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Month: June 2018

Masters Degree latest step in Colizzi’s march toward excellence

When Monique Colizzi received her Master of Arts in Educational Technology this past spring from the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan, it represented the realization of a goal several years in the making. Though it likely doesn’t signify the end of her formal educational journey, earning her masters was the culmination of nearly eight years of hard work. Much like her professional career in education, the path that led to her masters degree followed a few twists and turns. Seeing it through, however, is a testament to her determination. Colizzi earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Davenport University in 1991 before entering the workforce. After nearly eight years in the business world, however, she felt an urging to impact the lives of youth. “I’ve always had a passion for working for youth, and for teaching people,” Colizzi said. “I think I’ve always been more suited to giving back and really wanted a career that made a positive impact on youth.” It was in 1999 that she decided to quit her job and focus her attention on earning her teacher’s certificate from Olivet College. For two years Olivet College got nearly her full attention. The rest of it was spent on her son Curtis, who was in fifth grade at the time. Curtis played a major role in her decision to go back to...

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Continued support vital to Helping Hands Food Pantry

By Phil Grimwood Helping Hands As many of you know (and those who do not), Helping Hands Food Pantry has been serving the greater Charlotte community since 1982, (including the Vermontville and Sunfield areas) with the past 20 years at our current location on the corner of South Cochran and Shaw Street. In January 2018, articles ran in the Lansing State Journal and Detroit Free Press detailing the tremendous amount of food assistance being distributed through our tiny building. Another article around the same time in The County Journal reported how we filled 5,316 household requests for assistance with more than 500,000 pounds of food and personal care items in 2017. It pointed out that 40 percent of our clients are disable, 37 percent are children and 13 percent are seniors, who often must choose between medicine, utilities and food. In addition to these documented numbers, 35 percent of people requesting assistance do so just once during the entire year. (Even though clients are allowed to frequent Helping Hands once every 30 days, only 2 percent will do so all 12 months of the year.) But then the following month a new batch of requests comes in from an entirely different audience, which tends to confirm the old adage that everyone eventually takes a turn going through a tough time financially. In light of this, our Board of Directors...

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Summer Concerts return July 12

The City of Charlotte Downtown Development Authority’s popular free summer concert series returns this year on Thursday evening, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. The concerts will run for six consecutive weeks. Kicking things off on July 12 will be local favorites Whoa Nelly. Former Charlotte Idol winners, Whoa Nelly perform a range of styles from Americana, country and folk, to roots, gospel and blues. Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies will bring their fun, Rockabilly sound back to Charlotte on July 19. Billy Mack’s show is usually one of the highlights of the season, and he is requested...

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Declare this 4th of July

Sometimes I wonder if the Founding Fathers had any inkling that the 4th of July would become a day of national celebrating with fireworks, parades, and hotdogs. (I’m sure if they thought about future celebrations it didn’t include the hotdog.) More so, I wonder if they assumed such a national holiday would become cheapened, not just by activities and leisure, but by the attitude of countrymen and women who despise each other, and have little respect for each other’s liberties. I’ve written several columns about the current national climate, politically, societally, and indeed morally. I’m by no means an authority on these topics. Reporters, strictly speaking, aren’t necessarily authorities. But we are observers- observers of attitudes, patterns, communication, and happenings. As I continue to observe the national state of affairs, my optimism that our country can overcome its ideological, political, and philosophical divides continues to diminish… Until I read about the lives, opinions, and positions of the Founding Fathers themselves, anyway. Those men who painstakingly drafted the Declaration of Independence, and carved the foundations of our democracy and freedoms out of human barbarism, were not always unified. Their opinions on government, loyalty, religion, public life, and indeed personal freedom were diverse and divided. They squabbled, bickered, and spewed vitriol at each other with a tenacity that would put today’s Twitter battles to shame. In spite of their division, the...

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Staying active in the Island City

“Big city amenities with small town values,” said Eaton Rapids mayor, Paul Malewski. The statement couldn’t be truer when it comes to staying active in Eaton Rapids during the summer months. The Island City has dozens of places, events, activities, and projects in which to get involved during the summer. From parks, to holidays, to building projects, there’s something for citizens of all ages to be involved and be active. The first question every new spring and summer is, “What is there?” Where can one go? What’s outdoors? Where are the best places? The good thing is there are...

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