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Stahls Automotive Foundation goes online during COVID-19 | Life

The beat goes on at Stahls Automotive Foundation despite the COVID-19 closure of the Chesterfield Township museum.

Daily demonstrations of museum music machines on social media and a recent video chat with Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin of the television show “Under the Radar Michigan” are helping keep the museum in the public eye.

Stahls Automotive Foundation is a nonprofit that preserves, restores and exhibits vintage vehicles, music machines and memorabilia of the 20th century. It is located at 56516 N. Bay Drive in Chesterfield Township.

Due to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding COVID-19 and also governmental executive orders, the museum closed on March 17 according to Stahls Automotive Foundation’s General Manager Terri Coppens. The museum’s normal hours are every Tuesday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coppens said that shortly after the museum was closed, she offered an online virtual tour walk through and played a few of the music machines. The tour can be seen on the museum’s Facebook at facebook.com/stahlsautomuseum/.

“Some people were asking about some of the music machines that they had not heard,” Coppens said “So I started doing one a day, every day. At 1 p.m. I would put up a new video of something.”

This led to requests from the public to see specific museum cars or hear certain music machines, which Coppens provided on YouTube or Facebook.

The online video chat with Jim Edelman and Tom Daldin of television’s “Under the Radar Michigan” took place on April 1, and is currently on Facebook for both the show and museum, Coppens said. Facebook for “Under the Radar Michigan” is at .facebook.com/UTRMichigan/. The show was scheduled to visit the museum the week of April 6 but due to the COVID-19 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, the visit was rescheduled as a video chat.

One item featured during the video is the museum’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 touring car, which was built for silent film star Roscoe C. “Fatty” Arbuckle. It was meant to be available for public viewing after its recent appearance at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, and the public will be able to see it in person at such time when the museum is able to reopen.

The car was custom built for Arbuckle and the coachwork was an early design by Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coachbuilders of southern California. Earl moved on to become a designer for GM. The vehicle’s chassis has a 147.5 inch wheelbase and the vehicle has 36 inch tires.

The gas tank holds 32 gallons and the car seldom got more than four miles to the gallon. Coppens said that the vehicle had been held for the museum by someone else, but that it was specifically requested to appear at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was held March 8. The car was shipped back to Michigan and arrived at the museum after the closure, Coppens


Scholarships – California Transportation Foundation

Since its founding in 1988, The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has awarded $1.3 million in scholarships through December 31, 2019. To qualify for CTF scholarships, recipients must be intent on a career in transportation and be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or documented, international students.  Each scholarship has additional qualifications, some of which are listed below. To download the CTF Scholarship List for 2020 – 2021 click here.

Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship ($2,750)

Scholarship Application Due April 30, 2020

University students who will be entering their senior year in the 2020 Summer or Fall terms and are enrolled in business, planning, engineering or related major at a university in California intending to pursue a career in transportation are eligible to apply. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or a Registered International Student. To apply to the Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship click here for the application.

Contact: CTF at sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org for more information.

2019 Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Angela Richards

Caroline Alain Rodman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Caroline Alain Rodman

Caroline Alain-Rodman

Students who are currently enrolled in good standing, or have been accepted to a California graduate school Master’s program, and have a minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and Graduate School GPA of 3.0 (if available).

The student must be studying in the fields of either Political Science or Public Policy with relevant and an identifiable focus on the transportation industry. Potential examples of study are included on the application’s eligibility requirements along with the application’s required attachments.

Contact: CTF at sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org for more information.

2019 Caroline Alain Rodman Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Jack Christensen

Buser Memorial Scholarship ($1,125)

Scholarship Application Due December 15, 2020.

Undergraduate surveying majors at any two or four year college in California are eligible to apply. The scholarship is given in memory of Callie Joel Buser who was a Caltrans District 7 Land Surveyor killed at his work site by an errant vehicle. To apply to the Buser Memorial Scholarship click here. 

Contact: Mark Counts at mark.counts@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Buser Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Alberto Loera

Joey Ceja Rosales

Blake Reinhart

Elvia Cuellar Diaz

Debra “Sam” Haack Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 1, 2020.

Debra “Sam” Haack

Applicants must be high school seniors residing in one of the eight counties of Caltrans District 10 – Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. Eligible Scholarship candidates will be planning to pursue an education in a trade that relates to Caltrans Maintenance and Operations (for example: Diesel Equipment Technician, Electrical Technology, Heavy Equipment Operator, Welding Technology, Landscaping, etc.) Qualifying institutions include the community colleges and trade schools within the eight counties of Caltrans District 10. To apply to the Debra “Sam” Haack Memorial Scholarship click here.

Contact: Carl Haack at carlton.haack@outlook.com for more information.

2019 Debra “Sam” Haack Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Diego Paez

Matthew Jordan

D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship ($750)

Scholarship Application Due April 13, 2020.

High school seniors living within the Oakland Unified School District or children


Driving and Transportation | Epilepsy Foundation

A driver’s license is a passport to adulthood in the United States and many other countries. In both rural and suburban areas, driving a motor vehicle is often essential for independence and employment. Even in many urban areas, driving is needed for some jobs or to get to certain places for work or pleasure.

  • Driving is a privilege, and applicants must meet the criteria in their state to qualify for a driver’s license.
  • Applicants in all states must be older than a minimum age (usually 16 or 17 years), must not have a medical disorder that would make driving dangerous, and must pass a written test, a vision test, and a driving test.

Licensing of People with Epilepsy

The laws determining which medical conditions may prevent someone from driving varies from state to state. Some states have become more liberal in recent years, basing laws on actual data about risks. This has resulted in fewer restrictions for people with epilepsy.

The laws are written to protect public safety and to grant the privilege of driving to people who are the least likely to have an accident. Even many absence or complex partial seizures while driving can be just as deadly as tonic-clonic seizures. The risk of injury or death is not restricted to the driver and passengers, but applies to pedestrians and people in other vehicles.

  • Studies have shown that the rate of motor vehicle accidents for people with epilepsy is higher than the average rate, but nowhere near the rate for those who drink and drive.
  • In some cases, accidents involving epilepsy are caused by people, especially men, who are driving without a license or who fail to report their epilepsy when applying for a license.

To get a driver’s license in most U.S. states, a person with epilepsy must be free of seizures that affect consciousness for a certain period of time. The seizure-free period varies from state to state.

  • More recently, shorter intervals of seizure freedom are being required, for example 3 to 6 months.
  • While some states still require a period of at least 1year seizure free, most consider exceptions that would permit someone to drive after a shorter seizure-free interval.
  • Usually, the doctor who cares for the person with epilepsy must fill out a form stating the date of the last seizure, type and other relevant information. Some states ask for the doctor’s recommendation about the person’s ability to drive. Others feel that this decision should be left to the DMV, while the medical professional provides the epilepsy information.
  • In states that do not require a specific seizure-free period, the doctor’s recommendation may carry considerable weight.

Review and Decision Process

In most states, the medical information and license application is reviewed by the state’s department of motor vehicles (DMV). In complex cases or when the decision is not clear, the information is usually forwarded to a consulting doctor or the state’s medical advisory board. A medical advisory board may also hear appeals about denying or