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RUNNING OUT OF BROTH RUNNING OUT OF TIME Vemie (Barton) Mowerywill celebrate her 100th birth- day on June 12; 2013. Born to Gideon and Telana Barton in Montmorency County in the county north of Hillman. Mowery was raised with six sisters and one brother, and attended the Truax School. On November 2, 1930, she married Frank Mowery, who she met during her employment at a boarding house in Rockport. The couple had five children and moved a lot during those early years. Frank worked on engines at the stone quarry in the early years, ran the Dairy Bar in Onaway, and later worked construction. Following their children's graduation, the pair lived in Lewiston and wintered in Florida for many years. Both die-hard fans of the Detroit Tigers, they usually attended two or three games in Lakeland during the team's spring training games. Vemie also loved bowling and her time spent out on a league. She rarely misses a bowling match on television, and even more, rarely misses a Tigers game. Frank died February 13, 1987. Vernie continues to live in Lewiston, on her own, for much of the year. They also had 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchil- dren and 11 great-great grandchildren, as well as many step-grandchildren. Many family members will help her celebrate the big 1-0:0 at a party in Lewiston. She is too young to have a fatal disease... Thousands of young women are living with a deadly lung disease called LAM -- and don't know they have it. LAM is often misdiagnosed as asthma or chronic bronchitis. There is no known cure, But there is hope. Learn more about LAM. thelamfoundation.org GAYLORD 333 W. 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Federally insured by NCUA. ~ Equal Housing Lender. @2013 Community Financial Wednesday, May 29, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune 9 Senate Bill 163, Revise wetland use per- mit details: Passed 25 to 12 in the Senate To expand certain exemptions to a state wetland permit mandate, increase some wetland permit fees and reduce others, require permit denials to document their rationale and authority, ffuthorize grants to local governments to create "wetland mitigation banks," slightly reduce wet- land regulatory burdens imposed on county drain commission projects, slightly increase the state's burden to jus- tifyrestrictions on an owner's use of his or her property, prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from imposing regulations that are beyond the scope those required by federal law, and make other changes to these land use restric- tions. 35 Sen. Darwin Bother R - Evart N 36 Sen. John Moolenaar R - Midland Y House Bill 4042, Require match of wel- fare applicants against incarceration lists: Passed 37 to 1 in the Senate To require the Department of Human Services to perform a monthly jail and prison "incarceration match" and Social Security "death match" to help determine eligibility for a welfare and food stamp benefit "bridge cards," and not issue or revoke the card of a person on those lists. This would codify current practice in stat- ute. 35 Sen. Darwin Bother R - Evart Y 36 Sen. Iohn Moolenaar R- MidlandY Senate Bill 335, Extend Medicaid "gamesmanship" insurance tax: Passed 65 to 44 in the House To extend from 2014 to 2018 the sunset on a 1 percent health insurance claims tax intended to "game" the federal Medicaid system in ways that result in higher fed- eralpayments to Michigan's medicalwel- fare system. As introduced the bill would have eliminated the sunset and empow- ered the Department of Treasury to raise the taxwithout any ftLrther authorization by the legislature. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R - KewadinY 106 Rep. Peter Pettalia R - Presque IsleY Senate Bill 165, Require disclosure of medical futility policies: Passed 108 to 0 in the House To require a hospital, health facility or agency that maintains a written policy that encourages or allows a health care professional to withhold or discontinue treatment on the grounds of "medical fu- tility" to provide a copy of the policy to a patient or resident upon request. 105 Rep. Greg MacMaster R - Kewadin Y 106 Rep. Peter Pettalia R - Presque Isle Y Senate Bill 58, Revise DNR andAgricul- ture Department "mission statements : Passed 89 to 18 in the House To explicitly include among the duties of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture that they work together to jointly promote de- ve.lopment of the state's forest products industry. 105 Rep. GregMacMaster R- Kewadin Y 106 Rep. Peter Pettalia R - Presque Isle Y Senate Bill 51, Expand forest property tax breaks: Passed 79 to 28 in the House To expand the eligibility for certain for- est property tax breaks, increase their value, increase the number of acres eli- gible for the taxbreaks (by means of new exemptions from an existing 1.2 million acre cap), authorize a new 2 mill property taxonpropertyinthis programthatwould go to a proposed "Private Forestland En- hancement Fund" to subsidize private forestland management activities, and more. This and related bills are designed to facilitate use of a program granting property tax exemptions to owners of smaller "non-industrial" sized parcels of forestland, rather than one designed for owners of much larger "industrial" for- ests. 105 Rep. GregMacMaster R- Kewadin Y 106 Rep. Peter Pettalia R - Presque Isle Y Budget Negotiations Dominate Week's Legislative Activity The primary focus of legislative activity this week was the budget for the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. Significantly, House and Senate conference committees came to agreement on most spending items, although some remain unresolved. One of these is whether the Department of Education budget will include language prohibiting adoption of a national "Com- mon Core" curriculum initiative. Many grass roots activists have expressed strong opposition to this policy, which the state Board of Education has already approved. The budget agreement does not include expanding Medicaid eligibility under the terms of the federal health care law ("Obamacare"). That issue is still in play, however; as one advocate for the expan- sion told the Gongwer news service, "The budget's not done until October 1st." In other words, a "supplemental" appro- priation bill could still be passed later that would authorize the expansion. Legislative leaders and the Governor did agree on where to spend a one-time, $483 million tax collection windfall (plus an- other $219 million expected next year), which is mostly related to taxpayers shift- ing income into the 2012 tax year because of federal income tax increases. Specifi- cally, $140 million more will be spent on K-12 schools, an additional $350 million will be used for road projects, and $75 million will be deposited in the state "rainy day fund." It is expected that the full House and Senate will pass the complete l udget next week. The weekly Roll Call Report will report key details when this hOppens. Day High Low May 20 77 5I 21 82 51 22 64 42 23 51 27 24 58 27 25 62 27 26 68 20 The Atlanta area received 1.10" precipitation. Source: US Weather Bureau