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Month: April 2017

Sunshine Crew Aktion Club receives official Kiwanis charter

You could tell Michelle Law was eager to get the gavel in her hand. As soon as Charlotte Kiwanis Club President Dan Vanderstelt handed it over during a special ceremony Tuesday, March 28, Law gave it a quick swing. Amid the chuckles generated her eagerness, you could see the absolute pride each member of the Sunshine Crew Aktion Club members felt to be officially recognized as a charter club of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club. “We appreciate what you’re doing,” Vanderstelt said as he presented the gavel and banner that will hang during each Sunshine Crew meeting to come. Created...

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Linda’s Salon a new favorite in Eaton Rapids

Off of Grand Street, just behind Speedway, sits a building still covered with a 1970’s hue. This former home of the Flashes newspaper now sits with a completely renovated interior, fit with hair dryer chairs, nail styling stations, and tanning beds. Linda Maurer’s lifelong dream of owning her own hair salon is now a reality, and one that took only a couple of months to establish. It was seven weeks from closing on the building in October to the opening of the salon in December. Maurer and her team of friends and family did mostly cosmetic work (no pun...

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Council eyes $2 million bond for State Street reconstruction

Charlotte City Council voted 5-to-2 Monday, March 27 to approve the first reading of a resolution that will place a $2 million millage proposal on the November general election ballot. The $2 million, which would be paid off over 20 years, would be used exclusively to reconstruct State Street in 2018. The resolution will go in front of the council for a second reading Monday, April 10. The vote followed lengthy discussion from council members as to the merits of three different road improvement plans, each including differing funding mechanisms. Version 6, the newest version introduced by Mayor Tim...

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Battin Farms Equine and Soldier Sanctuary

Understanding and meeting the needs of our veterans is a challenge in our homes, our government, and our communities. While many of us will stamp “support our troops” stickers on our cars, or watch patriotic biography films of real life veterans out of reverence, relatively few people understand the weight and damage of things like PTSD, veteran suicide, or reintegrating veterans into society. These are huge issues for veterans and their families, and Marcus Battin and wife Laurie Cummings in Olivet are doing their part to help the veterans in their community. Marcus and Laurie have started the Battin...

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