http://canton.itownonline.com Logo

Your guide to the Canton, MI community.

canton.itownonline.com
 
 in 
 
 

COMMUNITY BLOG 10/14 - More Ramblings About Life in Plymouth and Canton

.iTown Editor

10/14 - With one important Republican vote, a health care reform bill made it through committee.  Are we on the way to something the Clinton administration couldn't pull off, and the Bush administration did not attempt?  At .iTown, we're advocates of health care reform - as a small business, health care for employee families is a huge expense, and the lack of real competition among insurance and service providers (have you seen any other industry that can pass along such large price increases year after year?) puts consumers at high financial and ultimately, health risk.  We have the largest economy in the world, and yet we spend the largest percentage of Gross Domestic Product on health care than any other developed nation, and we still have over 50 million people without health insurance coverage.  Something needs to change - now.  Please make Thad McCotter, our representative in Washington, aware of your own feelings about healthcare reform.

On a lighter note, our own Plymouth High School football team made national news for it's game against John Glenn, for, as reported, forgetting to cover and/or tackle the person that picked up the ball.  This will test the adage, "Any publicity is good publicity".  Here's a link to the national story, which also includes access to an end-of-game video clip, which tells the whole story http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1001233

Lots of other things are happening in and around Plymouth and Canton.  Check out this site, or check out a new shopping area or neighborhood, and let us know what you find!

Reader Responses:

Justin Scaparo
The Central Michigan University LaBelle Entrepreneurial Center’s Make A Pitch Competition gives students the chance to make a living by making a change. The competition was held Feb. 17 in Grawn 100. Chuck Fitzpatrick, former director of the LaBelle Entrepreneurial Center, said it will likely be the only one held this semester, though it usually occurs twice. The first competition was in 2006. Ten CMU student contestants had five minutes to convince judges their ideas were unique, relevant and profitable. First place won $500, second place $100 and third place $50. Judges looked for students who were ready to take their pitches to the next level, Fitzpatrick said. “Students are given five minutes to make the classic pitch,” he said. Canton junior Justin Scaparo won first place; he pitched a flooring system that harvests energy from foot traffic and converts it into electricity. He devised the idea and a prototype of the device independently from CMU and is pursuing a patent for it. He thinks high-density areas like a college campus could benefit from the system. “If it were implemented in the CMU library, it could save the university a lot of money,” he said. Scaparo said winning the competition has given him more than just monetary winnings. “This gives my resume more credentials,” he said. “It could secure an internship, if not a job after graduation.”
Justin Scaparo
The Central Michigan University LaBelle Entrepreneurial Center’s Make A Pitch Competition gives students the chance to make a living by making a change. The competition was held Feb. 17 in Grawn 100. Chuck Fitzpatrick, former director of the LaBelle Entrepreneurial Center, said it will likely be the only one held this semester, though it usually occurs twice. The first competition was in 2006. Ten CMU student contestants had five minutes to convince judges their ideas were unique, relevant and profitable. First place won $500, second place $100 and third place $50. Judges looked for students who were ready to take their pitches to the next level, Fitzpatrick said. “Students are given five minutes to make the classic pitch,” he said. Canton junior Justin Scaparo won first place; he pitched a flooring system that harvests energy from foot traffic and converts it into electricity. He devised the idea and a prototype of the device independently from CMU and is pursuing a patent for it. He thinks high-density areas like a college campus could benefit from the system. “If it were implemented in the CMU library, it could save the university a lot of money,” he said. Scaparo said winning the competition has given him more than just monetary winnings. “This gives my resume more credentials,” he said. “It could secure an internship, if not a job after graduation.”

Add your response:

Do you want to respond, or blog here?

Instructions
This is an open forum. Tell u what's on your mind, or what you want the people in Plymouth and/or canton to know about, and we'll post it here.
Enter Code in Image:
< Above Image Code
Name:
Response
 

Current Articles

WE WANT YOUR IDEAS!  You Can Win!!

WE WANT YOUR IDEAS! You Can Win!!

We're up and running, but we want your ideas on how we can make this website work best for you. You'll win when they are implemented, but some people people that send us their ideas will win cool prizes too!
The Detroit Big 3 - What Do You Think?

The Detroit Big 3 - What Do You Think?

The difficulties faced by Detroit's automakers have obvious ramifications to the Plymouth and Canton communities. What can be done to improve the situation, either for the automakers themselves or for affected workers?

Canton.iTownOnline - What's This?

It's new, it's for you, it's about you. And who knows you better than you do? That's what Canton.iTownOnline is all about - your opportunity to find and provide the information that is important to you.
RETIRED POLL: Barack Obama Takes Office

RETIRED POLL: Barack Obama Takes Office

In this poll of Plymouth.iTownOnline.com site users, we found respondents hopeful that Barack Obama can do a good job for our country.
RETIRED POLL: Strange Weather - Is it Global Warming?

RETIRED POLL: Strange Weather - Is it Global Warming?

The results of an .iTown poll on global warming.

Courtney Unedited

Courtney is one of this websites heavy users. Before you might take that the wrong way, we mean a heavy user in terms of that she is on and contributes commentary a lot! Here's a recent post, unedited by us.

Billions For More Bailouts, But Not The Auto Industry?

There seems to be no end to the scenarios that seemingly require the government to come to the rescue, and fire up the printing presses for billions of dollars. Here's another one - so why does the auto industry have to continue to beg?

COMMENT: What's Wrong With This Story?

The Editors of .iTown admit to being gun-control leaning in our views. But we ask, can even the staunchest "right to bear firearms" advocate agree that an eight year old should be allowed to shoot an Uzi at a gun show?
COMMENT: The Big 3 Go To Washington - Was That the Best They Could Do?

COMMENT: The Big 3 Go To Washington - Was That the Best They Could Do?

The CEO's of Ford, GM and Chrysler made their trip to Washington last week to seek Government assistance. They need. We need it. So why did they fall on their collective faces?
RETIRED POLL - How Did Bush Do?

RETIRED POLL - How Did Bush Do?

As we are about to elect our next President, we retired this poll asking readers for their take on the job George Bush did. Read the results...

PC Pride Girls Rock the State Softball Championships!

The Plymouth-Canton Communities solidified their position as the capitol of girls fastpitch softball in the state with an impressive USSSA state championship showing July 10-13, 2008.
River Trail Opens in Canton

River Trail Opens in Canton

The first segment of the Lower Rouge Recreational Trail has opened in Canton. It offers biking, hiking, and in the winter cross country skiing and showshoing opportunities to Canton residents.

Do You Belong to an Organization in Canton? You Belong Here!

Organizations form the backbone of the Canton Community - almost everyone belongs to one. To get the word out about your organization, let us know about it, and take advantage of our FREE listing service! Learn more...

Past Articles

Community Poll:
Which statement best describes how the economic downturn has affected you (and your family) personally.
Not much affect
Currently OK, but concerned about the future
I am watching my spending closely
Significant impact on my finances
Email this page to a friend:
Your Email:
Friend's Email:
Privacy