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Month: September 2019

Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home donation boosts upcoming Fire Department Open House

The number of ways volunteer firefighters give back to their community in Charlotte is endless. It’s not only time that they so generously give performing often times dangerous duties, it’s sometimes money out of their own pockets to make some of the Charlotte Fire Department’s extracurricular programming come together. A prime example is the department’s Open House, which is held every two years in Charlotte. The volunteers organize, and pay for the event. Recognizing their sacrifice, Scott Kilgo, of Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home in Charlotte wanted to make sure his business showed its support to our local “heroes.” Kilgo presented...

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A few reasons when we only need one

By Adam Droscha Contributing Writer Two weekends ago during Charlotte’s annual Frontier Days Parade watchers likely noticed many usual sights — marching bands, horses, tractors, fire trucks, children waving from their floats, various community organizations, and more. A typical parade? Maybe, but it is Charlotte’s parade, one that still swells delight, nostalgia, and anticipation for many. Amidst the usual festivities of this year’s parade, however, one small detail stood out from the sounds and sights. It was the flag of the Confederacy, or the rebel flag or Dixie flag, as some refer to it. More precisely still it is the design of Robert E. Lee’s battle flag of the Northern Virginia army. For the sake of this column in our context, I will refer to it as the Confederate flag. A few parade attendees noticed the presence of the Confederate flag amongst the color guard and called in to WILNX News 10 to report the sighting. It was not long before the digital article, as well as another published by LSJ made rounds on social media and a digital community conversation erupted. A subsequent clarification was made by the Mid-Michigan Mounted Color Guard, as well as an apology from the Frontier Days Board of Directors. Still, the question of “why?” looms over the event. Why fly the Confederate flag in the first place? Why fly it at a parade...

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Ongoing Urban/Rural Conversation culminates in Sept. 21 event in Charlotte

This summer has been one of discovery for artists throughout Mid-Michigan. Thanks to the efforts of Michigan Art Share, through a grant from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Michigan State University Extension, Urban/Rural Conversations on arts and culture have taken place in Charlotte, Detroit, Owosso, and Jackson. The culmination of those discussions takes the form of a celebration Saturday, Sept. 21 at Windwalker Underground Gallery in downtown Charlotte. The focus of Michigan Art Share’s Urban/Rural Conversation series is to exchange art, music and creativity among some of Michigan’s urban and rural communities, said Diane Wilson,...

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Getting to know … Mike Ranville

Douglas M. Hoy Contributing Writer Each of us in our lifetime come in contact with a vast cadre of people, swaying us, influencing our ways, enriching the fabric of our existence. Many have come, gone and possibly been forgotten. A smaller portion may have made a lasting impact upon us, either positive or negative. Then there are those precious few, who upon meeting, you instinctively know your life has just been made better by a simple conversation.  I would like to introduce you to such a man. Meet local resident, speechwriter extraordinaire and author, Michael Ranville. Decades ago a...

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ERFD Marks 18th Anniversary of 9-11

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer September 11, 2001 is still fresh in the minds of the members of the Eaton Rapids Fire Department. With each anniversary of that date they remember their brotherhood of 343 firefighters, 60 law enforcement officers, eight EMT’s and paramedics and almost 3,000 civilians who were lost, using their fire equipment as a symbolic gesture of respect and remembrance. The ERFD aerial platform ladder truck sits in front of the department building on Line Street with its ladder extended 30 feet or so, holding the American flag. In front of it stands a flagpole with a...

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