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Month: March 2017

Wyatt Waterbury recognized for hard work in outstanding season

This list of accomplishments seems endless for the Bellevue boys varsity basketball team. Along with a 23-2 season, a new school record, the Bellevue boys took their fifth consecutive district championship tournament, and won the second regional game in the program’s history. As co-captain of the varsity team, Wyatt Waterbury also passed a number of personal goals during the season, which earned him Associate Press All-State honorable mention, as well as first team All-Area recognition and Bellevue’s offensive player of the year. “Offensively he’s a very skilled player, but he’s also one of the best two-way players I’ve seen...

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World Down Syndrome Day holds special place in the heart of Eaton Rapids family

By Adam Droscha Staff Writer Lizette Vasquez loves her 5-year-old son Lucas. He’s energetic, he enjoys school, and he just wants to play like any other 5 year old. The only thing “different” about Lucas is that he has Down syndrome, and according to Lizette that doesn’t make him that different at all. “He plays soccer and tee ball. He’s out there hitting the ball all by himself,” Lizette said. “We all have our differences, but if we take the time to learn about someone different than us then we may learn we’re not that different.” Lizette and her...

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Windwalker to unveil massive collaborative sculpture April 1

Richard Turbin’s decades-long dream has finally been captured. You can find it hanging from the atrium inside Windwalker Underground Gallery. The 16-foot dreamcatcher crafted from steel, leather and $10,000 worth of glass donated by internationally renowned artist Craig Mitchell Smith, represents everything Turbin envisioned as he tirelessly worked to establish a haven for creation inside his historic three-story building. For years he dreamed of a community of artists living, creating and inspiring each other in the heart of downtown Charlotte. The sculpture, Charlotte’s newest public piece, will be unveiled during Windwalker Underground Gallery’s inaugural fundraiser set for Saturday, April...

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Charlotte officially welcomed into the Main Street family

Now the real work begins. The City of Charlotte has been officially welcomed into the national network of communities dedicated to downtown revitalization. Representatives from the National Main Street Center, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Main Street program gathered at the Charlotte Community Library Wednesday, March 22 to congratulate the Charlotte community for its selection into the Michigan Main Street Select Level program. “They said 12 months was pretty ambitious to reach the Select Level of the Main Street program,” said Jason Vanderstelt, local developer and CharlotteRising board member as he opened the March 22 press conference....

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CharlotteRising to host public forum, first step as a Michigan Main Street community

Charlotte was recently announced as part of the Select Level of Michigan Main Street. As a Michigan Main Street community, Charlotte will receive five years of technical assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation with a focus on revitalization strategies focused on the downtown area. One of the first steps as a Select Level community is a baseline assessment conducted by local and national Michigan Main Street staff, which includes a “Community Report of Findings” and a vision and strategy session that encourages community member participation. The public forum is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 21 at...

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