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Month: August 2016

HGB Annual Gala features local and regional innovations

Virtual reality … robotics … mobile phones … we find these technologies used in games and social activities, as well as in health care. That makes them perfect elements in the upcoming HGB Gala, held at AL!VE from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15. This creative, innovation-themed event not only helps raise money for new technologies and services at the hospital, physician practices and AL!VE, it also provides creative fun and games along the way. Made possible in part through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor MSU Federal Credit Union, as well as many in-kind donors of items...

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Charlotte Performing Arts Center announces 2016-2017 Premiere Artist Season

Your Charlotte Performing Arts Center is very excited to announce its 2016-2017 Premiere Artist Series of professional entertainers for your enjoyment. This year the Performing Arts Center continues to present to the Charlotte and greater Mid-Michigan area some of the best performers from the local area, the State of Michigan and the Midwest region. The season kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. with the second annual Charlotte’s Idol Contest.  Some of the most amazing vocalists from Charlotte and surrounding areas will compete to win the title of Charlotte’s Idol.  The winning contestant will receive a contract...

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American Legion constructs walking trail to connect with EXPLORE at AL!VE

Sweat poured as the chainsaw buzzed loudly in the woods that separate American Legion Post 42 and AL!VE. Jim Herrin, along with a host of volunteers, was clearing a path in the early August heat that will eventually connect with the walking trail, EXPLORE, at AL!VE. Wanting to create something for the community that showed a different side of the American Legion Post in Charlotte, the 1.1-mile walking trail will officially open Oct. 1 with a 5K Volksmarch (people’s walk). “The American Legion donated the land for the trails and put up the seed money to get started,” said Herrin, a member of Post 42. “Everything we’ve done has been with volunteers and through donations.” Herrin said 60 percent of the trails are covered with wood chips and can be easily navigated. The trail runs north of the two baseball fields that reside on the west side of the American Legion’s property and extends north to Foote Street and west to Wheaton Road. The trail continues on the east side of the Legion, where it will eventually be connected with the trail at AL!VE. Laurie Newland, Grow Manager at AL!VE, said they jumped at the chance to partner with the American Legion when Herrin approached them with the idea this summer. “We are very excited to partner will the American Legion on the trails,” Newland said. “It will benefit...

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Council exploring change to charter to allow it to approve employee terminations

On Monday, Aug. 22, the Charlotte City Council directed City Attorney Thomas Hitch to investigate steps needed to change the city’s charter to allow council to have greater control in personnel matters. The discussion, which took place as part of a special presentation by councilman Anthony Russo, centers on the council’s ability to approve the termination of city employees. Currently, the Charlotte City Charter does not afford the council power to approve employee terminations. Hitch said he was unclear if the city’s charter could be amended or if a revision would have to take place. “My question is whether it would require a complete revision because it is such a significant change, rather than just a simple amendment,” Hitch said. “That’s a more difficult question.” Currently, the charter states: Neither the Council nor any of its members or committees shall dictate the appointment of any person to city office or employment by the City Manager or in any way interfere with the City Manager or any other city officer to prevent him from exercising his judgment in the conduct of the duties of his office or the appointment or employment of officers and employees in the administrative service. Councilman Chris Bahmer initially raised the issue of council approving employee terminations at the June 27 council meeting. Bahmer stated it would not be a bad idea if council has to...

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First annual Vermontville Day planned for Aug. 20

Amy Jo Kinyon The Village of Vermontville will be bustling with activity Aug. 20 when the first Vermontville Day takes over. A fire department water ball tournament, car show, live music, food and many other activities are planned for the inaugural event. Lois Hammonds is part of the team at the Vermontville United Methodist Church that is organizing the day and said the idea came from the outreach team during a meeting at Lisa’s Café. What began as a cruise-in has blossomed into a full day of activities. Although she has done much of the legwork for the project, Hammonds is quick to point the spotlight on others who have helped coordinate the many facets of the event. “Truthfully, I believe the Lord has led this process and brought it all together as it has just kind of fallen into place. But all credit needs to go to the United Methodist Outreach Team and Lisa’s Café,” commented Hammonds. Many organizations have jumped on board and will take part in the day’s events. The Vermontville Congregational Church will host a sloppy joe dinner, the Lions Club is bringing in the Ezy Street Band for a concert in the park from 1 to 3 p.m., the Vermontville Village Council will be on-hand for a meet and greet with free hot dogs and the fire department will put on a waterball tournament...

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