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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Five Things You Need to Know for Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Michigan History Magazine tells us that on February 23, 1922, 29 inches of snow fell on Ishpeming.

Michigan Energy (Affordability) Crisis
The number of Michigan households facing unaffordable energy bills has reached crisis proportions according to The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW), a non-profit emergency energy assistance program. The study found that more than 180,000 households with incomes 50% below the Federal Poverty Level pay 38 percent of their income to keep heat and lights on in their homes (6% is considered affordable).

Boy Scout Camp Sale Approved
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Boy Scouts Chicago Area Council on Tuesday approved the sale (by a vote of 14-12) of its 4,800-acre summer camping property in Michigan (on Big Blue Lake near Muskegon) to an investor group for $19.4 million. The sale is contingent on a rezoning request to permit residential construction on parts of the property.

22 Conductors for 2005-06 DSO Series
The Detroit News reports that 22 conductors will preside over classical concerts by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra next season and that many will be potential successors to outgoing music director Neeme Jarvi. The list includes directors of US & foreign symphonies and Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation Created
Governor Granholm approved the formation of a new non-profit public corporation to coordinate state and local efforts to promote early childhood development activities in Michigan yesterday. The Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) will establish standards that will be implemented throughout the state by the ECIC in partnership with local ISDs.
Visit Michigan Project Great Start for information about local services

Hybrid Hipsters
The Detroit News reports that in addition to being cheaper to operate, hybrid cars offer some the chance to fashionably project an appreciation for technology and possession of a social conscience when it comes to auto pollution and oil consumption.

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