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Author: Adam Droscha

Maple Syrup Festival annual talent show kicks off spring fun

Singing, dancing, maybe a little magic, it’s the all-encompassing annual talent show at the 2018 Maple Syrup Festival. The stage is open for adults and children alike to show their secret and well-known gifts. With age divisions of 5 and below, 6-12, 13-17, and 18 and older there’s a spot for anyone looking to step into the spotlight for the community showcase. The Syrup Festival talent show often sees several musical acts, but the stage is open for dance, poetry, magic presentations, and other varieties of odd talents. According to event organizer, Sydney Khouri, the talent show generally varies year to year between 20-50 acts. She hopes for more acts in 2018, both for variety and for the entertainment of the community. The 5 and below bracket will receive participation trophies, the 6-12 and 13-17 brackets will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements, and the adult bracket will have a first place winner with a cash prize, the amount for which is yet to be announced. To participate in the talent show, readers can email Sydney Khouri at, or call (517) 667-8413. “It’s a good opportunity to share their talent with their community,” said Khouri. “It’s another outlet to perform.” The talent show takes place Friday, April 27 on the Main Street stage following opening ceremonies at 6...

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Emily’s Farm continues to win young business competitions

Emily Newborn is a fourth generation farmer from Eaton Rapids. Her family has long raised chicken, beef, and pork to sustain the family, and eventually provided meat to neighbors and friends looking for locally raised food. Taking into account her own health needs for clean meat, as well as the growing national trend of buying locally grown food, Emily decided to start Emily’s Farm, a business committed to providing meat without preservatives, antibiotics, or steroids. The start of Emily’s Farm coincided with Emily’s participation in FFA. Now a senior in high school, Emily started building and promoting her business...

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Gearhounds enjoy successful season

Nope, not the Greyhounds, the Eaton Rapids Gearhounds are recognized in this Flashes article. In its fourth season, the Eaton Rapids robotics team made a robot, Twall-E, that has propelled the team to the top of several robotics competitions. Twall-E has rolled, reached, and pulled its way to first place in two district competitions, as well as 24th out of 40 in the state competition. Katie Sard and Greg Ruhlig are the coaches/supervisors of the high school robotics team. Sard primarily gathers sponsors, schedules events, and organizes the team, while Ruhlig guides the students with design, materials, and construction....

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Eaton Rapids residents invited to help with spring cleaning

Saturday, April 21 community organizers and residents of Eaton Rapids will gather at City Hall at 10 a.m. with rakes, gloves, and elbow grease to give the Island City a spring facelift. Community members co-organized the event with the City of Eaton Rapids to offer residents an opportunity to volunteer and contribute to the spring cleanup efforts. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. various community groups will make up a core group of volunteers in the spring-cleaning. FFA students, National Honor Society students, Girl Scouts, students from the Interact Club, will be dispersed to GAR Park, Main Street, and Playground of Dreams to cleanup trash, power wash sidewalks, lay down fresh woodchips, and generally polish some frequently seen and visited parts of town. But the student organizations are not the only groups invited for the event. Saturday’s community spring-cleaning is an open invite for any and all residents looking for an opportunity to get involved. Sprucing up the downtown may seem like a simple task, but to Eaton Rapids’ mayor, Paul Malewski, voluntary participation in amenity upkeep is essential for making the Island City a desirable place to visit and live. “It’s really about community pride,” said Malewski. A town belongs to its citizens. When a lack of resources or personnel exists, the members of the community have to step up and take ownership. While the City of Eaton...

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Sunset Acres Bakery to celebrate 1st year of business with open house

At the intersection of Vermontville Highway and Chester Road is a small bakery. The building is simple, surrounded by fields and an Amish farm next door. Henry and Edna Mae Detweiler, a modest couple with two small children, own the farm and the bakery. Inside the bakery visitors are welcomed by the scent of baked goods, shelves of sweets and crafts, and the kind faces and words of the Detweilers and their relatives. The environment is simple and quiet, reflective of the lifestyle of the owners. Sunset Acres Bakery opened one year ago when Henry and Edna Mae realized...

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