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Author: The County Journal

HGB employees recognized at 13th annual Fulton Awards

Three Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital employees were recently honored with the Fulton Award of Excellence, the hospital’s highest recognition, during an annual ceremony Tuesday, March 29. The award winners, recognized for their exceptional contributions to HGB’s success, are: • Mary Fiala, R.N., emergency department nurse, who received the clinical service award. • Steven Hankey, maintenance mechanic, who received the non-clinical service award. • Jacob Campbell, MOVE health and fitness manager, who received the leadership service award. Fiala joined the HGB team in December 2002 as a house supervisor, and moved into her current position as a registered nurse in the emergency...

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Bellevue student athletes continue to grow outside of competition

By Kayla Whitmire Bellevue High School Athletic Director We have all heard the phrase “student-athlete, student comes first.” Of course that places the emphasis on academics. Attend class, participate, turn in your work in a timely fashion, produce quality work, study for tests, etc. But in Bellevue, we are taking it a step further.  We are developing life-long learners. Our student-athletes and staff have taken advantage of several opportunities to grow as leaders in our community. Thanks to the incredible opportunities presented by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and our Bellevue Athletic Department, Bellevue student-athletes and staff are...

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Quilters come together to support library

Amy Jo Kinyon Flashes Editor A group of women have brought their knitting needles together to support an organization they believe to be an integral part of the Vermontville community. The group of 10 has worked for five months to create a maple leaf quilt to serve as a fundraiser for the Vermontville Township Library. The group quilted 64 squares and worked together to finish the project, the hardest decision being where to place each square in the pattern. “We could have spent weeks on that alone,” laughed Bev Kelley. Featuring both pieced and applique squares, the material was quilted together by local seamstress Paula Cole and features variegated thread amongst colorful maple leaves. Rose Kirby came up with the idea for the project and said the motivation stems from her desire to help the library produce engaging and interesting summer programs. Rose holds happy memories of the library through the years and is hopeful that the quilt will help create positive experiences for others in the community. She recalls receiving a fifty-cent piece from previous library director Mrs. Allen. “It’s just our way of trying to give back,” said Rose. Those programs and the willingness of library employees to help patrons find information they need, bring Brittney Kirby to the library. To her, it means more than just shelves of books, the library plays a pivotal role in...

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Charlotte receives $10,000 grant for placement of public art

LEAP announced today, that three communities will be added to the growing list of municipalities participating in the LEAP Public Art for Communities grant program. The three communities that will receive funding are the City of Charlotte, the City of Lansing, and Delhi Township. A total of nineteen grants of $10,000 each from LEAP general fund has been awarded to place public art in strategic locations with visibility and potential business growth. PNC Foundation has been a strong supporter of the program, contributing $10,000 to the program this year as well as last year. Each community that applies for the LEAP funding is required to adopt a public art policy or ordinance. The policies address issues of insurance and liability, and ongoing maintenance as well as the formation of an arts committee to work with artists and art pieces representing the community. The City of Charlotte plans to place a piece of public art in the downtown on the corner of Cochran Avenue and W. Lovett St. The Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA) was the applicant on behalf of the City of Lansing. SOCA plans to utilize these dollars to place a piece of public art as part of the Point West project on the western edge of the City. Delhi Township plans to place a piece of art on Aurelius Road near the township offices and the Holt...

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Andromeda Community Theatre set to cast next production

Andromeda Community Theatre (ACT) has announced auditions for its second production of the 2016 season — Lend Me a Tenor by playwright Ken Ludwig. Auditions will be April 8 and 9 at the Charlotte Community Library Spartan room from 6 to 8 p.m. Andromeda will be looking to cast eight adult roles (four women and four men) for individuals in their mid-20s and up. Community members interested in performing, working stage crew, or volunteering for this production should attend at least one night of open auditions. Callbacks will be at a later date. No experience is necessary Lend Me a Tenor is the story of Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, who is primed to welcome world famous Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Othello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Othello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Othellos are running around in costume and two women are...

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