Veterans Day parade is Monday, November 11

The annual Veterans Day parade will step off from the Wilson Center on Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m. All veterans are invited to line up at 10:30 behind the Center.

The Parade route begins behind the Wilson Center and travels along Clinton Avenue to the Veterans Memorial.

Mayor proclaims November 10 as American Legion Auxiliary Celebration Day

St. Johns Mayor Eric Hufnagel presented Marcy Jorae, 1st Vice-President of American Legion Auxiliary Edwin T. Stiles Unit 153, with a proclamation naming November 10, 2019 as American Legion Auxiliary 100th Anniversary Celebration Day in St. Johns, Michigan.

The American Legion Auxiliary began celebrating 100 years of service to our nation’s Veterans at the 2019 National Convention in August and will continue a year of celebration through August, 2020.

For information about becoming a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, contact Post 153 in St. Johns (989) 224-7282.

SJHS Theatre presents Newsies November 8,9,10

St Johns High School is proud to present Newsies on November 8,9 and 10. The production is directed by Barry Palmer and his staff.

Newsies is a musical based on the 1992 musical film. The story is based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. This new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action.

Jack Kelley is played by junior, Evan Kiel and Pulitzer is played by senior, Mitch Gifford. Other principal characters in the show are Katherine Plumber, played by sophomore Chiara Wilson; Medda Larkin played by senior Maddy Welch; Davey played by junior Charles St. George; Les played by freshman Charley Russell; Race played by senior Noah Conlin; Camden Hudgens, sophomore plays Albert, and Cayden Cox, sophomore, plays Crutchie.

All in all, 44 actors are on stage for this show. St Johns also has 41 crew and pit students to round the total to 95 students who are involved in this production. Senior Lexi Hicks has played a vital role as Mush and student director as well.

‚ÄúThis is a peppy and powerful production,” says director Barry Palmer. “It offers a little history lesson and a sound message about fighting for your rights. It’s a show that will appeal to audiences of all ages and send patrons out of the theatre singing and dancing in the streets.

“I’m extremely proud to be a part of this show, Palmer adds. “We have a talented cast and wonderful senior leadership. Everyone involved has worked so incredibly hard to make this show one of the best in St Johns.”

Last Call to visit Museum quilts

Fourteen quilts, including two from the 1800s, will be on display at the Clinton County Historical Museum through November 17.

The Police and Fire Exhibit is ongoing through the Christmas Season, closing after December 18.

Museum Hours are Wednesdays 2-6 p.m. and Sundays 1-4. Closed on Holiday weekends. The Complex is located at 106 Maple Street in St. Johns, on the West side of the Courthouse. Visit the webpage: and Facebook for Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum, St. Johns, Michigan. Group and individual tours are welcome.

The Museum is supported entirely by community donations. A Memorial Endowment Fund exists for those that want a permanent record in the Museum Memorial Book to remember the loss of a family or friend.

If you have any interest in “old things” or want to be helpful in preserving such things for future generations, please contact 989-224-2894 or email

The Archives of the Clinton County Historical Society is available to anyone researching families and history of Clinton County and is open at 16101 Brook Rd, Lansing, MI. The Hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 to 4, and Thursday 2 to 6. Contact 517.482.5117 x 2, or email Membership in the Archives ($20.00) includes a very interesting quarterly Newsletter “Clinton County Trails.”

A community Thanksgiving Celebration coming to Smith Hall

The Clinton Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner is a celebration of all that is good about community life in the Mid-Michigan Region. We are an interfaith endeavor put on by volunteers for all people of the area in Smith Hall in St. Johns. This is an inclusive event where everyone is invited to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at no cost and share the day with others.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is full of a variety of activities for all ages. There will be musical entertainment, arts and crafts, games for the children, and a large screen TV for the Thanksgiving Day football games. Come for all or part of the celebration.

Dinner begins at noon. Local businesses and individuals have provided the food at reduced cost or as a donation. Others have contributed money to under write the expenses of the dinner. This support allows us to offer the meal at no charge.

The celebration will be held at Smith Hall, 819 W. Park St. in the St. Johns City Park.


10:30 a.m. Doors Open
11:00 a.m. Thanksgiving Worship Service
12:00 Noon Thanksgiving Dinner
2:00 p.m. Serving Line Closes

Activities (Noon through 2:00 p.m.)

Musical Entertainment
Arts, Crafts, and Games for the children
Large Screen TV for the Thanksgiving Day football games

Clinton Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner

Health Department gives awards

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department presented numerous awards at its annual District-Wide meeting on November 1.

Five Years of Service
Left to right: Courtney Beagle, Jamie Shepler, Dena Kent, Jeannette Sternhagen, Nicole Montgomery, Michelle Hardman and Shelley Treynor

Years of Service
Gayle Hood (ten years), Becky Stoddard (fifteen years), Lonnie Smith (twenty years), Bryan Fowler (twenty years), Dawn Wadle (twenty-five years) and Holly Stevens (thirty years).

Outstanding Performance
Michelle Hardman (Community Health & Education Division), Rex Hoyt (Administrative Services Division), Kyle Zuiderveen (Environmental Health Division) and Liz Braddock (Health Officer’s Award).

Fifty Years of Service
Norm Keon, Epidemiologist, was honored for his fifty years of service in Public Health.

ACE Award winner

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) is pleased to announce that Adam Byrne, Environmental Health Specialist, recently received the ACE (Achievement, Character, Excellence) Award for the period July – September 2019.

ACE Award recipients are chosen by their colleagues and demonstrate achievement, character and excellence in all they do at MMDHD.

Byrne’s co-workers nominated him for the award for several reasons. They said Adam has amazing customer service skills and interacts incredibly well with clients. He is friendly and professional and always takes the time to explain why rules and regulations are in place in a way that is easily understood. He is also a valued member of the Work Force Development Team.

Mid-Michigan District Health Department congratulates Byrne for winning the ACE Award and thanks him for his dedicated service to public health.

Local business supports business of saving lives

Keck-Coleman Funeral Home has graciously invested back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives.

Keck-Coleman recognized a very unique opportunity to assist our local first responders through an ingenious marketing initiative that could help save lives. The funeral home asks that you download the Vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) app, from either the Apple App Store or Google Play for your smart phone and enter in their code: #8879.

In the event of an emergency, first responders can use the Vital ICE app to retrieve the user’s vital information. This information can then be easily taken on the ambulance to the hospital, or sent directly to the hospital from the Vital ICE app, where ER staff can further access this critical information. Remember, time is of the essence when saving lives.

Keck-Coleman Funeral Home is making this potentially life-saving app available for free to download in the community as a way of showing their gratitude for allowing them to serve you. They ask that you please take just a few minutes to download the Vital ICE app and fill in the information so that you are prepared in case of an emergency.

This app is available to the entire community, regardless of age, so do not pass up this great life-saving opportunity. Questions about the app can be answered at