2nd annual Fall FEASTival is September 18

Please join us for the second annual Fall FEASTival in beautiful downtown St. Johns on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

If it’s edible and made locally, you’re sure to find it at the Fall FEASTival.

Come meet the people that make the food that you love and discover new ones too while you shop local stores in the downtown, enjoy the live music, games, and so much more.

This is a Free family fun event.

This event is organized by the Eat Healthy Eat Local Foundation, and all proceeds and donated into a grant to open an organic grocery store / year-round farmer’s market here in St. Johns.

Clinton Transit simplifies fare structure

It has been 18 months since Clinton Transit passengers have needed to pay to ride the Blue Bus; but when fares resumed on September 1, riders appreciated a simpler structure.

The new fare structure is as follows:

– City Fare for DeWitt and St. Johns: $2.00 one-way, for pick-up or drop-off within the same City zone
– Discounted City Fare: $1.00 one-way
– Non-City Fare for Clinton County: $3.00 one-way, for pick-up or drop-off outside or between City zones
– Discounted Non-City Fare: $1.50 one-way
– Out-of-County Fare for Ingham and Eaton Counties: $4 one-way, for pick-up or drop-off outside Clinton County
– Discounted Out-of-County Fare: $2.00 one-way

Discounted fares are for persons with disabilities, veterans, seniors (age 60+) and youth (under 18). Eligible aides to passengers with disabilities ride free, as do children under age four when accompanied by an adult. Full details, including information about specific City zones, are available at mybluebus.com.

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.

MMDHD phone survey is not a scam

If you receive a call from someone “on behalf of your local health department,” asking you to take a survey, don’t worry. It is not a scam.

Randomly selected residents in Clinton, Gratiot and Montcalm counties will be asked to participate in a phone survey from Public Sector Consultants, on behalf of the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD). The calls are currently being made and will end on December 30, 2021.

The purpose of this short, 15-minute Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) is to gather information on human behavior and lifestyle patterns, such as access to healthcare and health insurance, smoking, and exercise. Completing the survey will give MMDHD valuable information on the health and well-being of our residents, help determine strategies to improve health, and assist in securing funding to implement programs.

The calls will be made from Advantage Research Services, a Grand Rapids based call center. The calls will be placed to landlines and cell phones on weekdays and weekends, no later than 9:00 p.m.

The surveyor will not ask the person their name, social security number, address, employment information, or financial information. They may ask what type of insurance the person has but will not ask for specifics, like account numbers.

The BRFS was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a way to collect important health-related information. For many states and communities, the BRFS is the only available source of timely, accurate data.

Residents with questions regarding the phone survey may contact MMDHD at 989-831-3627.

Historical Society to present The ABCs of DNA & Genealogy October 7

On Thursday, October 7 the Clinton County Historical Society will present The ABCs of DNA & Genealogy with Jessica Trotter at 7 p.m. at AgroLiquid, 3055 M-21 in St. Johns. No pre-registration is required.
What can DNA testing tell you? What tests should I take? What does it all mean? DNA testing can be a powerful tool to wield in your genealogy toolkit. This session offers a beginner’s overview on tests, testing companies, and how you can use your results.

Jessica Trotter will be our featured speaker. A genealogist, researcher, and librarian, she is a dynamic presenter who has been a featured speaker at genealogy meetings and seminars throughout the Midwest.

A DNA kit from Ancestry will be given as a door prize at the end of the meeting to the person whose name is drawn. Refreshments will be provided.