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Author: The County Journal

OneMain Financial to host free family-friendly block party to celebrate coming Pocket Park

OneMain Financial will host its third “Made on Main Street” event on Saturday, Aug. 4 in Charlotte to celebrate the $25,000 grant awarded to CharlotteRising. “Made on Main Street,” a partnership between OneMain Financial and Main Street America, provides community action grants for innovative neighborhood transformation projects across the country. In Charlotte, the money awarded through this philanthropic initiative will be used to transform a vacant lot into a pocket park, which will host public events and programs. Six additional grants have been awarded to organizations across the nation. “We’re thrilled to award this grant to Charlotte Rising. At...

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Continued support vital to Helping Hands Food Pantry

By Phil Grimwood Helping Hands As many of you know (and those who do not), Helping Hands Food Pantry has been serving the greater Charlotte community since 1982, (including the Vermontville and Sunfield areas) with the past 20 years at our current location on the corner of South Cochran and Shaw Street. In January 2018, articles ran in the Lansing State Journal and Detroit Free Press detailing the tremendous amount of food assistance being distributed through our tiny building. Another article around the same time in The County Journal reported how we filled 5,316 household requests for assistance with more than 500,000 pounds of food and personal care items in 2017. It pointed out that 40 percent of our clients are disable, 37 percent are children and 13 percent are seniors, who often must choose between medicine, utilities and food. In addition to these documented numbers, 35 percent of people requesting assistance do so just once during the entire year. (Even though clients are allowed to frequent Helping Hands once every 30 days, only 2 percent will do so all 12 months of the year.) But then the following month a new batch of requests comes in from an entirely different audience, which tends to confirm the old adage that everyone eventually takes a turn going through a tough time financially. In light of this, our Board of Directors...

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Summer Concerts return July 12

The City of Charlotte Downtown Development Authority’s popular free summer concert series returns this year on Thursday evening, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. The concerts will run for six consecutive weeks. Kicking things off on July 12 will be local favorites Whoa Nelly. Former Charlotte Idol winners, Whoa Nelly perform a range of styles from Americana, country and folk, to roots, gospel and blues. Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies will bring their fun, Rockabilly sound back to Charlotte on July 19. Billy Mack’s show is usually one of the highlights of the season, and he is requested...

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The ER ‘Hounds 9th grade boys repeat as AYBT May Madness State Champions

The Eaton Rapids 9th grade boys basketball team recently won their second consecutive, and third overall, AYBT State Championship by coming out on top in the AYBT May Madness State tournament held at Morey Courts in Mt. Pleasant over Memorial Day weekend. The team of ERHS ninth graders were the only school-based team in the tournament and defeated several AAU/Travel teams in route to a weekend record of 5-1. The Greyhounds began pool play on Saturday, May 25 by defeating the Jackson Jets 40-33. Game two later that day was a 46-24 win over the host Championship Sports/Morey Court team. Pool play...

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