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Author: Travis Silvas

Peckham’s Workforce Action Team comes through for two local families

Melissa Cummings has been blown away by the generosity shown by her Workforce Action Team members this holiday season. Cummings, a Workforce Action Team advisor at Peckham Inc. in Charlotte, said team members voted to have final donations for the company’s holiday giving program delayed a week to allow them to receive one more paycheck in which to acquire donations for two local families. “This is the most generous group of individuals,” Cummings said. “All of our team members give so freely.” The team chose to work with two organizations this year, making Christmas brighter for two area families....

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CHS students, local leaders collaborate to present ‘A Charlotte Christmas’

The Christmas spirit is about to be taken up a notch in Charlotte, thanks to the enthusiasm and collaboration between a handful of Charlotte High School students and members of Can Do! A Charlotte Christmas, Charlotte’s newest holiday tradition, was dreamed up over a few bowls of hot soup by several enthusiastic Charlotte High School students and a few members of Can Do! Their idea was an instant hit with those attending the October Can Do! event, Charlotte Soup, ultimately winning a $400 grant to help the group take their concept from fun idea to reality. The committee has...

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CHS Athletic Hall of Fame committee ready for nominations

Ben Phlegar, chair of the newly established Charlotte High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee, has been encouraged by the excitement the announcement of the Hall of Fame has stirred in the Charlotte community. What he’d like to see now, though, is that excitement result in actual nominations. “The nominations have been trickling in to this point,” Phlegar said. “We’d really like the community involved in taking ownership.” Phlegar, a former Charlotte High School teacher and varsity baseball coach for a number of years, was instrumental in the creation of the Hall of Fame. “Many schools in our area have had a hall of fame for a number of years,” he said. “There have been 144 graduating classes at CHS and sports activities have been conducted at the school for well over a hundred years. There is a huge pool of athletes, teams, coaches, administrators and community members whose time has come to be honored for their accomplishments at CHS.” Phlegar said the committee is looking for nominations in one of four categories — athlete, team, coach or community member — from all eras of Charlotte High School’s athletic history. The forms are available at the Athletic Office at Charlotte High School or on line at “It would be helpful to get as much information included with the nomination as possible,” Phlegar said. “The more information given, the...

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Local youth recognized for efforts to turn life around

Dr. Kathleen Jager had no idea the kind of impact she’d have on Darin Pearce’s life when she first met him. At the time, she was working with Darin’s older brother, Brendon through the Eaton County Youth Facility’s residential treatment program. Tragedy struck the Pearce family shortly after that introduction when Brendon was killed in a car accident in March of 2015. It was around this time when life got a lot more complicated for Darin, and his choices landed him in the same place as Brendon, the Eaton County Youth Facility. “It was hard to see him withdrawing...

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CharlotteRising recognized by Arts Council of Greater Lansing with an Applause Award

The Lansing region has taken note — Charlotte is rising. CharlotteRising was honored Tuesday, Dec. 6 as a recipient of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Applause Awards — specifically the Creative Community Award. The local non-profit organization was joined by Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who received the Civic Leadership Award, as well as Friedland Industries, Tom Ferris, Brian Whitfield, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, and Jeff Croley. “We have so many wonderful and deserving award recipients again this year,” stated Arts Council executive director, Deborah E. Mikula in a release sent out to local media outlets. “Holiday Glitter...

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