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BIG RAPIDS — In an emergency, having the skills necessary and know- ing the steps to take to ensure your safety are important. Area seniors are invited to partici- pate in a free day of workshop sessions and demonstrations to help them be better prepared to deal with an emer- gency situation. Camp 911 Safe Senior Day, spon- sored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. onWednesday, July 19, at the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. In addition to educational workshops and a live demonstration, the day includes a provided lunch and morning snack. Registrations are now open and interested individuals should call RSVP at (231) 796-4848. “It’s a very exciting and information- al program,” said Sandy Dalrymple, RSVP director. “Seniors will learn all about safety factors and how to be Camp 911 registration open Senior emergency preparedness training available free of charge A woman gets a hands-on lesson in using a fire extinguisher during the 2016 Camp 911. This year’s event is set for Wednesday, July 19, and registrations are now open. (Pioneer file photo) BY CANDY ALLAN Pioneer Associate Editor

Mecosta County Agrigulatural Free Fair packed with events this week

BY SHANNA AVERY Pioneer Staff Writer

BIG RAPIDS — Mecosta County Fair participants gear up for a week full of competition, showmanship and fun. On Sunday there were weigh-ins for swine, beef steers, dairy steers, feeders, goats, sheep, ducks, tur- keys, chickens and rabbits. 4-H members could be seen throughout the fair grounds washing, scrubbing and brushing their ani- mals, making them shiny and clean for their presen- tation.

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Do-It-Yourself class teaches book making BY MEGHAN HAAS Pioneer Staff Writer

TODAY’S WEATHER Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible. Highs reaching the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s. Event attendees listened closely as Mitchell explained the steps involved in creating a journal. Throughout the class period, Mitchell worked with each student, showing them how to measure cardboard pieces bought a book about different books people had made.” Mitchell was interested in the creative ways people made books and purchased an instructional vol- ume on how to make her own jour- nals. Since then, she has made tomes for her friends, including one from cassette tapes, and has taught a few small classes.

for the covers, cut sheets of paper to the right length and sew the pages together. “Today was great,” she said about Saturday’s class. “Everyone was real- ly good about following along and it sounded like people wanted to make more, which is encouraging.” Astrid Martinez alternates between green and white pieces of paper, which she folded together to make the pages of her journal during the Adults Do-It-Yourself Book class on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Haas)

BIG RAPIDS — In the small classroom in the basement of the Big Rapids Community Library, women worked to measure, cut and glue pieces together to create their own journals.  ChelseaMitchell, library assistant, taught the Adults Do-It-Yourself Book class on Saturday. “I’ve been making books for about eight years now,” Mitchell said. “I think this hobby started when I

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