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SEATTLE – A Seattle shop faces heat from homeless advocacy groups after they attempt to clear a warehouse on Lake City Way.

“Apparently Pierre’s people decided they didn’t want this anymore,” says Karen Whittle, a homeless attorney.

A lawyer for Bill Pierre says his business, along with other businesses and community residents, took matters into their own hands to clear the camp.

Your attorney sent this statement to KIRO 7, which reads in full; “The Pierre family has been serving members of the Lake City community for 74 years, and their love for their community is cross-generational and deep. Together with other parishioners, they asked the city and police authorities for help in resolving issues such as vandalism, theft, property damage and threats of violence from this camp and were told that something like a shooting was going to take place outside the city answers. After hearing this, several members of the business and residential community made the difficult decision to come together and help clean up an unauthorized camp filled with human excrement, rodents, criminal activity, and used needles that were unsafe for all . Pierre’s support was only fueled by the love they have for the community in which they live and work. “

It is unclear which other companies were involved in the attempted eviction.

Tensions rose so quickly on Friday that Seattle police arrested a homeless attorney after alleging she had trespassed.

Whittle says there were a number of ways the company could have dealt with this situation – instead of doing what it calls aggressive action.

“If they’re allowed to get away with it, other people will do it with other homeless camps,” Whittle says. “Do something constructive instead of destructive. Give us the chance to show you that we can be neighbors. “

Bill Pierre’s business eventually left the warehouse so the warehouse could be rebuilt.

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Chamber cone | | cadillacnews.com http://lakecityjournal.com/chamber-cone-cadillacnews-com/ http://lakecityjournal.com/chamber-cone-cadillacnews-com/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:30:00 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/chamber-cone-cadillacnews-com/

Chamber corner

Many thanks to our Festival of the Pines 2021 sponsors for helping make this annual event a success. We couldn’t be more blessed to have you in the community supporting local family activities. Sponsor included:

Arletta’s Flowers and Gifts, A-Tech Automotive, A and L Trading Post, Duane and Tanya Baldwin, Biewer’s Saw Mill, Cardinal Creations, City2Shore, Cleaning Bee, Clover Family, C and W Portables, Dean Root Drywall, Devon Dracht, Don Roberts Body Shop, Don’s Auto, Don’s American Pizza, Edward Jones Neal Soenksen, Evergreen Excavating, Forest Area Credit Union, Four Seasons Dental Associates, Fox Motors of Cadillac, Freedom Kennel and Training Center, Getty Tree Farm, Matt and Angie Gunnerson, Hammer’s Pub and Grub, Allen Helsel, Roddie Helsel, Toddy and Robinne Helsel, Independent Bank, John Martin Siding, Kobiska Family, Harold and Theresa LaFond, LC Manufacturing, LC Tap House, Tim and Andrea Martin, Main Street Spectacles, McDonald’s Lake City, McLeod’s Tree Farm, Miller Construction, Newell’s Nursery, Pancho Villa’s, Pearson Well Drilling, Ray’s Landing and Repair, Tom and Diane Redman, Nicole Richardson, Scheper’s Agency Inc., Smith and Associates, Sons of American Legion, Sunshine Carpet Cleaning, Tasty Treat, The Patio on Main, TJ Trucking, Tom and Dawn Kaminski, Unique Sign Company, Town Pump, Don’s Auto Sales, Whipple and Co. and Green for Life Environmental.

Are you one of many who love going to festivals? For the food, music, art, fun, being outside, or even the free stuff (no one is judging you). Maybe it’s all of these things. Whatever the reason, supporting all local festivals, charitable fundraisers, and local groups and clubs also means you are supporting an entire community for generations to come. If you support the local population, the workers get better wages and benefits and the communities become more self-reliant. The more communities that are independent, the better it is for everyone.

All results of the Festival of the Pines events will be posted on the Lake City Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Thank you Missaukee County for your support.

Dear Missaukee County community, friends, and local business owners. This will be my last Chamber Corner article as I step down as Executive Director of the Lake City Area Chamber of Commerce on October 1st. This decision was not an easy one, but after much prayer and discussion, I think it is time to focus on my health and personal wellbeing. I have enjoyed so many heartwarming, professional relationships over the past two years. It was an absolute pleasure to work with a dedicated and supportive board of directors.

Thank you for all the support I’ve received since 2019. I had a lot of fun and met so many people. Some of these connections have become lifelong friends. I will be grateful for the opportunity this job and all the events and partnerships we have started since then. The chamber and the district will always have an important place in my heart.

I am grateful for the time and resources I have been able to share over the past year and a half with many challenges and very difficult decisions due to the safety and concern for the entire county. I think we have a great county and incredible members of this chamber. I want it to stay that way for many years to come.

I will pray while the Chamber Board searches for the next Executive Director, knowing that this person will do great things and take the Chamber to the next level. I am always here to help where I can.

For the past two years, I have been fortunate to serve on a board of directors that focused on the mission of supporting businesses and creating a more vibrant and stronger local economy. I believe the decisions we made during this time turned out to be the right one for everyone involved. I am very blessed and happy to be home.

My dream for the Lake City Area Chamber is simple; Keep believing, keep growing, and make Missaukee County a great place to live, work, raise your family and retire. Be sure, please keep supporting the locals, be kind to each other and listen to other points of view. Look for me around town to help wherever I can.

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According to the FBI, a federal detention warrant was issued against Brian Laundrie for “using unauthorized devices” after Gabby Petito’s death http://lakecityjournal.com/according-to-the-fbi-a-federal-detention-warrant-was-issued-against-brian-laundrie-for-using-unauthorized-devices-after-gabby-petitos-death/ http://lakecityjournal.com/according-to-the-fbi-a-federal-detention-warrant-was-issued-against-brian-laundrie-for-using-unauthorized-devices-after-gabby-petitos-death/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 22:30:00 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/according-to-the-fbi-a-federal-detention-warrant-was-issued-against-brian-laundrie-for-using-unauthorized-devices-after-gabby-petitos-death/

By Dakin Andone, Madeline Holcombe and Jenn Selva, CNN

The US District Court of Wyoming has issued a federal detention warrant for Brian Laundrie, according to the Denver branch of the FBI, after a federal grand jury charged him with “unauthorized device use” following the death of Gabby Petito.

“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country are continuing to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s murder,” FBI special agent Michael Schneider said in a statement posted on twitter.

According to the indictment, between August 30 and September 1, Laundrie used a debit card and PIN for accounts that did not belong to him.

The news comes when investigators again searched a 25,000-acre Florida wildlife sanctuary for evidence of Laundrie, who was returning home on September 1 from a road trip without Petito, his fiancée.

Laundrie’s family informed police that he left home with his backpack on September 14 and told them that he would go to the reservation near their home. The North Port Police announced on Thursday evening via a tweet that it had stopped searching for Laundrie on the reservation and that the search teams would be back on Friday.

Petito’s remains were found in an undeveloped campsite in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on Sunday, and her death was classified as homicide on Tuesday, according to preliminary results. She was reported missing by her family on September 11th.

“We urge people with knowledge of the role of Mr. Laundrie in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI,” said Schneider on Thursday. “No information is too small or inconsequential to support our efforts in this investigation.

A lawyer for Laundrie’s family said in a statement that the warrant was not directed to Petito’s death, but related to activities that took place afterwards.

“As I understand it, the arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie is related to activities after Gabby Petito’s death, not her actual death,” said Steve Bertolino. “The FBI is focused on tracking down Brian and when that happens the details of the charges will be dealt with on the appropriate forum.”

“We will not forget you”

Meanwhile, a small crowd gathered in Salt Lake City on Wednesday evening to mourn the 22-year-old, whose death has caught the attention of people across the country.

The couple had visited national parks in the west with their van and recorded their travels with the hashtag #VanLife on social media before Petito went missing. And while she has never lived in Utah, Petito’s love of the outdoors and her time there – including an encounter with Moab police on body cam – connected her to the community.

“We will not forget you. We will not let your light darken, ”said Serena Chavez, organizer of the vigil, in front of the group.

“We will remember other missing women or children,” Chavez continued, addressing a broader problem highlighted by Petito’s disappearance. “Their families are devastated and I can only imagine what Gabby’s family is going through.”

Before moving to Florida, Petito was a hostess at Smoke on the Water in Wilmington, North Carolina. According to CNN subsidiary WWAY, colleagues there say that she made everyone feel loved. It was another community in which the young woman made her mark.

“It’s not just a name. It’s not just a case. She was a person and she was something very special for many people and for many of us here, ”the restaurant’s manager, Lara Witschen, told WWAY. “She was a good soul, a good spirit, and touched so many lives. In return, we want it to be remembered. “

A small memorial now marks the spot in Wyoming where Petito’s remains were found this week. Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt left a memorial and sunflowers, “his daughter’s favorite flower,” family lawyer Rick Stafford told CNN.

Laundrie’s neighbor last saw him on the weekend of September 10th

A neighbor who lives directly across from the house Petito shared with Laundrie and her family told CNN that the last time she saw Laundrie was at the North Port, Florida home on the weekend of September 10th.

Karyn Aberts said she saw Laundrie and his family “in the neighborhood out in the front yard” and said it looked like “a normal one … they went for a walk like that” and that she “never thought about it”.

Outside her house, Aberts told CNN that she saw Petito and Laundrie remodel the van they eventually rode around the country. (Officials found this van, a white Ford, later at Laundrie’s house.)

“They seemed to be sitting in their car and laughing and then in the van they were working on,” Aberts said, noting that she had last seen Petito in early summer before the coupe went on her road trip.

When asked if she had ever seen anything strange between Petito and Laundrie that would have been a red flag, Aberts said no.

Overall, Aberts described the Laundrie family as “very nice people”.

“We saw them go for walks as a family,” she told CNN. “We saw them riding their bikes as a family and all that.”

Witness says she saw a “riot” in which the couple was involved

Petito’s story has become a national obsession for many, leading digital detectives to search the couple’s online trail in an attempt to solve the case. History has also further highlighted the nearly 90,000 missing persons cases that were active in late 2020, according to the National Crime Information Center. Few cases of missing persons are treated with such urgency and national attention as those of Petito.

It also got people posting reports on Petitos last few days.

Nina Angelo and her boyfriend Matt England saw a “riot” last month when Petito and Laundrie left Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, she told CNN on Wednesday.

Petito was crying and Laundrie was visibly upset, going in and out of the restaurant several times and showing anger at the staff at the hostess booth, Angelo said. The couple’s waitress was also visibly shocked by the incident, said Angelo, who told CNN that she hadn’t seen any violence or physical altercation between Petito and Laundrie.

A Merry Piglets manager who refused to give her name saw an “incident” at the restaurant on Aug. 27 and called the FBI on Wednesday, she told CNN. The manager declined to describe what happened and said the restaurant had no surveillance video of the incident.

Regardless, on Aug. 26, Jessica Schultz saw Laundrie parked in a white van in Grand Teton National Park and no one appeared to be with him, she told the San Francisco Chronicle.

And in a series of videos on TikTok, Miranda Baker said that she and her boyfriend Laundrie died on Jan.

Baker said they picked up Laundrie while he was hitchhiking in Colter Bay, Wyoming, not far from Petito’s remains. He offered to pay $ 200 for the ride before he even got in the car, she said.

911 call of a domestic dispute

Petito’s mother received strange news on Aug. 27 and it was the last notice from her, Florida police said in a recent affidavit with a search warrant. Petito also stopped posting on social media around this time.

Evidence from an emergency call over a “household fight” between Petito and Laundrie shows that the couple’s volatile relationship wasn’t as ambitious as their sun-drenched Instagram and YouTube lives suggested.

A man who had seen Petito and Laundrie’s domestic argument in Utah last month said, “They talked aggressively and something seemed wrong.”

In a handwritten affidavit, the witness said it appeared the two were arguing over control of Petito’s phone. “At one point she slapped him in the arm and / or face and tried to get into the van.” The witness’s first name is Chris and the last name was blacked out on the document the Moab police sent to CNN.

The witness said he heard Petito say, “Why do you have to be so mean?” although Chris added that he couldn’t be sure the comment should be taken seriously.

Police later stopped the couple, and previously released police documents and body camera videos show what followed that day. Moab City officials have since announced that they will be investigating the Moab City Police’s handling of the Petito and Laundrie dispute.

Although the petito and laundry are described in a police report as having got into a physical fight after an argument, “both the man and the woman state that they are in love, engaged, and absolutely not wanting anyone to have one Crime is charged “. Officer Eric Pratt wrote on the report.

At the suggestion of police, the couple split for the night, the report said, which described Petito as “confused and emotional”.

A National Park Service ranger who also answered the call spent about 90 minutes with Petito warning her that her relationship with Laundrie showed signs of a “toxic” relationship, the ranger told Deseret News of Utah.

“I begged her to reevaluate the relationship, asked her if she was happy in the relationship with him, and basically said this was an opportunity for her to find another way to change her life,” Ranger Melissa Hulls told Desert News.

CNN asked for comment from Hulls.

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As a community mourns Gabby Petito, more details about her final days are revealed http://lakecityjournal.com/as-a-community-mourns-gabby-petito-more-details-about-her-final-days-are-revealed/ http://lakecityjournal.com/as-a-community-mourns-gabby-petito-more-details-about-her-final-days-are-revealed/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:24:00 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/as-a-community-mourns-gabby-petito-more-details-about-her-final-days-are-revealed/ The couple visited national parks in the west before Petito went missing – and although she never lived in Utah, her love for the outdoors and her time there connects her with the community, said vigil organizer Serena Chavez.

“We will not forget you. We won’t let your light be dimmed, ”Chavez said in front of the group. “We will remember other missing women or children. Their families are devastated and I can only imagine what Gabby’s family is going through.”

Petito’s remains were found Sunday in an undeveloped campsite in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming. She was first reported missing by her family on September 11, after her fiancé Brian Laundrie returned to Florida on September 1 from a road trip without her.

Authorities have searched a Florida wildlife sanctuary for Laundrie. And after her death was classified as murder on Tuesday, the FBI reached out to the public for help in finding him.

Before moving to Florida, Petito was a hostess at Smoke on the Water in Wilmington, North Carolina, where staff say she made everyone feel loved, according to CNN subsidiary WWAY.

“It is not just a name. It is not just a case. It was a person and it was something very special for many people and many of us here,” said General Manager Lara Witschen to WWAY. “She was a good soul, a good spirit and has touched so many lives. We want her to be remembered for this.”

Witness says she saw a “riot” in which the couple was involved

Petito’s story has become a national obsession for many, leading digital detectives to search the couple’s online trail in an attempt to solve the case. History has also highlighted the tens of thousands of missing persons stories that don’t generate as much interest; According to the National Crime Information Center, there were nearly 90,000 active missing person cases as of the end of 2020.

And it has resulted in members of the public coming up with reports on Petitos for the past few days.

On Wednesday, Nina Angelo told CNN that she and her boyfriend Matt England saw a “riot” when the couple walked out of the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming.

Angelo said Petito burst into tears and Laundrie was visibly upset, went to and from the restaurant several times and showed his anger towards the staff at the hostess booth. The couple’s waitress was also visibly shaken by the incident, according to Angelo, who told CNN that she had not seen any violence or physical altercation between Petito and Laundrie.

A manager at The Merry Piglets who refused to give her name told CNN that she saw “an incident” at the restaurant on August 27 and called the FBI on Wednesday. The manager declined to describe what happened and said the restaurant had no surveillance video of the incident.

Separately, Jessica Schultz told the San Francisco Chronicle that she saw Laundrie parked in a white van in Grand Teton National Park on August 26 and no one appeared to be with him.

And in a series of videos on TikTok, Miranda Baker said she and her boyfriend Laundrie posted on 29 posts.

Baker said they picked up Laundrie while he was hitchhiking in Colter Bay, Wyoming, not far from Petito’s remains. He offered to pay $ 200 for the ride before he even got in the car, she said.

The search for laundry continues.

Investigators, meanwhile, are focused on finding Laundrie, who arrived at his parents’ home in North Port, Florida three weeks ago and has not spoken to the police about the case.

His family told police that he left home with his backpack on Tuesday and told them he was going to the nearby Carlton reservation.

Authorities have combed the reservation for the past few days and the search will continue Thursday, according to Josh Taylor, communications manager for the North Port Police Department.

A team of about 10 divers from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office are participating in the search, according to Kaitlyn Perez, spokeswoman for the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force (SURF) team is highly specialized, Perez said.

The search for Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie continues this week.  That's why it was so difficult to find him

“In the state of Florida, we have truly unique bodies of water, from swamps to beaches to lakes and everything in between.”

“These divers are specially trained and very talented in limited visibility waters,” she said. “You’re diving where you and I can’t see anything. You use technology and other special equipment to go deep into really deep waters.”

Commander Joe Fussell of the North Port Police Department said they “put in a lot of resources and we try to cover every morning on this reservation.”

911 call of a domestic dispute

Florida police recently said on an affidavit through a search warrant that Petito’s mother received a strange text message on Aug. 27 and that this was the last message from her.

Petito, who recorded the couple’s journey through national parks, also stopped posting on social media around the time.

What women see when they look at Gabby Petito

Throughout the trip, the couple had regularly posted online about their travels using the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts stopped abruptly in late August.

Evidence from an emergency call over a “household fight” between Petito and Laundrie shows that the couple’s volatile relationship wasn’t as ambitious as their sun-drenched Instagram and YouTube lives suggested.

A man who had seen Petito and Laundrie’s domestic argument in Utah last month said, “They talked aggressively and something seemed wrong.”

In a handwritten affidavit, the witness named Chris – whose last name was blacked out on the document the Moab police sent to CNN – said the two appeared to be arguing over control of Petito’s phone. “At one point she slapped him in the arm and / or face and tried to get into the van.”

The witness said he heard Petito say, “Why do you have to be so mean?” although Chris added that he couldn’t be sure the comment should be taken seriously. Moab City Police responded to the incident and the couple agreed to spend the night separately.

The city of Moab, Utah, is investigating Moab City police’s handling of a possible domestic dispute, a city statement said.

CNN’s Randi Kaye and Kari Pricher, Leyla Santiago and Rebekah Riess, Amanda Watts and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.

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Dobson Pipe Organ Builders founder responds to a fire that has destroyed the business http://lakecityjournal.com/dobson-pipe-organ-builders-founder-responds-to-a-fire-that-has-destroyed-the-business/ http://lakecityjournal.com/dobson-pipe-organ-builders-founder-responds-to-a-fire-that-has-destroyed-the-business/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:30:51 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/dobson-pipe-organ-builders-founder-responds-to-a-fire-that-has-destroyed-the-business/

LAKE CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Dobson Pipe Organ Builders opened in 1974 and is known worldwide for its keyboard instruments. A fire on Tuesday afternoon resulted in the total loss of the building, organs and years of history.

“It was just a real feeling to see it burn like this and I knew it would be a total loss,” said Lynn Dobson, the company’s founder.

Landon Krause, the assistant fire chief in Lake City, said the crew fought the fire overnight.

“We were beeped around 4:30 yesterday [Tuesday] Afternoon and we fought until about, I would say 3:30 p.m., and we were closed for a while, ”said Krause.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

“The insurance company is working with State Farm, the fire department has their report done,” said Krause.

Dobson said the fire brought irreplaceable documents and history with it.

“So there was a lot of correspondence and drawings and all the material from the planning of the 97 organs that we had built. And so all these drawings and all this correspondence were destroyed. “

Including a collection that is close to his heart.

“I’m a bit of a photographer too, and really documented the history of the company and every project we built while it was being built in the shop and while it was being installed, and all of those images are gone well,” said Dobson.

However, Dobson is grateful for the love they received from the community.

“We had people who offered us office space to furnish. There are some other people who own who they say will move out so we can at least set up a temporary store, ”Dobson said

“One thing about Lake City is that the community is huge. They came out last night, there is more food, more water, more people ready to help. It’s pretty amazing, ”said Krause.

Owner John Panning, who is currently out of town, said he would like to thank the firefighters and members of the Lake City community who gathered around them during this time.

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IN FOCUS Discussion: Hispanic Heritage Month http://lakecityjournal.com/in-focus-discussion-hispanic-heritage-month/ http://lakecityjournal.com/in-focus-discussion-hispanic-heritage-month/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 03:20:58 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/in-focus-discussion-hispanic-heritage-month/

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 through October 15 each year to pay tribute to the stories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

According to the Library of Congress, the observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was extended to a 30-day period from September 15 to October 15 in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, Authorization Act of August 17, 1988 of public law 100-402.

September 15th is significant because it marks the independence anniversary of Latin American countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their Independence Days on September 16 and 18, respectively. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, October 12, also falls within this 30-day period.

Silvia Castro, Executive Director of the Suazo Business Center, met with Rosie Nguyen from ABC4 on CW30 News for an IN FOCUS discussion at 7pm. She talked about why it is important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, her thoughts on the immigration situation in our country, the misunderstandings and stereotypes that still exist about Hispanic / Latin American, their contribution and economic impact on the state and what they are suggests to Utahners who want to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Andrea Hernandez, program coordinator at Weber State University Women’s Center shared what Hispanic Heritage Month means to her, which Hispanic / Latinx characters inspired her, the difference between Hispanic and Latinx, how Hispanic and Latinx history is in the fabric of the Intertwined with US history and the unique differences that exist between races under the Hispanic / Latinx categorization.

Eulogio Alejandre, CEO of Latinos United Promoting Education and Civic Engagement (LUPEC) in northern Utah, spoke about what his organization does, what Hispanic Heritage Month means to him, which Hispanic / Latinx characters inspired him, why people living in Living in the United States, Hispanic should celebrate Heritage Month, the challenges and obstacles that remain for that community, and the celebrations that take place in the state this month.

To watch the full IN FOCUS discussion with Castro, Hernandez, and Alejandre, click the video at the top of the article.

Catch IN FOCUS discussions with Rosie Nguyen of ABC4 on weekdays on the 7pm CW30 news.

Rosie Nguyen is an award-winning journalist who joined the ABC4 News team as a reporter in January 2018. In September 2020, at 7 p.m., she started a new trip as a presenter for CW30 News. She continues her passion for social justice and community issues through the nightly “In Focus” discussions.

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Srina Tea House brings fine teas, wellness, and community to Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood http://lakecityjournal.com/srina-tea-house-brings-fine-teas-wellness-and-community-to-akrons-kenmore-neighborhood/ http://lakecityjournal.com/srina-tea-house-brings-fine-teas-wellness-and-community-to-akrons-kenmore-neighborhood/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:54:42 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/srina-tea-house-brings-fine-teas-wellness-and-community-to-akrons-kenmore-neighborhood/

AKRON, Ohio – Srina Tea House founder Monaqui Porter Young, who was born and raised in Akron, didn’t know much about tea until she left Rubber City to pursue her dreams in the Big Apple.

It was only after she was alone and without health insurance for the first time that Porter Young began to understand the importance of making her health a priority. Shortly after moving to New York City, Porter Young, a theater student in Wright State, began making the connection between what she ate and drank and how she felt.

Now Porter Young, 49, a Central Hower High School graduate who commutes between New York and Akron, plans to share her passion for wellness, quality teas, and bring people together to foster a greater sense of community with the opening of the December Srina Tea House in the Kenmore neighborhood of Akron.

“I’m happy to see the development in Akron, but unless we address health inequalities – people’s inability to access healthy food and health care, especially African Americans, we are not” we are going to be a small town where everyone can move forward, ”said Porter Young.

The hotel is located at 975 Kenmore Boulevard. Across from the Rialto Theater, the new tea house and café will offer organic teas that are hand-picked by Paradise Farm in Sri Lanka. The organic teas are grown without chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides, Porter Young said. The tea house and café will also offer coffee and healthy food prepared by Akron Chef Glenn Gillespie of Edgar’s Restaurant.

Although the stationary tea house is new, Porter Young founded the Srina brand in 2002 as an online retail and wholesale provider of specialty teas.

She has considered opening a tea house for many years, but now she can make her dream come true thanks in part to the City of Akron’s Rubber City Match program. Srina Tea House and Gypsy Grace & the Vintage Goat were the city’s first award winners from the program. Each received a $ 50,000 grant from the city and a business loan from local credit partners Western Reserve Community Fund and the Economic and Community Development Institute. The Rubber City Match program also helped Porter Young find the right location.

“From day one of the Rubber City Match program, Monaqui Porter Young showed a willingness and eagerness to be involved with Akron,” said Heather Roszczyk, innovation and entrepreneurship advocate for the city’s Integrated Development Office. “She has an infectious enthusiasm that draws you, but she also has the business acumen to make her business a success.”

Although Porter Young was born in East Akron and later moved to West Akron as a teenager, she wasn’t that familiar with Kenmore.

“The first time I went to Kenmore, I knew this was the place because it was revitalizing for me personally and professionally to bring wholeness, health and wellbeing to Akron,” she said.

Porter Young said she and her family were struggling to find healthy foods and drinks in town.

“We don’t have a place to sit down and have a cup of coffee or tea either,” she said.

“Kenmore is a great opportunity for me to go to one of Akron’s underserved communities and create something that creates an opportunity for health and wellbeing and makes it accessible to the people who live there rather than leaving our own neighborhood. We really spent the last year locally getting to know Kenmore, getting to know Summit Lake, ”she said.

The 1,800 square meter area offers more than just a place to eat and drink.

The Srina Tea House is a retail and wellness spot that offers Srina products and health workshops and special events like tea and meal pairings, health and fitness classes, workshops, and more. Another focus is creating a place where older adults can come together. Porter Young also works with the Summit Lake Nature Center to develop programs and activities such as yoga specifically for older adults.

The tea house and café offer space for musical performances and events. The space also has indoor and outdoor seating in front of the tea house and in a tea pavilion behind the building. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was important for Porter Young to maximize outdoor seating. The total seating capacity for all indoor and outdoor areas is 58.

“We were really lucky to have a great team that gives us design with a sense of experience. Our goal is to get customers to learn about tea and health, ”said Porter Young.

As it nears its December opening date, Porter Young plans to hire 7-9 employees.

“The Srina Tea House will bring another meeting point to Kenmore Boulevard. It can be a break after school, a place to relax while quickly tuning instruments, or a pick-me-up before a concert at the Rialto. Monaqui has already done a great job reaching out to the community, so I have no doubt that Srina will become a fixture in the neighborhood once the doors open, ”said Roszczyk.

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Lakeway City Council approves the budget for fiscal year 2021-22 http://lakecityjournal.com/lakeway-city-council-approves-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2021-22/ http://lakecityjournal.com/lakeway-city-council-approves-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2021-22/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 01:06:49 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/lakeway-city-council-approves-the-budget-for-fiscal-year-2021-22/ As part of the budget measures, Lakeway decided to lower the tax rate compared to the previous year. (Courtesy of Fotolia)

The Lakeway City Council unanimously approved a $ 16.40 million budget on Sept. 20, and property taxes are expected to raise $ 6.61 million and the city will generate an additional $ 5.10 million in sales taxes. The sales tax flows into the general fund expenses and into a special fund for road maintenance and repair.

Total spending for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins October 1, is up 7% from last year’s budget to bring the city back to a pre-pandemic state, Lakeway City manager Julie Oakley said. Around this time last year, many cities in the Lake Travis-Westlake area cut spending due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget for fiscal year 2021-22 includes service and living cost increases for city staff, additional jobs for the parks and police departments, and space to purchase replacement vehicles for the city. It will buy three all-wheel drive police vehicles – something city officials have learned is needed after last winter’s record storm, Oakley said.

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Today’s local Utah news headline – Monday morning, September 20, 2021 http://lakecityjournal.com/todays-local-utah-news-headline-monday-morning-september-20-2021/ http://lakecityjournal.com/todays-local-utah-news-headline-monday-morning-september-20-2021/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:33:00 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/todays-local-utah-news-headline-monday-morning-september-20-2021/

Monday morning, September 20, 2021

Northern Utah

Public protest against the vaccination mandate

About 100 people gathered in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday to protest vaccine and mask mandates, as part of a larger series of “Rally for Freedom” protests across the country. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that many questioned President Joe Biden’s order. Companies with 100 or more employees must ensure that their employees are vaccinated or tested weekly. Some people said they would rather quit their jobs than get vaccinated. Several senior Republican officials from Utah have publicly spoken out against the rule. – Ivana Martinez

Voices will ring through the tabernacle again

The tabernacle choir on Tempelplatz will resume rehearsals on Tuesday after a break of more than a year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All performers in the choir must provide a vaccination card and immunocompromised performers are asked to stay at home. As part of its plan, the organization will test performers and other workers before each rehearsal and performance. Social distancing while performing and wearing masks when not performing will also be required. If the plan doesn’t work to limit the spread of Covid, choir president Michael O. Leavitt said they will stop rehearsing again. Leavitt is a former US Secretary of Health and a former governor of Utah. – Sonja Hutson

Southern Utah

Relocation presents unique challenges in rural Utah

Washington County is one of the fastest growing places in Utah, which means it will gain more representation in the legislature through the decade-long redistribution process of the state. Utah’s Independent Redistribution Commission visited parishioners in Washington City Friday night. Christine Durham, who is on the bipartisan commission, said southern Utah is facing unique redistribution challenges: there are some cities that are growing explosively and some areas that are much more rural. The Legislature Redistribution Committee will hold public meetings in southwest Utah later this week. Read the full story. – Lexi Peery, Washington City

Two Western Senators Discuss Drought From River Float Trip

Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney and Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennett floated down part of the Colorado River near Moab on Saturday. They talked about ways to tackle droughts in the west made worse by climate change. Romney and Bennett tabled bill earlier this year to change the state’s waterway catchment emergency protection program to respond to emergencies caused by natural disasters. “Climate change means we need to rethink how we are solving the West’s water challenges,” said Romney. – Sonja Hutson

Grand Staircase-Escalante is celebrating the quarter century

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah turned 25 on Saturday. Former President Bill Clinton erected the 1.7 million acre monument in Counties Kane and Garfield, Utah in 1996. Members of the Bureau of Land Management held a two-hour Zoom celebration to celebrate this anniversary. Several visiting researchers spoke about various areas of science that influenced the monument, including paleontology, geology, and botany. BLM officials stressed the importance of conservation efforts in continuing their work in the area. They say it served as a “living research and science laboratory”. – Ivana Martinez

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Job Seeker Assistance Center in Southwest Riverside County http://lakecityjournal.com/job-seeker-assistance-center-in-southwest-riverside-county/ http://lakecityjournal.com/job-seeker-assistance-center-in-southwest-riverside-county/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 21:38:08 +0000 http://lakecityjournal.com/job-seeker-assistance-center-in-southwest-riverside-county/

MENIFEE, CA – Job seekers in southwest Riverside County can get job search help at the recently opened Temporary Menifee Workforce Development Center in Menifee.

The center opened last week and offers career coaching, resume writing help, job search help, specialized training, skills development, special recruiting events and workshops for individuals.

It is located in the recently upgraded computer room at Kay Ceniceros Senior Center, 29995 Evans Rd., And is open by appointment only on Thursdays from 1pm to 5pm.

Officials said there are plans to extend the center’s opening hours to 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays later this fall.

The center works for free.

Funding for the program came from a community development bloc grant made available to Menifee through the CARES Act and federal funding for the Riverside County Workforce Development Department.

“The Temporary Menifee Workforce Development Center is working synergistically with the City’s Job Blueprint Plan and the Comprehensive Economic Development (CEDS) Plan to continue to position Menifee as a growth and job creation leader in the region,” said Manager Armando Villa. “We have worked hard to create partnerships to harness and develop the resources our businesses and residents both need to thrive and thrive.”

To make an appointment at the center, call 951-304-5468. For more information about Riverside County’s human resource development centers, please visit www.rivcoworkforce.com.

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