HARRISVILLE - A millage election this fall will decide the fate of Alcona's MSU Extension, and those curious about what their tax dollars would be paying for can find out at an open house hosted by the Alcona MSU Extension Office in Harrisville on Tuesday.
In addition to its regular 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday hours, the office will be open from 3-6 p.m. with children's events, displays, food, master gardener volunteers, and other faculty presentations to show community members what MSU Extension has to offer. In addition to 4-H, MSU Extension provides leadership and nutritional programs, beautification and preservation services, and other means of economic development. MSU Extension educator Bonnie Witchner-Zoia said the office has hosted the event to welcome new employees in the past, and while Alcona County's millage is an important issue, the event is about more than that.
"It's just letting people know what we do offer at the Alcona MSU Extension office," she said.
The master gardener volunteers will provide refreshments, and staff from MSU Extension's various functions will be on hand to show off their work.
"We have a number of displays that are up, and we will have master gardeners who are there to talk about the things that they have done in Alcona County and the surrounding area," Witchner-Zoia said. "Our district coordinator, Kelly, will be there to introduce herself to people in the community. Brandon Schroeder, the Sea Grant Educator, will be there to show some of the many things he's done in the region in relation to sea grants, and there will be 4-H and Les Thomas with a display and the activities he's doing, and of course the things that I have done in relation to community engagement, leadership development, and working with conflict in the community. And also there will be things for kids, they can look at bugs through the microscope, and there will be some other things with 4-H, and there will be a demonstration by Beth Noffze with food so we have a variety of people."
If Alcona County taxpayers reject the proposal to levy 0.14 mills (14 cents for every $1,000) for MSU Extension in both the August and November election, they stand to lose MSU Extension altogether.
MSUE to hold open house
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