Great Start recognizes local business

AdornMint, located in downtown St. Johns, has received the Family Friendly Business Award from the Clinton Great Start Parent Coalition. The Parent Coalition selects a Clinton County business each quarter based on nominations received from individuals throughout the County.

AdornMint was nominated for making shopping great for families, especially those with children, and making everyone feel right at home. All merchandise is made in Michigan with over 70% made right here in Clinton County. Their selection makes it the perfect place to find gifts for the entire family. Stop in to congratulate and thank AdornMint’s owners, Jamie Madar & Emily Kendall, for supporting families and children in Clinton County.

Click on this link to nominate a Family Friendly Business.

Interested in being part of a strong, active parent group? The Great Start Parent Coalition is made up of parents, grandparents and caregivers of children who work together to be a voice for our children, strengthen families and build lifelong learners. For more information, contact Larissa at (989) 224-6831, ext. 2145 or email

Update from Toys for Tots

There are many reasons being Santa’s Remote Workshop is fun. One reason is meeting amazing people. This wonderful couple shops year round to make sure we have enough toys.

October drop off times are by appointment, or call/text 989-640-5681.

More times will be available in November and December.

Family requests for gifts can be done beginning November 1.

MMDHD launches new dashboard

Mid-Michigan District Health Department has launched a new COVID-19 data dashboard. The MMDHD COVID-19 data dashboard provides the most up-to-date information for those wishing to stay informed on the spread of COVID-19 in our three-county district.

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SJHS class of 1965 seeks to honor fallen classmates

With the completion of a Memorial Highway for Ron Fitch coinciding with their reunion planning, many classmates from the Rodney B. Wilson Class of 1965 said that they would want to participate if anything was ever organized for John Sickles.

That got some of the committee to thinking, why wait? They brain stormed on possibilities and, they think they have come up with a wonderful tribute memorial to their Gold Star Classmates.

To honor their memory, they settled on creating a fund in their names that would live in perpetuity. They are proposing the creation of the Class of 1965 Sickles and Fitch Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to honor John and Ron.

They are seeking to raise a minimum of $10,000 to create a permanent endowment fund to be administered by the St. Johns Area Community Fund, a not for profit 501(c)(3) charity ( Once established, only the income generated each year would be used to provide support to qualified organizations in their efforts to improve social, economic, educational experiences and outcomes for St. Johns area children and youth in need in honor of John and Ron.

This support would take the form of assistance with:
Books, backpacks, hygiene and other drug store supplies, weekend and summer meals and any other possible requirement for students in need. There is a serious need for this assistance. If you would like additional knowledge, please check with any one of us for more information.

The idea caught on so well during the initial discussion with the committee and a few others that they are nearly half-way to their initial goal thanks to the generosity of six donors.

On behalf of those who knew John and Ron and want to memorialize them, organizers cordially invite you to make a tax-deductible gift or pledge of any amount to the St. Johns Area Community Fund in their names. They hope you will give serious consideration to this request to honor the memory of their friends and classmates and the ultimate sacrifice they made. If you have any questions, please let any of them know.

Celia Ebert –
Betsy Everett –
Terry Green –
Diane Sharick –
Jon Scranton –

There are several ways to donate; gifts of any amount are most welcome.

Check donations can be made payable to and mailed to:
St. Johns Area Community Fund
P O Box 33
St. Johns, MI 48879-0033
c/o The Sickles and Fitch Fund

Credit Card donations at

To contribute from your IRA by December 31, have your plan administrator send your RMD to: St. Johns Area Community Fund
PO Box 33
St. Johns, MI 48879-0033
c/o The Sickles and Fitch Fund.

If considering donating appreciated securities, please call John Sirrine at 989-292-0768.

“We can’t all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

Senior Center Seeking Donations

The Clinton County Senior Center, located at 201 E Walker Street in St. Johns is seeking donations for their various programs.

They are looking for empty #10 cans and Christmas picks for a craft they will be making at the end of the month.

They are also accepting Christmas decorations, nic-naks or Puzzles they can use as Bingo prizes or sell in their Gift Shop. Finally, they are accepting any finished crafts they can sell at their Saturday, November 20 Craft Show.

Donations can be dropped off on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you need things picked up you may call them at 989-224-4257.

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