National Night Out 2020 cancelled

The St. Johns Police Department will not be hosting their annual National Night Out celebration this summer. Because of the restrictions on size of gatherings and the fact that most of the activities that make this event so enjoyable are very difficult to clean/sanitize between users, they have made the difficult decision to not move ahead with the usual August NNO event at the City Park.

National Night Out originally started as smaller block parties throughout the City for people to get to know their neighbors. For this year, the SJPD suggests that they could offer support for those types of events. If you would like to coordinate one of these smaller “block parties” for your neighborhood on Tuesday, August 4, please message them on Facebook or send an email to awilson@sjpolice.org.

If you register your event prior to July 27, SJPD will make arrangements to have an officer stop by your gathering and bring some goodies for the kids.

The St. Johns NNO event has always been generously supported by local businesses, many of which have been closed for several months or are now operating at a reduced capacity. Their support over the years is appreciated, and they hope that you will continue to patronize these businesses as they re-open.

Let’s look forward to celebrating NNO 2021 together again at the St. Johns City Park.


Bingham Solar being built on E. Walker Rd

Some large-scale renewable energy is being developed near St. Johns. A large solar farm is being built in Bingham Township on East Walker Road just East of Scott Road. The site location on East Walker Road is very close to the Consumers Energy electrical substation on E. Steel Road, so they can transmit the solar electrical energy being generated up to the State/Interstate Electrical Grid.

Bingham Solar is being developed by Geromino Energy. J. Ranck Electric has begun construction on the Michigan solar project on which Consumers Energy previously executed power purchase agreements. The Michigan-based EPC was hired by developer Geronimo Energy; and the project, Bingham Solar, is part of the MiSolar Portfolio and is expected to begin operations by the end of 2020.

“We look forward to furthering Geronimo’s commitment to the state of Michigan,” said David Reamer, president of Geronimo Energy. “Solar projects like these are not possible without the collective support of customers like Consumers, partners like J. Ranck and local residents who live in the project communities. Together with these key stakeholders, we are excited to start construction and begin to provide the associated local benefits to the people in the great state of Michigan, such as new tax revenue, in-state spending and job creation.”

In February, 2018 the Clinton County Board of Commissioners adopted a Solar Energy Zoning Ordinance to encourage this type of development.

“With these projects, we’ll put an estimated 120 Michigan construction workers on the job and further J. Ranck Electric’s role in growing our state’s renewable energy infrastructure,” said Scott Walker, JRE’s business development director. “We could not be more proud and excited to work with Consumers Energy and Geronimo to build these solar projects.”

Geronimo, which developed over 2,400 MW of wind and solar projects across the nation that are currently under construction or in operation, has a long history in the state of Michigan.

“Geronimo has been a pleasure to work with on their Bingham Solar project,” says Doug Riley, Clinton County Community Development Director. “They worked very cooperatively with the County throughout the permitting process to address our requirements and the needs of the local community. We certainly look forward to the completion of this key renewable energy.”

By the year 2040 Consumers Energy says that they plan to have 40% of our energy produced by renewable sources and completely eliminate coal generated electricity.


HIFCM adds visitation stations


Hazel I. Findlay Country Manor has announced that they are scheduling outside visits with their residents.

The maintenance and activity staff have been busy constructing comfortable “visitation stations.”

In an efforts to protect residents please adhere to the following rules: you must stay on the opposite side of the station, no touching, masks must be worn by all participants and no food, beverages or personal items can be exchanged during visits.

Please contact the Activity Department at 989-224-8936 to schedule a visit between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.


City Rec working on safe activities

The City of St. Johns Recreation Department is working with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s orders to update their community on available and upcoming department activities that have been deemed safe and meet the requirements of the executive order. They appreciate all of the support and interest in their programs and want to acknowledge your flexibility and understanding as the program offerings have changed in response to the changing situation. Here are the latest updates:

– St. Johns Public Schools has announced that the pool will remain closed until at least August 1. As a result, all Rec Department pool programs including summer lessons are cancelled.

– Due to concerns regarding Covid-19, the spray park will remain closed until further notice. Please check back on their Facebook page for updates.

– They are pleased to be able to offer an outdoor summer yoga program. They will post information on Faceebook and send out a member blast when registration for the program opens. Spaces will be extremely limited, so be sure to register online.


2020 MHT Parish Festival – Pandemic style

Most Holy Trinity Parish in Fowler has announced that they are unable to hold a normal Parish Festival with the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty of what things might look like at the end of July. With that being said, they still want to do something special both for the parish and the community of Fowler.

So far they are planning on having a two day event, Saturday July 25 and Sunday July 26. They will have Papa B’s BBQ, George’s Elephant Ears and Fries, Rosie’s Kettle Corn, Les Shephard’s Ice Cream and the Kona Ice Truck. They also plan to hold the volleyball tournament, 5K Race and the money and quilt raffles.

There will be more information as they iron out the details.


County announces battery recycling program

No auto or marine batteries will be accepted. (See below)

Recycle locations include:

Clinton County Courthouse 100 E State Street
Suites 1100 and 2100 St. Johns
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
989-224-5120

Mid-Michigan District Health Dept.
1307 E. Townsend Road St. Johns
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
989-224-5186

Fowler Village Office
225 N Main Street Fowler
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM ·4:00 PM
(989)593-2080

Note: Lead acid batteries from autos, lawn mowers etc. are collected for free by Bee’s Sports, 2138 S BR US-127. The drop box can be found on the northeast corner of the building.

For more information call 1-800-BEES-720.