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Month: March 2016

Plainview Industries looks to illuminate the community one address at a time

Some of the best ideas arrive out of necessity. For local entrepreneur Chris Hall, his “aha” moment came the morning after a frustrating start to a family visit. Hall had the spent the previous 12 hours driving to his sister’s home in Kansas. The last thing his weary eyes could do once he finally reached her neighborhood was find a tiny address on a home he’d never seen. So, he drove up and down her street, slowly, while shining a flashlight at homes as he drove by. By the second home he came to, he realized what he was...

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Andromeda Community Theatre set to cast next production

Andromeda Community Theatre (ACT) has announced auditions for its second production of the 2016 season — Lend Me a Tenor by playwright Ken Ludwig. Auditions will be April 8 and 9 at the Charlotte Community Library Spartan room from 6 to 8 p.m. Andromeda will be looking to cast eight adult roles (four women and four men) for individuals in their mid-20s and up. Community members interested in performing, working stage crew, or volunteering for this production should attend at least one night of open auditions. Callbacks will be at a later date. No experience is necessary Lend Me a Tenor is the story of Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, who is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Othello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Othello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Othellos are running around in costume and two women are...

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Charlotte Community Library Board of Trustees to request millage renewal, increase

On Thursday, March 17, the Charlotte Community Library Board of Trustees passed a resolution that will ask the community to vote at the Aug. 2 primary election to renew the Library’s operating millage. The Board is asking the community to renew the current operating millage of .9 mils, with an increase of .5 mils, for a total of 1.4 mils. This is the first request for a millage increase in almost 20 years. Library Board Treasurer Keith Tirrell explained, “Property taxes are flat and will continue this way for several years to come. In spite of all our efforts to hold down costs, expenses are going up. We cannot maintain our programs and activities with our current income.” Charlotte’s Library began over 100 years ago. Twenty years ago, the Charlotte Community Library became a district library with a voter approved .9 millage. That amount was renewed 10 years ago and is now due for voter renewal to take effect in 2017. District libraries such as Charlotte Community Library must have a voter-approved millage to provide service. The Charlotte Community Library provides many services in addition to the expansive collection of books. Children’s and adult programs, computers and computer classes, meeting rooms, internet and wireless access, copy and fax services are only a few of the offerings. Board President Mary Sloan stated, “Millage revenue is the only predictable source of...

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City of Olivet to honor Palmer for years of dedicated service

If Becky Palmer had her way, she’d leave Olivet City Hall quietly March 31 with a simple goodbye. Palmer, who has served the city for more than 31 years as City Clerk, has meant far too much to the community to get off that easy. The City of Olivet will host a special open house Thursday, March 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lamplighter OC, located at 4615 Butterfield Highway in Olivet, to honor Palmer, who announced her retirement earlier this year. The open house will give community members the opportunity to show their appreciation to a woman...

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Vermontville legend to be inducted into National High School Hall of Fame

The name Ken Beardslee has always garnered admiration and respect in this area. Beardslee was a high school phenom on the baseball diamond for Vermontville High School in the late 1940s and spent some time in the minor leagues with the New York Yankees organization. Thanks to the work of one local fan, the Beardslee name has the opportunity to garner the same kind of admiration on a national level. On July 2, the legendary Vermontville High School pitcher will become just the eighth Michigan native to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. Beardslee, who...

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