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Month: February 2016

Crafty creation to benefit Maple Valley’s sophomore class

Amy Jo Kinyon Flashes Editor The dress, shoes, tuxedo, transportation, dinner, and pictures: when it comes to prom the list of things that need to be purchased seems endless. On top of the accessories, the venue must be booked and decorations hung. The sophomore class officers at Maple Valley High School are working to alleviate some of the financial burden and create a memorable event. The group is selling tickets in a giveaway featuring a homemade quilt. The design features a purple pattern and is “super nice and fluffy,” described Secretary Baileigh Schrader. Cheryl Wood constructed the quilt and donated it to the sophomore class to help alleviate the costs of not only prom but also next year’s senior trip. After this lavender creation is awarded to the lucky winner, Wood has plans to create another quilt made out of Maple Valley shirts. “We really want to create a memorable prom,” said class treasurer Hannah McGlocklin. The officers have already been hard at work organizing the event that will take place aboard the Michigan Princess riverboat. Paraprofessional Cheryl Ellison said the commitment and work ethic of the students have shown makes it easy to plan events fundraisers. “They are a very energetic class. They are good kids who are working hard to take care of their class,” said Ellison. “This is just an awesome group to work with.” Vice...

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Flight Club takes Oriole Pride to new heights

Bryce Johnson found himself lost in the middle of the Dome Friday, Feb. 19. He was expecting to hear that the Flight Club had won the MHSAA Battle of the Fans. Instead, he learned the Orioles had fallen just short of Traverse City West High School. “I was waving around the Flight Club flag because I had planned on running through the school with it,” said Johnson, one of the senior leaders of the Charlotte High School student section known as the Flight Club. “I was lost.” “It was pretty devastating,” added senior Flight Club leader Lindsey Carlson. Members of the Club learned of the MHSAA decision just after 10 a.m. that morning. By noon, Club members were determined to move forward, keeping their head held high. “We decided the correct action is continue with the club and be thankful for being a top five student section,” Johnson said. The moment, though still wasn’t easy. “We know the obstacles we had to overcome to get to this point,” Carlson said. “We almost had the feeling that we let the community down.v” The Club had worked tirelessly leading up to the opportunity to showcase what it had to offer during the Charlotte High School varsity basketball games on Friday, Feb. 12. The community came out in full force that evening and the Flight Club did not disappoint. “We got a...

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Entertaining weekend planned for Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

This weekend’s inaugural Michigan Nordic Fire Festival will feature fun and entertainment throughout the event. Friday evening’s free community bonfire at the Sledding Hill area across from Lincoln Park will feature stage performances from Shahira Dance & Fitness, fire dancing troupe Thermogenesis, and musician Alan Gulick. Other fire dancers and performances are expected that evening as well. During the day on Saturday at the Sledding Hill, there will be live entertainment with a medieval flair from the popular theatrical fighting group Swords of Valour at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Juggler Ric Carver will perform at 1 p.m. Disney Princess Merida from the movie Brave will be present throughout the day, with a special performance at noon. The Shahira Dancers will perform at 4 p.m. Festival organizers are also expecting daytime appearances Saturday from Bjorn the Giant, the Society for Creative Anachronism and separate live action roleplay (LARP) groups. These performances are free and open to the public. Saturday evening’s activities move downtown with two hours of festival entertainment at Windwalker Art Gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Comedy improv duo Christian Smith and Chris Steel will host an evening featuring comedy, dancing and storytelling, along with a special Icelandic photo exhibit and presentation from Charlotte’s own Vincent Brady. Also performing will be Inna Phelps, the Habibi Dancers and Gypsy Raqs. These performances are also free and open...

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Charlotte Public Schools seeks recreation millage renewal

Voters in the Charlotte Public Schools district will decide Tuesday, March 8 whether or not to renew the .5 mill Recreation and Playground millage established in 2011. The proposal that will appear on the March 8 ballot asks voters to approve a renewal for six years. The Recreation and Playground millage costs approximately $25 annually for an owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000. It generates approximately $270,000 annually, of which 67 percent is used to cover the cost of public use of the Charlotte Aquatic Center. The remaining 33 percent helps cover costs associated with field and gymnasium maintenance, rental subsidies for community organizations, facility upgrades and youth recreation programs. Dan Christian, director of the Charlotte Aquatic Center since the spring of 2013, said community use of the facility has steadily increased over the course of the past two years. Swim lesson participation has grown to include 735 individuals this year alone, Christian said. That compares to 410 participants in 2013 and 620 last year. Memberships have also grown in the past two years. In 2013 the Charlotte Aquatic Center had 324 members as compared to 470 members as of November of 2015. Christian said he’s really excited about the growth of the Tiger Sharks program and the introduction of the Charlotte High School varsity swim teams. “We have...

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Nordic Fire Festival ready to heat up Charlotte for a weekend

The Viking longships can almost be seen making their way down the Battle Creek River. The Charlotte community better prepare for the invasion … and for the fun. These Vikings mean no ill will. They come not to pillage or plunder, but rather to share their heritage through a weekend filled with new experiences for residents of all ages. The inaugural Michigan Nordic Fire Fest kicks off in Charlotte on Friday, Feb. 26 and brings with it a full slate of events for the entire weekend. “We knew we needed to have a winter festival,” said festival committee member William SaintAmour. “We were thinking of words like frost and snowfest and then realized it’s February, people are already cold. We needed to give it a different theme.” Hence, the Nordic Fire Fest was born, capitalizing on the wealth of European lineage present in Eaton County. “A lot of folks in Eaton County come from a country that has a rich Nordic heritage,” SaintAmour said. “It’s something people could relate to.” The Viking theme surrounding the festival gave organizers some flexibility when creating events. “Only one event is snow dependent, the cardboard longship sled race,” said committee member Bryan Myrkle. “If we can’t hold the race, we still plan to judge the best designed longship.” Many of the events will be held in heated tents, Myrkle said, which should help...

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