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Month: February 2020

Festival offers chance to be a ‘weekend Viking’

By Deb Malewski – Contributing Writer The Michigan Nordic Fire Festival is a unique experience that celebrates winter, fire and family fun in Charlotte. It is billed as a “medieval fantasy brought to life” — with historical reenactments, costumed participants, vendors and lots of Viking-themed entertainment, from fun contests and games to serious historical presentations. This year’s event, the fifth annual, starts the evening of Friday, Feb. 28 and runs through Sunday, March 1. It takes place at 620 W. Shepherd Street in Charlotte, at Lincoln Park. Free parking is provided at the Charlotte High School, with free shuttle...

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Helping Hands thankful for new building and much more

By Phil Grimwood –  Guest Columnist Helping Hands Food Pantry has just completed a whirlwind of a year. In April 2019, we broke ground at 621 Jefferson St. in Charlotte, and on Oct.15, we began operating from our wonderful new facility. Designed specifically for use as a food pantry, the new building is everything we hoped it would be. We have three times as much space, an ample parking lot, private offices for meeting with clients, storage all on one level and many more features to better serve our clients. The new facility has, without a doubt, made it...

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Eaton Rapids Township tables vote on road flooding issue

By Deb Malewski – Contributing Writer Last Tuesday, Feb. 18, Eaton Rapids Township officials met for the third time with concerned residents regarding the Canal and Columbia roads flooding situation. After much discussion, suggestions and comments, a decision was made to table a vote on the issue. The holdup in making the decision was an expressed desire to have the full board present for the vote and to be able to do the research needed to determine if a solution suggested was financially and legally feasible. Board trustee Bernie Morgan explained a project funding solution to the group, known...

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Backward Glance antique shop continues tradition

By Deb Malewski – Contributing Writer Eaton Rapids has a new/ old business on Main Street. It is “old” because, for 30 years, it was The Basket Case — an antique shop owned by Ken and Sue Hayward. But it’s also new because it is now owned by their granddaughter, Nicole Byrd, and has been re-named “Backward Glance.” Byrd opened Backward Glance last fall. It is located at 217 S. Main St., right across the street from the Eaton Rapids Area District Library. It appears the love of “picking” and selling antiques runs in the family. Byrd grew up...

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Bill Steele appointed to Eaton Rapids City Council

By Deb Malewski – Contributing Writer Bill Steele is the newest member of Eaton Rapids City Council, representing Precinct 3, which is the area on the east side of the river. Steele is replacing Jeremy Milam, who was elected to the spot but resigned due to an employment conflict. The council seat was opened to residents of Precinct 3 and three applied for the position. Steel was unanimously selected for the two-year term at the Feb. 10 council meeting. Steele is a life-long resident of Eaton Rapids, having graduated with the Eaton Rapids High School class of 1967. Steele...

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