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Luncheon details fair events

A newly established legacy fund, several facility improvements, a monument recognizing Vietnam veterans and the promise of plenty of live music were some of the key components noted during Wednesday’s annual Media Day Luncheon, hosted by the St. Joseph County Grange Fair Association. Fair manager Bill Johnson said the seven-day event starts Sunday and will include many of the traditional …

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Volunteers help build access ramp

A Nottawa Township resident is expected to receive a much-needed gift today. The St. Joseph County Commission On Aging and a team of volunteers plans to show up at the M-86 residence and assist with building an access ramp. The ramp will allow the wheelchair-bound resident to exit and enter her residence on her own and safely. Ruth Mancina, marketing …

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Teacher of the year nominations accepted

The Michigan Department of Education is asking educators, administrators, students and parents to help it find the next “Michigan Teacher of the Year.” Sponsored by the Meemic Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding educational leaders across Michigan for their work to elevate the teaching profession. Michigan Teachers of the Year have been recognized since 1952. The honor is part of the …

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Upgrades for Sturges-Young

Lighting at Sturges-Young Auditorium will get an upgrade by late November, following action Monday by Sturgis City Commission. Commissioners approved the purchase of stage LED lighting equipment and installation from Stage Lighting & Sound for $115,000. In addition, the electrical system will be updated to separate lighting from the rest of the wiring at the auditorium. Current fixtures are original …

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Kiwanis Club plans Showboat

The Mendon Kiwanis Club is seeking participants to join the cast of this year’s Kiwanis Showboat program. The 61st annual presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, 3 and 4 at Mendon Elementary School. Rehearsals started this week and take place at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the school. “Vaude-Way” is this year’s theme, and will feature …

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Proos presents sapling to sheriff’s department

State Sen. John Proos recently presented a catalpa tree sapling to St. Joseph County Undersheriff Mark Lillywhite. The sheriff’s department will be working with the county to determine the best location to plant the tree. Proos said catalpas are flowering trees that grow up to 60 feet high or more and provide plenty of shade. He said it was an …

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