AN INFORMAL DOG PARADE occurred at Pleasant View SCMCF in Caledonia Township on Tuesday evening, Aug. 4. A group of approximately 20 individuals and their canine companions, gathered at Pleasant View to stroll along the exterior of the building and wave at residents. Many of the residents, due to the pandemic, have had very limited opportunities for social interaction. After some residents found out about the cancellation of the Shiawassee County Fair, they were saddened because they enjoy visiting the animals, when possible. Many of the quarantined residents have longtime connections with the fair, farming and the 4-H community.
Gathered on Tuesday evening were a number of community participants including Andrea Kelly Garrison who is running as a Democrat for the State Rep. seat, Robert Doran-Brockway who is campaigning as a Democrat for the District 2 Shiawassee County Commissioner seat, Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole and Jennifer Meyer Butcher and Brett Butcher, leaders of the 4-H Hush Puppy Dog Club. This was not a 4-H event. People and dogs of all ages were welcome to attend.
A fundraising effort was organized by Jennifer Butcher, after hearing the residents were feeling isolated, and several bags of puzzle books and 20 sets of Color Street nails (nail polish strips) were donated to assist in cheering people up.
Pleasant View did make a formal announcement on Tuesday that one employee, with no symptoms, had tested positive for COVID-19. The parade participants had no physical contact with anyone within the facility and Pleasant View was doing everything in accordance to executive orders.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)