Veterans in northern Michigan often have to drive a long way to see their doctors. That’s because official VA hospitals are mostly downstate, like the one in Saginaw.
Congress passed legislation over the summer that was meant to change that temporarily. It pays for more local, private care options for those enrolled in health plans through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
But in Michigan, most veterans don’t qualify under the rules.
The Twelve Days of Christmas, from December 25th to Epiphany,January 6th, are likened to the journey from shepherds to kings, a microcosmic experience of the macrocosmic cycle of 12 months, and the Sun's apparent movement through the 12 starry regions of the zodiac
The season of Advent comes to a close this week, and now begins the 12 Days of Christmas.
So here’s how it works: There are 12 days between the festivals of Christmas, December 25, and Epiphany, January 6. We’ve just had the darkest moment of the year at Solstice. Now we celebrate he return of light, also known as as the sacred birth that takes place three days later, atmidnight between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
An 18-year-old murder case was not resolved this week, as Kalkaska residents had hoped. A jury could not come to a decision in the case against Jason Ryan for the 1996 rape and murder of 68-year-old widow Geraldine Montgomery.
So now, after Kalkaska has endured two long trials, the community is heading for a third.
A jury was not able to agree whether Ryan is guilty of the crime after a nearly two-week trial. The prosecutor has said he will try again. Ryan, 36, is said to have been staying down the street from Montgomery’s home at the time of the murder.