Middle School Competitive Cheer Try Outs start Nov. 16

All West and Hoover seventh and eighth grade girls are eligible to try out for the new Middle School combined competitive cheer team.Tryouts will be held at Taylor High School starting on Monday November 16 and running through Wednesday November 18. They will be held from 5-8 p.m. Girls must attend all three tryouts and all Covid-19 regulations apply.

CITY CLERK OFFERS extended Tuesday hours before November Presidential election

City Clerk Cindy Bower has announced extended hours on Tuesdays to prepare for the November Presidential Election.
The clerk’s office will now be open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Please note that City Hall is closed from noon-1 p.m. daily for pandemic-related cleaning, you must wear a mask inside the building and there are capacity restrictions that could leave to delays at the front door. Please be patient.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, the clerk’s office closes at the regular time of 5 p.m.
Absentee ballot applications can also be requested by telephone (734-287-6550, Option 6) or submitted online through the Michigan Voter Information Center.

BOO BARN at Heritage Park Petting Farm gets ready for spooky Halloween fun

The Heritage Park Petting Farm is getting ready for its annual “Boo Barn” Halloween-related event, and this time it’ll be a little different thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Boo Barn, featuring spooky characters, a headless horseman and fall treats, is scheduled October 17-18 and 24-25. Because of the pandemic, various restrictions will be in place, including preregistration and designated time slots on each date:

11-11:30 a.m.
Noon-12:30 p.m.
12:30-1 p.m.
2-2:30 p.m.
2:30-3 p.m.
3-3:30 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person, and children under 2 are free.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK focuses on kitchen fires

The Taylor Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association – the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years – to promote this year’s campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

The campaign works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe. The official Michigan Fire Prevention Week is held October 4-11.

Almost half (44 percent) of reported home fires start in the kitchen. Two-thirds (66 percent) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

“The most important step you should take before making a meal is to ‘Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!’” said Stan Pochron, deputy fire chief. “A cooking fire can grow quickly. I have seen many homes damaged and people injured by fires that could easily have been prevented.”

The TFD wants to share safety tips to keep you from having a cooking fire:

Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove
If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking
You have to be alert when cooking. You won’t be alert if you are sleepy, have taken medicine or drugs, or consumed alcohol that makes you drowsy
Always keep an oven mitt and pan lid nearby when you’re cooking. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Turn off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool
Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
The TFD received 30 photo electric smoke alarms, three Gentex strobe smoke alarms and three bed shaker alarms this fall from the Michigan State Fire Marshall’s office. Residents who are interested in fire safety, or need smoke detectors, should contact the department on its non-emergency line at (734) 374-1355. Firefighters can aid residents in detectors, installation and fire presentation educational materials.

2020 US CENSUS deadline is approaching; make sure you count

The deadline for completing the 2020 U.S. Census is October 31. If you haven’t responded, you should do so immediately. After all, this is about making yourself count.

Ending the census count early has been a controversial move by the Trump Administration, leading to a preliminary injunction argued in front of U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. Judge Koh said in her ruling that the shortened schedule probably would produce inaccurate results that would last a decade, and underscored that on October 1, telling the US Census Bureau to send a mass mailer out clarifying that the deadline is indeed October 31. Critics had argued that the count should actually be extended due to the problems of the worldwide pandemic.

Every 10 years, the nation has come together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics.

The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs – impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy, according to the United State Census Bureau.

It’s your representation, quality of life and tax dollars that are at stake.

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. People in your community use census data in all kinds of ways, such as these:

Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy
Businesses use Census Bureau data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and these create jobs
Local government officials use the census to ensure public safety and plan new schools and hospitals
Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods.
With the Census Count coming to a close soon, here are the response numbers so far:

United States (66.3% response)
Michigan (70.9%)
S.E Michigan (74.6%)
Taylor (76.3%)
In 2010 during the last census, Taylor’s response rate was 70.2%.

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