New flower shop opens
by Maralyn Fink

After 16 great years of serving the community of Okemos Michigan, Al and Linda Vogl are pleased to announce the opening of their new location of Al-Lin’s Floral and Gifts to our community and hometown of St. Johns Michigan.

They say that they are committed and excited to provide their family, friends and neighbors with fresh flowers for sympathy, weddings, holidays special events or just because. They plan to deliver to St. Johns and the greater Lansing Area.

They also offer a variety of unique gifts, something for everyone.

They say that they will strive for the satisfaction of their customers and always provide a clean and safe environment. They look forward to seeing old friends and are excited to make new ones.

The store is located at 709 South US 27 on the northeast corner of Old US-27 and Sturgis Street.

MHT in Fowler hosts abbreviated festival

Thanks to everyone who participated in our raffles this weekend! The winners are listed below!

$2,500 – Luke Hufnagel
$1,500 – Jodie Hills
$1,000 – Mindy Weber
$100 – Patti Thelen
$100 – Linda Luna
$100 – Tony Bertram
$100 – Kurt Schueller
$100 – Bill Simmon
$100 – Dean Platte
$100 – Beth Van Ells
$100 – Robert Thelen
$100 – Kurt and Patty Koenigsknecht
$100 – Robert Thelen

Crucifix Donated by Domik and Rachel Feldpausch – Cliff Farr (Kona Ice Owner) (Here’s Domik and Rachel’s website if you had your heart set on that crucifix, or any of their other items…)

Rosary Holder Donated by Domik and Rachel Feldpausch – Jessica Campbell

Crucifix Donated by Josh Luttig – Jamison Schueller

The Knights of Columbus also announced the winners of their Support the Faith Raffle.

$50 towards MHT Religious Education Tuition:
1. Dan and Karen Bengel
2. Greg and Carmen Armbrustmacher
3. Mike and Rebecca Feldpausch
4. Tina Weber

$500 towards MHT School Tuition:
1. Rick and Teresa Thelen
2. Paul and Kristina Fahey
3. Jake and Kate Rademacher
4. Kurt and Patti Koenigsknecht

Gina Mazzolini, congratulations to you

July 30 would have been the 45th Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, had it not been for this Coronavirus. They have cancelled this year’s presentation and they will induct all these people next July, 2021.

The individual inductees include Dave DeMarco, Denny Hill, Gina Mazzolini, Hub Waite, Joe Farhat, Paul Stein, Perry Costello, Pete Schmidt, and Wayne Terwilliger. The two Teams are the 1974/75 Lakewood Boys Basketball Team and the 1977 DeWitt Girls Basketball Team. Stay well and we’ll see you all next July 2021.

Remember When? – The Wonderful World of Disney in Fowler

Most Holy Trinity Parish Festival, Fowler July 23 – 26, 2015
5:30 – 8:30 pm Classic Car Show, downtown Fowler
9:30 am – 5:30 pm Fowler Downtown Sidewalk Sales
7:00 – 8:30 pm Touch-A-Truck (on Kent St. in front of church)
Dusk: Family Movie Night at Fink Field—The Lion King (if rain, movie will be canceled)
9:30 am – 3:00 pm Fowler Downtown Sidewalk Sales
8:00 am Volleyball Tournament. Registration forms can be found at (click on the MHT Parish Festival event image);
4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, Mass;
7:00 pm to 11:30 pm Adult Social Tent;
Music by Kevan Browne begins at 7:30 pm;
Vegas from 7:30 – 11:00 pm
8:00 am Boys & Girls 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Registration forms can be found at (click on the MHT Parish Festival event image);
Mass at 10:00 am;
Purchase home-baked delicacies at the Country Store beginning at 10:00 am;
Children can start their energetic day beginning at 11:00 am at the Inflatables; Mickey Burgers (hamburgers), Goofy
Dogs (hot dogs) and Pete’s Pizza are available at 11:00 am at the Pop Stand.
At 11:30 am the Magic Kingdom’s Food Court opens and serves Mickey Burgers, Goofy Dogs, Pete’s Pizza, Magic Fries, Pulled Pork and more!! Chicken Little BBQ dinner is served beginning at 11:30 am until all are sold.

The Wonderful World of Disney Parade begins at 11:30 a.m.

A costume contest is new this year. Children and adults are encouraged to dress as their favorite Disney character and walk as a group in the parade. Winner for the best costume will receive a gift certificate for a large pizza from Main Street Pizza. Parade entries need to line up at the water tower at 10:30 a.m. After the parade, enjoy Children’s Games, Arts and Crafts Wheel, Bean Bag Toss, Saw Dust Pit, Bingo and more.

At 5:30 p.m. parish members will provide home-grown entertainment featuring “Family Feud” and “The Christ is Right”. At 6:30 p.m. there will be drawings for cash raffle prizes totaling $6,000 and drawing for quilts and afghans.

Everyone is welcome to join us for Festival 2015.

Letters – Graduation ceremonies and upcoming election

Dear Family and Friends,
Today is commencement day. A time we have been looking forward to since forever.

As many of my fellow seniors take the stage it is with great pride that I congratulate them and wish them all the best in the years to come.

I will not be walking with you for the safety of my family, but I will be walking with you in spirit.

I would like to thank my teachers for believing in all of us. The staff of all the schools I went to for keeping our learning environment safe. I would like to thank my family for pushing me to do great things.

And now it is time to move my tassel and march on to what will lie ahead.

Tessa Link


I am retiring after almost 40 years in the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office. I have learned that when publicly accusing an individual of wrongdoing one must thoroughly investigate the truth and be sure the accusations are accurate. For an elected Prosecutor that is the most important function ever performed.

Mr. Spagnuolo has mailed out thousands of letters accusing Sarah Huyser of voting in the 2008 democratic primary and of donating money to the Granholm campaign. This is not only false; it is easily proven false. Sarah Huyser was married in 2009, so her name was not even Sarah Huyser at the time Mr. Spagnuokl publicly alleges she did these things.

Yet after Mr. Spagnoulo was provided evidence of his “mistake,” he has again mailed out thousands of letters with the same proven false allegations.

Clinton County cannot afford a Prosecutor who is so flippant with facts. Mr. Spagnoulo would be a dangerous person to be in such an important position.

Clinton County Prosecutor Charles Sherman

Maralyn’s Pet Corner – Which Fruits Can Cats Eat?

Cats are true carnivores. Meat is a necessary main ingredient of their diet. But what about fruit—is it safe for cats? And if so, which fruits can cats eat?

Due to their lack of sweet taste receptors, cats are usually not interested in the sweetness found in fruit. However, there are several kinds of fruit that cats can eat as a treat in moderation. A few bites are all that their digestive systems can tolerate.

Check out our list of safe fruits for cats.

Can Cats Eat Bananas?

Yes, cats can eat bananas. These are a good source of vitamins B6 and C, potassium, and carbohydrates. Offer sliced bananas that are either fresh or frozen.

Can Cats Eat Watermelon?

Yes, cats can eat a small portion of watermelon flesh on occasion. Do not give your cat the rind or seeds. The occasional thin, pale seed from a “seedless” watermelon should not cause harm if accidentally ingested. If your cat eats a tiny portion of rind, it may lead to bowel cleansing.

Can Cats Eat Strawberries?

Yes, cats can eat strawberries in small amounts. Although they provide an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese, as well as antioxidants and fiber, the benefits are not noticeable in cats because they cannot safely consume large amounts. Be sure to remove the stems and leaves, then wash the strawberries before cutting them into small pieces.

Can Cats Eat Blueberries, Raspberries, Cranberries, and Blackberries?

Yes, cats can eat other berries. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries are all safe for cats to eat. They are high in antioxidants, flavonoids, and fiber, as well as vitamins A, C, K, and E. Be sure to cut each one into bite-size portions before offering to avoid choking hazards.

Can Cats Eat Apples?

Yes, cats can eat apples. The flesh of apples is high in calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and pectin, and the skin is high in phytonutrients. Cats can get the same health benefits from apples as humans do. Small slices or cubes with the flesh and peel may be offered. The stems and seeds should be avoided.

Can Cats Eat Mangos?

Yes, this sweet fruit can be a treat for cats as well as pet parents. They are rich in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and vitamin A. Small cubes or slices of mango flesh are allowed, but avoid the skin and seed.

Can Cats Eat Pineapple?

Yes, cats can eat pineapple, with a few stipulations. This tropical treat is high in fructose and contains several vitamins (A, B6, folate, C) and minerals (magnesium and potassium). Fresh pineapple is preferred over canned, which is often packed in a sugary syrup that may contain preservatives. Be sure to remove the leaves, thorns, and rind completely before sharing with your feline friend.

Can Cats Eat Cantaloupe?

Yes, cats can eat cantaloupe, which is a good source of vitamin C, beta carotene, fiber, and antioxidants. This relatively low-calorie fruit is often a favorite of felines because the scent that cantaloupes produce mimics the scent of the proteins in meat. Offer small cubes or slices of the flesh, but avoid the rind.

Can Cats Eat Fruit Snacks?

No, cats should not eat fruit snacks. Cats should not be offered gummy snacks, because these are made from fruit juice concentrate without the fruit fiber. Some even have more sugar than candy, which makes them especially unhealthy for cats.

How Much Fruit Can a Cat Have?

Limit fruits and other treats to 2% of your cat’s diet. This is about a 1-inch portion each day. Fruits are best given as an alternative to cat treats, especially when weight loss is desired. They may be offered as a fresh or frozen treat that is cut into small pieces. They should be given separately from their regular pet food.

If your cat is unable to comfortably digest the fruit, you may see signs of digestive upset (upset stomach) such as vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Due to the high sugar content, diabetic cats should not be given fruit.

Other Fruits That Are Safe for Cats

These fruits are also safe for cats to eat in small quantities. Be sure to remove the seeds, stems, pits/cores, and rinds:

Apricots (avoid seeds, stems, pits)
Pears (avoid seeds, stems, pits)

Fruits That Are Not Safe for Cats

Grapes and raisins: Ingestion of grapes and raisins by cats can cause serious digestive issues, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and even acute kidney failure.
Lemons, limes, and oranges: The oils and compounds in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and limes can cause digestive irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, or even central nervous system depression.

Which Other Human Foods Are Safe for Cats?

Your cat can also enjoy these foods safely, in moderation. Be sure to remove any seeds, stems, pits/cores, and rinds:

Carrot (cut into small bites to avoid choking hazards)
Celery (cut into small bites to avoid choking hazards)
Green beans
Pumpkin (avoid seeds, stems, pits, rinds)
Sweet potato
Winter squash (avoid seeds, stems, pits, rinds)

Which Human Foods Are Toxic for Cats?

Do not give these to your cat:

Green tomatoes
Wild mushrooms
Most seeds, stems, pits, rinds, and roots