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Author: The County Journal

Charlotte Community Library Board of Trustees to request millage renewal, increase

On Thursday, March 17, the Charlotte Community Library Board of Trustees passed a resolution that will ask the community to vote at the Aug. 2 primary election to renew the Library’s operating millage. The Board is asking the community to renew the current operating millage of .9 mils, with an increase of .5 mils, for a total of 1.4 mils. This is the first request for a millage increase in almost 20 years. Library Board Treasurer Keith Tirrell explained, “Property taxes are flat and will continue this way for several years to come. In spite of all our efforts to hold down costs, expenses are going up. We cannot maintain our programs and activities with our current income.” Charlotte’s Library began over 100 years ago. Twenty years ago, the Charlotte Community Library became a district library with a voter approved .9 millage. That amount was renewed 10 years ago and is now due for voter renewal to take effect in 2017. District libraries such as Charlotte Community Library must have a voter-approved millage to provide service. The Charlotte Community Library provides many services in addition to the expansive collection of books. Children’s and adult programs, computers and computer classes, meeting rooms, internet and wireless access, copy and fax services are only a few of the offerings. Board President Mary Sloan stated, “Millage revenue is the only predictable source of...

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Crafty creation to benefit Maple Valley’s sophomore class

Amy Jo Kinyon Flashes Editor The dress, shoes, tuxedo, transportation, dinner, and pictures: when it comes to prom the list of things that need to be purchased seems endless. On top of the accessories, the venue must be booked and decorations hung. The sophomore class officers at Maple Valley High School are working to alleviate some of the financial burden and create a memorable event. The group is selling tickets in a giveaway featuring a homemade quilt. The design features a purple pattern and is “super nice and fluffy,” described Secretary Baileigh Schrader. Cheryl Wood constructed the quilt and donated it to the sophomore class to help alleviate the costs of not only prom but also next year’s senior trip. After this lavender creation is awarded to the lucky winner, Wood has plans to create another quilt made out of Maple Valley shirts. “We really want to create a memorable prom,” said class treasurer Hannah McGlocklin. The officers have already been hard at work organizing the event that will take place aboard the Michigan Princess riverboat. Paraprofessional Cheryl Ellison said the commitment and work ethic of the students have shown makes it easy to plan events fundraisers. “They are a very energetic class. They are good kids who are working hard to take care of their class,” said Ellison. “This is just an awesome group to work with.” Vice...

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Entertaining weekend planned for Michigan Nordic Fire Festival

This weekend’s inaugural Michigan Nordic Fire Festival will feature fun and entertainment throughout the event. Friday evening’s free community bonfire at the Sledding Hill area across from Lincoln Park will feature stage performances from Shahira Dance & Fitness, fire dancing troupe Thermogenesis, and musician Alan Gulick. Other fire dancers and performances are expected that evening as well. During the day on Saturday at the Sledding Hill, there will be live entertainment with a medieval flair from the popular theatrical fighting group Swords of Valour at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Juggler Ric Carver will perform at 1 p.m. Disney Princess Merida from the movie Brave will be present throughout the day, with a special performance at noon. The Shahira Dancers will perform at 4 p.m. Festival organizers are also expecting daytime appearances Saturday from Bjorn the Giant, the Society for Creative Anachronism and separate live action roleplay (LARP) groups. These performances are free and open to the public. Saturday evening’s activities move downtown with two hours of festival entertainment at Windwalker Art Gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Comedy improv duo Christian Smith and Chris Steel will host an evening featuring comedy, dancing and storytelling, along with a special Icelandic photo exhibit and presentation from Charlotte’s own Vincent Brady. Also performing will be Inna Phelps, the Habibi Dancers and Gypsy Raqs. These performances are also free and open...

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Hooping For A Cure — a great Charlotte community tradition

By Brent Crossman In 1982 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 12 years old and did not really have any idea what my mother was going through. Her only option back then was a mastectomy and chemotherapy. After her surgery and treatments, my mother survived breast cancer. In December of this past year, my mother again was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Last week she had successful breast cancer surgery and is on her way to successfully beating cancer again. To honor her 34 years as a breast cancer survivor and to all those who have won or lost their battle with cancer, the 10th annual Hooping For A Cure staff vs. students basketball game fundraiser will be held March 5 at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte High School Dome. We are asking all cancer survivors to please come to the game so we can honor your courage of beating this awful disease. Hooping For A Cure t-shirts are being sold for $10 to raise money for cancer research. They are available at all Charlotte Public School main offices. The sizes are youth small to 3XL. If you buy a shirt, you will get into the basketball game for free. There will be many groups performing at halftime, including The Dance Conservatory dance team and the Charlotte drum line. We will also honor all cancer survivors and...

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PNC volunteers earn $6K for AL!VE through PNC Grants for Great Hours

AL!VE, the destination health park in Charlotte has been awarded $6,000 from the PNC Foundation in recognition of the volunteer efforts of PNC employees Jacky Halliwill, Jonathan Novestke, Matthew Bogusz, Lynsey Adams, Sarah Kopulos, and Layla Graham, who earned the grant for the organization through PNC’s Grants for Great Hours program. The program rewards employee volunteerism by presenting a grant to the child care center assisted by the employee/employees. GROW, the children’s recreational and enrichment area at AL!VE, serves nearly 1,000 area children monthly through its early childhood education programs. Studies have shown that children who receive quality early...

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