Auditions scheduled at Wilson Center

Wilson Center Productions has announced its upcoming performance of Jesus Christ Superstar at the historic Wilson Center Auditorium. Auditions will be February 7 and 8.

Jesus Christ Superstar, the 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice is coming to the historic Wilson Center Auditorium on April 4, 5 and 6 with stage director Megan Wesner and music director Jeff Richards.

All area actors are invited to audition at First Congregational Church of St. Johns, 100 Maple St., St. Johns on Thursday, February 7 from 3 – 7 p.m. and on Friday, February 8 from 6 – 10 p.m.

It is necessary to sign up for an audition time at:
(Select a time – scroll to the bottom – click “Submit and Sign Up”)

Come with a prepared song from the 1970s to the present in a rock style or a song from the show and a one minute comedic monologue.

Rehearsals begin on Monday, February 18, from 6 – 9 p.m., and shows at the Wilson Center Auditorium will be April 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information call director Megan Wesner at 734-276-5155.

Follow this link for more details about how to sign up for the auditionf

What is the Future for Passenger Trains in Michigan?

The future and challenges of passenger train travel in Michigan and across the country will be the topic when rail expert, Nicholas Little, leads a discussion hosted by the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers on Saturday, January 26, 10:00 a.m. – Noon.

The event will take place at the historic Grand Trunk Depot in St. Johns, which now houses the Clinton Northern Railway Museum. Also on tap are local train enthusiasts Jenny and Gary McCampbell who manage the museum and coordinate the volunteers who are restoring a vintage 1902 Smith & Barney Sleeper car, dubbed the “Sault St. Marie”, that probably ran between the Soo and Duluth until service ceased in 1936. There will be an opportunity to look around the museum and the rail cars.

Hosting the event are members of The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, an all-volunteer state-wide organization working to improve and expand Michigan passenger train services. The community is cordially invited to attend.

Nick Little is Managing Director of the Railway Management Program at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Nick has extensive industry and international experience in Railways, Supply Management and Supply Chain Management.

After completion of British Rail’s prestigious Supplies Management Training Scheme, he worked within the UK Railway industry and its subsidiaries in Derby and London. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies from Ealing CHE in England and, professionally, is qualified MCIPS (UK Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) and CPSM from ISM (US)

Since joining MSU in 1995, Nick has led work on a number of benchmarking/research projects, including Supply Chain Performance, Procurement Strategy Development/Implementation, and Indirect Purchases. In addition Nick compiled a Strategy Focus Report on Services Purchasing.

Nick has assumed leadership of the Railway Management Certificate Program and new programs, workshops and seminars as part of the Railway Research and Education team. In this role, he brings his extensive knowledge of railways and their management into play.

The Depot is located at 107 East Railroad Street in St. Johns. The meeting and presentation begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude at noon. There is no charge to attend.

Shopping online and pick up at Krogers
by Maralyn Fink

Kroger in St Johns has opened an online shopping event with same day pick-up. The store started doing this on January 11, 2019.

Here’s how it works:
– Place your order online at or download the app. Your order can be picked up 4 hours after placed, or you can schedule your pick up time.
– Relax while your order is hand-picked.

For your first 3 orders the service fee of $4.95 is waived. Orders placed after the first 3 will have the service fee added.

There is no minimum on any order. Handicapped parking is available at the pick up door on the East side of the building.

I think this is a great addition to our store as you can order from any department. So shop from your home and relax!

Relay Registration Challenge

Help the community ramp up our attack against cancer for Clinton County Relay For Life.

Participants have two weeks, between January 20, 2019 and February 3, 2019 to recruit at least one new person to their team. The more participants added, the greater their our chances are to win.

The 10 events nationwide with the largest percentage of online or mobile app registration growth in the number of participants will win a Relay for Life branded Inflatable Movie Screen. Growing our local event at least 25% will be enter us in to a drawing for a chance to win one of the an additional 10 screens.

Talk to your family and friends. Help our Relay grow. You can learn more and register at

New auto repair shop opens
photos by Maralyn Fink

There is a new automotive repair facility open in St. Johns, but the owner is not new to the area.

Thelen Collision and Auto Care opened in November of 2017 at 2671 N US Highway 27 in the old Clinton Area Fire Department Building just north of Worthington Ag Parts. The owner, Tom Thelen, is a lifelong resident of St. Johns with his wife Brenda and four children Taylor, Matthew, Justin and Katelyn.

After 30 years of working at dealerships and one independent repair facility, Tom decided it was time to open his own repair facility. Tom graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Management and an Associate’s degree in Automotive Technology. His passion for repairing vehicles came to him at the age of 12 when he started to work on cars and farm equipment with his dad and older brothers.

Along with upgrades to the building’s interior, Thelen Collision and Auto Care has also installed a new Garmat downdraft paint booth made in the USA and has purchased other equipment to properly repair your vehicle to pre accident condition. Also Tom is using Axalta’s Spies Hecker refinishing products to insure a high quality finish will be on the vehicles when the repairs are completed.

Working along with Tom there are two other technicians, Phil Thelen and Don Ruddy. Together they bring over 100 years of combined experience to each car being repaired. Tom and Phil have also taught students at Lansing Community College in their Collision Repair Department for over 15 years and are both ASE and I Car certified and continue to be trained on the latest repair procedures.

A high quality job has always been on the top of Tom’s list when repairing vehicles. If you treat every car you work on like it’s your mother’s car, than it’s hard to do a bad job.

Thelen Collision and Auto Care will work with all insurance companies and collision estimates are free. They also offer light mechanical repairs along with collision repairs, used car sales and outside motorhome and camper storage.

So feel free to stop by for an estimate 8 to 5 Monday thru Friday or call 989-224-0004 for more information.

Tools for Caregivers coming in March

Powerful Tools for Caregivers, scheduled for Mondays March 25 – April 29, 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. They meet for 2 ½ hours once per week for 6 weeks. The workshop is free of charge, but donations are accepted ($25 suggested donation, but it is not required). Sessions will take place at Dewitt District Library, 13101 Schavey Rd., Dewitt, MI on Mondays March 25 – April 29, 2019 from 9:00 -11:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465.