Get ready for a big weekend

Jason Denovich of New Look Computer and Data and Kevin Kramer volunteered to put up the tunnel of lights on the bike trail for the community to enjoy.

Here is a quick overview of this weekend’s Festival of Lights celebration.

On Friday December 2

– Downtown at 5:00 p.m.
– Chili Cookoff at the UAW Hall 5:00-8:00 p.m.
– The Santa Parade launches at 6:30 p.m
– Homegrown Productions presents Wonderthon

On Saturday December 3 at Southpoint Mall

– Breakfast with Santa 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
– Christmas Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Fill the Cop Car 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
– American Legion Auxiliary annual Kids Christmas with Santa from 8-11 a.m.
– Briggs District Library Holiday Program noon-3 p.m., bake sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
– Senior Center Craft Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Homegrown Productions presents Wonderthon

See details in More News


City Commission welcomes new members

New Commissioner Roberta Cocco was chosen as Mayor, and new Commissioner Scott Dzurka was elected Vice Mayor. They were sworn in by City Clerk Mindy Seavey.

The St. Johns City Commission welcomed newly elected commissioners Roberta Cocco and Scott Dzurka at its biennial reorganization meeting held at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 28. Cocco and Dzurka went on to secure the positions of mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

Four candidates vied for the two open commission seats in November with Cocco and Dzurka prevailing. The pair succeed outgoing commissioners Bob Craig and Tammy Kirschenbauer.

City Clerk Mindy Seavey administered oaths of office to Cocco and Dzurka who join Brad Gurski, Eric Hufnagel and Jean Ruestman, elected to serve on the five-member commission as the community’s legislative and policy making body.

St. Johns City Commission reorganization meetings occur during even numbered years and involve the selection and appointment of the city’s mayor and vice mayor. Cocco, Dzurka and Hufnagel received nominations for mayor and Dzurka accepted the lone vice mayoral nomination.

In their roles Mayor Cocco and Vice Mayor Dzurka are responsible for presiding over meetings, representing intergovernmental affairs, facilitating communication, appointing citizens to boards and guiding the commission in goal setting and policy decisions.

Beginning January 2023 St. Johns City Commission meetings will be held once per month in the Clinton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, Suite 2200. Visit cityofstjohnsmi.com/meetings/ for the Commission’s meeting schedule, agendas, minutes and more.


Santa Clause coming to Lowe UMC Friday December 9

Santa Clause is coming to Lowe United Methodist Church on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

This is a free event for all, and they would love for you to join them. Come to have a visit with Santa, and then head into the social hall for hot cocoa. Make sure to bring your camera to snag a picture.

Lowe UMC is located at 5485 W Lowe Rd. in St Johns.


Arts Council general membership meeting is December 5

The Clinton County Arts Council is running a new member campaign, accepting 2023 Memberships at this time.

All members of the CCAC are invited and encouraged to attend the annual general membership meeting which will be held in the Art and Soul Gallery on Monday, December 5, 2022. The short meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with shopping from 4-8 p.m. with a 20% Members Discount. The Gallery has had several new artists join this year with new items for the holiday season.

Member Benefits include

10% Discount on all CCAC Merchandise
10% Discount on some Homegrown Productions Performances
Early Access Sign Up to Our Many Classes at the Art & Soul Gallery

Become a member.


FOMR December meeting coming up Wednesday, December 7

The Friends of the Maple River is getting back together during the Holidays. Join the Friends of the Maple River on Wednesday, December 7 to regroup and refocus on how to best move forward as an organization following a couple of challenging years.

TThey will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the First Floor Conference Room of the Clinton County Courthouse at 100 E. State Street in St. Johns. Please access the building through the south/rear entrance nearest the parking area. Please contact Jon Morrison at 989-534-1132 if you have any issues accessing the building.

This will be a bit of a brainstorming session to determine how the group wants to move forward after a couple of years of limit activity. A number of long standing and/or active members have moved on for various reasons, so this is a time to re-vision the organization as well as an opportunity for new individuals to put their mark on this organization. Come together to consider how could and should the FOMR be geared to encourage engagement for the enjoyment and preservation of the wonderful Maple River Watershed.

All that are interested are encouraged to attend, and there is no charge. Feel free to bring any Holiday goodies that you may be looking to share, and bring containers to facilitate an exchange so you may take a few things home with you to enjoy later.

For more information also contact: Jon Morrison at 989-534-1132 of the Friends of the Maple River.


Clinton Great Start parent meeting is December 13

Parents and caregivers in Clinton County invited to join the December parent meeting on December 13, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the Clinton County RESA Educational Center.

Roxanne White from MSU Extension will do a cooking demonstration and share easy ways to make recipes healthier.

Free dinner and Free child care provided. Door prizes, too!

RSVP required by December 9, 2022 at https://forms.gle/kNpQmF4W3PRfdR7W9 or call (989) 224-6831, ext. 2145.


Final pickup for donated Toys for Tots is December 9

When you make a Toys for Tots stop and Advocate Sophie gets present s from a friend

Santa’s Reindeer are currently picking up toys from filled boxes and delivering them to the toy shop.

Final pickup of donated toys will be taking place on December 9.

Contact Pamela Allen at 989-763-3300 or clintoncountyadvocacy@gmail.com if you have questions about toy pick up or delivery.

All information for donors, families, and volunteers is available on the website VoiceForClintonCountyChildren.org< or by contacting us at 989-763-3300 or clintoncountyadvocacy@gmail.com.