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Author: The County Journal

Evelyn Bay mural goes under the sea

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer Artist Michelle Robles Henry recently spent approximately 60 hours painting the back hall of the Evelyn Bay coffee shop in downtown Charlotte — taking it from a long yellow hall to a combination ‘undersea and coffee’ adventure. Henry was commissioned for the job, her first full wall mural, by the owner of the coffee shop, Erica Limas. Limas has owned Evelyn Bay for the past five years. “Our back hallway was just too plain,” said Limas. “With the art and photography that we have on display, and with the new front entry to the shop,...

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Hunters and community come together for annual buck pole

Amy Jo Parish Contributing Writer The corner of Nashville Highway and Ionia Road in Vermontville was packed with spectators and deer for the annual Maple Valley Community Buck Pole Nov. 15. The event takes place on the opening day of the whitetail deer firearm season and brings together hunters from across the region. This year, 59 bucks were brought to the pole by hunters eager to show off their trophies and share their stories of bagging the bucks. Duane Eldred, owner of Duey’s Corner store, organizes the event. He said the buck pole is a time when hunters can...

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CPS tackles hunger locally

Charlotte Public Schools (CPS) recently completed a food drive to jump start a new program at Charlotte High School (CHS) called the Bird Feeder. The Bird Feeder is a free food pantry located at the high school where students who struggle with food security can go and choose food to fill up a backpack to take home. Students, staff and the community combined efforts to collect over 5,500 items which were split between the Bird Feeder and Helping Hands Food Pantry in Charlotte. In addition, over $2,100 was raised to help fund the new project. During this time, CPS...

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Oriole Nutrition offers healthy alternatives

If one is looking for a healthy alternative for breakfast, lunch or even dinner, Oriole Nutrition in downtown Charlotte is a new option. The smoothie shop and juice bar is owned by Wendy and Dwayne Cornish. They are both Herbalife independent distributors, and they opened Oriole Nutrition about a month ago. The shop offers a wide variety of smoothies, shakes and teas. Wendy Cornish is excited to have a spot in downtown Charlotte. “We want to make a community healthier one shake at a time,” she said. “Two years ago, I tried Herbalife because I wanted to get healthier.”...

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ERMC duo launches YouTube cooking series

Deb Malewski Contributing Writer Two employees at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) have launched a ‘healthy cooking’ series on YouTube as a unique way of taking care of their patients. Anne Khol, ND, FNP-C, has been a nurse practitioner for 35 years and is currently working at ERMC. Jeff Ackerman, PharmD, has been a pharmacist for five years and is the director of pharmacy at ERMC. Both share a common passion outside of the medical field — cooking great-tasting and nutritious food. They have recently taken their cooking passion in a new direction by launching Eating Right: Mastering Cooking...

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