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Author: Travis Silvas

Longtime Fair Board member renews vows on Merry Go Round

Theo Savage is one of those familiar faces you always see at the Eaton County Fair. To some it may seem like he’s been around forever, and for all intents and purposes, he has. Savage participated this past week in his 34th Eaton County Fair as a member of the Fair Board. Someone who’s been around so long, it’s rare to see something new. That is, unless you are the one creating the new experience. Theo was the mastermind behind the plan for several longtime Fair Board members to renew their vows at this year’s event. Planned to take...

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Council tables decision on water and sewer rate increase

Charlotte City Council was not ready to finalize any increase to the city’s water and sewer rates Monday, July 8, instead choosing to table the decision until its July 22 meeting. Until then, council directed City Manager Gregg Guetschow and DPW Director Amy Gilson to study the impact of an increase smaller than the 11 percent discussed at the July 8 meeting. Councilman Branden Dyer, who made the motion to table the decision, said the city examines its rate structure each year and he would like to see what impact a smaller rate increase would have on the water and sewer fund. “I wanted to get more information from Amy [Gilson] before going forward,” Dyer said. “I don’t feel we necessarily need to see a high increase this year. I have no desire to delay this decision indefinitely, but would like to see what a lower rate would look like.” Dyer said smaller increases could be made annually. The city has not raised rates since 2015. Guetschow’s initial proposal to council was a 22 percent increase in water and sewer rates that would take effect all this year. Council rejected the 22 percent increase, preferring instead to study and discuss an 11 percent increase over the course of the next two fiscal years.  “I would be terribly uncomfortable with anything under 11 percent,” said Mayor Tim Lewis. “We’re talking...

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Mary’s Gourmet Ears may have made final stop at Eaton County Fair

Elephant ears are synonymous with carnivals, festivals and fairs. The fried, sugary confection, if prepared right, practically melts in your mouth. There may not be a more sought after elephant ear in Eaton County than the homemade ears sold by Mary Stalhood, who for the past 40 years has served up the tasty treat at Mary’s Gourmet Ears at the Eaton County Fair. Always in the same location — a few hundred feet from the 4-H show rings — Mary’s Gourmet Ears have been a staple of the Eaton County Fair. Sadly, Mary said this week that this year...

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Volunteers sought for Acres of Play

D’Lynn Smith’s approach to early childhood education has really caught on since she opened Acres of Play, a child-led, play-based preschool in her home three years ago. Acres of Play became so popular, Smith had to move the preschool from her home to a new location at 200 High Street last fall. Now with more than 50 children enrolled (18 in the preschool each day) , ranging from birth to 12 years (before and after school care), Smith has realized more hands on deck are needed to truly achieve the environment she set out to provide her students. There...

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Local chiropractic office transitions to Rolle & DeWitt Chiropractic Clinic

Charlotte native Adam DeWitt thought his career path was set. Knowing he wanted to be in healthcare, he felt nursing was the best way for him to achieve his goals … until he had a talk with Dr. Bob Rolle. “He told me chiropractic was something I could do and really enjoy,” DeWitt recalls. Rolle said giving that kind of career advice is not something he typically does, but said he saw something in DeWitt and knew his path could eventually lead him back to his practice in Charlotte.  “I always wanted to help people,” DeWitt said. “I realized, though, that I’m way too squeamish to be a nurse.” An athlete most of his life, he said he’s always had a strong understanding of how the body works, and felt helping people while utilizing that passion for physiology and anatomy was the right choice. After some research, he found he could do all of that through chiropractic. He finished his pre-chiropractic degree at Lake Michigan College and set off for Parker University in Texas to earn his doctor of chiropractic degree at Parker University. Having completed his degree this spring, DeWitt joined Rolle Chiropractic Clinic in May and has since been preparing to take over the practice when Rolle retires in late September. He said he’s learned a lot about how Rolle adjusts his patients, wanting to ensure patients...

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