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Month: April 2015

Close Queen’s Court ready to enjoy the experience together

2015 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Queen Zandra Siple is looking forward to this year’s event with a little nervousness, but mostly with excitement. The nerves are to be expected, but she knows being the Queen will be made easier because she will have her friends by her side every step of the way. “We are all really close friends,” Siple said of this year’s Queen’s Court, which includes Jeannie Hale, Britney Flory, Meghan Bignall and Catie Eldridge. “We’ve been able to share this experience together. It’s a lot of fun when you have the opportunity to hang out with...

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Vermontville ready to celebrate 75th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

There’s no telling the vision the men sitting around George Firster’s barber shop had in 1940 when they started hatching a plan to bring their community more recognition. You can rest assured, however, that they would be proud of what the annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival has become. “It started as half a day and has grown ever since,” said Gene Fisher, president of the Vermontville Maple Syrup Corporation. “They started in George Firster’s barbershop on Main Street talking about a way to sell their maple syrup and promote Vermontville.” The 75th Annual event will take place in downtown...

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Business leaders come together for inaugural Home & Business Expo

Grace Boehmer estimates that by the time the doors open on Saturday, April 18 for the Eaton County Home and Business Expo, all booths will be filled. Boehmer, the director of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce said it has taken a lot of work to put on the inaugural event. But, the task was made easier through the solid partnership between the Chamber and the Locals In Business. “It’s really been great to work with the Locals in Business to try to enhance business viability in our community,” Boehmer said. “They’ve been busy drumming up businesses to fill the space and the Chamber has taken the lead with marketing.” The local community will see the benefit of all of the hard work on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19 at Charlotte High School. Doors open at 10 a.m. on both days with the event running until 7 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. “Nearly every business we’ve talked to will have giveaways, raffles or prizes people could win,” Boehmer said. Nearly 90 vendors, representing a variety of local businesses, including electricians, pest control, lawn care, medical professionals, car dealerships, construction and remodeling services, home-based businesses, realtors, financial advisors, insurance companies and non-profits will be featured throughout the high school dome and lobby area. Local booster clubs will be on site selling concessions throughout the day and...

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Everyone unite in color

Normally I am thoroughly unimpressed when my children manage to cover themselves in filth from head to toe. There is the rare occasion, though, when I encourage it — maybe even help. My family has participated in two different, yet very similar 5K events involving getting doused in color — Color Me Rad and The Color Run. Though run by separate organizations, they each had the same thing in common, tons upon tons of colored powder. It couldn’t have been more fun. That is why I’m extremely excited to see a similar event come to my hometown. The Eaton...

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Summer field trips to AL!VE offer fun experiences for children’s groups

AL!VE is excited to announce summer field trip options for daycare centers and small children’s groups coordinated through GROW, its children’s recreation and enrichment space. Summer field trips begin Monday, June 15, and can be tailored for the group each time they visit AL!VE. The unique guided programs last between 90 and 120 minutes. Experiences are designed for either preschool-aged (3 to 5 years) or school-aged (6 to 12 years) children. If a group contains children with mixed ages, a program can also be specifically designed to accommodate their needs. Available field trip activities include: GROW, which features a 36-foot tall tree house structure, an interactive rock and ropes course, and a virtual gaming system. SOAR, the multi-purpose gymnasium, which offers organized and facilitated games ranging from basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, floor hockey and interactive relays. ASCEND, the 24-foot rock climbing wall, which challenges the children with nine different routes. Each route is color-coded for beginner, intermediate or advanced skill levels. RELISH, the demonstration teaching kitchen, where groups can create and eat their own food. All customized menus offer healthy options and can tie into a field trip theme. PRESERVE, the natural grassland area, which provides outdoor education experiences. Using Fenner Nature Center’s Nature-A-Bounds! curriculum, the group explores using their five senses. The scavenger hunt includes education on habitat, basic survival needs and exploration of native grasses and wildflowers. In...

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