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There was a false gun threat reported yesterday in the Whittemore Prescott School District.  A student allegedly falsely reported that another student had a gun on a Whittemore Prescott School bus Thursday morning. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, students were being transported to the IRESA Skill Center when a student reported to the bus driver that another student had a weapon. Superintendent Joe Perrera said the student was reportedly goofing around when he allegedly made the false report. Perrera said he could not comment at this time on whether the student would be punished, but commended everyone involved for staying calm during the incident. 

The Michigan Senate Transportation Committee recently approved legislation to designate a portion of U.S. 23 in memory of former State Representative Peter Pettalia. According to a press release, Senator Jim Stamas presented the legislation, in honor of Pettalia, who served three terms in the House of Representatives from 2011 until his untimely death in 2016. The Senate bill would designate a portion of U.S. 23 between Maple Drive and Misiak Highway in Presque Isle County as Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway. Stamas said Pettalia was a good friend and a common sense public servant who did his best to improve the lives of the people in Northern Michigan. The bill would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government.

Renovations to three parks in Oscoda Township could cost more than three million dollars.  The preliminary estimates were compiled by Beckett and Raeder Incorporated and presented to the Board of Trustees. According to the Oscoda Press, the proposed improvements plans are for Furtaw Field, Ken Ratliff Memorial Park and Oscoda Beach Park. Individual costs would be nearly $1.3 Million for Oscoda Beach Park, just over $1.4 Million for Ken Ratliff Memorial Park and approximately $1 Million dollars for upgrades to Furtaw Field. While cost estimates were provided, Oscoda Township Trustees did not take any action to commit to the projects.

State Representative, Sue Allor, helped advance plans to fund improvements to an Alcona County Park. Allor, of Wolverine, voted in favor of the National Resources Trust Fund plan approved by the Michigan House. The plan includes $108,700 dollars to aid in the development of a canoe and kayak launch, fishing platform, paved handicap accessible parking and signs at Alcona Township Park. Approximately $46,700 dollars in local matching funds will also be provided for the park located at the mouth of the Black River. Allor said the improvements will give local families a new opportunity to get outside and enjoy the scenic beauty and abundant natural resources our area has to offer. The bill now goes to the Governor for consideration.



On Monday at approximately 3pm, troopers from the Michigan State Police Alpena Post responded to a three vehicle personal injury crash on U.S. 23 and Squaw Bay. Subsequent investigation showed a Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 78 year old Alpena man and a Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 64 year old Alpena woman were stopped in the northbound lane waiting for a vehicle to make a left turn into a private drive. A Chevrolet Uplander driven by a  74 year old Spruce man rear ended the Equinox, pushing it into the Silverado. The drivers of the Uplander and the Equinox were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. A 76 year old female passenger in the Silverado was treated at the scene for a minor injury. The driver of the Uplander was cited for failing to stop within the assured clear distance.

Residents of Iosco County will see a millage proposal for Iosco County Central Dispatch on their August Ballot.  The Iosco County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the proposed ballot language. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the millage will ask Iosco County voters to approve point 68 mill over eight years for central dispatch. The millage request was presented by central dispatch director, Michael Eller, who told commissioners that the department has been running at a deficit for the past two years. Because the ballot language was approved before May 15th, the measure will be on the August ballot.

A motion was recently made by an Oscoda County commissioner to eliminate health insurance.  Commissioner Larry Wilson made the motion during the May 8th meeting. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Wilson said his suggestion was an attempt to provide financial relief while the county is in a budget crunch. Wilson's motion was not seconded and died due to lack of support. He said he is not finished advocating for the decision. Last year, Ogemaw County did away with health benefits for its commissioners and Arenac County offers health benefits to its board with a co-pay of less than ten percent.

The Ogemaw County Road Commission reports that Beaver Lake Trail in Foster Township, from Grass Lake Road south to St. Helen Trail is closed to all traffic until further notice due to impassible road conditions caused by logging trucks. For more information call 989-345-0234.



The Tawas City Council has a new member.  During their May 7th meeting, the Tawas City Council unanimously selected Jacqueline Masich to fill a vacancy. According to the Iosco County News Herald, the seat became available after former councilman Carl Steinhurst announced his resignation on April 9th. Masich, whose husband Steve is the Chief of the Tawas City Fire Department, was the only person to express interest in the position. Masich currently serves on the downtown development authority, planning commission and parks and recreation board for Tawas City. Masich's term on the council will expire on December 31st.

The community action group NOW, Need Our Water, will hold a meeting tomorrow afternoon. The group was organized to give Oscoda-AuSable and surrounding communities a voice. Their mission is to be a reliable resource and catalyst for education and communication, while advocating for long term health and environmental welfare plans on behalf of those affected by the water contamination from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda. The group will hold their next meeting Thursday at 5:30pm, in the Robert J. Parks Library on Skeel Avenue in Oscoda. All are welcome to attend.

The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union was recently honored and welcomed a new Commercial Lender.  The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union was recently awarded "Sunrise Side Best Credit Union and Best Mortgage Company". Each year the Alpena News puts out a survey for community members to vote on local area businesses in various categories and the credit union has received both awards for many years and is grateful to the community. The Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union also recently announced the addition of Jerry Schmidt as its new Commercial Lender. Schmidt, who brings over 28 years of experience in the financial industry is the credit union's first commercial lender. Schmidt will be providing services throughout Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Iosco Counties.  

Recent legislation passed in Michigan has simplified fishing regulations for anglers, particularly those pursuing steelhead on the state’s rivers and streams. The legislation removed a net size restriction that has been in place for many years to protect spawning salmon from illegally being harvested. With the removal of this restriction, anglers now legally may use hand nets with handle lengths longer than 14 inches. The regulation created a safety issue for anglers fishing for steelhead from boats, as there was concern anglers would not be safe if they had to lean over the side of their boat to net a steelhead with such a short net handle. Anglers still can only use hand nets to help land lawfully hooked fish, except under a few circumstances. For more information visit Michigan.Gov/DNR.



(photo: L: Olar, R: Grinnell)
A Pontiac man has pled guilty to the murder of a Hale man.  21 year old Daniel James Olar will be sentenced on the charge of 2nd-degree murder in the death of Roger Lee Knickerbocker II. According to the Oscoda Press, Under the plea deal Olar agreed to plead guilty to the charge of 2nd-degree murder, with the charge of homicide-open murder dismissed by the prosecutor.  Previously, Olar’s accomplice, Christopher Ryan Grinnell, 25 of Hale, pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 22 and a half to 40 years in prison. Olar is said by investigators to have beaten Knickerbocker with a hammer and then stabbed him with a knife handed to him by Grinnell, who told Olar to finish it. Olar will be in 23rd Circuit Court to receive his sentence June 11th at 9am.
(photo: Knickerbocker-left)

A 64-year-old West Branch man died in Saginaw Bay last week after he fell into the water.  Arenac County Under-sheriff Don McIntyre said Joseph Houf was boating with his wife when he leaned overboard to untangle some line and fell into the water. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Houf was reportedly not wearing a life jacket. McIntyre said his department was dispatched to Eagle Bay Marina in Standish for a possible drowning. McIntyre said the sheriff’s department and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police were able to locate the wife and the vessel approximately 2 1/2 miles offshore. Nearby fishermen located the body of Houf. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the sheriff’s department in the recovery of Houf’s body.
(Joseph Houf obituary photo)

State Representative Sue Allor, of Wolverine, and the Michigan House approved a comprehensive plan focused on improving safety in schools, including a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security. The legislation creates a commission whose focus will be to develop a system for auditing safety procedures in Michigan schools. The plan also calls for a liaison within each school district to report to and work with the commission. The plan would also make the “OK 2 Say” school safety program permanent, require reporting procedures for school incidents and threats, require safety related measures in new school construction and enhance law enforcement training. The bills now advance to the Senate for further consideration.



An Oregon man was hospitalized after suffering severe injuries in a car-semi-trailer crash in Huron County. According to M-Live, about 9am Friday, sheriff's deputies responded to the crash site at Sebawaing and Blakely roads in Grant Township. They determined a westbound Chevrolet Malibu driven by 33 year old Sean Mauze of Salem, Oregon, crossed the centerline into the path of an eastbound Kenworth semi. The two vehicles collided then ended up in ditches on opposite sides of the road. Mauze was taken to an out-of-county hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. The 57-year-old driver of the semi received treatment at a local hospital for minor injuries. The collision spilled several gallons of diesel fuel from the heavily damaged semi, which required the Harbor beach Fire Department Hazardous Material Team to respond. The investigation is ongoing.

The Alcona County Road Commission is preparing for Summer projects.  The Commission has four road construction projects on the list for this Summer. According to the Alcona County Review, the list includes Bamfield Road in Curtis Township which will see safety improvements from Garrett Road to DeMotte Road west of Glennie starting in June. Improvements will be made at the intersection of Walker Road at Poor Farm Road in Harrisville Township. Work has already begun and will be completed by late June. Work on Mt. Maria Road in Hawes Township will be from Hilltop Parkway to Anne Street and will begin the first part of June. And work on F-41 in Mikado Township will be from Andrews Road to F-30 and will begin at the end of July. 

The City of AuGres has approved the purchase of a fish cleaning station.  The AuGres City council approved the purchase at their May 1st meeting. According to the Arenac County Independent, City Clerk LaVonne Pritchard said the city budgeted $50,000 dollars for a fish cleaning station to be installed inside a facility on the harbor property. The expected cost of the station is $37,750 dollars with options that could increase the price to $43,000 dollars. An additional cost would be incurred to connect the station into the city's sanitary sewer system. The site approved for the station is the far east bay of a three bay pole barn on the harbor property.



A fire this morning at the Detroit Foundation Hotel in Detroit near Cobo Center. The hotel is housed in the Old Detroit Fire Department headquarters and the fire was in the roof area. The fire is now out and no one was injured.

Michigan regulators are now investigating how DTE Energy responds to weather-related outages after the death of an elderly Detroit woman. The Michigan Public Service Commission has opened a probe into the May 4th outage which effected over 300- thousand DTE customers. Regulators are also looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a Detroit senior citizen, who was found dead on May 8th on the city's east side -- after being electrocuted by a downed power line. DTE Energy says the area had been blocked off with caution tape at the time.

A 28-year-old Ann Arbor woman has been critically injured after being hit by a vehicle in Ann Arbor Township on Thursday afternoon. M-Live reports the woman was taken to University of Michigan Hospital. The accident is being investigated.

A Metro Detroit religious leader will not be facing charges following a complaint of inappropriate contact by a student. Madison Height Police announced that after investigating the claim against Father Gerry LeBoeuf -- the former president of Bishop Foley High School -- there will be no criminal charges. The Archdiocese of Detroit sent a letter to families saying "We are most grateful for this resolution. We now must move toward healing for all those involved." Officials say father LeBoeuf will not return to his ministerial responsibilities because of an unrelated personal matter.

A Court of Claims judge has dismissed a lawsuit to determine if democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is eligible to serve as governor. M-live reports a spokesman for El-Sayed, Adam Joseph, says Abdul is 100-percent eligible to be governor of Michigan, as they have always maintained. The campaign had filed the lawsuit at the request of the Michigan Democratic Party after questions arose about whether El-Sayed met the residency requirements to serve as governor.

In the U-P, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce is moving to the U.P. State Fairgrounds next year. The Fair Authority has received a one million dollar grant from the John and Melissa Besse Foundation and it will be used to build a new commerce center building and the U-P Veterans Museum.



A day care worker in west Michigan has been charged with abusing three children at Rainbow Child Care Center in Allendale. WOOD TV reports Keyonis Ratfliff has been charged with three misdemeanor assault charges. She's accused of assaulting three children under the age of one. The day care's license was temporarily suspended by the state. an investigation began when a three month old boy had trouble breathing at the day care. He was treated and released from a hospital and police did not suspect he was abused.

In the U-P, Raber Township is being cut off from EMS service provided by Pickford Township. 9 and 10 News reports Pickford Township Supervisor Tom Ball says Raber Township owes them nine thousand dollars and it's been an issue since 2014. Ball says he offered them a contract in March that would allow Raber to pay back the debt over the next few years, on top of ongoing payments from a millage, but it was declined. Kalamazoo County Sheriff

Richard Fuller is being credited with saving the lives to two men who overdosed outside a Qdoba restaurant in Kalamazoo the other night. Fuller says he happened to see that a man parked next to him was slumped over the wheel and another man in the passenger seat was injecting a needle into his stomach. Fuller says he recognized it as heroin and called for help. He and a deputy used Narcan and both men eventually woke up and started breathing normally.

The survivors of former Michigan State sports Dr. Larry Nassar will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year's ESPYS. ESPN vice president Alison Overholt says the he women and girls who spoke out about how Nassar sexually abused them have shown "what it truly means to speak truth to power." Those who have won the award in the past include: Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, and Billie Jean King.

Michigan gas prices are reaching levels that haven't been seen in three years. AAA Michigan announcing that the state average gas price now above the three-dollar mark - at 3.02 a gallon.



A pregnant woman, the mother of four children, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing her husband and another woman at a Cadillac motel over the weekend. 9 and 10 News reports Miranda Turpin is being held on 500-thousand dollars bond after the stabbings Saturday at the Economy Inn in Cadillac. The family says her husband is out of the hospital, while police say the other victim is in serious, but stable condition. Turpin's children are with family members.

A Traverse City man, Jeffrey Hughes, has been charged with two counts of embezzlement for allegedly taking more than 39-thousand dollars from Brownwood Farms. 9 and 10 News reports Hughes had been managing the farm operations for Mark and Carol Vittert, but an accountant found that Hughes was writing checks to himself for items and services that weren't related to the business.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson and others in the music industry will be on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify on federal copyright laws and music licensing rules. The Music Modernization Act would update those laws so that songwriters, performers and producers are paid a fair rate--while digital platforms would get the licensing necessary to distribute the music over the Internet. The bills have already won unanimous approval in the U-S House.

Escanaba school voters may see a school sinking fund millage back on the ballot in November. That's after it was defeated last week by under 400 votes. W-L-U-C reports several school board members support putting the issue back on the ballot this November since there was only a 15 percent voter turnout last week.

A social worker is taking her former employer to court for firing her after she refused to counsel a gay couple based on her religious beliefs. In her federal lawsuit, Kathleen Lorentzen claims she was the target of discrimination, ridicule and intimidation by her bosses at Health Source Saginaw. Lorentzen--who was an outpatient behavioral therapist--claims her faith led to her dismissal. The lawsuit claims Lorentzen's supervisor told her she had to be a social worker first, and a Catholic second. No comment at this time from the agency.



A Royal Oak police officer was involved in a fatal shooting overnight. This took place before 4 this morning in a neighborhood . This would be the second shooting involving Royal Oak police in the past two months. An officer shot and killed a man who tried to drive at an officer's car April 10th.

In the U-P, Escanaba Public Safety was busy putting out two fires early this morning....one a grass and brush fire that had started as a garage fire. W-L-U-C reports the garage fire in Wells Township was put out quickly along with the brush fire. No one was injured . The cause is being investigated.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is fast approaching and Triple A Michigan predicts record breaking holiday travel in Michigan. It says nearly one-point-three Michiganders will travel this Memorial Day weekend, up five percent from last year and the most in more than a dozen years.  As gas prices rise along with the temperatures, Triple-A still expects more people will take planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation.

Former Hancock Mayor Barry Givens has been offered the job of city manager. W-L-UC reports city council interviewed four candidates over the weekend and have offered the job to Givens. Longtime Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson is retiring at the end of the year.

There are some new doctors in Michigan....the first graduates of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Graduation ceremonies were held on Sunday and 48 students graduated in the first class of the med school. If this dog could talk, what a tale it would tell.

Bambi is a 12-yr-old retriever mix whose owner in Lansing thought was lost for good when she ran away--four years ago. But Toledo Police found Bambi earlier this month wandering a city neighborhood. Animal Control scanned the dog's microchip and found she had a home. Her owner, Bradley Wieferich (WEE-fer-ich) tells the Toledo Blade he was stunned to get the call, assuming Bambi had been picked up by someone else or had died. But he was greeted by a familiar howl when they were reunited this past week at the dog pound. Animal control officials say they have no idea how Bambi made it from Lansing to Toledo, but it demonstrates the importance of micro-chipping pets and for strays to be scanned.


 FRIDAY, MAY 18th, 2018

Missouri Legislature Special Session to Consider Impeachment of Gov. Greitens
Missouri Legislature holds a special session to consider the impeachment of Governor Eric Greitens, following allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of charity resources.
Prince Memorabilia Auction at Hard Rock Cafe New York


SATURDAY, MAY 19th, 2018

Armed Forces Day

UK's Prince Harry Marries American Actress Meghan Markle in Windsor (7am ET)
Preakness Stakes
Second horse race in annual Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.  Justify won this year's Kentucky Derby.
President Jimmy Carter Delivers Keynote Address at Liberty University Commencement Ceremony
The Great Wall Marathon in China
Participants climb the 5,164 steps of the largest human-made structure in the world from Beijing to Huangyaguen.
70th Birthday of Supermodel, Singer and Actress Grace Jones

SUNDAY, MAY 20th, 2018

Hillary Clinton speaks at Yale University Class Day - Yale University Senior Class Day ceremony, with keynote from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Yale University Commencement ceremonies take place Monday.
Former Vice President Al Gore Delivers University of Maryland Commencement Address
Venezuela Presidential Elections
Incumbent Nicolas Maduro is seeking a second six-year term.
Billboard Music Awards (8pm ET)
Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Kelly Clarkson with performances from Ariana Grande, BTS, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa, and Shawn Mendes.
25th Anniversary of Final Episode of Cheers
The sitcom starred Ted Danson, who receives an honorary degree from Carnegie Mellon University today.
American Idol Season Finale Part One on ABC
Pentecost Sunday - Pope Francis is expected to give Mass today at Vatican City
32nd Annual AIDS Walk New York

MONDAY, MAY 21st, 2018

Yale University Commencement Ceremony with Keynote Speaker Hillary Clinton
Indiana GOP 2018 Spring Dinner
Indiana Republican Party 2018 Spring Dinner, entitled 'Hoosiers in Washington: An Inside Look at the Trump-Pence Administration', featuring a conversation with Senior Political Advisor to Vice President Mike Pence Marty Obst and former Special Assistant to President Donald Trump, Marc Lotte.
Fortune 500 Ranking of America's Largest Corporations Released
20th Anniversary of Shooting at Thurston High School - 20th anniversary of 15-year-old student Kip Kinkel opening fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, OR, killing two students and wounding 25, one day after killing his parents.
2018 Miss USA Pageant
67th annual beauty contest, hosted by husband and wife duo Vanessa and Nick Lachey. Contestants are judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Winner will represent the U.S. at Miss Universe in November.
American Idol Winner Crowned on ABC
Dancing With The Stars All-Athletes Edition Winner Crowned on ABC

TUESDAY, MAY 22nd, 2018

President Trump Meets South Korean President Moon at the White House

President Trump Addresses Susan B. Anthony List Gala - Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala, including remarks from President Donald Trump, on 'the many actions he has taken to protect the lives of the unborn and defend religious liberty'.
Memoir from Senator John McCain Published
'The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations' by John McCain published by Simon & Schuster. In the memoir McCain, who is currently suffering from brain cancer, explores his past years in American politics and the future for America he hopes to be able to see.
Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas Primaries
Annual Congressional Soccer Match
U.S. Soccer Foundation's 6th annual Congressional Soccer Match featuring members of Congress and soccer and sports legends.
15th Anniversary of U.N. giving U.S. and Britain a Mandate to Rule Iraq
Boy Scouts of America National Annual Meeting (May 22-24)
EU Meeting on U.S. Tariff Exemption
Exemption granted to Brussels by Washington regarding new tariffs it seeks to impose on steel and aluminum. Today's meeting also discusses free trade deals with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore.
Queen Elizabeth II hosts 70th birthday party for UK's Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace
The UK's Queen hosts a birthday party for the Prince of Wales ahead of his 70th birthday on November 14th. Expected to be attended by the Duchess of Cornwall and newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd, 2018

North Korea Expected to Dismantle Nuclear Test Site (May 23-25)
U.S. Coast Guard Academy 137th Commencement with Keynote from Vice President Mike Pence

Annual Ranking of Countries Based on their Competitiveness Published
IMD World Competitiveness Center launches its annual World Competitiveness Yearbook, including an annual ranking of countries based on their competitiveness.
Court Hearing for Man Accused of Stabbing a Police Officer in Flint, MI, Airport - Plea hearing for Amor Ftouhi, a Canadian man indicted on charges of committing an act of violence at an international airport and interfering with airport security. Ftouhi is accused of stabbing Bishop International Airport Police Officer Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck last June.
Fleet Week in New York (May 23-29)
15th Anniversary of Birth of First Cloned Deer
15th anniversary of a white-tailed fawn named Dewey born as the first cloned deer, at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.

THURSDAY, MAY 24th, 2018

President Trump Presents Medal of Honor - President Donald Trump awards Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (Ret.) Britt Slabinski with the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, for leading a Joint Task Force team up a mountain peak to rescue a stranded teammate after their helicopter had been shot down by al-Qaida forces in March 2002 and for subsequently leading a 14-hour trek carrying a wounded soldier down a sheer cliff face and through waist-deep snow while engaging with enemy forces.
Hearing on 'Review of the FY 2019 State Department Budget Request', with testimony from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Released
Jeans for Troops Day
Participating schools, companies, and government agencies allow employees to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation to the GI Go Fund, which assists veterans with their needs upon their return home from combat.
Clinton Foundation Gala
Former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton and performance from Sting and Shaggy.

FRIDAY, MAY 25th, 2018

President Trump Speaks at Naval Academy Commencement Ceremony

Court Hearing for Florida School Shooting Suspect - Status hearing for Nikolas Cruz, charged with 17 counts of murder.
Court Hearing for Paul Manafort Following Indictment
Motion hearing for former Donald J. Trump for President campaign manager Paul Manafort, indicted on 32 counts: 16 related to false individual income tax returns, seven of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, five of bank fraud conspiracy, and four of bank fraud.
30th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan First visit to Soviet Union - 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan making his first visit to the Soviet Union for a superpower strategic arms reductions treaty summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Star Wars' Han Solo Spin-Off Released in Theaters Nationwide
'Solo: A Star Wars Story', sci-fi fantasy spin-off directed by Ron Howard released in theaters nationwide.
Congress Breaks for Memorial Day Recess (May 25-June 4)
'Don't Fry Day'
'Don't Fry Day', as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency, National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, and CDC to encourage Americans to take a few simple steps to protect their health and prevent skin cancer throughout the summer.


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