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Oakland County has announced [June 25, 2010] the launch of Michigan's First Urban Search and Rescue Task force.

Michigan Task Force 1--as it is called--will be utilized to aid the state in various disaster situations.
As the County Exec. L. Brooks Patterson explained " we only need to look back at the Christmas terror attempt
in the skies over Detroit to realize how necessary these squads are."

...the task Force has the ability to coordinate and conduct in the following manner:
    a. locating, extricating,& providing on site medical treatment to persons trapped in damaged / collapsed 
    b. consisting of medical and fire personnel, structural engineers and canine handlers    
    c. serving Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties
    d. also designed to respond to natural or man-made disasters-both intra & interstate levels
    e. three or four years in the creation, this Michigan Task Force 1 is  a Welcome & Viable use of the Great
        First Responders right here in Michigan.
To see more:  www.macombdaily.com  / Friday June 25, 2010/ pg 6 A article by Dave Phillips ' Task Force first of its kind in state"

Congrats to  ALL involved.
YOUR success is OUR security;   YOUR total involvement is OUR source of Pride;
Let's hear it for Michigan Task Force 1!

...as the school year 2009-2010 comes to an end; some interesting stats are being shared with the residents.
   a. in April 2006, Governor Granholm put into practice one of the most rigorous core graduation requirements
       in the nation [at that time]
   b. the Michigan Merit Curriculum [MMC] all students required to take 17 specific courses which included:
       Algebra 1 &2. Geometry, Biology, Chemistry or Physics; these courses take effect with 2011's graduating class
  c.  challenges are present;
       across Michigan only 31% of graduating seniors in the class of 2009 had met Math requirements
  d . where the 2010 Graduating class comes down in % ratings is not known yet; hopefully soon so that the
       graduating seniors of 2011 will be spurred onto success.
  e.  the sad figure of 25% drop-out / or did-not-graduate students if not included in above rates.
  f.  the equally disconcerting fact is that starting with June 2011--some students will leave their 4 years of
      High School minus a diploma.
  g. 80% of school districts have had to make changes to their curriculums to offer or extend places for these

Having been in the school systems here in MICHIGAN. OHIO, & suburban ILLINOIS, I concur that this is a massive undertaking; an undertaking that hopefully the Districts began in school year- 2006-2007.
I also know, first hand, of those students that will not master some of these advanced classes, thus leaving them in the sad category of no-diploma.
However, that being said, we must not let those who cannot do so dictate what many others can be expected or challenged to so do.
What we do with those less-academically geared [ NOT speaking of those who simply quit] is another challenge for all in the fields of Education and for EVERY Parent or Guardian in our state who live with these special students.    

...a great Invention that a Grand Rapids researcher is submitting to the FDA  for approval holds promise to many:
   a. Jim Mason at the Van Andel Institute [ Grand Rapids] has devised a "joint cement" that is more durable than
      what is used in present day surgeries
  b. this is a fiber-reinforced cement to be used for joint implants.
  c. in 2007-almost 814,000 hip & knee replacement surgeries were recorded.
  d. If this is approved by the FDA, then many will see an improvement in such surgeries and in the related pain.

Jim Mason - a Mechanical engineer affiliated with the "Ortho X co. in Granger, Ind.- has perhaps presented the patient world of joint replacement with a game-changing & revolutionary product.
...this also will have economic effects as the product[s] go into production.
to view full article, see: www.freep.com / Sunday 13 June, 2010 / Sec A -pg 20 A/ article by Monica Scott /
Grand Rapids Press / " Innovative joint cement holds hope for economy,pain relief"

Stay tuned for More Michigan:
July features for & about Michigan.





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Joan Whitebook
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What a huge undertaking.  I hope more states do this as well.

Jun 28, 2010 04:18 PM #1
Barb & Sal Dragotta
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Joan...Michigan task force 1 is a great endeavor and knowing some of the personalities involved am certain it will be a success; In the article, I think that it was presented that other states are doing this also-in their own manner.  I applaud any group, individual, or state entity that undertakes that which is needed in that state, rather than waiting for congress or the White House to proclaim.  It is very satisfying to note that many here in Michigan are willing to take part in this & yes, some of the $$$ come from various grants,or sources; even so, it is good to note that our state residents [some in high places] are active in making this State great and safe.
If you meant the school requirements--I, too think that is a needed reform to our educational programs.
either item you meant thanks for stopping by.
Have a great rest of the week. 

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