See ten January items from years past
Relay for Life fundraiser a success
Recently Gary and Joan Whitford and Bill and Beth VanElls hosted a corn hole tournament. Some friends got together and raised over $700 for Westside Walkers Relay team.
Community turns out to support Hufnagel family
The turnout at Ryan’s Roadhouse on January 15 to support Jenny Hufnagel and her family was amazing. There were boxes set up to accept donations or even leave a card or note of encouragement for Jenny, Kurt, Jordan, Paige or Brian.
Jenny Hufnagel has been courageously battling colon cancer for the past 10 years. Her strong will, determination and positive attitude is an inspiration to everyone who knows her.
Another Landmark gone: The last church building on Church Street was razed on Monday.
The work continues: More Wilson Center seats were installed by volunteers and Strive Academy students
SJ students honored at Voice of Democracy Awards Banquet: VFW Post 4113 VOD Master of Ceremonies Dale Brown (left) and Post Commander Dr. Keith Mino Jr., flank VOD Senior Division winners Phillip Hartner, Gwen Gaffney and Tommy Sovereign
Spray Park receives grant: Bob Craig, Craig Bishop, Mayor Dana Beaman, Chris Thelen of Consumers Energy, John Sirrine, Bill Schafer.
Chris Thelen from Consumers Energy presented Mayor Dana Beaman with a check for $15,000 in grant funds to benefit the St. Johns Spray Park.
City officials met with vendors regarding preliminary design elements of the proposed recreational spray park being planned for installation at the old Veteran’s Memorial Pool site in the City Park. To date $195,000 has been secured in grant funds and donations for this project.
Following a successful build of its seventh construction project and first home in St. Johns in 2012, Habitat for Humanity of Clinton County recently purchased a residential parcel as part of its plan to build a second St. Johns home during the 2013 construction season.
Members report that there was a good turnout for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the St. Vincent de Paul Store in St. Johns on Thursday January 19. The store is located next to Sav-A-Lot in the Southpoint Mall.
Special Guests for the ceremony were Delores Houser who served as a volunteer store manager for several years and Pat Snyder who served as a volunteer assistant store manager who continues to serve as a store volunteer and is the current Board Treasurer.
Also on hand were Bill Asher and his wife Yvonne. Bill is our longest serving Vincentian. Bill began serving as a St. Vincent de Paul volunteer in 1954 which makes him a volunteer for over 57 years. City Manager-Dennis LaForest shared his congratulations. They were also pleased to have the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and the ladies with the Red Hat Society who helped them celebrate.
For the past five years the local Big Boy restaurant has been assisted in the program by St. Johns Kiwanis. While “Big Boy” in the photo supports the final box of items, Kiwanians, from left, Mike Zigler and Marilyn Thelen join Big Boy manager Patrick Hunt in steadying the donation.
Mary Ann Ellickson holds a reminder ticket and, from left, Gigi Forner, Ann Hufnagel and Susan DeRosa provide moral sales support.
If you attended the first Snow Day At The Emerald, you’re probably already looking forward to the second annual gathering come the last Saturday this month, January 30. Members of Clinton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary are deep into preparations and ticket sales to ensure activities and entertainment of the day are even more exciting than the initial event.
Part of that planning includes cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, hiking on the golf course plus a huge bonfire. Inside the Emerald, table and card games will be joined by a hot chocolate contest and a 50/50 raffle. Topping the list is an expanded chili cook-off and a two-hour session with Bill Brown’s Sidekick Band.