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Month: September 2015

Olivet Chamber takes notice of Tim’s Pizza’s new look

Scott Ramage wasn’t looking for any special recognition when he decided to repaint the façade of his Olivet pizzeria. When the Olivet Chamber of Commerce came calling, however, the usually reserved Ramage decided turning down the recognition wasn’t a wise decision. The Olivet Chamber of Commerce presented Ramage and Tim’s Pizza with a “We Noticed” certificate Friday, Sept. 4 in recognition of his efforts to beautify the downtown district. Ramage gave the front of his restaurant a bit of a facelift this summer, which added to the City of Olivet’s and Olivet Chamber of Commerce’s beautification efforts. The facelift...

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Frontier Days leading local efforts to assist family of fallen firefighter

The tragic events surrounding the death of Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman dominated social media in the Mid-Michigan area Wednesday, Sept. 9. Rodeman was struck and killed in Lansing by a hit-and-run driver while collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The prayers were especially loud in Eaton County, where Rodeman has many ties. Heide Dean, chair of the Charlotte Frontier Days board said the organization’s Facebook page received a number of questions asking if Frontier Days would do anything to help Rodeman’s family. “We were first contacted by the Community of Christ Church, where he was a member,” Dean said. “People started calling after that.” In a matter of hours, the Frontier Days board had managed to put together a number of opportunities for the local community to help support Rodeman’s family. Frontier Days will be requesting donations at both the Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 rodeos, during the annual charity car show, held at Community of Christ Church on Saturday afternoon and all three days at the Candy Ford Saloon. The most impactful event, though, may be the annual parade, which typically draws thousands of guests to the community. Members of the Charlotte Fire Department and Vermontville Fire Department, where he served on the department for a number of years, will walk the parade route, taking donations for his family. The parade will begin with a...

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H2Orioles spread awareness, passion for aquatics

Though their reasons and personal connections vary, there is one common thread that ties members of the H2Orioles closely together — a passion for swimming. Officially known for the past year and a half as the Charlotte Michigan Pool Support Committee, the 501(c)3 non-profit is ready to announce its presence to the community and continue its mission of supporting all aspects of the Charlotte Aquatic Center. The seven-member committee’s first incarnation was tasked with helping keep the Charlotte Aquatic Center open through the passage of the 2012 recreation millage. The millage was the committee’s first step in its efforts...

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Candidate forum offers opportunity to get to know potential council members

An invitation has been extended to each candidate running for a seat on Charlotte’s City Council to attend a candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Courthouse Museum. The forum is an opportunity for candidates to present themselves and their stance on local issues to local voters. Organized by former Charlotte High School teacher, Ben Phlegar, the forum has been designed more as a meet and greet than a debate. Each candidate will be given five minutes for opening statements, followed by questions from the audience. Once all candidates in a particular race have finished, each will have an additional two minutes for closing statements. The forum will be moderated by Travis Silvas of The County Journal. The forum will begin with City Council District 1, which features Bill Mitchell running unopposed. It will proceed with District 2 candidate, Anthony Russo, who is running unopposed for the four-year term. Also in District 2, incumbent Brad Johnston and challenger James Wyszysnki III square off for the remaining two years of a four-year term vacated in the spring of 2015. Johnston was appointed to fill the seat until the November election. The forum then shifts to Council At Large, featuring candidates Branden Dyer and Chris Bahmer. The forum will conclude with the mayoral race and candidates Joe Daly, Tim Lewis, Yvonne Ridge and...

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One of area’s biggest parades returns to Charlotte for Frontier Days

It’s time to round up the family and head out to Charlotte Frontier Days.  There is fun for the whole family.  This year’s Grand Parade will be held on Saturday Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. In anticipation, you will see spectators reserving their spots, by setting up their chairs, as early as Friday evening. This year, the parade is being sponsored by Team One Chevrolet. During the parade you will enjoy a variety of entries including floats, riders on horseback, high school bands and clowns.  The Eaton County and Battle Creek Shriners Club are always entertaining as they make...

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