Senior Center to Hold Garage Sale and Bake Sale

On Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 the Clinton County Senior Center will be having an Indoor Garage Sale and Bake Sale at 201 E Walker Street in St. Johns from 9 am to 3 pm each day. Proceeds from the Garage Sale will support activities and programs for members and proceeds from the Bake Sale will benefit the Clinton County Meals on Wheels program.

They will have everything from books, puzzles and toys to home décor, decorations and much, much more. Their two gift shops will also be open where they will have everything from antique glass pieces and everyday nic naks to homemade quilts, pillows, baby blankets and more.

If you have any gently used items you would like to donate to the sale, please drop them off at 201 E Walker Street in St. Johns between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. this Monday or Tuesday. Please note they do not want clothing, shoes or large furniture.

Donations to the Senior Center are tax deductible.


CASA Spring Volunteer Training

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children is now accepting applications for our Spring CASA Volunteer Training. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Volunteers work with Clinton County children who are in the foster care system.

For more information about becoming a CASA Volunteer please visit the website VoiceForClintonCountyChildren.org or contact Sarah Franklin, CASA Advocate Supervisor, at 989-640-5526 or SarahFranklinCASA@gmail.com.


Free Diabetes workshop – begins April 17

Struggling with Diabetes? Tri-County Office on Aging invites you to participate in a 6-week workshop called Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health), Michigan’s version of the award-winning Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

DIABETES PATH workshops are offered to learn about:
– Healthy eating and how to make meal plans
– Fitness and exercise
– Preventing complications, sick days, skin, and foot care
– Monitoring blood sugar and preventing low blood sugar
– Relaxation techniques and stress management
– Working with your healthcare professional
– Communication and dealing with difficult emotions
– Goal setting, decision making, problem solving and more

The upcoming workshop will be held at Redeemer Church, 13980 Schavey Rd., DeWitt. They will meet in the Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesdays, April 17 – May 22, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm.

To register, call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465. This Workshop is free of charge, but donations are accepted. Suggested donation is $25 per person but is not required to register. A healthy snack and book is provided for the 6-week workshop.


Save the date for Historical Society potluck

The theme for this year’s potluck is Clinton County Postal Carriers and Post Offices. The Clinton County Historical Society is looking for photos and/or stories of your family connections to Clinton County postal history. Please send what you have to share to our e-mail ccgensoc@yahoo.com or have your local post office send it to PO Box 174, St. Johns, MI 48879 by the end of May.

Potluck info: June 28, 2018; 6 – 8:30 p.m.; AgroLiquid, 1130 S. DeWitt Rd., St. Johns. Please bring a dish to pass and your own place setting. Drinks will be furnished.

Note: If you have a Clinton County ancestor who served in WWI you can help us honor his or her name by sharing photos, letters, documents or other artifacts relating to his or her service to our country. Museum staff can scan the item so you can keep the original, or they will gladly accept them as donations to the museum where they will be preserved for future generations, if that is your wish.

There will be photo scanning available at the potluck. All Clinton County related photos are appreciated.


FOMR schedule Maple River Cleanup – April 14

The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) are planning their 12th Annual Maple River River Cleanup and Logjam Removal Day on Saturday, April 14th. Volunteers are needed to pick trash, old tires, and debris found along the edge of the Maple River; along roads near the river; and at bridges and river access points on the river. The FOMR are also hoping to put 3 or 4 crews on the river to remove obstacles that block river enthusiasts from floating the river in canoes, kayaks, and small boats.

Anyone interested in helping on this environmental conservation project is asked to meet at 9:00 am at the Elsie Dam located on Island Road, one mile west of the Village of Elsie. The trash pickup and log jam work will run from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Work crews will be organized, assignments made, and supplies provided (trash bags and water).

Volunteers should wear the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, heavy duty footwear or boots, and gloves.
Volunteers wishing to help with log jam, tree, and brush removal will need a jon boat, canoe, or kayak, waders, and a saw or chainsaw. This work will only take place if the river is at normal levels or lower. State law requires a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) for each person in a water craft for river travel. Anyone with questions, please contact FOMR member, Jack Nutter at 989-862-5541.

As always, check the website http://www.friendsofthemapleriver.org/ or find them on Facebook @ Friends of the Maple River to stay in touch with what FOMR is up to. For more information or to become a member, donor or supporter of FOMR, contact them at email: FOMR_info@friendsofthemapleriver.org


Soup kitchen makes stops in area

His Cup Runneth Over, a mobile soup kitchen, will be making a stop at

– First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Ave, St. Johns 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, and at

– First Baptist Church/Beacon of Hope (northwest parking lot), 512 S. US 27, St. Johns, from 12-1:30 pm, Thursday, April 19, and at

– The Meadows of St. Johns, 2265 W. Parks Rd., St. Johns from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Thursday, April 19.

Soup, bread, fruit and dessert will be served to all who come free of charge. All are welcome. For more information call 989-533-9535 or 989-544-5764


Swany’s to host Relay For Life benefit – April 28

On Saturday, April 28th join Relay For Life at Swany’s Pub in downtown St. Johns where a percentage of the day’s sales will benefit Relay For Life of Clinton County. There will be raffle baskets, a euchre party and some great food specials. 

Please RSVP to Amy to reserve your spot for euchre prior to April 28 if you are interested in playing. Registration begins at 8:00 pm and cards will start at 8:20 pm. 

For more information or to dedicate a table to a loved one for $10, please contact Amy Winn at 517.204.0565 or Amy197602@yahoo.com.


CRV collecting empty ink cartridges

Community Resource Volunteers, a nonprofit agency who works with youth to teenagers, will be collecting empty ink cartridges to help fund science and robotic programs.

Please drop them off at the following locations:
– St. Vicent DePaul, 1009 S Highway 27,
– Huntington Bank, 200 W. Higham,
– Clinton Transit 215 N. Scott Rd. and
– CRV, 304 Brush St.,
– MAHLE Engine Components, 916 W. State St., all in St. Johns.
– Motz Builders, 116 West Main St. in DeWitt.

For more information about our organization and events please go to www.crvonline.org or call CRV 517-672-4226. Thank you for your support.