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Author: Travis Silvas

Keys in the City pianos unveiled in downtown Charlotte

The momentum being created around economic vitality in downtown Charlotte is becoming more visible, and much more colorful. The city’s newest placemaking initiative — Keys in the City — was unveiled Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Courthouse Square where one of two painted pianos was set out for public use. The project was completed through the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) pilot program, ENGAGE, and included a number of local partnerships. Bob Trezise, LEAP CEO, said ENGAGE is a program that fosters community pride and involvement in local partnerships. “I honestly cannot think of a better place to kick off our...

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Bellevue historians disappointed over loss of township building

Tucked away in a back corner of the Bellevue Township Library is a room filled with historical documents, clothing, knickknacks, furniture, and more. This room is home to the Bellevue Historical Society. This group of Bellevue locals, many who spent their whole lives in Bellevue, look over the room and its contents as well as the legacy of their beloved village. Like many others, these folks have watched the change in Bellevue, often with disappointment. In the July 1 edition of the paper, the County Journal ran an article about the Bellevue Township building, which is to be torn...

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Byler shares passion for archery at Whispering Pines

Nathan Byler still fondly recalls the first deer he ever harvested with his bow. Only 13 years old at the time, he remembers being slightly off his mark as the first arrow he ever launched at a deer sailed harmlessly by. Undeterred, he was given a second opportunity when a larger deer crossed his path. This time, he didn’t miss. The experience ignited a passion for bow hunting, one he’s translated into his own business — Whispering Pines Archery. Open since 2014, Byler focuses his energy on getting his clients to the next level in shooting. “I know how...

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Charlotte to unveil its own ‘Keys in the City’ next week

Kalli Dempsey could not wait to get her hands on a brush. She watched eagerly Wednesday, July 26 as a handful of youth from Crosswalk Teen Center applied the first touches of color to one of two pianos that will be put on public display in downtown Charlotte. It didn’t take long for Dempsey to join in the fun. “We are really excited to see this finally happening,” Dempsey said Wednesday. The pianos represent Charlotte’s first effort to join the Keys in the City movement that started a few years ago in Lansing, which places painted pianos in public...

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Simpson, Harris receive Eaton Count Fair’s Emerald Award

Two Eaton County men were honored Tuesday, July 11 for their longtime dedication to youth at the Eaton County Fair. Max Simpson and Roger Harris were each presented with the 2017 Emerald Award during a special presentation at Kardel Hall. Max was instrumental in building the Eaton County tractor pulls into the kind of event audiences from the area enjoy today. His involvement with the fair and tractor pulls began in the 1970s and has remained constant since. “Max’s work has resulted in Eaton County being voted pull of the year in the State of Michigan numerous times,” said...

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