2013-04-04 / Front Page

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FAA to close Sawyer International control tower effective May 5

GWINN – Despite local efforts, and congressional support, the Federal Aviation Administration has reached a decision that Sawyer International Airport’s air traffic control tower will close on May 5. A total of 149 federal contract towers nationwide are closing as a result of the agency’s sequestration implementation plan.

“While this was not the desired outcome, business will continue as usual,” said Airport Manager, Duane DuRay. “Tower closure will not result in or cause airport closure. In fact, Sawyer anticipates additional flights in June as American Airlines will be adding one mid-day and two Saturday flight options to the current schedule.”

Garden Township Fire Department receives grant for new fire truck

GARDEN – The Garden Township Fire Department will receive federal support to purchase a new fire truck, this according to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The senator noted mechanical problems with the current vehicle made it unreliable and unsafe to drive.

“Across Michigan, our firefighters provide courageous service to communities like Garden Township,” Stabenow said. “This rural development grant will help the fire department purchase a new, safe and reliable fire truck so they can perform their duties and protect the public.”

The Garden Township Fire Department will receive a $160,000 loan from the Rural Development office of the United States Department of Agriculture.

USDA Rural Development programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency services and electric and telephone service. The loan will be used to help purchase a new tanker/pumper fire truck to help serve the Garden Township community.

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