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Author: Travis Silvas

Frontier Days Grand Marshal caps Charlotte career for Sally Seifert

Sally Seifert was happy leading classes of elementary school students in Holt when she discovered her true passion. Working part-time in the summer at Charlotte Community Library, Seifert realized she could still impact the lives of children while tapping into her love of books. She made the decision to leave the teaching profession nearly 20 years ago, opting instead to serve as the Children’s Librarian at Charlotte Community Library. “This is my community, these are my people,” Seifert said of the decision she made back in 1999. “I wanted a job where I could make an impact in my...

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CharlotteRising hosts first of two strategy implementation sessions

The Michigan Main Street program is starting to ramp up in Charlotte. CharlotteRising hosted members of Michigan Main Street Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Windwalker Underground Gallery who provided potential volunteers with a crash course on the ins and outs of the Main Street program. “Part 1” as it was called by CharlotteRising laid the foundation for a second strategy implementation set for Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Hall in downtown Charlotte. That foundation included an in-depth look at the four points of the Main Street program — Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization —...

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Keys in the City pianos unveiled in downtown Charlotte

The momentum being created around economic vitality in downtown Charlotte is becoming more visible, and much more colorful. The city’s newest placemaking initiative — Keys in the City — was unveiled Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Courthouse Square where one of two painted pianos was set out for public use. The project was completed through the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) pilot program, ENGAGE, and included a number of local partnerships. Bob Trezise, LEAP CEO, said ENGAGE is a program that fosters community pride and involvement in local partnerships. “I honestly cannot think of a better place to kick off our...

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Bellevue historians disappointed over loss of township building

Tucked away in a back corner of the Bellevue Township Library is a room filled with historical documents, clothing, knickknacks, furniture, and more. This room is home to the Bellevue Historical Society. This group of Bellevue locals, many who spent their whole lives in Bellevue, look over the room and its contents as well as the legacy of their beloved village. Like many others, these folks have watched the change in Bellevue, often with disappointment. In the July 1 edition of the paper, the County Journal ran an article about the Bellevue Township building, which is to be torn...

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Byler shares passion for archery at Whispering Pines

Nathan Byler still fondly recalls the first deer he ever harvested with his bow. Only 13 years old at the time, he remembers being slightly off his mark as the first arrow he ever launched at a deer sailed harmlessly by. Undeterred, he was given a second opportunity when a larger deer crossed his path. This time, he didn’t miss. The experience ignited a passion for bow hunting, one he’s translated into his own business — Whispering Pines Archery. Open since 2014, Byler focuses his energy on getting his clients to the next level in shooting. “I know how...

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