Latest County Covid stats

You might feel healthy, but the reality is this: about 40% of people who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. That means almost one out of every two people could be infected. They might not know it until it’s too late. We can only contain the virus and keep Michigan open if everyone stays careful and masks up when they leave home, whether they feel sick or not. Face coverings can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70%. So Mask Up Michigan!

521 cases and 13 deaths, Probable Cases Clinton County: 80 [as of September 16]

For the latest updates visit https://www.mmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus/


IQhub wants your donated shoes

It is Week 2 of the IQhub Shoe Drive. They need your help to make this a success.

Please send us the gently used or new shoes your family doesn’t want anymore.

Here are the three drop-off locations: AgroLiquid in St Johns, Andy T’s Farm Market in St Johns and AddiXions Salon in Lansing.


FOMR to hold meeting on September 16

The Friends of the Maple River will hold their September Bi-Monthly meeting at Sleepy Hollow State Park off Price Road in Clinton County at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, September 16.

The meeting will be in one of the picnic shelters at the beach area of the park. Look for FOMR signs to help guide you once you get to the beach area. There is no charge to attend.

Feel free to bring your own lawn chair to give some flexibility in spreading out and making the most of the weather that day. Please bring a mask with you and use it accordingly.

The Friends are pleased to have Sheila Moore, MPH, Health Educator, Environmental Health Department, Mid-Michigan District Health Department, present on Septic Smart. The intent is to offer insight into septic field operation so we can be better stewards.

Following the presentation those interested are encouraged to bring the craft of their choice and do a sunset float on Lake Ovid, departing from the boat launch on the west side of the lake.


Concert in the Park Series – 17th Season Schedule
William E. Tennant Performance Shell, St. Johns City Park, Wednesdays – 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 16 – Vintage 20s – Great Roaring Twenties Band
Sept. 23 – Matt King – His Award-Winning Tribute to Elvis
Sept. 30 – Dave Bennett Quartet – From Swing to Rock

All Concerts Will Be Held Rain Or Shine

Sponsored by The Clinton County Arts Council and the City Of St. Johns

Bring your lawn chairs and your masks – enjoy the concerts!

For concert updates each week, please visit our Facebook Page
or the CCCA website at: clintoncountyarts.org


Fall Clean-Up set for September 19

The City of St. Johns Fall Clean-Up is set for Saturday, September 19. Please do not place items out to the curb prior to Saturday, September 12.

Items must be placed out by 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19. Items placed after the contractor has passed will not be picked up.

Clean-up is limited to 3 cubic yards of material, approximately the size of a regular pick-up truck box. Pickers, please be courteous and keep areas tidy. Do not leave a mess.

Do put out:
-Appliances (appliances containing any food will not be picked up. Doors must be removed from refrigerator or freezer unit).
-Electronics (T.V.s, VCRs, computer equipment)
-Lawn mowers (must be drained of fuel and oil)
-Hub caps
-Copper or brass tubing and wiring
-Large toys
-Bicycles
-Furniture (indoor and outdoor) and mattresses
-Scrap metal (bed frames, aluminum lawn chairs, file cabinets, etc.)
-Odd pieces of lumber under 4 ft. long (must be bundled)
-Carpeting (bundles less than 6 ft. long)

Please box, bag or bundle (50 lb. limit) your items when possible.

Do not put out:
-Household trash or recyclables (cans, bottles, etc.)
-Liquids or hazardous waste
-Automobile components
-Yard waste including stumps
-Batteries (can be recycled)
-Books, magazines and newspapers (can be recycled)
-Construction or demolition materials from major household repairs.
-Dirt or sand piles
-Latex paint (can be dried out and placed in weekly trash pick-up)

Any refuse that contains contaminated items, may be only partially picked up or left behind by contractor.

This is available for city residents who live in a one to four unit dwelling. A refuse fee is applied to the summer tax bill to pay for this service. Any non-resident placing refuse illegally is subject to a $500 fine.


Toys for Tots names new county coordinator

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children will be Clinton County’s new Toys for Tots Coordinator.

They will be working with the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce to transition information. They are also in regular communication with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and other coordinators because everyone is making significant changes this year.

We all know that this year will look different. They also know that together we will make sure the holidays remain bright for Clinton County children and youth.

Toy collections will be done online. They understand that many former collection box hosts have changed environments. The new coordinators want to be responsible with the tasks to which their volunteers give their time. They also want to support the health and safety of our community.

The online donation option will ask you to ship items directly to the office, also known as Santa’s Workshop for the holiday season. Online options include gift cards to assist them with fulfilling wish lists to be best of their abilities.

Along with the online donation option, they will offer families an online option to submit requests for holiday assistance. They will schedule pick up times for families to pick up their holiday support.

After Labor Day they will be promoting the Holiday Wish Lists. This may feel a little early, but they want to give donors time to order and ship things. They know there can be shipping delays.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact KellySchaferED@gmail.com or phone/text at (989) 640-5681.


Order your first Christmas Gift now

The Clinton County Historical Society is promoting the sale of the beginnings of our local history in the form of a 500 piece (18″ x 24″) puzzle. With some extra time on our hands you can have some fun putting together a great picture of our 1890 Clinton County Court House.

To order:
Please send the following information and include a check for $35 (if you want to pick up in St. Johns) or
$40 (if you want it shipped) to:
CCHS
P.O. Box 174
St. Johns, MI 48879

Please include: Your name, Your address and Phone or email to notify you of arrival.

Pick up will be at 503 N. Lansing St., St. Johns, MI 48879. For more information call Julie Peters: 989-501-0599 or email petersj@msu.edu.


Local groups partner on Regional Electronics Recycling Day

The Regional Electronics Recycling Day is a great way for all residents in the Capital Area to take care of unwanted items from their attics, garages, basements or storage units. The event will be held at Chippewa Middle School,4000 Okemos Road, Okemos on Saturday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Social distancing and mask requirements will be adhered to during the event.

Safely recycle a variety of unwanted items such as:
– TVs*
– Monitors*
– Computers
– Printers
– Cords
– Cables
– Phones
– VCRs
– Stereo Equipment and More

* A $20 donation is requested for each television or monitor, payable at the event or in advance by visiting www.meridian.mi.us/recycle.

The event is generously supported by the Regional Recycling Coordinating Committee; The City of East Lansing; Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; The City of Lansing; Clinton County; Eaton County; Ingham County Health Department; Meridian Township; Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council; Hammond Farms; Delta Dental; Vision Collision; Granger Waste Services and the Clerical Technical Union of MSU.


Churches plan video of local veterans

The Lowe and Maple Rapids United Methodist Churches want to show their appreciation to our Veterans this fall.

Many of you have participated in the past by attending their Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner. This year, due to the corona virus, they will be unable to serve you dinner or honor you in person at the Lowe Church. They sincerely regret this and do not want Veterans Day to pass without showing appreciation to each of you.

This year they are offering to record you on video. You would be asked just a few questions, such as: where you served our country; the number of years you served; and any experience you wish to share. Everyone who has served in any branch of the military is most welcome and encouraged to be a part of this video.

Artis White will be doing the taping and will create a video of all the veterans to be displayed on Veterans Day, November 11th. If you are a participant, you will receive your own personal copy on DVD.

If you are willing to participate, please call the church office [989] 224-4460 and leave a message, or contact Artis White directly at [517] 749-8351 to schedule an appointment.

If you are unable to travel but would like to participate, they will accommodate you in whatever ways are helpful. Please know that they are so very grateful for the service you have given to our country.


His Cup Runneth Over serves free meals on Tuesdays

Spread the word that free meals are served on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, St. Johns.

Drive up and they will bring your meals out to you. If you need delivery call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764 by 11 a.m.