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Author: The County Journal

Help your local letter carriers ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

Saturday, May 14 marks the 24th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Each year, on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from customers. These donations go directly to the local food banks/pantries. Last year, letter carriers collected more than 71 million pounds of food nationally, helping to feed an estimated 30 million people. Currently, 49 million Americans — 1-in-6 — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. The timing of this year’s drive is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and winter holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need. Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger food drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14 and your letter carrier will do the rest. A few suggested food items include: canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, peanut butter, cold cereals, oatmeal, household paper products and healthy snacks for children. Local cities that participate and where their collected...

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5th annual Golf, Grilling and Guys’ Health event features family-friendly activities

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital annually celebrates National Men’s Health Month with its Golf, Grilling and Guys’ Health event Father’s Day weekend at AL!VE. The free health fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 18, features family-oriented activities including golf, dodge ball and cross fit competitions; healthy living information and screenings; physician conversations; children’s activities and a summer cookout. The celebration begins as the Eaton County United Way’s Colors United 5k, which kicks off at 8:30 a.m., finishes at the Floyd M. Jewell Memorial in front of AL!VE. A putting contest sponsored by Kositcheck’s Menswear and chipping contest sponsored by Maple Brook Golf Course both begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m., with many opportunities to win fun prizes. There will also be door prizes provided by Costco. A dodge ball tournament begins at 11 a.m. in SOAR. Teams of six are encouraged to sign up for the “Bring Your ‘A’ Game” competition in two age divisions: Teen (ages 13 to 17) and Adult (ages 18 and up).  Call (517) 543-9575 to register your team or visit MOVE, the fitness center at AL!VE. A mini Touch-A-Truck event will feature emergency vehicles, and PLAY, the outside children’s recreation area, will be open. Lettuce Live Well will provide information, kids’ activities and popcorn. A summer cookout will include chicken brats and hot dogs, chips and water, plus...

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CHS, Charlotte Early Middle College provide chance to earn up to 63 free college credits

This week, Charlotte High School students will start scheduling classes for the 2016-2017 school year. As they begin the process, they will find that the opportunities that they have available to them are greater than at any other time in the school’s history, and that CHS has emerged as a leader in many areas. Divided into 16 different pathways, which include areas like engineering, health care, business, agriculture, insurance, and “Oriole University” (two or four year college preparation), among others, Charlotte’s curriculum offerings have grown immensely over the past few years. As students schedule, they will be able to choose the offerings that fit their college and career goals, thus helping to create a tailored educational experience that sets them up for future success. The piece of CHS’s curriculum that has grown the most, though, is the set of college credit opportunities available to students starting as early as 10th grade. Currently, Charlotte High School offers 10 different Advanced Placement classes, and for the fifth year in a row, enrollment in those courses, the number of students taking the AP test, and the number of AP tests total has grown. Furthermore, next year marks the third year in a CHS partnership with Ferris State University, which gives students opportunities to earn free college credits during the high school day. Next year, students will be able to take Political Science...

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Planning Commission seeking input on food trucks

The City of Charlotte Planning Commission is seeking input from residents, local business owners, food truck operators and other mobile vendors as it considers whether to permit these kinds of mobile businesses in the city. Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle said the city regularly gets requests from food truck operators to locate in Charlotte, but there is no allowance for them in the zoning ordinance. “Right now, the ordinance requires most business operations to take place in enclosed buildings with some basic allowances for outside display and storage,” Myrkle said. Myrkle said food truck vendors approach the city asking for permission to operate and aren’t satisfied with the answers city officials can provide. Over the past two years, those requests have come from a wide assortment of operators that range from fair-style food trailers to mobile coffee kiosks, taco trailers, ice cream trucks, hot dog stands and even non-food mobile vendors. “The variety and regularity of these requests over the past few years has kind of surprised me,” Myrkle said. “This issue has already been addressed in some other Mid-Michigan communities, but we haven’t talked about it here in Charlotte.” In addition to food truck operators who want to do business in Charlotte, city officials have also heard from a handful of local brick-and-mortar business owners who have opinions about the issue. “I know there are people who have...

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Andromeda Community Theatre announces full 2016 season

Andromeda Community Theatre (ACT) is pleased to announce its full schedule for the 2016 season. Following up the productions of Love Letters, which premiered in February, ACT’s second production of the season, Lend Me A Tenor, by playwright Ken Ludwig will premier in June. Lend Me A Tenor is a lively, clever comedic farce centering on one memorable night of opera in Cleveland. Andromeda’s own Frank Boston will be making his directorial debut. Frank is fresh off his stint as assistant director for the extremely well received Love Letters. Once again, The Eaton Area Senior Center in Charlotte will be graciously hosting the production.  Show dates will be June 10 through 12 and the June 19 (a dinner show). In September, Andromeda Community Theatre will perform Margaret Edson’s moving drama Wit. Wit focuses on a college professor’s observations and life recollections as she undergoes experimental treatment to combat her stage-five ovarian cancer. Simultaneously funny, sad and harrowing, Wit does not fail to leave an impression.  Due to its emotional content, Wit is recommended for mature audiences. A portion of the proceeds of every performance will be donated to cancer research or to support local families affected by cancer. Auditions will be held in late June or early July. The shows will take place at Windwalker Arts & Underground Galleries in Charlotte. ACT is currently in discussions with HGB Memorial...

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