Taps across America
by Maralyn Fink

Thousands of trumpet and bugle players and other musicians across the nation played Taps at 3 p.m. on Monday May 25 wherever they were on Memorial Day to honor American’s fallen. This was started by Steve Hartman.

I Stopped at the home of Sid Lounds who also played Taps for anyone to enjoy. It was very moving, and Sid did a great job. He also is a member of the St. Johns Community Band. Thanks, Sid, for doing this.

At the same time Taps was being played at the Veterans Memorial on Clinton Ave. See more.


Blood Drive is June 1

A Red Cross blood drive will be held at the St. Johns Knights of Columbus Hall on June 1, 2020. It will run from 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. and is by appointment only to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

If you are interested in donating blood, go to Redcrossblood.org and use your Zip Code to find a blood drive near you.

Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App at https://www.redcrossblood.org/blood-donor-app.html. Text “BLOODAPP” to 90999 or download the app from the App StoreSM or the Google PlayTM store today.


His Cup Runneth Over coming back June 2

His Cup Runneth Over will be kicking off their 2020 free meal season on June 2. All are welcome and free for all who come.

Given the current situation with Covid-19, they are going to be having the soup kitchen parked in one spot and be open to serve meals one day a week, at this time, for this season. They will start out doing a drive up style pick up and will offer porch drop delivery for those who don’t have transportation to get to them.

The serving location will be the west parking lot at First Congregational Church at 100 Maple Ave, St. Johns, (across from the post office) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday thru October.

If you are in need of delivery, you can call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764 no later then 11 a.m. each Tuesday.

Organizers feel that this schedule and format for serving will be a safer option so that the patrons are not gathering near the trailer when coming to get meals. This location and schedule will also allow them to keep their volunteer needs to a minimum given the size restraints in the trailer to maintain safe social distance.


Recycling medical waste

Clinton County waste management wants you to remember that medical waste cannot be recycled.

It must be put into your trash bin for proper disposal.


Mint Festival update

Plans for the 2020 St. Johns Mint Festival are still on hold with hopes of holding it as planned on August 14-16.

Organizers already know that there will not be any events on the county fairgrounds because the County Board of Commissioners has closed the fairgrounds through December 31, 2020. The rodeo has been postponed until 2021.

They are being guided by the Governor’s decisions and will continue to evaluate things as the Governor continues to make changes.


Mint Country Garden Club June meeting cancelled

The monthly meeting of Mint Country Garden Club will not be held in June due to concerns about the Covid 19 virus. There is no meeting scheduled for July.

They are trying to arrange garden tours for summer months. They will keep members updated about future meetings.

For further information about meetings or how to become a member, email mintcountrygardenclub@gmail.com or call 517-599-6307