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Charlotte Shoe and Leather Repair receives Impact New Business Award

The Impact New Business Award is given to a hard working business or business owner who has taken over or opened a new business in the last five years. The winner of this award is always very well known throughout the community, often seen as succeeding in more than just business, but truly harnessing the passion of success throughout the community.  This year’s recipient is nothing short of that. Words to define this businessman are hardworking, dedicated, humble, understanding, driven, focused, and encouraging.  In the two short years he has owned his business, he has more than tripled his business through retail, repairs, and sales. At the young age of 26, this man has become a role model to peers far older than he is. He is defined as a “winner” in the business community. He is known as the example or model of “how to do it the right way.” He has redefined the image of a Charlotte businessperson, and has taken his business from barely noticed to the highlight of the downtown community. Co-workers define this young man as the best boss, and friend to work for. He recognizes passion in a person and lets that person run with ideas, therefore driving individual success in his own employees. He is deeply respected by his employees because of the praise and gratitude he shows to them. This businessman...

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Kimmer selected to receive prestigious Essence of E Award

The Chamber of Commerce has a strong, bright team player willing to participate and seek collaborative players for any activity. Celebrate Charlotte and Frontier Days partner with innumerable players from the community including that team player from the Chamber team. Further, the City of Charlotte, DDA and The Square have hosted concerts on the lawn with the Farmers’ Market, which have expanded to the Artisans of all sorts providing local fares even in the winter. Committing to the education of all youngsters is beyond difficult when meeting public attitude, both the polite and others.  However, those who are willing to rise to the ever-shifting demands by the state and federal requirements and rules, prove the job is not for the weak of heart.  But, education isn’t just boxed; enthusiastic information sharing makes many teachers outside of the classrooms. Courthouse Square Museum has created unlimited programs and activities dedicated to learning, teaching, playing and growing for adults as well as children. One of our best educators is such a humble, but “opportunity” cheerleader. This dedicated historian has deep love and appreciation for architecture, not just the famous structures. The fixer can see the “bones,” the potential and the opportunity to breathe new life into those buildings prior destined to demolition. As well, the fascination with the history of antiques is rarely interest of monetary value, rather the beauty, the skill...

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Eaton County Project Resource Connect is Tuesday, Jan. 26

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or any type of housing issue will find a “one-stop shop” for essential housing, employment, health and financial services. Local agencies will be available to meet with individuals privately to discuss their situations. The event will be held at First Lutheran Church, located at 550 E. Shepard Street in Charlotte from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All participating agencies are members of the Eaton County Continuum of Care. These agencies include: Housing Services Mid Michigan, SIREN/Eaton Shelter, Capital Area Community Services, Salvation Army, Eaton County Counseling Services, Peckham, Inc, the Barry-Eaton County Health Dept., the Eaton County Dept. of Health and Human Services, St. Vincent de Paul, Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center, Tri-County Office on Aging, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Helping Hands, Eaton County Housing and Veterans Services, Eaton Great Start, McKinney Vento/Clinton RESA, and Gateway Community (youth) Services. This is a free event. A package of helpful items, such as personal care or cleaning supplies, along with lunch will be available to everyone in attendance. The event will also include two focus groups to gather information about needed services and current services with the intention of improving service delivery. Each of the first 20 participants (two sessions) will receive a gift card for their involvement. If you are interested in volunteering to assist the Project...

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Can Do! focuses on economic prosperity in January

Can Do! is kicking off its 2016 monthly programming with a panel discussion featuring leaders from three key area economic development organizations: Bob Trezise with Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Marilyn Crowley with the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development and Gregg Guetschow with the City of Charlotte. The panel will discuss the outlook and possibilities for the Charlotte region at 7 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Charlotte Community Library. “Each speaker will discuss regional prosperity strategic plans, and the resources and programs available for our community,” said Barbara Fulton, Can Do! chair. “There will also be discussion regarding collaborative opportunities and local initiatives.” Audience members will have the chance to ask questions of the speakers following their presentations. Fulton will be facilitating the panel discussion. The Charlotte Community Library is located at 226 S. Bostwick Street, in Charlotte. Can Do! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) is a community-networking group designed to engage community members to support economic development and quality of life initiatives. Free meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month are open to everyone, and feature speakers and topics relative to the promotion and development of the Charlotte community. For more information about Can Do! please join one of the monthly meetings or email  You can also find Can Do! on Facebook. Article submitted by Can...

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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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