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Month: February 2017

Crandell Park open for limited recreational use

Jerry Goffin had been waiting years for this day, serving the last several years as an advocate for public recreation in Eaton County. On Monday, Feb. 27, with walking stick in hand, Goffin and fellow Friends of Eaton County Parks, John Bumgartner strolled Eaton County’s newest public space — Crandell Park, taking in the sights along the coast of the 160-acre lake that serves as the center piece of the 432-acre park. Goffin, like many in Eaton County has been following the ebbs and flows surrounding the county’s plans to purchase the former gravel pit from Randy Crandell. The...

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Nordic Fire Festival turns up the heat for year 2

By Adam Droscha Staff Writer It’s not news to any Michigander that many events and festivals have to fit in to a specific time of year. While some festivities are specific to a holiday, there is the yearly struggle to fit as much extra stuff as possible into the warmer months. Winter is always coming, and it’s unforgiving for most outdoor activities. Finally, however, Charlotte and the surrounding area has some exciting winter activities to call it’s own with the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival. February 24 through 26 anyone looking for an affordable and family friendly break to the...

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Eaton RESA teacher wins $1,000 award for ‘Excellence in Education’

People say it all the time — they have the most rewarding job in the world. Generally, it can be difficult to take some people at their word. But, now and then, someone has so much passion and fire for their job that it is clear they are truly fulfilled by their work. Erik Meerschaert is one of those people, and in late January he was recognized for his work and his passion in receiving the Michigan Lottery’s Excellence in Education Award. Erik graduated from Western Michigan University in 2009 with a degree in special education, and has been...

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#CharlotteRising makes pitch to become Michigan Main Street Select community

All of the momentum that has been mounting in Charlotte reached an exciting peak Tuesday, Feb. 14 in downtown Lansing. #CharlotteRising, its board of directors and more than 100 community supporters stated their case to a panel of judges to be accepted into the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street program — a vital part of the non-profit’s downtown revitalization strategy. “We are ready to be a select-level community,” Jason Vanderstelt, #CharlotteRising board member, told the panel. “With the right strategy and assistance, with our can do and call to action mentality, we are set up for success.”...

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The Flight Club sets sights on becoming Battle of the Fans champ

Last year, the Flight Club helped put Charlotte High School at the forefront of school spirit in the State of Michigan with its inclusion in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Battle of the Fans. This year, though, “Flight Attendants” are looking for so much more. “While it was fun to be a finalist again, this year was about winning the whole thing,” said Jess Ramos, one of the leaders of the enthusiastic CHS student section. “We believe we are the best fans in the state and we want everyone to know it, and believe in us like we...

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