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Month: November 2014

100-year tradition gets a boost from modern technology

For decades, folks in Charlotte could count on seeing the red canisters pop up at their favorite local business the Friday before Thanksgiving. The canisters served as the lifeblood of the Charlotte Fire Department’s Christmas Kiddies tradition — one that has existed for nearly 100 years in the community. Times, though are changing. As fewer people pay for goods and services with cash, donations in those canisters have begun to dwindle. The need for the Christmas Kiddies program, however, has never been greater. Seeking a new source for the community to show its support for the program and continue its generous support, the Fire Department has turned to crowd funding, an Internet-based fundraising platform continuing to grow in popularity. By visiting online, people can donate any amount desired using a credit or debit card. Donations can be anonymous or made in honor or memory of an individual. The canisters will still go out this weekend, however, the site provides the department with another avenue to raise funds, said Assistant Chief Tyger Fullerton. “My dad has always said, this is the purest form of charity there is,” Fullerton said, quoting his father, Kevin Fullerton, Charlotte’s Fire Chief. “Everything donated goes right back into the program.” The department has set a goal of raising $20,000, which will help the program continue to serve close to 500 children on Christmas...

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Local photographer shares unique view at Dec. 6 gallery opening

Some people have the ability to look at the world in a unique way. Vincent Brady is certainly one of them. Brady, however, has the tremendous ability to share his view of the world around us through his camera’s lens. Specializing in what can be described as 360-degree time-lapse photography, Brady’s images challenge the viewer’s grasp of perspective. He said his work often reminds people of Vincent Van Gogh, at least he hears that comparison in a lot of comments viewers leave him online. “I actually used to think it was a little annoying, but then I did some...

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Eaton Rapids set to celebrate Hometown Family Christmas

By Carla Bumstead Eaton Rapids’ annual celebration of the Christmas season, known as the Hometown Family Christmas, will take place Saturday, Dec. 6. A variety of activities — including Lunch with Santa, a Christmas bazaar, story telling at the library, a light parade and a tree-lighting ceremony — are scheduled through out the day and into the evening. The overall celebration is sponsored by the Eaton Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (ERACC), with contributions from many local businesses and organizations. Chamber director Don Wyckoff that, while ERACC is listed as the official sponsor of the event, it simply would not be possible without contributions from many local businesses. “Our local businesses and organizations are the real sponsors,” Wyckoff said. The daylong celebration will include several special events for children, including the annual Lunch With Santa sponsored by the Eaton Rapids G.F.W.C. women’s club. The event begins at 11 a.m. at the Eaton Rapids Wesleyan Church located at 6044 S. Clinton Trail. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 12:30 p.m. Aside from the traditional visit to Santa’s lap, scheduled activities include face painting, crafting an ornament, decorating cookies and children’s games. Lunch will include pizza, carrots and dip, chips and punch. Cheri Sharp, who has served as one of the event’s main organizers for over 24 years, said it’s a family favorite that draws well over 100 kids each year....

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Eaton Rapids youth finds joy in giving to others throughout the year

As the holiday season approaches, Morgan Scrarbro has much for which to be thankful. What fills her heart this time of year however, is not everything she has, but rather, everything she can give. Morgan, an 11-year-old student at Eaton Rapids Middle School, loves to give, especially to those who really need to receive. Giving back has always been a part of her life, something she learned from her parents. But, her generosity really took off for her through her involvement with pageants. “My family has always done a lot of charity work and giving back to the community...

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Positive Post-It Day lifts spirits at Charlotte Upper Elementary

Students at Charlotte Upper Elementary walked into a flurry of color throughout the halls Tuesday, Nov. 25. The color came from bright Post-It notes that were stuck to walls, lockers, doors and windows as part of the school’s first Positive Post-It Day, a project put together by the KC Club. “The looks on the kids faces when they came in, it far exceeded my expectations,” said Angie Jewell, fourth grade teacher and one of the organizing teachers, along with Celena Bruch, of the event. Jewell originally saw the idea for the school project from a news broadcast out of...

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