Cleaning Up the Rouge River, Recording COVID-19 History and More! | Full Megacast, February 22, 2021

Better Made Snack Foods Vice President of Purchasing, Phil Gusmano, and other news-makers discuss the latest COVID-19 information and election-related news on this full edition of the Oakland County Megacast!

Better Made Snack Foods Vice President of Purchasing, Phil Gusmano, joins the show to talk about Better Made’s illustrious history of making some of Michigan’s favorite snacks in the Detroit area, as well as the company’s efforts to give back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mary McCormick, Executive Director of the Friends of the Rouge, talks about the years-long cleanup efforts of the Rouge River, the lasting impact that these efforts have and will have on our local ecology, and how a connection to nature makes us more cognizant of our impact on the environment.

Julie Brenner, President of the Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities, joins the program to talk about life-saving Narcan training and how Narcan kits are being put to use to save the lives of those who overdose of opioids. Additionally, Brenner discusses the pandemic’s impact on mental health and substance abuse, and how we can mitigate these issues at the community level.

Rebecca Salminen-Witt, Chief Development and Communications Manager at the Detroit Historical Society, talks about the Historical Society’s work to record the massive amount of historical testimonial documents, videos, social media posts and more about the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this history-in-the-making may help to inform history of the future!

Designer & Craftsman, Kyle Huntoon, from Hunt & Noyer Furniture, talks about his journey from Civil Engineer to furniture artist, including how both local history and family history inspired his passion for design and informed his development of original works that are features in homes all throughout Michigan and beyond!

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