Friday, October 30, 2020

Ypsilanti Community High School Choir Records Beautiful and Inspirational Anthem For These Difficult Times.

 By Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Today I received this beautiful and inspirational anthem recorded by the Ypsilanti Community High School Choir. "New Way" was composed and arranged by Crystal Harding. The video was edited by Skyler Baty. I hope this video performance brightens your day as much as it has brightened mine. 

Great job Ypsilanti Community High School Choir!

Click here for the video on mobile.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Washtenaw County Has Issued An Open Letter on Public Health Guidance and COVID-19.

Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The following is an open letter from Washtenaw County elected officials and universities on public health guidance and COVID-19.

October 29, 2020


An open letter to our Washtenaw County Community


Dear Washtenaw County community members and visitors,


The days and week ahead include Halloween, a home University of Michigan versus Michigan State football game, and Election Day, as well as countless happenings important to our community, its members, and its institutions. It is an exciting time and an incredibly challenging one. Unfortunately, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 continues to circulate. Little has changed about that. As more activities have resumed, our community is one of many with a significant increase in cases, test positivity and hospitalizations. We must be united in our efforts to reduce the spread of illness and lessen the negative impact of COVID-19 in our community.


We the undersigned – including our elected officials, largest universities, and health authorities – urge everyone to work together to prevent the spread of illness whenever possible. Together we can make sure community events happen in new and safer ways. We can celebrate, compete, and exercise our right to vote as safely as possible. But we must do so together and using the best prevention strategies currently available. 


COVID-19 is circulating, and cases are increasing in our community. Everyone should be alert to the possibility of exposure if out in public or in contact with others. The virus is primarily spread through direct, person-to-person contact. Social gatherings or events without precautions account for most local infections or exposures.


Everyone should continue to follow all public health guidance:


  • Make absolutely sure you do not have any symptoms before going out in public or having contact with others. Don’t assume symptoms are allergies or unrelated to COVID-19. If you have ANY symptoms, stay home and away from others.
  • If you have had known exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, stay home and in quarantine. A negative test during quarantine does not clear you from quarantine.


If you go out or are in contact with others:


  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth. The only exceptions should be when you are eating, if you are alone, or only with others already in your household.
  • Keep at least six feet away from others not in your household.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you start to feel ill or experience symptoms, isolate yourself from others as soon as possible. Seek testing and continue to stay away from others while you wait for your results.


Public health guidance for gatherings and events:


  • In-person gatherings increase the risk of becoming infected with or spreading COVID-19. Plan to celebrate or cheer from the safety of your own home, and not with large groups of people. Be mindful of the potential exposure of other fans or your family and friends.
  • Outdoor gatherings in the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are limited to no more than 25 people under local health orders; we strongly encourage smaller groups. Indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 or fewer people not in the same household under state health orders.




  • Tailgating is prohibited in the lots surrounding the U-M stadium and strongly discouraged everywhere. There are no public ticket sales.
  • There is currently a stay-in-place order for University of Michigan undergraduate students because of the steep increase in cases associated with U-M. Students and others are required to stay home and if they watch the game, to do so with their households.
    • Find virtual ways to connect, cheer and celebrate.
    • For students who will be going home for the Thanksgiving holiday, you can keep your family and friends at home safer by being as safe as possible now. 
  • While Eastern Michigan University is on the road for its first two football games on Nov. 4 and 11, it has a home game on Nov. 18. Tailgating on the EMU campus or in the parking lots around Rynearson Stadium is prohibited. There will be no guest admissions - only ticketed family members of participants will be permitted in the stadium.




  • Halloween is not cancelled but should look different this year. Celebrate at home, virtually or using face coverings, distance, and frequent hand cleaning to be as safe as possible.
    • If you decide to trick-or-treat or hand out treats, use face coverings and avoid gathering or close contact with others not in your household. Stay outdoors.
    • Find creative ways to keep distance, such as “handing” out candy from behind a 6-foot table or other marker.
    • Halloween activities are not exempt from the stay-in-place order for U-M students.
    • As with all events and activities, do not participate if you are having any symptoms or if you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days.




  • Consider voting early or do so on election day as safely as possible.
  • Same-day registration is available in your city or township clerk office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Check your registration and find your clerk’s office at


We strongly request and hope that all community members comply with local public health orders voluntarily, but these orders will be enforced if necessary. Failure to follow local public health orders are subject to misdemeanor charges, monetary penalties of $500 to $1000, and students may face student conduct violations.


We all wish for the best for our community now and always. We are at our best when we work together and value and protect one another to the best of our collective ability. We appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation – while still celebrating, cheering, and voting as safely as possible.



Most sincerely,



Jimena Loveluck, MSW                                 Jason Morgan

Health Officer                                                 Chair

Washtenaw County Health Department       Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners


Debbie Dingell                                               James M. Smith, Ph.D.

United States Congresswoman                     President

Michigan’s 12th District                                 Eastern Michigan University


Mandy Grewal, Ph.D.                                     Lois Richardson

Supervisor                                                      Mayor

Pittsfield Township                                        City of Ypsilanti


Brenda Stumbo                                              Christopher Taylor

Township Supervisor                                     Mayor

Ypsilanti Township                                        City of Ann Arbor


Mark Schlissel MD, PhD


University of Michigan

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services Recommendations For Michiganders to Vote Safely During COVID-19.

Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a October 28 press release from the Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services, to ensure Michigan voters remain healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the Nov. 3 general election, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released recommendations for voterspoll workers and election officials.

According to the statement, “This guidance allows Michiganders to carry out their right to vote while doing it safely during the pandemic,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “I encourage registered voters to consider voting alternatives to limit the number of people they come in contact with and to help reduce the spread of the virus.”

“Michigan citizens can cast their ballots safely and with confidence in this election,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “All election workers are required to wear masks and all voters are strongly encouraged to do so. Voters who already have absentee ballots can drop them off at their city or township clerk’s office or ballot drop box. Voters can also go to their local clerk’s office through Nov. 2 to vote early by requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.”

According to MDHHS, all registered voters may vote early by visiting their city or township clerk’s office through Nov. 2. There they can request, fill out and submit an absentee ballot all in one trip, or take their ballot home to fill out and sign the envelope before returning it to one of their jurisdiction’s ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Nov 3. Election workers, who are required to wear masks, will ask voters to show photo ID.


Eligible citizens who are not yet registered may register, request and submit an absentee ballot at their local clerk’s office through 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, according to the press release.


Remember, when you vote or return your ballot, practice healthy behaviors to protect yourself and slow the spread of the virus. These behaviors include:

  • Wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose.
  • Washing hands before entering and after leaving the polling location.
  • While in the polling location, frequently use alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) of distance from others. This according to MDHHS.

So, remember everybody, if you are sick or concerned you have been exposed to COVID-19, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about voting options.


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Saturday, October 24, 2020

From The State Emergency Response Center: MDHHS Has Issued A Statement on Oct 24 COVID-19 Case Count: 3,300 Positive Test Results Saturday

Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

 According to the State Emergency Response Center and the Michigan Dept of Health and Human Services, today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reporting more 3,300 positive test results. 

According to Saturday's statement, “The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Michigan, “said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “It is now more important than ever that people take this seriously. Wear a mask every time you are going to be around someone outside of your own household. Avoid large gatherings and maintain a safe distance from others. If rates continue like this, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and having many more Michiganders die.”

While the data represents the date that the information was delivered to MDHHS from reporting labs, it does represent more current trends in disease occurrence. More than 96% of the test results being reported today originated from specimens that were collected from individuals in the past five days, according to the press release.

As information is collected by Michigan’s public health community that better describes cases, the state is continuing to see clusters of illness associated with facilities, programs and schools. These cases, along with a large number of community-acquired cases, have been contributing to the elevation in reports of confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Washtenaw County Health Department Has issued a Stay in Place Order For UM Students.


 Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a Tuesday, October 20 press release, the Washtenaw County Health Department is issuing a public health emergency stay in place order for University of Michigan undergraduate students effective immediately and continuing through November 3, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. The number of COVID-19 cases among U-M students is increasing and represents over 60% of local cases. Stay in place orders are intended to limit socializing among students, slow down new cases, and allow for effective case investigation and contact tracing. Most infections are the result of social events and gatherings.


“The situation locally has become critical, and this order is necessary to reverse the current increase in cases,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, health officer for Washtenaw County. “We must continue to do what we can to minimize the impact on the broader community and to ensure we have the public health capacity to fully investigate cases and prevent additional spread of illness.” This according to the statement from WCHD.


According to the press release, under the newly issued stay in place order, undergraduate students must remain in their residence, unless attending class, accessing dining services, or carrying out approved work that cannot be done remotely. Students who wish to return to a primary residence may do so only if they have completed the U-M’s procedures for leaving campus safely.


Under existing state orders, everyone must continue to separate themselves from others not already in their household by at least 6 feet and wear a face covering when out in public or in common areas.


A stay in place order is not the same as quarantine. During the stay in place order, official and essential activities are allowable when carried out using COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing face coverings, social distancing and frequent hand cleaning. While this order allows students to work and participate in official activities with preventive measures in place, it also limits the impact of exposures on local businesses, workers and community members.


According to Tuesday's statement from WCHD, in support of the county order, the university also will take the additional steps out of an abundance of caution and to provide choices for students and instructors, including moving more undergraduate courses to fully remote instruction for the remainder of the fall semester.

“The university has been working closely with the Health Department all along in response to the pandemic and supports this decision to issue this stay at home order,” says Robert Ernst, executive director of U-M’s University Health Service and associate vice president for Student Life. “This action is intended to reduce the strain on our capacities for contact tracing and quarantine and isolation housing. Many individuals and off-campus residences are cooperating fully, and we hope this additional guidance on limiting social activities reverses the trend of increased cases related to social gatherings.”


Violations of the local order are subject to the citations and penalties outlined in the Michigan Public Health Code (MCL 333.2451 and 333.2453).


Washtenaw County has reported a total of 4,229 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Oct 19. More than 600 confirmed and probable cases have been reported in Washtenaw County in the past week (since Oct 12), and 61% of these are connected to University of Michigan students living on or off campus, many in congregate or group settings. As such, the Washtenaw County Health Officer finds it reasonable and necessary to mandate stay in place orders and reinforce existing COVID-19 protective measures in coordination with the university.


All U-M students who have been identified as testing positive or as a close contact as determined through case investigation are offered the opportunity to move into U-M quarantine and isolation housing and utilize other U-M resources. This according to Washtenaw County Health Dept.


The Health Department reminds everyone that COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community and cases are also increasing in non-campus areas. These trends are consistent with trends in other areas of Michigan as well as other states. Risk is present any time individuals are out in public or interacting with others. To reduce the spread of illness, the Health Department recommends wearing a face covering, maintaining 6 feet distance from others not in your household, cleaning hands frequently, and avoiding others if you have any symptoms, according to WCHD.


These prevention strategies are most effective when combined. Using them remains vital to slowing the spread of illness and preventing as many cases of COVID-19 as possible – especially as the weather becomes colder, more activities are indoors, and flu may begin to circulate locally. 


According to WCHD, testing is recommended for anyone reporting to work in person, with known exposure or with any mild or unusual symptoms. Symptoms may take up to 14 days after exposure to appear, and individuals are considered contagious two days before symptoms appear. If you are exposed and asymptomatic, please wait 7 to 10 days before testing. A negative test does NOT eliminate the need to quarantine for a full 14 days after exposure. According to the statement from WCHD.


U-M students are encouraged to seek COVID-19 testing at the on-campus University Health Service (


Local COVID-19 information is available at Health Department staff are available to answer questions. Call 734-544-6700 or email



Monday, October 19, 2020

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Condemns Hateful, Violent Rhetoric.

Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

 Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released the following statement calling on political leaders on both sides of the aisle to condemn violence, as well as vitriolic, hateful, and divisiveness in this state and country. The most recent example was at President Trump’s rally in Muskegon, where attendees chanted “Lock Her Up” just days after authorities charged 14 men in a plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer. This according to a Monday, October 19 press release.

“Inciting violence and sowing the seeds of division has no place in our politics and it’s up to Michigan leaders on both sides of the aisle to condemn this dangerous rhetoric. We are being divided by fear and hatred, and the heart and soul of our country is being irreparably harmed.  I call upon my Congressional Colleagues in both the Senate and House on both sides of the aisle, party leaders Laura Cox and Lavora Barnes, State Legislative Leaders and candidates such as John James - to join me in denouncing hateful, vitriolic, bullying, violent rhetoric. Michiganders deserve to be represented by leaders who will always stand on the side of civility in our public discourse.

"It is all our responsibility to lower the temperature right now, take a deep breath, and people need to feel safe.  We must come together and denounce violence by anyone, whether they are on the far right, far left or the middle. For the next 15 days, we should be focused on issues important to Michiganders who are struggling during a pandemic and a vision for a stronger America.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Michigan National Guard Will Assist with No-Cost COVID-19 Testing in Oscoda, Ottawa, and Washtenaw Counties.

Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to the State Emergency Operations Center, the Michigan National Guard will continue its partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and local health departments by offering COVID-19 testing this week in the communities of Mio, Holland, and Whitmore Lake.   

Testing locations include: 

Mio: Thursday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mio Baptist Church, 357 Mt. Tom Road, Mio 

Holland: Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Holland Charter Township Fire Station 2, 12169 James Street, Holland 

Whitmore Lake: Saturday, Oct. 17, Noon – 4 p.m., Whitmore Lake Middle School, 8845 Main Street, Whitmore Lake

According to the statement, the Michigan National Guard has more than 20 trained testing teams ready to assist with testing in communities, long term care facilities, and the Michigan Department of Corrections. These teams include a certified medic to conduct the testing and additional members to assist with paperwork, logistics, and non-medical tasks. The Michigan National Guard team members have tested negative for COVID-19 and follow strict medical protocols to ensure health and safety of Michigan’s communities. 

“Since March, Soldiers and Airmen from the Michigan National Guard have responded to more than 600 requests for assistance from state and local partner agencies, conducting more than 165,000 COVID-19 tests. In addition to community testing, we have provided testing support to more than 290 long term care facilities and have helped distribute nearly 12 million pounds of food at local food banks,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. This according to the press release. 

“Wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and following other guidance recommended by public health officials is still imperative to slow the spread of this disease, especially as the risk of a second wave remains high.”   

The Michigan National Guard has supported testing initiatives in all but two counties throughout the state during the last six months.   

For photos of COVID-19 testing Oct. 3 in Bay City, visit -

Sunday, October 11, 2020

So I Live In A City That Was Poisoned For Profit: By Flint Water Crisis Activist and PWP Contributor Melissa Mays of Flint.

 So... I live in a City where our water was poisoned for profit... can anyone else understand how horrified I am when I hear Pence say "Joe Biden wants to ban fracking" like it's a bad thing... All I hear Donald Trump supports the spreading of the #FlintWaterCrisis... then Pence says we have the cleanest water anywhere!! UMMMM HELLO?!?!? Today is Day #2,357 in the FLINT WATER CRISIS!!! We aren't in crisis because our water is clean!!

Melissa Mays.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Attorney General Nessel Charges 7 Under Anti Terrorism Act/Plot to Kidnap Gov. Whitmer.



Editor in Chief & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a Thursday press release from the office of the Attorney General, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Andrew Birge, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Michigan State Police – announced today a joint law enforcement effort that, after months of work, culminated Wednesday night in the execution of a series of search warrants and arrest warrants – both in-state and out-of-state – related to acts of terrorism under Michigan state law. 

According to the press release, the suspects, now under arrest,,are alleged to have called on the groups’ members to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them; made threats of violence to instigate a civil war leading to societal collapse; and engaged in the planning and training for an operation to attack the state Capitol building and kidnap government officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

“There has been a disturbing increase in anti-government rhetoric and the re-emergence of groups that embrace extremist ideologies,” Attorney General Nessel said. “These groups often seek to recruit new members by seizing on a moment of civil unrest and using it to advance their agenda of self-reliance and armed resistance. This is more than just political disagreement or passionate advocacy, some of these groups’ mission is simply to create chaos and inflict harm upon others.”  This according to the press release.

According to Thursday's statement, through the efforts of more than 200 state and federal law enforcement officials  – including experts from outside of Michigan – officers executed a series of search warrants and arrest warrants in more than a dozen cities around the state, including, Belleville, Cadillac, Canton, Charlotte, Clarkston, Grand Rapids, Luther, Munith, Orion Township, Ovid, Portage, Shelby Township and Waterford.  

“Michigan law enforcement officers are united in our commitment to rooting out terrorism in any form and we will take swift action against anyone seeking to cause violence or harm in our state,” stated Col. Joe Gasper, director of the Michigan State Police. “Michigan residents can assist us in this mission by speaking up if you see suspicious activity or become aware of someone making threats. No tip is too small; don’t wait until it’s too late. Tips can be submitted confidentially 24/7 online at our website.” 

In total, 19 state felony charges were filed by the Attorney General against seven individuals known to be members of the militia group, Wolverine Watchmen or associates of Wolverine Watchmen. 

Six individuals were also charged by U.S. Attorney Birge with separate, federal felony charges as a result of the execution of the warrants. This according to the press release.

The following individuals were charged by Attorney General Nessel as part of the joint law enforcement effort: 

  • Paul Bellar, 21, of Milford:
    • Providing material support for terrorist acts – a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine;
    • Gang membership – a 20-year felony, which may be served as a consecutive sentence; and
    • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively.
  • Shawn Fix, 38, of Belleville:
    • Providing material support for terrorist acts – a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine; and 
    • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively.
  • Eric Molitor, 36, of Cadillac:
    • Providing material support for terrorist acts – a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine; and
    • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively.
  • Michael Null, 38, of Plainwell:
    • Providing material support for terrorist acts – a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine; and
    • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively.
  • William Null, 38, of Shelbyville:
    • Providing material support for terrorist acts – a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine; and
    • Carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively.
  • Pete Musico, 42, and Joseph Morrison, 42, who live together in Munith:
    • One count each of threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony and/or $20,000 fine;
    • One count each of gang membership, a 20-year felony that may be served as a consecutive sentence;
    • One count each of providing material support for terrorist acts; and
    • One count each for carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony; felony firearm – a two-year mandatory prison sentence to be served consecutively. 
According to the press release, these charges are subject to change after a complete review of the evidence obtained through the warrants, and differ from those charges issued at the federal level.  

Michael Null, William Null and Molitor were arraigned today before Antrim County Magistrate Jessica Allmand. A cash bond of $250,000 was set for William and Michael Null, while Molitor’s bond was send at $250,000, 10 percent. Their probable cause conferences are set for 1 p.m. Oct. 14, and their preliminary exams are scheduled for Oct. 21. 

Musico and Morrison are expected to be arraigned at 2 p.m. in Jackson County. Fix is in custody, and his arraignment is pending in Antrim County.  

“I’d like to personally thank the law enforcement officers who participated in yesterday’s arrests and those who have assisted with this investigation throughout the past several months,” Attorney General Nessel said. “Your heroic efforts have left the people of this state safer and the instruments of our government stronger. I know that I speak on behalf of Michiganders everywhere when I say we are forever grateful to you for your actions.” 

A recording of the joint press conference announcing the charges can be viewed on Attorney General Nessel’s Facebook page