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Author: Travis Silvas

Orioles look for redemption against Eaton Rapids in playoffs

Charlotte varsity football coach Jeff Finney couldn’t have been more pleased when the playoff pairings were announced last Sunday night. His Orioles drew the district’s top seed and get to host rival Eaton Rapids, which handed a depleted Charlotte team one of its two losses on the season. “Our team was extremely excited to draw Eaton Rapids in the first round,” Finney said. The team will look to avenge a 17-12 in Eaton Rapids from September. The Orioles played the game without several key players, who were out due to injury. Finney said his team is confident heading into the game and he is not worried about the team being too emotional. “Our kids have done a great job so far this week bottling their emotions,” Finney said. “They understand that when the time comes they need to amp it up.” The Orioles were scheduled to host Eaton Rapids on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Charlotte Public Schools planned a community pep rally and tailgate before the game, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Charlotte High School gym. “One of my main goals as a first year head coach was to get the community excited about coming to a game on Friday night,” Finney said. “Last week we had 70 students take a spectator bus to Adrian to help support us.  That was awesome.  It’s fun to win...

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First time KVA champs shift focus to playoffs

There was little time spent celebrating the school’s first Kalamazoo Valley Association football championship. The Olivet varsity football team has bigger goals ahead. That, however, doesn’t diminish what the team accomplished in the regular season. Olivet defeated Delton Friday, Oct. 25, wrapping up a share of the team’s first KVA championship. “It means a lot to our kids to have won a KVA championship,” said coach Gabe Priddy. “Our kids understand what a special season this has been, not just because of winning a league title, but because of the closeness that our seniors have with one another.  They...

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Partnership between PNC Bank, HGB brings unique learning experience to Charlotte

Thanks to a recent partnership between PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great program and Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital, more than 150 young preschool and kindergarten students were exposed to a unique learning experience. PNC’s mobile planetarium made a stop at AL!VE on Monday, Oct. 28 to treat children to “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure” planetarium show. The show teaches children about the basic principles of math, geometry and physics. “This is a great opportunity that PNC actually made available to us,” said Barbara Fulton, director of community development at Hayes Green Beach. “Since we applied and were...

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Candlelight vigil honors victims and survivors of domestic violence

Shouts of “no means no” rang from the Courthouse Square lawn Thursday, Oct. 24 as advocates rallied against domestic violence. The show of support preceded a candlelight vigil, led by SIREN/Eaton Shelter that honored victims and survivors of domestic violence. The vigil is an annual aspect of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Eaton County. “International Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time for antiviolence advocates to connect with each other, remember victims and honor them and also to celebrate the survivors of domestic abuse,” said Kaitlyn Blanchard, a senior at Olivet College and former intern at SIREN/Eaton Shelter. SIREN/Eaton...

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Lifelong friendships made with unsuspecting teammate

The smile on Keith Orr’s face as he rode off the football field on the s   houlders of hi s te ammates only tells half the story. The emotion on the face of his teammates when they talk about their “best buddy” tells the rest. Orr is experiencing football for the first time this fall as a member of the Olivet eig hth grade football team. Small in stature, he has dealt with learning and behavioral disabilities most of his life and had never really shown an interest in football until his parents, Jim and Carrie Orr decided...

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