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Author: The County Journal

Maple Valley exchange students create positive impact

By Amy Jo Parish Contributing Writer Exchange students give up their home and their family for a year in order to gain new experiences in a foreign culture. Those experiences, however, can last a lifetime. This year, the Maple Valley School District welcomed nine exchange students into their halls. Though the students come from all around the globe, all were eager to experience America for themselves. For some, it was an eye-opening experience to come to the very rural setting of Maple Valley. “I imagined it would be like the High School Musical movies, and it’s a lot more...

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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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Golden Oldies Choir sings carols with students

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer The Golden Oldies Choir from the Jean Bradford Kline (JBK) Senior Center in Eaton Rapids dropped in at Lockwood Elementary and Greyhound Central on Dec. 17 to sing Christmas carols with the students. The choir has also recently visited both Dimondale Center and Island City Assisted Living, to share the Christmas spirit with the residents there. The Golden Oldies Choir began about five years ago as a program at the senior center and has flourished since, said director Rita Honeysett. Seniors from around the Eaton Rapids area, including Dimondale, Leslie and Onondaga, are part of...

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Robots enter SEH operating room

Amy Jo Parish Contributing Writer A night of celebration has the potential to positively change the lives of patients at Sparrow Eaton Hospital (SEH) in Charlotte. The annual hospital gala has historically been a time of celebration and fun. This year, however, the gala has the opportunity to help transform patient care at the hospital. Ticket proceeds from the gala, held back in September, have been designated to benefit the robotics program at Sparrow Eaton. The robotics program, formed just six months ago, will use the $6,197.30 donated to further the use and education about robotic advancements in the...

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Getting to know … Donis Osborn (and the Eagles club)

Douglas M. Hoy Contributing Columnist During this splendid holiday time of year, many of us think of volunteering to help the disadvantaged, the less fortunate and those who could use just a bit of support. Possibly, that assistance is no more than an understanding smile, some kind words or just possibly a warm meal given gladly, eagerly. Many of us would like to help, but we do not know where or whom to ask. I can answer all of the above. Meet Donis Osborn. She and her family have been volunteering – serving up a complete, traditional Christmas dinner,...

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