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Published 4/17/2020

Durand's 100+ Women Group's "Plan B" Impacts More Than 25 Organizations

More Than $8,000 Donated to Area Groups



As Durand's 100+ Women Who Care group was not able to hold its spring meeting due to COVID-19, they came up with a "Plan B."

Members that were still able to donate, given the challening financial circumstances created by COVID-19, were able to choose where their own donation of $100 would go.

A total of $8,200 was donated to many diverse organizations, including:

Bancroft Food Pantry
Byron Masonic Lodge
Burns Grange
City Rescue Mission of Saginaw
Durand Cares COVID-19
Durand Educational Foundation
Durand Loaves & Fishes
Durand Union Station
Fenton Adopt-A-Pet
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Friends of Doyle Knight-Lennon Veterans Park
Golden Gate Rescue
Horses' Haven
Humane Society - Genesee County
Hurley Foundation
I Cancer Vive
Lebowsky Center
Lennon Area Food Pantry
National Railroad Memorial
Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee
Robert Kerr (Kerr Cares & Neal Necessities)
St. Jude Children's Hospital
St. Mary Outreach Food Pantry
Shiawassee COVID-19 Response
Shiawassee Humane Society
Swartz Creek Church of Christ Food Bank

The next meeting for 100+ Women Who Care Greater Durand Area is planned for Thursday September 17th, 7pm, at Durand First United Methodist Church, 10016 E Newburg Rd., Durand.

New members are always welcome and encouraged to sign up at



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Update 4/12/2020

Governor Whitmer is defending Thursday's stay-at-home extension and expansion despite criticism over what some believe are unnecessary restrictions and inconsistent requirements. The order remains in place until April 30th.

Two people were hospitalized after a reported stabbing and attempted theft after a crash along I-94.  When authorities arrived they discovered the suspect had stabbed someone and was trying to steal a semi trailer.

Shiawassee County has reported its first COVID-related death; a man in his 30s who had underlying health conditions.  The county has now topped 50 positive cases after a cluster was discovered at Durand Senior Care & Rehab that includes both employees and residents.

Bebe Winans is recovering from COVID-19, he revealed last week.  He said his mother and brother are also among those diagnosed with the disease.  Winans said he got the virus when he flew to Detroit to attend a funeral.

Grand Rapids Symphony and Symphony Chorus presented an online performance of the Hallelujah Chorus to celebrate the Easter holiday.  "Hallelujah for Hope: From Our Homes to yours" can be found on the group's Facebook and YouTube pages.

32 Jackson area Pastors read portions of John Chapter 20.  The readings were compiled into a single video that demonstrates togetherness, even in a time such as this.

Flint Community Schools meal distribution has moved to two days each week.  The district said students would receive the same number of meals, but meals would need to be picked up according to the new schedule.

Two feet of snow is expected in some parts of the Upper Peninsula as a late season storm pushes through the state early this week.  Meanwhile, Michigan's lower peninsula is preparing for high winds that could result in power outages.