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Napier Avenue road diet plan rejected by county commissioners


The Berrien County Board of Commissioners has rejected a plan to put another section of Napier Avenue on a road diet.

The board this week approved a resolution officially opposing a Berrien County Road Department project that would reduce Napier from four lanes to two lanes with a center turn lane between I-94 and US-31.

Berrien County Administrator Brian Dissette tells us the county does need to reconstruct Napier in that area in the next five years, but the road department’s plan for a reduction of lanes didn’t satisfy commissioners.

There is enough development occurring in that area that it had some on the board a little nervous that the lane reduction wasn’t a great idea,” Dissette said. “And then with the announcement of the state’s infusion of cash at Cornerstone to try and help develop the nearby site in Benton Charter Township, I think that was kind of like the last straw. They said there’s too much up in the air as far as total development.”

The county board in September approved a transfer of control of that section of Napier from the Michigan Department of Transportation to the county following the completion of the US-31 to I-94 connection. As part of that, MDOT provided the county $1.88 million to reconstruct the road.

Dissette says while that project will still happen, the board of commissioners wants the number of lanes to be preserved.

It’s back to the drawing board for the road department.

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Macromex and Next Root Management System: solution for food safety and healthy eating

Macromex, one of the main players in the Romanian food industry, together with Next Root Management Systems, a HoReCa consulting provider, is launching a solution aimed at optimizing food flows and safety, as well as bringing healthy nutrition to kindergarten canteens and schools and targets 40 beneficiary educational units by the end of 2023.


“I want every child who eats in school canteens to enjoy the best quality dishes, prepared according to high standards, under maximum food safety conditions. For our HoReCa partners, we want to bring more productivity and efficiency through our portfolio of products, recipes, advice and technology. And all these things cannot be achieved, neither for the children nor for the providers, if the respective location, in the present case – the canteen, does not have a planning of work flows, an efficiency and a standardization of operations. For this reason, we have joined forces with partners from Next Root Management System, to offer a complete service, for the benefit of the generations who are now in kindergarten or on the benches of schools”, says Albert Davidoglu, CEO, Macromex.

Through the project dedicated to kindergartens and schools, care and interest in healthy eating can be transferred outside the home, in the places where children and students spend the most time, during a week. The solution includes the verification of raw materials, along with an operational system adapted to each location, for added value for all these educational institutions and more safety for students

“With the desire to contribute to the improvement of services in education, we enter into a collaboration aimed at efficiency, standardization of operations, flow planning and food safety for production and storage spaces in kindergartens and school canteens. Our objective, for 2023, is to realize 40 such projects”, says Dragoș Panait, founder of Next

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Letter: Increasing access to fresh, nutritious food

Even though agricultural production is all around us, I’ve noticed that many people in our community can’t access the food that is raised and grown around us. The rising cost of food, supply chain demands, and the realities of today’s food system often means that grocers in small towns can’t afford to store, display, and refrigerate the fresh produce and protein from the farm next door. Small food retailers often can’t afford to update their cold storage or pay high distribution fees.

As a member of the Colorado Agricultural Commission, I want to share an opportunity to change this. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is launching a new program that will offer grants of up to $50,000 to small food retailers and small family farms to increase access to healthy food in low-income, low-access communities in the state. CDA is looking for community and nonprofit organizations that can help promote the program and offer technical assistance to grant applicants.

We are fortunate to have many terrific organizations championing family farms and access to healthy food in our community. CDA wants to partner with organizations that are familiar faces to local producers and small food retailers to help them understand this new program and guide them through the grant process. Organizations can find more information about the program and how to submit contractor proposals before June 14 at

Having more access to fresh, nutritious food is better for our health, our families, and our communities. I hope organizations in the northwestern part of Colorado take this opportunity to strengthen our local connections by helping build a sustainable local food supply chain.

Kathryn Bedell
Grand Junction

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A Swimmer’s Path to Personal Wellness with 21 Body-Care Strategies

Swimmers’ Path to Personal Wellness with 21 Body Care Strategies

Swimming is a sport that demands dedication from its athletes. It’s not uncommon for swimmers to wake up before dawn and jump into a cold pool as part of their daily routine. Weekends are often spent at competitions, where athletes push themselves to their limits. In swimming, athletes often face the challenge of balancing their intense training schedules with their physical and mental health. It can be tempting to prioritize performance over personal well-being, but it’s important to remember that taking care of oneself is crucial for long-term success in the sport.

Acknowledging the fundamental significance of mental and physical health is crucial for the success of any swimmer. The connection between athletic success and a healthy way of life is vital, and it’s essential to maintain harmony between our dedication to swimming and our well-being.

Here are some tips to ensure you are taking care of yourself.

  1. Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for physical and mental health. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to get sick or injured, and have trouble concentrating. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Take a break once in a while. It’s important to take breaks from swimming, even if it’s just for a few days. This will give your body a chance to rest and recover.
  3. Eat clean and healthy. Eating a healthy diet will give you the energy you need to swim your best. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of unhealthy fats.
  4. Watch your diet. It’s important to watch your diet, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or improve your performance. Be mindful of what you’re eating and drink plenty of water.
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