Saturday, May 8, 2021

 SAVE THE DATE!

SATURDAY, JUNE 5th, 2021

9TH ANNUAL 5K/1-Mile

RUN FOR THE IMPACT

LOCATION: Starts/Ends at the Family Impact WELLNESS Center – 9430 W. Grand River, Fowlerville, MI. Our 5K Course runs through the UB Church Community Fields - through the bean fields - into the wooded trail and then loops back to start!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 5th, 2021.

ATTENTION: THERE IS NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION THIS YEAR. 5K Chip-Timed Race starts @ 9am and 1-Mile event follows.

VIRTUAL RUN OPTION: May 29th- June 12th You pick your place and time to run/walk a mile or a 5K, alone or with friends. Register at runsignup.com (see below). Record your time and a picture on the Family Impact Centers Facebook Page (https://tinyurl.com/FICrun2021). For both OPTIONS: Pre-register by May 28th in order to receive a T-shirt.

AWARDS: Participatory medals to all 1- Milers. 5K Medals for 1st-3rd places in 14 age categories, and M/F Overall, M/F Grand Masters (50-64), and M/F Great Grand Masters (65-over).

WHY? Help support the ongoing work of the Family Impact Centers, which is in its 19th year of providing Client-Choice Food Pantry, Clothing, Counseling, Educational Resources, Mentoring Programs and Support Groups for area families. This is possible due to community volunteers, the generous support of local businesses/churches, and of course YOU!

Our focus for this run/walk continues to be on Health and Wellness. Our race is endorsed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation! We encourage you to participate with other community members as we join together both in support of those in need and to promote health and wellness for all.

2021 GOAL: We have a goal of over 221 participants and we need you, your family and your friends to attend in force once again! Register for the Run or the Walk, donate and attend to show your support. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/MI/Fowlerville/RunfortheImpact3or download a form at www.familyimpactcenters.com.

If you have questions or want to VOLUNTEER, please contact Race Director Sheila Larson 517-861-9139 or Volunteer Coordinator Stephanie Shafer 989-413-1217.

 Grandma’s Attic Sale being held this week at Fowlerville Fairgrounds

The Annual Grandma's Attic Sale is being held this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 13-15, inside the Commercial Building in the front of the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. The event is the primary fundraiser of the Livingston Centre Historic Village.

Donations for the sale will be accepted this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 10-12, 10am - 4pm. Those with questions, wanting appointments, or needing special assistance can call Marj C. at 517-223-3831.

As you continue spring cleaning and pandemic organizing, please consider donating to benefit the Historic Village, located on the north end of the fairgrounds. Your generosity will help restore and preserve Livingston County's history.

Accepted items include smaller furniture (please, no sofas nor overstuffed chairs), clothing and jewelry, kitchen and household, toys, tools and hardware items, fabrics and crafts, books and dvd's (please no VHS tapes), smaller sporting goods, collectables and vintage items. The Historic Society appreciates your donations of good condition, usable items; please make sure all pieces and parts are included and that everything works.

Unfortunately, in addition to the items noted above, the following items will NOT be accepted: TV cabinets/ consoles and monitors, large exercise and sports equipment, computers and other electronics, handicap bathroom equipment, mattresses and large headboards, and large yard/garden equipment.

Volunteers are still needed for set-up for any block of time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Anyone interested in helping can call the above number, or just come in person.

The sale begins Thursday, May 13, at 9:00 a.m. Nearby parking is free. A food vendor will also be on-site, offering beverages and snacks. Please remember that while this is an open-air building, in the interest of safety special efforts will be made to practice best health measures. Per state mandate, masks are required to ensure the safety of all, especially those working so hard to make this event successful.

 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 for May

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address. Zoom links will be sent out the day before the event.

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Take and Make Craft Kits– K-5th Graders

Crafts change weekly and are available while supplies last. Each kit comes complete with all supplies need and instructions. This activity requires no sign–up. Please call or stop in to find out about this week’s craft.

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ASL Storytime Live!– Every Thursdays 10 AM FDL’s Facebook Page

Meet our new Youth Librarian, learn signs, sing songs, and play in this interactive story time!

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Outdoor Storytimes with Mrs. D –Tuesdays, May 11, 18, 25, 2021 10:30AM in Library Side Yard -Weather Permitting- Bring a blanket or a folding chair to sit on in our side yard.Join in the fun with songs, fingerplays and a story or two. Social distancing and masks are advised. Registration is not required for this program.

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Beginner Gardener Series – Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM –Adults – Zoom

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. May’s topic is transplanting starters into the garden.

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Beyond the Book and Movie – Thursday, May 20th, 2021 @ 6:30 PM – Adults – Zoom

AdultsMay’s selection: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 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 will be available to check out.

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Patriotic Cardmaking on Zoom – Thursday, May 27, 2021 6:30 PM – Zoom

Join library staff members Mary and Zoe, as they guide you through making four different cards to celebrate memorial day. Kits will be available for pick up beginning Monday,May 18, 2021 andincludes all supplies needed to make four different cards. Supplies and spaces limited, sign-up today!

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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.

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

Saturday, May 1, 2021

 Scofield City Park passes are now available at Oceola Community Center

Scofield City Park Boat Launch opened for the season May 1. Park passes are now available for pickup at the Oceola Community Center at 1661 N. Latson Rd. Residents of the City of Howell, Oceola, Marion, Genoa, and Howell Townships will get 1 free pass. Each residential address may purchase one additional pass for a fee of $40.

Scofield Park opens for business the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend! Be sure to get your pass before then.

Office hours for the week are listed below:

    Mon-Tue-9:00am-4:30pm 

    Wed-8:00am-5:00pm 

    Thur–9:00am-7:00pm 

    Fri – 8:00am-5:00pm

Starting May 5thour offices will be open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. View More Information Online at: https://www.howellrecreation.org/scofieldpark Contact us: parksandrec@howellrecreation.org

517-546-0693 ext. 0

 Webberville United Methodist Church holding Chicken Dinner on May 15

The Webberville United Methodist Church, 4215 E. Holt Rd. is having a drive-thru chicken dinner on Saturday, May15, with 2 pieces oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, roll and cookies. All for $9. The dinner will be served 5 to 7 p.m. or until we run out.

 Oak Grove United Methodist Church holding rummage sale 

May 14-15

Church Rummage Sale: Come rummage around for treasures! Friday, May 14, 9a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. – noon at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 6686 Oak Grove Rd., Howell (5 miles north of M-59). Some items will be in the fellowship hall and other items will be set up outside in the church parking lot. Proceeds go to Oak Grove UMC.

 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 librarycard or driver's license and your materials will be given to you.

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                             Upcoming Programs for May

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address. Zoom links will be sent out the day before the event.

* * *

Take and Make Craft Kits– K-5th Graders

Crafts change weekly and are available while supplies last. Each kit comes complete with all supplies need and instructions. This activity requires no sign–up. Please call or stop in to find out about this week’s craft.

* * *

ASL Storytime Live! – Every Thursdays 10 AM FDL’s Facebook Page

Meet our new Youth Librarian, learn signs, sing songs, and play in this interactive story time!

* * *

Springtime Cardmaking on Zoom – Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30 PM – Zoom

Join library staff members Mary and Zoe, as they guide you through making four different cards. Kits will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021 and includes all supplies needed to make four different cards.

* * *

Outdoor Storytimes with Mrs. D –Tuesdays, May 11, 18, 25, 2021 10:30AM in Library Side Yard -Weather Permitting- Bring a blanket or a folding chair to sit on in our side yard.Join in the fun with songs, fingerplays and a story or two. Social distancing and masks are advised. Registration is not required for this program.

* * *

Beginner Gardener Series – Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM –Adults – Zoom

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. May’s topic is transplanting starters into the garden.

* * *

Beyond the Book and Movie – Thursday, May 20th, 2021 @ 6:30 PM – Adults – Zoom

Adults – May’s selection: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 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 will be available to check out.

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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.

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

Saturday, April 24, 2021

 New & Used Horse Tack Sale being held May 8 at Fowlerville Fairgrounds

A New & Used Horse Tack Sale is being held on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds, 8800 W. Grand River Ave. Fowlerville. Entry fee of $1. Vendors are welcome. Questions? Please call 517-223-8186.

For vendor form, go to fair’s website at: www.fowlervillefamilyfair.com/upcoming-events.html

 Livingston County Genealogical Society holding ZOOM meeting May 6

The Livingston County Genealogical Society will meet via ZOOM, Thursday, May 6th at 7pm. The Learners Group will begin at 6pm. Tom Koselka will present “Finding Records of Your Detroit & Wayne County Ancestors.” All are welcome; you do not need to be a member to attend. Meetings include a short business meeting, and the speaker program. Please send an email to ContactLCGSMI@gmail.com and request an invitation to this zoom meeting.

 Donations being accepted for upcoming Grandma’s Attic Sale at fairgrounds

The Livinston Centre Historic Society will accept donations Mon. - Wed., May 10–12, for the annual Grandma's Attic Sale to be held inside the commercial building near the front of the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. As you continue spring cleaning and pandemic organizing, please consider donating to benefit the Historic Village, located inside the Fairgrounds on the north end. For more information about drop-off, please call Marj. C. at 517-223-3831.

Accepted items include smaller furniture (please, no sofas nor overstuffed chairs), clothing and jewelry, kitchen and household, toys, tools and hardware items, fabrics and crafts, books and dvd's (please no VHS tapes), smaller sporting goods, collectables and vintage items. The Historic Society appreciates your donations of good condition, usable items. Please make sure all pieces and parts are included and that everything works.

Unfortunately, in addition to the items noted above, the following items will NOT be accepted: TV cabinets/ consoles and monitors, large exercise and sports equipment, computers and other electronics, handicap bathroom equipment, mattresses and large headboards.

Your generosity will help restore and preserve Livingston County's history.

 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.

* * *

Upcoming Programs for April and May

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address. Zoom links will be sent out the day before the event.

* * *

Magic Wand Reading Pointer Take and Make Craft Kits – K-5thGraders

A reading pointer is a fun way to show children the words you are reading! It helps them make the connection between written word and spoken word. It can prepare them to be excellent readers! Kits are available now through April 29 while supplies last. Pick one up at the front desk or through curbside.

* * *

ASL Storytime Live!– Every Thursdays 10 AM FDL’s Facebook Page

Meet our new Youth Librarian, learn signs, sing songs, and play in this interactive story time!

* * *

Button Bouquet Craft Kits and Zoom Tutorial – Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:30 PM – Adults – Zoom

Take home a button bouquet kit and sign up to attend a Button Bouquet Zoom tutorial. Learn how to make a button bouquet and chat with friends while doing this fun and relaxing craft.Kits will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021 andincludes all supplies needed to make a button bouquet.

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Springtime Cardmaking on Zoom – Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30 PM – Zoom

Join library staff members Mary and Zoe, as they guide you through making four different cards. Kits will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021 andincludes all supplies needed to make four different cards.

* * *

Beginner Gardener Series – Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM –Adults – Zoom

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. May’s topic is transplanting starters into the garden.

* * *

Beyond the Book and Movie – Thursday, May 20th, 2021 @ 6:30 PM – Adults – Zoom

Adults – May’s selection: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 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 will be available to check out.

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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.

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

Saturday, April 17, 2021

 Marion Irene Garlock

Marion Irene (Mern) Garlock, age 96 of Fowlerville died Sunday, April 11, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 10, 1924 in Hazel Park, MI to Byron and Gladys (Warner) Fockler. Marion grew up on a farm north of Howell. She attended Marr Primary School and later graduated from Howell High School in 1943. She married Donald Garlock on May 6, 1949. He preceded her in death on August 12, 1990.

Donald and Marion worked their farm on Robb Road in Fowlerville until 1970 when they moved to Howell. Marion worked at Howell Redband Motors and then from home as a cake decorator making countless beautiful wedding and graduation cakes over the years.

She was an avid roller skater, softball player, and baker. She worked as a baker at her daughters’ business, Incredi-Bulk Foods in Howell making amazing cookies, muffins and cinnamon rolls from scratch for the full 19 years it was open. She retired at 81.

More importantly, Marion’s life was centered on her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Her heart was to teach and train children at Marr Community Bible Church, where she was a charter member. Marion taught Sunday School/Children’s ministry for nearly 77 years – an unofficial world record. She began on the weekend of her 16th birthday and retired at the age of 92. Nothing fulfilled her life more than raising and working with children. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (III John 1:4) sums up her life’s work and goal.

Marion is survived by three daughters and their husbands – Janet & Allan Vasaris, Lillian and Chip Frick, and Connie and Al Shear. She is also survived by her nine grandchildren – Jason (Jenny) Vasaris, Susanna Goodemote, Jenny (Carlos) Rivera, Sharon Goodemote, Ronald (Diane) Goodemote, Nathan Goodemote, Marci (Chad) Bartholomew, Courtney (Taylor) Snyder, and Caleb Shear.

Also survived by her great-grandchildren – Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Andrew, Joshua, Benjamin, and Jonathan Vasaris, Josiah, Liam, and Brianna Rivera, Kimberly, Alex, Nicole, and Matthew Goodemote, and Silas Bartholomew.

In addition to her husband, Marion was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and David Goodemote, grandson Nathaniel Goodemote, and great-granddaughter Alyssa Vasaris.

She was also preceded in death by her six siblings and their spouses – Donald (Thelma) Fockler, Floyd (Georgia) Fockler, Olive (Harold) Eason, Edna (Dwaine) Turner, Helen (Merrill Silver, Dean) Sellman, and Vivian (Glen Shelly, Homer) Wilkinson. She was also a dear aunt to 22 nieces and nephews.

A private burial service for the family will take place on Wednesday, April 21 at Lakeview Cemetery in Howell.

A service open to all friends and family to celebrate Marion’s life will take place at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 23 at Marr Community Bible Church.

 Fowlerville 4th of July Committee’s Chili Cook-Off to be held Saturday, April 24

The Fowlerville 4th of July Committee’s 16th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, April 24, with lots of chili and soup to taste test and other, new surprises as well.

This year the event is also presented by The Connect Five Veterans Foundation and The Michigan Army National Guard Howell Office.

The money raised from the Cook-Off helps fund the Fowlerville 4th of July fireworks and other activities held during the local Independence Day celebration.

Because of social restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be held at a new family-friendly outdoor venue at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds on Grand River road just west of the Village limits.

Besides offering the best chili in the area, the Cook-Off will also give chili chefs the opportunity to compete with soups of their choice for ribbons and bragging rights.

Categories include: Best Hot Chili, Judges Choice Chili, Peoples Choice Chili, Most Unique Soup, Soup DeJour, Peoples Choice Soup, and Best Presentation by a Chef.

Along with the public being able to taste test the entries and vote for their favorites by making a monetary donation, the fun afternoon will include raffles and an all new Silent Auction.

The public is also invited to take home tree saplings with a choice of over 4,000 to chose from. Individuals can select from Blue Spruce or White Pine. The suggested donation is $1 for a tree or $10 for 12 trees.

While taste testing gets your participation started, those attending can also order a dinner. The cost is $10 per person, with children 5 and under served for free. The meal includes one full bowl of Chili or Soup as you prefer, salad, a drink and a dessert.

The event, whick runs from 4 to 7pm, will be held in the Brown Commercial Barn near the Fair Office. Parking is free. In following Covid Safety Guidelines, masks are to be worn and the committee requests that proper social distancing be observed.

There are still a few limited spots for Chili/Soup entrees. Anyone interested should contact Michellesoliu@yahoo.com or BDenby@livgov.comor by phone at (517) 540-8823 for registration detail

 Webberville Kindergarten/Preschool Round-Up rescheduled for May 6

Webberville Elementary School is hosting Kindergarten and Preschool Round-Up on Thursday, May 6, 2021. Round-up will occur from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the elementary school building located at 202 North Main Street, Webberville, MI.

Children turning age 5 on or before September 1st may 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 at inghampreschool.org

 League of Women Voters holding virtual town hall on redistricting process

The League of Women Voters of Brighton/Howell Unit is holding a town hall event to educate Michigan voters on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s process in drawing new legislative and congressional maps.

The virtual town hall will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th via Zoom. Guest Commissioner M.C.Rothhorn of the MICRC and League representatives will discuss redistricting in Michigan, the commission and opportunities for the public, including Communities of Interest, to provide input to the commission before it draws the maps.

“Redistricting in Michigan has been a very political process that has historically taken place behind closed doors and out of the public eye,” said Ellen Lafferty, Chairperson. “This new independent process gives regular, everyday Michigan residents the ability to draw the state’s legislative districts. We want the public to be empowered with information so they can participate in this important democratic process.”

Leagues across the state have undertaken a widespread educational effort to help voters understand redistricting and to ensure the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is being what voters have asked: for citizens to draw district lines instead of legislators or special interests, and for the commission to respect Communities of Interest.

Register for the at

https://howelllibrary.libcal.com/event/7573653.

 Donated items sought for upcoming Grandma’s Attic Sale on 

May 13-15

The committee for the Livingston Centre Historic Village again reminds area residents to consider donating unwanted good-condition items for the annual Grandma's Attic Fundraising Sale on May 13-15. As you continue spring cleaning, please set aside items no longer needed for the benefit of the Historic Village.

Accepted items include smaller furniture (please, no sofas nor overstuffed chairs), clothing and jewelry, kitchen and household, toys, tools and hardware items, fabrics and crafts, books and dvd's (please no VHS tapes), smaller sporting goods, collectables and vintage items. The historic society appreciates your donations of good condition, usable items; please make sure all pieces and parts are included, and that everything works.

For more information about drop-off, please call Marj. C. at 517-223-3831.

 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.

* * *

Upcoming Programs for April and May

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address. Zoom links will be sent out the day before the event.

* * *

Magic Wand Reading Pointer Take and Make Craft Kits – K-5thGraders

A reading pointer is a fun way to show children the words you are reading! It helps them make the connection between written word and spoken word. It can prepare them to be excellent readers! Kits are available now through April 29 while supplies last. Pick one up at the front desk or through curbside.

* * *

ASL Storytime Live!– Every Thursdays 10 AM FDL’s Facebook Page

Meet our new Youth Librarian, learn signs, sing songs, and play in this interactive story time!

* * *

Button Bouquet Craft Kits and Zoom Tutorial – Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:30 PM – Adults – Zoom

Take home a button bouquet kit and sign up to attend a Button Bouquet Zoom tutorial. Learn how to make a button bouquet and chat with friends while doing this fun and relaxing craft.Kits will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021 andincludes all supplies needed to make a button bouquet.

* * *

Springtime Cardmaking on Zoom – Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:30 PM – Zoom

Join library staff members Mary and Zoe, as they guide you through making four different cards. Kits will be available for pick up beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021 andincludes all supplies needed to make four different cards.

* * *

Beginner Gardener Series – Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM –Adults – Zoom

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. May’s topic is transplanting starters into the garden.

* * *

Beyond the Book and Movie – Thursday, May 20th, 2021 @ 6:30 PM – Adults – Zoom

Adults – May’s selection: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 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 will be available to check out.

* * *

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

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

Saturday, April 10, 2021

 VINA Spring ‘Out of Quarantine’ Auction announces four trip packages

VINA has four different trips across the country to bid on in the Spring “Out of Quarantine” Virtual Silent Auction. The auction opens April 14, 2021 at 6 am and closes April 17, 2021 at 5 pm.

The first national auction item is a trip to sunny Arizona! Bidders have the chance to win a three-night stay at JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona along with a certificate to Top golf and gift card to use at the resort on the many amenities.

Another auction item down south is a trip for two to San Antonio, Texas. This package includes a two-night stay at the Omni La Mansion del Rio hotel, a tour of historic San Antonio and dinner for two at Boudro’s Texas Bistro.

A third sunny and bright package is a stay at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami. Two people can enjoy two nights in a deluxe room at the beautiful resort overlooking either Miami or the beach in addition to a $300 credit to Council Oak Steaks & Seafood located at the Hard Rock Casino.

The final national trip is only an eight-hour drive away to Nashville, Tennessee. This package includes two tickets to a show of your choice at The Grand Ole Opry, a post-show backstage tour, two-night hotel accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and dinner for two at one of two restaurant choices: The Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Opryland Resort or the Opry Backstage Grill at the Inn at Opryland.

There are many local trips, golf packages, Michigan getaways and staycation items up for auction for those not ready or able to travel to different states quite yet.

For more information on trip expiration dates, restrictions and starting bids, please see the auction website: https://cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=vina

People can also text “VINA” to 56651 to register to bid and that will give them a link to the website or can visit www.vinadental.org and there is a pop up with a link to the auction website.

The auction is open to the public and bidders can register for free up until the auction closes.

All money raised during the Spring “Out of Quarantine” Virtual Silent Auction benefits VINA Community Dental Center and the many uninsured, low-income patients in need of dental care.

 Michigan Challenge Balloonfest coming to Howell with a ‘Twist’

The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce plans to move forward with a modified version of the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest on June 25, 26, and 27th .

The event will feature four flights throughout the weekend with launches taking place throughout the Howell Area and flying over downtown Howell. We are working to incorporate pop-up entertainment throughout our downtown during the weekend.

Although we will not be gathering at the event site as we have traditionally, we are adding an exciting new twist! The event will have increased coverage so that the greater community can share in the ballooning experience without being at the event in-person.

-The event will include radio and digital promotions

-Live video feeds and on-site pilot interviews

-Live video of balloon inflations, take-offs, and landings

-Live Sponsorship highlights for sponsors on-site or remoting-in

Twenty-four pilots will be competing in this year’s challenge. The main goal of the event this year is to attract people to the region to shop, dine and enjoy the sights of the balloons from a safe distance while avoiding large crowds and congregation.

Updates regarding the event with a complete list of downtown activities will be made available on the Michigan Challenge website as they are confirmed. We’re sincerely thankful for the support of our Balloonfest Committee, sponsors and community partners.

 Livingston Centre Historic Society planning Grandma’s Attic Sale

The Livingston Centre Historic Society continues to plan the annual Grandma's Attic Sale, scheduled for Thurs., Fri., and Sat., May 13 - 15, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It will be held inside the Commercial Building near the front entrance of the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds. Nearby parking is free. Vendors will also be on-site at times, offering such items as food and crafts.

Donations will be accepted Mon. - Wed., May 10 - 12. As you continue spring cleaning and pandemic organizing, please consider donating items no longer needed to this fundraising event for the benefit of the Historic Village, located there inside the Fairgrounds. For more information about drop-off, please call Marj. C. at 517-223-3831.

Accepted items include smaller furniture (please, no sofas nor overstuffed chairs), clothing and jewelry, kitchen and household, toys, tools and hardware items, fabrics and crafts, books and dvd's (please no VHS tapes), smaller sporting goods, collectables and vintage items. The historic society appreciates your donations of good condition, usable items; please make sure all pieces and parts are included, and that everything works.

Unfortunately, in addition to the items noted above, the following items will NOT be accepted: TV cabinets/consoles and monitors, large exercise and sports equipment, computers and other electronics, handicap bathroom equipment, mattresses and large headboards.

Volunteers are still needed for set-up. Anyone interested in helping can call the above number.

Please remember that while this is an open-air building, in the interest of safety, special efforts will be made to practice best measures in avoiding coronavirus. Masks are required to ensure the safety of all, especially those working so hard to make this event successful.

 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.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address.

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Beginner Gardener Series

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom: Transplanting

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Beyond the Book and Movie Group

Adults – May’s selection: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 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.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 6:30 PM

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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.

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

Saturday, April 3, 2021

 Barbara J. Keesler

On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, Barbara went to be with her Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Keesler and daughter Jennifer Keesler, in addition to her parents Mahlon and Alice (Kleckler) Pearce and sister Helen (Ivan) Taber.

Surviving relatives include:daughter Cindy (Fred) Denby and son Jim (Patti) Keesler. In addition, she had three grandchildren; Angela (Dan) Belanger, Brandon (Shelby) Denby and Mitchell (Kristi) Keesler. She also had seven great grandchildren. She loved being a grandmother and enjoyed many special events and memories with each of them.

Barbara was born on June 3, 1931 in Oak Grove, Michigan where she grew up as a child. Her parents were the owners of the local grocery store (Pearce’s Store), and she learned early on some of the tasks to help in the store such as inventory and cashing out customers. She met her husband, Charles “Chuck” Keesler, at an early age as he too lived in the Oak Grove community, near the family store.

She started her education in the Oak Grove county school and graduated from Howell High School. On July 1, 1950, she married Chuck Keesler, and they enjoyed over 65 years together prior to his death.

Early on Barbara utilized her secretarial skills with part-time jobs for Howell Schools and the Howell Elks Club. Then in 1969 she and Chuck purchased the local furniture store in Fowlerville which was renamed to Keesler Furniture. She worked at the family business for many years and enjoyed getting to know many community members after the family moved to the Fowlerville area.

Years later, Chuck decided to become a standardbred (harness) horse owner and eventually a trainer. After the death of their daughter Jennifer, Barbara also got involved in the standardbred horse business and became a successful trainer as well. Over the years they trained 25 standardbred horses which included some impressive record holders; with one being a world record holder. In addition, she served as the treasurer for the Fowlerville Harness Horsemen’s Association.

Barbara never missed an opportunity to celebrate holidays, birthdays and special times together with her family. Her other interests included working on dinners at the Fowlerville First United Methodist Church, spending time with friends, quilting, cooking and playing card games. She was strong, giving, modest and loved. Her red velvet cake was the best of the best.

Funeral arrangements for Barbara are through MacDonald’s Funeral Home in Howell. A “Celebration of Life” is scheduled for Monday, April 5, with visitation hours being 10:00am-2:00pm at the funeral home. A private family cemetery service will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be sent to the Fowlerville First United Methodist Church or the Genesis House in Fowlerville. The family would like to thank the community who has been so supportive during this time.

 Ralph Edward Snyder

Ralph Edward Snyder was born October 21, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan to Virgil and Lydia Edna Snyder. He was the third of six children and the first boy in the family. He is survived by his sister Hazel Richardson and companion Mary Snyder, nieces and nephews and long-time friends Rex Hall and Pat and Ron Drinkert and his Godchildren, David and Ronald Drinkert and Debra Robillard.

Ralph is the former owner of Ace Transformer Service Co. and former Vice-President of Transformer Service Co. of Detroit. He was brought up in the Lutheran faith and was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Detroit as well as St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fowlerville. He was also a 42 year member of AA, a 65 year member of the I.B.E.W Local 17 as well as a long-time member of the Foresters.

He was loved by all who met him and will be missed by all for his smile and good nature. He was a hard worker his entire life which started out as a paper boy when age 8 and continued throughout his life until 1997, when he retired from his job and selling his company.

He was a friend to all the neighboring kids and they would wait for him to get home from work and greet him as if he was their father. He always had candy and a few encouraging words for them and more than once would give them money for pop or ice cream at the store or tomatoes from his garden. He was very generous to all and will be missed by all who knew him.

When ask what he wanted on his tombstone, he answered, just put “He was a hard worker.”

Visitation was held Tuesday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m. until the service time at 1:00 p.m. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

Memorial contributions may be made to Livingston County EMS or Habitat for Humanity. His many AA friends may want to remember him by a donation to their local district or AA meeting.

 Webberville United Methodist Church holding drive-thru chicken dinner

The Webberville United Methodist Church, 4215 E. Holt Rd. is holding a drive-thru chicken dinner on Saturday, April 17, with 2 pieces oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, roll and cookies. All for $9. The dinner will be served 5 to 7 p.m. or until we run out.

 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.

* * *

Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address.

* * *

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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Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson

Fowlerville District Library is partnering with Livingston Libraries to bring a virtual author visit with Kim Michele Richardson author of this year’s Livingston Read’s pick The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Register for this event at livingstonreads.org beginning on March 25.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7 PM Via Zoom.

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Beginner Gardener Series

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom: Transplanting

* * *

Beyond the Book and Movie Group

Adults – May’s selection: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 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.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 6:30 PM

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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.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Zoe Guettler


Department Heads Assistant

Fowlerville District Library

z.guettler@fowlervillelibrary.org




 Fowlerville High School Alumni meetingbeing held at fairgrounds on June 12

The Fowlerville High School Alumni meeting is being held at the fairgrounds on Saturday, June 12, from 3-6 p.m.

“It’s ‘a go’,” said Judy Recker, the Alumni Association president. “We’ll be gathering in the area around the Finlan Gazebo in the front of the grounds. We are planning a low-key afternoon of visiting and renewing friendships. We also plan to recognize attendees from the honored classes.”

The event was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Alumni Association unlikely to be able to meet at the Fowlerville Junior High—its normal site—due to indoors public-health restrictions still in place. The gathering normally includes a banquet and program and is held the first Saturday after the high school graduation.

Realizing that a ‘normal’ Alumni Banquet & Meeting was not possible and not wishing to allow the event to be cancelled a second year-in-a-row, Recker said that she and the rest of the board started brainstorming via ZOOM and came up with this option.

“Cindy (Ruttman) Krebs has been contacting individuals from the honored classes, both last year and this year, in hopes of having them participate in a program that will recogize their milestone reunions,” said Recker. “We’ll also conduct our business meeting which is required under our bylaws.”

More information will be offered at a future date, but in the meantime plan on bringing your lawnchair to the Finlan Gazebo, along with any photos and memories that can be shared.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Livingston County Mental Health hosting ‘All Minds Matter’ Run/Walk

Livingston County Community Mental Health will host the All Minds Matter 5K Run/Walk from April 28 thru May 2.. CMH is offering both a fully virtual option as well as a course in Fowlerville Community Park for participants. Register on line at: www.runsignup.com/Race/MI/Fowlerville/AllMindsMatter 5kWalkRun 

 Howell Nature Center holding Easter EGGstravaganza on April 3

Hop through the festively decorated Howell Nature Center’s Wild Wonders Wildlife Park during an EGGciting Easter adventure on Saturday, April 3. Join them for bunny station surprises, Easter egg hunts, and presentations by wildlife EGGsperts! After your stroll through the park, head over to Alexandria's NatureScape for a special socially distanced photo with the Easter bunny, who will be safely greeting children from the Tree House. General Admission: Adults $8 per person; Children $15 per person Member Admission: Adults $5 per person; Children $12 per person As always, infants 2 and under are free

 Livingston County Genealogical Society hold ZOOM meeting on April 1

The Livingston County Genealogical Society will meet via ZOOM on Thursday, April 1 at 7pm. The Learners Group will begin at 6pm. Sandra Trap will present, “Italian Genealogy 101.” All are welcome. Meetings include a short business meeting and the speaker program.

Please send an email to “ContactLCGSMI@gmail.com" and request an invitation to this zoom meeting and someone will respond to you. Prior to the general meeting, from 6-7 p.m., all are welcome to join the Learner’ Group to discuss their research successes and brick walls

 Livingston Centre Historic Village committee resumes meetings April 1

Monthly meetings of the the Livingston Centre Historic Village planning committee will resume meeting on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00pm in the Fowlerville Fair Office. These meetings will continue the first Thursday of each month.

Work continues on many of the historic buildings inside the fairgrounds; reports and requests will be presented to the committee members. The meeting is open to the public; anyone interested in the continuing preservation and restoration of the Historic Village is welcome to attend. Attendees must wear masks. Social distancing will be practiced.

The agenda also includes the planning of the annual Grandma's Attic Fundraiser scheduled for May 13 - 15, 9am - 4pm. Information on donations and drop-offs will follow in the coming weeks; continue to watch your Fowlerville News and Views for details. Please remember the Historic Society as you continue Spring Cleaning and household organizing.

Finally, discussion will begin for Fair Week activities and for the Fall Fest. The 2021 Fowlerville Fair is currently slated to begin July 26, and the Fall Fest is set for Sept. 11. Details will be published as they are finalized.

 League of Women Voters & Carnegie Library co-hosting diversity forum

In honor of Diversity Month in April, the League of Women Voters-AAA, Brighton/Howell Unit and the Howell Carnegie Library will be co-hosting Nicole Matthews-Creech, President of the Livingston Diversity Council, at the April 6 public forum titled ‘Learning From Our Past to Create a Better Future with the Livingston Diversity Council.’

The on-line event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m.

Livingston County’s past and identity have been inextricably linked with the KKK, white supremacy rallies and cross burnings. While some may say that we are no longer “that” community, issues of racism, heterosexism, ableism and other types of oppression still exist here, as in many communities. This event will include a live Q & A session after the conversation about the goals, programs and initiatives of the LDC and how the community can support these efforts. Registration is required through the Howell Carnegie Library at: www.howelllibrary.libcal.com/event/7573650

 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.

* * *

Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address.

* * *

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.

* * *

Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson

Fowlerville District Library is partnering with Livingston Libraries to bring a virtual author visit with Kim Michele Richardson author of this year’s Livingston Read’s pick The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Register for this event at livingstonreads.org beginning on March 25.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7 PM Via Zoom.

* * *

Beginner Gardener Series

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom: Transplanting

* * *

Beyond the Book and Movie Group

Adults – May’s selection: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 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.

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 @ 6:30 PM

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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.

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






Saturday, March 20, 2021

 Jean M. Brown

Jean M. Brown, age 74, passed away, Saturday, March 13, 2021, at her home with her family by her side. She was born December 29, 1946 in Howell, the daughter of Gaylord D. Coleman and Marie J. (Robinson) Weir. Loving mother of Paula (Aaron) Godfrey of Fowlerville and Traci Brown of Flint. Grandmother of Cullen, Gage, Miles, Sister of Richard (Bonnie) Coleman, Douglas (Carolyn) Coleman, Rose (Ron) Whiting and Edward (Sandra) Coleman.

Also survived by her fiancé, Daniel Glover, his children, Amber Glover and Keith (Cathy) Glover and grandchildren Skyler and Cassandra and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Brown (1987) and brother Don (Betty) Coleman (2020).

Jean retired from Citizens Insurance Company after 42 years. She thoroughly enjoyed baking, volunteering at her grandchildren's school and the church kitchen for events. She was an avid reader, liked old television shows, crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. She will especially be missed at the luncheon gatherings with her classmates and retirement group from Citizens Insurance Company.

A funeral service for Jean was held Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11:00am at the Argentine Church of the Nazarene. Visitation took place on Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 2:00 to 7:00pm, and Friday, March 18, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00am also at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Livingston County Meals on Wheels or the Gleaners Food Bank. Please feel free to visit Jean's online guest book at www.macdonaldsfuneralhome.com

 Kenneth E. Clearfield

Ken, as he was known among his friends, passed on February 22, 2021 at age 55 in Gainesville, FL. He lost his battle with Diabetes that led to infection that ultimately took his life. Ken was retired from the U.S. Navy. A Veteran whom was fervent in spirit. Originally from Philadelphia, PA. Ken joined the U.S. Navy in 1984. After 20 years and 6 months of honorable service, he retired and settled in Ocala FL where he resided until his passing.

Ken has no immediate family. However, Ken was close friends with Robert Mester and his family who are Fowlerville natives, visiting frequently. Ken said that “He loves this small town!” and came up every year for the last six to visit for the holiday season. He attended the annual Fowlerville Buck Pole and Christmas in the Ville. Ken truly “Loved” our town. We would like to honor Ken and his Service to our Country.

    HT1 (SW)(SCI) Kenneth Clearfield

    1984- Boot Camp Orlando FL

    HT A school, HT C School both in Philadelphia

    84-87 Naval Supply Depo Subic Bay Philippines

    87-90 USS Cape Cod (AD-43) San Diego CA

    90-92 USS Independence (CVA-62) San Diego CA

    92-95 Trident Refit Bangor WA

    95-98 USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) Sasebo Japan

    98-00 USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) Sasebo Japan

    00-03 Port Operations Sasebo Japan

    03-04 Naval Station Mayport FL

 State Ag Department urges the safe & effective use of pesticides

for gardening and landscaping

As warmer weather approaches, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is reminding the public to safely use pesticides when gardening and landscaping. A pesticide is any substance intended to prevent, destroy, repel, or mitigate a pest. Insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides, and disinfectants are pesticides.

“When used correctly, pesticides are an effective tool to help control, destroy, and repel destructive pests such as insects, weeds, rodents, germs, and plant disease,” said Brian Verhougstraete, MDARD’s Pesticide Section Manager. “If applying pesticides, always read and follow the label directions and use the recommended personal protective equipment.” If hiring an applicator, choose a firm licensed by MDARD. Licensed firms meet the required financial and experience requirements and employ certified pesticide applicators who have passed MDARD’s proficiency examinations. Their training and experience will help prevent accidental pesticide misuse as well as help prevent harm from occurring to humans, pets, livestock, and the environment.

“Be aware of online advertisements and social media posts promoting the sale of unregistered pesticides, particularly those that claim to be 100% safe or all natural,” added Verhougstraete. “Unregistered pesticides are not proven to be safe or effective and are unlikely to meet MDARD’s or the Environmental Protection Agency’s requirements.”

For additional information on MDARD’s Pesticide and Plant Pesticide Management Division, visit Michigan.gov/MDARD.

 VINA Spring Auction being held virtually on April 14-17

VINA Community Dental Center is counting down the days to the VINA Spring “Out of Quarantine” Silent Auction, taking place virtually from April 14 thru April 17.

The silent auction features a variety of auction items providing experiences and trips to safely “spring” back into the world as the weather warms up and more people receive vaccinations. For those not quite ready to venture out into the world, there are plenty of local and staycation packages.

Bidders must register to bid and will receive text and email updates about the auction. Auction items fall into three categories: local, Michigan and national.

Some of the Michigan auction packages include a Detroit Tigers package with tickets and signed memorabilia, a four-day stay in a beautiful lakefront cottage near Tawas and a wine & dine weekend in Traverse City.

Local auction items include a gourmet dinner for eight in your home, a couple of golf packages at exclusive courses and staycation packages for those not quite ready to be out and about.

The national auction item is an unforgettable experience that will leave the winning bidder feeling recharged both inside and out. VINA will announce the national auction item later as the auction start date nears.

Sponsorships are available now, with six different sponsorship levels providing various marketing benefits. To register to bid, purchase a sponsorship and preview the auction items, visit the auction website: cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=vina

All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit VINA Community Dental Center and the thousands of low-income, uninsured Livingston County residents who rely on the clinic. VINA provides dental visits for $25 and hygiene visits for $10 to alleviate the financial burden of routine dental care for the underserved members of our community.

VINA announced dates for two more fundraisers happening safely in-person later this year. The Golf Outing will be at Lakelands Golf & Country Club on July 19 and The Tailgate will be at Crystal Gardens on October 14.

 Fowlerville taking part in tornado siren test Wednesday, 

March 24

Fowlerville, along with the rest of Livingston County, will take part in the Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for this Wednesday, March 24 at 1:00 PM. During the drill, there will be a tornado siren test, an initial warning from the Livingston County Public Alerting System (LCPAS) to the public and County buildings, and an “all clear” message sent out via LCPAS after 20 minutes.

The drill is a proactive effort to enable residents to become more resilient during severe weather or tornado emergencies by practicing and discussing emergency communication and emergency sheltering. Residents as well local businesses and organizations are encouraged to take part in the drill to practice their severe weather and tornado procedures.

“It is important to review emergency plans with family and co-workers,” says Livingston County Emergency Manager, Therese Cremonte. “Emergencies, such as a tornado, can happen with little or no warning. If the required safety actions are discussed and practiced before an emergency, the actions will be almost automatic during the emergency, when time to react may be limited.”

Fowlerville Fire Chief Bob Feig said the local department plans to activate the warning siren at that time, given that Michigan is approaching the tornado and severe thunderstorm season.

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.

* * *

Upcoming Programs

All programs are intended for Fowlerville School District residents.

All programs are on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required unless otherwise noted. To register for any FDL’s programs please contact us by phone, Facebook, or email with your contact information including a valid email address.

* * *

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.

* * *

Beer Brewing Program -Two Part Series

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

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

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Beginner Gardener Series

Learn to garden with Master Gardener Nan-Marie Fox. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom: Starter Plants

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom: Transplanting

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Lunch Book Club with New Director Ellen Peters

Meet the FDL’s new director and discuss the book Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Books are available at the front desk for anyone interested in participating.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12 PM via Zoom

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Study Bunny Craft

Learn to make a sock bunny. All supplies provided. Kits will be available to pick up Monday, March 22, 2021

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 4 PM via Zoom

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Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson

Fowlerville District Library is partnering with Livingston Libraries to bring a virtual author visit with Kim Michele Richardson author of this year’s Livingston Read’s pick The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Register for this event at livingstonreads.org beginning on March 25.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7 PM Via Zoom.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

 Neva Catherine Plourde

April 21, 1925 – March 7, 2021

Neva Plourde has completed her journey on earth and is now watching over us from heaven. She was born on April 21, 1925 to Louis and Winnie Raddatz in Fowlerville, Michigan. Neva graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1942. She has been a lifelong resident of Fowlerville and a loyal parishioner at St. Agnes Catholic Church.

Beloved wife of the late Merle George Plourde and loving mother of Kenneth Plourde, Gordon (Sandra) Plourde, Patricia Silver, Denise (Daniel) Swantick and Gerry (Shellie) Plourde. Also survived by six grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren whom she cherished dearly. In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

She will be remembered for her caring and thoughtful nature and how much she dearly loved all of her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

We will be forever grateful to all of the angels from Grace Hospice for their unending care, support, thoughtfulness and compassion for Neva and our family as she made her final journey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929.

The family was having a private funeral mass with interment at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Fowlerville, Michigan.

Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. The family is especially grateful to Penny Herrmann, Doug, Alex and Father Nate. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 DDA proposal selected as finalist in ‘Put Your Town on the Map’ contest

A proposal to paint murals on the side of buildings in the Fowlerville commercial district as a way of beautifying the area and also drawing visitors to the community has been selected as one of ten finalists in the ‘Put Your Town on the Map!’ Contest that is sponsored by Consumers Energy.

The contest is limited to small towns with a populationup to 10,000.

A total of $50,000 in grants is being given out by the public utility company: $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 respectively.

The proposal had been previously presented to the Fowlerville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) as a possibly project by Connie Shear. She is the Handy Township treasurer and represents that municipality on the DDA board.

Shear had learned of murals that were painted on commercial buildings in the City of Jackson and have become a tourist attraction. She felt that doing something similar in Fowlerville would help enhance the community.

Shear subsequently entered the Consumers Energy contest.

The ten finalists will make their presentations at the Small Town and Rural Development Conference, held virtually on April 13-14, with the three winners then being named

“The Put Your Town on the Map competition aims to reward innovative ideas that attract visitors to downtowns, focus on housing, education or employment, create community pride and more,” said Roger Curtis, Consumers Energy’s vice president of public affairs, adding that “Consumers Energy is committed to ensuring Michigan's communities of all sizes are growing and thriving, and we're excited to provide financial help to turn original ideas into reality."