Clinton County to launch broadband survey January 10

The Clinton County Board of Commissioners has launched a survey to gauge the broadband internet needs of county residents. The initiative, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, will guide a funding strategy to address the broadband needs of residents, schools, and businesses.

“The Commissioners are looking forward to hearing from county residents on the important topic of access to quality broadband,” said Kam Washburn, Chair of the Board of Commissioners.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency, the lack of available and effective broadband internet has limited the ability of County residents to live a more digital lifestyle. Constituents and businesses alike have made clear the need for greater access to broadband speeds that allow users to quickly connect to the internet. The Michigan Broadband Roadmap, published in 2018, noted several economic gains that can be facilitated by investment in broadband access.
– Farmers with broadband access experience a 6% average increase in farm revenue.
– Homes with adequate broadband see an estimated $1,850 per year economic benefit.
– Telemedicine adds an estimated $522,200 to rural communities and reduces hospitalizations.
– Broadband access can increase home values by an average of 3.1%.

“I strongly encourage residents to participate in this survey,” said County Administrator Craig Longnecker, “This is a historic opportunity to provide input to a policy discussion regarding critical infrastructure for Clinton County.”

Residents will begin receiving calls for a phone-based survey on January 10th. Residents can also respond to an online survey at the following link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFR6JV9


The Voice for Clinton County’s Children looks back at 2021 and ahead to 2022
courtesy of Kelly L. Schafer, Executive Director, The Voice for Clinton County’s Children

As we have turned the page kicking off a new year, we thank everyone for all you do to support our advocacy work. It truly does take a village, and we thank you for being a part of ours.

– 2021 saw the continuation of us working remotely and transition back to in-person work. Through all the changes, children and youth continued to be served.
– Spring 2021 (with an amazing phone call) our building was fully paid for and completely owned by our agency!
– April 2021 was our 1st Annual Roof Sit for Kids. This fun day was to raise awareness and financial support of our work.
– CASA Volunteer Advocates continued to support Clinton County youth who are in foster care. CASA visits were by Zoom and in person through all the changes.
– CAC services continued safely in person, ensuring young voices were heard through a forensic interview.
– Our building improvements included fully renovated restrooms and the addition of beautiful outside space.
– September 2021 was our 8th Annual Superhero 5K Run, Walk, or Fly!
– In December Advocate Sophie was on a special assignment supporting an Oxford elementary school as they returned to their classrooms after their community experienced a tragic event.
– For the second holiday season we served as the Toys for Tots Coordinator serving all of Clinton County.

We can all agree 2021 was bumpy; many things may not have went as planned. However there was also a lot of good–good, caring people who support us and without our good and caring community, we could not do our work.

2022 promises to be another exciting year, an exciting year of new opportunities to serve our community. Thank you for being a part of our good, caring village of support.



Winter Crafting event coming to IQHub January 19

Join your friends for an evening of crafting, conversation and creativity. Sara from Fab Five Design at the Whimsical pARTy Gallery will be bringing one of her pARTies to the IQ Hub on Wednesday, January 19 from 6-9 p.m. Come early starting at 4:30 if you’d like to get a jump start on the evening’s activities.

There are several projects to choose from ranging in price from $25-$50.

– Lake Life, measures 18 x 10, $45
– Camping is my Therapy, 12″ Round, $30
– Let’s Get Toasted, 12″ Round, $30
– Live Life in Full Bloom, 16 x 10, $30
– Loads of Love Tiered Tray Kit, $35
– Sunflower Tiered Tray Kit, $35
– Garden Lover Tiered Tray Kit, $35
– Layered Fish, 16 x 8, $40
– Wild Bear, 18″, $40
– Cardinal Quilt, 11.5″, $25
– Ladder Sets, $35
– Let it Snow, Farmhouse Bunny, HOME, Family, Farm, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day

Register here to save your seat.


Christmas tree pickup began January 3

Christmas trees will be picked up by the City of St. Johns Public Works Department, not by Granger beginning January 3, 2022.

The tree must not contain any decorations or plastic. The tree can be placed by the curb for pickup.

You can also dispose of your tree at the Public Works Department, 1000 N. US-127 BR compost area with 24/7 access. Please use the Kuntz Drive entrance.


Yoga and dance class registration deadlines approaching

Registration deadlines for yoga and Groove Dance are just around the corner and so are those new years resolutions.

Dance classes begin January 10, 2022. Register by January 10.

Register for Yoga classes by January 2. Space is limited.

For more information contact bschafer@stjohnsmich.com or sign up now.


Bookaholics Book Club to meet January 20

Our friendly neighborhood book club is kicking off the New Year with Dave Barry’s Big Trouble! This is a comedic crime novel populated with a “bunch of South Florida Wackos,” similar to the novels of Carl Hiaasen.

The first meeting of the new year will be held on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Copies of the book are now available at the library.

More information can be found on the Briggs District Library website.



Adult Euchre Club is back January 28

The Briggs District Library adult euchre club is back. Join them on Friday, January 28 and on the 4th Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

There is no smoking, no drinking, and no prizes; but they have fun anyway. Space is limited, so call 989-224-4702 to reserve your spot.