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Month: March 2014

Community rallies around family that lost home to fire

Erin Wagner couldn’t help but be heartbroken for her six children as they celebrated the arrival of new pillows as if they were gifts on Christmas morning. The pillows were a comfort most in the family had gone without since a fire nearly burned down their home in mid-March. Since then Erin and her husband, Paul have been grasping for any sort of stability for their family. “I hope my kids will learn from this not to take anything for granted and to be that person to come through for others,” Erin said. Many in the Charlotte and Potterville communities have come through for the Wagner family since the fire. Their neighbor, Jim Droscha offered a mobile home on his property as a place for the family to stay while their home is restored. Local churches have raised money, Helping Hands Pantry supplied the family with food, and countless community members, including a group of parents from Potterville Middle School, have donated clothing for her children. “It feels very good to be in the community you grew up in and to see everyone come together in support,” Erin said. “We are very much sewn into the people here and to see it come back to us … I never expected to be on the receiving end.” The family still comes across items for which they need to run to...

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Lion Pride Festival brings Maple Valley Schools, community together

As important as it is to make the connection between a community and its school district, it can sometimes be difficult task. Maple Valley Schools is trying a new idea next week to accomplish that very thing — Lion Pride Festival. The event, scheduled from Saturday, March 29 from noon to 7 p.m. at Maple Valley Jr./Sr. High School, the event will feature local businesses, crafters, home-based businesses and student exhibits. “This event was created to highlight our students’ passions and their work,” said organizer Jenna Burns, a local parent. “It’s something new we started this year as a way to bring the community together.” Lion Pride Festival was scheduled around the high school’s production of the musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, which will run twice on March 29, at 3 and 7 p.m. Students will also have artwork on display in addition to other local artists who will showcase their work. The event is free to exhibitors and to guests, though donations for classroom supplies will be accepted. Burns said there will also be a 50/50 raffle and auction held to raise money for classroom supplies. Burns said she is already planning the next Lion Pride Festival event for the fall and a back to school theme. For more information about the March 29 event, find Lion Pride Fesitval on Facebook or email Burns at...

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Graffiti the latest example of vandalism at a Charlotte park

The Charlotte Rotary Club raised more than $60,000 in 2007 and 2008 to construct restrooms and a pavilion at Dean Memorial Park in Charlotte. A lot of hard work and time went into a project that added so much value to the neighborhood park. However, it took only minutes, a few cans of spray paint and some local vandal(s) to deface it. The graffiti that now covers two of the restroom walls is another disturbing example of what has become all too common at the parks in Charlotte. There seems to be a lack of respect, by what can...

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Annual FFA Toy and Craft Sale enhances opportunities for Olivet students

Doug Pennington, teacher and FFA advisor at Olivet High School, loves to provide opportunities outside the classroom for his students to grow. One of the ways he is able to provide those outside opportunities is through money raised each spring during the annual FFA Toy and Craft Sale. A tradition in Olivet for more than 10 years, the toy sale returns to the Olivet High School gymnasium on Sunday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “What’s cool is that we’ll have the gym full, usually about 60 tables, with small farm toys and equipment, a little bit of NASCAR … a lot for kids to look at,” Pennington said. “We’ll have about 20 booths for crafts this year. Typically we get about 10.” This year’s event will also offer increased children’s activities. In addition to staple such as the kiddie pedal pull and face painting, there will be a petting zoo located in the FFA barn. Horse drawn wagon rides will take guests out to the barn, Pennington said. He said he gets a lot of help organizing the event from students and a number of alumni and community members that return to volunteer their time each year. It was a former student, Leroy Cook and his family, that pushed for the Toy Sale to become a reality more than a decade ago. “I wanted to see...

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Self discovery leads addict down road to recovery

Corey Warren sat on the corner of his rehabilitation center bed when the most important question of his young life smacked him in the face … who am I? During a decade-long battle with drug addiction and alcoholism that started when he was just 16, Corey lost touch with who he was as a person. Corey will share his story of self-discovery on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center as well as the tools he and his mother used to battle the addiction and codependency that threatened to ruin their lives. Called Straight...

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