Emmet County’s Calabrese, Wallin, Fenton to Speak at NCMC

Emmet County Administrator John Calabrese will kick off the winter luncheon lecture series at North Central Michigan College Friday, Jan. 18.

Calabrese is scheduled to speak about EMGO, the county’s new public transit service that is providing three buses to transport people around the more populated areas of Emmet County. The service is a pilot program with tentative routes scheduled to pick riders up and drop them off in areas in and around Petoskey, along the US-31 corridor from Mackinaw City to Petoskey, from the Harbor Springs area to Petoskey as well as other areas outlined on the transit service’s website, EMGOride.com.

In recent months, North Central Michigan College officials and Calabrese have discussed how EMGO might help NCMC students and staff get to classes and work. The EMGO bus service is expected to expand options for those who would like to attend classes, but have been limited by issues related to transportation. Calabrese hopes his explanation of EMGO’s service will encourage current students and staff to incorporate EMGO into their weekday travel schedules as well as provide incentive to others who are considering educational opportunities at NCMC.

Emmet County officials will also provide the college’s next luncheon lecture Jan. 25 when Sheriff Pete Wallin and the county’s chief assistant prosecutor, Stuart Fenton, will be on hand to discuss the recent changes to the state’s law regarding recreational use of marijuana. Though medical marijuana as been legal in Michigan since 2008, recreational use of marijuana became legal in the state Dec. 6 after voters approved a constitutional amendment on a November 2018 ballot initiative. With marijuana still illegal on the federal level, Wallin and Fenton will offer more information about how the changes affect the community.

The luncheon lectures are held on Fridays in the NCMC library conference room. Reservations are required. Cost is $12 per person and includes lunch, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The lecture program follows at noon. Call (231) 348-6600 or email luncheonlectures@ncmich.edu to reserve a seat.

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