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Dangers of Leaving Children in Cars

With the warmer temperatures rolling around, especially with this fourth of July weekend, parents and care givers are reminded of the dangers of leaving children in parked cars.

In 2013, 44 children died from heatstroke after being accidentally left in a parked vehicle, including three deaths in the state of Michigan.

Even with the milder summer temperatures in our northeast area, the temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as ten minutes.

It's easier than one may think to leave a baby in the back seat of a car, and doing so can result in deadly consequences.

"Heatstroke is the leading cause of non–crash, vehicle–related deaths for children,” Trooper Ashley Simpson said. “A child's body heats up the to five times faster than an adult's making them more susceptible to heatstroke."

To prevent anything like this from happening, parents and caregivers are reminded to act, or A-C-T.

Avoid the situation by never leaving your child alone in the car, not even for a minute; create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, purse or cell phone; and take action – call 911.

One Minor Injury in Four Car Collision

At around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday evening, MSP officers were called to the scene of a four–vehicle collision on US 23 near Hamilton Rd.

Upon arrival, law enforcement found that a car heading southbound on US 23 was unable to stop in time, rear ending one car, causing that vehicle to hit the car in the front of the line that was stopped to make a left–hand turn.

The middle vehicle also collided with an oncoming car traveling northbound due to the impact of the first car.

The collision caused slight backups on 23 and cleanup was assisted by the Alpena City Fire Department.

The cause of the collision is unknown at this time, and there was only one minor injury to a passenger in the car traveling northbound.

That passenger was treated on scene and did not need to be transported to ARMC.

Frontier Communications hosts the Alpena Business Mingle

Frontier Communications hosted the Alpena Business Mingle at the Center building in Downtown Alpena earlier this evening. The two hour function consisted of live entertainment, free food and beverages and even an appearance by Frank the Frontier Buffalo! The Alpena community came together to apply for the America's Best Communities Prize Competition and Frontier presented a check to the city of Alpena as an appreciation for applying.

"We're here giving a check for $5,000 to the city of Alpena Downtown Development Authority and basically the reason why we're giving that is we've invested into the community. And what we've done is we've asked them to apply for this contest, America's Best Communities and what they've done is they've put an application in to better the city," says Frontier Communications General Manager Lisa Mecheau.

Frontier Communication's contest goal is to help spur economical growth and create positive change within the communities.

All-American Cuisine at the Art in the Loft.

Several children gathered at the art in the loft to cook our favorite American dishes.

The event is called the All–American Cuisine Camp and runs until tomorrow starting at one to three in the afternoon. Kids ages 9 and older get to experience how to make Sliders to homemade Macaroni and Cheese.

"It's a summertime event and the children are at home in the summer during the days. So we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to get them up in the kitchen and creating in the kitchen. Several of them already went home yesterday after making what we did and made it again for their parents last night," claims Denise Cooper, Culinary Arts Events Coordinator. 

For more information on the all– american cuisine camp and future cooking events visit www.artintheloft.org


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