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Author: The County Journal

Have fun this year as a Nordic Fire Fest volunteer

If you would like to be part of one of the fastest growing and most popular winter events in Mid-Michigan, consider spending a few hours as a volunteer at the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, Feb. 22 through 24, 2019. The weekend of the festival is one of the best times to get involved. Volunteer slots are available for the whole day, or even just a few hours. The festival needs help staffing scheduled events, help keeping the bonfire going, help with the kids’ quest, help with parking organization, and of course setting-up, tearing down, and cleaning-up.  Volunteering at the...

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Orioles knock off undefeated Portland

The Charlotte High School girls varsity basketball team took control of the Capital Area Activities Conference White Division Friday, Jan. 18, knocking off previously undefeated Portland, 51-33. Charlotte now sits alone in first place with a 5-0 conference record, and is 7-2 overall on the season. The Lady Orioles played their most complete team game in knocking off the Raiders. Seven different Orioles scored in the win, led by senior Ashley Beck, who scored 12 in the win. Senior Carly Scheblo was close behind with 11 points, and senior Lauren Pryor added 10 points.  Grace Smith added 7 points, all during a second-quarter run that broke the game open for Charlotte. Ashley Friar finished with 5 points, Sophia Cribb added 4 points and Lauren Anderson scored 2. Charlotte’s defensive intensity stymied Portland’s offensive attack as the Orioles’ full-court press and 2-3 zone was the most active it’s been this season. Charlotte managed to come up with several steals, and tips several other passes. An 8-4 game at the end of the first quarter was broken wide open in the second as Charlotte started hitting shots. The Orioles went into halftime with a 29-14 lead. The Orioles would get the lead up to 25 points in the third quarter before a 10-0 Portland run made it interesting in the fourth quarter. Charlotte boys defeat Portland, 54-51 Without leading scorer Justin...

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Charlotte Community Library Celebrates 125 years

In 2019, the Charlotte Community Library will celebrate its 125th birthday. The library was established on November 19, 1894. The book collection was originally housed above the E.T. Church grocery store, which is thought to have been located at 119 S. Cochran, a building most recently occupied by the Dragonfly Boutique. The library was moved several times over the next decade until, in 1903, the city secured a $12,000 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Endowment to construct a permanent library building at the corner of North Cochran and Harris Streets. At the time, the 1845 courthouse stood on the property but it was relocated next door to Dr. H.B. Coles’ yard and used as a garage, and then later moved to property near Bennett Park. The new building housed the library collection for the next 80 years and many long-time Charlotte residents still recall fond memories of their time spent there. The stone building still stands today, now the home of Charlotte Plaza Floral and Crusty’s Bagels. By 1986, the Carnegie building no longer provided adequate space for the library’s expanding collection and public programs. At this time, the Charlotte Library Project, Inc. was formed to search for a new location and procure funding for a larger library. The old Felpausch Food Center on Bostwick Street was identified, purchased on a land contract, and renovated over the next eight...

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January Can Do! meeting features conversation with Bob Filka and Bob Schroeder

Charlotte Can Do! is a local nonprofit think tank, whose primary purpose is to “incubate remarkable ideas.” Using a framework of the Seven Elements of Healthy Communities, the group considers a different element each month.  The elements include economy, the arts, education, health and wellness, neighborhoods and communities, basic needs, and environment. Can Do! meets monthly and invites interested community members to its first session for 2019 on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 a.m. The meeting will feature a conversation with Home Builders Association CEO Bob Filka and Owner of Mayberry Homes Bob Schroeder. The conversation will focus on how revitalization affects a community as well as what makes a community attractive for investors to develop.  For this year’s programs, Chairman Yvonne Ridge wants to focus on the seven elements of a healthy community and encourages citizens to participate and find ways to help the community move forward to the “next level” of success.  Community participation and input is a priority for Can Do’s focus this year. The January session with Mr. Filka and Mr. Schroeder will consider thought-provoking questions about how to harness the opportunities before us. Positive changes in communities sometimes await the transformation that comes from a different way of thinking about challenges and opportunities. How can we ask a different kind of question that helps us to see things from new perspectives? How does the...

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Maple Valley Athletic Boosters supply several improvements

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer The Maple Valley Athletic Boosters has helped Maple Valley schools in getting a new scorer’s table, new advertising signs, new iPads, and a special opportunity to participate in athletics without the worry of financial burden. According to the Boosters president, Tal Gearhart, in addition to the material assets that the Boosters have helped Maple Valley get, the district has also earned enough money to eliminate their pay-to-play policy. Without pay-to-play, students can have the opportunity to play a sport without worrying about it being too much of an extra financial burden. A study done in...

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