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Month: July 2018

OneMain Financial to host free family-friendly block party to celebrate coming Pocket Park

OneMain Financial will host its third “Made on Main Street” event on Saturday, Aug. 4 in Charlotte to celebrate the $25,000 grant awarded to CharlotteRising. “Made on Main Street,” a partnership between OneMain Financial and Main Street America, provides community action grants for innovative neighborhood transformation projects across the country. In Charlotte, the money awarded through this philanthropic initiative will be used to transform a vacant lot into a pocket park, which will host public events and programs. Six additional grants have been awarded to organizations across the nation. “We’re thrilled to award this grant to Charlotte Rising. At...

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Murrays ready to make Crusty’s Bagels a full-time gig

Chris and Lindsay Murray’s early March post on Facebook was supposed to be a fun experiment. The Charlotte couple wanted to see if people liked their homemade bagels as much as they did. Besides, Chris had been perfecting a few recipes when he started to make more than the family could eat. “We posted them at like 5 or 6 one night,” Chris recalls. “We had a couple orders before we went to bed.” The next morning, the orders kept coming in. “We had 27 orders before my first baking day,” Chris said. “And, that was without anyone even...

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Primary candidate listings for Eaton County voters

Election cycles can be difficult to navigate. Not all voters closely follow local politics, and even those who do don’t always fall into the straight Republican and Democrat categories. Primary elections can be even more difficult to navigate due to multiple options in each party. In Michigan, primary voters can only choose from either the Republican and Democratic ticket. Those hoping to vote in the Aug. 7 primary need to be registered, but should also know who and what they’re voting for. The following is only a surface level view of the candidates on the Eaton County primary ballot. Readers are encouraged to only start with this information and do more digging into each candidate online, or by contacting candidates themselves. At the county level, there are contentious races in 11 of the 15 county districts, and only five of those districts have more than one candidate running from the same party. For the open seat in District 1, there are two candidates running from the Republican Party, Tim Barnes and Sheri Forell. Rob Piercefield is running as a Democrat. District 10 also has two Republicans, incumbent Roger Eakin and Lynn Forell, running for the commissioner seat, and Matthew Bowen is running as a Democrat. In District 11 there are only two Republicans running for the seat — incumbent Wayne Ridge and challenger, Rick Waara. District 13 has two...

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Visit Vermontville Day back for third year

Vermontville is a village known for many things. One of those things is its annual Syrup Festival, which attracts locals, as well as visitors from all over the state. The Syrup Festival is a classic Vermontville celebration and community get together, but some village residents were concerned there wasn’t enough community celebrating during the rest of the year. Three years ago a group from the Vermontville United Methodist Church came together to organize Visit Vermontville Day, a weekend dedicated to a summer celebration of the village. Since the recent closing of the church, the group of organizers has carried on, still committed to providing more opportunities for the community to come together. The 2018 Visit Vermontville Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 4. The day will be filled with family friendly activities and events, according to event organizer Lois Hammonds. The day begins with a community breakfast at the First Congregational Church from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The day unfolds from there with the Dennis Rodeman 5K Run at 10 a.m., the volunteer fire department waterball tournament at 10:30 a.m., a village meet and greet with free hotdogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids pedal tractor pull at 1 p.m., a cornhole tournament from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a car cruise in and street dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those are only some...

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CanDo! Storytellers’ event continues to showcase the magic of storytelling

Their stories were moving, humorous, insightful, and most of all, entertaining. In an age of technology, special effects, and mobile devices, the six storytellers that graced the stage at Windwalker Underground Gallery on Wednesday, July 25 proved how powerful a well-told story can be. Cruz Villarreal, Celine Smith, Ben Phlegar, Clayton Jones, Gregg Guetschow, and Dee Smith were there to take part in Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity’s (CanDo!) second annual Storytellers event. Created last year by then CanDo! chair Bill Barnes, the event takes place of CanDo!’s regular monthly morning meeting, allowing a different crowd of participants to get involved with the local organization. Villarreal, a Lansing-based writer, shared a moving story he had written about his mother’s passing. His powerful story shared his regrets as a son for not being able to help his mother’s failing health in her time of need. He shared the families struggles with poverty and how being poor only exacerbated his mother’s condition. Celine Smith, a refugee capacity builder for Samaritas, talked about her time in Nepal while serving in the Peace Corps. While there, she met a woman who would become her best friend in life despite a language and cultural barrier. She urged the audience to reach out to people who may be different and break down barriers that may live on the surface. “What is beautiful about...

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