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Author: The County Journal

Lansing Concert Band returns to Charlotte Performing Arts Center stage March 11

Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m., the Lansing Concert Band will take the stage of the Charlotte Performing Arts Center, featuring several musicians with roots in the Charlotte community. The featured marimba soloist is Charlotte’s own Cody Edgerton, performing “Suite for Marimba & Band” by Peter Tanner. Edgerton is a graduate of Charlotte Public Schools, and was taught by both Ms. Stacie Detgen and Dr. Gary T. Sullivan before graduating in 2010. Cody attained his degree from Michigan State University after completing a program in Music Education, which included performances throughout the nation with the Spartan Marching Band, the MSU Percussion Ensemble, and the MSU Wind Symphony. During this time, he also marched two summers with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Upon graduation in 2015, Cody was appointed Band Director in Elk Rapids, Mich. He led the Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Band, earning Superior ratings at MSBOA Festivals. Currently, Cody is the Assistant Band Director at Grandville High School in Grand Rapids. He is grateful for the opportunity to return to his hometown to perform on the CPAC stage with the Lansing Concert Band. The band’s most senior member, tubist Laura Cudney Topping, graduated in 1945 and participated in the Charlotte Bands, conducted by Mr. Ward Hynes. She has expressed wonderful memories of her Charlotte Band years, including travel to the Holland Tulip Festival and...

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4th Annual Eaton County Home & Business Expo is coming April 14, 15

Are you looking for a way to promote your business? Vendor spaces are still available at this year’s Eaton County Home & Business Expo. The Eaton County Home & Business Expo is a joint effort between the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Locals in Business organization. The primary goal of the Expo is to showcase local businesses and the types of services that are available in the small towns in Eaton County. Since the Expo’s inception there has also been a focus to include the non-profit organizations that are also a vital part of our community. This year...

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Hooping For A Cure has helped raise $103,219 since 2007

By Brent Crossman CHS Teacher In 1982 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 12 years old and did not really have any idea what my mother was going through. Her only option back then was a mastectomy and chemotherapy. After her surgery and treatments my mother survived breast cancer. Two years ago my mother again was diagnosed with breast cancer and successfully beat cancer again. To honor her 36 years as a breast cancer survivor and to all those who have won or lost their battle with cancer, the 12th annual Hooping For A Cure staff vs. students basketball game fundraiser will be held March 3 at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte High School Dome. The Charlotte High School Relay For Life team has raised $103,219 since the first game in 2007. This year’s event is also the kick-off event for the Charlotte Relay For Life event on June 22nd at the CHS track.  If you want to start a team, information will be available at Hooping For A Cure. We are asking all cancer survivors to please come to the game so we can honor your courage of beating this awful disease. Hooping For A Cure t-shirts are being sold for $10 to raise money for cancer research. They are available at the Charlotte High School Main Office. The sizes are youth small to 3XL....

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Helping Hands appeals to community

According to U.S. Census data, Eaton County and Macomb County are tied for the distinction of having the lowest poverty level of all the counties in Michigan (13 percent) and financial analysts tell us that our economy is the most robust it has been in 15 years. Yet, Helping Hands Food Pantry, located at 600 S. Cochran in Charlotte, received more than 5,300 household requests for food assistance in 2017, of which we honored with more than 500,000 pounds of food and personal care items. (That’s about 400,000 meals!) Many will question how so many people can be asking for help considering such rosy reports as mentioned in the previous paragraph. There are numerous reasons why a large number of people are struggling in such a time. Layoffs, divorce, deaths, injuries, medical debt, and low wage / low hour / no benefit jobs are all at the heart of most stories and we find that oftentimes people’s lives can be turned upside down even when seemingly proper decisions and choices have been made. The household requests mentioned above represent about 1,800 actual households, totaling more than 5,500 people, that sought assistance an average of three times during 2017, of which our records show consists of 37 percent children, 13 percent seniors, 40 percent disabled and 50 percent working at least part time. (35 percent of clients come just one...

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Volunteers needed for 2018 Nordic Fire Festival

Charlotte will host the 3rd annual Michigan Nordic Fire Festival on the final weekend of February, 2018. The festival is one of the fastest growing attractions in Mid-Michigan, bringing thousands of visitors to Charlotte. The festival combines elements of Nordic history and Viking fantasy, bringing the “old world” to life for a weekend of winter fun. “Despite the growing interest in this festival from other communities, and even other states, we really need help from the people here at home,” festival organizer Bryan Myrkle said. “We have a great group of people working on this, but our growth and success will be limited without more help.” He said there are volunteer opportunities for people who want to help for an hour, a day, or the whole weekend. There are kids games and activities, contests for everyone, educational displays and even a Viking Mead Hall featuring food and drink. “Everything we do could use a boost from local volunteers,” Myrkle said. The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival taps into a vein of enthusiasm running through recent pop culture. This ranges from major hits like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and the Vikings television show, to burgeoning interest in fantasy “cosplay” and more accurate historic reenactment. “I guess people still don’t know what to expect, but they have a great time once they get here,” Myrkle said. “Each year we’ve...

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