First Responders Community Paint-by-Number coming up June 12

Tracie Davis Art and Murals is honoring first responders with a mural to be painted on the fire station in downtown St. Johns.

Everyone is invited to come and paint on Sunday June 12 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This family friendly event is free of charge and fun for all ages and abilities. All supplies and instruction will be provided for this paint by number mural.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the following community members and organizations. Thank you for your commitment to our community.
– St. Johns Community Fund
– State Representative Graham Filler
– Rotary Club of St Johns
– State Senator Tom Barrett
– Alan Nelson
– Roberta Cocco
– Tony Spagnuolo
– Police Officers Association

Plein Air Event 2022 Winners named

The Art and Soul Gallery hosted the Plein Air Event on Saturday, May 7. They report having had a great turn out, and some stunning artwork was submitted.

David Youngman (above) was named their Best in Show/ First Place winner with his oil painting, “The Old Pennies Store,” depicting the former JC Penney store located on the west side of the first block on Clinton Avenue.

Lisabeth Curnow was the 2nd Place winner with her watercolor painting, “Forgotten Long Ago.”

Jim Smania was the 3rd Place winner with his watercolor painting, “St. Johns Brewing Company.”

Special Olympics Area 28 Golf Scramble is June 18

Mark your calendars June 18, 2022 for the 26th annual Special Olympics Area 28 in Clinton County Golf Scramble at the Emerald Golf Course. Continental breakfast, 18 holes with cart, luncheon, raffles and prizes are all included for only a $75 entry fee.

Organizers are looking for golfers and sponsors to make this outing a success. The money raised helps pay for equipment, uniforms, transportation and much more. Area 28 wants to reach out and include as many children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Special Olympics as possible and safely resume activities.

All Special Olympics programs and activities are provided at no cost to the athletes and their families. There is no state or federal funding. Area 28 is run strictly by volunteers and relies upon the generosity of contributions.

For further information, to reserve your team or to become a sponsor, please contact Area 28 Representative Chris Ward at 517.282.0558 or or Area 28 at 517.669.7704 or via email at

Intro to Mandalas class to be held Wednesday, June 22

An introductory Mandalas class being sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council will be held on Wednesday, June 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost is $30.

The class is great for beginners who will learn how to mix the right consistency for dot making, how to measure out the design and create and apply their own pattern.

Contact the Art and Soul Gallery to reserve a spot email or call 989-224-2429.


The Art and Soul Gallery will be hosting a second Intro to Watercolor Painting class with Susan Mahoney due to her wonderful talent and its popularity. The first class sold out fast in just a few hours. This class will be held on Thursday, June 16 6:30 – 9 p.m. at a cost of $35.

This is an introductory class. Susan will have additional classes to follow that will gradually become progressively more advanced. Participants will be introduced to the materials used in watercolor painting and then work on creating a small watercolor piece in class.

To reserve one of our last five spots, contact the gallery at

Waste Management reports successful spring event

The Clinton Country Clean Community Event was a great success. Thank you for everyone who volunteered and to the residents who dropped off materials.

If you were unable to attend this event visit the Waste Wizard to see where you can bring your materials.

The Fall Collection event will be September 24 and registration begins August 1. More details will come as we get closer to the event. If you have any questions email or call at 989-224-5186.

LAFCU names new director of operational risk

LAFCU has named Beth Gill director of operational risk.

As director of operational risk, Beth Gill is responsible for oversight of policies and procedures to ensure efficient, consistent and quality member service. A 30-year veteran of LAFCU, she most recently served as assistant vice president of branch operations, responsible for the DeWitt and St. Johns branches. Other managerial positions were at the Contact Center and at several branches. She focused on member services for 11 years at the branch level.

Gill earned the designation of CCUE, Certified Credit Union Executive, after completion of the three-year CUNA Management School executive-level program led by University of Wisconsin School of Business professors and industry experts. She also attended Davenport University, Lansing, and Lansing Community College. She has represented LAFCU as a member of the St. Johns and DeWitt area chambers of commerce, and was a board member for the DeWitt chamber for four years. She resides in DeWitt.