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Eaton Rapids

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ICAL receives national recognition

Island City Assisted Living has been awarded the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) bronze award as part of the association’s national quality award program. Island City Assisted Living is proud to announce that they are one of only two assisted living facilities to receive this prestigious award.
The bronze award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Center for Assisted Living’s National Quality Award Program, which honors long term and post-acute care providers who have demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of care for seniors and individuals with disabilities. According to the National Center for Assisted Living, the bronze award level provides applicants with the tools and resources they need for continuous improvement in quality care. Through the bronze criteria, based on the Baldrige Excellence Framework, applicants will assess their organization’s mission, vision and key factors that lead to success. This is just our first step, which now leads to our application for silver, then gold. Thank you to all who helped in the processing of our application. This award means so much to us. It shows that Island City Assisted Living is really among the best places to live and work.

Mason

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Shop Local – Culligan Water Conditioning

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

Almost 60 years ago Philip and Phyllis Carey started a Culligan Water franchise in south Lansing. They’ve both passed now, but the business is still in family hands. Matt Carey, their son, has been part of the business since 1980 and now is the official “Culligan Man.”
“We’re a family-owned, local business,” Carey explained, “but with national backing from Culligan.”
The business serves all of Ingham county, most of Eaton County, parts of Livingston county, and the southern half of Clinton county.
Culligan of Lansing offers reverse osmosis water filtration, water softeners, whole-home systems, bottle-free coolers, bottled water coolers and drinking water filters.
Culligan will service all water treatment equipment, Carey said, any make or model. They will also test your water for free. These tests can determine what is in your water, including arsenic, chlorine, chromium-6, coliform bacteria, lead, magnesium, nitrates, radon, and hydrogen sulfide.
Soft water is water that contains few or no dissolved minerals, Carey explained. Water softening involves a process called “ion exchange.” Calcium and magnesium, which are “hard” ions, exchange with sodium or potassium (salt) ions, to eliminate impurities in the water.
In this time of social isolation, there still are situations in which someone needs to come into your home for service and repairs. Culligan service technicians perform all the standard safety measures, including washing their hands, not touching their face, and wear a mask and gloves while working in your home, Carey said.
“About 98% of what we do involves us going to the customer’s home or place of business, not so much them coming to us.”
Culligan Lansing has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Angie’s List, and 4.6 out of 5 stars on Facebook reviews.  Leah Taylor, a customer, commented: “We have used Culligan for our water softener and drinking water for over 40 years!  Culligan is the most reliable company we deal with.  We give them 5 stars for each of those 40 years.”
For more information about Culligan Water Conditioning of Lansing, you can call 1-800-551-6005 or email matt@culliganlansing.com. Visit them on the web at www.culliganlansing.com or on Facebook at culliganLansingMi. They are located at 3460 Dunckel Road in Lansing.

DIMONDALE

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The Village of Dimondale

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

“Dimondale is attractive because it has that charming small-town feel but it’s still close to all the amenities that you might need,” said Lori Conarton, owner of MorningLory Café and Bakery in downtown Dimondale, a popular eatery. “We really have the best of both worlds.”
Conarton has lived her entire life in Dimondale, as have her parents and grandparents, and believes in it so much that she opened her business there on Bridge Street.
“It’s a beautiful place, especially because of the parks. They are really utilized by the public and are extremely popular,” Conarton explained.
Dimondale is part of the Grand River watershed (an area that drains to a common point).
Danford Island Park is within walking distance of the downtown business district.
“A lovely little nugget of serenity,” says Gail Johnson in her online review of the Island Park. Not too long ago the original dam in the Upper Grand River was replaced by a “W” weir, which has made the river shallower and faster and allows for better fish passage. Smallmouth Bass, Common Carp, Bluegills, River Redhorse, Catfish, and more make up the healthy fish population here and provide for great fishing opportunities from shore or from the fishing pier.
The park also features an easy-launch system for canoes and kayaks. Rain gardens were installed to manage stormwater run-off in the park and colorful native plants can be seen in abundance in the summer months. Several small bridges add interest architecturally to the park.
Dimondale has a long history. The Potawatomi Indians had a permanent camp along the Grand River in the Dimondale area prior to the 1830s. They were forced west in the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Isaac Dimond arrived in 1848 and constructed a dam on the river and later a sawmill and a gristmill.
In 1856 the village was platted and named Dimondale after Dimond. The borders of the village create a rough diamond shape, also, when looking down from an aerial view.
1878 brought the arrival of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway to Dimondale, with a depot located near where the roundabout is now. The remains of the railway trestle still remain in the Grand River at Dimondale. Dimondale was incorporated into a village in 1906.
The village is comprised of .94 square miles, with .04 of that water. The 2010 census reveals that Dimondale has 504 households, with the average family size of 2.89 people. The median age for those living in the Village is 47 years old. The largest age group living in Dimondale are those who are 45 to 64 years of age; they comprise about 37% of the population.
Dimondale has many activities for residents. Thursday afternoons from June through October feature a well-attended farmers market. The market is known for its healthy and regionally produced foods and food products.
In October, the Great Race by a Dam Site will be held, a 5K run/walk which supports the Dimondale Park Development. This year, due to Covid-19, the race will be held virtually.
An historical walking tour has been mapped throughout the town. Signs highlight the history of the area, and QR codes, when scanned with a smartphone, provide both information and photos.
For even more information about Dimondale, visit their website at villageofdimondale.org/, contact the Village office at 136 North Bridge Street, Dimondale, MI 48821 or call 517-646-0230.

Eaton County

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Vintage motorcycle memorabilia collector

Deb Malewski
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Wayne Caveney has been riding motorcycles for over 50 years. He owns three motorcycles that are licensed to be on the road and has four more that are being worked on. That’s not so unusual.
What is more unusual, however, is the 30+ year collection of motorcycle memorabilia that fills his basement. His entire basement is full of motorcycle-related items, all carefully displayed from floor to ceiling. Most of the pieces have a story and many perform an action.
Many vintage motorcycle toys fill display cases and line shelves, along with trading cards, oil cans, posters, pennants, and advertising items. He is unsure how many items are in his collection but estimates that there might be a half a million individual pieces. Many items feature Harley Davidson motorcycles, but he collects it all. Most of the colorful items Caveney has purchased at flea markets, auctions, and online.
He has a complete set of cigarette/tobacco cards that feature motorcycle speedway riders. These cards were included in cigarette packs in the early 1900s up until the 1930s.
There is one item he is still searching for, he explained. There are supposed to be six ‘trikes’, or three-wheeled motorcycles, in a set, and he only has five. That missing trike keeps him out there, searching for it. He has seen it in a book, he said, but never in person. He’s pretty good at keeping track of what he has so that he doesn’t have duplicates of too many things.
It was his Uncle “Dude” that influenced him to collect, Caveney said, back in New Hampshire. Uncle Dude always had bikes, he explained. Caveney grew up in New Hampshire where Laconia Motorcycle Week was started, which was the largest motorcycle rally in the country until the Sturgis, South Dakota, event started. He has lived in Charlotte since 1989 and retired from the State of Michigan.
One of his favorite items in his vast collection is a wind-up metal toy made in Germany by the Arnold Company in 1949. It features a rider on a motorcycle, and the rider actually dismounts and remounts the bike, then rides it in a circle and ends up spinning. He has many wind up and battery-operated motorcycles, he estimates about 1,300 of them, many of which are ridden by a police officer.  The oldest one in his collection dates from 1905. His oldest pennant is from 1915.
“I just love it all,” he said. “The toys they used to make are unbelievable.”
He has been contacted by American Pickers about his collection, but so far has not had a visit from them.
Caveney’s wife, Debbie said, “It’s overwhelming,” as she looked around at the collection. “He’s got everything.”
To contact Caveney about his collection, email him at wcaveney@att.net.

Onondaga

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Shop Local – Culligan Water Conditioning

Deb Malewski
Contributing Writer

Almost 60 years ago Philip and Phyllis Carey started a Culligan Water franchise in south Lansing. They’ve both passed now, but the business is still in family hands. Matt Carey, their son, has been part of the business since 1980 and now is the official “Culligan Man.”
“We’re a family-owned, local business,” Carey explained, “but with national backing from Culligan.”
The business serves all of Ingham county, most of Eaton County, parts of Livingston county, and the southern half of Clinton county.
Culligan of Lansing offers reverse osmosis water filtration, water softeners, whole-home systems, bottle-free coolers, bottled water coolers and drinking water filters.
Culligan will service all water treatment equipment, Carey said, any make or model. They will also test your water for free. These tests can determine what is in your water, including arsenic, chlorine, chromium-6, coliform bacteria, lead, magnesium, nitrates, radon, and hydrogen sulfide.
Soft water is water that contains few or no dissolved minerals, Carey explained. Water softening involves a process called “ion exchange.” Calcium and magnesium, which are “hard” ions, exchange with sodium or potassium (salt) ions, to eliminate impurities in the water.
In this time of social isolation, there still are situations in which someone needs to come into your home for service and repairs. Culligan service technicians perform all the standard safety measures, including washing their hands, not touching their face, and wear a mask and gloves while working in your home, Carey said.
“About 98% of what we do involves us going to the customer’s home or place of business, not so much them coming to us.”
Culligan Lansing has been rated 4.8 out of 5 stars on Angie’s List, and 4.6 out of 5 stars on Facebook reviews.  Leah Taylor, a customer, commented: “We have used Culligan for our water softener and drinking water for over 40 years!  Culligan is the most reliable company we deal with.  We give them 5 stars for each of those 40 years.”
For more information about Culligan Water Conditioning of Lansing, you can call 1-800-551-6005 or email matt@culliganlansing.com. Visit them on the web at www.culliganlansing.com or on Facebook at culliganLansingMi. They are located at 3460 Dunckel Road in Lansing.

Charlotte

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Charlotte Chamber celebrates local business

Oriole Nutrition owners Wendy and Dwayne Cornish are joined by family and supporters at their ribbon cutting ceremony on October 14, as they celebrate their first year in business. Oriole Nutrition is located at 141 South Cochran Avenue, downtown Charlotte. For more information, they can be reached at 517-794-4095.

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