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BC-MI--Michigan Weekend Exchange Digest, MI

January 2, 2019

AP-Michigan stories for Jan. 6 and Jan. 7. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 313-259-0650.

For use Sunday, Jan. 6, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-SENIOR VOLUNTEER

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A 95-year-old Michigan woman who’s been volunteering at a senior center for decades is more like family. Leda King is a beloved guest and volunteer at the Traverse City Senior Center. King started helping in the senior center’s kitchen, cooking vegetables, washing dishes and serving lunch, she said. But she can’t get around as well as before, so now she does whatever she can handle. She typically helps by counting money after each lunch and helping with the bookkeeping. By Jordan Travis, Traverse City Record-Eagle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 600 words.

EXCHANGE-SUPER FOSTER MOM

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. _ A Michigan foster mom has helped dozens of kids over the years. Ever since she was a little girl, Kindra Hanson knew she wanted to be a foster parent. Hanson, 54, has been a special education teacher for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for Harper Creek Community Schools. She has five now-grown biological children. And she’s been a foster parent to dozens of children, two of whom she adopted. By Kalea Hall, Battle Creek Enquirer. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,276 words.

For use Monday, Jan. 7, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-WINTER ROAD WORK

DETROIT _ The pushing of Michigan’s roadwork into the colder months comes with great costs and risks for two of the area’s biggest projects. Work laying concrete has continued on Interstate 696 in Macomb County and Interstate 75 in Wayne County despite temperatures below or at 40 degrees. Costly precautions must be in place, including protecting fresh concrete from freezing by placing heaters along a route to ensure the concrete will take. By Shawn D. Lewis, The Detroit News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,129 words.

EXCHANGE-AVIATION PIONEER

YPSILANTI, Mich. _ A Michigan man who founded an aviation museum has been inducted into the state’s aviation hall of fame. Dennis Norton co-founded the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti. He was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in April. The selection was thanks to Norton’s nearly 40-year effort to preserve the Michigan’s bomber plant history while capturing the attention of area students, some of whom he expects to pursue careers in aerospace or become pilots. By Gus Burns, The Ann Arbor News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 653 words.

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