A free online forum is being offered July 23 to provide fire fighters with resources, tools, and strategies for prioritizing fire fighter wellness during this time of crisis, with a focus on mitigating the stress of working during the pandemic.

Click here to register and for more information.

White Lake Township is accepting applications for firefighter and will have an open competitive examination for qualified applicants. Applications must be obtained from and returned to the White Lake Township Clerk's Office, located at 7525 Highland Rd., White Lake, MI 48383. 

Please click here for requirements and more information about filing an application before noon on June 19, 2020.

Applications are available online at www.whitelaketwp.com and the Clerk's Office can be reached by calling (248) 698-3300, Ext. 7 for more information.

Fire service organizations on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will soon be able to apply for a share of $100 million in funding to purchase personal protective equipment and supplies. The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through FEMA Assistance for Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).

FEMA will begin accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant – COVID-19 Supplemental Program on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Please click here for details and related links.

Thank you for your applications and good luck to the 2020 Carl Parsell Scholarship applicants! Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2020-21 academic year.

In March and April, the Scholarship Selection Committee will begin the selection process, which will be completed in May. Scholarship recipient(s) will be notified of their status on or before June 1, 2020. Carl Parsell Scholarship winners will be formally recognized during the 30th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Golf Outing on June 11, 2020.

Carl Parsell Scholarships may be used to cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and other required fees during the 2020-21 academic year. Scholars may use the award to attend any United States accredited university, college, community college, junior college, two- or four-year accredited degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a certification or license. Scholarship candidates must have completed a high school education or its equivalent, on or prior to June 30, 2020.

Funds derived from The Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing determine the number of scholarships to be awarded annually. The maximum award available per student is $2,500. In July and August, The Carl Parsell Scholarship Fund sends Scholarship checks directly to each Scholar’s college or university.

In an unusually short State of the State address before a joint session of Legislature, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $3.5 billion borrowing plan to ‘fix the damn roads,’ and bypass the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. Her Plan B, which does not require legislative approval, adds or expands 122 road projects. It will nearly double the Capital Building Lansing Croppedamount of money to fix roads over the next five years. Gov. Whitmer called it a “fiscally responsible plan” with “no tax increase.” However, as she was preparing to announce the new plan, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a seven-bill transportation package (SB 517) on Jan. 28 that requires the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) work with an outside consulting firm to study the possibility of bringing toll roads to Michigan. In her address, Gov. Whitmer urged the Legislature to enshrine many of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions into state law to protect Michiganders if the federal government chooses to repeal the ACA. The protections would prohibit insurance companies from denying people due to pre-existing conditions, charging women more than men for the same plan, charging sick patients more than healthy patients, and cancelling coverage when an individual gets sick. The Governor also intends to expand Pre-K for kids who need it most by providing additional funding to the Great Start Readiness Program. Gov. Whitmer announced she's also directed the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity to expand the right to overtime pay to thousands of Michigan workers. Currently, only workers making $35,000 or less have overtime rights.

Click here for more information in the Karoub State of the State Special Report.