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Author: Travis Silvas

Facelift nearly complete, 119 S. Cochran ready for new occupant

His building briefly without a tenant, Darrell Vanderstelt, co-owner of Dutch Bros. Development Group, took stock of his property at 119 S. Cochran Avenue this past winter and was shocked at what he found. The brick that made up the front façade of the building was crumbling, succumbing to a lack of support. “There was nothing tying the brick on the front of the building together,” Darrell said. “The front of the building was literally falling into Cochran.” He has spent the past two months correcting the issues, completely removing and replacing the front of his building. “We found...

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Kelsey Grand Marshal of 78th Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival

Doug Kelsey has never been far from the Maple Syrup Festival fun, living for years just a block from where the action takes place. But, he’s never been quite front and center as he will be this year, having been named the 78th Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival Grand Marshal. A Vermontville native, Kelsey graduated from Maple Valley High School in 1967 and chose to remain an active member of the community. His involvement includes an impressive list of boards and committees, but his dedication to the Syrup Festival, where he served as Master of Ceremonies for 35 years, is rivaled by only a handful of residents. It is for his years of dedication that organizers of this year’s festival have chosen to honor him. The 78th Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival will take place Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29 in downtown Vermontville. This year’s festival officially gets underway with the opening ceremonies on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. on the main stage. Included in the Friday festivities is the annual talent competition, which features a number of local acts showcasing a variety of skills. You will also find some of the best pancakes around being served up by the American Legion and Nashville Lions Club at the American Legion (located above Independent Bank) from 4 to 8 p.m. or the Maple Valley Band Boosters at...

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Charlotte prepared to roll out new community brand

After two years of research, discussion, design and preparation, Charlotte community leaders are prepared to unveil a new community brand that is authentically Charlotte — traditional, timeless, and optimistic. The community brand, which was developed by Redhead Design Studio of Old Town, and funded by the Can Do! marketing committee and CharlotteRising promotions action team, will be unveiled the week of April 23 on two billboards located directly across from the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Charlotte has seen tremendous success in the past with community branding campaigns. The “Celebrate Charlotte” campaign in the early 2000s helped to create a...

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Charlotte family seeks help in overcoming rare leg disease

Gavin Miller was excited to learn how to play hockey, developing a passion for the game as a youngster that he shared with his mother, Karen. He joined a program in the area when he was just 4 years old. Being out on the ice was fun, but Gavin soon realized skating caused him a lot of pain. “At first I just told him ‘get back out there, you’re fine,’” Karen recalls. “But the pain kept getting worse, and then he developed a limp.” That’s when Gavin received the diagnosis. Through a simple X-ray, doctors broke the news to...

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Church of Christ ready for community to plant ‘Garden of Feeden’

Charlotte Church of Christ has been very intentional the last few years in its efforts to make outreach into the community. This spring, the congregation is taking another new approach to getting to know their neighbors while at the same time doing something to help the community — starting a community garden. Named the Garden of Feeden, community members can register for either a 10-foot-by-10-foot or 10-foot-by-20-foot plot in the organic garden beginning April 22. Loren Smalley, member of the Church of Christ outreach team said registration will remain open until all plots are filled. Members of the Church...

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