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The Delta News

If you did not pick up your copy of The Delta News at the Trunk-to-Trunk Sale on Saturday, August 1st, your copy will be mailed to you by the end of August. We hope you enjoy this 75th Anniversary Edition! Our all-volunteer team put forth a lot of effort to make this year’s edition very special. Please consider any additional donation towards the printing of this publication, or you can contribute by publishing an advertisement.

Raffle tickets!

In light of the COVID-19 situation in Michigan, we have decided NOT to hold Field Day this year. 😥 While this saddens us to have to cancel this wonderful family event, the HISCFA is still selling RAFFLE TICKETS, with winners to be announced at the Music in the Park  event on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The prizes this year are $750 first prize, $300 second prize, and a YETI Cooler for third prize! Tickets were mailed to members, but they are also being handed out at Jane’s Sans Souci Market. Please fill in the ticket stub and include them with your money in a sealed envelope. Jane’s SSM will also collect these sealed envelopes. Any remaining available tickets will be sold at the Music in the Park event (starts at 6:00 pm) with the drawing taking place at 7:00 pm. Good luck!

We know that COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives in many ways, but the HISCFA is doing their best to continue to provide services to our Island community. Please accept our apologies that 2020 won’t be a “normal” year for any of us, but we hope that our members will continue to support the HISCFA so we can all return to “normal” in 2021.

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March 20, 2020: Community Action Plan

The following information was communication to the township by Clay Township Supervisor Artie Bryson.

Community Action Plan to help those that are in need and those who will be in need of assistance going forward.  This plan will be updated constantly as our community needs change.  We have one point of contact for all needs and volunteers – Clay Twp Dispatch at policedepartment@claytownship.org or 810.794.9381. We wanted to put together a community wide action plan to reduce duplication and be most effective for our community.  All local service groups will be helping out with the plan

Free Lunches for school kids Tuesday and Friday from 11:00a – 1:00p

*Tuesday’s package will provide breakfast and lunch for three (3) days, and Friday’s package will provide breakfast and lunch for four (4) days

*All students under the age of 18 will have free meals provided.  Also, students that are between the ages of 18-26 that have an active IEP, will be provided the same

*Students do not need to be present; meals can be picked up by parents (with identification)

*Plan to pick up meals near the athletic entrance of the Algonac High School

*Please check the school website and Facebook for more and/or change details

If anyone cannot pick up the lunches, call Clay Twp Dispatch to arrange for delivery at 810.794.9381 or email at policedepartment@claytownship.org

At-risk people of need

*Clay Township PD is being authorized to deliver prescription medications to local residents

*Food can also be delivered from the food pantry.  Call Clay Twp Dispatch to arrange for delivery at 810.794.9381 or email at policedepartment@claytownship.org

Families with financial issues:

-Help with food and supplies

-Algonac Food Pantry at the Trinity United Methodist 424 Smith Street, Algonac

Current hours of operation are every Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm Hours may expand as needed

-If you cannot pick up the food call Clay Twp Dispatch to arrange for delivery at 810.794.9381 or email at policedepartment@claytownship.org to arrange for delivery

-Anyone that is looking to hire someone, contact the Clay Dispatch, anyone looking for work, contact Clay dispatch to match the needs of employers and employees.

Volunteers Needed; This document will be changing as needs change

We have an awesome community with many people that want to help.  If you wish to volunteer time or services, call or email the dispatch center at policedepartment@claytownship.org or 810.794.9381 to be put on a list.  As needs change, we will blast it out via email, and social media.

Needs that are being anticipated;

-Hope deliveries to front porches of food and products

-Food for the Algonac food pantry donations; Food donations are preferred now because it is a challenge to order food because of the shortages.

-Make Checks out to Algonac Food Pantry

-Dropped off at Clay Twp dropbox, Chemical Bank, NorthStar Bank, City of Algonac DropBox, or 5/3 Bank.

-Food Donations to the Algonac Food Pantry can be dropped off at Trinity United Methodist 424 Smith Street Wednesdays from 9-12, Fridays from 9 -2

-We will have other needs for volunteers arise as our community needs change

With Social Distancing, the elderly can feel disconnected.   Please reach out to neighbors that are elderly, talk to them at a distance.  Get their phone number and call them regularly.  If you don’t know what to say, everyone has a story, tell them your story and ask them what their story is.

-Organized workgroups of kids out of school to do yardwork for some of the elderly.

If you or someone is looking to hire someone, let dispatch know.  We want to match up local employers with local employees.

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March 17, 2020: COVID-19 Information

Attached is the latest information re: COVID-19.

Please be advised that St. Clair County has two positive cases, a husband and wife quarantined at their home. They do not live in Algonac or Clay Township.

  • The SCCHD DOES NOT want sick persons going to emergency.  CALL YOUR DR FIRST for instruction.
  • There is currently NO treatment for COVID-19 except for comfort medications like Tylenol (acetaminophen), cough syrup, cold and flu medicines, rest and fluids.  The vast majority of people will be fine as the illness runs its course.
  • If you are not sick, you do not need to be tested.

City of Algonac and Clay Township offices are closed to public but open via phone, drop box and online business.

Information Call Lines (for non-healthcare providers):

State of Michigan 888-535-6163 (8 am to 5 pm)

St. Clair Health Department 810-966-4163

St. Clair County 810-989-6392 (general information)

https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/health/default.aspx

Additional information:

Important COVID-19 Websites:

HUD Resources/Links:

Childcare and School Websites:

 

Other Government Websites:

Business Closures/Help:

  • SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
  • Many businesses are closing their stores and online operations temporarily.  These include Urban Outfitters, Nike, REI, Patagonia, Apple, Under Armour, etc.  It is recommended you check a businesses website for more information on their hours or availability.
  • Michigan orders temporary closure of all casinos and directs all dine-in restaurants and bars to close starting at 3pm March 16, 2020
  • Telecommunication: FCC launched the Keep America Connected Pledge so where telecommunication companies pledge not to terminate any service to any residential or small business customers because of inability to pay their bills due to disruptions caused by COVID-19; waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of economic circumstances related to COVID-19, and open Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.   See the pledge to see a list of companies that have agreed to the pledge.

Non-Profit Assistance:

Other non-verifiable information sites:

Reddit: CoronavirusMichgian: https://www.reddit.com/r/CoronavirusMichigan/

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February 11, 2020: GET INVOLVED!

Are you affected by the high water situation in and around Harsen’s Island? If you are not NOW (yet), you likely will be at some point this year.

The Harsen’s Island St. Clair Flats Association (HISCFA) suggests that you write to your elected officials who will have the ability to influence the decision on MI House Bill 5401 (2020) and MI House Bill 5402 (2020). These bills were introduced by Representative Gary Eisen on January 23, 2020 and can be viewed at the links below.

In order to assist you with writing a letter to these representatives, the HISCFA is providing you a TEMPLATE LETTER as well as the ADDRESSES of where to send the letter, if you choose. Please read the letter and make sure it applies to you if you decide to participate, and feel free to modify the letter (or write your own) prior to sending.

TEMPLATE LETTER – write to elected officials

GOV. CONTACT LIST

http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2020-HB-5401

http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2020-HB-5402

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January 28, 2020: Supervisor Bryson Testifies on House Bills 5401 and 5402

Clay Township Supervisor Artie Bryson testified in front of the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation committee today on House Bills 5401 and 5402. These bills will allow us to put in place a temporary “No Wake” rule on our river due to high water. They will be voting on this bill in the committee next week to move it to the house floor. He is urging people to contact the committee members below in support of House Bills 5401 and 5402, only if you agree. If you have any pictures or videos of wake damage, don’t be afraid to send it to them. Supervisor Bryson said he is “going to hound dog this till it becomes law and asks for support from you all the way through. We are also working on more enforcement.”

Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee Members

Gary Howell (C),
PHONE: 517-373-1800
EMAIL: GaryHowell@house.mi.gov

Rodney Wakeman (Maj. VC),
Phone: (517) 373-0837
Email: RodneyWakeman@house.mi.gov

Julie Calley,
Phone: (517) 373-0842
Email: JulieCalley@house.mi.gov

John Reilly,
Phone: 517-373-1798
Email: JohnReilly@house.mi.gov

Daire Rendon,
Phone: (517) 373-3817
Email: DaireRendon@house.mi.gov

Gary Eisen,
Phone: (517) 373-1790
Email: GaryEisen@house.mi.gov

William Sowerby (Min. VC),
Email: BillSowerby@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-0159

Sara Cambensy,
Email: saracambensy@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-0498

Laurie Pohutsky
Email: LauriePohutsky@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-3920

Link to MI House Bill 5401 (2020): http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2020-HB-5401

Link to MI House Bill 5402 (2020): http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2020-HB-5402

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International Joint Commission (IJC) wants to hear from you

The Harsen’s Island St. Clair Flats Association (HISCFA) participates in an organization called GLIA (Great Lakes Islands Alliance). One of the main focuses of GLIA as an organization is to get representatives from islands within the Great Lakes to discuss island-related topics, and this year a huge focus was high water. This topic affects our mainland waterfront neighbors as well.

It is highly recommended that you read the below article published by the International Joint Commission (IJC) and FILL OUT THE QUESTIONNAIRE. There are many photos and examples of the types of information they are looking for, with their goal being to document and better understand the impacts associated with these high water levels. You can submit your own photos (or not) if you wish to do so.

“Information provided by shoreline properties owners is critical for ensuring that scientific and engineering tools used to evaluate regulation plans under a range of wet and dry conditions accurately reflect the high water impacts that have been experienced.”

If You Experienced High Water Impacts in 2019, We Need to Hear from You

Link to the full article: https://ijc.org/en/if-you-experienced-high-water-impacts-2019-we-need-hear-you

Link directly to the questionnaire: https://ijc.org/en/glam/watershed/questionnaire/high-water-levels-2019

Please note that the questionnaire is expected to be open through February 14, 2020.

If you would like to see an overview of the type of information collected, please click the link below to see a fact sheet of similar information that was collected for 2017 by shoreline property owners on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River: https://ijc.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/Final_QuestionnaireFactSheet_20190815.pdf

There are MANY links contained within these websites, so we highly recommend browsing through the site and exploring the articles and links to summaries and reports. It is important to remember that we are not the only ones being affected by high water, and making our voices heard is extremely important. Please consider filling out the questionnaire in its entirety.

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ATTENTION!

NO VEHICLES

It has come to our attention that vehicles have been driven on the grass at Browne’s Field.

With this extremely high-water situation and with all the rain, it is CRITICAL that there are NO VEHICLES permitted on the grass!

Thank you for your cooperation.

AmazonSmile

Attention Amazon shoppers!

Did you know you can support your Harsen’s Island St. Clair Flats Association (HISCFA) just by making purchases on Amazon, at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you? It’s TRUE! It even works with your Prime membership!

How does it work? Make sure you’re logged in to your Amazon account and then go to smile.amazon.com … now select the HISCFA as your designated 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Then just shop Amazon like you usually do, either by the app or through your browser. The only difference is that you need to complete your purchase through smile.amazon.com, and 0.5% of your purchase will automatically go to the HISCFA!

This small step can make a huge impact. Between October-December 2018, because of Amazon shoppers who have elected to donate to a charity of their choice using smile.amazon.com, Amazon has donated over $105 MILLION DOLLARS to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations! Judging by the amount of Amazon packages at our tiny Harsen’s Island Post Office every day, your HISCFA could really benefit from the Smile Foundation and shoppers like you. Please consider setting this up on your account for all your future Amazon purchases.

Attention ANDROID smartphone users

Good news! AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices… making it easier than ever to support our non-profit organization.

If you are an AmazonSmile customer, you can now support Harsens Island – St Clair Flats Association in the Amazon shopping app on your Android device! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process.
(Note: If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App.)

AmazonSmile is not currently available for iOS users. 🙁

We will let you know once we hear that it is available!

Thank you so much for your continued support of HISCFA!

Happy shopping!

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To view the Clay Township Fire Department

Advisory Committee Report / Presentation,

please click HERE

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To view the Clay Township ISO Report

please click HERE

Additional definitions about emergency response classifications on our Relevant Topics page.
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Become a Member of the Harsen’s Island St. Clair Flats Association

Did you know we are the largest property owner’s group in Michigan?

Your Membership Will Help to Enhance Our Island for the Enjoyment of Everyone!

Association Benefits:

There are many values the Association provides Harsen’s Island residents through our membership dues and volunteers. Many residents see our contributions to the island,  but may not know what  they are seeing is supported by your HISCFA membership dues, donations, and hard work by our volunteers and directors.

When arriving on the island, the Advertising Sign, equipped with a large digital marquee, and the well-manicured Browne’s Field, greet our residents and guests. Turning to the right we maintain  the Island Park ‘N’ Ride located near the stone yard; a parking area for residents who want to park and ride on the ferry across to the mainland. Turning to the left past Browne’s Field is the Water Station; a source of clean drinking water for those residents on the Island that do not have access to city water or for use on their boats. The  HISCFA  also maintains a seasonal water pump further down the main highway at the Bates Cut. The Delta News magazine is our annual report, which is full of stories that are of interest to our Islanders, and a showcase for our many advertisers and their services. These are tangible assets that are maintained by the membership dues and by our directors and volunteers.

The Association provides so much more to our community. Your dues provide monthly donations to both the Lions Club and Reader’s Cove on the Island. We have an  Outreach Committee for those Islanders in need, and provide scholarships to deserving high school seniors. Our Government Affairs Committee strives to keep our Island  residents updated on issues that will impact Island property owners. The Great Lakes Island Coalition was newly formed this year, and one of our directors attended the  introductory summit held on Beaver Island this past fall. The purpose of this exciting new group is an exchange of unique challenges faced by islands in the Great Lakes  and to share their possible solutions for the improvement of all island communities. We are keeping a close eye on what benefits this coalition will have for Harsen’s Island in the years to come.

The Association also provides some fun for our Islanders, starting the summer off with the Classic Car Show at Browne’s Field in July, followed by Field Day on the first Saturday in August, and ending with our fall party Bonfire and Pig Roast in September.