Saturday, February 27, 2021

 Eileen Marie Hartsell Gioia

Eileen Marie Hartsell Gioia, loving wife, mother and doting grandmother, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, February 14th, at the age of 72.

Eileen was born on Oct 9, 1948 in Detroit, MI to Bud and Amy (Dickson) Hartsell. After graduating from Cody High School in 1966, she married Lee Lipiec in 1971. They settled in Fowlerville, MI where they raised two sons, Brian and Mathew, and a daughter, Jennifer. While their marriage wouldn’t last forever as they’d hoped, Eileen and Lee remained close friends. In 1992, Eileen married Jim Gioia, who became a devoted husband and step-father, dedicating the past several years to her care.

Eileen held a distinguished career in IT for the State of Michigan. She served the Michigan State Senate, Office of the Secretary of the Senate, at the Lansing Capitol for 24 years. As System Administrator for the Senate Information Services, Eileen played a major role in guiding the Senate computer system through major infrastructure changes, including the implementation of the Senate’s first e-mail system. She was also a founding member and past President of the State of Michigan Novell Users Group. She retired in 2008, delighted to devote more time to her true passion, quilting.

Eileen enthusiastically participated in several local quilt groups: Capitol City Quilt Guild (past President), Rainbow Quilters and Quilters Anonymous. She volunteered thousands of hours to veteran charities including the Patriotic Pillow Project, sewing quilted pillowcases for wounded veterans to honor their sacrifice; Blue Star Moms, sending care packages and letters to troops overseas; and the No Soldiers Left Behind Project, for which she embroidered dozens of memorial plaques honoring Michigan’s fallen heroes.

Eileen also sewed countless memorial quilts for military families, as well as her own family members. Quilting was so integral to her life, and her skill so highly esteemed, that the family will hold a quilt show at the memorial service, so friends may observe Eileen’s incredible works of art.

With a deep connection to home and family, Eileen’s grandchildren were the light of her life and she cared for them with absolute adoration. She appeared most content sitting in her backyard gazebo with her husband Jim, observing their grandkids playing in the pool. After retirement, Eileen and Jim loved to travel together, planning special trips every few years.Their highlight was a visit to Monte Cassino, Italy, the town where Jim’s mother was born. She also delighted in adventures with her Red Hat Ladies Group and holding “milk can stew” parties in the backyard for her many friends.

Eileen was well-known for her quick wit, generosity, sincerity and warm smile. But it was her legendary never-give-in spirit for which she was most famous, as it guided every moment of her life. These exact words have been used to describe Eileen countless times over the past few years, by friends and strangers alike, and we all agree: “She is an amazing woman.”

Eileen is predeceased by her mother Amy Hartsell, father Bud Hartsell and grand-daughter Julia Kionis. Eileen is survived by her husband Jim Gioia and her three children, Brian Lipiec (Marya) of Webberville, Matt Lipiec (Jessica) of Howell and Jenny Hudak (Eric) of Sheboygan, WI; four step-children, Jill Gioia of Milford, Andrea Kionis of Milford, Jim Gioia Jr. of Livonia, and Kathryn Katzman (Dave) of Commerce; and seven grandchildren, Nycole Gioia, Jessica Kionis, Jack, Lilah and Lucy Hudak, Adeline and Milo Lipiec.

Extended family include two sisters, Teddie Hartsell of North Carolina and Margaret Foote (Charles) of Florida; many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as former spouse, Lee Lipiec (Terry) of Georgia. Close family friends include Joanne Esper, Terry Kreeger (Rick), Pat Adams (Mike), Jean Kaufmann, Cathy Stewart, Bev Fear, and the entire Kreeger extended family.

Eileen’s family is forever grateful to these women and innumerable visiting friends for their overwhelming support, as well as the loving caregivers at Haven of Rest in Williamston and Nightingale Retreat in Howell.

A memorial service will be held at the Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene on 8040 Country Corner Dr. in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please donate to ALS of Michigan at www.alsofmichigan.org, a charity close to the family’s heart. Condolences may be written in care of the Herrmann Funeral Home of Fowlerville. Memorial specifics will be posted on their website once a date is determined.www.pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Francis Hamilton

Francis Hamilton (Pete) passed away on February 17, 2021. He liked hunting & fishing and riding his snowmobile when he had the chance.

He is survived by his 2 daughters: Vera (Ronald) Schultz and Jessica Hamilton; 2 sons: Troy (Debra) Hamilton and Joshua Hamilton; 3 brothers: Herb Hamilton, Russell (Janet) Hamilton, and Jerry Hamilton, 2 sisters Paula (Kevin) Darnell and Norma (Mike) Anderson. He is also survived by 6 grandkids: Troy Hamilton Jr., Logan Still, Ronald Schultz III, Tanya Schultz, James Schultz, and Tyler Hamilton. He is survived as well by all of the great nieces and newphews.

He was preceded in death by his mother Pearl Irene Hamilton, his father Herbert Roland Hamilton, 2 brothers Art Bush and Bob Bush, 3 sisters Edith Brown, Sherry Hamilton, and Barb Pierson.

If you guys knew Francis, he was known as the King (Elvis Presley). Francis also worked for the Fowlerville Lumber Company until they closed up.

Visitation was held on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 3:00-6:00p.m. with a funeral service following. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Thomas Albert Schamehorn

Thomas Albert Schamehorn, age 78, of Fowlerville, died February 17, 2021. Born April 15, 1942 in Detroit, MI and raised in Mt. Clemens, MI. Son of Philip O. Schamehorn and Julia I. (Rector) Schamehorn.

Tom was a member of the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era and stationed in the Netherlands where he met his wife, Ineke. He was employed for many years at Chrysler Corporation.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Ineke and daughter, Joyce. He is survived by daughter, Robin; brother, Philip (Martha); two cousins; and several nieces and nephews. Tom was an active member of The Heart of the Shepherd Lutheran Church in Howell where memorial contributions may be made. Please visit Tom's guestbook at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com

 Webberville Elementary hosting Kindergarten & Preschool Round-up

Webberville Elementary School is hosting Kindergarten and Preschool Round-Up on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Round-up will occur from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the elementary school building located at 202 North Main Street, Webberville.

Children turning age 5 on or before September 1stmay begin kindergarten. Please call the elementary office at 521-3071, extension 7935 to pre-register your child. We look forward to meeting our newest Webberville STARS!

Preschool registration will be held at the same date/time. Online registration is required, with applications available atinghampreschool.org

 New Secretary of State online, self-service options coming soon

The Michigan Department of State will provide new online services for customers and expand the capability of self-service stations to include driver’s license and state ID transactions next month.

The new customer conveniences will be available when a massive upgrade of the department’s driver records system is launched on March 16, following two years of preparation. Branch appointments, online and self-service station transactions will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Thursday, March 11 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 16 while the system is brought online.

“Customers will now be able to renew or replace their driver’s licenses and IDs at any of our more than 130 new self-service stations across the state, and renew or replace their enhanced licenses and IDs online,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “We have continuously expanded and improved customer options and service, even during the pandemic, and this upgrade will truly make our operations better than ever.”

The project securely combines tens of millions of driver and vehicle records into one integrated customer record system and moves the department from a decades-old legacy system to greatly improved customer service technology. The department’s vehicle records system was modernized in February 2019, and work to upgrade the driver records systems began shortly thereafter.

In addition to the many services already offered online, new online services at Michigan.gov/SOS will include:

· Renew or replace an enhanced driver’s license or state ID if no new photo required

· View the status of the requested driver’s license or state ID

· Request and obtain a driving record

· Add a motorcycle endorsement to an eligible driver’s license

· Access streamlined business services

In addition to the vehicle services already offered at self-service stations, new self-service station transactions will include:

· Renew a standard or enhanced driver’s license or state ID if no new photo required

· Request a replacement and print out a temporary license or ID

· Add a motorcycle endorsement to an eligible driver’s license

· Sign up on the state’s organ donor registry The department has 135 self-service stations, and more planned, in branch offices and other locations statewide, including select Meijer and Kroger grocery stores. Transactions on the machines are currently offered in English, Spanish, Arabic and Vietnamese. All accept credit cards and some accept cash.

In coordination with the new technology launch, the department will also implement the following improvements for customer service:

An electronic lien and title program will begin, making lien and title information available online for lienholders in lieu of a paper certificate of title if their financial institution participates in the program.

The graduated driver licensing process will be simplified to reduce customer visits to branch offices. Student drivers will be issued a photo license hard card for a GDL Level 1 license, instead of a paper license. They won’t need to return to the branch office for their Level 2 or Level 3 licenses and their operator’s license will be mailed to them upon turning 18.

Learn more about Secretary of State services at Michigan.gov/SOS.

 Howell Recreation Department

hosting Dino Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 20th (sign up for your time slot in advance)

11:00am-2:00pm

 Oceola Soccer Complex, 1661 N. Latson Rd.

We're going back in time for this spring's Dinosaur Egg Hunt! Join us as we explore archaeological digs, play dino-tastic games, wear super cool explorer hats, hunt for dino eggs, and more. We will have a walking life-size dinosaur on site plus a cute baby dinosaur with explorer guides to help the kids learn about dinosaurs and let them get an up close look (and photo opp!). Participants will sign up in a 'flight' format so that there is a limited number of people on site at once. We will utilize our trail system to keep things safe and spread out. Masks will be required and parents are expected closely supervise children.

Registration is now open. View more information online at: www.howellrecreation.org/events/dinoegghunt

 Fowlerville District Library News

Special Announcements

The library is opening to 30% capacity. Appointments will no longer be required and we will continue to offer curbside service.

Face masks are still required for all library patrons and staff, as well as maintaining the social distancing of 6 feet.

Monday-Thursday

9:30am – 7pm

Friday

9:30am – 5pm

Saturday

10am – 2pm

How to Use Curbside Service

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) –Not sure what you would like to read? Use our reader’s advisory at the desk, they can help! All you need is to give them a subject, author, or genre, and they will do the rest.

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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Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page.

All programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube unless otherwise indicated. Program descriptions, locations, and details on how to register for each program are below.

All programs require registration and is done by sending a Facebook Personal Message to the Library or by emailing to info@fowlervillelibrary.org, unless otherwise indicated. Zoom invitations will be sent out the day before the program date.

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Virtual Community Mosaic Board: ongoing

The mosaic project is available through Letsticktogether.com so there is no need to leave the house on a cold winter’s night to participate because it is all online. You may visit every day and can place up to 75 pieces per visit. There is a total of 3996 digital stickers in this project and everyone helps on the same board. With the help of the community the final picture will be revealed when it is done. The project link is:  https://letstick.to/session/17ca1579 and the link can also be found on our Facebook as well as on our website.

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Phone a Story and First Chapter Fridays: Available 24/7

Preschool - 12th Graders -Call 517-858-2700 anytime to hear a full children's story, or a sample of a J Fiction/Chapter book or YA/Teen novel. Recordings are changed every two weeks.

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Beer Brewing Program -Two Part Series

FDL welcomes Travis Fitts from Old Nation Brewery Company in Williamston to present this two part series on beer.

Friday, March 12, 2021 at 2 PM via Zoom: History of Beer

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2 PM Via Zoom: Brewing 101

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For more information regarding any of our programs or services please call us at (517) 223-9089 or checkout our Facebook Page.

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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, February 20, 2021

 Kayla Lynn Pierce

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Kayla Lynn Pierce. She was born May 17, 1991, the daughter of Belinda Pierce and Anthony John Pierce.

Kayla passed away unexpectedly. She was raised in Fowlerville, Michigan and attended Fowlerville Community Schools. Kayla is a mother, daughter, blood relation or not, she was a part of so many of our families.

Kayla is preceded in death by her grandparents. She is survived by her parents Belinda Pierce/Micheal Englehardt, and Anthony (Trudy) Pierce, her children Kayden and Kaylynn Pierce, brother John Pierce, step-bother Micheal (Danielle) Englehardt, sister Jennifer (Shane) Allen and many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Her celebration of life will be held at Fowlerville United Brethren Church, 9300 W Grand River Fowlerville, MI 48836 on Wednesday February 24, 2021 with vistation starting at 10:00 am and the funeral service following at 11:00 am.

 Francis Elwood Johnson

Francis Elwood Johnson of Brighton passed away January 20, 2020 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was born April 17, 1921 in Cassopolis, MI. He was the son of Eston Hinshaw and Vera Sylvia (Judie) Johnson. He was raised on the family farm in Penn Township. Francis attended Allegheny County Schools and graduated from Cassopolis High School, Class of 1938.

Fran joined the Marine Corps and served from 1942-1946 during World War II. He attended the University of Southern California where he played for the winning Rose Bowl Team of 1945. He graduated from Michigan State College in 1949, with a degree in Dairy Management. He went on to work for Michigan Milk Producers for 34 years in several positions, including managing the Ovid and Imlay City plants. He retired from the MMPA headquarters in Detroit.

While in Imlay City, he met and married Marlene Jahn, leading to a 68-year marriage. He is also survived by their four children: Mary Johnson of Brighton, Jim (Paula) Johnson of Paw Paw, Susan (Pat) Terrell of Bannister, and Karen Johnson of Howell. He was also grandfather to Artie (Brooke) Wilcox, Aaron Sheanwald, Christa (Casey) Gibbons, Trevor Sheanwald, Ryan Terrell, Jessie Miller, Cabe Miller, and Carrie Miller. He is also survived by nine great grandchildren.

Francis will be laid to rest in Youngs Prairie Cemetery in Penn Township in Cassopolis, MI.

 Webberville FFA members compete in virtual District Leadership Contests

The Webberville FFA members competed virtually in District Leadership Contests on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11.

“We are very proud of their hard work to prepare and work through the new obstacles placed in front of them due to the virtual environment,” said Sasha Glover, the FFA Alumni president.

Below are the results:

Creed – Micayla Wick – Gold

Job Interview – Keith Haynes – Gold and Michael Fraley – Silver

Prepared Public Speaking – Jake Bales – Silver and Brandon Smith – Silver

Greenhand Public Speaking – Maddie Derian – Gold – Advancing to regionals

Demonstration – Soil Sampling “Just Dig It”— Kat Haynes and Dana Gorski – Gold – Advancing to regionals

 Area students named to Saginaw Valley State University President’s List

Three Fowlerville area students were among the more than 600 students from Saginaw Valley State University whose determination and commitment to academic excellence earned them a spot on the Fall 2020 semester President's List.

To be eligible for the President's List, a student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 4.0 grade point average.

Earning the recognition were Emily Tafelski, Shelby Durbin, and Noah Weeks.

Saginaw Valley State University is a comprehensive university with more than 90 programs of study for its more than 8,000 students. Located on a suburban campus in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay Region, SVSU is committed to a supportive and empowering environment for students. SVSU emphasizes undergraduate teaching and learning, and community-based research.

 Fowlerville District Library News

Special Announcements

The library is opening to 30% capacity beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - appointments will no longer be required and we will continue to offer curbside service.

Face masks are still required for all library patrons and staff, as well as maintaining the social distancing of 6 feet.

Monday-Thursday

9:30am – 7pm

Friday

9:30am – 5pm

Saturday

10am – 2pm

How to Use Curbside Service

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) –Not sure what you would like to read? Use our reader’s advisory at the desk, they can help! All you need is to give them a subject, author, or genre, and they will do the rest.

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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Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page.

All programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube unless otherwise indicated. Program descriptions, locations, and details on how to register for each program are below.

All programs require registration and is done by sending a Facebook Personal Message to the Library or by emailing to info@fowlervillelibrary.org, unless otherwise indicated. Zoom invitations will be sent out the day before the program date.

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Virtual Community Mosaic Board: ongoing

The mosaic project is available through Letsticktogether.com so there is no need to leave the house on a cold winter’s night to participate because it is all online. You may visit every day and can place up to 75 pieces per visit. There is a total of 3996 digital stickers in this project and everyone helps on the same board. With the help of the community the final picture will be revealed when it is done. The project link is: https://letstick.to/session/17ca1579 and the link can also be found on our Facebook as well as on our website.

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Phone a Story and First Chapter Fridays: Available 24/7

Preschool - 12th Graders -Call 517-858-2700 anytime to hear a full children's story, or a sample of a J Fiction/Chapter book or YA/Teen novel. Recordings are changed every two weeks.

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Livingston County Libraries Virtual Yo-Yo Trick Workshop: Saturday, February 20th, 2020 at 11 AM or 12 PM via -Zoom

Kids Ages 7 and Up. – Please join the Livingston County Libraries in a live online Yo-Yo Workshop. Watch instructors from Yo-Yo Tricks.com show off their moves and learn some moves of your own. Registrants can pick up a free Yo-Yo from Fowlerville District Library beginning Saturday, February 13 through Friday, February 19. Registration begins February 6, 2021 at 10:00 am and is done through the Cromaine Library.

This program is paid for by Sport Port, an initiative of Project Play: Southeast Michigan in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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Beyond the Book Series: The Hate U Give: Thursday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm via—Zoom

Adults – February’s selection in our "Life From Another Perspective Theme" for our Beyond the Book Group is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Please read the book and watch the movie at home, then meet up with friends on Zoom to discuss them both. Everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to check out the movie and watch it on their own. Registration is required. Sign up with a valid email address to receive a book and a Zoom link. Registration is done in person inside or through curbside service at the Library. Books are limited and only available to one per household.

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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, February 13, 2021

 St. Patrick’s Day meal being held at Catholic Church on March 20

Mark Your Calendar!

A new fundraiser is being held at St. Agnes Catholic Church on Saturday, March 20. It is called 'It's All About the Cabbage'.

In honor of St Patrick's Day, we are offering a corned beef and cabbage dinner with all the fixings, including potateos, carrots, home-made Irish soda bread, and dessert, along with the two main ingredients.

Service will be curbside and reservations for dinners must be made by calling Liz at 517-304-1009 by March 17.

The church is located at 855 E. Grand River, Fowlerville.

For a full schedule of events, visit the church website at http://stagnesmi.weconnect.com and click on the ‘Parish Calendar’ tab.

 Livingston County United Way holding ‘Spirit fo the Community’ on March 10

The Livingston County United Way is celebrating the “Spirit of the Community” at their Annual Meeting & Volunteer Award Event on Wednesday, March 10. The event will be virtual this year, but organizers promise it will “still provide the expected creativity and fun from our face-to-face events.”

“Each year we take the time to celebrate this community and how collaboration and partnership strengthens our community,” organizers noted. “The program will share a look back at how things operated before COVID, how we all adjusted over the past year and take a look ahead to the future of our community.”

Brian Jonckheere, Livingston County Drain Commissioner and current United Way Board President, will host the event.

The 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented to local individuals, business and youth organizations for their outstanding service to the community in leadership, compassion, and volunteerism.

As this year’s Spirit of the Community Event will not require you to commute and there is no cost, we hope everyone can join the event. Please reserve you spot by registering at www.lcunitedway.org, direct link https://conta.cc/3oJTDAl , calling 810-494-3000 or emailing lcuw@lcunitedway.org.

 Fowlerville Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry starts Friday, Feb. 19;

Call ahead to order carry out meal

Starting this Friday, Feb. 19, the Knights of Columbus will be serving their popular Fish &Chip dinner at the Parish Life Center of Saint Agnes Catholic Church. The meal will include 3 pieces hand beer-battered cod, cheesy potatoes, French fries, Ralph’s cole slaw, and a vegetable.

Adult dinner is $10. Children portion is $5. Carry out only at this time. Serving time is on Fridays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. through March 26.

Please call ahead for your order, including a pick-up time. Call one of these Brother Knights: Jerry 517-474-2002, George 734-718-7331 or Lou 810-844-4247. Proceeds from these dinners will go to fund community and Saint Agnes Parish needs.

 Fowlerville District Library News

Special Announcements

The library will be closed Monday, February 15, 2021 in observance of Presidents' Day.

The library is opening to 30% capacity beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - appointments will no longer be required and we will continue to offer curbside service.

Face masks are still required for all library patrons and staff, as well as maintaining the social distancing of 6 feet.

Monday-Thursday

9:30am – 7pm

Friday

9:30am – 5pm

Saturday

10am – 2pm

How to Use Curbside Service

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) –Not sure what you would like to read? Use our reader’s advisory at the desk, they can help! All you need is to give them a subject, author, or genre, and they will do the rest.

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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Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page.

All programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube unless otherwise indicated. Program descriptions, locations, and details on how to register for each program are below.

All programs require registration and is done by sending a Facebook Personal Message to the Library or by emailing to info@fowlervillelibrary.org, unless otherwise indicated. Zoom invitations will be sent out the day before the program date.

* * *

Virtual Community Mosaic Board: ongoing

The mosaic project is available through Letsticktogether.com so there is no need to leave the house on a cold winter’s night to participate because it is all online. You may visit every day and can place up to 75 pieces per visit. There is a total of 3996 digital stickers in this project and everyone helps on the same board. With the help of the community the final picture will be revealed when it is done. The project link is: https://letstick.to/session/17ca1579 and the link can also be found on our Facebook as well as on our website.

* * *

Phone a Story and First Chapter Fridays: Available 24/7

Preschool - 12th Graders -Call 517-858-2700 anytime to hear a full children's story, or a sample of a J Fiction/Chapter book or YA/Teen novel. Recordings are changed every two weeks.

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MiLibraryQuest: January 1th – February 14

6th - 12th Graders - An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and you’ll be entered to win a reward.The Mi Library Quest challenge is made up of public libraries across Michigan and is supported in part by the Library of Michigan. Open to Fowlerville Teens. No registration is required. Learn more about the Quest at mililibraryquest.wixsite.com/quest1.

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Study Bunny Craft: Tuesday, February 16th, at 5:30 PM

Teens - Break up your studying and join us on Zoom to make this cute bunny craft. Supplies are limited. Kits are available for pickup starting Feb 11. There are many colors available.

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Livingston County Libraries Virtual Yo-Yo Trick Workshop: Saturday, February 20th, 2020 at 11 AM or 12 PM via -Zoom

Kids Ages 7 and Up. – Please join the Livingston County Libraries in a live online Yo-Yo Workshop. Watch instructors from Yo-Yo Tricks.com show off their moves and learn some moves of your own. Registrants can pick up a free Yo-Yo from Fowlerville District Library beginning Saturday, February 13 through Friday, February 19. Registration begins February 6, 2021 at 10:00 am and is done through the Cromaine Library.

This program is paid for by Sport Port, an initiative of Project Play: Southeast Michigan in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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Winter Wreath: Thursday, February 18th, at 5:30 pm via - Zoom

Adults – Gather on Zoom and let Crafty Cindy show you how to put together a snowflake wreath. A glue gun is required for this project. If needed, there will be glue guns available to checkout. Supplies are limited. Kits are available for pick up starting Feb 15.

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Beyond the Book Series: The Hate U Give: Thursday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm via—Zoom

Adults – February’s selection in our "Life From Another Perspective Theme" for our Beyond the Book Group is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Please read the book and watch the movie at home, then meet up with friends on

Zoom to discuss them both. Everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to check out the movie and watch it on their own. Registration is required. Sign up with a valid email address to receive a book and a Zoom link. Registration is done in person inside or through curbside service at the Library. Books are limited and only available to one per household.

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Follow us on Facebook: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Email any questions to:info@fowlervillelibrary.org

 Fowlerville High Alumni Association seeks donations 

for scholarship fund

In 1974, officers of the Fowlerville Alumni Association established the FHS Alumni Scholarship program. Monies are raised yearly to enable the organization to present scholarships to members of the current FHS graduating class. For nearly 50 years well over 150 graduating seniors have been recipients of this scholarship.

The organization hopes to continue this tradition. Again this year, the alumni association will present four (4) scholarships at the 2021 Senior Awards Night. If the 127th annual Alumni is held in June, the recipients will also be recognized at the event.

The scholarship fund is maintained through the many donations received in memory of loved ones who either were graduates of FHS or who maintained strong connections to the schools such as teachers, coaches, bus driver, or friends of the school. Please feel free to make donations in any amount at any time during the year. Some send donations yearly; for some, it is a one-time donation.

Donations should be sent to Ed Helzerman, PO Box 446, Fowlerville, MI 48836. To be recognized in the 2020 program, a donation should reach Ed Helzerman by May 1st.

Your generosity will not only help maintain the scholarship program, but will help a graduating senior with college expenses. The FHS Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Please know that if Alumni 2021 cannot be held with an event program that includes donations, then a a Memorial List will once again be published in the ‘Fowlerville News & Views’.

 Rep. Bezotte to host virtual Coffee hours on Friday, Feb. 19

State Rep. Bob Bezotte, of Howell, will host virtual coffee hours to meet with residents on Friday, Feb. 19 from 4 -5 p.m.

“I’m so glad technology allows us to stay connected despite coronavirus, and am excited to hear from constituents,” Bezotte said. “I’m looking forward to officials from the Livingston County Health Department and Howell Schools Superintendent Erin MacGregor joining us with updates. It should be an informative meeting.”

Residents should register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcemhrT0pGtDXqeRVeGyFEO8B7L18DnON if they wish to attend the discussion. Those who are unable to attend the event, but still interested in sharing ideas or concerns with the representative, may contact his office at 517- 373-8835 or RobertBezotte@house.mi.gov.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

 Ronald Bruce Helzerman

Pastor Ronald Bruce Helzerman went home to be with the Lord on January 29, 2021. He was born on August 15, 1943 in Highland Park, Michigan. He was reunited with his Father, Theodore Helzerman, his Mother, Ruth Helzerman, and his sister in law, Ruth (Tremble) Helzerman who had gone on before him. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Jane Helzerman, who diligently and faithfully cared for him through the end of his journey.

He will also be remembered by his brothers: Richard (Brenda) Helzerman, Edward (Diann) Helzerman, Raymond (Karen) Helzerman, Douglas (Sandra) Helzerman, Larry (Debby) Helzerman. A sister: Marjory (David) Smith. An uncle: Robert (Audrey) Lucks. His sons: Timothy (Karen) Helzerman, Mark (Christi) Helzerman, David (Hannah) Helzerman, Stephen (Samantha) Helzerman. His daughters: Christy (James II) Dare, Amy (Dan) Navalta. Also, 32 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews

Ron was a humble servant of the Lord. He was a bold witness, faithfully involved in full-time ministry for 45 years. He also served as pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church for the past 23 years. His greatest passion and what motivated him the most was the publishing of scriptures. His work in the Bearing Precious Seed ministry was his driving force. “By love serving one another.” He was interested in getting the Word of God into the hands of people separated by language, miles, and culture. S.O.S. was his motto representing Souls Over Seas. He loved to take mission trips to Mexico and Canada, visiting many churches to encourage pastors and congregations to get involved in this monumental undertaking. He had a gentle, meek, and quiet spirit. He would often say, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” He was a loving husband and dedicated father. He worked hard to provide for the family and put other’s needs before his own. Dad, you will be greatly missed!

Our family is thankful for the Angela Hospice staff who made his final days peaceful. Also, we are deeply grateful to Pastor Chris Staub and his dear wife Pam for their support. Mrs. Staub was there for us morning and evening every day graciously serving and helping.

A visitation and funeral service for Ron was held Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Silvery Lane Baptist Church.

A burial took place Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville.

 Robert E. Smith

Robert Enoch Smith of Fowlerville, better known as Bob, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2021.

Bob turned 101 years old on December 27, 2020!

Bob was born to Temple and Julia Smith in his family’s farmhouse. He achieved many accomplishments in his life.

The short list is working on his family farm that he owned after his father died. He then was married and started a family. He served as the Senior Legislative Counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau for 28 years before retiring and was known as “a legislative whirlwind.” Prior to that he was an officer for the Livingston County Farm Bureau and then Michigan Farm Bureau.

Bob was a member of the Livingston Intermediate School District’s board of education for 35 years, with 27 of them as the president. He also served on the Blue Cross Blue Shield board and the SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) board.

In his younger years, he served as the supervisor for Handy Township and was a member of the Fowlerville Fair Board. In addition, Bob was a life member and Past Master of Fowlerville Masonic Lodge #164, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fowlerville, and belonged to the Fowlerville Rotary Club.

Bob enjoyed public speaking, social events, dancing, music, and chocolate. Every morning he would say, “It’s going to be a great day.”

He is survived by his daughter, Julie Miller, and his granddaughters, Kati Venturato and Angie Venturato. He was preceded in death by his parents, Temple and Julia Smith; his wife of 65 years, Joan; and his daughter, Connie Venturato.

The visitation took place at Herrmann Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, prior to the service. Funeral services began at 12 noon, with Pastor Tom Tarpley officiating. The Fowlerville Masonic Lodge conducted a special service at 12:45 p.m. Burial followed at the Greenwood Cemetery in Fowlerville.

Memorial donations can be made to: the FFA, Fowlerville Masonic Lodge #164, Fowlerville First United Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Stars, or The Guest House of Fowlerville.

Arrangements were handled by Herrmann Funeral Home of Fowlerville.

 Robert Hart Ruttman

Robert Hart Ruttman, known as Bob, was born January 16, 1926 to August Ruttman and Mary (Hart) Ruttman on the family farm in Iosco Township, Mi. Bob passed away January 27, 2021 in Fowlerville, at the age of 95. He married Lydia Bowers on June 1, 1946 and had three children: Cindy (Fred) Krebs, Becky (Harold) Browning and Mark (Kate) Ruttman. They also have an honorary daughter Kathy (Dennis) Graves.

Bob was a dairy farmer until 1974. That year, he and Lydia joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, where he worked as an agricultural consultant.

Upon return to the US, the couple purchased a cabin in Lewiston, Mi and made this their permanent residence in 1985. While living in Lewiston, Bob worked as a real estate agent and as a sanitation attendant at the township “dump”. The couple returned to Fowlerville in 2015 to be closer to their family.

Bob was a member of the Fowlerville Masonic Lodge, the Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Milk Producers Association and the American Holstein Friesian Association. He served as Iosco Township Superviser, was on the Fowlerville Fair Board, was a director of the Livingston County Soil Conservation, and was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

Bob loved his newspaper puzzles, visits from family, playing euchre, indulging in a big bowl of butter pecan ice cream, making his renowned peanut brittle and his trademark Toast Lifters.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lydia, of 74 years; children, Cindy, Mark and Kathy; grandchildren, Dianne (J), Jodi (Jamie), Pete (Amber), Shawn, (Perry), John (Jessica), Elizabeth (J.R.), Nancy, Bobby, Rick, Mary (Matt), Martha (Luke), nineteen great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and extended family. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Becky; brother, Frank (Betty); and sisters, Celia (Hollis) Lounsbury, and Ruth (Leslie) White.

Due to Covid, a private funeral service was held at Herrmann Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11am. Bob’s family then invited friends join them for memorial service and luncheon held at Krebsview Farms at 12:30pm.

Monetary contributions can be made to Bob’s church in Lewiston—the Congregational Church of Christ—or the The Guest House, in Fowlerville. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Pamela Lynn Madura

Pamela Lynn Madura gained her wings and went to be with our Heavenly Father on January 29, 2021. Pamela was born on August 29, 1960 to Michael and Dixie James in Detroit, Michigan. She married her ray of sunshine, Robert Madura, on July 11, 2008.

Pam had a green thumb and loved gardening. She could make any plant beautiful—both indoors and out. She also loved making "hillbilly" heating pads, and video calling her great niece and nephew. Her favorite vacation spot was home with her husband, Bob, where he would serenade her on the porch with his guitar. Pam was proudly Baptized into the Catholic Church on Easter Sunday in 2008.

Surviving Pam is her loving husband, Bob of Buffalo, MO. Her sister, Sherrie Myshock of Fowlerville (Michael), as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Cory Scharp, and her mother, Dixie Brayman.

Family and friends celebrateed Pam's life on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10:00am at St. William Catholic Church in Buffalo, MO.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pam's name to St. William Catholic Church.

1 Peter 5:10 ESV

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

 Eric Dean Spencer

Eric Dean Spencer, 53, of Owosso, passed away on Saturday January 23, 2021 at his home with pancreatic cancer. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial service to honor his life will be at Cedar River Chapel in Beaverton MI and Metal Night in Owosso MI, further details will be announced by his family and Watkins Brothers Funeral Home, Jennings-Lyons Chapel.

Eric was born in Detroit MI, on December 5, 1967 to Gladys Smith and Danny Spencer. He graduated from Owosso High School in the Class of 1986. Eric briefly went to Great Lakes College to become a minister but moved on working for the auto industry for many years at LDMI Technologies for 13 years as Process Auditor and Ventra 10 years as Quality Control Inspector, both in Fowlerville MI. Eric and Kim met in Fowlerville the year of 1998 and on August 7, 2011 Eric married Kimberly Sue Croslin in Owosso MI.

Eric is survived by his mother Gladys Smith of Owosso MI and his father Danny (Jane) Spencer of Beaverton MI. His wife, Kimberly, their children, Timothy (Jackie) Guldi, Karlene Guldi, and Catheryne Guldi, his grandson Benjamin Clark, and one on its way this Summer (Tim n Jack). Also his siblings, Michael Banas, Michelle Conger, and Eric has several step siblings, nieces and nephews that he DEARLY LOVED. Forever Soulmate Friend Ricki Jacobs and Jacobs Family. Special Loving Family Friends, Dankert, Dice, Hall, Hickmott, Laube, Pitt and Wiedmyer families, Ceder River Chapel And Best Mother in law Clara Binetti.

 Valentine’s Day is a time for ‘giving’

Valentine’s Day is a time for giving candy, flowers, cards, and other gifts to those special loved ones in our lives. Shown here, outside Sweet Sensations in Downtown Fowlerville, is four-year-old Raelyn Coyne with a pretty red, heart-shaped box of chocolates. The young lady attends New Creations Pre-School at the United Brethren Church and is the daughter of Corey & Amanda Coyne. Amanda is the owner of Massage Rehab in Fowlerville.

With the holiday coming next Sunday, Feb. 14, there’s still plenty of time to buy something special for your loved ones at area businesses. Also, with the restaurants re-opened, although at restricted capacity, there’s an opportunity to go out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner next weekend or, if you choose, order ‘take out’ and celebrate at home.

 Fowlerville District Library News

Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page.

All programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube unless otherwise indicated .Program descriptions, locations, and details on how to register for each program are below.

All programs require registration and is done by sending a Facebook Personal Message to the Library or by emailing to info@fowlervillelibrary.org, unless otherwise indicated. Zoom invitations will be sent out the day before the program date.

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From A to Z with Mrs. D – ongoing through Zoom

There are a limited number of spots currently open in our early literacy and social development program for children ages 2 1/2 through 4 years old. If you’re interested in more information, please call Mrs. D at the Library, or email us for details.This group meets weekly through April.

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Virtual Community Mosaic Board: ongoing

The mosaic project is available through Letsticktogether.com so there is no need to leave the house on a cold winter’s night to participate because it is all online. You may visit every day and can place up to 75 pieces per visit. There is a total of 3996 digital stickers in this project and everyone helps on the same board. With the help of the community the final picture will be revealed when it is done. Theproject link is: https://letstick.to/session/17ca1579 and the link can also be found on our Facebook as well as on our website.

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Phone a Story and First Chapter Fridays: Available 24/7

Preschool - 12th Graders -Call 517-858-2700 anytime to hear a full children's story, or a sample of a J Fiction/Chapter book or YA/Teen novel. Recordings are changed every two weeks.

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MiLibraryQuest: January 1th – February 14

6th - 12th Graders - An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and you’ll be entered to win a reward.The Mi Library Quest challenge is made up of public libraries across Michigan and is supported in part by the Library of Michigan. Open to Fowlerville Teens. No registration is required. Learn more about the Quest at mililibraryquest.wixsite.com/quest1.

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Study Bunny Craft: Tuesday, February 16th, at 5:30 PM

Teens - Break up your studying and join us on Zoom to make this cute bunny craft. Supplies are limited. Kits are available for pickup starting Feb 11. There are many colors available.

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Livingston County Libraries Virtual Yo-Yo Trick Workshop: Saturday, February 20th, 2020 at 11 AM or 12 PM via -Zoom

Kids Ages 7 and Up. – Please join the Livingston County Libraries in a live online Yo-Yo Workshop. Watch instructors from Yo-Yo Tricks.com show off their moves and learn some moves of your own. Registrants can pick up a free Yo-Yo from Fowlerville District Library beginning Saturday, February 13 through Friday, February 19. Registration begins February 6, 2021 at 10:00 am and is done through the Cromaine Library.

This program is paid for by Sport Port, an initiative of Project Play: Southeast Michigan in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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Winter Wreath: Thursday, February 18th, at 5:30 pm via - Zoom

Adults – Gather on Zoom and let Crafty Cindy show you how to put together a snowflake wreath. A glue gun is required for this project. If needed, there will be glue guns available to checkout. Supplies are limited. Kits are available for pick up starting Feb 15.

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Beyond the Book Series: The Hate U Give: Thursday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm via—Zoom

Adults – February’s selection in our "Life From Another Perspective Theme" for our Beyond the Book Group is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Please read the book and watch the movie at home, then meet up with friends on Zoom to discuss them both. Everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to check out the movie and watch it on their own. Registration is required. Sign up with a valid email address to receive a book and a Zoom link. Registration is done in person inside or through curbside service at the Library. Books are limited and only available to one per household.

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FDL Response to New COVID Emergency Order

In response to Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Fowlerville District Library will be open by appointment only and will continue to offer curbside service during our regular hours. The use of our curbside is encouraged. Each appointment will be limited to thirty minutes by one household at a time and can be arranged by calling or emailing the library. Masks will be required. We will also be offering print by email which can be picked up through curbside or in our Entryway. Your first ten copies each day are FREE. Internet is always available for patron use in our parking lot and side yard. Please continue to use the book dropbox outside the building or leave your items in the library lobby, when available.

Monday-Thursday

9:30am – 7pm

Friday

9:30am – 5pm

Saturday

10am – 2pm

How to Use Curbside Service

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) –Not sure what you would like to read? Use our reader’s advisory at the desk, they can help! All you need is to give them a subject, author, or genre, and they will do the rest.

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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Follow us on Facebook: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Email any questions to:info@fowlervillelibrary.org

Saturday, January 30, 2021

 Harold J. Elenbaas

Harold James Elenbaas of Otsego, MI passed away November 16, 2020 at age 90. Mr. Elenbaas was a vocational agriculture teacher at Fowlerville High Schools in the 1950’s & early 1960’s. He was a member of a deer hunting group that included fellow teachers and friends from his time in Fowlerville. Of that group, there are only three survivors: Brian Callaghan, Harold Allmendinger, and Chuck Brigham

He was born in Lucas, Michigan, November 29, 1929. Harold was the beloved husband of the late Patricia for 68 years, loving father of Nancy (Pat) Malarney, Janet (Ramsey) Vincent, Mark (Sharon) Elenbaas, Sandy (Brian) James and Judy (Darryl) Paputa and the proud and loving grandfather of Jaclyn Spaulding, Amy Spaulding, Eric (Aly) Wallace, Greg (Walfre) Elenbaas, Barbara Elenbaas, Brian James, Tim (Lizzie) James, Tanner James, Bryce Paputa and Lindsey Paputa.

He was the adoring great-grandfather of Rylee, Benjamin, Emily and Charlotte. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Joanie, and step-brother, Ken.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Ottile Elenbaas; step-mother, Ann Bekken; brothers, Marvin, Arthur, Clayton, Gordon, Wilbur and Raymond; sisters, Edith and Dorothy; and step siblings, Edward, Gertrude and Francis.

Harold was a devoted family man and a dedicated member of the community. He began his career as a teacher of Agriculture and then became the Superintendent of Schools in Farwell and then in Otsego for 24 years. He was a member of the Otsego United Methodist Church where he was active on the finance committee, played organ and sang in the choir. He served in the Army where some friends convinced him to go to college at Michigan State, earning his Bachelors, Masters and EDS degrees. He was a true Michigan State Spartan fan, enjoyed playing cards and was an avid golfer. Always a family man, he took care of his beloved wife who was ill for 15 years.

There was a funeral service for immediate family only. Burial took place at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. A celebration of life will be held at a later, safer date. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Harold may be made to the Otsego United Methodist Church or to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Messages of condolence may be posted at WinkelFuneralHome.com.

 Proceeds from sale of wildlife habitat license plates goes into 

trust fund 

Purchase a wildlife habitat license plate for your vehicle and help protect Michigan’s most vulnerable species.

For each sale of the $35 license plate, $25 will go to the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund to protect endangered, threatened and nongame wildlife. Kirtland’s warblers, lake sturgeon, Mitchell’s satyr butterflies and hundreds of other species have benefitted from habitat projects funded by the Nongame Wildlife Fund.

To celebrate one of Michigan’s greatest conservation success stories, the 100th anniversary of the reintroduction of elk, a bugling elk was chosen to be featured on the specialty license plate in 2018.

There’s still time to celebrate this historic milestone by purchasing an elk license plate. Place an order for your plate online at Michigan.gov/SOS or visit a Secretary of State office.

 Grief Share Seminar/Support Group reopening in March

Grief Share, which is sponsored by Family Impact Centers and is held at the Family Impact Center Wellness Center located on 9430 W. Grand River just west of Fowlerville, is scheduled to begin a new group on Wednesday, March 3, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This faith-based program is for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone close. It will run consecutively for 13 weeks, with the last meeting occurring on May 26, and is free of charge.

For more information or to register for Grief Share, please call Barb at 517-223-4428 as soon as possible.

 Fowlerville District Library News

Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page.

All programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube unless otherwise indicated .Program descriptions, locations, and details on how to register for each program are below.

All programs require registration and is done by sending a Facebook Personal Message to the Library or by emailing to info@fowlervillelibrary.org, unless otherwise indicated. Zoom invitations will be sent out the day before the program date.

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From A to Z with Mrs. D – ongoing through Zoom

There are a limited numberof spots currently open in our early literacy and social development program for children ages 2 1/2 through 4 years old. If you’re interested in more information, please call Mrs. D at the Library, or email us fordetails.This group meets weekly through April.

* * *

Virtual Community Mosaic Board: ongoing

The mosaic project is available through Letsticktogether.com so there is no need to leave the house on a cold winter’s night to participate becauseit is all online. You may visit every day and can place up to 75 pieces per visit. There is a total of 3996 digital stickers in this project and everyone helps on the same board. With the help of the community the final picture will be revealed when it is done. The project link is: https://letstick.to/session/17ca1579 and the link can also be found on our Facebook as well as on our website.

* * *

Phone a Story and First Chapter Fridays: Available 24/7

Preschool - 12th Graders -Call 517-858-2700 anytime to hear a full children's story, or a sample of a J Fiction/Chapter book or YA/Teen novel. Recordings are changed every two weeks.

* * *

MiLibraryQuest: January 1th – February 14

6th - 12th Graders - An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and you’ll be entered to win a reward.The Mi Library Quest challenge is made up of public libraries across Michigan and is supported in part by the Library of Michigan. Open to Fowlerville Teens. No registration is required. Learn more about the Quest at mililibraryquest.wixsite.com/quest1.

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Study Bunny Craft: Tuesday, February 16th, at 5:30 PM

Teens - Break up your studying and join us on Zoom to make this cute bunny craft. Supplies are limited. Kits are available for pickup starting Feb 11. There are many colors available.

* * *

Livingston County Libraries Virtual Yo-Yo Trick Workshop: Saturday, February 20th, 2020 at 11 AM or 12 PMvia -Zoom

Kids Ages 7 and Up. – Please join the Livingston County Libraries in a live online Yo-Yo Workshop. Watch instructors from Yo-Yo Tricks.com show off their moves and learn some moves of your own. Registrants can pick up a free Yo-Yo from Fowlerville District Library beginning Saturday, February 13 through Friday, February 19. Registration begins February 6, 2021 at 10:00 am and is done through Cromaine Library.

This program is paid for by Sport Port, an initiative of Project Play: Southeast Michigan in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

* * *

Winter Wreath: Thursday, February 18th, at 5:30 pm via - Zoom

Adults – Gather on Zoom and let Crafty Cindy show you how to put together a snowflake wreath. A glue gun is required for this project. If needed, there will be glue guns available to checkout. Supplies are limited. Kits are available for pick up starting Feb 15.

* * *

Beyond the Book Series: The Hate U Give: Thursday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm via—Zoom

Adults –February’sselection in our "Life From Another Perspective Theme" for our Beyond the Book Group is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Please read the book and watch the movie at home, then meet up with friends on Zoom to discuss them both. Everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to check out the movie and watch it on their own. Registration is required. Sign up with a valid email address to receive a book and a Zoom link. Registration is done in person inside or through curbside service at the Library. Books are limited and only available to one per household.

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FDL Response to New COVID Emergency Order

In response to Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Fowlerville District Library will be open by appointment only and will continue to offer curbside service during our regular hours. The use of our curbside is encouraged. Each appointment will be limited to thirty minutes by one household at a time and can be arranged by calling or emailing the library. Masks will be required. We will also be offering print by email which can be picked up through curbside or in our Entryway. Your first ten copies each day are FREE. Internet is always available for patron use in our parking lot and side yard. Please continue to use the book dropbox outside the building or leave your items in the library lobby, when available.

Monday-Thursday

9:30am – 7pm

Friday

9:30am – 5pm

Saturday

10am – 2pm

How to Use Curbside Service

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) –Not sure what you would like to read? Use our reader’s advisory at the desk, they can help! All you need is to give them a subject, author, or genre, and they will do the rest.

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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Follow us on Facebook: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Email any questions to: info@fowlervillelibrary.org

 First National Bank announces 2021 Community Scholarship Program

First National Bank is pleased to announce their ‘2021 Community Scholarship Program’. There will be up to ten scholarships of $1,000 each, five of which the bank is hoping to award to students pursuing a vocational education in the trades.

Livingston County high school seniors—regardless of whether they attend public, private, charter or are home schooled—are eligible to apply for the funds to continue their academic or vocational education. In addition, five teacher classroom grants of $250 will be presented as part of the scholarship program.

The selection criteria focuses on academics (a minimum 3.0 GPA is required);equal consideration for community service, after school employment and/or extra-curricular activity participation; recommendation letters; and challenges, if any, overcome to graduate.

Scholarship applications are available online at fnbh.com or from high school counselors. Completed applications are due by March 19, 2021 and the recipients will be announced at the various schools scholarship events and at an event hosted by First National for the recipients, their family and invited guests. The teacher classroom grants will be selected as part of the scholarship process, no application is necessary.

In making the announcement, First National Bank President/CEO Ron Long, said, “First National is all about ‘service’ – to our customers and our community. The Community Scholarship Program and Teacher Classroom Grants are wonderful examples of the power of local banking at work – it is customers banking locally with First National who make the community scholarship program and our other corporate citizenship efforts possible.”

Randy Greene, VP and Retail Banking Administrator at First National and coordinator of the scholarship program for 2021 added, “First National staff and community leaders are involved in the selection process. The scholarships benefit the future leaders of our community. And, the grants help our teachers with their important work. This is truly a win, win, win program and First National is proud of the more than $250,000 it has provided since its inception.”

For an application and more details about the scholarship program, visit fnbh.com, see a high school counselor or visit any First National Bank office.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

 Oliver Henry Salfate

Oliver Henry Salfate, a son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson and friend, passed away unexpectedly from complications of an aneurysm on January 14, 2021 surrounded by his family in Lansing, MI. Oliver was born October 24, 1992 in Lansing, MI. Oliver was full of life, unapologetically himself and loved by all who knew him. He loved fashion, horticulture, travel and being an uncle.

Oliver is survived by his parents, Enrique Salfate and Cynthia Spagnuolo-Salfate; his sister, Allie (Chris) Svoboda; his beloved niece, Olive Henrietta; his grandmother, Susan Spagnuolo; his pets, Uzi and Beerus; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank Spagnuolo; his grandparents, Raphael and Evelyn Salfate; and his beloved cat, Bae.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. A funeral service took place on Thursday, January 21, 20201 at noon with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Beth Faye Brown

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

Beth Faye Brown (Bethel Purchase), age 81, went to her heavenly home surrounded by her family on January 16, 2021. She was born in Detroit, MI., on September 13, 1939, the daughter of Russell Fay (1959) and Florence Elizabeth (1999) (Payne) Purchase. She had 2 brothers and 2 sisters, Basil “Duke” Purchase (2019), Bonnie (Gary) Brya, Benson “Ben” Purchase (2014) and Beverly (2012) (Joseph) Metzger, as well as 10 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

Beth Faye married her soul mate, Earl Edward Brown, on April 30, 1960. They spent 60 years, working hard, traveling, giving to others and creating a loving family, including 3 daughters: Teresa (Brian) Richards, Annette (Ralph) Chamberlain and Michelle “Shelly” (Rick) Strong, 5 grandchildren: Derek (Colleen) Richards, Kelsey Richards, Brooke (Tom) Tate, Lindsey (Michael) Latta, Victoria “Tori” Strong and 6 great grandchildren: Nathan, Bristol, Virginia Densmore, Wesley Tate, Ethan and Kendall Latta. She loved them deeply and cherished her moments with them.

Beth & Earl had a lot of community involvement. In the 1970’s they were Girl Scout Leaders for 10 years, she supported her daughters during school events always rooting them on to victory! She worked hard over the years in a factory, a restaurant as a waitress, she was a manager at Schmidt’s Bakery in Okemos, and spent over 25 years of her retired life sending greeting cards for every occasion to multiple generations and donations to several hundred organizations.

In Leiu of Flowers, please make donations to Beth’s Believers.

Here are 3 options

1. The link to the direct page is: https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_donate_now&PROXY_TYPE=22&PROXY_ID=2570288&FR_ID=99248

1. Event site link and search for Beth Believers team http://www.relayforlife.org/calvertmd

1. Mailing a donation to the Baltimore office-with a note in the memo section.

American Cancer Society

405 Williams Court Suite 120

Baltimore MD 21220

ATTN: Beth Believers Team

The family would like to thank the people at Residential Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and services to support our family during this transition to eternal life. Also, a heartfelt thank you to our friends and family for their generosity, visits, calls and the support for all of us.

The immediate family will have a private ceremony in Beth’s honor at First United Methodist Church, Fowlerville, MI. In the Spring, a celebration of life graveside committal will be planned for Beth. This will be held at Freemire Cemetery in Sunfield Township. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Resident registering with Online Gaming Sites urged to “read fine print”

Following the Michigan Gaming Control Board’s (MGCB) authorization of online sports betting and gaming, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is encouraging anyone who may be interested in using those services to “first read the fine print before signing up.”

Advertisements promoting internet gaming and sports betting websites have been prolific in the past several weeks, with many sites offering free play or site credits for signing up. However, a number of those promotional incentives have strings attached, such as investing a certain amount of money before a player receives the site credit.

“Authorization of these programs is very recent, and I urge anyone who is interested in registering to carefully read and understand the terms and conditions related to the promotional packages being offered so that you are not confused about what might be expected,” Nessel said. “In some instances, site users may be required to spend or deposit a certain amount of money into an account before receiving their free play credits, and users should make themselves aware of such conditions so they are not taken off guard.”

While free play promotional offerings are common practices in standard casinos, the online gambling arena is new to Michigan and the Attorney General’s office wants consumers to be aware of the details surrounding the advertisements.

 St. Joseph Catholic School in Howell hosting open house Jan. 31

St. Joseph Catholic School is hosting an open house for prospective families in grades preschool through 8th grade on Sunday, January 31 from 9:30-11am. Please stop by the school at 425 E Washington St Howell, to meet with current families, teachers, and administration.

Learn what St. Joseph can offer your family. Financial assistance is available. No registration is necessary. Due to COVID protocols, all attendees are required to wear a mask. One will be provided for you if needed. Please contact the school if there are any questions: school@stjosephhowell.org (517) 546-0090 x200

 The Salvation Army of Livingston County continuing 

winter-coat giveaway

With the expected La Nina colder and snowier weather headed this way, The Salvation Army of Livingston County has decided to continue providing coats for families. Typically, the coat giveaway runs October through December. However, with the predicted weather pattern, The Salvation Army wanted to ensure that all families were able to obtain winter coats and other needed winter clothing items.

The Salvation Army of Livingston County Corps Building will be open for individuals and families in need of a warm coat this winter. The coats will be available now through March during the normal office hours, Monday through Friday 9am-12pm and 1:00pm-4pm. The office is located at 503 Lake Street, Howell.

Those in need of coats do not need to call or make an appointment. However, they should note that due to the current pandemic only one person per household may come into the building and a limited total number of people will be allowed in the building at one time.

At this time The Salvation Army is not in need of coat donations, as the community has been extremely generous this year. However, monetary donations to assist with other needs including the pantry are requested.

Monetary donations may be brought in to: The Salvation Army; 503 Lake Street; Howell, MI 48843; sent to The Salvation Army P.O. Box 647, Howell, MI 48844 or visit us on the web to donate at: www.salvationarmylivingston.org

 Fowlerville District Library News

Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents. Call (517) 223-9089 for more information, or checkout our Facebook Page.

All programs will be held virtually via Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube unless otherwise indicated .Program descriptions, locations, and details on how to register for each program are below.

All programs require registration and is done by sending a Facebook Personal Message to the Library or by emailing to info@fowlervillelibrary.org, unless otherwise indicated. Zoom invitations will be sent out the day before the program date.

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From A to Z with Mrs. D – ongoing through Zoom

There are a limited numberof spots currently open in our early literacy and social development program for children ages 2 1/2 through 4 years old. If you’re interested in more information, please call Mrs. D at the Library, or email us fordetails.This group meets weekly through April.

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Phone a Story and First Chapter Fridays: Available 24/7

Preschool - 12th Graders -Call 517-858-2700 anytime to hear a full children's story, or a sample of a J Fiction/Chapter book or YA/Teen novel. Recordings are changed every two weeks.

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MiLibraryQuest: January 1th – February 14

6th - 12th Graders - An anonymous tip has come in that a thief will steal an iconic Michigan landmark on Valentine’s Day. We’re recruiting teenage private detectives to stop the heist! Figure out who the thief is and what they’re stealing to prevent the crime and you’ll be entered to win a reward.The Mi Library Quest challenge is made up of public libraries across Michigan and is supported in part by the Library of Michigan. Open to Fowlerville Teens. No registration is required. Learn more about the Quest at mililibraryquest.wixsite.com/quest1.

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Cold Winter Warm Hearts: Thursday, January 28th, at 6:30 pm via—Zoom

Adults – Gather on Zoom for mirth and good cheer with friends to create a beautiful woolen heart ornament. Registration is required with a $5 deposit. Supplies are limited. Kits are available for pickup starting Jan 25th.

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Livingston County Libraries Virtual Yo-Yo Trick Workshop: Saturday, February 20th, 2020 at 11 AM or 12 PMvia -Zoom

Kids Ages 7 and Up. – Please join the Livingston County Libraries in a live online Yo-Yo Workshop. Watch instructors from Yo-Yo Tricks.com show off their moves and learn some moves of your own. Registrants can pick up a free Yo-Yo from Fowlerville District Library beginning Saturday, February 13 through Friday, February 19. Registration begins February 6, 2021 at 10:00 am and is done through Cromaine Library.

This program is paid for by Sport Port, an initiative of Project Play: Southeast Michigan in partnership with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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FDL Response to New COVID Emergency Order

In response to Emergency Order MCL 333.2253 issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Fowlerville District Library will be open by appointment only and will continue to offer curbside service during our regular hours. The use of our curbside is encouraged. Each appointment will be limited to thirty minutes by one household at a time and can be arranged by calling or emailing the library. Masks will be required. We will also be offering print by email which can be picked up through curbside or in our Entryway. Your first ten copies each day are FREE. Internet is always available for patron use in our parking lot and side yard. Please continue to use the book dropbox outside the building or leave your items in the library lobby, when available.

Monday-Thursday

9:30am – 7pm

Friday

9:30am – 5pm

Saturday

10am – 2pm

How to Use Curbside Service

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) –Not sure what you would like to read? Use our reader’s advisory at the desk, they can help! All you need is to give them a subject, author, or genre, and they will do the rest.

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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Follow us on Facebook: @fowlervillelibrary or visit our website at www.fowlervillelibrary.org. Email any questions to:info@fowlervillelibrary.org