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St. Johns Homecoming 2023 is this weekend

Come to downtown St. Johns this Friday, September 22 for the annual homecoming parade on Clinton Avenue at 5 p.m.

The Redwings Homecoming game against Eastern begins at at 7 p.m.

Historical Society kicks off 49th season

The Clinton County Historical Society kicked off its 49th season with a special
presentation, “The Orphan Train Story” on Thursday, September 14 at AgroLiquid in St.Johns.

More than 80 guests listened intently as Shirley Gage Hodges shared the story of “orphaned” children that were transported from the metropolitan area of New York City to places westward, including mid-Michigan. In fact, the very first train left New York City on September 20, 1854 with 46 10–12-year-old boys and girls whose destination was Dowagiac, MI.

The Children’s Aid Society of New York and the New York Foundling Hospital worked together with parishes across the Midwest and West to place these children with families and in homes from 1854 until 1930.

The Clinton County Historical Society announced to the guests that next year will be the Society’s 50th anniversary. Special events are scheduled throughout 2024 to celebrate including the publication of a souvenir calendar. To order text Julie Peters: (989) 501-0599 Or email: The pick-up cost is $10.00. Mailed cost is $15.00.

For more information about The Orphan Train, please contact the Clinton County
Historical Society Archives at

SafeCenter 4th Annual Telethon is October 3, 4, and 5

SafeCenter Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Clinton and Shiawassee Counties will be kicking off the month of October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with their 4th Annual Telethon Event running Tuesday, October 3, Wednesday, October 4, and Thursday, October 5 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day.

This annual event, a unique fundraising opportunity for SafeCenter that began during the pandemic, provides the community with three action-packed days of following along with SafeCenter’s Advocacy Team on social media and pledging their support to help child and adult victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence right here in our local community.

The organization hopes to raise $15,000 in three days – $5,000 per day – to assist with the cost of direct, essential services and supports to victims not covered by state/federal grant funding. If that goal is met, come the afternoon of Day 3 (Thursday), SafeCenter has a dunk tank planned to be at the Owosso location with fun shenanigans in store for all supporters to take part in on social media.

Those interested in donating during the Telethon Event can call the SafeCenter office at 989-723-9716 during this time and pledge support over the phone via credit card. Individuals can also call to set up a time to stop in the office to pledge support in-person at the St. Johns or Owosso Office, or may do so online:

By giving to SafeCenter you partner in the mission to Empower, Advocate, Educate, and Prevent and provide essential services to adults and children who are in dangerous and potentially lethal situations. Your contribution also provides SafeCenter with the ability to partner with other community organizations across the area and hold perpetrators of this crime accountable for their actions.

They can’t do this work alone. Take a stand against Domestic Violence this October; support SafeCenter and help make our community a safer place to live, work, and play for all.

FEASTival 2023
by Maralyn Fink

Duplain Township votes to remove Elsie dam

The Elsie Dam on the Maple River will be removed following a recent unanimous vote by the Duplain Township board.

Township Supervisor Bruce Levey said the board agreed that the dam’s removal, which comes nearly one month after the dam collapsed, would make the most sense for the township in terms of funding.

The Township Board had already taken action to close the Hope Green Memorial Park until further notice due to safety concerns with the failure of the dam.

Duplain Township officials are encouraging residents to send a letter requesting support and assistance for the Elsie Dam. A Work Session is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. at the Duplain Township Hall.

For more information visit the Township website.

Briggs District Library schedules Babysitting Workshop

Sign-up for a Babysitting Workshop on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Briggs District Library.

This program is designed for students ages 11-15, and will be run by an instructor from the Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center, Inc. Upon completion of this class, each student will receive a Pediatric CPR card, Basic First Aid card and a Babysitting Course certificate.

The cost of the program is $40 per participant. Participant fee will be paid the day of the training to the Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center.

Students will be required to bring a sack lunch, a baby doll or teddy bear, and their payment the day of the program.

Click this link to sign-up today.

No library card is needed to attend this program.