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Month: March 2018

First Congregational Youth Group raises $1,171 for Housing Services Mid Michigan

For more than a decade the youth of First Congregational Church UCC in Charlotte have provided Housing Services Mid Michigan (HSMM) with cleaning supplies for those making their way out of homelessness. It’s a tradition that started with former Pastor Tom Jones, and one that has continued in his absence. This year, however, the First Congregational Youth Group, in conjunction with its Christian Education Board, decided to make a slight change, opting to donate the total dollar amount raised during two community dinner events rather than purchasing supplies. The change was graciously welcomed by HSMM Director Denise Dunn. “We...

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The changing face of Bellevue

It’s difficult to imagine sometimes, what it would be like if our own hometown was losing some former glory, dwindling in population, or not being invested in the way it should be. Stories like that unfortunately exist in so many cities and towns, both large and small. For Bellevue, Mich. the reality of getting smaller and losing some of the old familiarities is one that longtime residents know well. In recent weeks citizens of Bellevue watched as the old bank and former township building was gradually demolished, it’s ornate façade the last to be pulled down. The sight was a painful reminder for some that the old days of the small village have drifted into memory; the last remnants of glory days when Bellevue was a bustling town with multiple grocery and drug stores, car dealerships, and more. The old bank building was torn down to make way for a drive thru for Hometown Pharmacy. While the loss of the building is a sign of losing some history, it’s also a sign that the village is still adjusting for the times. One thing dies and makes way for another. Every town has its own circle of life in that way, for better or for worse. But, there are other parts of town that stand empty, vacant because of a lack of interest and traffic in town. Residents know this,...

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Fay’s Willow Tree adds dining room

In mid-January, Olivet’s beloved café and bakery, Fay’s Willow Tree, offered its customers a new option. After knocking out a wall and cleaning up some dust, Fay’s customers were able to enjoy a new dining area where people could sit on all four sides of a table, a luxury previously unavailable in the small shop. In Olivet there aren’t many places to sit down for a bite of food and chat. The restaurants that are in town are enjoyable and well worth the visit, yet in the case of Fay’s Willow Tree Café and Bakery the restaurant was enjoyable, but not ideal for a long visit. Cramped and crowded if too many people came in at once, the bakery only entertained three tables. The need for expansion was apparent from the opening, or at least to Amy Williams when she started working at Fay’s. Williams quickly moved into ownership at Fay’s, mere months after beginning work. The timing was right, the stars aligned, and Williams’ experience in food service aided her as she became a business owner and manager. The small space wasn’t doing her, or her customers, any favors, however. “People would walk out because there wasn’t enough waiting room, let alone sitting room,” said Williams. “I didn’t like seeing people walk out, or turning people away.” Months into taking over the business she started looking for other...

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Community remembers Gaylord Edgerly

The people behind the scenes are often the people who deserve the most praise and recognition, yet they rarely get the applause they deserve. Often times that’s how those behind the scenes people want it. They prefer to work in humble quiet, out of sight and out of mind, getting work done that most other people wouldn’t think to do. At the Courthouse Square Museum, Gaylord Edgerly was one of those individuals. Always working, tinkering, and fixing whatever was of need, or whatever came to mind. March 15, 2018 Gaylord died at the age of 85. The beloved handyman...

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Gospel Fest 2018 planning underway

June 8 and 9 will be exciting days of music and carnival attractions in Potterville. The return of Gospel Fest is set to be just as exciting, more organized, more diverse than the first year, but with the same emphasis of family friendliness and community togetherness. Gospel Fest, Potterville’s homegrown music festival, was a new idea for 2017 after the announcement that Gizzard Fest would be discontinued. David Dickerson and son, Clint Dickerson, came together with a handful of other Potterville residents with the spark of an idea for a night or two of gospel-oriented music. The idea quickly escalated to a full festival, with carnival attractions, vendors, a parade, and more. The group formed their own 501c3 non-profit and started preparations for the festival. Much of the resources of the 2017 festival were on a volunteer basis, including musicians, some vendors, and carnival attractions, while other components were paid for by sponsors. Most of the 2018 festival will look the same as 2017’s trial run, with a few major and minor changes. Clint Dickerson, the music/talent curator of the festival, boasted this year of more diverse music, and perhaps larger platforms. Where last year the festival had primarily gospel and Contemporary Christian rock style music on one stage, this year he’s expanded the scope of styles, and hopes for an additional stage. Gospel Fest will present 18 bands...

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