Dexter.  26 minutes later a horrific tornado wreaked havoc through the community last Thursday, destroying or damaging more than 200 homes.  Thankfully there were no deaths and no one was seriously injured.  Many are crediting the early alert with saving lives, but how was Washtenaw County Emergency Services able to sound the alarm so quickly?  It’s thanks to a group of brave weather watchers who are trained to report wild weather as it approaches, and in the case of Jeff Cowall, drive straight toward the eye of the tornado.
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