Plans for old F.C. Mason building presented to City

FCM Development, a group of investors headed by Ken Harris, outlined a plan to the City for revitalizing a Saint Johns landmark, the F.C. Mason building on Monday evening.

The investors are asking the City to help alleviate the costs of the clean up by providing property tax abatements similar to the ones granted recently to the Senior housing project, the Castle. They are also working with local and State officials to take advantage of the State of Michigan’s Brownsfield program which also helps to offset the costs of cleaning up abandoned buildings.

For more see this week’s Features page.

Two local bands to perform March 16

Two local bands are set to present their unique sounds, exhibiting their musical talent as the Wilson Center Collective sponsors a special concert on Friday, March 16 starting at 7:00 p.m. This program will take place in the beautiful historic Wilson Center Auditorium.

The Broken TVs are an alternative rock trio from St. Johns consisting of Zane Cook, Robbie Booker, and Jonny Collins, all students of St. Johns Public Schools. The band was originally formed in November of 2016 by lead vocalist and guitarist Zane Cook, and drummer Robbie Booker. They later brought in bassist Jonny Collins. This group does a nice mix of original songs, while also covering groups such as Weezers, Pixies, The Clash and The Troggs. Songs on the set list include “Sweater Song,” “Where’s My Mind,” “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” and “Wild Thing.”

Nobody But Us is a rock group that enjoys bringing a new style/sound to audiences, while at the same time loves bringing back the beloved classic sounds. The group is made up of Damian Greenman – a graduate of SJHS, on guitar, Ben Preston – from Ovid Elsie, also on guitar, Paige Lawson – a sophomore from Grand Ledge, on drums, Jonny Collins – a junior at St. Johns High School, on keyboard, with Matt Kelly – a graduate of SJHS, on bass guitar. This group will cover groups such as The Animals, The Beatles, The Monkeys and Pat Benetar, including such songs as “Heartbreaker,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Come Together,” and “I’m a Believer.” They will throw in some original tunes too.
“This is a great opportunity to hear and support some of our local musicians,” states William Tennant, concert coordinator. “It promises to be a fun evening of new and familiar songs.”

There is a $5 general admission fee at the door. The proceeds will benefit the bands and the Wilson Center Auditorium renovation project. The Wilson Center is located at 101 W. Cass St. in downtown St. Johns, just south of the Court House.

The Easter Bunny is Coming

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the St. Johns Lioness Club will be held on Saturday March 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the St. Johns City Park.
Egg Hunt Age Groups:
*Children under age 3 may pick up eggs and toys at the main pavilion. There will also be face painting, balloon animals, crafts and live bunnies.


Free Community Easter Egg Hunt

A Free Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 24 beginning at 3:00 p.m. for ages 1 to 5th grade at Pilgrim United Methodist Church, corner of DeWitt and Parks Roads.


Easter Egg Hunt

The Eureka Church will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31st beginning at 1:00 pm. Easter Egg Hunt, Games, and crafts for ages up through 12 years of age are among the events planned. Eureka Church is located at 2619 E. Maple Rapids Road, Eureka.

St. Johns Camera Club to exhibit at the Clinton County Arts Gallery

The St. Johns Camera Club will display their talent April 3 – 28th at the Clinton County Arts Gallery, 215 N Clinton Avenue. Whether you are a novice, professional, or just enjoy the beauty of photography, you will love this showing. Each magnificent piece captured in accordance with the creative vision of the cameraman.

Artists show their own unique vision of a scene, which provokes a reaction from us. Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.

The mission of the St. Johns Camera Club is to explore and promote creativity through photography. Their current membership consists of about 30 photographers from mid-Michigan. Young to old, novice to professional; they all love to share their passion for photography. Come see what they’re all about.

A reception will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Clinton County Art Gallery. Speaker, Bob Sheap, will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a slide show presentation of Montenegro, set to music. The reception is open to the public as well. Bob Sheap spoke at last year’s event as well and is looking forward to returning.

Passover celebration on Thursday before Easter – March 29

Join First Congregational Church members in St. Johns for a Christian interpretation of the Jewish traditional festival celebrated for more than 3,000 years. Children are especially welcome because they have a unique role to play in the evening’s festivities. It all takes place on March 29th, beginning at 6pm.

Elements of the Passover celebration include:
– Songs of Praise
– Receiving the four cups of wine
– Drinking Miriam’s cup
– Celebration of Communion
– Explaining the Seder symbols
– Telling the Passover story
– Prayers of gratitude
– Drinking Elijah’s cup
– The Four Questions

A full dinner will be served along with the ceremonial elements. Passover Meal Menu includes Chopped liver and Matzos, Charoseth (Apple salad), beet borsccht (soup), roast leg of lamb, roast chicken, salad of spring greens, Mediterranean Quinoa salad. For dessert there will be cookies and ice cream. Beverages include water, milk, coffee, and wine/juice.

This is a free event. Everyone is welcome. For more information call the church at 989.224.2636.

23rd Annual Student Art Exchange

The Clinton County Arts Council cordially invites you to view the 150+ pieces of art displayed at Briggs District Library from March 26-May 5. The opening reception will be held on April 10 at 7:00 p.m.

This is an international art exchange, featuring artwork by elementary students in St. Johns and elementary and middle school students from our Friendship City, Konan, which is in Shiga Prefecture in Japan.

Applications available for 2018 Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Applications are now available for the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship. High school students graduating in 2018 are eligible to apply. Applicants must live and go to school in Clinton County, and their course of study in college must be in the business field. The scholarship will be for $1000, or it may be broken down into two $500 scholarships.

Applications are available online at, or you can get one at the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce at 1013 S US 27 in St. Johns in the CCRESA Building. Applications must be received by Monday, April 16. Please call 989-224-7248 with any questions.