Dow Science building will remain closed through the weekend

The Dow Science building will remain closed for the remainder of Friday afternoon and evening.  The building is expected to re-open when classes resume on Monday.

A chemical spill Friday morning resulted in minor injuries to a faculty member and the evacuation of the facility. The faculty member was treated and released from Central Michigan Community Hospital.

The spilled material was a mixture of 80 percent methanol and 20 percent ethylenediamine, a corrosive and flammable chemical. Crews from HAZMAT, the Isabella County chemical spill unit and employees of CMU’s Environmental and Safety Services office, continue to work on the clean up and an investigation is being conducted into the incident. Individuals who left items in the building when it was evacuated should contact CMU Police at 774-3081 to reclaim their items. 


University evacuates science building due to chemical spill

The Dow Science building at Central Michigan University was shut down today due to a chemical spill.

This morning at around 10 a.m an employee in the Dow Science building dropped a beaker containing  base solution on his foot, causing burn damage.  He was rushed to the hospital shortly after.  Clean up crews were immediately called to the building to tend to the spill.

Bill Yeagley Chief of the Central Michigan University Police

“As a normal protocol we evacuate the entire building especially until we identify what that agent is we are dealing with.  Different agents have different threat levels have different threat levels, fortunately this one was a very low threat level but at the onset of the incident we didn’t know what we were dealing with so we always evacuate the entire building until we are able to identify the compound we’re dealing with.”

The university says the building will be closed until 1:00 p.m.  Doctors say the injured employee will make a full recovery.  Officers with the CMU Department of Public Safety are investigating the situation.


CMU evacuates Dow Science building



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CMU has evacuated the Dow Science building.  Director of Public Safety Bill Yeagley says shortly after 10:00am, an instructor dropped a beaker containing a base solution in one of the classrooms.  The instructor received burns to his foot and is seeking treatment at an area hospital. 

The building has been evacuated as a precaution as HazMat crews clear the scene.   CMU police announce the Dow Science Building will re-open at 1:00pm today.

Isabella County gets community involved with law enforcement

 The Isabella County Sheriffs Department is asking ordinary citizens to join in the fight against crime.

 The new victim services unit in the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department would allow civilians to respond to calls from crime victims.  The sheriff’s department says typically cases dealing with death and missing people are what the new unit will be handling.

 Leo Mioduszewski is the Isabella County Sheriff.

 “I think with this program we’re gonna be able to fill those gaps.  The individual with the victim services unit individual will be able to provide information on funeral homes and what happens in the criminal justice process. They’ll be able to sit down and explain things thouruoughly to the family, which is something we’re not able to do.

 Training for the new unit will begin in October.  People can find out more information on the program by calling the Isabella County Sheriffs Department.


U.S. House proposal causes debate over elderly issues


Section 12-33 of the U.S. House Proposal states physicians and their patients should discuss advance care planning every 5 years.
Not everyone is thrilled about that however; it has been debated that this discussion could be taken out of context to mean something far worse than just a chat.

Dr. Ira Byock is a hospice physician who is renowned for his work in elderly care.
    “Well you know those who practice in hospitals and take care of seriously ill people those of us certainly in hospice and palliative care fail to see anything controversial about having a conversation about people’s own individualized preferences for a time when they might be too ill to speak for themselves.”

Dr. Byock will be lecturing on the ethics of end-of-life care at the annual Munson Hospice and Palliative Care conference September 14th.

For CMU Public Radio News, I’m Mary Finn.

Local dairy farmers hurting

Milk prices are at the lowest they’ve been in almost half a decade, and it’s not making things easy for local farmers.

While paying less than $2.00 a gallon for milk may seem great for consumers, it’s ultimately hurting smaller, more local farmers. For most, the cost of producing milk these days comes with little to no profit.

Paul Gross of Isabella County’s MSU Extension Office says the lower prices could be the result of a weakened demand in the global economy.

“You know, in the export market, when the dollar weakens or the worldwide economy softens, the demand for products decreases,” Gross says. “The thing about the dairy industry; these cows are milked every day. You can’t turn production on and turn it off. And so you’re building these inventories when demand is poor.”

The built up inventories and poor demand translate into lower prices, Gross says.

Farmers probably won’t be cutting production just yet.

Gross says prices may go back up once demand increases.

Cross Village Rug Works weaving the old and new

In an historic stone building across from the well known restaurant called Legs Inn, rugs in rich vibrant colors and in soft muted earth tones in all shapes, sizes and designs hang from the walls. And big bins of freshly wasted wool shorn from sheep raised on Northern Michigan farms are being prepared to be dyed with Eco-friendly colors.

On any given day seven days a week you can hear the truddels moving up and down on rows upon rows of wooden loons and shuttles whispering through a warp. The weavers here are local artisans some of them carrying on hundreds of years of their ancestors traditions, others are just beginning the trade after taking courses at this store.

In the back room Sheila Petoskey Shalako, a descendant of Chief Petoskey for whom the city of Petoskey is named labors over a rug in rich dark green and brilliant blue wool yarns the design depicts a fox hunting down a bird.
“I’m filling in the big picture I look at each of these little pieces as like a puzzle piece, because each one is going to be a different color.”

Passing down Native American traditions is an iatrical part of this store’s mission.

“Oh, I did a pattern of Ojibway beadwork that was flowers mostly it was a floral pattern.”

Former executive director of Cross Village Rug Works Mandy Anderson explains how this unusual non-profit cottage industry was born,

“In about March of 2007, MaryAnn Van Lockeren and Cheryl Reed were sitting saying what can we do to help Cross Village because Cross Village formulated a township survey and a master plan in ’03-’04 and three parts in that master plan that they really, that Sheryl and Maryann felt were very important to focus on were economic stimulus, agricultural preservation or preservation of open spaces as well as historical preservation of the area because this is the longest continuously settled area in Michigan.”

Cross Village Rug Works is local in every way,

“A big reason that the community is involved is because we are supporting the economic development of this area by providing these materials and this area for people and this training we’re allowing people in the Cross Village in the greater Cross Village area to stay here and work.”

Even the dying process employs local teachers, local artists and uses local plants.

“The natural dyes that we did are from plants native to this area so it’s like bear berry and that’s willow twigs it’s amazing the things that we get from it.”

One of Cross Village Rug Works goals is to be a self-sustaining economic engine with up to thirty artisans by the year 2011.

What’s called the punch needle method makes Cross Village Rug Works able to make photos and other custom made artwork come alive.

“It starts with a photo and then it gets transferred on to paper and then it gets blown up on a projector and then it gets redrawn on the monks cloth and you work from the back so it’s difficult because you have to draw everything backwards.”

Anderson is stepping down from her position to move to Alaska.

“The idea of Rug Works itself has been from the very start has been pretty astonishing and to be able to be apart of that and learn along with that is pretty incredible.”

Karen Darton is taking over as executive director.

“We have twenty artisans now close to twenty and they’re all local and myself.”

Darton says new products are on the way,

“We’ve had such a tremendous response we’re selling things really quickly so now we need to keep that up and make more,”

And new ways to pass on this tradition are being created,

“Also our web presence, develop that so when people are not in Cross Village they can still order from us and see what’s new”.

As Cross Village Rug Works weaves the old and the new into a beautiful design. For CMU Public Radio, I’m Mary Ellen Geist in Cross Village.