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Month: April 2014

Spring Break and Maple Syrup come together at 74th Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival

There’s only one big concern for Gene Fisher every spring, the weather. The president of the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Corporation has his fingers crossed this year that the harsh winter owes the area at least three beautiful days in late April. This year’s festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 25 through 27 in downtown Vermontville. “This year is our 74th, the granddaddy of them all,” Fisher said, “We sure are due for some good weather.” Fisher said everything officially gets underway with the opening ceremonies on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. on the main stage. Included in the Friday festivities is the annual talent competition, which features a number of local acts showcasing a variety of skills. You will also find some of the best pancakes around being served up by the American Legion and Nashville Lions Club at the American Legion (located above Independent Bank) from 4 to 8 p.m. or the Maple Valley Band Boosters at the fire station from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. As always, Mid-America Shows will be on hand providing entertainment on the “Midway,” including rides and games for everyone on the family to enjoy. The evening wraps up around 9:15 p.m. with a fabulous fireworks display. Start Saturday off right with a second helping of pancakes smothered in your favorite syrup. The American Legion, Lions and band boosters begin...

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Reist realizes dream of becoming 2nd generation Syrup Festival Queen

Elizabeth Reist was only 8 years old when she tugged on the back of her grandmother’s shirt and asked if she could follow her everywhere she went. Her grandmother, Karen Haigh of Haigh’s Maple Syrup and Supplies, still recalls that moment as if it were yesterday. “She said, ‘If I’m going to be queen some day, I have to know how to do all of this,’” Haigh recalled with a chuckle. Reist doesn’t remember the moment herself, but knows she’s wanted to be Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Queen since the moment she saw her mother’s crown as a child....

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Potterville women use baked goods to help extend ministry

When the Greater Lansing Food Bank pulled into the Potterville United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 15 a small army of volunteers immediately got to work. In a matter of minutes, tables spread throughout the church were filled with nearly 1,700 pounds of baked goods. “The program has really expanded in the last year,” said Joann Taylor, a member of the Potterville United Methodist Women’s (PUMW) ministry and organizer of the monthly program that distributes baked goods to families in the greater-Potterville area. The baked goods are gathered by the Greater Lansing Food Bank throughout the month from area...

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Charlotte volunteer recognized for 20 years of outstanding service

Ann McCune couldn’t believe it’s been 20 years since she started volunteering for Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center in Charlotte. But, what really surprised her is that anyone would award her for it. McCune was named the 2013 Volunteer of the Year by the Capital Area United Way on Tuesday, April 15 during the 2014 Awards and Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Kellogg Center on the Campus of Michigan State University. McCune was among several nominees from the tri-county area up for the award. “I’m not sure if I earned it,” McCune said with a laugh. “I was certainly...

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Olivet community stepping up to help FFA in time of need

The GoFundMe page was barely established before donations began pouring in to help the Olivet High School FFA recover from a fire that devastated their program this past week. Director Doug Pennington received word that a fire had destroyed the school’s FFA barn in the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 8. Included in the destruction was the loss of equipment as well as livestock. Pennington, who was vacationing during spring break when he received word, arrived back in Olivet late Wednesday evening and planned to assess all of the damage and meet with the district on Thursday and...

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