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Author: Adam Droscha

Dog park a new attraction for Eaton Rapids

The City of Eaton Rapids Quality of Life Board is pleased to welcome a new social outlet for Eaton Rapids residents. Central Bark is the newest addition to the greater Eaton Rapids area park culture. Located on West Street by the Eaton Pine Village, Central Bark is currently little more than a fenced in area with a couple of benches. Soon it will have hoops, ramps, obstacles, and a key fob system for registered users. The idea and funding for the dog park began with Bud and Mary Maxey and the Eaton Rapids Civitan Club. Everything that exists currently at the dog park is due to their hard work. Central Bark entertains a dozen or so daily users, according to Quality of Life Director Troy Stowell. With the upcoming installation of more play equipment for dogs, Stowell hopes more residents will utilize the park. “Our plan is a grand opening celebration in late May,” said Stowell. While doggy entertainment and exercise is important to Stowell and the Quality of Life board, what’s most important are the benefits for residents. There are plenty of places where dogs can be walked and played with throughout the downtown. What Stowell hopes to create with the dog park is a new social outlet for dog lovers and owners. There are programs and events for many groups of people. While the Quality of Life...

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I’m no environmentalist, but…

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day, a day set aside both nationally and internationally to celebrate nature, the environment, and natural resources. Demonstrations and celebrations, both large and small, will take place globally, both as public statements and private actions. The theme for the 2017 Earth Day is Environmental and Climate Literacy, a campaign aimed at educating the global public about environment and climate by 2020. Today there will be a March for Science at the National Mall in Washington DC. I, like many people in our communities, am not a climate or environmental advocate, expert, or scientist. I don’t think that’s a shameful thing to admit. I’m all for people sticking to what they know and having a surface level understanding of everything else. That said, while I really want people to respect me for what I know, I think we ought to respect other experts for what they know. From what I see, from what I read, from what I hear, taking care of the environment isn’t a joke. I learned to take the environment seriously early in my life as I grew up very near to my family’s farm. The ground fed us, and by extension so did the livestock that also lived off the fruit of the land. Grandpa Droscha taught me that nature is beautiful and should be appreciated. My uncle showed me that...

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CHS partnership with Ferris State aids students with new scholarship

At a Charlotte Board of Education meeting Monday, April 17, President of Ferris State University, Dr. David Eisler, presented Charlotte Public Schools superintendent, Mark Rosekrans with a new scholarship opportunity for CHS students. The Ferris Next Scholarship provides CHS students who have completed three classes offered through Ferris with a C or higher with a $1,000 scholarship toward attending Ferris full time. Dr. Eisler signed a citation with Superintendent Rosekrans in front of the board of education. The presentation of the new scholarship opportunity comes after a three-year partnership between CHS and Ferris. Through the partnership, students can receive...

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Lockdown shows CPS has proper procedures in place

Thursday, April 13 Charlotte High School entered into lockdown after a report of student in possession of a weapon on school property. The student was swiftly apprehended and taken into custody, a thorough search was made of places the student had been, the lockdown was lifted, and students were released on time. Other schools in the Charlotte district were also placed on lockdown as a simple precaution. No weapon was found on school property, or otherwise in the student’s possession. Further details of the status of the apprehended student were unavailable, though Superintendent Mark Rosekrans indicated the student will...

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Arts Council the newest addition to Eaton Rapids Quality of Life Board

Every city, large or small, needs its own art. Whether it’s the Motor City, or the Island City, art is what provides a community with a healthy distraction, an adoration for what’s beautiful, and a unifying centerpiece that everyone can call their own. The Eaton Rapids Quality of Life Board is doing what it can to give the Island City an array of community projects through the work of various subcommittees like the River Recreation Committee, Parks Development Committee, Northwestern Park Committee, and the Youth Teen Initiative. The newest, and fully active, subcommittee is the Eaton Rapids Arts Council. “If you build it they will come,” said Christopher Sebastian, chairman of the new arts council. “Anything that can attract emotion from individuals can be good for a community. If there’s an attraction that peaks interest people will come check it out. Anything that can develop foot traffic is great for a community.” The arts council was established to evaluate the assets and blank spaces in the Eaton Rapids downtown, and pinpoint areas where visual art could be displayed. Although to date the arts council has only gathered three times, the four-to-five person council has already selected a few front-running ideas for potential art projects. It’s too early to say which ideas will come to action, according to Sebastian, but the ideas keep coming. “There’s a lot of opportunity and...

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