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Healthy Holiday Habits Workshop is November 29

Do the holidays leave you feeling exhausted?

Join Sandy Sonier on Tuesday, November 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Art & Soul Gallery to discover healthy holiday tips to overcome exhaustion and give you more energy and ways to deal with stress during the holidays.

Registration is $20 and includes Sandy’s new self-care guide titled, From Exhausted to Energized. Sandy Sonier is a certified wellness master coach and author.


Sandy’s passion is to help other women overcome stress as a certified holistic wellness master coach. She empowers women to embrace self- care, so they can stop the endless cycle of going to bed exhausted and waking up depleted, and find their zest for life again. Her wellness philosophy is that self-care is not selfish, but essential.

Her own wellness journey has shown her that our life’s journey is not meant to be traveled alone. Everyone needs support at one point in our lives and asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.

Read More about Sandy.

Family sign-up for Toys open

Please Note: Registration must be submitted by parent/caregiver

1. You can choose to shop yourself (accompanied by a Top Elf Volunteer for assistance) or have a Top Elf Volunteer shop for you while you wait.
2. Top Elf Volunteers are not the toy police; we are there to assist you and we need to count toys for reporting.
3. Your name will not be released outside of our organization.
4. Online sign up will close 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9.
5. When you submit, this website will show a thank you for submitting message. Due to the number of requests they are not able to email everyone confirming receipt of requests. If you submit a request, they anticipate it is received.

East Olive, 2583 Green Road, St. Johns, will be open for shopping on Tuesday, December 13; Wednesday, December 14 or Thursday, December 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

If you need a ride, please contact Clinton Transit “Blue Bus” 989-224-8127

For more information see the website.

Veterans ride Free on Clinton Transit Buses

Every day Clinton Transit is honored to serve military veterans and their families. Now those who served our country can ride the agency’s iconic Blue Buses fare-free. The on-demand, curb-to-curb service gives Clinton County veterans a new, convenient and free transportation option.

Veterans will need to register in advance of their first ride by calling the dispatch office at 989.224.8127, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It may take up to one business day for new accounts to be reviewed and processed.

Once registered, riders can simply call the dispatch office or schedule their rides on the Clinton Transit mobile app. As an added option, Clinton Transit offers walk-on service at popular locations in the St. Johns, Bath and DeWitt areas from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday based on route availability and on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-on rides are also free of charge for veterans.

Clinton Transit’s standard transportation hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the dispatch office is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For mobility needs beyond published hours, residents are encouraged to call Clinton Transit.

For more information on the Blue Bus, visit

Sorting is important at Clinton County Drop Off Recycling Sites

Clinton County Department of Waste Management would like to remind residents to take the time to properly sort their recyclables into the proper containers at the Rural Recycling Sites. The Rural Recycling Sites are located in Fowler and Maple Rapids.

Acceptable materials include all colored glass bottles & jars, metal cans, household plastic bottles, tubs and jugs numbered #1, #2 and #5, NO Styrofoam, NO clam shells, and NO plastic bags please. Also accepted are newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard and boxboard. NO waxy coated freezer boxes please.

Please remember to empty all recyclables before placing them into the proper bin. No plastic bags are allowed in the bins!

Please help keep the cost of recycling down and make sure what is put into the bin can be recycled. When in doubt, please contact the office at (989) 224-5186 or email or check out the website

Did you know that they have a monthly e-newsletter? Sign up on the website for all the recycling news you can use

Sparrow Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program addresses growing need

Sparrow is giving community members and its own caregivers a fast-track option into the growing field of medical assistants with its newest class of apprentices through Lansing Community College.

Sparrow has launched its fifth innovative 24-week Medical Assistant Apprenticeship class, which provides one-on-one, hands-on instruction by Sparrow’s highly skilled caregivers. Sparrow covers the entire cost of the program, including tuition, books, scrubs, and wages during clinical hours.

Sparrow and the healthcare industry are in desperate need of medical assistants, multi-skilled professionals who often work at physician offices and help prepare patients to see their doctors.

This new class includes eight students who successfully met the testing requirements and have committed to serving as a Sparrow Medical Assistant for two years after graduation in March 2023. While the apprenticeship program began in January 2018, this is the first class to conduct all its clinical work at Sparrow Medical Group clinics instead of the classroom, and 26 Sparrow caregivers have volunteered to train the future healthcare workers.

Sparrow is working hard to address the need for medical assistants. To date, 53 graduates of the program currently work for Sparrow. However, there are still roughly 50 open MA positions across the health system.

“This is the future and companies must think about how to grow their own,” said Sherry Pfaff-Doody, Talent Acquisition Director of Sparrow Health System. “That is exactly what Sparrow Health System has been doing for the last five years with the Medical Assistant Apprentice program as well as our other trainee programs – building our future at Sparrow Health System.”

To learn more about Sparrow trainee programs or job openings, visit