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Author: The County Journal

Acres of Play offers children the opportunity to learn through play

D’Lynn Smith has witnessed the amazing ways in which children learn for the past 30 years. A certified kindergarten through fifth grade teacher, Miss D’Lynn, as she is affectionately called by her students, has observed that children learn best through play. So, she decided after 30 years in the early childhood education field that it was time to go on her own. She opened Acres of Play preschool in 2017 for children from 3 to 5 years old, offering a child-led program that focuses on true early childhood play in the purest form. Smith said she believes children are...

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Early Season Kickoff marks start of Charlotte Baseball Club’s 13th season

Baseball and rain don’t typically complement each other. In a strange way, though, it’s the rain that brings out the best in the culture the Charlotte Baseball Club (CBC) has built over the course of the last 13 years. “When you get the threat of rain is when our parents really shine,” said Charlotte Baseball Club director Frank Silvas, speaking of the seven tournaments CBC hosts each season. “Everyone comes together to make sure we pull that thing off. Our tournaments couldn’t be done without the effort of all those parents.” Silvas would prefer to avoid that kind of adversity on a tournament weekend. But, as a baseball fan and coach, he knows all too well that adversity is part of the game. Finding a way to deal with failure is one of the many humbling lessons the game of baseball teaches. The life lessons taught by the game are a big reason Silvas, and a dedicated army of volunteers, run the competitive baseball program in Charlotte despite a declining local interest in the game. “The game of baseball is a hard game to play,” Silvas said. “It teaches you discipline, instills a work ethic, a respect for your teammates and your opponents, and shows you that with hard work you can really achieve something.” Many members of this year’s program — which total more than 90 local youth...

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An open letter from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Charlotte is rising. Momentum is pulsing through every facet of our community. In one short year, our city has ascended to the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street Program, empty buildings are filling with vibrant commercial spaces, and artwork is emerging throughout town. These many exciting developments are the work of collaboration and partnership. It is a time for all organizations to unite and support one another. It is time to redefine the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber board is currently facing many challenges we’ve identified as opportunities. We have spent the first quarter of 2017 streamlining operations to improve membership outreach, financial accountability, and organizational structure.  A new ambassador group is actively meeting and developing events and membership revitalization. Now we turn our attention our next goal — defining the value of Chamber membership. Personally, I feel that many businesses pay dues simply because “it’s the right thing to do,” yet realize very little benefit. Chambers across the country face this same challenge.  This leads us to… The Goal The Chamber will emerge as a premier organization in Charlotte. It will operate a website that is of great use to membership and town visitors; membership programs will serve as valuable resources for local business; and the events will be highly anticipated. New members will enjoy great notoriety and immediately noticeable value. How do we accomplish this...

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Olivet FFA receives awards at the State FFA Convention

By Dalenna Montague  Olivet FFA Reporter On March 8, 9 and 10, the Olivet FFA received awards at the State FFA Convention held at Michigan State University. Kelsie Letts was elected as the State Region I Vice President of the Michigan FFA Association.  Other special recognition includes: Todd and Sharon Williams, and Jill Cords received the State Honorary FFA Degree. Many individuals received awards. Marcus Pennington, Elyse Zimmerlee, Anna Williams, Catie Graham, Kelsie Letts, Andrew Wietzke, and Jayson Rugg received the Academic Excellence Award. Abby Puskala, Anna Williams, and Paige Fountain received the Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship. Joe Adams,...

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