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Dick Scott Collision & Auto Glass Food Drive

Indian Motorcycles Celebrates 110 at Sturgis

Indian Motorcycle’s entire 2012 lineup will be displayed in Sturgis for the 71st annual motorcycle rally. Indian Motorcycle accessories will also be on display with apparel for purchase. The show truck is located on the corner of 4th and Lazelle Streets in downtown Sturgis

In addition to the events display, Indian Motorcycle is inviting all 1901- 2011 Indian owners to park their motorcycles by the Indian Motorcycle Display to celebrate the 110 years of the company and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Indian motorcycle owners. Indian Motorcycle Company is proud to sponsor a breakfast and self-guided ride to the Sturgis half-mile flat track races for all Indian Motorcycle Owners. The ride will start with breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 1319 Junction Ave, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785 between 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. The ride will leave from downtown Sturgis wind through scenic Spearfish Canyon, ending at the 1/2-mile Flat Track Races in Sturgis. Please join us for a fun day of riding and racing. For more information the flat track races visit

Indian motorcycle is the featured brand at the Knuckle Saloon, located at 931 1st Street in Sturgis, on Friday, August 12th, starting at 6 p.m. is an Indian gathering. This is open to the public, and we invite Indian Motorcycle owners to show off rides and share some stories.

For more information on the Indian Motorcycle event schedule, dealership locations and openings, the motorcycles, accessories, apparel and gifts visit

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More Road construction in Plymouth

The City of Plymouth is working on a Road Improvement & Infrastructure Project in the south east section of the City on Coolidge and Harding Streets. Work on the project is moving along as scheduled at this time. Contractors are currently working on installing water services to hook residents up to the new water main that was installed in the street.

Residents on Coolidge and Harding can expect that additional crews will be in working by approximately Wednesday (8/3/11) of next week to begin to remove curb and begin excavation for the new road base. Crews are anticipated to begin to set the stone road base on or about August 8th. New concrete curb and drive approaches are currently scheduled to begin to be poured starting sometime during the week of August 8th. The first course or leveling base of asphalt is scheduled to occur around the 17th of August.

For Residents living in the Phase 2 Project Area on Roosevelt and Dewey Streets you can expect that the milling or grinding of the old asphalt street will occur sometime during the week of August 15th.

As always, construction schedules are subject to significant changes as weather, site conditions, crew scheduling and equipment will affect the overall schedule of work. Persons with questions regarding this report should contact .

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Nissan LEAF Earns Highest Safety Rating From Federal Government

The Nissan Leaf earned a top five-star rating in the federal government’s new, tougher crash test rating system. Under the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new rating system, all vehicles are given a single rating of one to five stars based on their scores in separate front and side impact tests as well as resistance to rollovers.

The Leaf earned four stars for occupant protection in front-end crashes, five stars for side crash protection and four stars for resistance to rolling over, resulting in the overall five-star score.

The Leaf is an electrically powered plug-in car. It can go about 70 miles on a charge, according to EPA estimates.

NHTSA used updated crash test regimen, introduced last year, which includes a new side crash test in which vehicles slide diagonally into a pole, mimicking a car skidding into a light post or tree.

General Motors’ Chevrolet Volt also recently earned a five-star NHTSA safety rating.

The Volt and the Nissan Leaf electric car were both recently given Top Safety Pick Awards by the privately funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Institute, which is financed by auto insurers, conducts a different set of crash tests from those conducted by the government. To earn a Top Safety Pick Award, a vehicle must earn top scores in all of the Institute’s tests.

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Advanced Notice of Road Closures – Old Village

CSX Railroad has announced that they will be closing the following railroad crossings in the City of Plymouth later this week.  CSX anticipates closing Mill Street South (in Old Village) and Holbrook Street at the railroad crossings in order to re-construct the crossings.  They are also scheduled to reconstruct the Starkweather crossing; however this morning CSX indicated that they would come back and complete that work at a later time.

Motorists can anticipate that both the Mill Street south railroad crossing and Holbrook railroad crossing in the Old Village area of the City will be closed to all traffic from approximately Wednesday, July 27th through Saturday, July 30th.  For updates check out the CSX Railroad Web Site at or call 800-232-0144.

Again, as of this morning CSX reports that they will leave Starkweather open until they make repairs to the Mill Street and Holbrook Crossings in Old Village.

The railroad crossing repairs are a CSX Railroad Project and they are responsible for the repairs, closures and detour routes.  Repair schedules are subject to significant changes as a result of CSX Scheduling, equipment, site conditions and crew availability.


Dick Scott Collision and Auto Glass is Sponsoring a Community-Wide Food Pantry Drive for the
Fowlerville Family Impact Center  from August 1st to August 31st

Donations can be dropped off between 8am and 6pm Monday – Friday
at Dick Scott Collision Center, which is located at
3030 Fowlerville Road, Fowlerville MI. 48836

“Committed to Families in Need”
“A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor” Proverbs 22:9″

Family Impact Center is a Christian-based organization that began serving those in need in March of 2002. We work hand in hand with local communities to help bring restoration to individuals and families in need by offering the following programs:

Programs Provided
•    Client-Choice Food Pantry
•    Educational Resources
•    Support Groups
•    Counseling Services
•    Mentoring Programs

More families request assistance from Family Impact Center during summer months because their children are not in school and, therefore, are not receiving free lunches. Consequently, the need to keep the Pantry’s shelves replenished is greater than usual. In addition, donations from food drives done by schools and other organizations are much lower in the summer. So, join us to help stock the Food pantry at Family Impact Center, our local organization for individuals and families in need!

Items MOST Needed:
Canned fruit, fruit juice & juice boxes
Canned meat (such as tuna or chicken)
Canned vegetables
Cleaning supplies, including detergent
Meat meals, including complete meals
Paper products
Peanut butter & jelly
Personal products
Soups: chunky, regular & Ramen Noodles
**Please check expiration dates. “Home Canned” items cannot be accepted.**


Offers good through August 1st, 2011

More tips for Riding in Extreme Heat

Don’t forget that once the temperature gets above your body temperature (~99°F / ~37°C), you don’t want to be wearing a mesh jacket. You want to zip up all of your vents and keep as much of your skin covered as possible. Hot air hitting your skin at a temperature higher than your body temperature will heat up your skin and dehydrate you faster than you’ll know it’s happening.

Cover your neck with a soaking wet bandana, wet down your T-shirt, and stop often to re-soak both. Drink way more water than you think you’ll need.

Heatstroke is a very real possibility on a motorcycle, and at high temperatures, mesh clothing will not help with this. If you do wear a mesh jacket in these temps, make sure you have a Camelbak or some sort of hydration system, and drink water constantly.
There are two big things at work here.

1.Evaporation and
Both deal with sweating. Let’s look at each one separately. But first, a quick primer on sweat.  Sweat happens when your body transfers heat from itself into the air. When sweat evaporates, it cools down the surface of your skin.

OK, on to evaporation. Evaporation can only happen when there’s less moisture in the air than on your skin. So if you are in a big hot stinky swamp pit, evaporation ain’t gonna do much for you. If there is no evaporation happening, your body will stop sweating. This is very bad, and you will soon be very unhappy as your body overheats.

So now you are thinking, “won’t closing your vents ensure that your suit becomes a big hot stinky swamp pit? Aren’t you ensuring that you’ll raise your core temperature too much because your sweat can’t evaporate?” If you are hard-core enough to ride in extremely hot weather when the humidity is high, let’s face it: nothing is going to be a perfect solution. At that point, you get yourself shade and water, and often. Also, assuming you’re touring, try riding at night or at higher elevations. However, in most of our daily lives, this isn’t going to be an issue. No one’s jacket is windproof (we all wish it was, especially in the wintertime!), so unless your idea of gear is Saran Wrap, your skin is going to be able to breathe and your sweat is not going to stop evaporating 100%.

So, on to our second idea: insulation. Earlier, we established that sweat is the body’s way of transferring heat from itself to the air. This can only happen if the air is cooler than the body. Otherwise, the skin will draw heat from the air. Why is this a problem? It’s called vasodilation. The idea here is that as the body heats up, blood vessels enlarge to circulate more blood to the skin. Normally, this is good because the evaporative cooling process cools down the skin, and therefore, the blood. However, if your sweat evaporates too quickly and dries out, the skin absorbs heat from the air, which then actually heats up your blood. Mmm, nice hot blood circulating all over your body—especially up into your brain.

By zipping up your vents, you provide a layer of insulation between your skin and that hot air. By keeping your clothing wet, you augment your sweat and keep your skin (and therefore blood) cool. One thing mentioned in particular is a bandana. You could actually use a Cool Tie, which is a bandana-like tube filled with paraffin crystals that hold water much longer than cotton. In desert conditions,  soak this Cool Tie and wrap it around your neck while riding. It keeps the blood flowing to your brain cool, and helps keep your head on straight. It’s very easy to become confused when in the early stages of heatstroke, and keeping your blood cool is one big way to combat this.

To reiterate that this is only really applicable when the ambient temperature is above your body temperature. Also,  nothing against mesh jackets, but in extreme, 99°F+ / 37°C+, conditions, you have to be prepared to go into desert survival mode, which, includes zipping up vents and keeping the hot air and sun off of your skin. No matter what your opinion on the vents, it should also include frequent stops, lots of water (and/or some sports drink that replaces electrolytes and sugars you loose as you sweat), and lots of shade. If you’re not willing or able to make those sorts of preparations when riding in 99°F+ / 37°C+ weather, take the car or stay home. That isn’t being a big pansy; it’s being smart and safe.

Extreme heat cancels City Sports

The National Weather Service has indicated declared an Excessive Heat Warning for today.  The following information may be of benefit for residents today:

All City of Plymouth Recreation T-Ball Games scheduled for Today have been cancelled. 

The Plymouth Cultural Center building is currently open and the Geo-Thermal Air Conditioning System is operating and this can be a place to cool off at.  The building is open today  and Tomorrow (Thursday) until 9:00 p.m. 

If you choose to water your lawn the City would request that you only water you lawn during the overnight hours as this is the coolest time and there will be less water loss due to evaporation.   Lawn sprinkling at night will put the most water on the lawn.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), temperatures inside a car can climb from 78 degrees to 100 degrees in just three minutes, to 125 degrees in 6-8 minutes. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s body temperature may increase three to five times as fast an adult.

Whether in a hot vehicle or a home without proper cooling, heat stroke occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature and may result in an individual’s body temperature reaching 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Children’s bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under four years of age, also at risk are the elderly, especially those with medical conditions.

Remember your pets and your neighbor’s pets; they need to keep cool as well.  Pets should never be left in a car, even with the windows down.  Pets that may be outside should have lots of shade and plenty of cool water.  However, a day like today is a good day for pets to be brought indoors and basements often time offer a cool location on a hot summer day.

Tips for Helping to Deal with the Heat:
– Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

– Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar — these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

– Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
– Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place, is a much better way to cool off.

– Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

– NEVER leave anyone or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

– Infants and young children

– People aged 65 or older

– People who have a mental illness

– Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion orheat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat:

– Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

– Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

– Try to rest often in shady areas.

– Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

AC tips from Midwest Energy Cooperative:

Be reasonable in your expectations: In this region, the summer design temperature for cooling equipment is about 89°. That means when it hits that temperature outside, your AC unit will run full tilt to keep your house cool.  Higher outside temps may cause your house to be a little bit warmer than what you’d really prefer.

Do NOT crank the thermostat down: Leave it set where you normally have it. Moving the dial from 76° to 72° will not change the temperature of the air coming out of the registers; it just makes the unit run longer to reach the desired temperature.  If your unit is already running full time to keep the house at 76°, moving the dial down will not make the house any cooler.

– It may not be the equipment’s fault: Leaky ductwork, poor insulation levels and air leaks in the home’s envelope all contribute to comfort issues. We tend to notice these issues more during extreme summer heat. Be sure to note areas in your home that are particularly uncomfortable this week so that you can do some further investigation when things cool down. Many modifications related to the home’s envelope don’t cost as much as you might think.

– Is the filter clean: Take a look and change it or clean it if you even THINK it’s dirty. A dirty filter will slow air flow and make your AC unit work harder than it needs to. That costs you extra money AND you won’t be as cool.

– Close your curtains, shades or blinds: Keeping the sunshine out will help keep the rooms as cool as possible. If you don’t like feeling like you are in a cave then just close them on the east side in the morning and the west side in the afternoon. If you have south facing windows you may want to keep them closed all day to keep the heat down in those rooms.

– Do not block supply registers OR returns: The key to comfort is to keep the air flowing. Move furniture around so that you are not blocking any supply or return registers.

– Use ceiling fans and/or box fans: Even warmer air feels cooler if it’s moving.

– Check the outdoor unit: Be sure it’s free of grass clippings, leaves, pet hair and other things. If the fins are plugged up, carefully brush them off. You can also carefully wash them with your garden hose. Having the fins clear allows the air to flow better and the unit to dissipate the heat it is pulling from your house.

The Victory Motorcycle Demo Truck will be Here 8/26 & 8/27!

The Victory Demo Truck is coming to Dick Scott’s Classic MotorcycleDetroit on Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27. Demo Rides will be available on Friday from 11am until 6pm and Saturday from 11am until 4pm.

If you are planning to Take a Ride, you will need to meet certain guidelines, some of which include:

1. Have a valid motorcycle operator’s license
2. Have appropriate riding gear (i.e., helmet, jacket or long sleeved shirt, long pants, etc.)
When you arrive, look for the sign-up area and then “Get Ready to Ride!”

It’s going to be a fun day. In addition to the bikes, we will have food, refreshments and live music!