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Month: October 2018

Orioles take down rival Eaton Rapids, keep playoff hopes alive

The Charlotte High School varsity football team was not ready to relinquish the “Little Brown Jug.” Keeping it out of the hands of their rivals from Eaton Rapids feels too good. Charlotte used a punishing ground attack Friday, Oct. 5 to ensure the jug would remain in Charlotte for at least one more year. Charlotte dropped the Greyounds 45-31 behind quarterback Dominic Ghiardi’s 263-rushing yards. “It is always nice to keep the Jug where it belongs,” CHS varsity head coach Jeff Finney said this week. “This is a game that both schools look forward to every year and a game...

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Charlotte 8th grade football team beats PW

On a muddy practice field at Pewamo-Westphalia, the eighth grade Charlotte Junior Oriole football team accomplished something they had never done before. Despite consistent winning seasons, a victory over the Pewamo-Westphalia Pirates had evaded them. Not this year. With a quick attacking offense, and an impenetrable defense, the Junior Orioles earned a decisive victory of 45-0 over this powerhouse. Although never having beaten the Pirates before, head coach Ryan Garn was confident going into the game. “The team really came together during the practices leading-up to the PW game,” Garn said. “These young men have worked very hard, and...

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The truth of our stories, understood through the arts

The month of October is national arts and humanities month. It’s probably a little known month long celebration and recognition for many. I didn’t know about it until someone casually mentioned it in passing, but now that I know, of course I have to write a column about it. Any art teacher, play director, professional artist or musician, dance instructor, poet, you name it will ramble at length, with or without invitation, about the importance of the arts — how they enrich our lives, move our bodies and souls, awaken our minds, and show us the beauty of the world through the human experience. I’m never bored listening to the eclectic souls speak to why the arts should be the treasure of every culture and society. But more so, I never tire of listening to artists speak to the stories behind their own art. Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6, Windwalker Underground Gallery hosted a slightly different event than the usual weekend musical acts. Caleb Johnson, an illusionist from the Lansing area, came to Windwalker not only to share his tricks and hoodwinks, but also to share his story. It was a journey of family, faith, coming up in the church, and being told he couldn’t be who he always knew he was. Caleb boldly recounted to the audience his story of becoming openly gay in communities that...

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Dream becomes reality for new Eaton Theatre owner

Growing up in Leelenau County, the movies always served as an escape for Leann Owen. Heading into Traverse City to see a movie at the State Theatre, or into Honor to catch a flick at the drive in, is some of her most cherished childhood memories. Her love affair for movies has only grown in the past 18 years as she has worked her way from part-time employee at the Eaton Theatre in downtown Charlotte, to manager, and now owner. Owen and her partner Tim Conley closed on the purchase of the Eaton Theatre on Friday, Oct. 5, setting...

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Carl Reck celebrates 45 years in downtown Charlotte

Downtown Charlotte is in the midst of a renaissance of sorts as new shops open and facades undergo needed improvements. There are, however, a few staple retail businesses that have served as downtown’s anchor, providing stability during the uncertain economic times of the recent past. One retail business, Carl Reck Jewelers, has managed to not only weather the storm, but come out of it stronger than ever. In fact, this month, Carl Reck is celebrating 45 years as the area’s premier jeweler. The business has adapted over the years from its beginnings selling fine silverware to its current offerings of trendy fashion watches. The family owned business has kept its finger on the pulse of the jewelry industry and more importantly, on the pulse of what its customers want. Matt DeLeeuw, who purchased the business from his father, Dan in 2011 said the family business has always focused on bringing the best value and newest styles to the community, at a competitive price. The consistency in quality products and service, Matt said, is a reason customers keep coming back. “It’s always been about the customer first,” added longtime employee Carrie Burch. The customer experience at Carl Reck extends from complimentary jewelry cleaning to custom jewelry design consultations. Offering a large number of rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, charms, and watches on display, meeting customer’s needs also includes an extensive catalog...

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