Hanover’s Mint Chocolates moving downtown

Hanover’s Michigan Mint Chocolates have announced that they have purchased two buildings on Clinton Avenue in downtown St. Johns. One storefront will be the new chocolate factory, and the other with be a candy store with their chocolates and perhaps other vendors as well.

The old Pappas Sugar Bowl building is where the candy store will be located, and the former Hunts drug store brick building to the south of it is where the factory will be.

We wish them luck with the renovations. The anticipated open date is in 2020.


The Easter Bunny is coming April 20

The annual City of St. Johns Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the St. Johns Lioness Club and many local contributors, will be held Saturday, April 20 at the St. Johns City Park.

A police siren will sound at 1:00 p.m. to start the “organized mayhem.”

Age groups are: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. Children under age 3 may pick up their eggs and toys at the pavilion. Some eggs in the patch have special prize tickets; bring these to the pavilion to receive your prize.

There will also be live bunnies, crafts, balloons, face painting and visits with the Easter Bunny. Only kids are allowed in the egg patch. No adults please!

Any questions, call Sandy at (989) 224-1231.

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On Saturday April 20 at 1:00 p.m. there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Eureka Church for children ranging from grades 6th on down to preschool. Included in the day will be refreshments, games, and a craft.


Ducks Unlimited 38th Annual Spring Wetlands Conservation Banquet is April 26

Ducks Unlimited has the perfect tonic for those who have suffered through a long, cold and snowy Michigan winter. Break your “Cabin Fever” with a night out on Friday, April 26th at the Clinton County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) 38th Annual Wetlands Conservation banquet. Join with friends and family to have a relaxing evening with complimentary beverages, hors D’oeuvres, and a catered dinner.

There will also be door prizes, a silent and live auction, and raffle tables that will include limited edition art prints, wildlife sculptures, firearms, crafts, collectible items, decoy carvings, and many other special DU and local craft items. There will also be a special “free” raffle for the youngsters who are under 18.
Chairman Ben Rosek wants everyone to know that the Clinton County DU banquet is for the entire family. He encourages dads to bring their wives and youngsters, and/or a special friend.

For tickets, to become a sponsor, donor, a DU volunteer or for banquet information, contact;
Kurt Hufnagel at 989-224-2072 or Chris Mikula at 989-640-7104 or log onto the internet and check out our Face Book page at; Clinton County Michigan Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Don’t wait, tickets go fast, last year we had a sell-out crowd! To order tickets online, go to: https://www.ducks.org/michigan/events/57954/clinton-county

Your membership and attendance at the banquet has a direct impact on preserving North America’s valuable and important wetland resources. Ducks Unlimited is the largest private non-profit wetlands conservation organization in North America. It has been through local DU banquets, like the ones we have in St Johns, that since 1937, DU has preserved or enhanced over 14 million acres of wetlands in North America with the over 4 billion dollars raised at these wetlands conservation banquets throughout the United States.

Working with a variety of partners, DU’s Michigan conservation program has invested more than $43 million in the state to protect, restore or enhance 83,900 acres of wetlands and adjacent habitat, $3.19 million was spent in Michigan in 2018 alone! Michigan’s conservation projects are designed to maximize the amount and quality of waterfowl nesting habitat as well as improve habitat conditions for migrating waterfowl.


Spring clean up day on the trail is April 27

Looking for a great way to introduce your kids to the spirit of volunteerism? Or need to complete required service hours? Maybe you just need a good excuse for getting out on the Fred Meijer Clinton Ionia Shiawassee Trail.

Whatever your reason, you are invited to join them on Saturday, April 27 for the annual Spring Clean Up day. In addition to picking up trash and branches, volunteers will be sweeping gravel and debris from the crossing pads at the street and road ends and the concrete under the benches.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, contact our trail manager, Barry Culham, by emailing him at cistrail@gmail.com, or calling him at 517/242-6931. Barry will be coordinating all the volunteer activities along the entire 42 miles of trail, so make sure to let him know which area you would like to work between Ovid and St. Johns and your preferred method of contact.


SJAC joins Soap Box Derby effort

The St. Johns Area Community Fund will assist in the comeback of the St. Johns Soapbox Derby. The SJACF will provide needed funds for a historical tent on display for race day on June 16.


Managing concerns about falls

There will be a Matter of Balance workshop held at Community Christian Church for 8 weeks on Thursdays, May 9 – June 27, 2019 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is an interactive workshop which promotes the belief that falling and fears about falling are controllable. It aims to reduce fall risk, increase physical activity, and reduce fears about falling. Although the workshop is primarily discussion, it does include an exercise program designed to increase balance, strength, coordination, and stability.

Caregivers and significant others are encouraged to register and attend as active participants. Workshop is free of charge but donations are accepted. $25 suggested donation, but it is not required. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465.

The workshop site is located at 400 E. State St. in St. Johns, MI. To register call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465.