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Author: Adam Droscha

RE Olds Chapter holds annual car show in Dimondale

On Friday, June 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Village of Dimondale will close off Bridge Street for the annual Oldsmobile Homecoming car show. The free event includes the car show, live music, food specials at local restaurants, and a family movie beginning at dusk. The event is put on by the Lansing RE Olds Chapter in collaboration with the Dimondale Business Association. The Lansing chapter of the RE Olds Club is a chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America. The Dimondale car show is a first event for the 2017 Olds Homecoming weekend. The official Homecoming event will take place the following Saturday at the Auto Owners Insurance complex, located at 6101 Anacapri Drive in Lansing. The Dimondale car show is a multipurpose event. While it’s the first event for the Olds Homecoming weekend, it’s also a gift to the Dimondale community, according to village manager Denise Parisian. The Village and the Dimondale Business Association wanted to provide an easy and free event for residents as thanks for their support. “Our purpose here is to give back to the community. We’re inviting folks who live here to enjoy the community, and inviting folks who don’t live to discover Dimondale to see what we have to offer. It’s meant to be an easy, fun, summer kickoff kind of event,” said Parisian. Dimondale is a favored spot for the...

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The Reading Place is Closed, but Reading is More Important Than Ever

Lewis Trowbridge, previous owner of The Reading Place bookstore in downtown Charlotte, said that he would read about 25 books a year, give or take. According to his account that number has decreased in the years that he’s owned the bookstore. He recollected the number of books per year was more before opening the store, and expects that number to increase significantly during his years of retirement. By my math, Lewis has read about 1,000 books in the last 40 years of owning The Reading Place. That number is staggering to me, especially considering it’s probably a lot more if we’re counting his years before owning the bookstore.   When I think about the last few years, or even my whole lifetime (24 years), 1,000 books seems impossible. Heck, 25 books a year seems unreasonable. I just finished school, I work two jobs, I have a social life, I need down time where I don’t think at all, I need to sleep, and of course I have to keep up on a TV series I’m watching on Netflix. (Usually one series I watch over a span of several months because I don’t have enough time to binge watch) Who has time to read? Who has time to thoroughly keep up with the news, let alone read multiple fiction books in a matter of weeks?   Even with these questions...

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Andromeda to perform in historic Courthouse

Friday, May 26 through Sunday, June 4, the Andromeda Community Theater group will present the famous Agatha Christy play, “Witness for the Prosecution.” The performance will be held at the historic Eaton County Courthouse in downtown Charlotte and will feature several local performers from a local theater group. Director Amy Jo Kinyon believes this will be an outstanding performance for a number of reasons, not the least of which is because of the unique performance setting. “It’s a courtroom drama, which is perfect for the old courthouse,” Kinyon said. “It’s not an audience participation performance, but being in that...

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Courthouse Square Association Digitizes Eaton County Historic Newspapers

For any historian, there’s nothing quite as devastating as losing written history. Knowing there was once a record of events and happenings that’s now lost by fire, flood, or decay is gut wrenching. The tragedy of losing written history has driven members of the Courthouse Square Association of Charlotte to start the Eaton County History Newspaper project. The project essentially involves finding the master prints, microfilm, and, if need be the, original newspaper prints themselves and creating digital copies that can be used online. So far the project has digitized over 113 reels of newspaper. Everything from the Bellevue Gazette, Charlotte Tribune, Eaton County Republican, and more has been digitized already, and the group spearheading the project is still collecting more historic newspapers from around Eaton County. Project members have run into some close calls. Recently they feared that all of a Mulliken newspaper had been lost in the burning of a library, only to find that one Mulliken local still had the masters in her residence. The masters were donated, and digital prints were made right away. The task of digitizing the newspapers has been handed over to a New Yorker named Tom Tynisky. It’s the life passion of Trynisky to take historic newspapers and digitize them. He’s worked on newspapers from all over the country, and he works quickly and efficiently so that the digital copies are...

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Parkside Acres brings more options for community and buyers

One struggle for condo buyers can be the lack of options and variety. For a couple looking to downsize after owning a house decorated with the imprint of decades of personal tastes, cookie cutter condos can be a turnoff. Jerry Sommer, president of Sommer Building Company, recognized the need of some condo buyers to have options. Since his development company, Modern Equity, bought remaining plots in the Parkside development, he set out to complete a forgotten project while giving buyers a choice in the floor plan and design. For about five years the Parkside development sat empty and unfinished...

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