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Month: January 2016

City to get first glimpse of Project Rising Tide

The task force charged with guiding the City of Charlotte through the State’s Project Rising Tide initiative will present its first action plan to Charlotte City Council at its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting. Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle said conversations to this point have centered around Charlotte’s downtown core. “I expect the task force to report that there is a consistent interest in greater downtown development throughout the community, and from all the groups they surveyed,” Myrkle said. “And, I think their action strategy will reflect that.” The task force, which includes representation from the Michigan State Housing and Development Authority (MSHDA), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Michigan Works, spent nearly two months analyzing economic factors facing the City of Charlotte. They have also spent that time gathering information from community members and local organizations. Since this is a pilot program for the State of Michigan, Charlotte officials aren’t exactly sure what specific benefits Rising Tide will bring the city. Myrkle said Monday’s meeting may shed more light on that. “I hope that Rising Tide benefits Charlotte by providing us with greater access to state-level resources like grants and technical assistance that we haven’t been able to take advantage of previously — either because we didn’t qualify, or because we didn’t have the necessary local resources,” he said. Charlotte City Manager Gregg Guetschow said in November that the...

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Young Orioles take lumps now, build toward the future

For a team already lacking game experience, the last thing the Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball team needed was to lose its only senior leadership. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what second-year coach Bill Newhouse’s team endured this past December. Despite a 2-0 start to the season, the Orioles were fighting a constant uphill battle when seniors Hannah Vanderstelt and Allie Goeman were lost to injury. That meant the brunt of the scoring and leadership had to be carried by younger, inexperienced players, including a pair of freshman. “We’re competing a little better than last year,” Newhouse said. “But, we...

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Friendship inspires hope for Charlotte woman

On most days Shannon Klann finds herself slipping in and out of sleep, struggling to find the energy to make it through a full day. The constant pain caused by her rare condition — Friedreich’s Ataxia — can wear her down. She faces every day from her wheelchair, though, with enthusiasm sparked from her family and newfound friend, Kathy Carrigan, who has set out on a mission to provide assistance to the Charlotte family. “She is unbelievable,” Shannon said of her new friend. “She is a lady of her word. When she says she is going to do something, she does it.” When Kathy first saw Shannon at Real Life Church, she had no inkling that she was about to meet her new best friend. She knew very little about her or her family’s story, but she was drawn to her by a need to provide help. “I really wondered who in the church was doing something to help,” Carrigan said. After spending time with Shannon and her family, she realized how extraordinary her story was. Carrigan was diagnosed Friedreich’s Ataxia — a rare disease that affects a cell’s ability to function properly — in the late 90s. By then she was already wheelchair bound. She had the love and support of her husband, Chris and the determination to start a family. The couple eventually had three children and...

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Family experiences at your Charlotte Performing Arts Center

Your Charlotte Performing Arts Center invites you to create lasting family memories at two upcoming productions. First on Jan. 23, at 2 and 5 p.m., classic children’s characters the Berenstain Bears will take to the stage in a musical production. Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical brings everyone’s favorite bear family to life in a thrilling theatrical experience that kids as well as their parents will treasure for many years to come. As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear’s grades are slipping, Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends, and Papa Bear just can’t stop eating junk food. Thankfully, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. The newest Off-Broadway musical for Mamas, Papas, and Young Cubs in NYC, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! will give boys and girls of all ages the chance to fall in love with these characters, just as their parents did when they were growing up.  Tickets range in price, with a special discounted family four pack available (Family four packs are available only by stopping by or calling the box office directly at (517) 541-5690). Plus in the VIP section, you get to see the show from the first three rows, each child gets...

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Eaton County Project Resource Connect is Tuesday, Jan. 26

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or any type of housing issue will find a “one-stop shop” for essential housing, employment, health and financial services. Local agencies will be available to meet with individuals privately to discuss their situations. The event will be held at First Lutheran Church, located at 550 E. Shepard Street in Charlotte from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All participating agencies are members of the Eaton County Continuum of Care. These agencies include: Housing Services Mid Michigan, SIREN/Eaton Shelter, Capital Area Community Services, Salvation Army, Eaton County Counseling Services, Peckham, Inc, the Barry-Eaton County Health Dept., the Eaton County Dept. of Health and Human Services, St. Vincent de Paul, Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center, Tri-County Office on Aging, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Helping Hands, Eaton County Housing and Veterans Services, Eaton Great Start, McKinney Vento/Clinton RESA, and Gateway Community (youth) Services. This is a free event. A package of helpful items, such as personal care or cleaning supplies, along with lunch will be available to everyone in attendance. The event will also include two focus groups to gather information about needed services and current services with the intention of improving service delivery. Each of the first 20 participants (two sessions) will receive a gift card for their involvement. If you are interested in volunteering to assist the Project...

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