2017-11-19 / News Briefs


CHESANING TOYS FOR KIDS PROGRAM – The Chesaning American Legion Post 212 Toys for Kids program is gearing up again for the Christmas season. Toys for Kids will have decorated boxes to collect new, unwrapped toys at the following locations in Chesaning: Ace Hardware, Ed Rehmann and Sons Clothing, Citizens Bank, Pintown Pizza and Lanes, PNC Bank, Frank’s Supermarket, LaClair Sales, Mel Ervin Ford, The State Bank, and the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce. Toys collected will stay within the Chesaning school district. Organizers are also accepting monetary donations to be used to purchase additional items. Monetary donations can be sent to: Chesaning American Legion Post 212, ATTN: Toys for Kids, P.O. Box 521, Chesaning, MI 48616.

FREDERICK ANNOUNCES OFFICE HOURS – State Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) announced in-district office hours will be held on Monday, Nov. 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Shiawassee District Library, 502 W. Main St., Owosso, and 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Merrill District Library, 321 W. Saginaw St., Merrill. No appointments are necessary. Anyone unable to meet during the scheduled times may contact Rep. Frederick’s office at (517) 373-0841 or BenFrederick@house.mi.gov.

FOOD DRIVE – Chesaning High School recently held a food drive, collecting 2,875 food items and $436 to donate to the Chesaning Area Emergency Relief Center. The effort was coordinated by the student council.

PUMPKIN PATCH – Local pumpkin grower Brad Klump recently invited Big Rock Elementary School to bring students out to his pumpkin patch for a visit. Each student in grades kindergarten through fourth grade picked out a pumpkin to take home.

CORRECTION – The Sunday, Nov. 12 article about the St. Charles District Library moving incorrectly identified the new library location as the Loomis Operations Building. Library director Nanette Pretzer has learned that the Loomis family did not own the building, but it was dedicated as a tribute to former Community State Bank president Robert Loomis. The library will be moving out of its current building at 104 W. Spruce St. to 132 Saginaw St. sometime over the next several months.

STUDENT EFFORT – Students at St. Charles High School are currently raising funds to purchase a pig, a goat or a sheep for a family in another country through Heifer International. Student Nick Pilkington told the school board about it during the Monday, Nov. 13 meeting. Superintendent Michael Decker explained that the funds raised go toward purchasing livestock for an at-risk family in poor countries. Heifer International directs the funds, to match the animal with the needs of the family.

TRI-VALLEY CONFERENCE – With the realigning of local school conferences, St. Charles Community Schools Superintendent Michael Decker told the board of education that right now, the St. Charles school district is not looking to move out of the Tri-Valley Conference. But he added that they need to see if the district is in the right place. He said “it’s something they need to look at.”

TREASURER SOUGHT – The Oakley Village Council is seeking a qualified person to hire as village treasurer. Councilwoman Jennifer Hart, who serves as deputy treasurer, has been handling the village finances in the meantime. President Richard Fish said Hart is doing a great job. The council continues to seek applications to find the right person for the job.

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