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Month: December 2019

Church windows offer ‘enlightened’ sense of reverence

Amy Jo Parish Contributing Writer Glass making was the first industry set up in America in Jamestown in 1607, according to the Stained Glass Association of America. From those early beginnings, stained glass grew and came to adorn churches and temples. Since its dedication on December 20, 1903, the Lawrence Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlotte, has shown the light on a number of colorful creations of glass, each telling part of a story. Tyler Hamlet is the office assistant at the church and said the colored glass holds history within its panes and tells a deeper tale of...

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Charlotte native hitting on all cylinders

Isabelle Whiting Contributing Writer Charlotte native Dave Shuten is currently in California fulfilling his dreams of working at the top level in the world of custom cars and hot rods. Shuten grew up in Charlotte, where he developed an interest in cars. He said it started with Hot Wheels and then moved on to model cars. Eventually, when he was a young teenager, he turned to full-size cars. He said he has always been inspired by famous car builders that he read about in magazines, like Ed Roth, George Barris, Dean Jeffries and a few others. He has also...

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Stained glass windows serve as colorful reminders

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer Stained glass windows can be found in most of the churches in Eaton Rapids. Stained glass has been produced since ancient times and became a Christian art form in the fourth century when churches began to be built. The windows were tools to teach Christian beliefs to people. Some excellent examples of stained glass can be found in the Plains Road Church at the Miller Farm. The church was to be moved to the Miller property from the Plains Cemetery, down the road. It was determined that the old church would not have survived the...

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Edgewater Apartments residents take legal action

By Josh Champlin Contributing Writer Numerous current and former residents of Edgewater Apartments in Eaton Rapids are taking legal action after many are claiming they went without heat and hot water for days and weeks at a time, found black mold, had flooded hallways — and say their complaints were ignored by apartment managers and maintenance personnel. The apartment complex is located on the north end of Eaton Rapids’ downtown, at the intersection of M-99 and M-50, and is owned by Harvest Properties of Wethersfeld, Conn. William Amadeo, the attorney who represents the above-mentioned residents, said some residents were even...

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Watching Stevie, and other young teens, shine

Douglas M. Hoy Contributing Columnist At first, this column was to be about a remarkable young man, and it is. But it encompasses so much more. Let me introduce you to Stevie Sevenski, or as everyone knows him, “Stevie.” He is a wonderful young man, 14 years of age, who attends our local middle school. He is in eighth grade. If you spend even a short amount of time with this young man, you discover none of what is evident on the outside matters one bit to what is contained within Stevie. At times, it can be a bit...

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