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Author: Travis Silvas

Hooping For A Cure serves as community rally against cancer

Other than the actual Relay for Life of Charlotte, nothing brings people together to fight cancer quite like the annual Hooping For A Cure event at Charlotte High School. This year’s event takes place Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m. in the CHS dome. Hooping For A Cure pits Charlotte High School students against staff in a charity basketball game that draws thousands of spectators each year. Now in its seventh year, Hooping For A Cure has raised more than $60,000 in its history and is one of the major reasons the Charlotte High School Relay for Life team is one of the top fundraisers each year. Brent Crossman, creator and captain of the Charlotte High School Relay for Life team, started the event in 2007, marking the 25th anniversary of his mom’s successful fight against breast cancer. He never envisioned the kind of impact it would have on the community. “I didn’t think it would get this big,” Crossman said. “It’s a good thing and it’s a bad thing. The good thing is that we’re raising more money. The bad thing is reason it’s raising more — more and more people are being affected by this terrible disease. My wish is that I don’t have to do these anymore because we’ve come up with a cure. The bottom line is there isn’t a cure yet, and as long...

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Generation E to launch March 3 for Charlotte students

Following months of training and planning, the Generation E program is ready to launch in Charlotte. Driven by local volunteers, John Bailey, Laurie Newland and Rick Todd, the six-week course is designed to teach students the ins and outs of creating and running a business — from idea to market. At the end of the program, students will have created a business that they will showcase at the Generation E Regional Expo, scheduled for April 2014 in Lansing. The course is offered free of charge, though students would have to raise money to cover their start up costs. Todd said this opportunity gives local youth a chance to turn a hobby or personal interest into a business. Students would come up with their own ideas, which will be cultivated by the guidance of the GenEI curriculum. The program kicks off Monday, March 3 at Crosswalk Teen Center and will run each Monday through March from 3 to 5 p.m. The course is off during Spring Break, but resumes April 14. “The week of April 21 the kids will run their new business for one day at AL!VE,” said Newland. “Then, on April 30th, we will have them go to the Lansing Center to be part of the regional showcase to present their business in an expo style event.” Bailey, Newland and Todd completed training last fall to become certified...

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Series of conversations create connection between students, business community

For years, members of the Can Do! Youth Pillar have brainstormed ways to improve the connection between the youth in the community and those that work outside the school district. This winter, the Pillar took an important first step. Through the creation of the Coffee with the Community series, a partnership between Charlotte High School, the Can Do! Youth Pillar and Fay’s Evelyn Bay, students have the opportunity to spend the morning getting to know someone in the business community. The seven-part series introduces high school students to different business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders in Charlotte to share...

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Charlotte’s Challender, Wales head to State Finals

Capping off solid seasons, Charlotte High School varsity wrestlers, Chase Challender and Eric Wales have punched their ticket to the MHSAA Division 2 individual wrestling State Finals. The two will compete at the Palace of Auburn Hills beginning Thursday, Feb. 27. Challender, a senior at Charlotte High School finished third in the State Finals last season and has been ranked in the top 4 in the state at the 215-pound division all season. Challender has amassed more than 140 career victories as a varsity wrestler for Charlotte and is a three-time Capital Area Activities Conference champion. Charlotte varsity wrestling...

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Potterville DDA to restore portion of Main Street destroyed by 2010 fire

As soon as the ground thaws and the snow melts, the Potterville Downtown Development Authority will break ground on a 40-foot by 60-foot pavilion project that will be located on the 200 block of Main Street in downtown Potterville. The pavilion will be located in a portion of the block destroyed by a 2010 fire that took out four downtown buildings. DDA chair, Joe Bristol said he envisions the pavilion being utilized for a number of local opportunities, such as a regular farmer’s market. “We’ve spoken to the market manager of our current farmer’s market about an additional day held in the new pavilion,” Bristol said. “I expect it to be utilized for more than just food. I envision it being used by artists, musicians and for citywide events and concerts.” The DDA is working with a projected budget of $90,000 and he said he hopes construction will be completed by May. The board is currently working on plans to develop a rental plan and fee structure for community use. Bristol said he’d like to see a regular farmer’s market featured on the weekends, though all plans are still in the discussion phase. The Potterville DDA welcomes all community input on the project. Comments and questions can be directed to Bristol at (517) 927-7912 or email...

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