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Month: January 2016

Can Do! focuses on economic prosperity in January

Can Do! is kicking off its 2016 monthly programming with a panel discussion featuring leaders from three key area economic development organizations: Bob Trezise with Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Marilyn Crowley with the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development and Gregg Guetschow with the City of Charlotte. The panel will discuss the outlook and possibilities for the Charlotte region at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Charlotte Community Library. “Each speaker will discuss regional prosperity strategic plans, and the resources and programs available for our community,” said Barbara Fulton, Can Do! chair. “There will also be discussion regarding collaborative opportunities and local initiatives.” Audience members will have the chance to ask questions of the speakers following their presentations. Fulton will be facilitating the panel discussion. The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick Street, in Charlotte. Can Do! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) is a community-networking group designed to engage community members to support economic development and quality of life initiatives. Free meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month are open to everyone, and feature speakers and topics relative to the promotion and development of the Charlotte community. For more information about Can Do! please join one of the monthly meetings or email  You can also find Can Do! on Facebook. Article submitted by Can...

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Winter Warm Up takes new form this year

The Charlotte community has an impressive history with Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Winter Warm Up program. For years, participants from Charlotte have kept the city at or near the top of the standings of a friendly competition that pitted area communities against each other in a quest to log the most miles. That competition though, has run its course. Charlotte’s participation with the Winter Warm Up program, however, has not. This year’s event has taken the form of the Blue Cross Community Couch to 5K and kicks off this Saturday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. at the Lansing Mall. The eight-week program offers free weekly training sessions with certified Good Form Running and Walking Coaches from the Playmakers Fitness Foundation. The training sessions will prepare participants for the free 5K walk/run event planned for March 12 at Hawk Island in Lansing. “The whole family is invited to learn about new ways to stay healthy and fit through the cold Michigan winter,” said Christina Campbell, AL!VE Operations Coordinator. AL!VE will serve as the local site for free training sessions, which will take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., beginning Monday, Jan. 18. “Those sessions are not mandatory, but are free,” Campbell said. “Additionally, any participant will receive weekly e-newsletters with training and nutrition info.” You can register online for the free program at and find more...

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Board of Education holds special meeting to discuss Ernst’s future

The Charlotte Public Schools Board of Education called a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 14 to discuss personnel issues, said acting board president Mike Bruce. Bruce declined to discuss specifics and said most of the discussion would take place in closed session. Board members and CPS administration had taken a lot of criticism leading up to the meeting for their recent handling of former Charlotte High School varsity basketball coach, Steve Ernst. Ernst received his second Individual Development Plan (IDP) in as many years from Superintendent Mark Rosekrans on Wednesday, Jan. 6 for receiving his first technical foul of the season (his sixth as Charlotte coach) following a Jan. 5 home win over rival Eaton Rapids. The IDP stated in part: “technical fouls are not tolerated. Failure to follow this plan, or subsequent technical fouls earned, may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the coaching position.” Ernst submitted his resignation Monday, Jan. 11, just six games into his second season as Charlotte’s coach, after he said he was ordered to attend a “fact-finding” meeting that Monday afternoon or face suspension. At that point, Ernst said he had had enough. “This is the last thing I wanted,” Ernst said Wednesday, Jan. 13. “It hurts the kids.” Ernst said he met with Rosekrans and Charlotte High School principal Bill Barnes on Tuesday, Jan. 12 regarding his tenure...

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