MMDHD Update

The CDC says that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or social distance in indoor and outdoor settings, unless where required by state laws, rules, or regulations.

A short time ago Governor Whitmer announced that MDHHS is updating its Gatherings and Mask Order to align with the CDC. The new order goes into effect on May 15.

Read the full release here.

As Dr. Khaldun said, “Getting shots in arms the best way to end the pandemic.” Visit Mid-Michigan District Health Department’s website to locate COVID-19 vaccination clinics near you:

Relay for Life holds annual event on Mother’s Day Weekend
with an album by Maralyn Fink

Through the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Clinton County the community to rallied together to help save lives from cancer. Due to the pandemic, the Relay For Life event might looked different but the passion and commitment to fight cancer was unchanged.

“No matter what Relay looks like this year, we still rally together in the fight against cancer and make a difference,” Katie Jones, ACS Staff Partner. “We envision a future where we no longer live with the threat of cancer. Unfortunately, that future is at risk and there is a mission urgency since COVID-19 forced the postponement of fundraising activities this past year. We want you to help us give hope the advantage for the future to be cancer free.”

Over Mother’s Day Weekend, all registered participants were able to participate in a fun scavenger hunt around town. There were two route options based on if participants wanted to drive or walk between stops. The scavenger hunt included favorite Relay For Life components at each stop and gave the chance for Relayers to visit favorite local businesses and landmarks. On Friday, a beautiful Drive Thru Luminaria was hosted at the Downtown Depot. Teams set out luminaria bags in honor and memory of loved ones affected by cancer.

Even though the weekend is over, fundraising continues throughout the spring and summer as they work towards their $100,000 goal by September 1. You can support them by going to Every dollar fuels the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

The Relay Event Planning Committee is looking forward to coming together for a more traditional event in 2022. For more than 35 years, participants and volunteers across the world have come together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change. Funds raised help the American Cancer Society conduct breakthrough research, provide 24/7 support for cancer patients and access to lifesaving screenings.

Founded by Dr. Gordy Klatt in Tacoma, Washington, in 1985, Relay For Life continues to be more than just an event – it’s a movement, a community of like-minded survivors, caregivers, volunteers and participants who believe that the future can be free from cancer.

To learn more about Relay For Life, visit or follow the Relay For Life of Clinton County, Michigan Facebook page. Resources for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers are available 24/7 at or by calling 1.800.227.2345.

SJPS Board studies plans for summer school

The Board of Education for the St. Johns Public Schools met on Monday evening. During the course of the evening Curriculum Director Gnegy provided the Board of Education with an update on the plan for summer school, and the Board approved the plan.

During the public comments portion of the meeting numerous parents and interested partes were in attendance both in person and via Zoom. Many came forth in a loosely coordinated attack on the District’s student mask policy. The Board listened but took no action.

In other action the Board accepted the resignations of three employees including Vicky Morgan – Riley Elementary SSP, Scott Feldpausch – Maintenance and Mindy Voisinet – Gateway Behavior Support SSP. They also approved a position transfer for Jamie Ettinger from SSP to Middle School Special Education Teacher.

The next meeting of the Board will be held on Monday, May 24.

MMDHD Health Officer talks about the vaccine for youth

Pfizer is now approved for youth. Its easy to find your vaccine on the Vaccine Finder.

Update from group working to preserve local House of Worship

As previously reported, a St. Johns group is striving to preserve the church building at 100 Maple Street, as a house of worship. The building was recently listed for sale by The First Congregational Church of St. Johns. The group reports that an offer was presented to the Board of Ministry of the church on May 3, and they are currently awaiting a response.

The group continues to seek support for this endeavor. If you have an interest in joining their cause, or for more information, please call (989) 224-6986 or (989) 224-4471.

FOMR to hold cleanup on June 5

The Friends of the Maple River (FOMR) will be hosting a river cleanup on Saturday, June 5. They plan to meet at the Elsie dam at 9:00 a.m. to split it up into work groups. The group expects to work until mid-day, but they will not run any later than 1:00 p.m.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring any applicable gear or equipment that can assist with removing downed timber from the river. Please direct any specific questions about the clean up or gear to Jack Nutter at 989-862-5541.

Immediately after the cleanup, those who are interested are invited to hang out at a casual social gathering back at the Elsie dam site. Bring a change of clothes, something to sit on and whatever refreshments you would like. They may also decide to order food from a local restaurant if there is enough interest.

The FOMR is looking forward to a productive effort to open more of the river for recreation and a chance to catch up current members and hopefully some new ones. All are welcome, and they encourage everyone to get involved. See you on the water.

First annual Eat Your ART Out event is June 5

The first Festival Event of the year will take place in Downtown St. Johns on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Clinton County Arts Council will be presenting its first annual Eat Your ART Out event. This festival will include a craft show and a food art contest. There will be Food Trucks and activities for children.

Please join in this fun one-day event as food and art come together. Explore the art and craft booths of local artisans, and taste the creative masterpieces of various bakers and food enthusiasts. Local businesses, boutiques and restaurants will extend store hours to also participate in the day’s festivities.

For more information, check out the CCAC website at or call 989-224-2429.

Prime Rib fundraiser dinner is May 22

On Saturday, May 22, 2021 American Legion Post 153 will host a Prime Rib fundraiser dinner from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (or until gone).

The menu includes: Prime Rib, potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, and dessert (beverage not included).

The price is $15.00 for a one slice dinner or $22.50 for two slice dinner (dine in or take out)

The even is open to the public. You do not need to be a Legion Family member to attend the dinner.

The 50/50 raffle drawing will take place at 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from beverages benefit the Lounge. Proceeds from the meal benefit the ALA 8th District Leadership Development Fund.

Mask required for entry and social distancing practices will be in place. The hall is located at 110 E. Walker St. in St. Johns.