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Clinton Transit gives Santa a Hand

Clinton Transit was honored to provide a free, cozy ride for parents to pick up gifts from Santa’s Remote Workshop again this year. In partnership with The Voice for Clinton County’s Children and Toys for Tots, the Blue Buses ensure transportation is not an obstacle. According to Top Elves, this year’s collaboration has already helped deliver joy to more than a thousand children throughout Clinton County.

“We truly enjoy and seek out ways we can be helpful to our community,” shares Clinton Transit Executive Director MaLissa Schutt. “Whether that’s a ride to pick up a child’s Christmas gift, connecting residents with friends and family, or helping to usher Santa into town for the St. Johns Festival of Lights, we are here to serve Clinton County’s mobility needs in a variety of ways.”

Simple and accessible, Clinton Transit provides safe, cozy curb-to-curb rides throughout Clinton County and beyond. Riders can easily manage their transportation schedule anytime using the Clinton Transit app available in the App Store and Google Play, or by calling the dispatch office at 989.224.8127, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For those who would like to give the gift of mobility this season, Blue Bus gift certificates are available for purchase in any amount at Clinton Transit, 215 North Scott Road in St. Johns or by calling the dispatch office.

For holiday travelers, Clinton Transit regularly provides easy, cost-conscious, and safe transportation to and from Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport and East Lansing’s Greyhound and Amtrak stations.

“Our friendly, local drivers pick up residents and provide transportation right to their departure spot. Travelers appreciate not having to dig out their vehicle if it snows, drag their luggage through the elements, or pay for parking,” explains Schutt. “We just ask travelers to schedule their rides as far in advance as possible so we can plan accordingly.”

Clinton Transit’s regular one-way fare to the Lansing airport is $3. A discounted fare of $1.50 applies to seniors 60 and older, all persons with an ADA-defined disability, and youth under the age of 18. Military veterans always ride free. Rides to Greyhound and Amtrak locations in Ingham County are $4 each way with a $2 discounted fare.

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SafeCenter employees recognized for dedication to community

State Rep. Graham Filler this week recognized two employees at SafeCenter in St. Johns for their work at the organization which provides shelter and support for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

Filler presented Angie Rowles, left, and Brandi Ziegler, right, with state tributes recognizing their dedication to helping others.

As Shelter Services and Facilities Manager, Rowles guided the facility through the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the health and safety of both staff and survivors in the height of the virus and statewide restrictions. Ziegler, SafeCenter’s children’s advocate, was recognized for her dedication to helping children and teens across Clinton and Shiawassee counties.

Community reception for Dr. Lars Anderson is January 5

Please join Clinton County Medical Center and Sparrow Clinton Hospital for a retirement celebration on January 5 in honor of Dr. Lars Andersen and his many years of service in healthcare.

A community reception will be held in Sparrow Clinton Hospital’s Cafeteria from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Andersen received his undergraduate degree at Huntington College in Indiana and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He completed his internship at Carson City Hospital in Michigan and is a Board Certified Family Practitioner. Dr. Andersen has been caring for patients in the St. Johns area since 1975.

Briggs hosts indoor arts and crafts market January 3

Briggs District Library is hosting an indoor arts and crafts market showcasing the hard work of talented youth under 19.

Mark your calendars for January 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to support the amazing youth of this community. Youth will be selling their creations and you have the opportunity to help support their aspirations.There will also be homemade baked goods. Prices will be determined by the youth vendors.

Palmatier named new CCRESA Instructional Services Director

After a thorough interview process, Emily Palmatier will be joining our CCRESA team as their new Instructional Services Director.

Emily is a St. Johns High School graduate who brings not only a deep knowledge of Clinton County and CCRESA but also over 25 years of educational experience to her new role. Her professional career includes serving as an elementary school teacher in Owosso and St. Johns, an elementary school counselor in St. Johns and DeWitt, and then most recently the principal at Schavey Road Elementary in DeWitt since 2012.

As an elementary principal, Emily led all day-to-day operations of a building with approximately 500 students and 50 staff, planned and facilitated professional learning for instructional and non-instructional staff, and led building teams in the development and implementation of high-quality programs and systems to support student learning. She was also a member of multiple district teams that supported school improvement and strategic planning.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers to meet January 8

The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers Support Group will be meeting on Monday, January 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Clinton County Senior Center in St. Johns.

Anyone with questions or concerns about Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend. Open discussion, questions and answers with a group of understanding people Come and share your situation and hear what others are going through – hopefully some questions can be addressed and helpful hints can be found.

Just a reminder – what is said/heard at the meeting stays at the meeting.