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Month: January 2018

Tri-County Crusaders partner with Charlotte youth in effort to resurrect storied franchise

The Crusaders brand carries a history of success in the world of semi-professional football. In the 1980s and 90s, the Lansing Crusaders amassed 124 victories, six league championships and 11 first place finishes. As impressive as the Crusaders were on the field, it was an equally impressive impact in their community that caught the attention of three individuals who’ve set their sights on restoring the prestige tied to the Crusaders name. Founded in 2017 by Marshall Brice, Joshua Crowther, and Bryan Frechen, the Tri-County Crusaders have taken up residence in Charlotte with the goal of winning on the football field and in the community. “The Board of Directors vision was to create a team for the area that would be able to do more for the community and the players that play on it,” Marshall, board president, said. Marshall said the first step was reaching out to the Charlotte Junior Orioles organization, which he knew had a strong foundation within the community. “The relationship between the Orioles and the Crusaders was the starting point that gave the Crusaders momentum that continues to grow and further creating a home feeling for the Tri-County Crusaders,” Marshall said. The organization has been hard at work to build relationships within the Charlotte community in preparation for their inaugural season in the Premier Amateur Football League (PAFL) in 2018. “We’ve been working diligently to...

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Teens Against Homelessness provide essential items for Lansing area homeless

Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lansing area homeless will have the opportunity to visit Maple Grove Baptist Church to freely select clothing, toiletry, and hygiene items that were collected by Teens Against Homelessness. Three high school students who discovered their desire to make a tangible impact on homelessness started the group and planned the event all on their own, and on an entirely volunteer basis. Brittany Vergason, Abby Osborn, and Alexis Dansby are three high school students who are duel enrolled at Lansing Community College through Eaton Regional Education Service Agency. Brittany and Abby attend...

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Knapp new principal at Maple Valley High School

Beginning after the start of the New Year, Maple Valley High School has a new principal. Michael Knapp has stepped into the position after leaving a 15-year legacy as teacher, assistant principal, and coach at Ionia Public Schools. Knapp has been an educator for the last 20 years, and he is enthusiastically joining a smaller district that he believes has the potential and credentials to match any other district in the area. Knapp started his career in education at Portland Public Schools, and later moved to Ionia. In the last 20 years he’s taught business and science classes, and...

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Volunteers needed for 2018 Nordic Fire Festival

Charlotte will host the 3rd annual Michigan Nordic Fire Festival on the final weekend of February, 2018. The festival is one of the fastest growing attractions in Mid-Michigan, bringing thousands of visitors to Charlotte. The festival combines elements of Nordic history and Viking fantasy, bringing the “old world” to life for a weekend of winter fun. “Despite the growing interest in this festival from other communities, and even other states, we really need help from the people here at home,” festival organizer Bryan Myrkle said. “We have a great group of people working on this, but our growth and success will be limited without more help.” He said there are volunteer opportunities for people who want to help for an hour, a day, or the whole weekend. There are kids games and activities, contests for everyone, educational displays and even a Viking Mead Hall featuring food and drink. “Everything we do could use a boost from local volunteers,” Myrkle said. The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival taps into a vein of enthusiasm running through recent pop culture. This ranges from major hits like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and the Vikings television show, to burgeoning interest in fantasy “cosplay” and more accurate historic reenactment. “I guess people still don’t know what to expect, but they have a great time once they get here,” Myrkle said. “Each year we’ve...

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