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College admissions consultant to appearat Community House

The Community House in Birmingham will host Barbara Connolly, founder of Birmingham-based College Choice Counseling, for a live, in-person program on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 7-9 p.m., with time for questions and answers to help successfully guide students through the college application process.

College Choice Counseling is a college admissions advising business. The founder, attorney Barbara Connolly, is a writer, featured TedX speaker, and a private college admissions consultant and certified educational planner with more than 18 years of experience working with students and their families. 

Connolly’s book, “College Admission Success: Getting into College Under Any Circumstances,” will be available for purchase. 

Parents are encouraged to attend with their students and do not need to register. The cost of the program is $55 per student and all proceeds will benefit the Community House, 380 S. Bates Street.

To register, visit https://communityhouse.asapconnected.com/#CourseID=225277.


Officials in Michigan county used virus money for bonuses

CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in a Michigan county gave themselves $65,000 in bonuses with federal relief money related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The money, described as “hazard pay,” included $25,000 for Jeremy Root, chairman of the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners.

The mostly rural county, between Lansing and Flint, has a population of 68,000.

Commissioners — all Republicans — last week voted to award money to county employees. It ranged from $25,000 for administrators to $2,000 for cleaning staff. All workers got at least $1,000.

Commissioners are paid $10,000 a year for their part-time job, plus a stipend for meetings.

Besides Root, commissioners John Plowman and Brandon Marks each received $10,000 in extra cash, and the other four commissioners got $5,000 each, MLive.com said.

“I think that I earned it,” Commissioner Cindy Garber said. “I work really hard at this job. I was here in-person all through this crazy year.”

Commissioner Marlene Webster said she was “mortified” when money appeared in her bank account. She said she didn’t know she voted to reward herself.

A message seeking comment from Root wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.

Garber said the large payment for Root was justified because he “bears the burden of all emergency orders.”

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