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Author: Travis Silvas

Volunteers sought for Acres of Play

D’Lynn Smith’s approach to early childhood education has really caught on since she opened Acres of Play, a child-led, play-based preschool in her home three years ago. Acres of Play became so popular, Smith had to move the preschool from her home to a new location at 200 High Street last fall. Now with more than 50 children enrolled (18 in the preschool each day) , ranging from birth to 12 years (before and after school care), Smith has realized more hands on deck are needed to truly achieve the environment she set out to provide her students. There...

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Local chiropractic office transitions to Rolle & DeWitt Chiropractic Clinic

Charlotte native Adam DeWitt thought his career path was set. Knowing he wanted to be in healthcare, he felt nursing was the best way for him to achieve his goals … until he had a talk with Dr. Bob Rolle. “He told me chiropractic was something I could do and really enjoy,” DeWitt recalls. Rolle said giving that kind of career advice is not something he typically does, but said he saw something in DeWitt and knew his path could eventually lead him back to his practice in Charlotte.  “I always wanted to help people,” DeWitt said. “I realized, though, that I’m way too squeamish to be a nurse.” An athlete most of his life, he said he’s always had a strong understanding of how the body works, and felt helping people while utilizing that passion for physiology and anatomy was the right choice. After some research, he found he could do all of that through chiropractic. He finished his pre-chiropractic degree at Lake Michigan College and set off for Parker University in Texas to earn his doctor of chiropractic degree at Parker University. Having completed his degree this spring, DeWitt joined Rolle Chiropractic Clinic in May and has since been preparing to take over the practice when Rolle retires in late September. He said he’s learned a lot about how Rolle adjusts his patients, wanting to ensure patients...

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Council passes 2019-20 budget, undecided on utility rate increase

The Charlotte City Council adopted its 2019-20 operating budget Monday, June 10. However, there is still much work to be done on capital improvements, such as streets and water and sewer infrastructure in what City Manager Gregg Guetschow said is a pretty bare-bones budget.  Council will resume discussions June 24 on a proposed 22 percent increase to the city’s water and sewer rates. Discussions were tabled June 10 in order for Guetschow and DPW Director Amy Gilson to provide council with potential alternatives to the increase, including phasing an increase in over a two-year period. “The biggest investments we are going to be making, besides streets, are in the utilities area,” Guetschow said. “We need to spend about $1 million per year on infrastructure. That goes along with reconstructing our streets. For example, reconstructing Lovett Street, there’s 1885 water main under there that has to be replaced. There are asset management plans, to make sure we keep our facilities up.” Guetschow said the city has done a good job in managing its assets, but is being forced to be more formal in its planning efforts for water and sewer asset management by state regulations. Mandates from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality make up nearly 20 percent of the utilities budget. “We’ve been warning that it’s time to look at an adjustment to the utility rates,” he said. “We’ve...

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Charlotte author shows the faces of resilience in new book Struggle & Strength

Great stories have their way of finding Sharon Kennedy. It helps, of course, to have a friendly, and inquisitive nature, of which Kennedy certainly possesses.  But more than that, Kennedy has a genuine fascination for those around her, a yearning to celebrate what makes people unique, and the ability to find that thread that connects us all. Kennedy does just that in her latest book, Struggle & Strength, Eight Ordinary Women with Lives Most Unusual. She will share some of her book at a special engagement at AL!VE in Charlotte on Friday, June 21 at 8:30 a.m. “The entire...

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Charlotte Festival Alliance giving Charlotte brand new life

It was only a year ago that the joint marketing committees of Can Do! and CharlotteRising rolled out a new community brand for Charlotte. After an initial splash, the brand and “Charlotte is …” campaign sat slightly dormant. That may change, and soon, starting with Charlotte Celebrates, which takes place over Father’s Day weekend in Charlotte. Charlotte Celebrates was the first festival to jump on board with the new branding campaign in 2018, adopting a new logo for the festival and partnering with the accompanying Charlotte is … billboard campaign. Those efforts will continue with this year’s promotion. Frontier Days also followed suit with a new logo in 2018. A new community organization, loosely formed at this point, has brought all of Charlotte’s festivals together in an effort to increase efficiencies, promotional efforts and overall success of all festivals. Called the Charlotte Festival Alliance, the organization includes representatives from Charlotte Celebrates, the Eaton County Home and Business Expo, Frontier Days, Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, Concerts on the Square, Charlotte Performing Arts Center, Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, Eaton County Fair, Pigpalooza, Windwalker Underground Gallery, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.  The Festival Alliance met Wednesday, May 29 to discuss the opportunity to better take advantage of the Charlotte brand, and what that could mean for the promotion of the community’s major events. “This is an opportunity to keep who you are...

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