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It's a boyl Cash Wyatt Cordes was born October 11, 2013 at 7:46 p.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. His proud parents are Josh and lillian Cordes of Hillman. Cash joins a big sister, Joelle. Proud grandparents are Joel and Jenny Marshall of Midland, MI, Rick and Linda C ordes and Iack and Connie Johnston of Hillman. Great-grandparents are Gary and Gloria Bouchey, Bev Cordes, and Roy and Shirley Klotz of Hillman. TBTA is proud to be providing public trmlsl)ortati(m optk)ns to Monlmorcn( 3' Cotull T lot over 2,5 years. For more information on how we can I / assist with your transportation needs,  --- please call our office Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm for scheduling and pricing. # 1-866-354-2487 Wednesday, October 23, 2013 The Montmorency County Tribune 7 Hillman school district may have to levy more in taxes and make some cuts to cover expenses by YvoMe Swaoer Hillman's school district will likely Staff reporter levy more in taxes in order to keep up with expenses. At the regular school board meeting, Oct. 14, Mark ]anke, auditor, said the district is paying out $30,000 more each year in costs for the debt fund than it is receiving in local revenues. The $90,000 debt fund balance, he said, is shrinking every year and will be gone in three years if the district keeps collecting the same amount. "If we continue to levy the same amount of taxes, even- tually, we're not going to have enough to pay the debt payments," ]anke cautioned. Jill Olsen, business manager, said the district currently levies 3.2 mils but is entitled to levy up to 5.12 mils. She said there would probably be some sort of increase next year, and it would be based on a formula provided by an outside firm. Thomas Harmon, interim superintendent, said the dis- trict might also have to make some cuts in light of the declining enrollment and reduction in state funding that is being experienced by districts throughout the state. There are 20 fewer students than projected at the el- ementary building. Shawn Olson, elementary principal, said it is normal to have students coming and going in the district and the district has lost the usual number, but students are just not coming in. According to Jason McElrath, incoming superinten- dent, 16,000 students have left the state in the last couple of years. Harmon advised the school board members to make addressing roof repair or replacement a priority in their goals. He said the high school roof is nearing its life span, and the elementary roof is beyond its life span. "It wouldn't surprise me if the cost of a roof replace- ment exceeded a million dollars," Harmon said. "You ain't got a million dollars. You need to have a plan before it jumps up and bites you." In other business: • ]anke recommended the district be more diligent in collecting on student lunch accounts in order to help combat losses in food service. • Alaw allowing ninth and 10th grade students to dually enroll has increased costs to Alpena Community Col- lege. One ninth grader and three 10 th graders are cur- rently taking classes on the ACC campus. • Charlie Arbour, Brad McLaren and ]acki McIntire have volunteered to serve on an ad hoc committee for the band program. • A contract for McElrath as superintendent/high school principal was approved at $86,500 per year. The prorated salary for the 2013-2014 school year is $59,900. • Scott Cordes was hired as senior class advisor. • The technology services agreement was amended to include Synergy as the new student information system. • The board voted in favor of putting a three-year lawn- mowing contract out for bid. • The elementary has been chosen as a pilot school for fifth and sixth graders to take science and social studies online this year. Olson said there has been some diffi- culty in scheduling lab time for all the students with only one lab, and the state is requiring all students at that level to be taking the subjects online in 2015. • The elementary has been designated as a Reward School because MEAl ) scores were higher than expected based on socio-economic conditions. • The next board workshop will take place on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., and the next regular school board meeting will take place on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. i Planning a raffle? Get numbered raffle tickets at the Tribune. Call 989-785-4214 ext. 23 or stop by our office today! ARMC: Mammograms still key in the fight against breast cancer October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to remind women to get their annual mammogram, Over the years there has been Steven Zweig, MD confusing information about when and how often to get a mammogram. Alpena Regional Medical Center recommends women starting at the age of 40 receive an annual mammogram even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer. Women in their 20s and 30s should have clinical breast exams at least every 3 years. Also, all women starting in their 20s should perform monthly breast-self exams and report any changes to their healthcare professional right away. Women with a strong family history of pre menopausal breast cancer, or possess the "breast cancer gene", BRCA1, BRCA2 should begin screening mammograms earlier than age 40 and should discuss this with their physicians. "Simply put 'Mammograms saves lives" said Dr. Steven Zweig, Director of Breast Health at ARMC. "Mammograms can detect cancer early when it is most treatable. Mammograms can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them and also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and the improved chances of breast conservation." ARMC offers full-field digital mammography which provides images that are clear and easy to read, and it offers a better view of the breast, especially near the skin line, chest wall and in women with diverse breast tissue types. Other breast health technology at ARMC includes: • Full-field digital mamrnography, including the Mobile Mammography • Stereotactic breast biopsy • Ultrasound and MRI guided biopsy • Breast ultrasound • Breast MRI • CAD (computer aided detection) "These interventional methods reduces the number of surgical procedures, decreases recovery time and lowers the cost of diagnosis," said Dr. Zweig. "This is especially important for the vast majority of women who have a suspicious abnormality on their mammogram or sonogram, but in fact do not have cancer." ARMC is among a handful of facilities in Michigan capable of providing complete imaging, intervention and treatment for breast cancer. Together with sentinel node mapping as well as state-of-the-art surgical and therapeutic regimens, ARMC's fight against this disease continues to make significant inroads. The mortality rate from breast cancer continues to decline every year as awareness continues to increase. "Providing the best diagnostic equipment possible to patients is a vital step to good preventive health, and one we take very seriously," says Zweig. ARM(:: is leading the area in the fight against breast cancer by providing complete imaging, intervention and treatment for breast cancer, Take care of yourself today. Call Alpena Regional Medical Center at (989) 356-8001 to schedule your digital mammography exam or visit our website at www, myarmc.org for additional information. This health news brought to you by Alpena Regional Medical Center AND