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Month: April 2017

Council looks to move forward with street improvement plan without millage

The Charlotte City Council voted 6-to-1 Monday, April 24 to approve the first reading of resolution 2017-44, which calls for major reconstruction on portions of five city streets over the course of the next five years. The plan, referred to as Major Street Fund Cash Flow version 3, would accomplish the reconstruction projects without asking voters to approve a millage. Instead, the plan identifies the potential to borrow $800,000 of Owens-Illinois money the city received in 2014 and an additional $400,000 from the city’s Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA). Other sources of revenue include the Eaton County road millage...

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Henwood Studio represents a transformation for local photographer

Like any true artist, Amanda Lipsey is inspired by her surroundings. At the same time, Lipsey knows how to identify a need and provide a solution, a trait found in most successful entrepreneurs. Both attri-butes — the artist and the entrepreneur — have been the driving force behind the Charlotte business owner’s success. A professional photog-rapher for nearly 10 years, Lipsey’s talents and aspirations have evolved since she first found inspiration for her career in her newborn son in 2006. She spent every day with him, learning about her son as he learned about the world. She knew every...

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Dog park a new attraction for Eaton Rapids

The City of Eaton Rapids Quality of Life Board is pleased to welcome a new social outlet for Eaton Rapids residents. Central Bark is the newest addition to the greater Eaton Rapids area park culture. Located on West Street by the Eaton Pine Village, Central Bark is currently little more than a fenced in area with a couple of benches. Soon it will have hoops, ramps, obstacles, and a key fob system for registered users. The idea and funding for the dog park began with Bud and Mary Maxey and the Eaton Rapids Civitan Club. Everything that exists currently at the dog park is due to their hard work. Central Bark entertains a dozen or so daily users, according to Quality of Life Director Troy Stowell. With the upcoming installation of more play equipment for dogs, Stowell hopes more residents will utilize the park. “Our plan is a grand opening celebration in late May,” said Stowell. While doggy entertainment and exercise is important to Stowell and the Quality of Life board, what’s most important are the benefits for residents. There are plenty of places where dogs can be walked and played with throughout the downtown. What Stowell hopes to create with the dog park is a new social outlet for dog lovers and owners. There are programs and events for many groups of people. While the Quality of Life...

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I’m no environmentalist, but…

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, a day set aside both nationally and internationally to celebrate nature, the environment, and natural resources. Demonstrations and celebrations, both large and small, will take place globally, both as public statements and private actions. The theme for the 2017 Earth Day is Environmental and Climate Literacy, a campaign aimed at educating the global public about environment and climate by 2020. Today there will be a March for Science at the National Mall in Washington DC. I, like many people in our communities, am not a climate or environmental advocate, expert, or scientist. I don’t think that’s a shameful thing to admit. I’m all for people sticking to what they know and having a surface level understanding of everything else. That said, while I really want people to respect me for what I know, I think we ought to respect other experts for what they know. From what I see, from what I read, from what I hear, taking care of the environment isn’t a joke. I learned to take the environment seriously early in my life as I grew up very near to my family’s farm. The ground fed us, and by extension so did the livestock that also lived off the fruit of the land. Grandpa Droscha taught me that nature is beautiful and should be appreciated. My uncle showed me that...

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Syrup Festival Queen sees crown as opportunity to be a positive role model

Even though Emma Franklin is just 17, she understands the impact positive female role models have played in her life. As 2017 Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Queen, she recognizes she now has the opportunity to do the same for the youth in her community. “I thought it would be fun to be a positive role model for younger girls in the community,” Franklin said of one of the primary reasons she entered as a candidate for this year’s festival. “I’ve always been involved in the Syrup Festival and have enjoyed being a part of it.” Though she may not...

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