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Congressman Tim Walberg Visits dis Ability Connections
By: Parrish Stahl

Staff and volunteers of dis Ability Connections were honored to have Congressman Tim Walberg in the building for a visit and tour of our facility on the afternoon of July 29th. Several of the participants from the Youth Training & Assessment Program were thrilled to get the opportunity to chat with the Congressman in between completing their work tasks.

The Congressman also met with several staff members briefly and they each described what they do to help people with disabilities live more independent lives. The tour culminated with a visit to our well-equipped loan closet and finally our conference room where he enjoyed looking at the 90 plus year timeline of our history on the walls. All of us from dis Ability Connections want to express our gratitude and thanks to Congressman Walberg and his staff for taking time out of their very busy schedule to learn more about what we do.
Crawfest 2019 Grabs a Fun Loving Large Crowd at Clark Lake
By: Parrish Stahl
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 Back in June, the opening weekend of Summer 2019 was a busy one on Clark Lake. Dozens of pontoons and watercraft of every description were traversing the crystal clear water with the sunlight dancing off the shimmering blue ripples. This was the backdrop for one of the communities’ favorite charity events; Crawfest.
The annual old fashioned craw-fish broil serves as a fundraiser for the Jackson Rotary Club. Assisting to help fund their community activities, such as dis Ability Connections residential ramp building program which provides free labor to construct wheelchair ramps for people with mobility challenges in our community. Long-time Rotarian Monya Otis kept the party going selling 50/50 tickets along with keeping a great comic banter going with musician Cat Canyon. Canyon's blend of classic pop tunes and good time music was the perfect complement to the beautiful day.
Most came to have a good time, others like dis Ability Connections Lesia Pikaart and Rotary's Laura Mobley-Corn, attended to work hard and enjoy the day. 12 year old Rubenn Lamphear stayed busy giving lessons how to peel and consume Craw-Fish, or as they are known in Louisiana, “Water Bugs”. The Jackson Rotary would like to thank everyone that supported this year's event and the Pointe Bar and Grill for hosting the gathering at their beautiful facility.
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Meandering in Midland Among Aging Giants
By: Brian Elliott

When is the last time you climbed a tree? If you are like me, it’s likely to have been a decade or more. Now there is a place you can get those tree-top views, breeze in your face, plus an added bonus of doing it without the risk of slivers or falling. How, you ask? A field trip up to Whiting Forest by Dow in Midland, MI can help relive those memories. They have built a Canopy Walk into part of their grounds, complete with ADA accessible trails and pathways providing an inclusive experience as you ascend into the trees. The paths and walkways criss-cross, jutting out into various look-out spots and carrying visitor’s to different heights among the branches. Adding to the experience are the ways designers allow for different materials . ...continue reading
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Farmer's Markets available in Downtown Jackson and Surrounding Communities
By: Parrish Stahl

We all have to deal with some heat and humidity in Mid-Michigan this time of year, yet it is still a glorious time to be outside and active. Part of maintaining an active life with a healthy body, mind, and spirit is working on our nutrition.  As much as we love meat on the grill, we should not overlook fresh vegetables and some sweet natural fruit choices. Luckily for you there is likely a Farmer’s Market somewhere nearby.  Jackson has a gem at the corner of Louis Glick and Mechanic Street open on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 9am-2pm. You can even sign up for their online newsletter for recipes and other cool announcements. Check these links to discover . ...Listings of area Farmer's Markets.
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