Why we still need to follow COVID precautions


Group hopes to save local House of Worship

A St. Johns group is hoping to preserve the church building located at 100 Maple currently known as The First Congregational Church of St. Johns, Michigan, as a House of Worship. The building has historical significance to the community dating back to the 1800s.

The building has recently been listed for sale. The goal of the group is to purchase the building and continue a ministry in the Congregational tradition welcoming all Christians, young and old, who are looking for a place of worship. Through this the membership hopes to provide community services and support cultural activities in the greater St. Johns community.

Named group members include Barbara Bullard, Eugene and Carole Livingston, Ed and Suzanne Martis, Ruth Pasch, Ken and Karen Pontius and Richard and Charlotte Shoup.

They are seeking support for this endeavor. If you have an interest in joining their cause, or for more information, please call (989) 224-6986.


Thank you for helping Howe’s ReGrow

Howe’s Greenhouse and Flower Shoppe would like to invite you to an open house on Sunday, May 2 from noon until 4 p.m. They are located at 8160 S. Old 27 in DeWitt.

Stop by to enjoy the beauty that has come from the ashes as they thank the community for your support in helping them renovate and rebuild after the fire. There will be raffle prizes with light snacks and beverages provided.

In the early morning of Sunday, August 2nd, two young men noticed a fire in the rear of the greenhouse at Howe’s Greenhouse & Flower Shoppe, LLC. Their quick response in calling 911 and the quick response of the area fire departments were the reason they didn’t have a total loss. The fire that started with a fan motor that burned out during that early morning which tragically caused damage to four of the six greenhouses, but thankfully didn’t reach the main building that encompasses the flower shop, design area, and office.

The greenhouse has never been just a business to the family, but a way to serve our small-town community with a passion and knowledge of flowers that was started nearly 100 years ago.

The community was and is amazing…. Spencer Speerbrecker of SpeerElectric came out the same day and disconnected all the electricity to the greenhouses and made sure the main building had power so they could resume business Monday morning.

Kim Sperry woke Monday morning to see that Pete Sperry had put a GoFundMe page on Facebook and that it had almost reached the goal he set within hours.

Felzke’s stopped by 10 a.m., since they knew what it is like to deal with the devastation of a fire, with meals and fresh cinnamon rolls for the day. Friends, neighbors and customers stopped by to make sure we were all okay and that no one was hurt and so many times also gave us a generous monetary gift, telling us how much our business and service has meant to them throughout the years and that they wanted to make sure we rebuilt.

Thursday through Saturday of the same week volunteers came and helped clean up the damage so we were ready to “ReGrow” starting the following Sunday.

Shawn Stevens of Chelsea lumber was able to provide all the lumber we needed to get started, during a time where supplies were scarce.

Kim’s brother, Paul, from Texas came up because he was so worried about their dad, Richard Howe, whose whole life has revolved around the business. He just turned 89 and is still out in the greenhouse every day.

With Paul’s help and her brother-in-law, Gerald Pontius, both of whom have construction knowledge, they got the rebuilding started within the next week.

Each week more progress has been made, and each week their dad had a little more spring in his step as he saw his life joy rebuild and each week someone from our family and community has stepped up to help in various ways. The last was Ken Kolp, an electrician who stopped to offer to do all the electrical for the cost of supplies only. They are about 90% done with all the repairs.

They know it’s been a tough time for everyone this last year, but please know that they appreciate all of the support, prayers and love that has been shown to them during this tragedy. They are glad to be back on their feet and to be able to continue serving the wonderful community that has generously supported them for nearly 5 generations.

So much beauty has come from the ashes.



IQ Hub to reopen May 4

The IQ Hub, located at AgroLiquid, 3055 W. M-21, has announced that they will reopen next Tuesday, May 4.

The IQhub is the culmination of the Bancroft Family’s vision. They wanted to develop a facility where young and old could bridge the gap between consumers and producers. The IQhub is an educational center for agricultural history, innovation and exploration. This 9,500 square foot facility was created to educate visitors on how farmers produce food and fiber, while exploring our foods route from farm to fork.

The IQhub is filled with educational and interactive exhibits, which will take guests through the history of agriculture. Children and adults will enjoy exploring the 24 interactive museum quality exhibits, while the youngest visitors can investigate the Kids’ Korner.

For more information call 989.640.7007 or visit the website at iqhubag.org.


Relay for Life schedules events

Drive-Thru Luminaria – Downtown Depot

Friday, May 7 8 – 10 p.m.

Teams will have a designated section along either Railroad Street or N Clinton Avenue next to the Downtown Depot to create a luminaria bags display. Think a campsite minus the tent and people. During 8 to 10 p.m. the bags will be lit and cars will be able to drive along to view the displays. This is open to everyone in the community. Participants must remain in their car when going through the luminaria.

Relay For Life Scavenger Hunt

St Johns on May 7 – 9

A Scavenger Hunt and Relay in one. Registered participants will be sent a clue on Friday at noon for the first stop along the Relay trail. From there they will be given a clue to each new check-in. At each check-in there will be a QR code for them to scan with a smart phone. The code will reveal either a video (i.e. opening ceremony, survivor story), a fun fact, or an activity to do at that location). Participants will need to drive to some locations in order to complete the full scavenger hunt, or they may choose a shorter walker friendly downtown option.

There will be an answer key on the website for those that need help with clues. Link to the answer key will be posted Friday afternoon. Participants can complete the route in a few hours or stretch it over a few days. Group size will be limited based on COVID guidelines in May and masks will be required.

For more information contact Katie Jones katie.jones@cancer.org


Spring Cleanup is back May 8

The City of St. Johns Spring Clean-Up is set for Saturday, May 8, 2021. Please do not place items out to the curb prior to Saturday, May 1. Items must be placed out by 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8. Items placed after the contractor has passed will not be picked up.

Clean-up is limited to 3 cubic yards of material (approx. the size of a regular pick-up truck box). Pickers be courteous and keep areas tidy. Do not leave a mess.

If you are a junk picker, the City of St. Johns has a few requests for you:
– Please be courteous and don’t leave a mess in someone’s yard.
– Don’t break glass and leave it in the street or yard.
– **Most importantly – Don’t park in the middle of the street with your vehicle doors wide open while you are out picking in a pile. Actually, don’t park in the middle of the road at all. Park at the curb if you are going to pick.

Do put out:
-Appliances (appliances containing ANY food will not be picked up. Doors must be removed from refrigerator or freezer unit).
-Electronics (T.V.’s, computer and stereo equipment)
-Lawn mowers (must be drained of fuel and oil)
-Hub caps
-Copper or brass tubing and wiring
-Large toys
-Bicycles
-Furniture (indoor and outdoor) and mattresses
-Scrap metal (bed frames, aluminum lawn chairs, file cabinets, etc.)
-Odd pieces of lumber under 4 ft. long (must be bundled)
-Carpeting (bundles less than 6 ft. long)
Please box, bag or bundle (50 lb. limit) your items when possible.

Do not put out:
-Household trash or recyclables (cans, bottles, etc.)
-Liquids or hazardous waste
-Automobile components
-Yard waste including stumps
-Batteries (can be recycled)
-Books, magazines and newspapers (can be recycled)
-Construction or demolition materials from major household repairs.
-Dirt or sand piles
-Latex paint (can be dried out and placed in weekly trash pick-up)
Any refuse that contains contaminated items, may be only partially picked up or left behind by contractor.


Mint Festival scheduled for August 13-15

Organizers have announced that planning has begun for the 2021 St. Johns Mint Festival, scheduled for August 13-15.

Due to the pandemic some of the usual activities may not be held, but plans are underway to provide for a fun weekend. If you are a vendor please note that social distancing between vendor booths will be provided, along with sanitizing stations throughout the festival.

For more information email the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce at ccchamber@4wbi.net.