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Middle School Community Carnival set for Thursday, May 2nd.

On Thursday, May 2, Evart Middle School will host the 12th Annual Community Carnival. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the EMS gymnasium. Again this year, new games and activities have been added. The event’s proceeds fund the fifth grade class trip to Mackinac Island.

In years past, approximately $1600 was raised for the field study.

Concessions will be available. Advanced tickets go on sale Monday, April 29 for the low price of 6 for $1 from the Middle School office. Advanced ticket sales will end on Thursday, May 2 at 3 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased at the carnival for the price of 4 for $1.00. If you remember past carnivals, this is certainly one event you won’t want to miss.

Blue Sunday bring attention to the problem of child abuse and neglect 

The last Sunday in April is called Blue Sunday. Blue Sunday is a national day of recognition of child abuse and neglect.

According to the latest Child Maltreatment Report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1570 children died from child abuse and over 3 million others were also confirmed victims of child abuse in 2011. One is too many.

The Blue Sunday Day of Prayer is April 28. This is a day churches can take a moment in their morning service to pray for the victims of child abuse and pray for those who rescue them.

Local organizers are asking churches to join in this life changing effort. It’s free and costs nothing to join the effort - just prayer.

That same day, the Meceola Children’s Council is hosting a 5K run, with a 2K walk option, on Sunday April 28, in honor of Blue Sunday. The run/walk takes place at Big Rapids Middle School along the scenic route of the Big Rapids River Walk and loops back to finish at BRMS. The run begins at 10 a.m. with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. Registration and entry fees can be found at (

The Meceola Children’s Council is organized for the purpose of addressing the problems of child abuse and neglect in Mecosta and Osceola counties. All proceeds from the run will go towards these goals.

Osceola-Lake Conservation District offers free well water screening

OSCEOLA COUNTY — A screening of private well water will be offered during the Osceola-Lake Conservation District‘s tree seedling pick-up on April 26 and April 27.

This free screening is for nitrates and nitrites.

High levels of nitrates and nitrites in drinking water decrease the blood’s ability to oxygenate properly. Problems stemming from nitrates and nitrites are most often seen in infants (blue baby syndrome) or the elderly.

Common sources of this contamination include septic systems and fertilizers.

The screening is sponsored by the Osceola-Lake Conservation District and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). It is paid for by funds generated from Michigan pesticide and fertilizer registration and tonnage fees. There is no fee to participants for this service.

For more information or sampling instructions call Tasha VanDusen at 231-832-2950.