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Author: The County Journal

Vermontville Township Fire committee begins quest for new fire station

A committee of Vermontville Township residents has been formed to explore the possibility of constructing a new fire station for Vermontville Township Fire personnel. The goal of this committee will be to obtain government and corporate grants and donations sufficient to construct the new facility without using tax funds. When the current station was constructed in 1970, it was a significant step up from the old station that was in the bottom of the Opera House, located on Main Street in Vermontville. That space is currently the home of the Vermontville Public Library. The need for the current fire station occurred when the Vermontville Township Fire Department purchased a new Dodge Tanker in 1968 and it could not fit into the station. The tanker had to be stored outside, empty of water in the winter, until an extra bay was added to house the unit. The Vermontville Township offices now occupy that space. Fast forward to 2015. The fire department is again faced with a shortage of space. The size of fire apparatus and the ambulance has grown substantially and shows no sign of reversal. Any work on the vehicle must now be done outdoors, no matter what they weather may be. The ultimate goal of the committee is to design and construct a facility that will serve the people of the area and the members of the department...

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Andromeda Community Theatre to present ‘Dracula’

Andromeda Community Theatre is ready for Halloween with the frightfully fun production of “Dracula” taking place at The Country Mill in Charlotte. The Country Mill is already a fantastic place for fall family fun, and Andromeda Community Theatre is going to blow the roof off with this show. The curtain goes up for the premier of Andromeda’s third production on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Performances will also take place Friday, Oct. 9, Thursday Oct. 15 and Friday, Oct. 16, all at 7 p.m. The Saturday shows, Oct. 10 and 17 will take place at 7:30 p.m. Dracula...

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Don’t miss the excitement of the Charlotte Frontier Days Rodeo

Twisted P Rodeo Company, based in Millington, Mich. returns to Charlotte Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 to bring all of the fun and excitement professional rodeo is about. Twisted P is an International Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned stock contractor; a Mid-States Rodeo Association sanctioned stock contractor as well as an experienced contractor who has been involved in the sport of rodeo for over 20 years. Owner & Operator, Stuart Pletcher has made rodeo his career for the last 30 years.  His accomplishments are not only as a contestant but as an elected official in associations designed to...

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Former Deputy Treasurer receives 180 days in jail for embezzling from City of Charlotte

Carrie Frances Bowerman, 56, of Olivet, was sentenced Aug. 20 for the crime of Embezziement $20,000-$49,999 by an Agent or Trustee, a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison. The embezzlement occurred while she worked as a deputy treasurer for the City of Charlotte between July 2013 and February 2014. Bowerman pled guilty in late June in return for a higher felony, Embezzlement $50,000-$99,999, being dismissed and restitution being stipulated at $79,350.03 payable to the City of Charlotte. Eaton County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Sauter sentenced Bowerman to 180 days in jail as condition of five years of probation. Work release was denied. Bowerman must play restitution at a minimum of  $100 per month, perform at least 100 community service hours, not participate in any gambling activities or enter any gambling or gaming establishments, and is prohibited from work where she has control over or access to another person’s money. Information presented in the sentencing hearing was that Bowerman gambled at a local casino, Firekeeper’s outside Battle Creek, several times per week on average, and lost $50,000 at that casino alone. However, Bowerman denied having a gambling addiction, and attributed her casino trips to simply “going out with the girls.” Eaton County Prosecutor, Douglas Lloyd, argued at the Aug. 20 hearing for a prison sentence for Bowerman because the actions of  Bowerman violated the trust of the citizens...

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Hayes Green Beach first mid-Michigan hospital to offer 3-D mammography

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it will offer 3-D mammography screenings beginning in fall 2015. “Three-dimensional imaging is the most cutting-edge technology available for breast cancer screening,” said Maureen Hillary, R.N., HGB chief nursing officer. “It is 41-percent more accurate at finding invasive cancer than the two-dimensional technology currently offered by most health care organizations.” HGB will be the first hospital in mid-Michigan to offer the 3-D technology. “One of the biggest concerns we hear from women regarding annual mammograms is the frustration with false positives,” Hillary said. “When patients are called back for additional imaging because of a suspicious finding, it produces unnecessary anxiety and fear. The improved 3-D imaging reduces false positives by 40 percent, avoiding many unnecessary diagnostic tests.” Current technology takes the breast, a three-dimensional structure, and reduces it to a two-dimensional image. This process causes the superimposition or overlapping of images, which can create the illusion of masses in breast tissue. Three-dimensional mammography produce clear, concise images that are effectively one-millimeter slices all the way through the breast tissue. “The 3-D screenings produce better quality results for all patients, especially for women with dense breast tissue,” said Jenny Wren, R.N., HGB director of women’s health services. Dense breast tissue is very common and not abnormal, but it can make it harder to find cancer with only 2-D imaging. The addition...

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