SJPD congratulates contest winners

The St. Johns Police Department congratulated local winners of the 37th Annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

These five students were the winners in each of their 5th grade classes at Oakview Elementary School.

The poster contest was organized by Oakview Elementary Art Teacher, Josh Gove. Local artist, Tracie Davis, judged all of the entries, and prizes were provided by Eric Arnston, owner of St. Johns Domino’s Pizza. Each of their posters will be forwarded to the National Competition.

SJHS Theatre productions move on to the State competition

St. Johns Competition Theatre performed at their Regional competition at Bay City John Glenn High School on Saturday, February 8.

The studio show, Anna and August, earned a I rating and placed third. Excellence awards were earned by:

– Charlie St. George- Acting for the role of August
– Camden Hudgens- Acting for the role of Jake
– Riese Hartsuff- Acting for the role of Holly
– Erynn Kolhoff, Teddy Lewis, Emma Parsons, Chayce Whitaker- Ensemble Acting, Stage Presence, and Scene Shifting
– Madison Weber and Abbey Woodruff- Sound Design/Effects
– Madison Weber- Sound Execution
– Brynn Lucas- Lobby Display

Superior awards were earned by:

– Nevaeh Toepler- Acting for the role of Anna

The mainstage show, The Book of Everything, earned a I rating and placed third. Excellence awards were earned by:

– Noah Conlin- Acting for the role of Father
– Rachel Pung, Maggie Vanek, Justin Thelen, Hannah Dombroski, Joy Ladisky, Brynn Lucas, Julia Ruppert, Andrea Heslip, Abigail Kloha- Special Effects (including the frogs and fish bowl)

Superior awards were earned by:

– Evan Kiel- Acting for the role of Thomas
– Chiara Wilson- Acting for the role of Margot

Both shows earned a trip to the Theatre State Finals at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills on February 14-15. Anna and August will be performed at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 15, while The Book of Everything will be performed at 2:15 pm on Saturday, February 15. Festival passes for Theatre State Finals can be purchased on the MIFA website at

Romancing the Tone will be coming to the Wilson Center on February 22

The quartet Romancing the Tone, consisting of Ellen Hoard, Dave Sincox, Kelly Sandula-Gruner, and Dan Templin are back for another limited engagment at the Wilson Center Auditorium.

This year will be joined by James Geer on piano, Tess Miller on flute, Scott Harding on percussion, Jack Mumma on String Bass, Darryl Schmitz as Sound Technician, Jim Lorenz as Lighting Technician and Kelly Bitz as Usher.

They will bring you songs of love during the month of love. Program starts at 7:00 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the new lighting system at the auditorium.

Farming and Food Workshop is on February 27

The Clinton Conservation District and MSU Extension are partnering with AgroLiquid North Central Research Station to host a workshop on February 27, 2020 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. This lunch and learn event takes place at the AgroLiquid NCRS, 5605 North Findlay Rd, St. Johns.

It will feature a hot lunch and a program focusing on cover crops and the various cost share programs available to help fund them.

Monica Jean, Field Crops Educator for MSU Extension, will talk about how to integrate cover crops into your current rotation and operation. She will also talk about the environmental benefits associated with your cover crop choice.

Katie Hafner and Seth Gibson, Clinton Conservation District, will lay out the basics of cost share programs available for local farms. It can seem overwhelming to navigate through the process of cost-share dollars, we can break it down step by step and answer any questions.
AgroExpo 2020 will focus on soil health and cover crops. Find out what the AgroLiquid staff has planned for one of the biggest agriculture demonstrations in the state.

This event is for farmers and landowners of all experience, management systems, and size.
RSVP required for this event by Feb. 24th- Call Seth at the Clinton Conservation District 989-224-3720 or email Seth

“As a nation we need to renew our acquaintance with the land and reaffirm our faith in its continuity of productiveness-when properly treated. If we are bold in our thinking, courageous in accepting new ideas, and willing to work with instead of against our land, we shall find in conservation farming an avenue to the greatest food production the world has ever known-not only for the war, but for the peace that is to follow.” -Hugh H Bennett

2019 Novel Coronavirus travel update

The Mid-Michigan District Health Department continues to diligently follow the rapidly evolving 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. There have been 12 cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States, but no confirmed cases in Michigan to date. There have been over 40,000 cases and over 900 deaths reported internationally. Nearly all cases are in China, and 75% of all the cases are in the Hubei province of China. Around 450 cases have occurred in 24 other countries. There has been one outbreak on a cruise ship near Japan, but no other cruises have had confirmed cases.

On January 31 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instated restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who recently traveled from the People’s Republic of China. Any U.S. citizen who has been to China in the last two weeks will be diverted to one of 11 airports, including Detroit Metropolitan Airport, to be checked and potentially quarantined for an additional 14 days. U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening. U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring done by their local health department. Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

Spring break and travel will be here soon. At this time, general travel to and from areas other than China is not considered a risk for exposure to 2019-nCoV. There may be other health considerations, depending on the destination, such as typhoid, hepatitis, measles, or mosquito-borne diseases. Vaccines or medication may be recommended and are available to help prevent illness while you travel.

Information based on your destination, as well as travel health notices can be found at If you are in need of a vaccination prior to travel, you may contact the Mid-Michigan District Health Department at 989-224-2195 in Clinton County, 989-875-3681 in Gratiot County, or 989-831-5237 in Montcalm County.

Office on Aging to offer workshops

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an interactive program designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend. This program will give You, the family caregiver, tools to:
– help reduce stress and guilt,
– communicate effectively, take care of yourself, and much more.

This program is not intended for professional caregivers. We meet for 2 ½ hours once per week for 6 weeks. The workshop is free of charge, but donations are accepted. Suggested donation is $25.00 for the 6-week workshop. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465.

What: Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop
Where: Pilgrim United Methodist Church
2965 W. Parks Rd.
St. Johns, MI
When: Tuesdays, March 31 – May 5, 2020 (6 weeks)
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
How to register: Call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465


A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is an interactive workshop which promotes the belief that falling and fears about falling are controllable. It aims to reduce fall risk, increase physical activity, and reduce fears about falling.

Although the workshop is primarily discussion, it does include an exercise program designed to increase balance, strength, coordination, and stability. Caregivers and significant others are encouraged to register and attend as active participants.

The Workshop is free of charge but donations are accepted ($25 suggested donation, but it is not required). Pre-registration is required. To register, call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465.

What: Matter of Balance workshop
Where: United Church of Ovid
131 W. Front St.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14 – May 7
(meet on April 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5, 7)
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
How to register: Call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465

Workshop offered in partnership with MSU Extension