September 29, 2016

Family raising money for drug dog

By Lauren Begley
Staff Writer | reporter@arenacindependent.com
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ARENAC COUNTY — In the wake of the confiscation of prescription drugs at Standish-Sterling Central in January, one family is taking action for the county.

Kathy Wilk, along with her daughters Jody and Jennifer, is raising money to buy a drug dog for Arenac County.

Wilk said that Sheriff Mosciski had already put in requests in the past for grant money from the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe’s two-percent class-3 gaming revenue, but the recent incident at SSC prompted her to do something about the issue.

“It’s a need, and it needs to be done,” Wilk said.

The drug dog will cost about $14,000, and the Wilk family has already put $500 toward it out of their own pocket, she said.

Wilk said they are planning fundraisers throughout the next several months, and they plan to have the money for the dog by July so that it can be trained and ready for the 2010-2011 school year.

Upcoming fundraisers will include a dinner, silent auction, and garage sale, all of which are tentatively planned for May, and Wilk said they also plan to sell candles and will request to place jars in schools to collect coins.

Wilk’s daughter Jennifer will also get an old wish fulfilled in the process.

When Jennifer was about 10 years old, she wanted to raise money to buy a bulletproof vest for the former drug dog, but it died before she was able to go through with her plans. As part of the fundraising for the new drug dog, Jennifer will be able to raise the money necessary for the bullet-proof vest, which can run anywhere between $500-$800, Wilk said.

Wilk said they are still in the planning stages for the fundraisers, but they hope to get many people on board to donate.

“We want to make a difference,” Wilk said.

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Good for this family trying to help out our county.

Monday, February 8, 2010 | Report this

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This not going to help!!! why dont they give there money to the school to educate these kids. finding there drugs and locking them up is not going to solve the issue. They should be more concerned about getting them help than putting them in jail.

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Its a good idea ....but its not going to solve the problem.

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Our county had the chance to get money from the tribe, but blew it. (Politics) The money now goes to other surrounding counties.

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Other big cities have drug dogs and they did not solve there problems. the drugs are still there....just hidding better.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 | Report this

The drug dog may not be a 100% fix, but at least someone is trying to do something.

What is the answer? Just sit back and allow the drugs to flow freely?

The SSC school district has plenty of money. They gave all the administration employees a very nice raise. The superintendent just got a 3% raise. Those raises could of helped with some drug education, but they chose to think of themselves instead.

Heck, Arenac County has a county commissioner (Sancimino) who thinks there isn't a drug problem and even voted against the grant money for STING.With an attitude like that it is no wonder there is the drug problem there is in Arenac County.

Politics didn't cause the tribe from twice denying Sheriff Mosciski his request for a drug dog. It was the tribe themselves. It is more important for the tribe to give to Bay County than to Arenac County. It is as simple as that.

It is my understanding the sheriff department hasn't gotten anything from the tribe since former Sheriff Bouldin blew the $82,000 and didn't buy what the tribe intended the money to be used for.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 | Report this

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Sunday, February 14, 2010 | Report this

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