Saturday, July 4, 2020

Mary Miller
     Mary Miller of Fowlerville passed away on July 1, 2020.  Born on July 23, 1923 in Howell to Floyd and Hazel Love.  She was preceded in death by her husband Henry R. Miller in 1993, along with her brothers: Charles, Fred and Bruce Love.  Survived by her four daughters: Carol (Terry) Ganton, Ginny (Ed) Howes, Becky Miller and Marlene (Jim) Grover, seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. 
    Mary enjoyed playing her accordion, piano, and cards and attending the Conway Township Farm Bureau meetings for over 50 years.  Most of all, Mary enjoyed spending time with her family.  One of her greatest joys was watching her grandchildren learn to swim in the backyard pool.  She was proud of volunteering for 24 years as a Red Cross assistant at McPherson Hospital.  Mary loved the Lord, her family and taking flowers from her garden to her many friends.  
    A graveside service was be held on July 3, 2020 at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com
Robert J. Sanderson III
     Robert J. Sanderson III was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on January 7, 1968. He passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on June 28, 2020. He is survived by his two daughters: Britanie J. Sanderson (Mark) and Tonie M. Westlake, and sons: Derek R. Sanderson (Brittany) and Nathaniel J. Westlake (Samantha); he was a loving grandfather of seven beautiful grandchildren: Kaiden, Marlee, Brantley, Charlie, Addelyn, Rilyn, and Oaklee, step grandson Aidan; ex-spouse and best friend of 20 years Jo Anne Bailey Sanderson (Mike); his brothers: Bill Blair, Gary Blair, and Randal Blair; sisters: Cheryl Annett, Karen Blair-Coleman, and Terri Sanderson; and  also his little fur baby Paco. 
    He was preceded in death by his father Robert and his mother Joyce and sister Linda. 
    Robert cherished his time with his children, grandchildren, friends, family, and many co-workers enjoying hunting, motorcycles, camping, and good times. He was a dedicated United Auto Worker at Ford Motor Company for 30 years and took pride in every accomplishment. 
    Per Robert’s wishes, a visitation was held at Herrmann Funeral Home in Fowlerville on Wednesday July 1, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm. A graveside service was held at Greenwood Cemetery the following day on Thursday July 2, 2020 at 11:00am. Celebration of life was held at his best friend Kevin Ish’s residence in Fowlerville following the service. 
    The family would especially like to thank the staff at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor, Providence Park of Novi, Residential Home Health, and Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com
Roberta Louise Tatar
     Roberta Louise Tatar, age 80, of Gregory, MI, passed away at her home on Monday, June 29, 2020. She was born on May 29, 1940 in Stockbridge, MI, the daughter of Garold and Gladys (Coleman) Corwin. Roberta had lived in the Stockbridge and Gregory area all of her life, graduating from Stockbridge High School. She worked as an inspector for Hatch Stamping in Chelsea. She enjoyed  tending to her flowers as well as her many house plants, shopping, and spending time with her grandchildren. 
    Roberta married Gerald G. “Jerry” Tatar on October 31, 1959, and he survives. Also surviving are five children: Gerald “Jerry” (Carolyn) Tatar of Rives Junction, Richard Tatar of Holt, Ronald (Shelly) Tatar of Stockbridge, Michael (Peggy) Tatar of Fowlerville, and Loren Tatar of Gregory; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, and her brother, Delbert Corwin. 
    Visitation was held at the Caskey-Mitchell Funeral Home, Stockbridge on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 2-4 p.m.  A Graveside Service was held on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Wright Cemetery near Roberts Road and Dutton Road in Iosco Township. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. 
Fowlerville District Library update on services and hours offered
   Starting Monday, July 6th the Fowlerville District Library building is open with restricted hours as well as continuing to offer separate curbside service hours (highly recommended). Please see the hours for both listed below. Per the CDC guidelines, the library is requesting that patrons wear face masks and requiring social distancing of 6 feet. Patrons entering the building are encouraged to make their visit as short as possible. In keeping with social distancing and cleaning guidelines, as well as to ensure the health and safety of FDL Patrons, the Library will have a limited number of computers available for patron use. There will be a strict time limit of one hour per day, per patron, for each computer. 
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Restricted Building Hours 
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am – 3pm
   Tuesday, Thursday: 2pm – 7pm
   Saturday: 10am – 2pm
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Curbside Service Hours
   Monday-Thursday: 9:30am – 7pm
   Friday: 9:30am – 5pm
   Saturday: 10am – 2pm
   Step 1: You can make requests: by calling the library directly, emailing us or make your holds through the FDL’s card catalog (Max 10 items)
   Step 2: One hour after your request has been made, please come to the Library and park in the curbside pickup designated parking located in front of the side yard.
   Step 3: From your car, call the Library and someone will come out with your requested materials.
   Step 4: Please present your library card or driver's license and your materials will be given to you.
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Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program is Open
    All Summer Reading Classes are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or check out our Facebook Page.
   All summer programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube. Program descriptions, virtual location, and details on how to register for each program are below. (There will be no in-person programs through August.)
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Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program
via--Zoom
   Registration is open for the second week of classes. For all of the details on how to participate and the printable reading logs visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.net. Details are also available on our Facebook page. 
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Zoom Tea and Chocolate Writer’s Group: Once a week on Wednesdays at 2:30pm for 8 weeks-- begins July 8th
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. Space is limited to 8 spaces.
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Turn the Page: Author Talk:  Thursday, July 23rd at 6pm via—Zoom 
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. 
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Patriotic Book Page Wreath: Thursday, July 30th at 6pm via—Zoom 
Adults. In commemoration of this year's Livingston Reads choice, we will be creating patriotic wreaths. A craft kit will be available for pick up during curbside service starting the week of the program.  Basic supplies and instruction will be provided, some items to be provided by patrons. Please see the flyer on our website or Facebook for details. Come craft along with Jen the instructor live, or the video will be on our YouTube channel afterward.
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Follow us on Facebook: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Email any questions to: info@fowlervillelibrary.org 
Kids Summer Series – Crazy Craig Juggling Show
July 14th – 9:00am-9:45am
    Celebrate Parks and Recreation month with Howell Recreaton this July! The Kids Summer Series is presented by Citizens Insurance and will include 4 events on Tuesdays throughout the month. Crazy Craig is a children's entertainer and will be performing a variety act including juggling, balancing, unicycling, magic, and more.
    The show will take place on the hill in the field near the two pavilions. Parking will be available throughout the park and at the beach. Feel free to bring a blanket or chairs for your party. Registration is required. Please register each attendee separately.
    Safety precautions will be a priority for this event. Each family area will be marked and spaced apart according to recommendations from health and safety experts and cleaning supplies will be on hand. Please wear a mask for close interactions at the event.
   Cost: $1/person
    Site: Scofield City Park, 404 Thompson St. Howell
Contact us:  parksandrec@howellrecreation.org
           517-546-0693 ext. 0
           fax: 517-546-6018 
Kids Summer Series–Parent Child Yoga with SoulShine Yoga
July 7th – 9:00am-9:30am
    Celebrate Parks and Recreation Month with Howell Area Recretation this July! The Kids Summer Series is presented by Citizens Insurance and will include 4 events on Tuesdays throughout the month. Family Yoga will be a one-time class from SoulShine Yoga instructors. The event will take place on the course at Chemung Hills Golf Course at 3125 Golf Club Rd.
     This yoga session is partner yoga which should include one parent/caregiver and one or two children (mandatory). Each person needs to register individually. Participants should bring either a yoga mat or a towel and a water bottle. Registration is required.
    Safety precautions will be a priority for this event. Each yoga mat or towel will be spaced apart according to recommendations from health and safety experts and cleaning supplies will be on hand. Please wear a mask for close interactions at the event.
   Cost: $1/participant
    Site: Chemung Hills, 3125 Golf Club Rd. Howell     Contact us:  parksandrec@howellrecreation.org
           517-546-0693 ext. 0 
Capital Area District Libraries Online Events
July  2020
Alex Thomas & Friends--Dewey the Dragon Puppet Show 
    This fairy tale-themed show features Muppet-style puppets along with jokes, stories, silliness, and imaginative fun. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.  
Tuesday, July 14
Storyteller Mat Emerick--Trolls, Fairies & Elves, Oh My! 
    Mat brings his mad skills in storytelling, mime and juggling to a show that features classic and popular fantasy characters. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.
Wednesday, July 15 • 2–2:45 p.m.
Jeff Wawrzaszek--Fun & Fantasy Magic Revue 
    Imaginative magic, hilarious visual humor and exciting stories are woven into a timeless performance that will charm all ages. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.
Tuesday, July 21 • 2–2:45 p.m.
Dr. Slime--You Can Be a Chemist Science Show 
    You won’t believe your eyes when Dr. Slime uses science to create elephant toothpaste, goblin’s brew, a flaming ball of hydrogen, and a disembodied hand! On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.  
Thursday, July 23 • 2–2:45 p.m.
Cameron Zvara--Comedy Magic Show 
    Cameron’s one-of-a-kind show is jam packed with magic, comedy, juggling, stunts, music and more, perfect for the whole family. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.  
Thursday, July 30 • 2–2:45 p.m.
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August 2020
Ring of Steel--Jedi Academy
    This talented stunt troupe brings the Star Wars universe to life! An exciting demonstration of lightsaber training will thrill sci-fi fans of all ages. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.
Thursday, August 6 • 2–2:45 p.m 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Deadline to register for Open Class competition at fair is 
July 1st
    There are just a few days left to submit registration for Open Class competition for the Fowlerville Family Fair, scheduled for July 27-August 1.  The deadline is Wednesday, July 1; registration fees and forms must be submitted by this date.  Organizers continue to plan the county-wide Fair, working hard to safely offer many different kinds of fun for all ages in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  Continue to watch the News & Views for updates from the Fair Board.
   Very popular areas of interest in the Open Class competition are the foods classes.  Both baking and canning are always very popular.  The classes are open to both youth and adult; see the fair book for the details.
    With the state-wide quarantine, many people are baking more, both to remain safe at home and as a way to fill the many hours of the day.  Now is the time to choose the items you most enjoy preparing and bring them to the fair.  You must register in advance of the fair---this means you can practice and refine your creations; you may even win first prize, and the cash award that goes with it.  There are also second- and third-prize ribbons and cash awards.  Cookies, breads, cakes and pies are all welcome in competition, and always a delight for fairgoers to see on display under the grandstand. 
    Even before Coronavirus, canning and preserving has had a resurgence in popularity.  Canning supplies have increased in sales for the past decade as well as vegetable gardening and bulk purchasing from farms and markets.  Jams and jellies are among the most popular; canners also bring in fruits and vegetables, pickles and relishes, soups, salsa, even meat.  Dried foods are included in this division.  Canning requires a fair amount of work---having a winning ribbon attached to it brings delight to even a long-time canner.
    Consider joining in the competition with any creation you've made:  Fine Arts or Folk Arts, Woodworking, Photography, Floriculture and Horticulture, Sewing and Quilting, Knitting and other needlework, Creative Writing, Hobbies, Arts and Crafts, Inventions and Robotics---it's all a great way to showcase your own personal interests and talents, and to participate in the 2020 Fowlerville Family Fair.  
Williamston Area Senior Center to begin re-opening
    Because of the Covid-19 emergency, the Williamston Area Senior Center has been closed since March 17.  We are proud to announce that the Senior Center will be taking steps to slowly re-open the Center for services to our area seniors.  Please check our website williamstonseniorctr.com or our Facebook for specific announcements of activities as we will begin to resume our normal activities.
     Our first activity will be a Senior Picnic to be held on Tuesday, July 14, at McCormick Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Lunch will be provided consisting of hot dogs, chips, bottle water and dessert, starting at noon. Please bring a lawn chair and get re-acquainted with your fellow seniors.  Reservations are a must!  Please call 517-655-5173 and leave a voice message.  Please call before July 10th to make your reservation.  Covid-19 Guidelines will be Enforced – wearing proper face covering, social distancing.  Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be provided on the premises.  
    Our second re-opening activity will be chair exercise at the Center either one or two days a week depending on the demand.  These activities will be limited to 10 seniors at a time.  Specifics will be announced in the very near future.   
    Notice:  Because of the Covid-19 emergency the Senior Citizen field trip scheduled for Turkeyville, on Friday July 24, has been cancelled. 
Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to deliver to Fowlerville seniors
    The Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers!  We would love the opportunity for you to be part of our team. This is a commitment of 1-2 hours of your time as little or as often as your schedule will allow. Once a month, once a week, temporary or on a continuous basis.  YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! 
     For more information please call Lucy @ 810-632-2155 or email info@lwmow.org 
Fowlerville District Library offering Curbside Pickup & Virtual Programs
    All Summer Reading Classes are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page
    We are now offering curbside pickup and have virtual programs coming up. All summer programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube. Program descriptions, virtual location, and details on how to register for each program are below. (There will be no in-person programs through August.)
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Curbside pickup extended to full hours. The building is still closed to the public.
   Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-7pm
   Friday: 9:30am-5pm
   Saturday: 10am-2pm
   Step 1: You can make requests: by calling the library directly, emailing us or make your holds through the FDL’s card catalog (Max 10 items)
   Step 2: One hour after your request has been made, please come to the Library and park in the curbside pickup designated parking located in front of the side yard.
   Step 3: From your car, call the Library and someone will come out with your requested materials.
   Step 4: Please present your library card or driver's license and your materials will be given to you.
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Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program is Open
    Registration opens on July 1st for the second week of classes. Please sign up through email at Info@fowlervillelibrary.org or through Facebook PM. For all the details on how to participate and the printable reading logs visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.net. Details also available on our Facebook page. All classes are held virtually through Zoom.
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VIRTUAL PROGRAMS
Honest Yoga at with the Library: Every other Thursday June 18th-August 20that 9:30am via--Zoom
Adults. Join Erin Wade RYT, owner of Honest Yoga for Gentle Yoga via the Library and Zoom. Gentle Yoga is for adults of all ages through modifications and props. Please register for the class with your email address through info@fowlervillelibrary.org or a Facebook personal message to the Library. Zoom invitations are sent out the day before the class.
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Zoom Tea and Chocolate Writer’s Group: Once a week on Wednesdays at 2:30pm for 8 weeks-- begins July 8th
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. This program will be provided via Zoom and registration is required by Facebook PM or email. Space is limited to 8 spaces. Zoom links will be sent out the day before each meeting.
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Turn the Page: Author Talk:  Thursday, July 23rd at 6pm via—Zoom 
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. This program will be provided via Zoom and registration is required by Facebook PM to the library or by email at info@fowlervillelibrary.org.  Zoom links will be sent out the day before the program.
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Patriotic Book Page Wreath: Thursday, July 30th at 6pm via—Zoom 
Adults. In commemoration of this year's Livingston Reads choice, we will be creating patriotic wreaths. A craft kit will be available for pick up during curbside service starting the week of the program.  Basic supplies and instruction will be provided,some items to be provided by patrons. Please see the flyer on our website or Facebook for details. Come craft along with Jen the instructor live, or the video will be on our YouTube channel afterward. Please register through Facebook PM or by email at info@fowlervillelibrary.org. Zoom invitations will be sent out the day before the program.
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Follow us on Facebook: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org.Email any questions to:info@fowlervillelibrary.org 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Ellen Marie Eisele
    Ellen Marie Eisele of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020 at her home.
     She was born March 20, 1962 in Fowlerville, Michigan daughter of the late Raymond and Mary Eisele.
     She was the salutatorian of Fowlerville High School, Class of 1980.  Ellen was a proud graduate of Michigan State University and continued her education at Western Michigan University earning her Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education.
     Ellen was a teacher at the Sturgis Middle School for 30 years.
     Ellen loved laughing and spending time with her family.  She raised a small flock of chickens and shared their Green and White and brown eggs and delightful antics. She enjoyed Broadway musicals and good food.  Ellen’s passion was teaching middle schoolers and finding math applications in everyday situations. She was an active participant and Reader at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis.
    Ellen was preceded in death by her parents and brother, George Eisele.
     She is survived by her brother: Fr. James Eisele of Grand Ledge; sisters: Barbara (Joseph) Parker of Fowlerville, Margaret (David) Wochaski of Kalamazoo, and Janelle (Charles) Lowry of Anna, Ohio; nine nieces and nephews: Nathan (Catherine), Scott, Isaac, Marie, Bridget and Thomas Parker, and Deanna, Grant and Raymond Lowry and two great nephews: Malachi and Gideon Parker.
     The family received friends from 7:00-9:00 P.M. Thursday, June 18th at the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sturgis where a scripture service began at 7:30 P.M.  The family also received friends from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Friday, June 19th at the church followed by the Funeral Mass that began at 11:00 A.M.  The Rev. Father James Eisele presided at the Mass.  The Funeral Mass was live streamed on the Holy Angels Facebook page.  
     Interment was taking place at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 20th at the Eisele Catholic Cemetery located south of Fowlerville, please park on Munsell Road and be careful of traffic.  Please wear a mask if attending the services.
     The Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 was entrusted with the arrangements.
     The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Ellen’s memory consider the Holy Angels Catholic Church, 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091 or the Ellen Eisele Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o: Sturgis Community Foundation, 310 N. Franks Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 or at https://form.jotform.com/SturgisFoundation/EiseleMemorialScholarship
     The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where we encourage family and friends to leave memories and condolences for the family.
Russell Bird Bloom
    Russell Bird Bloom, 80, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in Webberville, Michigan.  Born November 7, 1939 in Williamston to Robert and Ruth (Bickford) Bloom, Russell was a lifelong Webberville resident known for his ability to learn and master any skill or job.  He worked as a farmer, with pigs, dairy cows, and crops for many years in addition to a variety of other jobs outside farming. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and collecting antique tractors.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Maryann Bloom in 2015; his parents; and his siblings, Louise Cooper and Helen Towersey.
     Russell will be lovingly remembered by his children, Russell (Teresa) Bloom, Kelly (Brian) Davis, Robert (Caroline) Bloom, Jillynn (Bill) Oesterle, and Debbie (Scott) Grajewski; his 12 grandchildren; his 14 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Joe Bloom, Nancy (Glen) Ruder, Joann McCrum, and Judy Bloom.
    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, private funeral services will be held for the family, with interment to follow in Bell Oak Cemetery in Webberville.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Webberville Gardening Society. Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes-Williamston Chapel.
Mark D. Starkel
    Mark D. Starkel was born in Flint, Michigan on September 27, 1950.  He passed away peacefully in his home in Fowlerville on June 12, 2020, surrounded by his family.  
    He is survived by his wife Lou Ann, daughter Shellly Starkel, son Derrick Starkel, and step-son Devon Wadsworth, brother Greg Starkel and his little dog Sheila.  He was preceded in death by his father Paul Starkel and his mother Jean and step-father Bill Roenicke.  
     Mark enjoyed listening and collecting music, camping with friends and watching NASCAR races.  
    Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com 
U.S. Census workers now in the field dropping off information packets
    Just as the state begins reopening, the U.S. Census field offices are reopening as well. Following a closure due to COVID-19, census workers are now in the field dropping off information “Update/Leave” packets for households that only receive PO box mail delivery. These responses are considered self-response and will be included in the reported response rates.
     Self-responses will be collected through Oct. 31, and Census workers will begin visiting households for non-response follow-up beginning on Aug. 11. Additional reminders are also scheduled to be mailed out this month and in July. 
Livingston County Republicans to host Primary Candidate Forum
    The Livingston County Republican Party (LCRP), will moderate a candidate forum for the Republican candidates running in the 47th State House primary, the Livingston County Prosecutors primary, and the primaries for Livingston County Commissioner in districts 2, 5 and 8.
    The forum for the 47th State House race and the Livingston County Prosecutor’s race will be live-streamed on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, to the Livingston County Republican Party’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LivingstonGOP. The forum for the 47th State House will begin at 6:00 pm, and the forum for the Livingston County Prosecutor’s race will start at 7:30 pm.
    The forums for the candidates running for Livingston County Commissioner in districts 2, 5, and 8 will be recorded on the evening of June 30, 2020, and uploaded to the Livingston County Republican Party’s Facebook page at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
    Mike Murphy, Livingston County Sheriff and former Chair of the Livingston County Republican Party will serve as the moderator for all five forums.
    All Republican candidates running in their prospective races have been invited to participate.
    For additional information related to the forum, please contact Joseph Riker, Vice-chair of the Livingston County Republican Party at rikerjoe85@outlook.com.
Fowlerville District Library offering Curbside Pickup & Virtual Programs
    All Summer Reading Classes are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page
    We are now offering curbside pickup and have virtual programs coming up. All summer programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube. Program descriptions, virtual location, and details on how to register for each program are below. (There will be no in-person programs through August.)
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Curbside Pickup
Hours: 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday
   Step 1: Call or email your requests. You can also request material through the FDL’s card catalog.
   Step 2: One hour after your request has been made, please come to the Library and park in the curbside pickup designated parking located in front of the side yard.
   Step 3: From your car, call the Library and someone will come out with your requested materials. 
   Step 4: Please present your library card or driver's license and your materials will be given to you.
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Summer Reading Kick off 
Thornapple Woodlands: Available June 22nd – July 28th via—YouTube
All Ages – Celebrate Summer Kick Off with Thornapple Woodlands! Learn about the different types of bees and their roles in our world as well as how bees process nectar into honey. You will also get to see an observational bee hive in this video by Don Snoeyink from Thornapple Woodlands.
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Announcing—Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program!
   Registration opens on June 22nd for the first week of classes. Please sign up through email at Info@fowlervillelibrary.org or through Facebook PM. For all the details on how to participate and the printable reading logs visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.net. Details also available on our Facebook page. All classes are held virtually through Zoom
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June Virtual Programs
Honest Yoga at the Library: Every other Thursday June 18th-August 20th at 9:30am via--Zoom
Adults. Join Erin Wade RYT, owner of Honest Yoga for Gentle Yoga via the Library and Zoom. Gentle Yoga is for adults of all ages through modifications and props. Please register for the class with your email address through info@fowlervillelibrary.org or a Facebook personal message to the Library.
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The Tootsie Roll Lady—An Author Talk: Thursday, June 25th at 6pm via --Facebook LiveAdults and Teens. Join us in welcoming local author, Mary B Grimm, to the Fowlerville District Library through Facebook Live. She will talk about and answer questions regarding her book The Tootsie Roll Lady, a memoir on her experiences with mental illness, alcoholism, and faith. 2019 edition books will be available for purchase, but location and times are to be announced.
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Follow us on Facebook: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Email any questionsto:info@fowlervillelibrary.org. 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Wilfried Hamann
     Former Fowlerville resident and Wesley Chapel, FL snowbird, Wilfried Hamann (84), passed away May 23, 2020 of cancer at his home in Mt. Holly, NC.
     Wilfried was born October 27 in Lassahn, Germany to Dora (Koner) and Ernst Hamann. In 1954 he came to the United States and worked as mechanic. He met Jean Ann Mack and was married in 1961. For 28 years he worked at General Motors, starting as a die maker and finishing as a foreman.
     After retiring, he and Jean Ann traveled all over America. When they were not traveling, they were always doing “something” for “someone.” Hobbies included stained glass and most recently model trains. If someone needed something, he was the one to call, as he was best known for “being able to fix or build anything.”
      He is survived by his daughter, Deb (Kevin) Short and son Duane (Sarah) Hamann, both of Fowlerville; brother, Hans Hamann of Germany; as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     Preceding him were his parents, his wife Jean Ann Hamann, along with  2 sisters and 2 brothers.
     Donations may be made to Gaston County Hospice, North Carolina,  www.caromonthealth.org/Locations/Hospice/Gaston-Hospice/Donate.aspx
Or Gulfside Hospice, Florida www.gulfside.org/make-a-gift-lp.html 
Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Hune
   Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Hune, age 86, passed away June 5, 2020. Born July 9, 1933 in Wayne, MI to Lawrence and Ella (Sessions/Shier) DeTroyer.  She was employed by The State of Michigan, first at Hillcrest State Hospital and then transferred to Northville State Hospital where she happily retired after 25+ years of service. 
    Betty’s passions included collecting treasures from garage sales, beautiful flower gardens, and spending time with her sewing machine. 
    She is survived by her children: David (Kim) Hune, Linda (Perry) Donaldson, Laura (Matt) Shreve, Andrew Hune, and brother John (Kris) DeTroyer, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Mario Hune, granddaughter Sara Donaldson and brother Lawrence (Larry) DeTroyer. 
     A graveside service has already taken place at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville on June 10, 2020. A special thank you to Peggy Geer and everyone at Geer Adult Foster Care for all of their loving care. Donations in Betty’s name can be made to Hospice of Lansing Stoneleigh, 3411 Stoneleigh Dr., Lansing, MI 48910. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com
Nonpartisan Website to feature Candidate and Ballot Information for August 4 Primary
   Concerns about the Corona Virus Pandemic and resulting limits on the number of people being able to gather together will provide a challenge to local candidates who wish to reach out to constituents prior to the August 4, 2020 primary election. 
   To assist the community in locating information on each candidate as well as ballot proposals in the primary election, the League of Women Voters of Michigan (LMV), and the Brighton-Howell Unit of the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area are providing an online voter guide called Vote411.  
   The voter guide which can be found on line at  vote411.org will go live on June 20, 2020.  It will be available to the Livingston County community so they may learn more about the candidates prior to the August 4th primary.
   Each candidate is invited via email, to contribute pertinent information on their views and positions by June 16, 2020.  In addition, candidates have the option of submitting their photograph. The unedited responses of each candidate will be published on the website.
    Candidates who do not respond by June 16, will have: “Candidate did not respond” listed in their biography space.  
   The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization, which does not support or oppose candidates or political parties.  We encourage informed and active participation in government, work to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
   All candidates in the upcoming primary election are encouraged to add their information to the vote411.org website. Any candidate who did not receive an email from the LWV and would like their views and information to  be included on the website should contact Jennifer Cote at  jwantycote@gmail.com
   In addition to candidate profiles, biographies and question responses, municipal and school proposals that will appear on the August 4th ballot will also be posted on the vote411.org site. In addition to seeing the candidate’s responses and what’s on your ballot, viewers can check their voter registration, find your polling place, and discover upcoming debates in your area. 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Eleanor Louise Frazier
    Eleanor Louise Frazier, age 91 of Fowlerville, Michigan, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, June 2, 2020. Born on February 4, 1929 in Lansing, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late William and Alma (Lange) Krueger. 
     Eleanor grew up in Lansing, and in her early 20s went to flight attendant school in which she then flew for Continental Airlines for 26 years. She always said that she loved her job, and described these years as some of the best years of her life. 
    She was married to the late Thomas A. Frazier on July 15, 1979, and they shared 28 years of marriage together. When retiring to Lopez Island, Washington, she spent many years enjoying her friendships, and traveling with her husband. 
     To her family & friends in Michigan, she was known as “Aunt Ellie,” in which she blessed each and every one she met. She had this ability to make each person’s life better just by knowing her. 
     Ellie is survived by her brother, Robert (Tamara) Krueger; niece, Julie Krueger and great niece, Eugenia Cheung; nephew, Rick (Heather) Krueger & great nephew and niece, Ryan and Brooke Krueger, as well as so many others who loved and cared for her. 
    If so desired, in lieu of flowers and as your expression of sympathy in Ellie’s memory, donations to “The Guest House,” a Non-Profit End Care/Hospice Home on 135 Free Street, Fowlerville, Michigan 48836, would be appreciated. This is where Aunt Ellie was provided with the utmost care, dignity, and love by each staff member. 
     A burial ceremony was being conducted on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in Okemos, Michigan at the Glendale Cemetery.      Share memories at www.grfuneralhomes.com 
Capital Area District Libraries Online Events
June 2020
Stevens Puppets--Goldilocks and the Three Bears 
   Hand-carved wooden marionettes and painted scenery featuring Southeast Alaska put an exciting new spin on the classic story of Goldilocks. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.  
Monday, June 8•2–2:45 p.m.
Singing Duo Gemini--Imagine Your Story
    Beautiful harmonies combine with guitar, mandolin, violin and flute in a toe-tapping concert from these talented twins. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.
Friday, June 12 • 2–2:45 p.m.
The Music Lady—A Tiny Fairy Tale 
    Jump through puddles, hop like a frog and listen to rainstorms when Beverly the Music Lady leads a musical adventure through your imagination. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.  
Wednesday, June 17 • 2–2:45 p.m.
Scheer Genius Magic--Supermarket Science Show 
    Doug Scheer uses everyday grocery store items to perform wacky science experiments. You'll never see eggs, toilet paper or bananas the same way again! On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.  
Monday, June 22 • 2–2:45 p.m.
Acting Up Theatre Company--Imagine You're a King 
    Crazy characters, original music and lots of comedy are the highlights of this action-packed show about the Knights of the Brown Table. On the day of the event, visit our homepage at cadl.org for a link to the performance.  
Monday, June 29 • 2–2:45 p.m. 
Webberville High School to hold  graduation ceremony on 
June 18
     Webberville High School plans to hold the 2020 graduation ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 18, at the football stadium. Rain dates have been scheduled for June 19 or June 20.
     A letter sent to the seniors and their families from high school administrator Andrew Smith stated that “We plan to hold the ceremony outside at the football stadium so as to provide for appropriate distancing by household. We are working to include nearly all traditional aspects of this important celebration. As we finalize these details, we will send more information but we wanted to give you as much notice as possible to save the date.”

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Ronald Henry Dillingham
     Ronald Henry Dillingham, age 68, of Smithville, Tennessee, who was a former resident of the Fowlerville-Webberville area, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 after an extended illness.
    Ron was born on August 10, 1951 in Howell, the son of Gale and Mary (Germain) Dillingham. He grew up in Fowlerville, graduating from high school in 1969. 
    After attending college at Northern Michigan University and Lansing Community College, he became an insurance agent. For several years he owned and operated the Dillingham Insurance Agency located in the Fowlerville and Webberville area. He was a member of the Leroy Township Fire Department, the Livingston County Arson Investigation Squad, the Webberville Lions Club, and the Webberville Masons. 
    He and his wife, Barb moved to Tennesse in 1992. He initially worked with Auto Owners Insurance as a claims adjuster and then established his own business—Dillingham Claims Service which he owned for ten years.
    Prior to his extended illness he enjoyed boating, camping, fishing and woodworking. 
    Ron is survived by his wife of 30 years, Barb; children: Matt (Joanie) Dillingham of Sugarland, Texas and Kara (Paul) Scott of South Lyon; step-children: Becky (Mike) Chambers of Webberville and Joe (April) Monroe of North Branch; grandchildren: Lila and Hannah Scott, Erick and Alexander Dillingham, Michaela and Sydney Chambers and Joe and Parker Monroe; his brother: Fred (Diane) Dillingham; sisters: Connie (Jeff) Schaffer, and Rita Dillingham; brothers-in-law: Eugene (Vicki) Hayward, Robert (Beverly) Hayward, and William Hayward; sister-in-law: Shirley (Scott) Hull; mother-in-law: Shirley Hayward; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and his fur baby: Bailey.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and a neice: Kristi Dillingham.
    Visitation will be held on Monday, June 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Herrmann Funeral Home of Fowlerville with a limit of 10 people at a time. A second visitation will take place prior to the funeral on Tuesday, June 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the funeral.
   Funeral services will be held for the immediate family at 11 a.m., with a deacon from St. Agnes Catholic Church officiating. Graveside services will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville immediately after the funeral, with friends welcome to attend.
     Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com
     In lieu of flowers,  donations can be made to the family.
     Arrangements are being handled by Herrmann Funeral Home of Fowlerville.
Robert Allen Kubiak
    Robert Allen Kubiak, age 62, of Webberville, Michigan passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020. Bob was born July 14, 1957 in Wayne County, MI to John Richard and Wilma Edna (Witte) Kubiak.
    Bob is preceded in death by his parents, sister Diane, and granddaughter Rose Shunn.
     Left to cherish his memory is his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Debbie. He is also survived by daughter, Stacie (Michael) Shunn; son, Jason (Cherie) Kubiak; grandchildren, Kyle, Katelyn, Violet, Tyler, Wade, and Wesley.  Also surviving him are his brothers, Richard (Nancy) Kubiak, Donald Kubiak, Jeff (Marei) Kubiak; and by many treasured aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.
     The most important things in his life were his children and grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as Papa. He loved sports and never missed the chance to attend one of their games or activities. If he wasn't in the bleachers cheering on his grandchildren, he could be found at the closest blackjack table or bingo hall. Bob, a lifetime Webberville FFA member and former officer, had a green thumb. He took great pride in his large backyard garden, forming Father & Son Fresh Produce and selling produce at farmers’ markets in Ingham and Livingston Counties for many years. He also loved animals, the Detroit Tigers, and MSU sports.
    A private family burial will take place on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  We will be celebrating the legacy of Robert in the future when we can all be together. Until then raise a toast to him and celebrate his memory.
    Bob was not a veteran but he greatly respected and appreciated their sacrifice and service.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fowlerville VFW Post 6464, 215 S. Detroit Street, Fowlerville, Michigan 48836.
    Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grwilliamston.com for the Kubiak family.
Lowell I. Nims
    Lowell I. Nims, age 70, lifelong resident of Webberville, passed away May 25, 2020. Born Sept 8, 1949 to Earnest and Ila Mae (Lillywhite) Nims. He worked for the Livingston County Road Commission for 33 years before retiring in 2015. 
    He is survived by his beloved wife Kimberly Hunter; children Andrea Nims, Earnest (Robin) Nims, Melissa Nims (Marty Chilvers), Caitlin (Kelsey) Bongard, Jeffrey Nims, Michaela (Jesse) Stricklin; step-children Matthew (Michelle) Duprey and Sonya (Dennis) Ward. Grandchildren Olivia, Myrrah, Benjamin, Harry, Rocco, Sarah, Noah, Maelynn, and Jonathan. Mother-in-law Donna Hunter (Harold Resh) and sister-in-laws Cathy (Jeff) Misze, Sharolyn Hunter (Doug Edgar) as well as many extended family and friends. 
    He is pre-deceased by his parents, brothers Lynwood, Larry and LaVern, sister LaDonna Freeze and grandson Hunter. 
     Cremation has taken place. A final resting place at Alchin Farms Cemetery will take place on June 5, 2020.  Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com
Cindy Faye Blucher
    Cindy Faye Blucher, age 63, went to be with Our Lord and Savior on Monday, May 25, 2020.  She was a longtime resident of Fowlerville.  
    Cindy was born to John and Ruth Roskovensky (both deceased) on August 5, 1956 in Highland Park, MI.  She graduated from Troy High School in 1975.  
     She married  to Dean Blucher (deceased-2002) in December 1976 in Troy, MI. They had 3 sons: Erich, Bradley and Kurt (deceased-1999). Beloved sister to Debbie Edwards (Fowlerville), Belinda Edwards (Davison, MI), and Teri Whitbeck (deceased-2020). Very Special Aunt to Kimberly, John, Joseph,  Katie, Greg, Ken, Mandy, and Jenny. 
    Cindy met Chuck Sullivan in 2010 and began a loving, adventurous new relationship.  She especially enjoyed being a “Special Aunt Grandma” to Haley, Arin, Trever and Annabelle Szumlinski. She is the retired goalie for The Lady Blues Hockey Team, and she loved her sisterhood of teammates.  She was an active member of the Calvary Bible Church in Cohoctah, MI.  
     She will be remembered by everyone for her kind and  gentle spirit and her williness to always pitch in to help anyway she could.  Her cheerfulness lit up every room she entered. Her absence leaves a void no one else could ever fill.  
    Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrrmannfuneralhome.com.
Now is time to prepare projects for Open Class Competition at fair
   The Fowlerville Family Fair is less than two months away and now is the time to prepare your projects for the Open Class Competition.
 With summer finally here and gardening activities interesting more people all the time, both Floriculture and Horticulture classes are open to both Youth and Adult competitors.  Garden flowers and house plants add beauty to the Open Class display area and home grown items amaze fairgoers every year.
   There are special classes for many varieties of garden flowers and house plants; they can be arranged in both baskets and vases.  House plants can be individual items, or a collection, both single and arrangements.  Planters and Fairy Gardens also can be entered into the fair competition.
   The garden stores are busier this year than in recent times, due to the Covid pandemic.  Americans are returning to vegetable gardens to supplement their food supplies, and to create a self-sustaining home.  Some of the fresh produce can be entered in the Horticulture department; now is the time to be nurturing a garden so that the plants are producing by Fair.  Again, there are sections for both adults and youth.
   Livingston County is largely rural, and many residents are involved in a variety of Agricultural activities.  Growing of grains, legumes, corn, and hay, as well as involvement in agricultural products like honey and maple syrup, wine, cheeses and other dairy, and many kinds of wool all locally grown here, have specific areas in Open Class for Youth and Adult age groups.
   Now is the time to plan your entry into the competition, and to submit the entry registration.  Fair books are now available online at www.fowlervillefamilyfair.com.  Hovering over the "Fair" heading will drop a menu that includes Open Class and the fair book; registration can be completed both online and by US Mail.  Be sure to read the entry details for rules and deadlines.  Most registration and the entry fee is due in the fair office by July 1. 
     For those unable to access Open Class information on line, please call the Fair Office at 517-223-8186 for further assistance.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Gerald Edmund Alchin
    Gerald Edmund Alchin of Webberville passed away on May 17, 2020 after battling Alzheimer’s Disease. Gerald was born on September 30, 1936 in Webberville to Elmer and Catherine (Oesterle) Alchin. He grew up working on the family farm, first in Howell and then in Webberville. 
    Upon graduating from Webberville High School in 1954, he became interested in construction and entered the field of plumbing. In 1966, Gerald started his own business, Alchin Plumbing Inc., of which he was owner/operator until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of the Lansing Mechanical Contractors Association, serving as an officer for multiple years and earning Emeritus status, and was a member/contractor of Lansing Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 388/333 from 1965 until retirement.
    Gerald was also a longtime member of the Michigan Master Plumbers & Mechanical Contractors Association, winning Contractor of the Year honors in 1989, and serving as president during 1992-1993, eventually winning the MPMCA Lifetime Award. He also owned the Webberville Hardware during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
    Gerald was a very hard worker, but also loved spending time with his family and many friends. He had a gift for storytelling, and liked to tell jokes as well, followed by his own big laugh. He treasured time spent having breakfast daily with friends at the local restaurant round table, in his words, “solving the problems of the world”. 
    Gerald enjoyed traveling, many times to professional or school board conferences around the country, and other times to campgrounds or to visit friends. Other pastimes included watching U-M sports, Tigers baseball and golf.
    He was a devoted father and grandfather and enjoyed attending his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sports activities. In later life, Gerald developed an interest in toy tractors, and over time acquired an impressive collection. He carried an exceptionally deep love for Christmas throughout his entire life, buying too many presents for children and grandchildren, inviting friends and
neighbors to home Christmas parties, and spending many years suited up as Santa’s helper.
    Gerald was proud of and involved with his community, and belonged to the Webberville Lion’s Club, United Methodist Church, and Masonic Lodge/Elf Kurafeh Shrine, and was named Webberville Citizen of the Year in 1992. He served 24 years on the Webberville School Board and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Webberville FFA and Ingham County 4-H Club. He also served 28 years on the Leroy Township Board.
    Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Catherine (Oesterle) Alchin, and by his brother Ken Alchin (Barbara) and sister JoAnn Wallace (Keith). Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Barbara (White), children: Gary Alchin (LorinYeater),  Lori Morris (Rob), and Gregg Alchin (Sara),  grandchildren: Daniel, Claire, Caroline, Gwynne and Andrew, and sister Judy Thornton (Ray).
    Interment will take place at Alchin Farm Cemetery in Webberville. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions in Gerald’s name may be given to either the Webberville United Methodist Church Building Fund (4215 Holt Rd., Webberville, 48892) or to the Webberville FFA Scholarship Fund (309 E. Grand River Ave., Webberville, MI 48892).
   Arrangments were handled by the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamston Chapel. 
Sharlon K. Peters
   Sharlon K. Peters, 76, born May 28, 1943 in Fowlerville, MI, went to be with her Lord on May 15, 2020. Sharlon was a graduate of Webberville High School and retired from Michigan Millers after 44 years of service in November 2009. Shar greatly enjoyed attending dance competitions, snowmobiling with her brothers; was an avid reader, and loved her cats, rescuing and adopting several in her lifetime.  Shar was the kindest soul who never met a stranger, but made a new friend everywhere she went.  She loved giving and spreading her love with all. 
     She adored all of her family, her mother, Velna Hoag, brothers Don (Ruth) Hoag, Ron (Connie) Hoag, sisters Carol Hawley and Mary (Harry) Fields; also many beloved nieces and nephews.  Shar doted on her daughter Nancy, worshiped her granddaughter Kaylynn and tolerated her favorite son-in-law Keith King.  She was preceded in death by her father Lafayette Hoag and niece Lisa Borchard.
    Out of respect and concern for public health and safety, the family has chosen to postpone services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Sharlon Peters may be made to the Lisa (Hoag) Borchard Scholarship Fund, 1138 Riverview Court, Williamston, MI 48895 or the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906.  Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com 
Michael B. Recker (MR)
    Michael B. (MR)  Recker, 77, of Sun City West, Arizona, died May 7, 2020 following a lingering illness. Born (Thanksgiving Day) November 26, 1942 in Detroit to Bernard ‘Bud’ and Bernice ‘Bunny’ (Joly) Recker.
   Mike spent his early years in the greater Detroit area. Moving to Howell, he attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Howell High. The family relocated to Bay City where Mike graduated from Bay City Central—Class of 1962.
   As a young boy Mike loved baseball. He enjoyed telling the story of mowing the yard of Detroit Tiger great Al Kaline when Kaline first became a Detroit Tiger. In Howell Little League, Mike had the distinction of throwing out the first pitch at the “new” Paul Bennett Field that is still in use. One summer, he also played AAA with another Detroit Tiger great, Willie Horton.
   In 1970, Mike joined the Livingston County Sheriff Department. In 1974, he received a Medal & Citation for Valor and Bravery and in 1976, he was selected Officer of the Year. During this tenure he was a member of the MSP undercover narcotics team (WANT). Mike also served on the Fowlerville Village Council, and he was named one of the Michigan Jaycees’ Top Five ‘Outstanding Young Men in Michigan’ in 1978.
   In the 1980’s, Mike joined the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department as a Sergeant in charge of Jail Operations. While with the WCSD, he enjoyed being a member of the security detail for  University of Michigan football coach, Bo Schembechler. Following his retirmenet from the WCSD, Mike worked for five years in Corrections with the Maricopa County Sheriff Department in Arizona.
    Mike is survived by wife Susan, son Edward Fortin (Kari) of Ohio, and daughter Trudy (Jimi) May of Howell, 2 stepdaughters, 7 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, various cousins, and friends in Michigan and Arizona.
   He was predeceased by his parents and son, Troy (2007). 
    No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation has taken placee. Memorials in Mike’s name may be made to Hospice of the Vally at www.hov.org.
Fowlerville High to hold virtual graduation next Sunday, 
May 31, followed by car processional June 7
   Given that a traditional, in-person commencement ceremony would not happen in the near future, Fowlerville school officials are holding a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 next Sunday, May 31, followed by a car processional on Sunday, June 7.
    Bradford Lusk, the high school principal, said that the virtual event—which starts at 2 p.m.—will attempt “to mimick a traditonal graduation as much as possible.”
    “The pictures of each of our seniors will be shown and there’ll be the music of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’,” he said. “One of the seniors, Jacob King, will sing the National Anthem. Then Superintendent Wayne Roedel and I will give our welcoming speeches, and Mike Brown, the school board president, will introduce members of the board of education.”
   Also giving addresses will be Summer Brooke McLane Svoboda, the valedictorian, and Josh Harper, the salutatorian. One of the class officers, Jordan Davidson, will thank the senior class advisor, Jason Speery.
    Lusk said that the Class of 2020 has 175 graduating seniors.
    The ceremony will be shown on the high school’s You Tube channel. Anyone wishing to view it can Google fhsglads to access You Tube.
   “The speeches will be prerecorded, but the ceremony will start at 2 p.m. on our You Tube channel at the same time it would have were it the regular in-person event,” Lusk said.
   Fowlerville normally holds its commencement exercises on the first Sunday after Memorial Day.
   In order for the seniors to enjoy a ‘live’ celebration and final gathering as a class, a procession will take place the following Sunday, June 7. Each of the graduates, wearing their graduation cap and gown, will be driven along Grand River in a vehicle from the fairgrounds, through the Downtown, to Hibbard Street, and then through the school campus to the high school
   At the Main 4 interection of the Downtown, each senior will be introduced and receive their diploma. After reaching the school grounds, each of them will have their photo taken.
   In case of rain, the procession will be held on June 14.
   Lusk said the decision to hold the virtual graduation ceremony, followed by the processional came when it became apparent that an in-person event would not be possible in the near future.
   “All the signs show that a larger gathering of people was not likely to happen anytime soon,” he said. “We wanted to do the best could under the circumstances and have a celebration for the kids and given them a unique graduation.” 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Freda May Peckens
    Freda May Peckens, formerly of Fowlerville, Michigan, passed away on May 9, 2020 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Gordon Miner at Raleigh, NC. She was born in Green Oak Township, MI, on April 14, 1916 to Annie and Wesley Worden and had recently celebrated her 104th birthday. 
     Freda graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1934 and married Earl C. Peckens in 1936 (deceased in 1994). They had three children: Ralph E. (deceased 2004), Laura L. Coats (Aurora, CO), and Linda K. (Raleigh, NC). She had five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. 
    Freda’s husband, Earl, operated the Fowlerville airports (Newton Field and later Maple Grove). He taught all of his children to fly, and they all soloed at the age of 16. He also taught Freda to fly, and she soloed at the age of 50. The idea was that she could land the plane if he had a medical condition on one of their numerous flights. 
    Freda has ridden in many types of flying machines, including open cockpit, breezies, helicopters, balloon, and commercial jets. She experienced all forms of transportation and had ridden on such things as horse and buggy, motorcycle-sidecar, boats, and even an elephant. Freda and Earl were fortunate to be able to travel across much of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. They also visited England, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, India, and Costa Rica. 
    As age crept up on Freda, she moved to Raleigh in 2006. Freda is a lifetime member of Eastern Star. She was an avid card and Rummykub player and delighted in beating her son-in-law. She played golf until the age of 83 at the Oak Lane Golf Course in Webberville, MI. 
     The family would like to thank James Ferry and Harry Montgomery (White Memorial Presbyterian Church) for serving Communion at the home the past two years. They also appreciate the home care provided by Bayada and Transitions Life Care. Due to current circumstances, a memorial service and interment will be planned for a later date in Michigan.  
Webberville Elementary still accepting preschool & kindergarten enrollments 
   It’s not too late to enroll your child for Preschool or Kindergarten at Webberville Elementary School!  Please fill out/submit the form at www.webbervilleschools.org (see Pre-K/Kindergarten Enrollment under District news) and we will contact you.  You may also call Mrs. Davis at (517) 521-3071, extension 7935 for questions.  Thank you!  We look forward to meeting our newest STARS! 
Howell Nature Center plans soft re-opening for public on 
May 29
    The Howell Nature Center (HNC) announces their plan for a soft re-open to the public with a target date of May 29. 
      The HNC has been working closely with local health officials and is confident in their newly updated health and safety protocols. 
     “During the financial fallback of COVID-19, our community has helped us heal through their abundance of kindness. We want to be there for our HNC extended family and provide an opportunity for families to get outside in a healthy and responsible way. Of course, we want to re-open our gates in the right way that maximizes safety for everyone involved. It’s really important to us that we are as safe as possible not only for our guests, but also for our staff and animals,” said John “JC” Carlson, CEO.
     HNC is targeting Friday, May 29, as their re-open date, giving them time to slowly bring staff and volunteers back and ensure all health and safety COVID-19 mitigation protocols are in place and operational. They will be operating at a much-reduced capacity to optimize guest and staff safety, opening the Wild Wonders Wildlife Park by reservation only. The NatureScape and Nature Zone will remain closed temporarily. Guests will need to make a reservation online through HOWELLNATURECENTER.ORG, which will allow HNC to closely monitor attendance. Admission will only be accepted digitally, and no cash transactions will take place. Admission is FREE for essential workers and their families with any proof of employment. HNC will also be announcing special hours for our frontline heroes.  All guests must check-in with the gatekeeper upon arrival. John “JC” Carlson emphasizes, “We ask that our guests patiently work with us to help keep our community safe.”
     While Nature Center staff have greatly missed the laughter of children as they play and learn, they have been using this time wisely to accomplish exciting renovations. “Thanks to funds from the e2 Grant (supporting educational and environmental initiatives Worldwide) from Chem-Trend’s parent company Freudenberg, we are finishing Phase One of major renovations to our Wild Wonders Wildlife Park to make the trails more accessible to all visitors. Phase Two will take place in 2021 and focus on environmental educational interpretives. 
     “We are excited to unveil a new landscape that is easier to traverse for parents with strollers and those with mobility challenges,” said Laura Butler, Director of Wildlife and Education.
     Follow them on Facebook or visit their website at HOWELLNATURECENTER.ORG to pre-register for your visit and to stay-up-to-date on current information 
Fowlerville Fun in the Ville celebration cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
   Organizers of Fowlerville Fun in the Ville announced last week that the annual celebration held at the Centennial Park was being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was planned for Saturday, June 13.
   In making the announcement, organizers said that  “As a committee we hung on as long as possible before having to make a decision.  It was our hope that we could still have our event, but with the State of Emergency currently not ending until May 28th we know that it would be very unlikely that our State would be open enough to have a gathering of our size on June 13th.”   
    The Fun in the Ville Committee said that they would now begin making plans for next year’s celebration on June 12. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Eleanor Margaret (Krebs) Messner
    Eleanor Margaret (Krebs) Messner began her new life in heaven on April 30, 2020 at the age of 92.   She was born in August 1927 in Detroit to parents Lena and Fredrick Krebs,  and moved to Fowlerville at the age of three.  She lived there until 2010 when she moved to DeWitt to be close to her daughter, Laura.   Eleanor is survived by daughter Linda Seufert [DeWitt MI], son George (Doreen) Messner  [Howell MI], and daughter Laura Masterson [DeWitt MI].     
     In addition, she is survived by Grandson Adam (Kristi) Koehn and great grandchildren Grant, Victoria and Elizabeth [Elbert CO]; Grandson Brian Koehn [Breckenridge CO]; granddaughter Tina (Terry) Rabideau and great grandson Christian [Commerce MI]; granddaughter Kelly Stomp and great grandson Cole [Davison MI]; granddaughter Jessica (Michael) Messner McDaniel and great grandchildren Emma and Levi [Bann, Germany]; Grandson Lewis (Claire) Messner [Ft. Collins, CO]; Grandson Nathanael (Kathryn) Messner [Howell, MI]; Grandson Jason (Liz) Masterson and great grandson Jackson [DeWitt MI]; Grandson Jeremy (Natalie) Leonard and granddaughters Annabelle and Juliette [DeWitt MI}.  
      She was welcomed into heaven by brother Walter Krebs, husband Roland Messner, granddaughter Valerie (Masterson) Leonard and grandson Daniel Masterson. 
     Eleanor saw beauty in all things around her.  Some of her favorites were flowers of any kind, the clouds in the sky and the glittering crystals of ice on the snow.  She was a gifted artist and began painting in her preteen years.   At age 12 she began lettering windows ‘in memory of’ at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fowlerville.  This skill grew into a business of sign painting in her adult years. She painted bill boards, semi trucks and doors/windows of business establishments in the Fowlerville and Howell area.  She was an avid photographer and would transfer the image into a landscape oil painting. She even dabbled in portraits.  Her adventurous artistic gifts expanded (at age 63) to carving a life size heron and a full size goose  from walnut.  Eleanor also was an accomplished seamstress, not only creating clothing for her family but also customized wedding dresses for friends. Eleanor was a great cook and the grandchildren always begged for her ‘beef meat, carrots and potatoes’ to be followed up by German chocolate cake.   Another favorite was her lemon meringue pie.
     Eleanor loved to travel with her husband Roland.  Together they traveled to the western national parks twice; sailed the Great Lakes of Michigan and then Florida coast with friends and visited her family in Germany.  In her later years, she took granddaughters Valerie and Jessica to Germany to meet their relations and again returned alone to visit family. 
Eleanor graduated from Fowlerville High School, worked at Howell Motors for three years.  She met future husband Roland while attending weekly dancing events in Mason with her brother Walter.  They married in April of 1948.  Her first home was on Howell/Mason Road and then they moved to S. Fowlerville Road where they farmed 80 acres, raised Angus cattle, cultivated a huge garden and canned the produce, and worked alongside their three children in all their 4-H projects.   There was a woodlot on the farm, and she loved to hunt for morel mushrooms, pick hickory nuts and ice skate on the pond in the woods.  She searched for and collected all kinds of rocks, but especially loved the ‘pudding stones’.   
     Eleanor had a strong faith in her Lord Jesus Christ.  She would tell of the day, when she was 9, that she met the Lord and became infused with His Spirit.  She always referred to the trinity as ‘her three Fathers’ and would talk to them continually.  She ended most days sitting on the couch and reading from her worn bible.   She attended St. Johns Lutheran Church in Fowlerville from age 3 until she moved to DeWitt in 2009.  She then attended Mt. Hope Church in Lansing with daughter Laura. 
     Eleanor lived a long and full life.  She loved her family with passion.  She is now healed, well and whole, living on the other side, ready to greet her loved ones.  Cremation has taken place.  A private family burial at Greenwood Cemetery will take place.  Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com 
Charles William Furtaw
      Charles (Charlie, Chas) William Furtaw, age 80, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Ocala, Fla. surrounded by his friends.
     Charles is survived by many friends from Oscoda, Romeo and Fowlerville, and Ocala, Fla. Charlie was a good man that loved golf, always ready to talk, listen or tell a joke and loved walking his dog Daisy. He will be remembered for his athletic ability, wit, and fun attitude.
    Charles was born in Oscoda on Jan. 11, 1940 to Arthur and Mable Furtaw. He was an athlete in basketball, baseball, football and track. He was also the Senior Class President of the Student Council and member of the Key Club, Junior and Senior Plays and the Varsity Club.
     He went to Central Michigan University where he got his BSA in education. He taught physical education and history in Oscoda. He then went to Fowlerville and taught social studies and was a golf coach.
     Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mable (Freer) Furtaw, Arthur (Artie) Furtaw; and friend, Sheila (Covey) Christensen.
     Memorial services will be held later this summer in Oscoda.
William J. David
     William J. David, age 86, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2020 at his home in Fowlerville, MI.  He was born on January 14, 1934 in Bad Axe, MI to Ford and Lillie (Lenaway) David. William “Bill” David had been a member of the Fowlerville community since 1968 when he purchased a farm and moved his family from Warren, MI.
     He spent his youth in Royal Oak, graduating from Royal Oak High School in 1952. He married Lillie Ann Hilzinger, also of Royal Oak, in April 1953.  Bill started his successful career as a sheet metal engineer and eventually fulfilled his lifetime dream of farming full time.  He was affectionately referred to as “Farmer Bill” and delighted when young children mistook him for Santa Claus.
     He was a member of the Detroit Curling Club, built numerous projects of his own design, performed in a Barber Shop Quartet, never lacked for a dance partner and truly never met a stranger. Bill loved his family and farm, and his favorite hobbies included camping, hunting, and fishing.  He especially enjoyed celebrating life with family and friends.   
     He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lillie Ann; sister Marion (Robert) Krupitzer; daughters Bonnie (Paul) David-Such, Mary Ellen Loomis, Martha (William) Christine; sons William F. (Kelly) David and John David; nine grandchildren;five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  
     A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date for friends and family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph Mercy Homecare & Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 
Hazel Leinenger
    Hazel Leinenger, 74 years of age, who lived in Fowlerville, Michigan for the last 30 years, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Born in Frostburg, Maryland on October 9, 1945, she was the daughter of the late William Walter Ross, Sr. and Alretta Mae Loar Ross. 
     In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister Thelma Cowart and her two brothers Richard and Walter Ross. Hazel is survived by her oldest son Lance Leinenger and his wife Jennifer Leinenger (Stockwell), her youngest son Forrest Leinenger, and Hazel’s two remaining sisters Virginia Madil and Freda Lake. 
    Hazel lived in the Village of Fowlerville since 1990. She will be best remembered as the friendly smiling face at the Fowlerville Walmart. 
    Visitation was on Monday, May 4, 2020 from 10:00 until the service time at noon at Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com 
Richard Henry Gehringer
     Richard Henry Gehringer, 75, Speedway, Indiana, passed away on April 29, 2020.  Richard was the loving husband of Linda who passed away in August, 2018 and they are now together once again. 
    Richard was born in Adrian, Michigan on February 28, 1945, son to the late Claude and Catherine Gehringer.  He graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1963.  Richard worked in the automotive paint/parts industry his entire life, retiring in 2014.  Richard was recently employed with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum as a host. He was awarded a ROSE recognition which is given to outstanding employees in the hospitality service industry.  He received this award because of his helpfulness to others, knowledge of race cars and his sweet smile.  
     Richard leaves behind his two daughters: Jayme Gehringer of Speedway, IN and Liz (Mike) Stevens of Lebanon, OH; grandsons, Jake and Eli and great-grandson, Bentley. His brother, Tom, predeceased him in 2011. He is survived by his sister, Karen (Barry) Andrus of Ada, MI.,  along with cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends – especially those that loved to go hunting or play golf with him.
   A celebration of life will be held later this year in Michigan.  Memorial donations in his name can be made to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum https://indyracingmuseum.org/join-and-give/donate/ 
Eastern Ingham Farmers Market to open as scheduled on Sunday, May 17
      Market Manager Tom Cary and the Board of Directors of Sowing Growth, the non-profit operating the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston, are busy preparing for the May 17th Opening Day of the Farmers Market in the McCormick Park parking lot in Williamston. The Market will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
     The Market is directing any vendor or volunteer and asking customers to: 
    -- stay home if they feel ill
    --wear masks
    --avoid touching their faces and vendor products, and 
    --wash their hands regularly. There will be at least two hand washing stations available at the Market for visitors and vendors.  
    --take advantage of the Market's new pre-order/pre-pay/pickup system with details on the Market website (www.EasternInghamFarmersMarket.org)
      --be efficient when purchasing directly from vendors using a prepared shopping list. 
    Market Manager Tom Cary noted that “We will be open to provide fresh, healthy food, but the Market will look and feel different due to COVID-19 operational changes for the foreseeable future, including modifying the Market’s layout to accommodate social distancing of pedestrian traffic. We will also have a preorder/prepay/pickup booth for customers who took advantage of that option by ordering the week before each Market.”
     The Market will have one-way pedestrian traffic with 6-foot markings on the pavement along with signs to remind patrons to observe this distance, similar to what grocery stores are doing. Vendors will be assigned to every other space to assure at least 6 feet of space between vendor stalls.  Prepared food will be pre-packaged and available as take-out only. 
     The Market will continue to participate in food assistance programs.
     Contact Market Manager Tom Cary at 517-525-5293 or email him at EasternInghamFM@gmail.com with any questions about the Market, the food assistance programs, becoming a vendor, or becoming a volunteer.  Given the enhanced safety precautions at the Market this season, volunteers are a particular need. 
      Updates and additional information on the May 17, 2020 Opening Day of the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market will be posted on the Market’s Facebook page and its website at easterninghamfarmersmarket.org, and in its weekly newsletter

Flowering Plant Sale to benefit Farmers Market: Orders due Tuesday, May 12
     It's not too late to purchase some beautiful flowering plants that will be perfect for your yard and garden this year. This sale supports the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston to purchase equipment and supplies. With COVID-19, more equipment and protective gear needs to be in place to operate this year’s Market.
     The plants (Weigela, hydrangea, rose-of-Sharon, Ringo rosa, Shasta daisy, dianthus, dwarf lilac) were carefully chosen because of their popularity, their show of color, and because they are perfect for our growing zone. They will make a super gift. They are Michigan-grown by the Four Star Nursery & Dusty Acres in Fowlerville. 
      Order online by May 12 with delivery at the Market on May 24th: www.EasternInghamFarmersMarket.org and click on "order online" where you will see illustrations of, and details about, each plant.
     This fundraiser will also have these beautiful plants for sale at all the May Farmers Markets (Sunday, May 17, 24, 31) but the cost of purchasing plants at the Market will likely be higher, so pre-Market purchases are encouraged.       
      Each order will be confirmed by email, providing details of the pickup. Thank you for supporting the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston!