St. Johns holds traditional Veterans Day celebration

Briggs District Library joins Toys for Tot campaign

The Briggs District Library is once again collecting toys for Toys for Tots. New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off any time the library is open.

See the latest Toys for Tots information

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children is excited to once again host Clinton County’s Toys for Tots. Santa’s Remote Workshop will again be located at 306 N. Elm Street in St. Johns.

Beginning November 1, 2021 families can request help on the website,

Toy pick up will begin Tuesday, December 7 and will be held the Tuesdays and Thursdays in December from Noon until 7:00 p.m.

Donations can be dropped off anytime at Santa’s Remote Workshop. In November Top Elves will be available November 16 and 30 from 10:00 a.m. until Noon. Elves will also be available during gift pick up in December.

Information for families needing help and donors is available on their Facebook page and on the website

Local singers to be featured November 13

Ellen Marco Hoard and Darryl Schmitz will be two of the featured performers in the upcoming show Yesterday: The 60s in Song at the Wilson Center, 101 W. Cass St., on Saturday. November 13 at 7 p.m.

For over 20 years, the popular Singers on the Grand have been entertaining mid-Michigan audiences with their high-quality shows. The twelve singers and seven band members will take you on a musical journey through your favorite songs of the decade.

Enjoy iconic music from the 1960s like songs from The Beatles, Motown, The Fifth Dimension, Sonny & Cher, The Beach Boys, Barbra Streisand, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, and many other favorite performers. Don’t miss the opening performance of their 2021-2022 season.

The Singers on The Grand ensemble vocalists are Mike Barger, Kelly Bitz, James Hall, Ellen Hoard, Charlie Martin, Katy Brandon McDonough, Rachel Paxton, Kaley Rahl, Kelly Sandula-Gruner, Darryl Schmitz, Dave Sincox, and Dan Templin. The Grand Band instrumentalists are John Dillingham, Don Farnum, Bill Holda, Jim Kasprzak, Pete Murthum, and John Ross.

All tickets $12 and are available at, the Clinton County Arts Council’s Art Gallery downtown or at the door. Social distancing for safety in the auditorium is available and encouraged.

Don’t miss this fun show, as performed by Singers On The Grand and the Grand Band. For more information, visit the event link on Facebook:

Sparrow Clinton Hospital names new Chief Nursing Officer

Sparrow Clinton Hospital has named Mariah Hesse, BSN, RN, CENP, as Chief Nursing Officer. Hesse has provided compassionate nursing care and excellent leadership for more than 29 years at Sparrow Clinton. Her dedication and commitment have been instrumental in providing leadership to the organization and the community it serves.

“I have been very fortunate to serve our community at Sparrow Clinton Hospital for the past 29 years,” Hesse said. “I am proud to work with such an outstanding group of caregivers in our organization. And, I look forward to continuing to support quality, compassionate care in my new role.”

Hesse’s most recent leadership role has been interim Chief Nursing Officer and Community Hospital representative for the Sparrow COVID Incident Command Center.

Her first leadership position in nursing was Manager of Labor and Delivery at Sparrow Clinton. Since then, she has served as Manager, Medical Surgical Care Unit; Manager, Infusion Center; Director, Patient Care Services; Quality Director; interim Practice Manager of Sparrow Medical Group; and interim Radiology Manager. She also has served as Pathway to Excellence Coordinator and is a member of SHS Nursing Leadership and the Sparrow Health System Quality Board.

State and national memberships include serving as current president of the Michigan Critical Access Hospital Quality Network; the MHA Quality Committee; serving as a mentor for the National Rural Health Association; and the American Organization of Nursing Leadership.

Hesse received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nursing Leadership from Western Governors University. She is certified in Executive Nursing Practice.
For more information on Sparrow Clinton Hospital, go to

Saint Johns Rotary Rake 2021 proves to be a success

Thank you to the Rotary members, families and Amanda and Jordan from Saint Johns for volunteering.

Don’t miss Doctors, Druggists, and Dentists at the Museum

The Clinton County Historical Museum will be showcasing the medical exhibit of many items and pictures from yesteryear through Sunday, November 21.

The new displays of the Victorian side porch and Mid-Century kitchen are also open.

After Nov 21 the Museum will be closed until May, 2022.

Check it out at 106 Maple, St. Johns, MI, the West of the courthouse square on Sundays 1 to 4 and Wednesdays 2 to 6.

The web site is or email Phone 989.224.2894 or 989.292.9096 for Clinton County artifacts or monetary donation and more information.

Craft Show and Bake Sale coming up November 20

Mark your calendar to attend a Craft Show and Bake Sale at the Clinton County Senior Center on Saturday, November 20 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Senior Center has many volunteers that make things for the center throughout the year that will be available for purchase at the sale. The center will also accept any homemade donations for the sale. There will also be six other individuals selling their wares at the Craft Show.

In addition to the Craft Show there will also be a Bake Sale in the building that will benefit St. Johns Lutheran Church.

If you have anything homemade to donate to the sale you can drop things off on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Or, you can call 989-224-4257 and things can be picked up.

The Senior Center is located at 201 E Walker Street in St. Johns.