Applications now available for the Mint Festival Pageant

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Mint Festival Pageant. The pageant will be held on July 22, and applications will be received through June 18.

Contestants will compete in three categories. The Little Miss Mint contest includes girls ages 8-11, and Junior Miss Mint contestants are ages 12-15.

Girls and young women ages 16 – 21 will vie for the title of 3032 Mint Queen.

Applications can be found at

Other applications available at the website include:

2021 Arts & Craft Application
2021 Commercial Application
2021 Commercial Vendor Information
2021 Flea Market Application
2021 Flea Market Information
2021 Garage Sale App
2021 Parade Application
2021 Parade Guidelines
2021 Mint Pageant Application

SJHS Auto Show is July 17

The date set for the St. Johns Auto Program 50th Anniversary Celebration is July 17.

They will be working on getting all the cool stuff they had scheduled before we had to reschedule due to the pandemic. They also expect to have Rhino Dyno coming, so get those engines tuned up for a good time.

Free meals every Tuesday

His Cup Runneth Over, a free meal ministry, will be doing free meals every Tuesday starting Tuesday.

Free meals will be given out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Ave., St. Johns. They will be located in the back southwest corner of the parking lot.

Everyone is welcome to come, and it is free for all who come. For those unable to pick up lunch, please call to arrange for delivery by Monday.

If you would like to get involved in volunteering or need a delivery call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764.

Year around medication disposal available

Did you know that you can dispose of your medications year around in Clinton County?

Medications are considered to be a hazardous waste and proper disposal is important. Proper medication disposal helps keep toxic materials out the environment and keeps them out of the hands of people that shouldn’t have them.
The following locations collect medications year round during business hours. Locations accept prescription & over-the-counter pills, tablets and capsules only. No liquids, patches, or aerosols. Please call locations for any questions.

Bath Township Police Department: 517-641-6271
Clinton County Sheriff’s Department: 989-224-5200
DeWitt Charter Township: 517-668-0270
Sparrow Clinton Pharmacy: 989-224-8155
St Johns Police Department: 989-224-6721

Other pharmacy locations may be participating in medication collection please call your local pharmacy to find out.

FOMR to hold cleanup on June 5

The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) will be hosting a river cleanup on Saturday, June 5. They plan to meet at the Elsie dam at 9:00 a.m. to split it up into work groups. The group expects to work until mid-day, but they will not run any later than 1:00 p.m.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring any applicable gear or equipment that can assist with removing downed timber from the river. Please direct any specific questions about the clean up or gear to Jack Nutter at 989-862-5541.

Immediately after the cleanup, those who are interested are invited to hang out at a casual social gathering back at the Elsie dam site. Bring a change of clothes, something to sit on and whatever refreshments you would like. They may also decide to order food from a local restaurant if there is enough interest.

The FOMR is looking forward to a productive effort to open more of the river for recreation and a chance to catch up current members and hopefully some new ones. All are welcome, and they encourage everyone to get involved. See you on the water.

Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner is June 17

The Clinton County Republican Party will be hosting its annual Lincoln Day Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at Andy T’s Barn, 3647 S Williams Rd in St Johns.

The keynote speaker will be Michigan House Majority Floor Leader Ben Frederick with special guests State Senator Tom Barrett and State Representative Graham Filler.

A Club Reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner promptly at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by visiting Questions can be directed to the local party chair, Jenell Leonard (765.210.7971).