Rotary hat, glove and mitten drive ends December 7

The St. Johns Rotary Club is sponsoring a Hat, Glove and Mitten drive on behalf of The Voice for Clinton County’s Children.

Drop off locations include:

– Pauli Ford 2389 S US-27 in St. Johns

– Sparrow Clinton Rehab and Fitness Center between Biggby and Subway in the Southpoint Mall


Health Department’s nurses ask public for help

As COVID-19 continues to spread in Clinton, Gratiot, and Montcalm counties, Mid-Michigan District Health Department’s (MMDHD) Communicable Disease Nurses find themselves stretched pretty thin. This has been the case throughout the pandemic, but a recent surge in cases reported to MMDHD has compounded the problem.

“Our nurses work tirelessly, seven days a week, answering the public’s COVID-related questions and providing those who are COVID-19 positive with important guidance. Our nurses make every effort to return phone calls in a timely manner, but that is becoming more and more difficult,” says Sarah Doak, MMDHDs Community Health and Education Division Director. “It getting to the point where our nurses may not be able to return every call, so we are asking the public for help.”

MMDHD wants to make sure people get answers to their COVID-19 questions but would like the public to know that they can usually find the answers they are looking for by visiting its website at www.mmdhd.org/covid-center/. Here you’ll find up-to-date information on quarantine, isolation, what to do if you test positive or are exposed to someone who is positive, guidance on at-home antigen tests, who is eligible to get a COVID-19 booster, how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, and much more.

If you have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact, you can even find a handy COVID Calculator on the website at www.mmdhd.org/covid-center/. This calculator can help you figure out when and how long you need to quarantine or isolate. It can also calculate when you could be at risk of re-infection and when a person is considered fully vaccinated.

“Checking our website for guidance before calling the health department will help free up our nurses to answer the most complex COVID-19 questions,” Added Doak.

MMDHD would also like to remind the public that if they test positive for COVID-19, they should:
– Isolate at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If you have no symptoms, isolate for 10 days from the date of your positive test. After 10 days you may end your isolation if it has been at least 24 hours with no fever without using a fever-reducing medication and if your COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.) have improved.
– Notify your close contacts and let them know that they need to quarantine for 10 days. Those who are COVID-19 positive can spread the virus beginning 48 hours (two days) before symptoms start or 48 hours (two days) before testing positive.
– Visit the website at www.mmdhd.org/covid-center/ and fill out the “Positive Self-Reporting Form” which can be found under the “Important Alerts” heading.

Mid-Michigan District Health Department offers several COVID-19 vaccination clinics each week by
appointment only to those who are eligible. To find out if you are eligible, visit the website at www.mmdhd.org/covid-center/.

Those who have not been vaccinated or those who qualify for a booster are encouraged to call the branch office nearest them to schedule an appointment:
Clinton County: 989-224-2195, option #5 and then option #2
Gratiot County: 989-875-3681, option #5 and then option #2
Montcalm County: 989-831-5237, option #5 and then option #2

MMDHD is also asking community members to remain vigilant and practice these strategies to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
– Wash your hands frequently
– Stay at least six feet away from others not in your household
– Wear a mask around others not in your household
– Avoid crowded areas or large gatherings
– Ventilate indoor spaces if around others not in your household
– Seek testing if ill, exposed, or after traveling
– Follow isolation or quarantine guidance if ill, exposed, or waiting for test results

Community members are encouraged to visit the website www.mmdhd.org for the most up-to-date COVID-19 related 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.


Clinton Community Thanksgiving celebration and dinner is November 25

You are invited to share Thanksgiving with this year at St Johns Lutheran Church at 511 E Sturgis St. in St Johns.
This is a free event for the community and a time to come together.

There will be a worship service from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Dinner is served between 12:00 and 3:00.

To reserve a meal please call 989-292-0972. Leave your name, number of meals and the time you will dining with them.

If you wish to volunteer please go to the website CCThanksgiving.org. There is also a link for volunteer opportunities.


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, VoiceForClintonCountyChildren.org.

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 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 VoiceForClintonCountyChildren.org.


Art Explosion returns to the IQhub

Calling all artists and art lovers. A very special guest exhibit will be coming to the IQhub in November.

Art Explosion returns after thousands of visitors enjoyed the unique exhibit in 2019. The event will run from November 30, 2021 through February 24, 2022 with special events each month. Admission to the Art Explosion event is free.

Local artists are invited to display their works with a submission deadline of November 9. All mediums are accepted on a first come, first served basis as space allows. Examples of artwork entered in 2019 include paintings, pottery, drawings, wood carvings, metal sculpture, photography and jewelry. Entries may be listed for sale. Pictures must have hanging capability or artist should provide an easel, and sculptures and carvings may be free-standing with tables provided by the IQhub. Locked glass display cases are available for small or valuable pieces.

The guest exhibit will kick-off on Tuesday, November 30 with a Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Throughout the three month long event, members of the public are invited to vote on their favorite piece of art.

There will also be special events hosted at the IQhub, through out the guest exhibit.
– First, a very special Indoor Winter Farmers Market will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vendor space is available now
– Next, there will be a painting night with Whimsical pARTy Gallery of St Johns on Wednesday, January 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
– The grand finale of Art Explosion will be an artist Meet & Greet with people’s choice awards on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you are interested in submitting art or if you are interested in being a market vendor, please contact the IQhub at 989-227-3847 or email IQ.hub@agroliquid.com.

The IQhub is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to be a free educational center for agricultural history, innovation and exploration.


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