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Month: March 2019

Generosity Celebration returns to Charlotte March 21

Generosity is measured in many ways in the Charlotte community. So many in the community give of their time and talents to ensure those in need receive shelter, receive food, or any other number of basic needs. People and organizations are also generous financially, making sure our local non-profits have the funding to serve the people in the community that count on their services. Organizers are once again counting on generosity in all its forms to rise to the surface Thursday, March 21 for the annual Generosity Celebration. The event, which has raised more than $70,000 in its seven years of existence, serves as the main fundraising mechanism for the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowment fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation. 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 Needs; Health & Wellness; Education; Economy; Neighborhoods & Communities; and Environment. Grant money is awarded annually — up to three per year — from interest generated by the Charlotte Generosity Fund, an endowed fund within the Eaton County Community Foundation.  The eighth annual event takes place once again at the Eaton Area Senior Center. Guests will enjoy hot hors d’ oeuvres, live music from Windwalker Underground Gallery musicians. Collaboration and...

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Decision to move HGB Urgent Care made with patient convenience in mind

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital’s announcement last week that it would be moving its Urgent Care facility to 616 Meijer Drive in Charlotte was met with some skepticism. Hospital officials, however, say the move was made with patient convenience in mind. “The new urgent care location is much more centrally located for all Eaton County residents,” said Patrick Sustrich, Chief Integration Officer for Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. “The decision to move the Urgent Care revolves entirely around consumerism. We are truly trying to make it easier for consumers.” HGB’s Urgent Care is currently located within the hospital, but will see patients at its new location beginning April 1. Sustrich said through HGB’s Sparrow affiliation, its goal as a hospital is to have a larger presence throughout Eaton County. “Our mission is to improve the health and vitality of the region,” Sustrich said. “We want to be a regional hospital and a gateway to health.” A community concern officials have taken notice of is the fact that the Urgent Care will no longer be housed within the hospital, and HGB’s emergency department. Though Sustrich said, the new location will still offer several services people typically won’t find at other urgent cares. “Our Urgent Care is unique because it is run by a hospital,” Sustrich said. “We have an opportunity to connect it to hospital services. We will have an...

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Charlotte artist makes first foray into book illustration

As an artist, Christine Waugh-Fleischmann relishes the opportunity to put her creativity to the test. Few opportunities, however, have challenged her abilities in the same manner as her recent collaboration with friend, and first time author, Sandra Callis. Christine was challenged with bringing to life images Sandra describes of her near death experience in her recently released book, On the Day I died. “It was quite a challenge,” Christine said. “It really got my creative juices going.” The short story describes a woman’s transition from life to death, and the possibilities of what awaits us all after we pass....

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CHS Cheer finishes dominating season 4th in Div. 2

The Charlotte High School varsity competitive cheer team didn’t simply have a successful season, it was dominant. Even by its own lofty standards. That season came to an end Saturday, March 2 at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, where the Orioles put forth one of their best efforts of the season to place fourth in Division at the MHSAA State Finals. It was Charlotte’s third straight trip to the State Finals. “We are so incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together this season,” said head coach Yvonne Ridge. “The girls are top athletes, academically strong and community minded,...

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Charlotte Superintendent Mark Rosekrans resigns

Charlotte Public Schools Superintendent Mark Rosekrans tendered his resignation to the Charlotte Board of Education Tuesday, March 5.  In a letter that went out to staff, parents and community members, Charlotte Board of Education President Caleb Buhs stated Rosekrans was leaving the district to pursue an opportunity in the private sector. Buhs’ letter also stated, The CPS Board of Education will immediately begin the search for a proven leader that can continue the positive momentum at Charlotte and inspire the very talented and dedicated employees of the district.  We are a district that has seen recent growth in student enrollment and academic and extracurricular achievement and will no doubt be an attractive destination for top-notch superintendent candidates. On Thursday, March 7, Rosekrans said he’s leaving the position with good feelings for the district. “I’ve served here for a long time,” Rosekrans said. “I have a different opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of that.” In terms of the timing of his resignation, Rosekrans said his final day will be Monday, March 11, after which he will be taking earned vacation until his official last day with the district, March 22. “The new position I have starts at the end of the month,” he said, not wanting to elaborate on the details of his new position. “I had to make some personal decisions, and I’ve done that.” Rosekrans was...

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