Saturday, February 15, 2020

Judy D. Griffen
     Judy D. Griffen, age 77 of Fowlerville, died suddenly at her home on February 5, 2020. She was born on August 20, 1942 in Fowlerville.  Preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Eleanor (Hatt) Coggins; her husband of 31 years, Richard Griffen of Redford and her sister, Shyann Arnold of Fowlerville.
    Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who cherished spending time with her family, a love of the southwest, country music, Elvis, and the Detroit Red Wings.
     Survivors include her children, Lou Ann Holbrook, Bonnie Tuttle, Shane (Dee) Holbrook, and Shonda (David) Collins; 12 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Skip (Shirley) Coggins; a sister, Nancy Arnold; and a sister-in-law, Joan Bonine.
    Friends and family are invited for a memorial luncheon that is being held at the American Legion, 3265 W. Grand River Ave., Howell at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16, 2020.
     The family wishes to thank those who have extended their emotional support for Judy during our time of grief.

St. Mary’s Catholic in Pinckney to hold ‘The Fabulous 50s’ Auction on Feb. 22
   ‘The Fabulous 50s’ Auction includes dinner, cocktails, live & silent auction and 1950s tunes. Put on your poodle skirt and come out to St. Mary's in Pinckney for a night of fun. Bid on an Alaskan cruise, lake house vacation, golf trips, spa days and more. Or just come for the fun dress up and music. Only $25 a ticket. Saturday, February, 22nd at 6pm. St. Mary's Pinckney, located at 10601 Dexter-Pinckney Rd.

Millville United Methodist Church holding Soup Cook Off on Feb. 29
   The Millville United Methodist Church is holding its 7th Annual Soup Cook Off on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 12 noon to 2pm.  Cost is a donation of $5 for a bowl of soup or 5 samples. Proceeds will go to Lansing City Rescue.  Millville UMC is located at 1932 N. M-52 Stockbridge.  For more information, call 517-851-7853.

Livingston Fine Art Association meeting on Feb. 25 at First Presbyterian Church
   The Livingston Fine Art Association will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the First Presbyterian Church in Howell.  Doors open at 6:30pm, and the meeting begins at 7:00pm.  Use the rear entrance under the green canopy.
   The speaker will be David Larwa, who specializes in Origami.  David will discuss the history, art & design of origami. 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: https://lfaaofmi.com or find us 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: 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 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 program.
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Cozy Crafting Around the Fireplace: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Adult Drop-in. Join us at the library for an opportunity to work on current craft projects and to socialize with other crafters.  Bring your knitting, needlepoint, or other current craft project to work on in the library around the cozy fireplace. 
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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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SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Leap Year at the Library: Wednesday, February 19th 5:30-6:30pm
K-5th Graders. What is Leap Year? Learn about this extra special day by listening to a story, making a time capsule and more!
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Makeup and Skincare with Liz: Thursday, February 20th 7-9pm
Adults and Teens. Liz Goble, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, will lead a skin care tutorial and everyone will get to try a face mask! Bring your make-up and questions… Liz has the answers! Please come make-up free and bring a washcloth for your use.
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Beyond the Book Series--What the Eyes Don’t See by Mona Hanna-Attisha: Thursday, February 27th 6:30pm
Adults. Rescheduled from Feb 6th. This month we are reading Great Michigan Reads selection What the Eyes Don’t See. In conjunction with the Great Michigan Reads selection we will be viewing the documentary Poison Water and a guided discussion will follow the film.
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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 free preschool program and, if ready, you can even register your child for preschool that night.
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Beyond the Book Series—All Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg: Thursday, March 5th6:30pm
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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     Follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org.

Crossroads United Methodist Church offering Swiss steak dinner on Feb. 29
    Crossroads United Methodist Church will offer the second in its 2020 winter series of Swiss steak dinners for the public on Saturday, February 29.  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 March 28, 2020.  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.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Lillian Lucille Culver
    Lillian Lucille Culver, age 96, passed away peacefully on February 5, 2020.  She was born August 18, 1923 in Fenton, Michigan to Ray and Mary Robinson.  She married Stanley Culver in March of 1949. He preceded her in death in 2012.  Also preceding her in death was a son Gary.  
    Lillian loved to bake and cook.  She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Lillian always had a smile on her face.  
    Lillian is survived by her brother, Paul; daughter, Carolyn; sons, David (Sharyl), Ken (Dianna), and Don (Lee) Culver; also many grandchildren and great grandchildren.    
    Visitation was being held at Herrmann Funeral Home on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at noon, with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating.  Burial was to follow at Greenwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or the Family Impact Center.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Babbette “Babs” Fern Bennett
    Babbette “Babs” Fern Bennett, age 67 of Fowlerville, passed away at her home early Thursday afternoon, January 30, 2020 while surrounded by her loving family and following a long and courageous battle with A.L.S.   Born in Howell on January 8, 1953, she was the daughter of the late George F. and the late Mable “Polly” (LaMott) Austin.  
     Babs had been a lifelong Howell/Fowlerville resident and a 1971 graduate of Howell High School.  She was a devoted wife and mother and actively participated in her children’s lives in scouting and dance.  She always had a very optimistic outlook on life. 
     Beloved wife of nearly 44 years to Bob Bennett whom she married in Howell on June 12, 1976.  Loving mother of Brianna (Frank Hogarth) Bennett of Williamston and Brandon (Christine) Bennett of Williamston.  Proud and adoring grandmother of Maggie, Mabel, Austin and Mira Bennett.  Sister of Paula Turner of Howell, Terry (Larry) Hodgins of Howell and George (Terrie) Austin, Jr. of White Water, Colorado.  
    A funeral service in honor and celebration of Babs’ life was held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at MacDonald’s Funeral Home, Howell (517-546-2800).  Reverend Herb Wilson, officiated.  Interment followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell.  Memorial contributions are suggested to A.L.S. of Michigan.  Please visit the family’s online guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com

St. John’s Episcopal Church offering Free Breakfast on Feb. 22
   St. John’s Episcopal Church is offering Free Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m. The church is located at 504 Prospect Street, Howell. 


St. John’s Episcopal Church serving pancake supper on Feb. 25
   St. John’s Episcopal Church is serving a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4:30 to 7p.m. A free will offering will be accepted. The church is located at 504 Prospect Street, Howell.

Oak Grove United Methodist to serve pancake breakfast on Feb. 22
   A Pancake Breakfast is being served on Saturday, February 22, 8-10:30 a.m. at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 6686 Oak Grove Road, Howell (5 miles north of M-59). Come enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes with toppings, scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit for a free-will offering. Questions? Please call the church at 517-546-3942.

Love & Logic Parenting Classes return to Family Impact Wellness Center
    Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?  Would you like to hear how other parents are dealing with parenting challenges?  Would you like to learn how to raise a more responsible child?
    Family Impact Centers is excited to bring another session of Parenting the Love & Logic Way to our area.  This highly effective 5-week class will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Family Impact Wellness Center (9430 W. Grand River, just west of Fowlerville) beginning on Wednesday, February 26th and ending on Wednesday, March 25th.  Topics for each week’s session are as follows:
    2/26/20 – Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk and Begging                        
    3/04/20 – Teaching Responsibility Without Losing Their Love               
    3/11/20 – Setting Limits Without Waging War                                       
    3/18/20 – Avoiding Power Struggles                                                                   
    3/25/20 – Guiding Kids to Own and Solve Their Own Problems AND  Teaching Kids to Complete Chores Without Reminders 
     There is no cost for these classes, but registration is requested so that we can have a sufficient number of workbooks available. For more information or to register, please call Barb as soon as possible at Family Impact Centers (517-223-4428) or you may stop in at the FIC office at 735 N. Grand Ave. (across from Fowlerville High School) to pick up a form.  
    Spread the word… Bring a friend. This is a class you won’t want to miss!

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 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. Tally), snacks and drinks… you provide the fun!
* * *
Cozy Crafting Around the Fireplace: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Adult Drop-in. Join us at the library for an opportunity to work on current craft projects and to socialize with other crafters.  Bring your knitting, needlepoint, or other current craft project to work on in the library around the cozy fireplace. 
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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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SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
All Things Chocolate: Thursday, February 13th 7-9pm
Adults. Chocoholics search your favorite chocolate recipes, sweet or savory! Bring one recipe and your dish for sampling. Try all the chocolate dishes and leave with copies of all the recipes.
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Leap Year at the Library: Wednesday, February 19th5:30-6:30pm
k-5thGraders. What is  Leap Year? Learn about this extra special day by listening to a story, making a time capsule and more!
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Makeup and Skincare with Liz: Thursday, February 20th 7-9pm
Adults and Teens. Liz Goble, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, will lead a skin care tutorial. Everyone will get to try a face mask! Bring your makeup and questions… Liz has the answers! Please come make-up free and bring a washcloth for your use.
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4th Annual Preschool Round-Up: Wednesday, 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 free preschool program and, if ready, you can even register your child for preschool that night.
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    Follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org.

Ann Arbor church holding fish fry dinner from Feb. 28 – March 3
   The Old St. Patrick Catholic Church is holding its 42nd Fish Fry Dinner every Friday from Feb. 28 to March 3. Serving takes place 4:30 to 7p.m. Cost is Adults $9.50, Seniors (60+) $8.00, Children (6-11) $6.00 and 5 & under Free. The church is located at 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd., Ann Arbor.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Louis Sommer
   Louis “Jerry” Sommer passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the age of 70 with his wife Barbara by his side.  Jerry is survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Heather (husband Richard), granddaughter Mariella, sister Pam (husband Nelson), and brother Jim (wife Coleen). Jerry was a devout Christian, loving husband and dedicated father.  He was born July 15, 1949 in Howell, Michigan.  Jerry lived his whole life in Livingston County where a mutual friend introduced him to his forever love Barbara, with whom he shared nearly 45 years of marriage. 
   Jerry was a dedicated General Motors employee for over 30 years, working at the G.M. Proving Grounds, but his true passions included farming, using all John Deere equipment, raising cattle, and animals (especially his dogs). 
   Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of his life will take place at Family Life Wesleyan Church at 3720 Rowley Rd Williamston, MI later this spring.  For service details please contact the Family Life Wesleyan Church directly.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Family Life Wesleyan of Williamston or Youth Haven. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Arnold N. Wise
    Arnold N. Wise went home to be with the Lord, with his wife by his side January 25, 2020. Arnold was born on Sept 10, 1937 in Cohoctah, Michigan.
     Preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, one daughter-in-law and one brother. 
      He is survived by his wife, Louise, of 34 years, two sons, two daughters and their husbands, four stepsons and their wives, twenty-five grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.  
    Arnold sold, installed and serviced gasoline and diesel dispensing equipment throughout south and central Michigan for 51 years. For 33 of those years he was self-employed as ANW Maintenance. Arnold enjoyed shopping, bowling, hunting and fishing. He loved mowing grass on his John Deere zero turn and plowing snow on his Kawasaki Mule.
    Cremation has taken place, and a celebration of his life was held at St Joseph Church, 440 East Washington St, Howell, on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at 11:30am. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, or other charity of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Paula E. MacKenzie
    Paula E. MacKenzie passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the age of 81, after a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert A. MacKenzie and her parents Waldo “Gibby” Gibson, Pat Webb and Rene Gibson. Paula is survived by her Daughters Sheryl Eastman & Sandra Maynerich. Son-in-laws Todd Eastman & Joseph Maynerich. Grandson Sean Brooks and Granddaughters Constance Eastman & Christina Ludwig. Siblings Kathy (Ed) Gestar, Waldo (Ira) Gibson and Jenny (Brad) Scott.   
     Paula was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida and moved to Michigan in December 1974. Paula worked side by side with her husband Robert until he retired from Mac Tools. They moved to Fowlerville just after he retired where she stayed busy in her garden and yard. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Very special thank you to caregivers Paula S, Regina W and Barb H.

Plainfield United Methodist to serve Chicken & Biscuit Supper on Feb. 8
   A Chicken and Biscuit Supper will be served at the Plainfield United Methodist Church, 17845 M-36, north of Gregory on Saturday, Feb. 8, starting at 5 pm. Free will donation. Take outs available. All are welcome

Love & Logic Parenting Classes return to Family Impact Wellness Center
    Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?  Would you like to hear how other parents are dealing with parenting challenges?  Would you like to learn how to raise a more responsible child?
    Family Impact Centers is excited to bring another session of Parenting the Love & Logic Way to our area.  This highly effective 5-week class will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Family Impact Wellness Center (9430 W. Grand River, just west of Fowlerville) beginning on Wednesday, February 26th and ending on Thursday, March 25th.  Topics for each week’s session are as follows:
    2/26/20 – Putting an End to Arguing, Back Talk and Begging                   
    3/04/20 – Teaching Responsibility Without Losing Their Love
                
    3/11/20 – Setting Limits Without Waging War
                                       
    3/18/20 – Avoiding Power Struggles
                                                                     
    3/25/20 – Guiding Kids to Own and Solve Their Own Problems AND Teaching Kids to Complete Chores Without Reminders 

     There is no cost for these classes, but registration is requested so that we can have a sufficient number of workbooks available. For more information or to register, please call Barb at Family Impact Centers (517-223-4428) or you may stop in at the FIC office at 735 N. Grand Ave. (across from Fowlerville High School) to pick up a form.

St. Joseph Catholic School hosting Corn Hole Tournament & Chili Cook Off
    St. Joseph Catholic School in Howell is hosting its first annual Corn Hole Tournament and Chili Cook Off on Saturday, Feb. 15. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the first game beginning at 7:15pm. A cash bar will be available. All profits from the event go to the Athletic Fund at St. Joseph Catholic School. 
    Registration deadline is Feb. 9, 2020 -$20 per team tournament entry fee -$10 chili cook off entry -$5 door fee for those not playing in tournament  
    Prize for the Corn Hole Tournament includes: tickets for 2/16/20 U of M basketball game with parking pass & cash prize to winning team 
    Trophy & Gift card prize to Chili Cookoff winner 
    Please contact Tina via text or email to register  T.morrone720@comcast.net (586) 630-2991

Knights of Columbus to host Valentine's Breakfast & Brunch on Feb. 9
    Knights of Columbus Council #8605 invites you to our annual Valentine's Breakfast & Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 9. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 am until 12:30pm in the Lothamer Parish Center at St. Agnes Church in Fowlerville. Dine on a selection of cinnamon french toast, breakfast strata, homemade biscuits and sausage gravy, ham, sausage links, potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt and more. Cost is only $8 for adults, $6 for Senior Citizens, $4 for children 5-12 yrs and under 5 yrs are free. 
    The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization of Catholic gentlemen engaged in helping children and families in need locally and throughout the world.

Fowlerville 4th of July Committee seeking Chili & Soup Contestants
     The Fowlerville 4th of July Committee announced that entries can now be accepted for the 16th Annual Chili Cook-off. This highly successful fundraiser always attracts hundreds of hungry patrons who, year after year, are treated to some of the best chili ever. Proceeds from this event will go towards funding the Livingston County fireworks in Fowlerville, as well as other activities enjoyed on July 4th in downtown Fowlerville.
    The Cook-off will be held on Saturday, March 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Fowlerville VFW Hall. This year’s event promises to be even more spectacular, with over a dozen fabulous chili’s and for the first time ever we will have homemade soup entries as well. All of this will be accompanied by a full salad bar and several luscious desserts.
     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. The committee will receive completed forms until March 7. Potential contestants are urged to send in entries as soon as possible, as there is a limited number of entries allowed, and space always fills up quickly. 
     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

Livingston Centre Historic Village committee meeting Feb. 6 at fair office 
    Monthly committee meetings of the Livingston Centre Historic Village will resume on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the fair office.  In the event of bad weather, call the fair office to confirm.
     The agenda will include a general activities calendar for 2020.  The first event will be the annual Gramma's Attic Sale on May 14, 15 and 16.  The committee hopes community members will consider donating items for the sale---the biggest fundraiser of the year.  Please remember the Historic Village as you find items you no longer want or need in the coming months.  Donations can be dropped off on Tuesday and Wednesday preceding the sale.  Please watch for more details in coming months.
     Members will also receive a report on the completion of heat installation in the Green Church.  Weddings and other events can now be planned year-around.
     As always, new members are welcome; this first meeting of the year is a great time to get involved---to get acquainted with the group while plans for the coming months are just beginning.  Please consider attending if you want to join in the preservation of Livingston County history.

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 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. Tally), snacks and drinks… you provide the fun!
* * *
Cozy Crafting Around the Fireplace: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Adult Drop-in. Join us at the library for an opportunity to work on current craft projects and to socialize with other crafters.  Bring your knitting, needlepoint, or other current craft project to work on in the library around the cozy fireplace. 
* * *
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
Beyond the Book: Thursday, February 6th 6:30pm
Adults. This month we are reading Great Michigan Reads selection What the Eyes Don’t See.  In conjunction of the Great Michigan Reads selection, we will be viewing the documentary Poison Water; a guided discussion will follow the film.
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Keyboard Frames Craft: Friday, February 7th  5-7pm
6th-12th Graders. Create your own keyboard frames from recycled computer parts. Bring your own 5x7 picture to insert or we will have some inspirational ones available that night.
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All Things Chocolate: Thursday, February 13th 7-9pm
Adults. Chocoholics search your favorite chocolate recipes, sweet or savory! Bring one recipe and your dish for sampling. Try all the chocolate dishes and leave with copies of all the recipes.
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Leap Year at the Library: Wednesday, February 19th  5:30-6:30pm
K-5th Graders. What is  Leap Year? Learn about this extra special day by listening to a story, making a time capsule and more!
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Makeup and Skincare with Liz: Thursday, February 20th 7-9pm
Adults and Teens. Liz Goble, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, will lead a skin care tutorial. Everyone will get to try a face mask! Bring your makeup and questions… Liz has the answers! Please come make-up free and bring a washcloth for your use.
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    Follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org.

Dave King’s ‘Elvis’ being featured at Acoustic Café this Friday, Feb. 7
    The Acoustic Café, held at the Howell Opera House, continues this Friday, Feb. 7, with entertainer Dave King, recognized nationwide for his recreation of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll. 
    Backed by an incredible 10-piece band, King strikes the familiar poses and duplicates the mannerisms that have become synonymous with Elvis. Dave King, with his Top 40 band ‘Celebration’, began performing together in 1974, with a highlight of these shows being the music of Elvis Presley. Some thirty years later, he continues to excite audiences of all ages with the music and memories of the legendary performer. Rolling Stone critic Dave March states, "Dave King's care and excellence to portray the late Presley is uncanny. Other people have rocked, but nobody's done it better."
   The Acoustic Café series runs every Friday night thru March 6. 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.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Robert J. Coll
    Robert J. "Bob" Coll—a resident of Louisville, Kentucky who grew up in Fowlerville—lived a fulfilling life from his beginning in Howell, Michigan, September 1951, with his mother, Anna Mae Miller (deceased), father, Gordon Coll (deceased) and sister, Judith Estfan. He attended Fowlerville High School, Class of 1969, before packing up for Vietnam to serve his country at the age of 17. As a duster for the U.S. Army, he earned a multitude of honors and medals. He was the Quartermaster of the VFW and commander of the American Legion in Rockford, MI. 
     Bob was a storyteller; he had the ability to leave you hanging on to every word and dictation. An embodiment of the term entrepreneur, Bob often spoke of business ventures. After graduating from college in Lansing, he climbed the corporate ladder to success as an executive and multiple business owner. A passion for hot-rods and a mechanical inclination would lead him to a strong community of like-minded individuals and one too many projects. He loved to hunt among friends and rescued his beloved dog, Monty, out in the wilderness. 
    In his 69th year, he died, January 2020, after a tenacious battle with pancreatic cancer. He was blessed with Kimberly "Kim" Coll: his wife and loving caregiver until the time of his death. He raised two sons, Nicholas "Nic" Coll and Vincent "Vinnie" Coll alongside their mother, Karen Coll. He took special pride in his role of 'Grandpa Bob' to Aidan, Coley, Trevor, and Cassie. 
     Robert J. Coll's life is a living example of kind action. His strong values and vivacious personality allowed him to connect with people and inspired him to give generously to others.      Bob will be forever remembered by his many true and loyal friends. 
     It is his wishes that donations be made to the VA hospital in lieu of flowers. 
   A ‘Celebration of Life’ is being held for Bob on Monday,  January 27th, at Owen Funeral Home on Dixie Highway in Louisville, Kentucky. Visiting hours are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. followed by a service at 1 p.m. From there, a military burial will take place at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff.


Willard Warren Dysinger
    Willard Warren Dysinger, age 84, departed this life on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Hospice of Lake Cumberland Jean Waddle Care Center in Kentucky. He was a longtime Fowlerville resident and graduated from Fowlerville High School
    Willard was born on March 13, 1935 in Detroit, MI to the late Herbert Everett Dysinger and Vera May Currie Dysinger. Willard worked as a Press Operator for the Ford Motor Company for 37 years before retiring in 1991. After retiring, he moved to Somerset, Kentucky. He was a Veteran in the United States Army from 1957-1959 and was stationed in Germany. Willard was a member of First Baptist Church and was a former Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He loved his family, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and his church family. He also loved his gang at Alton Blakely when he worked picking up cars for them. 
    He is survived by his wife: Virginia “Ginny” Gail Woods Dysinger, whom he married on March 7, 1958 in Detroit, MI; four children: Kimberly Dawn Dysinger of Oriental, NC; Jill Irene (and Gerry) Jenkins of Fowlerville, MI; Linda Kay LeBlanc of Knoxville, TN; and Kenneth Douglas II (and Monna) Dysinger of Somerset, KY; seven grandchildren: Jesse Currie of San Diego, CA; Chelsea LeBlanc of Knoxville, TN; Lance LeBlanc of Knoxville, TN; Megan (and David) Adkins of Calgary, Alberta; Caleb (and Kaila) Jenkins of Fowlerville, MI; Hallie Dysinger of Somerset, KY; and Cole Dysinger of Somerset, KY; two great-grandchildren, Keilah and Esther Adkins; one sister, Deanna (and Gary) Call of Canton, MI; and many nieces and nephews whom he was very close to.
    Along with his parents, Herbert and Vera Dysinger, he was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Douglas Dysinger and three sisters, Jean McPherson, Irene Walsh, and Leone Thomas.
    Visitation was held on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at First Baptist Church in Somerset, KY. A second visitation was being held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10:00am until 11:00am at First Baptist Church.   His funeral service followed at 11:00am at First Baptist Church with Dr. French Harmon officiating.
    The burial will be on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11:00am at Mill Springs National Cemetery. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post# 38 Honor Guard.
      The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the OVI Children’s Hospital in Memory of Willard Dysinger. Donations may be made online at https://www.ovinternational.org/donate or you may mail them to OVI Children’s Hospital C/O Lake Cumberland Funeral Home P.O. Box 1441 Somerset, KY 42502.
    You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com.
Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Willard Dysinger.

Women United holding ‘Growing Great Kids’ event on Feb. 20
    On Thursday, Feb. 20, both men and women are invited to join Women United in the mission of “Growing Great Kids”. Men are welcome, because our kids need you too! 
     This event will feature Trusted Messenger Training through the nationally-recognized program “Talking is Teaching”; Talk, Read, Sing. As a Trusted Messenger, you will have a better understanding of brain development on future learning, and the information and tools needed to help make a difference in literacy. 
   Women United of Livingston County believes there is a moral and economic imperative to better prepare our children to succeed in school, career, and in life!  
    Its first focus, to improve literacy in Livingston County, was made by initiating a partnership with Livingston Educational Service Agency and their "Talking is Teaching" county-wide campaign, to measurably improve 3rd grade reading over the next 5 years.               
     On February 20th, guests will be trained, engage in a hands-on volunteer activity, network, and have fun! All proceeds from this event will be invested in children’s literacy right here in Livingston County.
    Join us! Please invite your parents, book clubs, friends and business associates to become a Trusted Messenger. 
     RSVP by Friday, February 14th. Register online at https://www.lcunitedway.org/women-united/, call us at 810-494-3000 or find the link on our Facebook page @lcunitedway.
   The event will be at Citizens Insurance, 808 N. Highlander Way, Howell.

Community Theatre of Howell features  ‘Wait Until Dark’ Jan. 31-Feb 9 
   Community Theatre of Howell features ‘Wait Until Dark’ Jan. 31-Feb. 9. The CTH’s production will ratchet up the tension and thrills by placing the audience onstage, just a few feet from the action. Performances are at the Howell High School Freshman Campus 1400 W. Grand River Howell. Purchase your tickets online at www.cththeatre.org or at Maria's School of Dance, Finding Roots, Ed Bock Feed & Stuff, Big Acre, and at the door, or by calling the box office at (517) 545-1290. 


‘Quilts of Valor National’ to celebrate Sew Day on Feb. 1 in American Legion
    Each year ‘Quilts of Valor National’ celebrates Sew Day. They get together to cut, sew, iron, fold, piece, quilt and bind Quilts of Valor. They will be hosting an event on Saturday, Feb. 1, at American Legion Post #141, 3265 W Grand River Ave, Howell, from 10am–2pm. Bring your sewing machine and supplies, cutting supplies, iron and board or just show up to help. Food can be ordered at the hall, and feel free to bring a snack. Contact Terri for more information: 517-404-2693.

Livingston County Concert Band to play music of Great American Composers
    The Livingston County Concert Band will present it's mid-winter concert, "Great American Composers", on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center, Howell High School.  This concert features selections from Leonard Bernstein and James Horner, as well as American Jazz and movie music.
    Admission is $10/adults; $8/seniors (62+) and children and students are free.  Refreshments will be served during intermission.

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. Tally), snacks and drinks… you provide the fun!
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Cozy Crafting Around the Fireplace: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Adult Drop-in. Join us at the library for an opportunity to work on current craft projects and to socialize with other crafters.  Bring your knitting, needlepoint, or other current craft project to work on in the library around the cozy fireplace. 
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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
Classic Game Challenge—Pictionary: Thursday, January 30th 7-9pm
Adults. Create a team of up to 5 or come on your own! Individuals will be grouped to create teams and compete at the first ever classic game team challenge!
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Beyond the Book: Thursday, February 6th 6:30pm
Adults. This month we are reading Great Michigan Reads selection What the Eyes Don’t See.  In conjunction with the Great Michigan Reads selection, we will be viewing the documentary Poison Water a guided discussion will follow the film.
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Keyboard Frames Craft: Friday, February 7th 5-7pm
6th-12th Graders. Create your own keyboard frames from recycled computer parts. Bring your own 5x7 picture to insert or we will have some inspirational ones available that night.
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All Things Chocolate:  Thursday, February 13th 7-9pm
Adults. Chocoholics search your favorite chocolate recipes, sweet or savory! Bring one recipe and your dish for sampling. Try all the chocolate dishes and leave with copies of all the recipes.
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Leap Year at the Library: Wednesday, February 19th5:30-6:30pm
K-5thGraders. What is  Leap Year? Learn about this extra special day by listening to a story, making a time capsule and more!
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Makeup and Skincare with Liz: Thursday, February 20th 7-9pm
Adults and Teens. Liz Goble, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, will lead a skin care tutorial. Everyone will get to try a face mask! Bring your makeup and questions… Liz has the answers! Please come make-up free and bring a washcloth for your use.
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Follow us on Facebook &Instagram: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org.


Crossroads UM Church kicked off winter series of Swiss steak dinners
    Crossroads United Methodist Church is kicking off its 2020 winter series of Swiss steak dinners for the public this Saturday, Jan. 25.  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 Feb. 29.  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. 

Acoustic Café to feature Matthew Ball & his boogie-woogie music on Jan. 31
    This year’s series at the Acoustic Café continues this Friday, Jan. 31, with Matthew Ball, aka the Boogie-Woogie Kid as the featured performer. The concert is held at The Howell Opera House.
   Called the 'fastest fingers in the Mid-west,' Matthew performs an upbeat program of Boogie-n-Blues, Jazz & Ragtime favorites from the Swing-dancin' era of the 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s, with arrangements of American classics like Ain't Misbehavin’, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In, Over the Rainbow, Basin Street Blues, Bumble Boogie, The Entertainer, Glory of Love, and more!  Matthew also writes and sings songs in the spirit of the Era as well. 
     Ball's start in Jazz only began in 2001! A former attorney, Matthew left the practice after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  With a lot of time, work, and effort over the next few years Ball would reach a breakthrough in 2005 with a career-launching performance at the exclusive Arches Piano Stage in Cincinnati where he shared the stage with some of the same musicians that first inspired him to play back in 2001.        Today Matthew is known online and on-stage as THE BOOGIE WOOGIE KID with a performance history that spans everything from symphony appearances to Jazz and Blues festivals.
    The Acoustic Café series runs every Friday night from January 3rd – March 6th. 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.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Carol Sue Whitt
    On January 11, 2020, after 85 full years, Carol Sue Whitt left her earthly home for her heavenly home to be one of the Lord’s Angels.  She was surrounded by her family and lots of love in her final days.
    A matriarch, whose life purpose was being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, has left a big mark in this world and will live on in the hearts she left behind. She worked hard throughout her life, too, which included caring for the elderly, helping at church activities, and making sure her family and friends never went without.  Carol was always there when you needed her, and she did whatever it took to keep all of us in line.
     Carol is survived by her husband, Thomas Whitt Sr. and  5 children, Thomas Whitt Jr., Virginia Whitt, Donald Whitt, David Whitt (Elizabeth), and Daniel Whitt (Nichole).  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Marilyn Kavalauskas and Barbara Pittman. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 4 brothers-in-law, and 3 sisters-in-law.  
    The First United Methodist Church of Fowlerville was Carol's anchor.  They were her second family.  Her memorial is being held there on February 1, 2020 at 11:00 am, with a luncheon to follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in her memory to the First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Second St., Fowlerville, MI  48836. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Ten-year-old raising money to purchase LUCAS CPR device for fire department
   Ten-year-old Lucas Vetter is once again raising funds to purchase a LUCAS machine, only this time it’s for the Fowlerville Fire Department. LUCAS is a hands-free CPR device that is put on a person suffering from a heart attack prior to their being transported to the emergency room. It is hooked up to a machine that does CPR during the drive. The hands free feature allows first responders to buckle up for safety on the way to the hospital rather than having to operate the device.
   The machine costs around $16,000 and due to that high cost not every department has one, or more than one. 
   In October of 2018, over a year ago, the Rose Township youth launched a fundraising effort to buy a second device for the Howell Area Fire Department after seeing one during a visit to the fire hall. His father was doing renovations at the building and had brought Lucas with him during a ‘Take Your Child to Work’ Day. While there, the boy saw the machine in the fire truck and asked questions about it. The firefighters showed him how it worked, which impressed him and prompted him to put together a plan to provide additional devices to Howell and other area departments.
   Thus far he’s raised money to purchase four of the devices—three of them for the Howell Department and one for the Hamburg Township Fire Department.
   With Fowlerville now next on his list, he and his family and friends are hosting a “Lucas for LUCAS” Fundraising Lunch at the Fowlerville Farms this Saturday, Jan. 25. A buffet consisting of pizza, breadsticks, and salad will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. 
   The cost is $7.99 for adults and $4.99 for kids, with 50 percent of each lunch that’s purchased being donated to the  LUCAS fund.
   In addition, a raffle will be held, with prizes given away to the winners and the proceeds also going to the fund.
   Lucas is the son of Matt and Kerry Vetter and is a fourth grader at Holly Academy. 
   Fire Chief John Wright said that obtaining the device would help the department, so the fundraising effort is appreciated.
   “We actually have a need for two of them,” he noted, “but right now we’re focusing on getting the first one.”

Plainfield United Methodist to serve Chicken & Biscuit Supper on Jan. 26
   A Chicken and Biscuit Supper will be served at the Plainfield United Methodist Church, 17845 M-36, north of Gregory on Saturday, Jan. 26, starting at 5 pm. Free will donation. Take outs available. All are welcome.

WCTH Radio Hour to present two shows  on Sunday, Jan. 26, in Howell
   WCTH Radio Hour is a live stage re-creation of radio shows from the 1930s to 1950s. Transport back to the golden age of radio from our audience. All WCTH Radio Hours are FREE. The January Radio Hour will include two radio shows—Superman: The Meteor of Kryptonite and Burns and Allen: Tax Problems. The shows will be performed on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2pm at the Howell High School Freshman Campus on West Grand River. 



Class on Dementia-Related Behavior being offered at Catholic Charities
    Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior is being offered on Wednesday, Jan. 29. This is an educational class, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, to help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to: identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors and list strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors.
    The class is held at Livingston County Catholic Charities, 2020 Grand River Ave., Suite 103, Howell. Free respite is provided upon request. Please call 517-546-9910 to register. 


Howell Commandery Pancake Supper to be served Jan. 31 in Pinckney
   The Howell Commandery Pancake Supper will be served on Friday, Jan. 31, by the Knights Templar of Michigan at the  Livingston Lodge #76, located at 210 Mann St in Pinckney. The supper is from 5-8pm. Adults are $5, children are $3. Under 5 eat free. Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Juice, Coffee, and more are on the menu.

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 after-school group where you can learn more about Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and play Magic the Gathering card game on your own. We provide the Dungeon Master (Ms. Tally), snacks and drinks… you provide the fun!
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Cozy Crafting Around the Fireplace: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Adult Drop-in. Join us at the library for an opportunity to work on current craft projects and to socialize with other crafters.  Bring your knitting, needlepoint, or other current craft project to work on in the library around the cozy fireplace. 
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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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SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Frosty Fun: Wednesday, January 22nd 5:30-6:30pm 
Kids K-5th graders. Join us for snowmen and winter fun. Listen to a story. Make a snowman craft. Have an indoor snowball toss. Play with sensory indoor snow.
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String of Hearts: Thursday, January 23rd 7-9pm
Adults. Create your own string of hearts with wool felting instructor Linda Brodersen. Choose your color at registration.
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Classic Game Challenge—Pictionary: Thursday, January 30th 7-9pm
Adults. Create a team of up to five or come on your own! Individuals will be grouped to create teams and compete at the first ever classic game team challenge!
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Beyond the Book: Thursday, February 6th 6:30pm
Adults. The February Beyond the Book program is reading Great Michigan Reads selection What the Eyes Don’t See.  In conjunction with the Great Michigan Reads selection, we will be viewing the documentary Poison Water. A guided discussion will follow the film.
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Keyboard Frames Craft: Friday, February 7th 5-7pm
6th-12th Graders. Create your own keyboard frames from recycled computer parts. Bring your own 5x7 picture to insert or we will have some inspirational ones available that night.
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All Things Chocolate: Thursday, February 13th 7-9pm
Adults. Chocoholics search your favorite chocolate recipes, sweet or savory! Bring one recipe and your dish for sampling. Try all the chocolate dishes and leave with copies of all the recipes.
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Leap Year at the Library: Wednesday, February 19th5:30-6:30pm
K-5th Graders. What is  Leap Year? Learn about this extra special day by listening to a story, making a time capsule and more
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Makeup and Skincare with Liz: Thursday, February 20th 7-9pm
Adults and Teens. Liz Goble, Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, will lead a skin care tutorial. Everyone will get to try a face mask! Bring your makeup and questions… Liz has the answers! Please come make-up free and bring a washcloth for your use.
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Follow us on Facebook & Instagram: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Gary Eugene Whitford
     Gary E. Whitford, 85, of Fowlerville, passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, January 3, 2020. Gary was born on June 10, 1934 in Lansing. He was part of Webberville High School’s graduating class of 1952.  Upon graduation, Gary served in the United States Navy and then continued serving his country with the Naval Reserves for many years following. He spent many hours working along with his father at the local grocery store, Floyd’s Market, in Webberville until it was sold. He then worked as the butcher at Frank’s IGA in Fowlerville for 32 years until his retirement in 1996. Gary was involved in his community and served as Webberville Village President from late 1976 to early 1978.
     Gary had many interests and kept busy. He was an avid golfer, often taking trips out of state with groups of friends to experience different courses through his years. He was a dedicated sports fan and watched every Spartan game (basketball and football) and stuck by the Lions, good and bad.  In his spare time, he was an amateur wood worker, building special gifts for each child, grandchild and great grandchildren which will be cherished for many years to come. 
    He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Elsa (Jeffrey) Whitford; his daughters, Heidi  McComb and Wendy Whitford; sister, Jolene (Don) Callaghan; grandchildren, Amber (Waylon) McComb-Walter, Kelsey (Eric) McComb-Link, Shelby McComb, Haley Tsuji, Tyler (Clare) O’Tsuji; great grandchildren, Evelyn Link and Isla Link; niece, Kelli Callaghan-Edgar; great nephew, Gabriel Edgar; and great niece, Gaeden Edgar. 
     He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Eugenia Whitford; son-in-law, Kendall McComb; and nephew-in-law, James Edgar. 
     There will be no services held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Gary.

Stana Cekelis
    Stana Cekelis, age 89, of Fowlerville, passed away on January 1, 2020 peacefully at her son’s home.  Born on September 17, 1930 in Yugoslavia to Lazo and Kata Suzich.  Stana worked for many years as a cook at her family's restaurant—The Hitching Post.  
     Her husband, Nick, preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Michael, and many dear friends.    
     Visitation was held on Sunday, January 5th from noon - 4:00 p.m. A funeral service was held on Monday, January 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Janette Meggert officiating.  Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of your choice.  Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Marlene McKinney
    Marlene McKinney was born September 15, 1935, and with her loving family at her side, went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 6, 2020 at the age of 84.  Marlene was the daughter of Leslie and Frances Shoemaker.  
    Marlene graduated from Lake Odessa High School and Grace Seminary College in Winona Lake, Indiana.  She was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish in Williamston. She taught in the following places: St. Mary’s School, Williamston Elementary, Stockbridge, Munith, Gregory, and Grand Rapids Schools. Marlene loved her gift of teaching, which she freely gave to family and friends as well. Marlene was happiest when she was in the company of her family and friends. She loved cooking, bonfires, fishing, traveling and singing.  Singing was a lifelong passion.   
    Marlene is preceded in death by her husband, Robert McKinney (2015); parents, Leslie and Frances Shoemaker; brothers, Don Shoemaker, Dale Shoemaker, Arnold Shoemaker; and sisters, Madellyn Shoemaker, Norma O’Mara, Lorraine Scheidt, Barbara Clark Ockerman; daughter, Ladesca Hudson and son-in law Kevin Hudson; daughter, Andrea Smith; and grandson, Joshua McKinney. 
    Surviving to cherish her memory are children Teresa Pratt and George and Kim McKinney, along with 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
    Visitation was held on Friday, January 10th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 157 High Street, Williamston, Michigan. A family theme song was sung, and the rosary prayed at 7:45pm. A second visitation took place at 10:00am, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00am, with Father Mark Rutherford officiating. 
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Williamston, 157 High Street, and Warrior Family Ministries, 610-A South College Road, Wilmington, N.C. 28403
     Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at www.grwilliamston.com

Williamston Eagles to host Elvis impersonator on Saturday, Jan. 18
     The Williamston Eagles will host an Elvis impersonator on Saturday, Jan. 18. Charlie Vaughn, who comes from Wheelersburg, Ohio, will be entertaining the audience with Elvis’s greatest hits for an hour or more.
    The dinner show is $15 per person and includes the show and a New York Strip Steak or Chicken Breast Dinner with all the fixings. Join us at the Williamston Eagles Club and break up the winter monotony. 
    Please call the club at 517-655-6510 for reservations and more info. Doors open at 3pm, with dinner served from 5 to 8pm or until gone. Show starts at 8pm. Open to the public and free parking.

Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA) monthly meeting  on Jan. 14
    The Livingston County Community Alliance (LCCA) meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30pm at the Livingston County EMS Building (Hartland Room) - 1911 Tooley Road, Howell. This month’s meeting is Jan. 14.
    Please join in this community-wide grassroots anti-drug (prescription drugs, marijuana, underage drinking) coalition to reduce and prevent Livingston County youth substance abuse and to support a safe and drug-free lifestyle. Food is provided. For more info contact Livingston.Community.Alliance@gmail.com


American Legion Auxiliary in Pinckney holding Soup Supper Fundraiser 
   American Legion Auxiliary Unit 419 will host a Soup Supper Fundraiser on Friday, January 17th. The event will be held at Whitewood Rd. in Pinckney from 5-7pm. Cost is $7 per person. Assorted homemade soups, breads and desserts are being served. All proceeds to benefit Auxiliary sponsored programs.  


Foster Parent Information Session  being held Thursday, Jan. 16 in Howell
    Join Livingston County Department of Health and Human Services staff for an informational meeting about becoming a foster parent at 6:30pm on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Livingston County Health Department in Room B—2300 E. Grand River Howell. 
    If you have ever thought about opening up your family to a child in need, please attend to get information on how to become a foster parent and other ways to help abused and neglected children. We need Livingston County families for all ages and levels of need, but especially for siblings, children with special needs, and teens. Take the first step to share your love and home with a child in need. Call Jennie Snyder at 517-915-8806 to RSVP.

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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Happy New Year from Fowlerville District Library
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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 after-school group where you can learn more about Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and play Magic the Gathering card game on your own. We provide the Dungeon Master (Ms. Tally), snacks and drinks… you provide the fun!
* * *
Cozy Crafting Around the Fireplace: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Adult Drop-in. Join us at the library for an opportunity to work on current craft projects and to socialize with other crafters.  Bring your knitting, needlepoint, or other current craft project to work on in the library around the cozy fireplace. 
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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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SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Half-Day Hang Out: Friday, January 17th 11:30-2pm
6th -12th graders. Join us for some half-day of school fun at the library! We will be playing video games, board games, watching movies, and crafting! Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register to attend. Limited to 20 participants.
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Frosty Fun: Wednesday, January 22nd 5:30-6:30pm 
Kids K-5th graders. Join us for snowmen and winter fun. Listen to a story. Make a snowman craft. Have an indoor snowball toss. Play with sensory indoor snow.
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String of Hearts: Thursday, January 23rd 7-9pm
Adults. Create your own string of hearts with wool felting instructor Linda Brodersen. Choose your color at registration.
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Classic Game Challenge—Pictionary: Thursday, January 30th 7-9pm
Adults. Create a team of up to five or come on your own! Individuals will be grouped to create teams and compete at the first ever classic game team challenge!
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Beyond the Book: Thursday, February 6th 6:30pm
Adults. This February Beyond the Book program is reading Great Michigan Reads selection What the Eyes Don’t See.  In conjunction of the Great Michigan Reads selection we will be viewing the documentary Poison Water. A guided discussion will follow the film.
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All Things Chocolate: Thursday, February 13th 7-9pm
Adults. Chocoholics search your favorite chocolate recipes, sweet or savory! Bring one recipe and your dish for sampling. Try all the chocolate dishes and leave with copies of all the recipes.
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Fowlerville High School & Jr. High Equestrian Team holding meeting 
    Fowlerville High School and Junior High School Equestrian Team is holding their general meeting at the Fowlerville High School Media Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 6:30pm. This is open to anyone interested in joining the team for the upcoming season. It is also open to current 5th graders. Please attend if you are interested. 
      The teams are accepting coaching applications. If you are interested in being a coach for the teams, please contact Cara Arbenowske at 517-223-8619 or carbenowske@yahoo.com for more information and an application. Application deadline is 1/26/2020.