Sunday, April 5, 2020

Social Security benefits will be paid on time; other updates related to pandemic
    Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, reminds the public that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments will continue to be paid on time during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The agency also reminds everyone to be aware of scammers who try to take advantage of the pandemic to trick people into providing personal information or payment via retail gift cards, wire transfers, internet currency, or by mailing cash, to maintain Social Security benefit payments or receive economic impact payments from the Department of the Treasury.
     “Social Security will pay monthly benefits on time and these payments will not be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Saul said.  “I want our beneficiaries to be aware that scammers may try to trick you into thinking the pandemic is stopping or somehow changing your Social Security payments, but that is not true.  Don’t be fooled.”
     The Department of the Treasury will soon provide information about economic impact payments under the recently enacted law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.  Treasury, not Social Security, will be making direct payments to eligible people.  Please do not call Social Security about these payments as the agency does not have information to share.
     The agency continues to direct the public to its online self-service options whenever possible.  Local offices are closed to the public but are available by phone.  People can find their local field office phone number by accessing the Field Office Locator. 
     To allow available agents to provide better phone coverage, the agency is temporarily changing the National 800 Number hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time to 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. local time.  The agency is experiencing longer than normal wait times on the 800 Number and asks the public to remain patient, use its online services at www.socialsecurity.gov, or call their local office.
     Please visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ for important information and updates.
Family Impact Center’s Food Pantry here to help those in need
    Family Impact Center’s Client-Choice Food Pantry is here to help you during these very difficult times.  On any day of the week, please call 517-223-4428, listen to the recording and then leave a clear message along with your phone number.  
    Upon returning your call, we will read a list of available items from which you will choose and then set up a day and time for you to come.
    Pick-up options will be from within the following days and times:  Tuesdays (10:00 – 3:00 p.m.), Thursdays (10:00 – 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) and Fridays (10:00 – 2:00 p.m.)
    Whether you are in need of assistance or are wanting to make a donation, please call first so that arrangements can be made. 
    The following verse is prominent on our Pantry wall along with the beautiful mural painted by Sheila Wise: “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised." (Psalms 113:3)  
    We praise and thank God continuously for His protection, love, grace and mercy; and we pray that you have the same peace that comes from knowing and trusting Him. Thank you all so much for your continued help and support!  And know that we are praying for you and your family.
Williamston Area Senior Center
APRIL 2020 EVENTS
    Because of circumstances beyond our control (the Covid-19 Virus) the Williamston Area Senior Center has been closed since March 17, 2020 and will be closed until this emergency is over.
    On March 23, 2020 Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmore issued Executive Order 2020-21 “Suspending all activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.”  This Order is in effect through April 13,2020 and could be extended if the Covid-19 Virus continues.  During this period of time our Senior Center will be closed.  Please check our website williamstonseniorctr.com or our Facebook for any announcements as to when we will resume our normal activities.
    During this temporary closure any Williamston area senior who may need meals can pick up a seven-day supply of frozen meals here at the Williamston Center every Wednesday. To participate in this temporary meal program please contact the Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1393 to set up a time to pick up your meals at the Williamston Area Senor Center on any Wednesday during this emergency.
    Please take the advice of our medical experts and wash your hands often, avoid gathering of over 10 individuals, practice social distancing and if you feel ill please state home and, if you believe your illness is serious, please contact your personal physician. 
   Finally, we ask that you be a good neighbor and keep in contact and/or phone your seniors neighbors to make sure they are ok and not in need of any service. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Livingston County Sheriff Dept. to help delivery groceries, medicine 
    Deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office are helping bring groceries and prescription medicines to higher risk persons who request their assistance due to concerns about coronavirus exposure and/or a lack of transportation.     The program, at this time, is restricted to residents 65 and older, or for those who have a documented medical condition that puts them at greater risk of harm from COVID-19 exposure. Residents must be able to order their food or medicine online from a Livingston County-based grocery store or pharmacy. They must also not have any other means of securing these essentials, and an exterior door to which the products may be delivered.      Livingston County residents meeting these criteria can call the Sheriff’s Office tipline at (517) 546-8477 and leave a message to make arrangements. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Theron Ralph Holbrook
    Theron Ralph Holbrook, 95, of Fowlerville died Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at The Guest House of Fowlerville of natural causes.
    He leaves his wife of 57 years, Helen (Buco) Holbrook of Howell Michigan; his sister Jane Holbrook of California, and sister-in-law Katherine Buco of California.
   He was born in Coyle, Oklahoma on Sept 18, 1924 to Clarence R. Holbrook and Irma Love-Joy Bentley.
     Family soon after his birth moved to Fullerton California in 1925, where he resided until joining the Navy in 1942. He was in the Navy and proudly served his country in WW2, and was honorably discharged in 1946.
    After his service to his country, he was employed by the Federal Prison System in Alcatraz California from 1953-1955, then moved to Terminal Island California where he retired in 1975. Some of the inmates he watched over were Alven (Creepy) Karpos, The Birdman of Alcatraz and Al Capone. He also watched over Charlie Manson.
    Married to his wife Helen Buco in February 23, 1963 in Long Beach, California.
    He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was also a pilot who flew Piper Cub airplanes. He had a love for cats and dogs and at one time had a total of 18 cats.
     Funeral services will be private and he will be laid to rest at St. Agnes Cemetery in Fowlerville MI. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com
Livingston County Catholic Charities continues to remain open to clients 
     As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, Livingston County Catholic Charities has had to make modifications to protect our clients and staff. LCCC will be open for individual counseling with the goal of providing Telehealth (phone counseling) during the listed dates and times.  LCCC plans to resume normal business hours on April 14, 2020 unless further advised.
    For those that require a face-to-face session, please advise your counselor. The reception area is open for the client only (parents may come in to check in a child). All drivers or family members must remain in their cars while your loved one is in session due to the limited space in our reception area.
       Tuesday, March 31, 12 – 8pm
       Wednesday, April 1, 9am – 5pm.
       Friday, April 3, 9am – 5pm.
       Tuesday, April 7, 12 – 8pm.
       Wednesday, April 8, 9am – 5pm. 
   For your protection, we continue to maintain CDC suggested cleaning protocol.
   Senior Community Liaisons (formerly Resource Advocates) are still providing services to all seniors over the phone (in person only if necessary to obtain signatures/proofs for applications for essential services i.e. health care coverage / food support; delivery of essential items).  
   Much can be done over the phone to assist seniors:   low income applications, Medicare info and enrollments, connect to resources, info on Long-term Care options, census reporting, Home Heating Tax Credits and Property Tax Credits, prescription assistance and more.
    The Volunteer Caregiver program is still operational with staff and volunteers who are picking up and delivering food boxes from Gleaners and other essential needs, prescriptions and more for home-bound seniors.  For any senior in need of assistance, please have them call our office and ask for Jamie or Katie at 517-545-5944 x 121. All other direct contact with seniors is suspended until April 14.
Reminder: LCCC has suspended all groups including Engagement, Substance Use, Caregiver Support along with all Special Ministries programming and Be Our Guest Adult Day until April 14. LCCC will continually be monitoring the situation and adjust the schedule as the situation evolves. Up to date information and community supports can be found on our Facebook page and web site . http://www.livingstoncatholiccharities.org/
As developments continue, we will respond accordingly in order to protect the health of our coworkers, volunteers and the people that we serve. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all navigate this difficult time. 
Williamston Senior Center among sites where older adults can pick up meal
   As a provider of essential food and safety services for older adults, the Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) remains open with limited staff on-site to manage program logistics. Among other services, the Meals on Wheels home delivery program continues to operate with increased health and safety precautions in place.
     While all TCOA Congregate Senior Dining sites are currently closed due to the risk of spreading COVID-19 through large group gatherings, individuals age 60 and over and their caregivers are eligible to participate in a food pick up opportunity at locations across the region in all three counties. Pickups will include packs of 7 frozen meals with fruit, bread and milk.
     Meal pick up must be arranged in advance by calling Tasha Stetler at 517-887-1393 to schedule a pickup appointment. Callers will be asked to give their name, phone number, address and birthdate. The only qualification is to be over 60 years of age or providing primary care for someone age 60+. Please make sure you have a way to heat the meals, microwave is preferred. Special arrangements may be available to those that cannot heat the food, and for those unable to get to a pick up location.  
    For other food access questions or to address other needs, please call 211 or visit http://www.centralmichigan211.org/.
 MEAL PICK UP LOCATIONS:
Ingham County
  Williamston Senior Center -201 School St, Williamston
   Haslett: Grange Acres Community Room Parking- Lot 6101 Marsh Rd
   East Lansing: Hannah Center- 819 Abbott Rd
   Holt: Sam Corey Senior Center, 2108 Cedar St 
   Mason: First Church of the Nazarene- 415 E Maple St
   Okemos: Meridian Senior Center at Chippewa MS- 4000 N Okemos Rd
   Stockbridge Township Hall- 125 S. Clinton St, Stockbridge
   Lansing:
TCOA Central Kitchen-5303 S Cedar St, Bldg 1
Alfreda Schmidt Southside Community Center-5825 Wise Rd
Letts Community Center- 1220 W Kalamazoo 
Fowlerville Library
 With the governor shutting the state down the library has locked the drop box and is asking patrons to hold on to their materials until further notice. While the library is closed patrons will not not accrue any fines on their materials.  
    Also the library has eResources that patrons can use while they are at home and the library is closed. They are available on our card catalog. we have added 5 new eResources for patrons to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Salvation Army of Livingston County responds to COVID-19 virus
     The Salvation Army of Livingston County takes very seriously our call to "meet human needs". Throughout the past two weeks, the organization has implemented new programs, policies and procedures to ensure that community needs are taken care of all while ensuring the safety of staff and volunteers.
    --The Salvation Army community corps center/social services building is closed to the public. All persons entering the building must have an appointment.
     --We will continue all current Social Service assistance programs. The assistance will all be via telephone and email. We will not be assisting clients inside our office.
    --Food pantry assistance has increased. The assistance will take place over the phone with pantry box pickups drive-up style. The family stays in the car and the food is delivered to the vehicle. Due to the size of our building at this time we are not able to offer client choice shopping, as we would not be able to comply by the CDC guidelines of social distancing.
    --All church onsite activities have been temporarily canceled. However online support, activities and worship will be available.
    The Salvation Army has been operating the Mobile Lunch Service Program via its canteen. The program is currently scheduled to run until April 10 at which time the program and its need will be reevaluated.
    The Salvation Army canteen travels to a different location each weekday to provide meals to the now at home bound children. The canteen sets up shop from Noon-1pm providing sack lunches to anyone in Livingston County. Persons do not have to live in the community in which the canteen is parked. Participants are ask to send only one person from the household to obtain the lunches or if traveling by car, to leave children and other members in the car. Each family can take one lunch per household member and no ID is required. (please visit our website or see attached flier for locations)
    To volunteer contact Darlene Howard at 517-295-4347 or darlene.howard@usc.salvationarmy.org. To donate in-kind or monetary donations contact April Dertian at 517-295-4344 or april.dertian@usc.salvationarmy.org.
    Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Corps location Monday- Friday 9am-4:30pm at 503 Lake St, Howell. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mary. L. Smith
    Mary L. Smith, age 94 of  Webberville MI, died on March 16, 2020. She was born March 30, 1925, in Iliff CO, the daughter of Jess & Mary (Abood) Korrey. Her mother died when she was a newborn. Her father, an immigrant from Lebanon, subsequently moved to Lansing to find a wife among Lansing’s Lebanese immigrant population.  She has lived in Michigan since she was two years old. She was educated to the 9th grade at West Junior High School in Lansing.
    Mary was a 50-year smoker of unfiltered cigarettes,  quitting at age 72, and was a survivor of ovarian cancer at age 25 and then breast cancer at 80.  
     She went to work at Nash Calvinator in 1940 at age 15. Later, Mary and her husband, Norman, had a harness racing career from 1963-1988 with up to 100 horses at one time, owning two farms in Webberville and Melbourne Fl. During that time, in 1972, she went to work at an electrical auto assembly plant for awhile.
     Mary also worked on and off in the food industry, starting in 1943 at her brother’s restaurant, Sip-N-Snack in Okemos, with Jim & Val Korrey, where she waitressed.  
    Mary operated her own restaurant business in Webberville at the corner of West Grand River and Elm Road for several years. The day after she closed, she went to the McDonalds in Webberville and asked for a job. She was hired and worked there for 18 years until she took a hiatus this winter to avoid driving.  Her plans were to go back to work later this month on her 95th birthday. She passed away two weeks before that date. 
    She met her husband, Norman, a plumber at Oldsmobile, in 1944 when he drove by her when she was walking along the street. They were married for over 49 years before  he died in 1993 at age 66 of a heart attack—the same way she died.
    Because her cancer treatment had left her infertile, the couple adopted two boys: Ted and Eugene. 
   She is survived by both sons: Theodore Smith, age 68, and Eugene Smith, age 64, and daughter-in-law Cindy Smith, all of Webberville. She also has three surviving grandchildren: Gene Smith (Williamston), April Smith (Ohio), and Beverlyn Salva (Webberville, along with two great-grandchildren: Aaron Smith and Gabriella Smith.
   Preceding her in death were  three brothers: Jim Korrey, Val Korrey, and David Korrey, and one sister: Helen Duling.
    A SPECIAL thank you to all her friends and workmates that assisted Mary throughout her difficult times. Our family will never forget your love for Mary.
   Mary donated her body to MSU Anatomical Resources for science study, They have called with MANY THANK YOUs to our family for honoring her wishes. They said that students and doctors will learn very much for humanity and disease study. Paying it forward is who Mary was.
   In lieu of flowers, please feel free to send contributions in Mary's name to:
     Calvary Baptist Church Benevolent Fund
     500 N. Howard St., Webberville MI 48892
Mary Gabrielle (Gay) Spencer
   Mary Gabrielle (Gay) Spencer, 89 of Howell, passed away peacefully in her home with the support of her family on Sunday, March 15, 2020.  Born to John & Herline Dunn in Detroit, Michigan on June 23, 1930.  Married Ralph E Spencer in Detroit on June 23, 1956.  Moved to Livingston County, Michigan in 1980. 
    Mary is preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her parents John & Herline and beloved sister Eugenia Dunn. 
    A devoted and loving mother of 8 children – Susan (Timothy) Hund of Howell, MI, Karen (Michael) Hostnik of The Villages, FL, Mary Spencer Boehne of South Lyon, MI, Patrick (Kathleen) Spencer of Livonia, MI, John (Melinda) Spencer of Howell, MI, Michael (Melissa) Spencer of Howell, MI, Kathleen (Daniel) Boratynski of Fenton, MI and James (Jeanine) Spencer of Howell, MI. Mary is survived by her children, Grandmother of 26, Great Grandmother of 23 and brother Patrick (Sharon) Dunn of Newark, CA. 
      As a Registered Nurse she worked at Providence and Sinai Hospitals in Detroit, also McPherson Hospital in Howell. Mary cherished her family and all the family times together.  Equally important to her was her faith in God through the Catholic Church which gave her comfort, hope, love and forgiveness.  Mary was a 40 year member of St. Agnes Church in Fowlerville,MI. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to St. Agnes Catholic Church. 
    Visitation was held on Wednesday, March 18, from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home. Due to health regulations,  the funeral service was private to family only on Thursday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The family wished to continue the celebration of Mary's life and held a luncheon after the committal service at John and Mindy Spencer's home where they greeted friends. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com 
Fowlerville Senior Center collecting VG receipts to assist program & activities
   The Fowlerville Senior Center is collecting VG receipts that will assist in paying for the program and activities offered to members. Each dollar spend by a shopper counts as a point and, after reaching 145,000 points, the Center will receive $1,000. VG’s is located on the west side of Howell.
   Receipts can be dropped off at the Center, located at 203 N. Collins Street, which is open 8am to 2pm, Monday thru Friday.
     Officials from the Center thank everyone in advance who provides this assistance. 
Livingston County Clerk’s Office announces how to obtain needed services & documents
    The Livingston County Clerk’s Office is taking steps to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in Livingston County. The safety of our residents and employees is of primary concern at this time. Using an abundance of caution, the Historic Courthouse is closed to the public until 8 a.m. on Monday, April 6. 
     For information on the Livingston County Courts, please go to: www.livgov.com/courts/. 
     During this public closure, County Clerk staff is continuing to report to work. Residents are encouraged to use online, mail, or phone options to conduct business. We are providing mandated services which cannot be accomplished online or by mail on a case-by-case appointment basis. 
    Please see below for specific online, mail, and appointment options. 
     44th Circuit Court Clerk. Phone: 517-546-9816 Fax: 517-548-4219 Email: WClerks@livgov.com Website: www.livgov.com/courts/circuit/clerk/   
      Elections Division. Phone: 517-546-8177 Fax: 517-546-4354 Email: countyclerk@livgov.com Website: www.livgov.com/clerk/elections/  
     Services available by appointment only – Call 517-546-8177 for an appointment. 
          --Candidate filings 
Vital Records Division. Phone: 517-546-0500 Fax: 517-546-4354 Email: Countyclerk@livgov.com Website: www.livgov.com/clerk/  
     * Services available by appointment currently include – Call 517-546-0500 for an appointment:
         --Marriage License pick up  
         -- Marriage License application  
         --NEW concealed pistol license applications (Renewals must be done online or through the mail) 
        --Certified copy of birth record with a scheduled appointment with Secretary of State prior to April 6, 2020.   
      All others can submit a request by mail (see below).          
  * Services available online or by mail include:
           --Certified copies of marriage and death certificates 
           --Concealed pistol license renewals ° FOIA requests. See https://www.livgov.com/foia/  
    * Services available by mail: 
          --Certified copies of Birth Certificate instructions available at: https://www.livgov.com/clerk/Pages/order.aspx  
         --Certified copies of DD214 (must include a photocopy of ID with request) 
        -- Assumed Name Registrations / DBAs (forms must be notarized) 
Fowlerville High Alumni Association seeks donations for scholarship fund
    In 1974, officers of the Fowlerville Alumni Association established the FHS Alumni Scholarship program. Monies are raised yearly to enable the organization to present scholarships to members of the current FHS graduating class. Over the past 40+ years, well over 10 graduating seniors have been recipients of this scholarship. 
     The organization hopes to continue this tradition. Again this year, the alumni association will present four (4) scholarships at the 2020 Senior Awards Night in May. Recipients are also recognized at the annual FHS alumni banquet; this year the 127th annual gathering is Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 6:00pm in the Kreeger Elementary Gym.
     The scholarship fund is maintained through the many donations received in memory of loved ones who either were graduates of FHS or who maintained strong connections to the schools such as teachers, coaches, bus driver, or friends of the school. Please feel free to make donations in any amount at any time during the year. Some send donations yearly; for some, it is a one-time donation. 
     Donations should be sent to Ed Helzerman, PO Box 446, Fowlerville, MI 48836. To be recognized in the 2020 program, a donation should reach Ed Helzerman by May 1st. Alumni board member & advertising co-chair Meghan Swain-Kuch can be contacted at 517-672-1747 or meganmswain@gmail.com if you wish to recognize family & friends by making a donation for either a business card size or a larger entry (ex. 1/4 page) rather than the traditional listing.
     Your generosity will not only help maintain the scholarship program, but will help a graduating senior with college expenses. The FHS Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization. It is the intention of the organization to establish a foundation grant once sufficient funds have been obtained.
Consumers Energy to suspend shutoffs for seniors & low-income customers
    Saying it is “committed to the health and safety of our co-workers, customers and communities,” Consumers Engergy is suspending shutoffs for seniors and low-income customer. 
    “The COVID-19 virus has created unprecedented circumstances around the world, and we have a responsibility to help slow the spread of this illness,” the company stated in a news release.
     “Recognizing that many of our customers are in a position where they are unable to work, we are suspending shutoffs for non-pay for low-income and senior customers beginning March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020,” the statement added. “These timeframes could be adjusted depending on the spread and severity of the virus.

    Senior citizens and qualified low-income customers already enrolled in the company’s Winter Protection Program have already had their end dates extended through May 3, 2020, without any additional actions required on their part.  “This ensures our most vulnerable customers have the services they need during this state of emergency,” the company said, adding that “All shut-off notices will be withheld to prevent any additional stress for these customers.” 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Richard Allen Peckens
    Richard Allen Peckens, 88, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Born to R.E and Martha Peckens of Cohoctah on August 28, 1931, he graduated from Howell High School in 1949 and served in the United States Air Force as a Pararescueman in the Korean War from 1950-1954. As a medic, he jumped out of airplanes saving lives behind enemy lines.  Often referred to as the quiet professionals or guardian angels, Richard adhered to the Pararescueman motto of “These things we do that others may live.” After his military service he graduated from Michigan State University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ag Economics where he met his bride of 63 years, Virginia Carson Peckens. 
     Together they built a life on the farm in Fowlerville where they had five children. After college he worked for Airway Underwriters, the Federal Land Bank, R.E. Peckens Oliver Dealership, and owned Peckens Realty and The Grand Agency in Fowlerville.  He farmed until he was 86 years old. 
    He had a passion for flying and earned his pilot’s license in 1954, enjoying a lifetime of flying with his family from east to west and north to south. Escaping a close call while flying over Lake Michigan and an emergency landing on the highway in Traverse City, Virginia decided ground school would be a good idea and learned how to land the plane, just in case.
     He served on the Fowlerville Public School Board of Education, the Livingston County Aeronautical Facilities Board, was a member of the Fowlerville Rotary, a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion, and belonged to the First United Methodist Church of Fowlerville. 
    He is survived by his wife, Virginia; three children, Virginia (Stan) Raines, Rex (Amy) Peckens, Melissa (Bobby) Hart; four siblings, Rex (Linda) Peckens, Janet Peckens, Judy (Ron) Kay, Mary (David) Drew; grandchildren, Tim (Laura) Stene, John (Kelsey) Stene, Tom (Emily) Stene, Aaron Stene, Raynor Stene, Josh Peckens, Adam Peckens, J.W. Hart, Luke Hart, Sarah Hart, Jake Hart; and nine great-grandchildren. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jack Peckens; and two sons, Timothy John Peckens and Matthew Adam Peckens  
    Visitation was held on Thursday, March 12, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Funeral service took place on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Tarpley officiating.  Military Honor followed the funeral service.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Fowlerville FFA or the Fowlerville Library. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com
Gary Charles Sober
    Gary Charles Sober, age 76, longtime Fowlerville resident and friend to many, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2020. He was born to Charles Sober and Neva Salmon on June 17, 1943.  He is preceded in death by his parents.
    Beloved father to Kelly (Keith) Dotts and Shelly Tyrrell.  Adored grandfather to Deven, Brooke (Adam), Lauren (Brad), Derek and Kiara. He is survived by his sister Cleo Callahan and brother Gale (Shadoe) Sober, both of Howell.  Uncle to Tina, Autumn, Crystal and Wade. 
    Gary graduated from Hartland High School in 1961 and attended  Flint Community College up until 1967 when he joined the Air Force.  He served out of the Kincheloe Air Force Base in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula until his honorable discharge in 1971.  After the military Gary spent the remainder of his life in Livingston County, primarily in the Fowlerville area.  He was active in the Fowlerville Jaycees in the early 1970s and liked to umpire Little League games in his spare time when he could. He loved playing softball and did so for many years on various teams.
    Gary was an avid sports fan.  He was a familiar face to local parents and players alike and a huge supporter of Fowlerville and Webberville sports.  He wore his ‘gold and purple’  with pride  and cheered along with families, whether his grandchildren were playing or not.  He loved his family deeply, but his pride and joy were his grandkids.  He beamed when he spoke of them and bragged every chance he got.  Gary was kind to everyone he met, and his absence will be deeply felt for years to come. 
     Visitation was being held on Saturday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m. with a funeral service following at 11:00 a.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Tarpley officiating.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Gleaners Food Bank.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com 
St. John’s Episcopal Church serving Free breakfast on Saturday, March 28
   St. John’s Episcopal Church is serving a Free breakfast on Saturday, March 28, from 8 to 10 a.m. The church is located at 504 Prospect St., Howell. 
Oak Grove United Methodist Women currently taking orders for beef pasties
   The Oak Grove United Methodist Women are making their delicious beef pasties this spring. They are currently taking orders. Place your order early-- quantities are limited! To order, call or text Andrea at 810-923-8546, or order by email at denanjust@gmail.com. Please leave your name, phone # & quantity you would like. Cost is $4.50 each. 
     Proceeds go to support the mission work of the United Methodist Women. Pasty order pick-up is Thursday, April 2, 12-7 p.m. at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 6686 Oak Grove Road, Howell (5 miles north of M-59). 
Livingston Fine Art Association to meet March 21 at Howell church
The Livingston Fine Art Association meeting will be held    Tuesday, March 21, at the First Presbyterian Church, Howell, MI.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, with meeting beginning at 7:00 pm.  Use the rear entrance under the green canopy.
   The speaker will be Debbie LaPratt, demonstrating ceramic art. A short business  meeting and a discussion of members art work will follow. All artists or those interested in the arts are invited. See our web site at: lfaaofmi.com or find us on facebook.
Howell United Methodist Women to hold spring rummage sale March 20-21
     The Women of the First United Methodist Church of Howell will have their spring rummage sale at the church on Friday, March 20 from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.  Clothing sold by the bag.  All priced items half off on Saturday.  The church is located at 1230 Bower Street in Howell, across from Northwest Elementary School. 
Crossroads UMC offering Swiss steak dinner on Saturday, March 28
    Crossroads United Methodist Church will offer the third in its 2020 winter series of Swiss steak dinners for the public on Saturday, March 28.  Doors open at 4 p.m. and remain open as long as supplies last.  The church is at the corner of Haslett and Zimmer roads east of Haslett and north of Williamston.  
    The dinner menu includes Swiss steak with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cole slaw, rolls, dessert and beverages.  Cost is $9 for adults, with children 10 and under free.  Take-outs are available.
    At the dinner two names will be drawn for free dinners at the next event September 26, 2020.  There will be no dinners in April, May, June, July and August.  
    For more details, please find the church on Facebook, call 517/655-1466, email at office.umccrossroads@gmail.com, or see the church website, www.umccrossroads.com. 
Crossroads United Methodist Church hosting spiritual growth retreat April 18
    Area women 12 “and better” are invited to participate in a spiritual growth retreat entitled “Women of Praise” planned from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Crossroads United Methodist Church.
    Chere Pepper, Grammy-considered singer/songwriter from Stockbridge, will lead the women in song, worship, prayer and crafts, as well as an exercise in original song-writing. A $10 charge will cover morning refreshments, luncheon and craft materials. 
   The church is located at 5491 Zimmer Road at the corner of Haslett and Zimmer roads east of Haslett and north of Williamston.
    Reservations are required by Saturday, April 11, and you may pay at the door.  For further details, please contact the church at 517/655-1466, email at office.umccrossroads@gmail.com, or find the church on Facebook.
Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library
    All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Register in-person to attend; starting the first of each month, unless otherwise stated. Adult programs include a $5 refundable cash deposit. Teen Program attendance requires a signed 2019-2020 Program Permission Form. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information.
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WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS
Reading to Bosco: Bosco returns Monday, March 16th 4pm. Bosco is a Therapy Dog-in-Training. Reading to Bosco improves literacy skills, builds fluency, and reading confidence regardless of ability. Bosco’s “Mom” Shelly has been a part of our library community for over 15 years volunteering her time and her other reading therapy dogs.
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Cardio Drumming: Tuesdays at 7pm
Adults. Get your sweat on with a fun workout from instructor Kim Griffes. Please remember to bring water and wear comfy clothes. Spaces are limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. *There is a cash fee of $6 for this class if you bring your own equipment. Kit rental is additional $2 fee. 
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D&D and Magic the Gathering Club: Thursdays 2:30-4pm
6th-12th Graders. Drop in at the Library for a fun after school group where you can learn more about Dungeon & Dragons role-playing game and play Magic the Gathering card game on your own. We provide the Dungeon Master (Ms. Zoe), snacks and drinks…you provide the fun!  * No School, No Library D&D program.
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Honest Yoga at the Library: Fridays at 9:30am
Adults. Join Erin Wade RYT, owner of Honest Yoga, for Gentle Yoga at the Library. Gentle Yoga is for adults of all ages through modifications and the use of props. Please bring a mat to practice on. *There is a cash fee of $5 fee for this class. 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Garden Club Series: Thursday, March 19th 2:30pm
Adults. Garden Club meets at the Library every third Thursday beginning in March and going through May. This program is led by Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. Topics to be announced.
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Patriotic Book Wreath: Thursday, March 26th 7-9pm
Adults. Create a patriotic wreath based on the war-time theme in this year’s Livingston Reads Selection All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. We will be recycling discarded books for this project. All supplies and instruction will be provided.
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Turn the Page—Author Talk: Thursday, April 2nd7-9pm
Adults. Get an in-depth look at Michigan's rock legend, Bob Seger from author Edward Balian of Turn the Page. Learn about the music, tours, band, and personal life of Bob Seger. Books will be available for purchase at the program.
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Beyond the Book Series—Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple: Thursday, April 9th 6:30pm
Adults. April’s selection is the recent film adapted novel of the same name starring the talented Cate Blanchett. Bee goes on an adventure in search of her peculiar, and agoraphobic mother who has gone missing. Read the book at home and come enjoy the film adaption at the library and discuss both with us. $10 refundable deposit is required upon registration if a physical book is taken. Also available on the adult e-Readers.
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Read with Spring Babies: Wednesday, April 15th 4:45-6:30pm
K-5th Graders. Out like a lion in like a lamb…or waddling baby ducks and hopping bunnies. Greet spring in the cutest way possible with a visit from Carousel Acres, a petting farm coming to the Fowlerville District Library. We will start the event off with a book and then visit the animals. *Registration opens at 5:15 on a first come, first serve basis until all openings are filled.
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Spring Babies—Paws for a Cause: Friday, April 17th 5-7pm
6th-12th Graders. Teens, hop in to see and hold some cute baby animals with a visit from Carousal Acres. We will also be creating tie blankets to help our cute furry friends at Livingston County Animal Shelter. * Registration is required.
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Kim Darst—Speaker: Thursday, April 23rd 7-9pm
Adults. Kim is an Iditarod Competitor, Husky Haven Kennel owner, helicopter pilot and instructor. Kim will present on being a woman in the Iditarod and the preparation required, caring for her animals and her experiences flying and teaching others to fly helicopters. A question and answer session will follow Kim’s presentation. This event is part of Livingston Reads 2020.
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SPECIAL EVENTS
Animal Shelter Drive: April 1st -April 30th
During the month of April help our animal friends in need! The Library will be collecting donations for the Livingston County Animal Shelter throughout the month of April. They are in need of dry dog and cat food (uncolored kibble), cat litter, paper towels, bleach, washable towels and pet toys.
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National Library Week: April 19th-25th
In celebration of National Library Week, we will forgive any fines—up to $5 dollars for any materials returned during this week only! This does not apply to fines from items returned in the past or lost items. You can also fill out a “How I Find My Place at the Library” note and your name will be entered in a drawing to win a prize at the end of the week. K-5th graders, can pick up a word search to complete and turn in at the desk to be entered in a drawing for a prize.
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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Clyde Louis Roy
     Clyde Louis Roy, age 76, lifelong resident of Fowlerville, succumbed to his injuries on Feb 27, 2020 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, surrounded by his family. He was born to Lester and Julia Roy of Gregory on April 10, 1943. Married for 31 years to the love of his life Pamela (Barnum) Roy, he was preceded in death by his parents Julia and Lester, and step daughter Mandie Beauchamp. Clyde graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1961. In 1965 he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam.
    He worked in commercial construction,  residential remodeling, owned Clyde’s party store in Fowlerville for 12 years and retired from Ward Machine Tool. He was at home in the outdoors, cutting wood, hunting and fishing. Also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Our world is not going to be the same place without him. 
    Clyde is survived by his loving wife Pam, children Jeffrey Roy, Zachary Roy (Jessica), Adam Roy (Mackenzie) and his step son Matthew Shea. Grandchildren: Kyle Beauchamp (Melinda), Nathan Beauchamp, Kallie Beauchamp, Natalie Beauchamp, Grace Shea, Joseph Shea, Jonathan Shea, Luke Roy, June Roy, and great grandson Kayson Beauchamp, as well as his brother Christopher Roy.  
   Visitation was held on Thursday, March 5, from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Funeral service with Military Honors was held on Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Williamston Eagles to host St. Patty’s Day party on Saturday, March 14
    Celebrate St Patty's Day on Saturday, March 14. at the Williamston Eagles Club. Get your ''Luck of the Irish'' on with the awesome Lady Luck Band from 8 pm until midnight. Enjoy an inhouse-made corned beef and cabbage dinner or corned beef and Swiss on rye for $8.  Also available are T-bone steak dinners for $11 or Porterhouse for $12. Dinner includes baked potato or fries, vegetable and slaw and starts at 5 pm until 8 pm or when gone. 
    This event is open to the public, so be sure and come early for dinner. No cover charge and free parking! Call the club after 3 pm for more information, at 517-655-6510.

Webberville United Methodist Church having Chicken Dinner on March 21
    The Webberville United Methodist Church is having its monthly chicken dinner on Saturday, March 21, with oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, vegetables, rolls, and biscuits.  The meal will include coffee, lemonade, and dessert.  The dinner will be served 5 to 7 pm.  Tickets are $9 per adult, $4 per child 12 and under, preschoolers eat free.  The church is located on the corner of Holt Road and M-52.

Plainfield United Methodist Church serving chicken supper on March 14
    A chicken and biscuit supper will be served at the Plainfield United Methodist Church, 17845 M-36, north of Gregory, on Saturday, March 14,  starting at 5 p.m. Free will donation.  Take outs available.  Public invited.

Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library
    All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Register in-person to attend; starting the first of each month, unless otherwise stated. Adult programs include a $5 refundable cash deposit. Teen Program attendance requires a signed 2019-2020 Program Permission Form. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information.
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WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS
Reading to Bosco: No Bosco program this week. He will return after a brief hiatus, date to be announced. 
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Cardio Drumming: Tuesdays at 7pm
Adults. Get your sweat on with a fun workout from instructor Kim Griffes. Please remember to bring water and wear comfy clothes. Spaces are limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. *There is a cash fee of $6 for this class if you bring your own equipment. Kit rental is additional $2 fee. 
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D&D and Magic the Gathering Club: Thursdays 2:30-4pm
6th-12th Graders. Drop in at the Library for a fun afterschool group where you can learn more about Dungeon & Dragons role-playing gameand play Magic the Gathering card game on your own. We provide the Dungeon Master (Ms. Zoe), snacks and drinks… you provide the fun!  * No School, No Library D&D  program.
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Honest Yoga at the Library: Fridays at 9:30am
Adults. Join Erin Wade RYT, owner of Honest Yoga, for Gentle Yoga at the Library. Gentle Yoga is for adults of all ages through modifications and the use of props. Please bring a mat to practice on. *There is a cash fee of $5 for this class. 
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SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
A.R.K. Animal Encounters: Wednesday, March 11th5:30-6:30pm
Family. From crawling black millipedes, to prickly cute hedgehogs and so much more, A.R.K. Animal Encounters know their animals and are coming to the Library! Do you like learning about unusual animals? If so, come see this exciting hands-on presentation. 
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Half-Day-Hang-Out: Friday, March 13th 11:30 -2pm
6th-12th Graders. Join us for some half-day fun at the library! We will be playing video games, board games, watching movies, and crafting! Lunch will be provided. Registration is required.
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Family-Fun Day: Saturday, March 14th9:30-12:00pm
Family. Shake off the winter blues with some singing, dancing and laughing at the county-wide Family-Fun Day held at 2|42 Community Church. Children ages 0-5 and their families will enjoy the free hands-on children’s activities, meet popular storybook characters, and watch a stage show featuring The Music Lady.
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Garden Club Series: Thursday, March 19th 2:30pm
Adults. Garden Club meets at the Library every third Thursday beginning in March and going through May. This program is led by Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. Topics to be announced.
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Patriotic Book Wreath: Thursday, March 26th 7-9pm
Adults. Create a patriotic wreath based on the war-time theme in this year’s Livingston Reads Selection All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. We will be recycling discarded books for this project. All supplies and instruction will be provided.
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Turn the Page—Author Talk: Thursday, April 2nd7-9pm
Adults. Get an in-depth look at Michigan's rock legend, Bob Seger from author Edward Balian of Turn the Page. Learn about the music, tours, band, and personal life of Bob Seger. Books will be available for purchase at the program.
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Beyond the Book Series—Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple: Thursday, April 9th 6:30pm
Adults. April’s selection is the recent film adapted novel of the same name starring the talented Cate Blanchett. Bee goes on an adventure in search of her peculiar, and agoraphobic mother who has gone missing. Read the book at home and come enjoy the film adaption at the library and discuss both with us. $10 refundable deposit is required upon registration.
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Communitywide Women’s Bible Study at Family Impact Wellness Center
    It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way is a 6-week video-based study by Lysa TerKeurst that focuses on finding unexpected strength when disappointments leave you shattered.  With solid biblical truth and gut-honest vulnerability, Lysa will teach how to get through painful situations and gain life-giving perspectives for our time here on earth. 
     This study will be held at the Family Impact Wellness Center (9430 W. Grand River, just west of Fowlerville), and you may choose one of the following options:  Mondays (March 16 – April 20) from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. OR Wednesdays (March 18 – April 22) from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Cost is $18, which covers both the participant’s guide (for notetaking during class as well as each week’s personal studies) and her 281-page hard-cover book that will be read during the 6 weeks.  Scholarships are also available. Please call Barb at 517-223-4428 as soon as possible to register.

Chili Cook-off planned on Saturday, March 14, at Fowlerville VFW Post
    The 16th annual Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Fowlerville 4th of July Committee, is planned on Saturday, March 14, at the Fowlerville VFW Post 6464, located at 215 Veterans Drive. The event takes place from 4 to 7 p.m.
    This is a major fundraiser for the committee, with the proceeds used to fund the fireworks, along with the parade and other activities, that are held in Fowlerville on Independence Day.
    Contestants, usually numbering around 20 or more, will offer their specially-made entries—ranging from mild to extra hot and everything in between. Each and all promise to be interesting.
   Those attending will taste-test these different chili recipes and vote on their favorites with a cash donation. 
   There’s a new addition at this year’s event. A Homemade Soup Contest will also being held. So if chili isn’t your ‘dish’, then you’re invited to join this part of the competition or try the various soup entries, with the same voting taking place.
    A full bowl of chili or soup, along with a full salad bar and desserts are available for purchase.
   Other activities include a 50-50 cash raffle, a silent auction, and several vendors will have booths set up, selling merchandise. 
   Contestants for the Chili and Soup cook-offs are still being accepted. If interested, the entry form can be found on our Facebook page, Livingston County Fireworks or by contacting Michelle Soli at MichelleSoli@yahoo.com or Brandon Denby at BDenby@livgov.com.     If you have any additional questions you can contact the Fowlerville 4th of July Committee on Facebook (Livingston County Fireworks) or our Chairman, Brandon Denby 517.540.8823 BDenby@Livgov.com
     Dinner includes one sample of each chili and soup entry and one bowl of the chili or soup of your choice, plus a salad, beverage and dessert.  Prices are $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for children 5-12 years old.    
    Chili will be judged for these five categories:  
    People's Choice.  The attendees will vote for the chili entry that they think has the best taste.   
    Judge's Choice.  Three non-partial judges will determine the overall best tasting.   
    Best Spicy. The best chili with a zing!   
    Best Presentation.  The contestant with the best decorated display of their table space.
    Most Unique Chili.  This category is for chili entries that differ from the normal. 
   Soup will be judged for these two categories:
    Judge’s Choice. Three non-partial judges will determine the overall best tasting.
   People’s Choice. The attendees will vote for the soup entry that they think has the best taste.   
    Additional parking for the event will be available at Ashland Aluminum across the street from the VFW hall and at Christian Resources International (CRI) on the north side of the hall.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Jack Purdy Sherwood
    Jack Purdy Sherwood, age 94, lifelong resident, born, raised and died peacefully with his family around him on February 26, 2020.  Born to JC & Vance Sherwood of Fowlerville on February 16, 1926.  Married for 74 years to Lucille (Klein) Sherwood.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George Sherwood and George’s wife, Charlotte and granddaughter Amanda Sherwood of Fowlerville.  Jack graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1944. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served during WW2.
    After being honorably discharged, he married the love of his life, Lucy Klein. Then worked at the GM Proving Grounds for a few years before he decided to start his own, small excavation company.  In the late 1960’s he partnered with Harold Parsons of Howell, MI. and became co-owner of Parsons Construction Inc.  
    In 1975, Jack and Lucy purchased his father-in-law’s dairy farm in Conway Township.  After a devastating barn fire, they decided to rebuild and created one of the most state-of-the-art dairy operations, at the time, in Livingston County and renamed it Maple Grove Farms—where it’s still a family-operated cash crop farm.  
    Jack loved to read and collect movies.  He also loved aviation.  So much that after becoming a pilot, he and his business partner Harold Parsons built an airport on his property in Conway Township.  Which is now registered as Maple Grove Airport.  The local Fowlerville Rotary has held it’s yearly Dawn Patrol breakfast every September for nearly 50 years. A fundraising event that Jack was happy to host and looked forward to every year.  Jack Sherwood was a kind and generous man, loved and respected by everyone who knew him.  He will most definitely be missed.
    He is survived by his loving wife Lucy; children, Jacqueline Hunt and Dana (Ellen) Sherwood, both of Fowlerville; grandchildren, Brian (Jackie) Sherwood of Caledonia, MI, Cody (Shannon) Sherwood of Saginaw, MI, Travis (Nichole) Hunt of Fowlerville and Dylan Hunt of Fowlerville; great grandchildren, Ayden, Aliana, Chase and Natalie; siblings, Doris Cypher and Mary Alice Vidito, both of Fowlerville.  
    Visitation was being held at Herrmann Funeral Home on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Tom Tarpley officiating.  Burial followed at Benjamin Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to American Kidney or Hospice of Lansing.  Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Ronald Lewis Miller
    On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Ronald Lewis Miller, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away from a massive stroke at age 74.
     Ron was born on January 22, 1946 in Lansing, MI to Halsey and Mary Louise (Worsfold) Miller. He graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1964, and worked at Oldsmobile final assembly until 1965 when he joined the U.S. Navy. He played trombone in the U.S. Navy show band, entertaining troops both stateside and in Saigon, Vietnam.  On May 16, 1975, he married Alice Lynn (Belz) Miller. Together they raised one son, Michael Shane Miller. Upon returning from his military service he worked for General Motors in Lansing and then retired from the Milford Proving Grounds in 2002.  In his retirement, he enjoyed 10 years of shuttling customers for Champion Chevrolet.
    Ron’s greatest joy was raising his son and being blessed with twin granddaughters.  Madison and Marissa were the fuel that brought him through many surgeries and treatments.  He lived for his family and enjoyed every moment he spent with them.  Ron also loved to play and coach softball in earlier years.  He coached his son and many of his friends on a Babe Ruth travel baseball team for years.  He also coached a women’s church softball team (that was the bigger challenge, but he loved it and carried a sense of humor through it all.)  
    He loved to snowmobile and spent many winters touring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and covering large parts of Canada with his friends and family.   He enjoyed camping with family and friends, particularly laughing around the campfires.  Anyone that ever met Ron knew he was an avid University of Michigan sports fan; win or lose he loved following the football and basketball teams.
    Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Halsey (1990) and Mary Lou (2000) Miller; his twin brother, Bobby Miller (1954); his brother, Halsey Miller Jr. (2015); and a sister, Susan (Miller) Hargrove (2010); and  three brother-in-laws, Howard Majtyka (2003), Jack Hargrove (2020) and Jim Belz (2009). 
     He is survived by his wife Alice, his son Mike and twin granddaughters Madison and Marissa.  He also has surviving siblings: Carol (Miller) Kirkland, Jon (Michelle) Miller, Nancy (Miller) Majtyka,  Judy (Miller) & Joe Wise,  as well as sister-in-laws Barbara (Firebaugh) Miller, Mary (Belz) Bitten, and Carol (Bielby) Belz.  Ron had 22 nieces and nephews, 19 great nieces and nephews and eight great, great nieces and nephews.  He loved them all!
    The family hosted a time for visitation, with family and friends sharing their favorite anecdotes about Ron,  on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Herrmann Funeral Home, 1005 East Grand River, Fowlerville Michigan from 2– 4pm and 6–8pm.  There were U.S. Navy military honors rendered at 4pm.
    If anyone would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers in Ron’s memory, we have named the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.  If you have an alternate charity that is near and dear to you we would be honored to have a donation in Ron’s memory to the charity of your choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome

Douglas L. Wilcox
Douglas L. Wilcox, 73, of The Villages in Florida, passed away on February 19, 2020. Douglas was born on May 21, 1946 in Pontiac, Michigan to Arthur and Gurnith (Shippey) Wilcox. Douglas married Loretta Britt and she preceded him in death in 2004. He married Mary Wyka on August 31, 2006 and she survives.
     Douglas was a business teacher at Fowlerville High School for several years until his retirement in 2003.
    He was a member of the Village of Faith Church in The Villages. Douglas and his wife founded the Michigan Club South, ran a Euchre Club, and a Table Shuffleboard Club. He served as a volunteer in Florida as a Red Cross bell ringer, at the Wildwood Booster Club, and also at the Gleaners Food Bank in Michigan. 
Douglas is survived by his wife Mary; son Marcus (Stacey) of Michigan; daughter Gail (Craig) Backus of Texas; step-daughters Michele (Dennis) Anscombe of Michigan, Laurie Wyka of Arizona, Nisha Wyka of Arizona; grandchildren Jace, Etta, Nate, Curt; step-grandchildren Cody and Nick; and sister Darlene (Jim) Garver of Michigan. 
    There was a Memorial Service at Village of Faith Church in The Villages on Saturday, February 22, at 11:00am. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 8, at 2pm with a Visitation one hour prior to service at the Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River, Dexter, Michigan. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell, Michigan. 
    Memorials may be made to Village of Faith Church, 8653 County Road 127, Wildwood, Florida 34785.  On-line condolences may be shared by visiting www.bankspagetheus.com.

Mary (Spagnuolo) Moody
     Mary Rossini Spagnuolo Moody went home to be with her heavenly father on January 31, 2020.
     Mary was born in Fowlerville, MI and was the daughter of George and Ellen Spagnuolo, who predeceased her.  As a youngster, she could often be found working at the famous Spagnuolo Confectionary Store where they made homemade candy and ice cream.  She attended Fowlerville High School and enjoyed singing, drama, and reading.
     Mary graduated from Lansing Community College with an Associate’s Degree, Acme Business School and also earned her paralegal degree with honors.  She spent most of her career in the insurance and banking industries.  Later in life, she spent several years working with Capital Area Community Services where she made many lifelong friends, including special friend Blendena Dormer. 
     Mary was a longtime member of the St. Gerard Church and choir, Lansing Business Women’s Association, the Italian American Club, the Red Hat Club, and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Aurora, IL.
    She will always be remembered for her enthusiasm, passion and kindness for others.  Her greatest achievement was being the mother of her four children.
     Mary is survived by her four children, George (Sonja), Steve (Tammy), Mary Jo/Shanti (Jeff), and Greg (Sharon).  She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Becky Powell (Brian), Brian Moody, Beth Young (Rob), Benjamin Moody, and Adam Moody; and seven great-grandchildren;  her sisters, Dorothy Capurro (Pete-deceased), Ann DeRose (Paul), Lenore Coscarelli (Pete), special cousin Betty (Wayne) Miller; and special God-Daugher, Micheline Johnoff. She is predeceased by her brother, Frank Spagnuolo (Sue).
     Later in life, she was blessed to develop very special relationships with her cousin, Rosalie Zois; and friend, Sandy Sadio (Tony).  Special thanks to Sharon (her angel) who helped so much during her later years.
    Funeral Mass was held at 10:30am on Friday, February 7, 2020 at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing with Msgr. Bernard Reilly officiating.  Visitation was help prior to the service at the church.

Oak Grove United Methodist Women taking orders for beef pasties
    Oak Grove United Methodist Women are making their delicious beef pasties this spring. We will take orders beginning Monday, March 9. To order, call or text Andrea at 810-923-8546, or order by email at denanjust@gmail.com. Please leave your name, phone # & quantity you would like. Cost is $4.50 each. Place your order early - quantities are limited! 
    Proceeds go to support the mission work of the United Methodist Women. Pasty order pick-up is Thursday, April 2, 12-7p.m. at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 6686 Oak Grove Road, Howell (5 miles north of M-59).

Support Group for Dementia caregivers being held this Tuesday, March 3 
   The Support Group for Dementia caregivers is meeting at Be Our Guest Adult Day Center (a program of Livingston County. Catholic Charities),  2020 E. Grand River #103, Howell on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 4:30–6pm. The next meeting is this Tuesday, March 3.
     Join the group to learn the latest techniques to care and support your loved one suffering with dementia and related diseases, as well as tips on how to care for yourself and grow your support system. With prior notice, they also offer care for your loved one while you attend. Please call Suzi or Katie at 517-546-9910 for information or to notify staff that your loved one will be in attendance. 


Howell Nature Center hosting Owl Prowl Program on Friday, March 6
    The Owl Prowl Program this Friday, March 6, at the Howell Nature Center is fun for the whole family. Learn about your mysterious neighbors with a presentation starring their very own owl ambassadors, then adventure into the woods to call for wild owls. Enjoy cookies & cocoa. Recommended for ages 5+. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Pre-registration is required. Also offered an adult only night on March 7th. Visit www.howellnaturecenter.org for more details.



Howell United Methodist Church holding euchre party on March 7
   A Euchre Party is being held on Saturday, March 7, at 2pm at First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall on Bower Street in Howell. A $10 donation suggested, with light snacks included along with prizes. Proceeds go toward the church’s Senior High Youth Program

Livingston Centre Historic Village committee  holding meeting on March 5
    The first (February) monthly committee meeting of the Livingston Centre Historic Village for 2020 was cancelled due to weather.  The new date is:  Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the fairgrounds office.  In the event of bad weather, call the fair office to confirm.
     The agenda has been held over: the general activities calendar for 2020 will be discussed.  The first event of 2020 will be the primary fundraiser of the year, annual Gramma's Attic Sale on May 14, 15 and 16.  The committee hopes community members will consider donating items for the sale.  Please remember the Historic Village as you find items you no longer want or need in the coming months, as you begin spring cleaning.  Donations can be dropped of on Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the sale.  Please watch for more details in coming months.  Volunteers are needed for set up.
     Members will also receive a report of repairs underway including the completion of heat installation in the Green Church.  Weddings and other events can now be planned year-around.

Fowlerville students taking part in Got ART at The Howell Opera House
   This is Got ART's 22nd year!  
    Livingston Arts Council is proud to present an art show displaying the talents of Livingston County students K-12 at The Howell Opera House in downtown Howell.  The art teachers select the art to be showcased for a week.
    The quality of work from the schools is amazing.  Each year is different because the teachers may be assigned to teach different curriculum-based criteria.  Submissions may be two-dimensional and three-dimensional work.  We will have two shows (Secondary and Elementary) running back to back without a break. 
    The students’ work never ceases to amaze! The teachers draw out the most from their students and they deliver!  Many people in the community have commented on the ability our young people possess.  The Art Council is thrilled with the caliber of our county students.
   The benefits for the artists include being able to show their talent to our community, add the exhibition to their list of accomplishments for future college applications, increase their knowledge of displaying their work, and possibly sell their work to an interested person.  It also lets them see the other students’ work and compare.
    The goal, as always, is to have every art teacher in the county show off the talents of their students.  Every year the exhibit gets comments from the community about the talent of our young people. 
   The Got Art show for Middle and High School (6th grade thru 12th grade) is March 10th through March 15th.  The elementary Got Art Show is March 17th through March 22nd. The show is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 until 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm until 5:00 pm.


Fowlerville Senior Center hosting Hearing Depot on March 27
   The Fowlerville Senior Center is hosting the Hearing Depot on Friday, March 27, from 11:30am to 1pm, in the main area. Jeralyn Garvey, who has more than a decade of experience in the hearing health world, will be on hand to answer any questions you or a loved one may have about hearing health and hearing aids.   For those attending, a free lunch will be provided.

Upcoming Programs at the Fowlerville District Library
All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Register in-person to attend; starting the first of each month, unless otherwise stated. Adult programs include a $5 refundable cash deposit. Teen Program attendance requires a signed 2019-2020 Program Permission Form.
Call (517) 223-9089 for more information.
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WEEKLY DROP-IN PROGRAMS
Reading to Bosco: Most Mondays at 4pm
All  Ages. Bosco is a Therapy Dog-in-Training. Reading to Bosco improves literacy skills, builds fluency, and reading confidence regardless of ability. Bosco’s “Mom” Shelly has been a part of our library community for over 15 years volunteering her time and her other reading therapy dogs.
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Cardio Drumming: Tuesdays at 7pm
Adults. Get your sweat on with a fun workout from instructor Kim Griffes. Please remember to bring water and wear comfy clothes. Spaces are limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. *There is a cash fee of $6 for this class if you bring your own equipment. Kit rental is additional $2 fee. 
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D&D and Magic the Gathering Club: Thursdays 2:30-4pm
6th-12th Graders. Drop in at the Library for a fun afterschool group where you can learn more about Dungeon & Dragons role-playing gameand play Magic the Gathering card game on your own. We provide the Dungeon Master (Ms. Zoe), snacks and drinks… you provide the fun!  * No School, No library program.
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Honest Yoga at the Library: Fridays at 9:30am
Adults. Join Erin Wade RYT, owner of Honest Yoga, for Gentle Yoga at the Library. Gentle Yoga is for adults of all ages through modifications and the use of props. Please bring a mat to practice on. *There is a cash fee of $5 for this class. 
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SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
March Reading Program: March 2nd-28th
All Ages. March into spring...with our reading program. All ages are invited to participate in the March Reading Program at the Library to celebrate National Reading Month! Starting March 2nd, visit the front desk to pick up your reading log! Get your log checked all 4 weeks in March and turn it in at the Library by Saturday, April 4th to receive a book for completing the program! Final log check is March 28th.
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4th Annual Preschool Round-Up: Monday, March 2nd 4:30-6:30pm
Come meet Fowlerville area preschools and find out what everyone has available to fit your family’s needs. LESA will be there to talk about their free preschool programand, if ready,you can even register your child for preschool that night.
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Tea and Chocolate Writers Group: Once a week on Wednesdays at 2:30pm for 8 weeks--- begins March 4th
Adults. Do you want feedback on your work-in-progress from other writers? This is the group for you! Feel free to bring a 1-page sample of a current project for feedback. Registration required. Space is limited to eight spaces. 
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Beyond the Book Series—All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg: Thursday, March 5th 6:30pm
Adults. Get your copy of the Livingston Reads selection; All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg and then come watch the documentary Fly Girls both about 1940's women flying planes during WW2. A discussion about both will follow.  *$10 refundable deposit is required upon registration.
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Stop Motion Animation: Friday, March 6th 5-8pm * Note Extended Time
6th-12th Graders. Join Alex Thomas and Friends in a fun stop-motion animation workshop. Create your own puppet and learn how to bring it to life through stop-motion animation. A variety of puppet templates will be available to choose from or you can make your own! Snacks will be provided.
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A.R.K. Animal Encounters: Wednesday, March 11th5:30-6:30pm
Family. From crawling black millipedes, to prickly cute hedgehogs and so much more, A.R.K. Animal Encounters know their animals and are coming to the Library! Do you like learning about unusual animals? If so, come see this exciting hands-on presentation. 
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Half-Day-Hang-Out: Friday, March 13th 11:30 -2pm
6th-12th Graders. Join us for some half-day fun at the library! We will be playing video games, board games, watching movies, and crafting! Lunch will be provided.
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Family-Fun Day: Saturday, March 14th9:30-12:00pm
Family. Shake off the winter blues with some singing, dancing and laughing at the county-wide Family-Fun Day held at 2|42 Community Church. Children ages 0-5 and their families will enjoy the free hands-on children’s activities, meet popular storybook characters, and watch a stage show featuring The Music Lady.
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Garden Club Series: Thursday, March 19th 2:30pm
Adults. Garden Club meets at the Library every third Thursday beginning in March and going through May. This program is led by Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. Topics to be announced.
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Patriotic Book Wreath: Thursday, March 26th 7-9pm
Adults. Create a patriotic wreath based on the war-time theme in All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion. We will be recycling discarded books for this project. All supplies and instruction will be provided.
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Ragtime pianist Bob Milne concludes Acoustic Cafe series with March 6 show
    This year’s series of concerts at the Acoustic CafĂ© at The Howell Opera House in Downtown Howell concludes this Friday, March 6, with a performance by Bob Milne, considered to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world. 
     Milne is an active Musical Ambassador for the United States Dept. of State and has performed numerous times in Japan, including the Okinawan Islands and Hokkaido. He has also performed in this capacity for members of the Swiss Parliament at the U.S. Embassy in Berne. He was filmed and documented for future generations in 2004 during three days of interviews at the Library of Congress, and was declared a National Treasure at the conclusion.
     Milne is also the founder of the Michigan Music Retreat, a four-day event held in his hometown every September during which he teaches music and music history to students of all ages. 
    "You can't educate a piano," he says, "but you can educate yourself to know everything about it."
     Doors will open at 7:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. Open to the public, the cost is $12.00 at the door, $10.00 for Livingston Arts Council members.