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The ER ‘Hounds 9th grade boys repeat as AYBT May Madness State Champions

The Eaton Rapids 9th grade boys basketball team recently won their second consecutive, and third overall, AYBT State Championship by coming out on top in the AYBT May Madness State tournament held at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant over Memorial Day weekend. The team of ERHS ninth graders were the only school-based team in the tournament and defeated several AAU/Travel teams in route to a weekend record of 5-1. The Greyhounds began pool play on Saturday, May 25 by defeating the Jackson Jets 40-33. Game two later that day was a 46-24 win over the host Championship Sports/Morey Court team. Pool play...

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Charlotte is Rising all around us

Charlotte Rising is a figurative slogan, an aspirational goal and an inspiring idea – but as of Summer 2018 it’s also an objective reality. Charlotte is seeing an obvious wave of development and redevelopment, investment and reinvestment. Charlotte is rising, right before our very eyes. In a town our size, projects don’t go unnoticed.  I am sure everyone is aware of the activity, but when considered all together, it’s obvious these developments will make an impact. CharlotteRising, the organization, is focused on downtown Charlotte where numerous projects will take place this year. Five downtown buildings are getting facelifts with help from CharlotteRising façade grants, and that doesn’t even count Dutch Brothers’ ambitious project that completely rebuilt the façade of 119 S. Cochran.  In addition to these building projects, more public art and placemaking will be coming to downtown this year, with the construction of a new pocket park on Lawrence Avenue. That project is attracting regional attention and significant outside money is being provided in the form of grants and donations. Nearly an entire block of the city’s central business district is being redeveloped into high quality and affordable housing with the Edmond Senior Apartments, which will open about this time next year. TWG Development of Indianapolis has a big portfolio of amazing projects throughout the Midwest, and Charlotte is fortunate to be one of their first Michigan locations....

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Pocket Park project earns national praise, receives $35,000 in local and national grants

Charlotte’s Pocket Park transformation from a blighted building into a vibrant gathering place gained even more momentum locally and nationally. Last week, CharlotteRising and the City of Charlotte earned a $10,000 Public Art for Communities grant from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and Wednesday received $25,000 from Main Street America. “Building place is a key instrument in economic development,” says Dillon Rush, CharlotteRising executive director. “And with this additional funding, we take another big step forward in cultivating a vibrant and enduring downtown and a place Michiganders want to call home.” Of the $35,000, $25,000 was awarded to CharlotteRising with a Made on Main Street grant award from OneMain Financial and Main Street America. Charlotte was one of only six communities in the nation to receive this grant. “While it was difficult to select only six communities, our decisions were based on the ability of local leaders to roll up their sleeves and engage with community members to create long-term economic improvement through a small, creative revitalization project,” says Patrice Frey, National Main Street Center President and CEO. This $35,000, along with another $10,000 pledged from Tri-County Regional Planning Commission and a financial commitment from the City in its 2018-2019 budget, we are ensuring this will be a community gathering space that can be appreciated and enjoyed for generations to come. Nearly 40 feet wide and 90 feet deep,...

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HGB announces campus refresh as part of Sparrow affiliation

Beginning Tuesday, May 8, construction started on a 15-month renovation project at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. The Promise Project is the next significant step in an initiative that represents an additional $9 million investment in local community care by Sparrow Health System. The affiliation between HGB and Sparrow also has provided for new technology, an AL!VE expansion, additional orthopedic services and the opening of a family practice location in Eaton Rapids. “We look forward to continuing to build upon the successes Sparrow and Hayes Green Beach have already achieved together as we are establishing mutually beneficial collaborations among...

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