Clinton Northern Railway Museum to reopen Sunday

The Clinton Northern Railway Museum crew is excited about opening this season, at long last. The 2020 opening will be on Sunday, July 5 from 1 – 3 in the afternoon.

A big new wrinkle is that we need to remind you that it will be important to wear a face mask while going through the various aspects of the museum: looking at displays in the depot, watching the model trains going around on their tracks and going through the rail cars. If you forgot to bring your mask, you are welcome to pick up one of theirs that they will have on hand.

There are a couple of new displays the crew is excited about: After they closed last year, close friends tracked down a genuine caboose stove to sit in the place it was meant to be. Friends found it on the Internet, drove to northern Ohio to pick it up, and brought it back before they knew any of that was happening.

The stove is extremely heavy, so they hired M&M Movers out of Lansing to lift it into the caboose. It looks great sitting there. Also, for those who get the opportunity to go into the Sault Ste. Marie car, Gary McCampbell found online 4 sconces from the era of that 1902 sleeper car. Now he has installed them and they look great beside the four seats that needed them.

If you didn’t get into the depot last year, you haven’t yet seen the hand-made wooden engine, about 3 feet long, crafted by a man who worked at Henry Ford Museum in the early 1900s. It was modeled after one of the most popular engines of the late 1800s, a 4-4-0 engine. In fact the St. Johns Engine was of that same design.

The crew looks forward to seeing you sometime this summer.


Great songs highlight Wednesday’s Concert in the Park

The second concert in the Concert in the Park series will feature four mid-Michigan musicians in what’s being billed as a beautiful songfest. “You’re going to hear everything from jazz standards, pop, rock, showtunes, spirituals to even a little opera,” explains Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. “The concert is entitled, Jeff Richards and Friends and will feature four wonderful musicians who are no strangers to our St. Johns area.”

The concert is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the William E Tennant Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park and features Jeff Richards, Steven Easterling, Kelly Sandula- Gruner and Dan Templin.

Jeff was born and raised in St. Johns where he began studying piano at the age of ten with Diantha Witteveen. He then went on to study with Jean Hull and Deborah Moriarty at MSU. After spending several years accompanying groups in Chicago, he now serves as the Music Director at St. Joseph Parish in St. Johns, also serving Saint Martha Parish in Okemos.

Steven is an Elementary Music teacher in the Laingsburg Schools. He holds a BA in vocal performance from UM, post BA teacher certification from MSU, and a Master of Music Education from CMU. He also is the director of the Laingsburg Community Singers, who made their debut at Carnegie Hall this past February.

Kelly’s music career began at age 4 with piano lessons; and at age 11, she fell in love with the French Horn. She currently plays French Horn with the Lansing Concert Band, sings with both the LCB Jazz Big Band and Singers on the Grand, and performs in local theater. Kelly holds degrees in both music and commercial art, and is currently working as a graphic designer. She is also the lead singer with the local rock band “Party of Seven.”

Dan sings, acts and plays piano with several mid-Michigan performing arts organizations including Singers on the Grand, the LCB Jazz Big Band, and local theatre groups. He is also the tenor in Take Note barbershop quartet of Grand Ledge. Dan is a lawyer specializing in family law.

Dan and Kelly have been singing together as the duo “Clique” for many years. They can be seen and heard extensively throughout the mid-Michigan area at many local events. Their shared love of singing jazz standards has led to this long collaboration.

The weekly concerts are being presented under strict safety guidelines that have been established by the State of Michigan, the City of St. Johns and the Concert in the Park Committee. During these unprecedented times, the guidelines must be followed if the series is to be continued each week.

Wearing of Masks and Social Distancing are both required this year.

A decision will be made each week on whether the next concert can take place. Please check the Performance Shell Facebook Page or the Clinton Count Arts Council’s Website at www.clintoncountyarts.org before coming each week.

Please note that the Lions Club Food Trailer will not be at the concerts this summer. Concerts are held each Wednesday evening, rain or shine.

Concert in the Park is sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council and the City of St. Johns. The Clinton County Arts Council receives support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Flags to fly at Mt. Rest Cemetery for Independence Day


Representative Graham Filler from the 93rd district presents a new State of Michigan flag to veteran Bob Paksi. The new replacement flag will be flown at Mount Rest Cemetery located at 701 East Steel Street in Saint Johns. Also pictured are American Legion Post 153 officers Ervin Currie, Judy Winslow and Mitch Louth.

On Saturday, July 4 local veterans, along with community volunteers, will be displaying over 600 American flags at Mount Rest Cemetery. The flags were donated by families and friends of deceased veterans.

The flags are on display about 6 times per year, weather permitting, so don’t miss this chance to drive by the cemetery to see this beautiful tribute to our deceased veterans.

The veterans flags will be put up at 8 a.m. and taken down at 7 p.m. If anyone would like to help putting the flags up or down, please drop by the cemetery a few minutes before the start times.

Stay safe during this COVID19 pandemic and have a great Independence Day.


Hazel I Findlay Country Manor COVID-19 update

It has been difficult and at times painful to not be able to have regular visits at the Manor. But the sacrifice has not been in vain.

Testing was completed this week. The resident results are final, and the residents and staff are pleased to report that they have ZERO cases of CoViD-19 among residents.

Due to the increasing cases of disease in the county, they remain unable to resume visitation. FaceTime and window visit appointments are available through contacting the Activity Department at (989)224-8936, ext. 1148.

Thank you for your understanding, well-wishes, and prayers during this time.


Time to think about Project Connect

It is that time of year again.

This year Project Connect is going to look different. This year’s Project Connect (back to school event) will be a road tour.

The goal is always to help the community as much as possible, but this year they also need to make sure they do everything they can to keep everyone healthy.

Due to Covid-19 organizers are breaking up the large in-person event into several smaller drive-up events.

The big change for Project Connect this year is that they are asking people to please pre-register for Project Connect. They need as many people who plan to attend to register ahead of time. This is so that they can pre-package the items for participants, know what to purchase, and what to pack to bring to our remote locations.

Please pre-register online or by phone 989-224-0328 or 517-641-5167 to ensure the sites are well-stocked. Registration Required by July 31

Open to All Clinton County Residents – Pick the location that fits your schedule.

St. Johns – Beacon of Hope Thursday, August 20, 9-11 AM

Bath – Bath Middle School Tuesday, August 11, 9-11 AM
Elsie – Ovid Elsie High School Thursday, August 13, 9-11 AM
Maple Rapids—Community Ball Field Tuesday, August 18, 6-8 PM