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Author: The County Journal

Church votes to become ‘Open and Affirming’

On Oct. 27, the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ (UCC), in Charlotte unanimously voted to become an “Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation.” According to the church’s ONA committee — that has been working on the initiative for over two years — the decision is, in essence, a covenant. “With this affirmative vote, the congregation made a covenant  —  a solemn promise and act of faith — with God and the community; to walk humbly with God, doing justice, loving kindness and serving all of the greater community in love,” stated committee members in a recent press release....

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Getting to know … George Doxtader

If you’re an early riser and heading into Lansing to work, you may have seen George Doxtader downtown and wondered who he is and why he is sitting on a bench on Main Street at 4:30 a.m., waving and smiling at cars as they pass. Some even worry he is homeless. But he’s not. I recently sat down to talk with George, and he shared his life story with me. Doxtader has a small home not far from downtown. His daily routine involves getting up early and heading downtown. He goes to bed early, he said, sometimes about 6...

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Seminar to cover Native Americans in the Civil War

Michigan’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum (MHM) in Eaton Rapids will sponsor a free Civil War history seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The seminar will take place at the hall and museum located at 224 S. Main St. in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation will be “Warriors in Mr. Lincoln’s Army – Stories of Native Americans who fought in the Civil War.” The presenter will be Quita Shier, a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and a resident of Michigan. Shier has a lifelong interest in Native American culture. She...

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MI Heroes Haven in ER serves first responders and veterans

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer As a former Lansing police officer, Kyle Hein, the founder of the nonprofit organization known as MI Heroes Haven in Eaton Rapids, knows personally the stress and trauma many first responders face. He saw the need for a place first responders and veterans could go to deal with the trauma they experienced. He envisioned a place to help them handle the stresses that can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family breakups and mental health issues. He created MI Heroes Haven, also known as simply Heroes Haven, to fill this need. Hein’s father, Kevin Hein,...

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ER senior Grace Lehto earns ‘full ride’ to CMU

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer Grace Lehto of Eaton Rapids is “doing high school to the max” according to her mother, Kelly. Recently selected as Eaton Rapids High School’s homecoming queen, Grace is a star player in three sports — softball, volleyball and basketball. But she’s also a student with a 4.16 GPA, taking AP (advanced placement) classes. She has recently been accepted into Central Michigan University on a full scholarship for the fall of 2020. She visited 17 schools in order to make the right decision for her future. Central offers her the opportunity to be a Division 1...

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