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Month: February 2018

Generosity Celebration a catalyst for community collaboration

There will always be a need for the generosity of others. There are many worthy organizations within our communities that rely on the generosity of others, every day, just to keep their doors open. The fundraising for so many organizations can seem endless. That’s what makes the Charlotte Generosity Fund, and its main contributor — the annual Generosity Celebration — so important. The fund’s sole purpose is to provide funds for non-profit organizations that work collaboratively with other organizations in an effort to positively affect one of the Seven Elements of a Healthy Community — Arts & Culture; Basic...

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Charlotte Board of Education weighs placing $29.6 million bond on November ballot

A Charlotte Public Schools Bond Steering Committee — made up of community members, CPS parents, staff, and administrators — presented the school board its final recommendation to move forward with placing a $29.6 million bond proposal on the November ballot. A full presentation chronicling the steps the committee took in reaching its final recommendation was made before the board at its Feb. 12 meeting. Charlotte Board of Education members are taking their time to examine the recommendation before voting whether or not to place it on the November ballot. The bond proposal represents a 0.7377 mill increase, which equates to an approximate annual increase of $51.64 for the average Charlotte homeowner with a property value of $140,000. The recommendation comes after nearly four months of fact-finding, facility tours, and conversations among steering committee members, facilitated by TMP Architecture and Granger Construction. Key features of the bond recommendation include: • Critical infrastructure upgrades at all buildings to correct HVAC, electrical, plumbing, building interior and exterior, site and field issues. • New classroom and media center furniture in the High School, Parkview, Washington, and Galewood to support flexible/collaborative learning. • New (3) classroom addition at Washington Elementary to replace the existing portable classrooms and remove existing portable classrooms at Parkview. • New (4) classroom addition and renovation to Galewood to create a Child Development Center. Renovations at Galewood include a safe...

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Getting to know Angel Colizzi-McCrumb, new owner of Turtle Tom’s

Some of the most moving small town stories are the ones that involve family legacy, small business, and sweet treats. What better story could there be, then, but of a third generation local family owning a beloved downtown ice cream shop? Angel and Rich McCrumb recently bought Turtle Tom’s Ice Cream Shoppe in downtown Eaton Rapids from Tom and Pam Bratz. For many, the new ownership is a pleasant surprise, a sigh of relief, and a dose of nostalgia. Angel, daughter of Don and Elaine Colizzi, is a Charlotte native who’s lived in Eaton Rapids for the last 17...

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Eaton Rapids wrestlers ready for state tournament after exceptional season

After winning the league tournament, coming out on top at districts, and beating the No. 2 team in the state at regionals, the Eaton Rapids varsity wrestling team is optimistic about the upcoming individual and state tournaments. The Greyhound wrestlers have worked hard and come out with a winning season. According to coach Joe Ray, the team hasn’t given up a day in the 2017-2018 season. Every practice has been vital and focused, and they brought their work ethic to the mats. “We get the most out of every day,” said Ray. “We run a practice before duals, for...

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Nordic Fire Festival’s popularity leading to new opportunities

In just two years, the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, based in Charlotte, has grown to become one of the premier winter events in the region. Organizers have a few theories as to why, but all agree that the Viking-themed event offers visitors something unique. “This is the time of the year when things are quiet, people have cabin fever, and are itching to get outside,” said Tracey Schwalbach, an event organizer. “It’s a great time for a festival, a great time for something different.” This year’s event takes place Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 25. Most events take...

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