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Author: Adam Droscha

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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Sugar Hut reopens in Vermontville

Every small town and village needs its own café. A simple, quiet morning spot with homemade dishes with a country style flavor, a cheap cup of coffee, and a waitress that knows your name and order without having to ask. Lisa’s Café was the last occupant of a small kitchen and dining room at 174 S. Main Street in Vermontville, but shortly after its closing, Angela Keehn came on board with many years of experience in food service and a plan to bring back The Sugar Hut. The Sugar Hut was a former name of another Vermontville café and restaurant, according to Keehn. In her view the opening of a new café is really the return of The Sugar Hut, something familiar and comfortable in the Vermontville community. With the help of her staff, Keehn plans to bring back some of the beloved recipes of The Sugar Hut, and generally home style cooking she knows locals will enjoy. The new Sugar Hut menu is simple so far. Breakfast includes a few simple egg and meat dishes with options for pancakes as well. Lunch has a few sandwich standards like a BLT and grilled cheese, as well as burgers, and soup and salad. Dinner includes favorites like shepherd’s pie, Swiss steak, and other classics. Keehn already has dinner specials for each night of the week, which will change and rotate...

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