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A man on a mission is set to pass through Durand today, Sunday June 11th.  James Leitner and Mission Clean Water aim to help provide safe drinking water to people who do not currently have access to clean water.  In order to raise awareness and funds for the global water crisis, Leitner set out from New Jersey on May 17th, 2017, on a 3,215 mile walk across the country while carting 90 lbs of water.  This past week he arrived in Michigan and he told Durand Now on Saturday that he hoped to pass through Durand early on Sunday.  Leitner spent several days in Flint volunteering and learning about the water insecurity issues in that city.  He'll spend even more time throughout the state as his travels take him from Durand to Morrice, Perry, Haslett south to Charlotte and into numerous other Great Lake State cities before he moves on.

Leitner's foundation, Mission Clean Water, says more than 750 million people in the world do not have access to clean water. Many people, mainly women and children, spend their whole lives carrying water 8-10 miles a day for their families and communities. The worst part is that this water is not clean.

Leitner has devoted his life to the global water crisis, and has been working with non-profit organizations for the past seven years.  In April of this year, James completed his commitment of running a marathon a month for a full year while carrying 45 lbs of water.

The funds he raises during the walk will go to a non-profit organization called The Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance.  That organization works to install new wells and repair existing wells in the Mara region of Tanzania.

Look for James Leitner on Sunday along Lansing Road, traveling west to east, in from Swartz Creek.  You can also follow his progress at missioncleanwater.com and on social media.


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MAN WALKING 3,215 MILES PULLING 90 POUNDS OF WATER TO PASS THROUGH DURAND
Raising Awareness of the Global Water Crisis and Funds for The Philadelphia Serengeti Alliance
Posted by Durand Now at 8:00am 6/11/17
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A body was discovered early Saturday morning on Durand's south side, residents are saying.  We're told police may have been called to the South Oak Street location as early as 4am.  Both Durand Police and MMR were on the scene at 7am.  By 8am the ambulance was gone but police and the deceased male were still at the location, a passerby told Durand Now this morning.

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BODY DISCOVERED ON SOUTH SIDE
Police On Scene Early Saturday Morning
Updated at 3:32pm 6/3/17 - Posted by Durand Now at 9:00am 6/3/17