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Author: Travis Silvas

2018 marks 150 years of the Fair at the Eaton County Fairgrounds

For the first 13 years of its existence, the Eaton County 4-H Fair took place just outside the Charlotte City Limits. That all changed 150 years ago when the Fair took up permanent residence at the Eaton County Fairgrounds. To commemorate the event, the Eaton County Fairboard will be joined by local dignitaries Monday, July 9 for a special ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the 2018 Eaton County 4-H Fair. The excitement though, will begin long before any scissor’s blade finds cloth. Grandstand shows begin Friday, July 6 with harness horse racing, which continues at 11 a.m. on...

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Masters Degree latest step in Colizzi’s march toward excellence

When Monique Colizzi received her Master of Arts in Educational Technology this past spring from the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan, it represented the realization of a goal several years in the making. Though it likely doesn’t signify the end of her formal educational journey, earning her masters was the culmination of nearly eight years of hard work. Much like her professional career in education, the path that led to her masters degree followed a few twists and turns. Seeing it through, however, is a testament to her determination. Colizzi earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Davenport University in 1991 before entering the workforce. After nearly eight years in the business world, however, she felt an urging to impact the lives of youth. “I’ve always had a passion for working for youth, and for teaching people,” Colizzi said. “I think I’ve always been more suited to giving back and really wanted a career that made a positive impact on youth.” It was in 1999 that she decided to quit her job and focus her attention on earning her teacher’s certificate from Olivet College. For two years Olivet College got nearly her full attention. The rest of it was spent on her son Curtis, who was in fifth grade at the time. Curtis played a major role in her decision to go back to...

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The Hen House celebrates 40 years in downtown Charlotte

Nancy Conn didn’t know she was creating an enduring legacy when she started the Hen House from her home on Pearl Street in Charlotte in 1976. Her eye for primitive fabrics and passion for quilting struck a chord with customers throughout Mid-Michigan and beyond. Finding success as a business owner, Nancy quickly moved the Hen House to downtown Charlotte before finding a permanent home at 211 S. Cochran Avenue in 1978. Nancy’s passion also caught the eye of Carolyn Rosier, who joined her staff more than a decade ago. Building upon her own passion for quilting and helping others...

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Passion, generosity revive Charlotte’s Camp Frances

Stepping inside Camp Frances, you would never know the facility had struggled for years to remain open. New paint, new flooring, a new kitchen complete with new appliances, and new restroom make the log cabin, built in the early 1950s, look like a completely new build. Camp Frances wasn’t much to look at, however, when Brenda Bly began renting it for family outings in 2012. She happened to come across it one day while walking the trails at Bennett Park, and noticed people gathered together, enjoying nature. Despite its appearance, the setting, the people, and the small cabin located...

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Annual Fly-In a Father’s Day staple in Charlotte for 32 years

Father’s Day is not complete in Charlotte without a stop out to Fitch H. Beach Municipal Airport for all you can eat pancakes. It’s a tradition that has endured for 32 years, and one that continues to grow both in size and popularity. Held this year on Sunday, June 17, from 7 to 11:30 a.m., the Father’s Day Fly In continues to create memories for local families with its variety of activities that satisfy, excite and entertain. The collaborative efforts of the Friends of Charlotte Airport and the Charlotte Rotary Club have helped revive an event that draws close...

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