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Mich. Lawmaker’s Plan Requires Foster Kids to Shop at Thrift Stores

Michigan State Senator Bruce Caswell wants to make sure that Michigan taxpayers' money is being used effectively. How's he going to do that? By requiring foster children to spend their clothing allowance at second-hand stores.
As everyone knows, the name of the game these days is "shared sacrifice." And who should be sacrificing the most? Probably foster kids, living high on the hog with their state-funded clothing allowances. The Detroit News reports on Caswell's proposal:
A small part of the DHS savings, about $200,000, would come from adjustments to the clothing allowance for foster children, or children of the working poor, of $79 for school clothes. Caswell said children will still get close to that $79, but would be issued gift cards that can only be used at the Salvation Army, Goodwill or other thrift stores.
"The reason is you can get a whole lot more in a resale store," Caswell said.
Caswell later explained to Michigan Public Radio that he "never had anything new," and that his dad used to say "once you're out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes." Plus, think of all the great vintage threads they'll find! When you really think about it, Caswell is doing these kids a favor

Earthquake rattles Conn. town as legendary 'noises' return

Tom Cleary, Staff Writer
Updated 07:51 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2011
A 1.3 magnitude earthquake shook residents of the Moodus community in the town of East Haddam late Wednesday night.
A loud bang heard across the area around 8:40 p.m. sparked a response from local police and fire departments who feared an explosion at a house, sending them around town searching for the cause. But it was called off once police said they received a report of the geological disturbance.
The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake happened at 8:42 p.m., five miles from Moodus, eight miles from Chester and 15 miles from Deep River. It was not large enough to cause any damage.
"Thank you to the dedicated effort to find the source of the quake by our volunteer fire department and to those residents who called in to help us identify the source," said East Haddam First Selectman Mark B. Walter on the town's website. "All of our volunteers performed an exhaustive search till 11 last night. Thank you to all that reported hearing the bang and feeling the movement."
Moodus, a community located in the town of East Haddam, has become known for the so-called "Moodus Sounds." The eerie noises are said to come from fault lines that are underneath the town's wooded and rocky areas. According to a New York Times article from the 1980s, the sounds have been a source of folklore. They can be heard most prevalently near Mount Tom.
"We now know what a Moodus Noise really feels like," said Walter. "The `Moodus Noises' are still going strong!"
Legend states that the area's name derives from a Native American word, morehemoodus, meaning "place of noises," according to a USGS study on earthquake history in Connecticut. The Times article said that the noises were attributed by Native Americans to an angry god and later by Colonial settlers to battles between black magic witches of Haddam and white magic witches of Moodus.
The U.S. Geological Survey said there have been hundreds of reports of earthquakes in Moodus in the past century.
Although those earthquakes -- like Wednesday night's -- were minor, one of the earthquakes in the area caused major damage, albeight a long time ago. On May 16, 1791. That quake caused damage 12 miles south in Clinton and caused damage across southern Connecticut. It was reportedly the largest quake in state history, the USGS said, and it could be felt as far as Boston and New York.
"The stone walls were thrown down, chimneys were untopped, doors which were latched were thrown open, and a fissure in the ground of several rods in extent was afterwards discovered," an observer said, according to a USGS report on earthquake history in Connecticut.
WTNH-News 8 contributed to this report.

Michael S. Rohde

Michael S. Rohde, former MSJ director (1967-1972) was sworn in as Meriden's 48th Mayor on July 21, 2008 and re- elected in November 2009 for a two-year term.

Noted in passing

Joshua Morin (MSJ 2005).
 Joshua A. Morin, 20, died unexpectedly March 4, 2010. He was the son of Donald Morin and Michelle Russell Morin. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandfather, Ronald Russell of RI, his paternal grandmother, Suzanne S. Switzer of Litchfield, a daughter, Yailen Marie Morin of Waterbury, three brothers; Zachary T. Morin, Robert M. Morin and Kevin A. Morin all of Litchfield and several aunts and uncles."

Deep River Trolly

Photo from 1900

Noted in Passing

Allan L. Brooks, MSJ 1955, died on Feburary 18, 2011, of cancer. He was 72 years old and lived in Blackstone Virginia. He was born in Hartford on December 12, 1938.



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I went to saintjohns school in 1955 I went there because I was almost deaf I really enjoyed going to school there. I had a friend skiba. In the winter we went slead riding summer we went home. in the fall. we would build tee pees they where huge, the bigger boys would help us the nuns were great. and at that age we had a lot of fun I will never forget st johns school and thats what it was called not mount stjohns hell it was just hill ha ha ha!