Relay For Life is May 18-19

Relay For Life of Clinton County will be at the Clinton County Fairgrounds May 18th and 19th from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Stop by for a lap, enjoy others from the community, check out the on-site fundraisers, silent auction, live entertainment, a live bake sale at 7:30 pm, and a cruise-in on Saturday.

Survivor and caregiver dedication will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Friday with dinner following. Luminaria ceremony at dusk, about 9:30 p.m.

For more information visit

Relay for Life schedule

– Opening Ceremony 6:00 pm
– Survivor/Caregiver Walk 6:30 pm
– Luminaria Ceremony 9:00 pm
– Closing Ceremony 2:00 pm

Clinton County Historical Society Museum Opens

The Paine-Gillam-Scott House, Swegles General Store and the Carriage House will open on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Two million young men left the farm fields and cities of America to fight this awful war in the muddy trenches of France. It was a fast changing world and this war was fought like none other before. Thousands of horses were still being used but mostly for hauling equipment and supplies to the front lines. Tanks, machine guns and trench warfare were replacing the cavalry charge.

The featured exhibit for 2018 will honor those brave young Clinton County men who fought and died in that bloody war. We would welcome any photos, letters or other artifacts that would help us reach that goal.

Did you know that women were allowed, for the first time, to enlist in the military during WWI and thousands responded to the call to duty and served as clerical workers, telephone operators, nurses and other non-combat roles.

The museum complex is located at 106 Maple St., St. Johns, MI. on the west side of the Courthouse. For further information call 989-224-2894 or email

Duplain Church 5K/10K Run on a Mission – Saturday, June 9

On Saturday, June 9th, 2018, Duplain is excited to offer their first 5K/10K walk/run. This race will be a timed race and is open to all ages. The course will be a road course with light traffic and will follow the scenic Maple River. The cost of the event is $25 if registered before May 27th, 2018 and $30 if registered after. Those registering before the 27th will be guaranteed a T-shirt.

Registration will be from 8:00 am to 8:45 am with the race beginning at 9:00 am.

All proceeds will be going to help fund a mission trip to Mexico this summer. While there the team will be serving with the Bethshean Mexico Mission. You can learn more about Bethshean here.

If you have any questions about the race please call the church office at (989)-224-4878.

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First Congregational Church offers Study Group

First Congregational Church in St. Johns is offering a Spiritual Gifts Class starting Sunday Evening, May 20 at 5 p.m.

Embedded in each Christian is a hunger to serve Christ by serving others. Those who are loved need to love. But how? What is the best way to love in the name of Christ?

According to the Bible each of us have been given gifts by God, called “spiritual gifts,” with which to serve God and love each other. These gifts are not our skills or talents; they are gifts of the Holy Spirit for working out God’s purpose in our lives. Together, these gifts endow the Church – the Body of Christ – with the power to do mighty works in His name.

This class, facilitated by Bill Rockwell and Melanie Lounds (with help from others like Matt Olson and Rod Fuller), is designed to help you discover and learn to use the gifts that the Lord has given you. Many in our congregation have found the class so helpful that they have taken it several times. Please join us for this life changing, and gift affirming, course. All those in middle school and older are encouraged to join us.

For more information call the church at 224.2636 or go to

Michigan Truth Tour arrives June 5 in St. Johns

Mid-Michigan area residents have an opportunity to listen, ask questions and provide input on state government at an Informational Town Hall Meeting set for June 5 at the Wilson Center Auditorium, located in St. Johns.

The event is part of Bridge Magazine’s “2018 Michigan Truth Tour” that provides participants with an opportunity to discuss their perspective on how well state government functions. The goal of the interactive meeting is to generate thoughtful discussion on state government issues and provide information for use by Michigan’s leaders.

The meeting is free and open to the public courtesy of the Wilson Collective which brings all-ages concerts and events to the greater St. Johns area. The Wilson Center is located at 101 W. Cass St., across from the Clinton County Courthouse.

For information on the “2018 Michigan Truth Tour” and the Center for Michigan visit

Next F.C. Mason hearing is May 29

The City has asked FCM Development, a group of investors working on rehabilitating the old F.C. Mason property on East Railroad Street, for more detail in their drawing, and a final version to be presented for approval in the July meeting.

The City must allow time for alerting citizens about the zoning change, preventing them from seeking final approval in June. There will be a public hearing establishing an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation District on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6 p.m.