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Month: April 2016

5th annual Golf, Grilling and Guys’ Health event features family-friendly activities

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital annually celebrates National Men’s Health Month with its Golf, Grilling and Guys’ Health event Father’s Day weekend at AL!VE. The free health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 18, features family-oriented activities including golf, dodge ball and cross fit competitions; healthy living information and screenings; physician conversations; children’s activities and a summer cookout. The celebration begins as the Eaton County United Way’s Colors United 5k, which kicks off at 8:30 a.m., finishes at the Floyd M. Jewell Memorial in front of AL!VE. A putting contest sponsored by Kositcheck’s Menswear and chipping contest sponsored by Maple Brook Golf Course both begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m., with many opportunities to win fun prizes. There will also be door prizes provided by Costco. A dodge ball tournament begins at 11 a.m. in SOAR. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for the “Bring Your ‘A’ Game” competition in two age divisions: Teen (ages 13 to 17) and Adult (ages 18 and up).  Call (517) 543-9575 to register your team or visit MOVE, the fitness center at AL!VE. A mini Touch-A-Truck event will feature emergency vehicles, and PLAY, the outside children’s recreation area, will be open. Lettuce Live Well will provide information, kids’ activities and popcorn. A summer cookout will include chicken brats and hot dogs, chips and water, plus...

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CHS, Charlotte Early Middle College provide chance to earn up to 63 free college credits

This week, Charlotte High School students will start scheduling classes for the 2016-2017 school year. As they begin the process, they will find that the opportunities that they have available to them are greater than at any other time in the school’s history, and that CHS has emerged as a leader in many areas. Divided into 16 different pathways, which include areas like engineering, health care, business, agriculture, insurance, and “Oriole University” (two or four year college preparation), among others, Charlotte’s curriculum offerings have grown immensely over the past few years. As students schedule, they will be able to choose the offerings that fit their college and career goals, thus helping to create a tailored educational experience that sets them up for future success. The piece of CHS’s curriculum that has grown the most, though, is the set of college credit opportunities available to students starting as early as 10th grade. Currently, Charlotte High School offers 10 different Advanced Placement classes, and for the fifth year in a row, enrollment in those courses, the number of students taking the AP test, and the number of AP tests total has grown. Furthermore, next year marks the third year in a CHS partnership with Ferris State University, which gives students opportunities to earn free college credits during the high school day. Next year, students will be able to take Political Science...

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Betty’s Beacons looking to collect 3 Quarts of Quarters for a Cure

Chuck Brandon doesn’t have the exact amount calculated just yet. That would take a tremendous amount of loose change. So he’s counting on the support of fellow Relay for Life participants to help him find out just how much money can be raised by filling a three-quart container with quarters. Calling his idea “3 Quarts of Quarters for a Cure,” Chuck estimates a full container will add up to approximately $600. And, if successful, he plans to match the amount, dollar-for-dollar. “It can be hard to come up with something that generates a lot of money on site,” Chuck...

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Curiosity, generous spirit lead to life-saving decision

Amy Jo Kinyon The County Journal A simple bandage on the arm of Monty Lee Gemalsky led to the saving of his life. A resident of Eaton Rapids, Gemalsky works for the Board of Water and Light and was at a job site when Matthew Prather of Potterville noticed the wrapping. Prather asked a co-worker if Gemalsky donated blood. The story behind the bandage, however, was more complicated than a donation. Gemalsky has polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and had been undergoing dialysis treatments for a year when Prather took note of his arm. That one bandage sent Prather on...

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School board contemplates balanced calendar recommendation

Will Charlotte Public Schools make the move to a balanced calendar by the 2017-18 school year? It’s a question CPS Board of Education President Mike Bruce said he is not ready to answer. On Monday, April 18, Charlotte Public Schools Superintendent Mark Rosekrans made the recommendation to the school board to move the district to a balanced calendar — 180 days of school spread over the course of 11 months as compared to the traditional nine-month calendar — giving school board members three weeks to consider the proposal before their May 9 meeting. Bruce said, at this point, he is uncomfortable moving forward with the balanced calendar if Charlotte is not joined by the other school districts in Eaton County. “For me, I won’t go forward with anything unless the whole county does it,” Bruce said. “I need to know there is support there from the other districts before I can even consider supporting it. It will disjoint everything if we don’t move forward together. The transition would be difficult as it is.” He said school boards from all districts in Eaton County plan to meet jointly to discuss where each is at regarding support for the change. He is unsure, however, if that meeting will take place before the May 9 Charlotte Board of Education meeting. “If we cannot do it before the May 9 meeting, I would...

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