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Author: The County Journal

Alumni gather to reminisce and celebrate Maple Valley Schools

Amy Jo Kinyon Decades of education were represented at the annual Maple Valley Alumni Association dinner held this past Saturday. Highlighting the honored classes of Vermontville and Nashville 1946 and 1956, along with the Maple Valley classes of 1996 and 1991, the evening featured the reunion of old friends and school memories. Retired custodian Kim Hansen was selected as the honored support staff for the event. A graduate of Maple Valley, Kim spent nearly 50 years in the district, from his time as a kindergarten student to retirement. “I started kindergarten in 1958 and 48 years later I left,” joked Kim. “I tell the grandkids that it took me 48 years to get out of school.” Jeanne Hansen spent 17 years teaching at Maple Valley and was chosen as the honored staff member. She told the crowd that while technology and methods in the education have seen many changes, the core principal remains the same. “Today’s kids and classrooms have drastically changed, but the goal is still to create productive and well-rounded students,” she said. A 1938 graduate of Vermontville High School, Mrs. Nichols represented the earliest graduating class present at the dinner. The alumni association also presented a check to the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to graduating Maple Valley students each spring. Maple Valley Superintendent Michelle Falcon also detailed work being done to the...

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More than sports: Vermontville man creates legacy on and off field

Amy Jo Kinyon The County Journal Merle Martin of Vermontville could be described as a sports renaissance man. For most of his life, he has been a fixture in the schools around Eaton County, coaching thousands of students in basketball, baseball and life off the field. One of his students, Dave Joppie stopped in for a visit during the recent Maple Syrup Festival. A former player for Martin, Joppie spent time working behind the scenes for the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox. A mid-season manager change has provided Joppie with a bit of spare time, and gave him...

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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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