Saturday, June 11, 2022

Randy Emmett Tinsley

Randy Emmett Tinsley passed peacefully in his sleep at home with family on June 8, 2022. He was born in Howell Michigan on August 9, 1950 to James and Mona (Jackson) Tinsley. Randy was employed at Reuland Electric in Howell for 43 years. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors.

Randy was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers: Elmer “Duane” Jackson and William “Bill” Tinsley. Randy leaves behind a son: George (Kimberly) Tinsley and 3 grandchildren: Corey Lovaty, Randy (Ana) Tinsley, and Martha Tinsley. He is survived by Laura and Dee Dee Wright, though not his daughters, he thought of them both as his own, 4 loving sisters: Sue Ayers, Theresa (Ed) Davidson, Linda (Dennis) Gendron, Virginia Wright, along with 11 nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends and relatives on June 12, 2022 from 1-5pm at the Herrmann Funeral Home in Fowlerville, Michigan. A Celebration of Life is planned for mid-July.

Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at: pjnerrmannfuneralhome.com

 Diona Raye St. Charles

Diona Raye St. Charles, Webberville, born May 4th, 1978 in Howell to Ric St. Charles and Faye Hargrove, passed away in her home on May 26th, 2022 after a short battle with Multiple Myeloma and liver disease.

She was a 1996 graduate of Webberville and attained an Associates Degree from Davenport University. She was employed by Jackson National, Dart Properties and, prior to her passing, Premier Thermal Solutions.

Diona is survived by her daughter, Alanna (Ally) Aldridge; Ally's father, Kriss Aldridge; father, Ric (Cindy) St. Charles; mother, Faye Hargrove; sisters, Carmen (Jason) Davis, Cassandra (Dan) Rose, and Melissa (Seth) Adkins; brother, Chad (Courtney) Simmons; nephews, Brad and Jax; nieces, Makayla, Ezmae, Dalynn, Reese, Paige, Rylee and Bella; grandmother, Donna St. Charles and numerous family and friends.

Diona was preceded in death by grandparents, Richard "Dick" St. Charles, Geneva Hargrove-Barnes and Richard "Dick" Barnes as well as other family and friends.

A celebration of Diona's life is being held on Saturday, June 11th from 1 - 4 pm at the Webberville Spartan Center. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to benefit Diona's daughter Ally.

Diona was a big personality who was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

We love you Dee Dee.

Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at: pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Pearl Spagnuolo

On Monday May 30, 2022 Pearl Spagnuolo left this Earth and went to Heaven. Pearl was the beloved Parti Yorkie of Leticia Spagnuolo. On Saturday May 28th at 9 PM she was inside her own fenced yard when a Bullmastiff jumped her fence and fatally mauled her. She was only four years old and a perfect little girl. We rushed her to the Michigan State University Animal Hospital where the veterinarians did everything medically and surgically possible to save her precious little life. Pearl fought with all her might to live and stay with her family but after two days she finally succumbed to the numerous wounds caused by that Bullmastiff.

Pearl was a gentle soul who loved life and her family. She was an emotional support dog for her grandmother Sue. She gave her a reason to wake up everyday because she knew that Pearl’s cuddles and wagging tail would make her smile and ease her pain. Pearl loved to play with her toys, dig holes and go on walks with her two sisters. Her love was unconditional and she loved to be held and petted by all. Pearl is sadly missed by all that knew her and her tragic death did not have to happen.

Pearl has joined with Letiicia’s father Frank, her brother Anthony and nephew Oliver Salfate and is bringing joy and happiness there, just as she did for a short time on Earth. “Rest in Peace Baby Girl the pain is over.”

Pearl’s life mattered and she did not die in vain. There is a petition online to get the laws changed so that animal control and the local police can remove animals that pose a threat before they maim or kill small animals or children. Please go to http://www.change.org/p/justice-for-pearl and please sign there.

 Rep. Bezotte invites residents to local coffee hours on June 17

State Rep. Bob Bezotte, of Marion Township, announced he will host local coffee hours in June in Howell, Fowlerville and Hartland.

The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

Friday, June 17:

    · Mark’s Midtown Coney; 1 – 2 p.m.; 208 W. Grand River, Howell.

    · Olden Days Cafe; 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.; 118 N. Grand River Ave.,              Fowlerville.

    · Big Boy; 4 – 5 p.m.; 10587 Highland Road, Hartland.

No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those who are unable to attend but would still like to share their thoughts with the representative may call his Lansing office at (517) 373-8835 or email RobertBezotte@House.MI.gov.

Bezotte represents the 47th House District, which includes a portion of Livingston County.

 After long delay, Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be peformed

Fowlerville Community Theatre is thrilled to bring to the stage Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ this coming weekend. Rehearsals for this production began back in December 2019 and, after a long delay, is finally able to grace the stage at the Alverson Center for the Performing Arts at Fowlerville High School.

COVID-19 may have halted this production for quite some time, but the cast and crew are more than ready to perform this amazing show. You will see people of all ages on stage. Some cast members have joined the production just recently, and some have been here since the beginning. Everyone has come together to create a spectacular show.

You will not want to miss this. It is the “tale as old as time” that we all know and love, portrayed by a top-notch cast and crew..

Show dates and times are as follows: Thursday, June 16th at 7pm, Friday, June 17th at 7pm, and Saturday June 18th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. They may be ordered online or at the door. Online tickets may be ordered at: https://bit.ly/FCT-Beast-Tickets-2022

Webberville United Methodist Church to serve Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner

The Webberville United Methodist Church, 4215 E. Holt Rd. is serving a Drive-Thru Chicken Dinner on Saturday, June18. The dinner includes 2 pieces oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, roll and cookies. All for $10. The dinner will be served 5 to 7pm or until we run out. 

Red Ceder Julbile holding euchre tournament to benefit parks

The Friends of Williamston Parks (FOWP) will host a euchre tournament on Thursday, June 23 in the Red Cedar Jubilee Food & Beverage Tent. Buy-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and play starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

The top prize is a Weber gas grill courtesy of Kodet’s True Value. The event will feature 50-50 drawing and other prizes from Fireworks Glass Studios, Old Nation Brewing Company, Studio Shop and Sunnyside Cafe.

All proceeds from the euchre tournament will benefit park improvements in the Williamston area. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the euchre tournament.

The Friends of Williamston Parks began in 2015 to focus on park improvement efforts. For more information about the Friends of Williamston Parks, visit www.williamston parks.org or e-mail williamstonparks@gmail.com. 

 Livingston County Catholic Charities to host seminar on     Elder Abuse Awareness

In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15th, Livingston County Catholic Charities and the Elder Justice Coalition will host The Many Faces of Elder Abuse Seminar. In partnership with various community members and entities, Livingston County Catholic Charities will bring Elder Abuse Awareness to light through education, networking, and sharing.

The event will feature experts and key speakers including, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan, South Central Legal Services, the Livingston County Hoarding Task Force, LCCC’s Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (PEANE) team, Attorney General Dana Nessel and more.

The senior programs at Livingston County Catholic Charities have seen a tremendous uptick in seniors being abused, neglected or exploited. This led to the creation of the Livingston County Catholic Charities Prevention of Elder Abuse Neglect and Exploitation (P.E.A.N.E.) program in 2017. The Elder Abuse Coalition includes staff from LCCC, the Livingston County Prosecutor's Office, the Livingston County Sheriff's Dept., Adult Protective Services/DHHS, the Ombudsmen/AAA1-B, PAAM, the Fowlerville Police, Foguth Financial and the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project.

As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.Join Livingston County Catholic Charities and the Elder Justice Coalition to learn more about how you can help prevent and address Elder Abuse in the future. The details of the event can be found below:

The seminar will be held at the Livingston County EMS Building- Hartland Room in Howell.

A $15/per person donation is suggested to cover the costs of

breakfast, lunch, and materials.

To register go to:

weblink.donorperfect.com/WEAD_June2022

For more information or to learn more about elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, call Beth Newman at Livingston County Catholic Charities at (517) 545-5944 or visit the National Center on Elder Abuse https://ncea.acl.gov.

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089. All programs are free to our patrons.

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FAMILY

Homeschooling Social Hour

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 pm – 2:00pm

Drop in and get to know other local homeschooling families. Play games, enjoy snacks, and have fun!

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ADULTS

Green Living with Clean Refillery

Monday, June 13, 12:00pm

Join us here at the Library to learn about ways to live eco-friendly with Clean Refillery - a low waste health and beauty store located in Lansing.

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Monthly Cardmaking

Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm

Wish you could craft your own greetings cards, but feeling a little intimidated? Follow Mary’s step-by-step instructions, and you’ll go home with a set of four strawberry themed cards.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Monthly Book and Coffee Club

Monday, June 27, 2:00pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club with coffee and dessert. This month‘s selection is The Stranger in the Life Boat by Mitch Albom.  Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, June 23, 6:30pm

An evening book discussion plus the movie, recipe, or more. This month’s selection is A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Yoga Fitness Class

Mondays, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Lean into Yin Yoga with Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic. Wake up the body with soft stretches and yoga asanas, including a touch of meditative practice. No cost to attendees, just bring your mat and a water bottle. Now offering morning and evening classes!

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LIFE SKILLS

Beginner Sewing (Adults & Teens)

Monday, June 20, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in sewing but don’t know where to start? Do you struggle to sew a straight line? If so, this is the program for you! Join Tally to learn how to use a sewing machine and increase confidence on sewing. First project is making Microwavable Rice Bags.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Michigan Works! Jobseeker and Education Workshops

2nd Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Michigan Works! can help people of all ages with one-on-one career coaching, resume writing, job search assistance, skills training, computer training, and more! Get direct help at the workshops or come and learn the ways they can also assist young adults, ages 16 - 24, with education assistance, paid work experience, transportation, and even interview and work clothing.

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have our teen librarian Connor run a one-shot.

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Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has tons of fun teen craft projects planned! Drop in to take part in making super cool crafts, such as beaded animals, resin jewelry, and other top secretprojects.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in anytime from 2:30 to 5:00 for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Teen hosts Connor and Tally have an amazing setup with lots of games from the Library’s steadily growing collection.

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KIDS

Our revamped storytime programs are open to everyone! No registration necessary.

Family Fun Storytime

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 pm

Bring the whole family for this extra special storytime! We’ll read stories, sing songs, fingerplays, and more.

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My First Escape Room: Minecraft (Ages 5-9)

Friday, June 17, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm, 1:30pm

Can you defeat the Ender Dragon? Perfect for younger kids with a curious mind who love puzzles! No previous knowledge of Minecraft is required.

Registration required. Sign up for a time slot online or call the Library.

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K-5 Book Club (K-5)

Tuesday, June 21, 1:00pm

Read a book along the theme, then come to the library to discuss it while enjoying snacks and a craft! Visit the library for a list of reading suggestions if you’d like! This month’s theme is Book WithWater on the Cover.

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Reading with Bosco the Dog

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

You’ll find Shelly and her book loving dog Bosco waiting in the children’s area from 4:00 to 5:00. Bosco wants some two-legged friends to come and read him their favorite books.

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Join our always terrific Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 am, May 19 – August 25

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

Fridays 9:30 am,May 20 – August 26

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical storytime led by baby-loving Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

Thursdays on Facebook, 12 pm

Learn signs, sing songs, and play in this recorded storytime on our Facebook page. Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.


Saturday, June 4, 2022

Londa Kay Horton

Londa Kay Horton, age 71, a lifelong resident of Fowlerville, MI, was called home on May 26, 2022.

Londa was born on May 1, 1951 in Howell to Rollin Lorraine Horton and Rosmond (Bachman) Horton. She was an older sister to Raye Horton and Rollin Lloyd Horton. Londa grew up on the family farm in Fowlerville, MI.

A 1969 graduate of Fowlerville High School, she was a part of the percussion section in the school band and also took up the piano. Her love of animals drew her to 4-H which later led to her becoming a 4-H leader with the Northern Neighbors Club in adulthood.

Londa was an advocate for continuous education and earned numerous degrees in her lifetime. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Western Michigan University. She attended Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Multiple Disciplinary Social Science and Masters in Education Psychology. She also received a Master of Arts at Central Michigan University in Industrial/Organizational Development. During her time at Michigan State she studied abroad in Valbonne, France.

Londa had an extensive career. Following her love of education, she taught history and was a coach at DeWitt High School and Whitmore Lake High School and later with the Michigan Virtual University. For 24 years she was the president of her own company where she was an instructional designer. Londa also held numerous jobs where she designed training programs and initiatives.

Londa was a lifelong member of the Fowlerville First United Methodist Church where she was a part of the missions team. Inspired by biologist Jane Goodall, she travelled to Uganda to see endangered gorillas. Londa was also a member of of the Conway Township Planning Commission, serving as its secretary for over 13 years.

Londa is a beloved mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She will be remembered for being hardworking, independent, a dedicated mother and for her involvement in the community.

Londa is preceded in death by her mother Rosmond (Bachman) Horton.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Keelan Horton, beloved father Rollin Horton, sister Raye Horton, niece Sarah Grill, nephew Thomas Grill, brother Rollin Lloyd Horton (Cindy Mackie Horton), nephew Rollin Thomas Horton, nephew Ranier Horton, and niece Mallory Horton, and numerous cousins.

Her celebration of life took place on Friday, June 3, at the Fowlerville United Methodist Church, with vistation held from 11am-Noon and the service at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Londa’s favorite charity—Heifer International which aids impoverished families around the world with a gift of livestock. https://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/animals/index.html?msource=KIK1E21BS0001&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1tGUBhDXARIsAIJx01n7gLDuWGy-Sg5EUcG1NXnMCRItpjekHALj1XlfCfNMHxjZqeNtlJ8aAsFzEALw_wcB

Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences can be expressed at: pjherrmannfuneralhome.com 

 Webberville United Methodist Church serving drive-through chicken dinner

The Webberville United Methodist Church, located at 4215 E. Holt Rd., is having a drive-through chicken dinner on Saturday, June18. The dinner includes two pieces oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, green beans, corn casserole, coleslaw, roll and cookies. All for $10. The dinner will be served 5 to 7 PM, or until we run out.

 Howell Recreation holding Flip N’ Flop Fishing Tournament on June 12

Join us for our annual fishing tournament for kids ages 2-15 held on Michigan's Free Fishing Weekend on Sunday, June 12. Bring the whole family down to Scofield Park for a chance to win prizes at this year's tournament!

Breakfast starts at 7:30am, tournament starts at 8am and ends by 10am, brief awards ceremony to follow. Each entry into the tournament will get you: -Entry into the tournament -Pancake Breakfast (non-participants may purchase a breakfast ticket separately) -A goodie bag of supplies for the tournament (including bait) -A chance to win prizes

This event is made possible by Brandon Krugh State Farm who will be on site. Make sure to stop by and say hello. Cost: $10/person $5 for breakfast only (all ages) Time: 7:30am-10:00am Location: Scofield City Park, 404 Thompson St. Registration link: https://www.howellrecreation.org/events/flip22

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089. All programs are free to our patrons.

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FAMILY

Under the Sea Party (All Ages)

Tuesday, June 7, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Join our summer reading kick-off party! We’ll have games, snacks, activities, and a chance to sign up for summer reading where you’ll win PRIZES!

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Homeschooling Social Hour

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 pm – 2:00pm

Drop in and get to know other local homeschooling families. Play games, enjoy snacks, and have fun!

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ADULTS

Green Living with Clean Refillery

Monday, June 13, 12:00pm

Join us here at the Library to learn about ways to live eco-friendly with Clean Refillery - a low waste health and beauty store located in Lansing.

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Monthly Cardmaking

Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm

Wish you could craft your own greetings cards, but feeling a little intimidated? Follow Mary’s step-by-step instructions, and you’ll go home with a set of four strawberry themed cards.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Yoga Fitness Class

Mondays, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Lean into Yin Yoga with Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic. Wake up the body with soft stretches and yoga asanas, including a touch of meditative practice. No cost to attendees, just bring your mat and a water bottle. Now offering morning and evening classes!

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LIFE SKILLS

Sewing Craft Projects with Patty (Adults & Teens)

Friday, June 10, 11:30am – 2:00pm

Join local seamstress Patty Fitzgerald for fun sewing projects. From beginning to advanced – all levels of skill are welcome. Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Beginner Sewing (Adults & Teens)

Monday, June 20, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in sewing but don’t know where to start? Do you struggle to sew a straight line? If so, this is the program for you! Join Tally to learn how to use a sewing machine and increase confidence on sewing. First project is making Microwavable Rice Bags.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Michigan Works! Jobseeker and Education Workshops

2nd Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Michigan Works! can help people of all ages with one-on-one career coaching, resume writing, job search assistance, skills training, computer training, and more! Get direct help at the workshops or come and learn the ways they can also assist young adults, ages 16 - 24, with education assistance, paid work experience, transportation, and even interview and work clothing.

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have our teen librarian Connor run a one-shot.

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Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has tons of fun teen craft projects planned! Drop in to take part in making super cool crafts, such as beaded animals, resin jewelry, and other top secret projects.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in anytime from 2:30 to 5:00 for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Teen hosts Connor and Tally have an amazing setup with lots of games from the Library’s steadily growing collection.

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KIDS

Our revamped storytime programs are open to everyone! No registration necessary.

Kids Crafternoons (ages 6 -12)

Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roll over here after school and get your craft on. Mrs. D provides all the supplies to bring her magical ideas to life in your hands.

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Family Fun Storytime

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 pm

Bring the whole family for this extra special storytime! We’ll read stories, sing songs, fingerplays, and more.

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My First Escape Room: Minecraft (Ages 5-9)

Friday, June 17, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm, 1:30pm

Can you defeat the Ender Dragon? Perfect for younger kids with a curious mind who love puzzles! No previous knowledge of Minecraft is required.

Registration required. Sign up for a time slot online or call the Library.

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K-5 Book Club (K-5)

Tuesday, June 21, 1:00pm

Read a book along the theme, then come to the library to discuss it while enjoying snacks and a craft! Visit the library for a list of reading suggestions if you’d like! This month’s theme is Book With Water on the Cover.

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Reading with Bosco the Dog

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

You’ll find Shelly and her book loving dog Bosco waiting in the children’s area from 4:00 to 5:00. Bosco wants some two-legged friends to come and read him their favorite books.

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Join our always terrific Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 am, May 19 – August 25

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

Fridays 9:30 am,May 20 – August 26

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical storytime led by baby-loving Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

Thursdays on Facebook, 12 pm

Learn signs, sing songs, and play in this recorded storytime on our Facebook page. Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas

Saturday, May 28, 2022

 Susan Douglas

Susan Jean (Wilkinson) Douglas was born in Lansing, Michigan on December 22, 1949 and died peacefully on May 19, 2022. She was the only daughter of E.J. (Mike) and June Wilkinson, and was an alumni of Sexton High School and Central Michigan University. She loved visiting with family and friends, especially over coffee and ice cream. Sue worked for many years at Meijer before having children and moving to Webberville after her marriage to Walter Douglas.

She was a teacher at Webberville Elementary for 19 years, a volunteer for Relay for Life, Webberville Band Boosters and Webberville track events for 10 years, even after her sons had graduated. She loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents, brother Mickey, and granddaughter Willow. She is survived by her husband, Walter, of 39 years, her sons, J.W. (Dani) and Michael (Colleen), grandchildren Jacob, Amelia, Sean, Alexander, and her brothers Richard (Sandy), Russell (Jeanene), and Ronald (Mari).

Visitation was held at Hermann Funeral Home on May 25 from 10am - 1pm, with services immediately to follow. A luncheon will be held at Webberville Elementary at 4pm after the burial.

In lieu of flowers, the family was asking that a donation be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at: pjherrmannfuneralhome.com.

 Heidi Marie Hildegard Lemke

Heidi Lemke passed away on May 24, 2022 surrounded by her children and husband, after a short illness. She was born on July 21, 1945 in Frankfort Germany. She met a dashing US soldier when she was 18, she married and moved to Michigan, USA. Heidi worked for the Kmart corporation for the majority of her life.

Heidi was a devoted wife to Jim Lemke for 58 years and mother of 3: Jean Root (husband Ken), Kevin Lemke (wife Amy), and Christa Miner (husband Jeff). She was a loving grandmother to 8: Justin Root (wife Stephanie) Ryan Root (wife Chelsea), Troy Root (fiancé Megan), Julia Lemke, Gillian Rickerd (husband Jacob), Charlotte Lemke, Rebecca Miner, and Colin Miner (wife Samantha).

She was an incredible cook and caterer for many years. Anyone who was fortunate to know Heidi became an instant friend and she treated all people like family. The family will hold a celebration of her life later this summer. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

 Williamston Eagles Upcoming Events

June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th - Jokers Wild progressive jackpot drawing at 7 pm. Tickets are only $1.00 each and the pot is up to $4,000 and growing! Tickets can be bought at the bar or by calling Victoria at- 517-648-8599. You can also call the club after 3pm at 517-655-6510. Wednesday night dinners change weekly. (Jokers Wild drawing is every Wednesday) Public is welcome!

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June 5th and again on the 19th, enjoy the sounds of Jack and Tess Clarkson. Dance the afternoon away or sit and enjoy! The music plays from 5 til 8 pm. Cover charge of $5.00 at the door to help with costs. Food available to purchase, coffee and snacks provided. Public welcome! Bring your friends or come down and make new ones! Club is located at 835 High Street. Call the club anytime after 3pm for more information at: 517-655-6510. Public is welcome!

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June 25th brings our 26th annual Car and Bike Show during the morning/afternoon, then Embassy Drive Band in the evening for your listening pleasure. Bring your classy ride down (car or bike) and maybe win a prize! Doors open at 9 am and registration runs from 10am til 1pm. Don't forget to vote for your favorite! Cost to enter your treasured vehicle is $10 and includes a hot dog and chips. Our annual BBQ chicken dinners start at noon and are served until gone. Call Tammy Scott at 517-256-2818 for more car show information. Open to the public!

Class of 1982 will also be hosting their class reunion at the club that night, so be sure to come on down and join your schoolmates! The band will be playing your favorites from 9pm til 1am. You won't want to miss this fun day! Call the club at 517-655-6510 for more information. The club is located at 835 High Street in Williamston. Event is open to the public!

 Pop-Up Book Sale being held at the Webberville Library June 10

The Friends of the Webberville Library will hold a small Pop-Up Book Sale at the Library on Friday, June 10 from 6 to 7:30 PM in conjunction with the Webberville Village Picnic.

No donated books will be accepted from the public. All proceeds will be used to benefit future Library programs.

 Webberville Garden Club holding 50th Birthday Celebration June 3

The Webberville Garden Club will be celebrating its 50th Birthday with cake and ice cream at the Blue Star Memorial Garden, located in Downtown Webberville on Grand River, Friday June 3, from 5:00 til 7:00pm. The club hopes you can stop by and celebrate with them!

 Fowlerville High School to hold graduation ceremony Sunday, June 5

Fowlerville High School will hold the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 on Sunday, June 5, in the competition gym. It is a return to the normal setting for commencement exercises at the high school after two years of presenting the diplomas during a parade that went through Downtown Fowlerville, with the seniors riding in vehicles.

The planned schedule begins with opening remarks by High School Principal Bradford Lusk, a Welcome Address by Superintendent Wayne Roedel, and the Presentation of the School Board by Board President Mike Brown.

Abigail Thomas will give the Class Welcome while Emma Browne and Amanda Fogo will thank class sponsors Jill Thomas and Amanda Tomassi. This will be followed by Isaac Way giving the Salutatorian Address and then Reagan Esch offering the Valedictorian Address.

The ceremony will conclude with the Presentation of Diplomas, with Mike Brown, Bradford Lusk, Assistant Principal Eric Diroff, Dean of Students Nicholas Zajas, and Athletic Director Brian Osborn taking part.

The high school band, under the direction of William Vliek, will play the Senior Processional “Pomp and Circumstance” as the seniors enter the gym and the Recessional “Triumphal March” as they exit.

 Broken Horn Rodeo at fair to feature saddle bronc riding

Saddle bronc riding is rodeo’s classic event, both a complement and contrast to the wilder spectacles of bareback riding and bull riding. This event requires strength to be sure, but the event also demands style, grace and precise timing.

Saddle bronc riding evolved from the task of breaking and training horses to work the cattle ranches of the Old West. Many cowboys claim riding saddle broncs is the toughest rodeo event to master because of the technical skills necessary for success.

Every move the bronc rider makes must be synchronized with the movement of the horse. The cowboy’s objective is a fluid ride somewhat in contrast to the wilder and less controlled rides of bareback riders. One of the similarities shared by saddle bronc and bareback riding is the rule that riders in both events must mark out their horse on the first jump from the chute. To properly mark out his horse, the saddle bronc rider must have both heels touching the animal above the shoulder of the horse. As the bronc bucks, the rider pulls his knees up, rolling his dull spurs up on the horse’s shoulder. As the horse descends, the cowboy straightens his legs, returning his spurs over the point of the horse’s shoulder in anticipation of the next jump.

Making a qualified ride and earning a money-winning score requires more than just strength and an eight second ride. The dependency of a cowboy has on his rein makes the difference between a good and a championship rider. A man who is not dependent on the rein alone, but can rely on balance as well, will get a higher mark for full arc stokes.

Equally important is the fact that some horses which the judges also score on how hard they buck, will “turn on” better if this passenger isn’t hanging on the rein with brute force. The rider is downgraded by the judges if he loses control. Cowboys call it “getting into a storm” and if this happens, the saddle makes recovery more difficult and result in their being thrown. Also, the possibility of their ‘hanging up in a stirrup’ is always in the back of the rider’s mind and is a great hazard to saddle bronc riding. Saddle bronc riding has less competition than any other event in professional rodeo. There’s a reason, the instinctive reactions required to keep their feet in the stirrups, sense what a horse will do next, and the rhythm required, because there is nothing solid to hang onto makes this event, one of which you cannot substitute for years of experience.

Join the fun and watch the Saddle Bronc Riders at the upcoming American Professional Rodeo Association and the International Professional Rodeo Association, World Championship Rodeo, produced by Broken Horn Rodeo, at Fowlerville Family Fairground, July 29,2022, 7:00 PM.

Locals and permits will be accepted, but must make call in.

Call in entry is July 19, 2022. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. CST 1-337-427-6336.

Kids can start practicing on your stick horses to compete for prizes. Stick horse races will be held for two age groups: 5 & under and 6-9. Join the fun. NO ENTRY NEEDED FOR STICK HORSE.

For information contact Jim McElroy, Broken Horn Rodeo 937-392-4608 or email s.m.mcelroy@att.net or Fowlerville Fair Office 517-223-8186

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089. All programs are free to our patrons.

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FAMILY

Under the Sea Party (All Ages)

Tuesday, June 7, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Join our summer reading kick-off party! We’ll have games, snacks, activities, and a chance to sign up for summer reading where you’ll win PRIZES!

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ADULTS

Monthly Crafts

Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm

Join us to create a mini painting, a rendition of a classic, or a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Fellow patrons will vote on their favorite painting, and the winner will be awarded a prize. Open to all skill levels.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Simply Authentic Series

Friday, June 3, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Join Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic, where she will demonstrate glass painting with stencils.

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Green Living with Clean Refillery

Monday, June 13, 12:00pm

Join us here at the Library to learn about ways to live eco-friendly with Clean Refillery - a low waste health and beauty store located in Lansing.

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Monthly Cardmaking

Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm

Wish you could craft your own greetings cards, but feeling a little intimidated? Follow Mary’s step-by-step instructions, and you’ll go home with a set of four strawberry themed cards.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Yoga Fitness Class

Mondays, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Lean into Yin Yoga with Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic. Wake up the body with soft stretches and yoga asanas, including a touch of meditative practice. No cost to attendees, just bring your mat and a water bottle. Now offering morning and evening classes!

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LIFE SKILLS

Sewing Craft Projects with Patty (Adults & Teens)

Friday, June 10, 11:30am – 2:00pm

Join local seamstress Patty Fitzgerald for fun sewing projects. From beginning to advanced – all levels of skill are welcome. Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Beginner Sewing (Adults & Teens)

Monday, June 20, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Are you interested in sewing but don’t know where to start? Do you struggle to sew a straight line? If so, this is the program for you! Join Tally to learn how to use a sewing machine and increase confidence on sewing. First project is making Microwavable Rice Bags. Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Michigan Works! Jobseeker and Education Workshops

2nd Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Michigan Works! can help people of all ages with one-on-one career coaching, resume writing, job search assistance, skills training, computer training, and more! Get direct help at the workshops or come and learn the ways they can also assist young adults, ages 16 - 24, with education assistance, paid work experience, transportation, and even interview and work clothing.

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have our teen librarian Connor run a one-shot.

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Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has tons of fun teen craft projects planned! Drop in to take part in making super cool crafts, such as beaded animals, resin jewelry, and other top secret projects.

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Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in anytime from 2:30 to 5:00 for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Teen hosts Connor and Tally have an amazing setup with lots of games from the Library’s steadily growing collection.

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KIDS

Our revamped story time programs are open to everyone! No registration necessary.

Kids Crafternoons (ages 6 -12)

Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roll over here after school and get your craft on. Mrs. D provides all the supplies to bring her magical ideas to life in your hands.

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Family Fun Storytime

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 pm

Bring the whole family for this extra special story time! We’ll read stories, sing songs, fingerplays, and more.

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My First Escape Room: Minecraft (Ages 5-9)

Friday, June 17, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm

Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm, 1:30pm

Can you defeat the Ender Dragon? Perfect for younger kids with a curious mind who love puzzles! No previous knowledge of Minecraft is required. Registration required. Sign up for a time slot online or call the Library.

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Reading with Bosco the Dog

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

You’ll find Shelly and her book loving dog Bosco waiting in the children’s area from 4:00 to 5:00. Bosco wants some two-legged friends to come and read him their favorite books.

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Join our always terrific Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 am, May 19 – August 25

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

Fridays 9:30 am, May 20 – August 26

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical story time led by baby-loving Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

Thursdays on Facebook, 12 pm

Learn signs, sing songs, and play in this recorded story time on our Facebook page. Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

 Philip M. Tatus

Tatus, Philip Michael, a long-time resident of Fowlerville, Michigan, lost his battle with cancer at age 71 on November 2, 2021, in the care of Arbor Hospice Residence, Saline, Michigan. Born in Detroit, he was the beloved son of Peter S. and Irene D. (Gburzynski) Tatus.

Phil was drafted into the US Army and served on active duty in Viet Nam. After returning from his service, Phil worked at several GM plants over the years, completing his career at the General Motors Flint Metal Center. Phil was an active union representative, recognized for his service to the United Auto Workers (UAW) as a union steward before his retirement in 2015.

At GM, Phil befriended a younger fellow employee, Anthony Pope, who became like a brother to Phil for the rest of his days. Phil’s family and friends remain ever grateful for Anthony’s care and diligence during Phil’s illness.

A resourceful environmentalist and avid fisherman, Phil was committed to the outdoors and nature. Recognized in the neighborhood as “the man with the brown dog,” Phil and his good friend Robert walked the countryside near Fowlerville with their canines for nearly 12 consecutive years. Rain or snow, they rarely missed a day. Phil’s faithful companion Hershey continues to reside next door.

Surviving are Phil’s aunt Maxine Meister as well as siblings: Ronald (Kathy) Tatus of Jacksonville, Arkansas; Jeffrey (Marisol) Tatus of Vail, Arizona; Robert Tatus of Waterford, Michigan; sister-in-law Krys Tatus of Fenton, Michigan.

Other survivors include nieces and nephews: Elizabeth, Matthew, Jonathan, Bret, Taryn, Kacy, Cally, Parker, Lauren, Paulo, Isaiah, Elena, and his great-niece Ella as well as a number of wonderful, caring cousins.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Susan and Michaeleen, and youngest brother Rick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post in Howell or the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6464 in Fowlerville, Michigan.

An open memorial will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Sharp Funeral Home, 1000 W. Silver Lake Rd., Fenton, MI, 48430. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM followed by a service and open floor at 10:30 AM. Burial with military honors is scheduled for noon at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Cemetery, 600 N. Adelaide Street, in Fenton.

 Marie Curtis

Marie Alice Curtis, 96, of Tampa Florida died May 10, 2022 at Northdale Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, Florida.

She was born October 21, 1925 in Farmington Michigan. At an early age she moved to Fowlerville. At the beginning of WW2 she worked on the line of Howell Electric Motors assembling electric motors for the use in war planes. Later she moved to Chicago and worked as a train conductor for the Chicago Railroads for the duration of the war. After moving back to Fowlerville and marrying Louis Freeman Curtis in September of 1946 and having 7 children, she became a licensed real estate agent and eventually earned a degree as a licensed dietitian. In 1986 Marie and Louis became permanent residents of Zephyrhills Florida.

Survivors include one son, Steven Curtis of Fowlerville; five daughters, Louise Silver of Oscoda, Ruth Biegert of Brighton, Jennifer Curtis of Tampa, Evelyn Curtis of Zephyrhills and Cynthia Robinson of Stephenson, 11 grandchildren and 25 plus great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Bruce Curtis and husband Louis Curtis.

A memorial service will be held in Fowlerville at a later date.

 Broken Horn Rodeo featured at Fowlerville Fair Grandstand July 29th

What is bareback bronc riding?

The eight-second bareback ride is confusing because sometimes a cowboy’s wild spurring appears to be simply showing off while in fact the rhythm of a man’s legs on his horse is all that keeps the rigging-(a handhold on the surcingle) from being torn out of his hand.

The bareback rider throws his feet forward in time with the horse’s jumps and at the same time this motion keeps his seat close to his riding hand. He’s aware that once he slips away from the handhold, he’s on the launching pad. The further back he gets on a high-kicking horse, the more trouble he gets into. A cowboy who has his riding arm straightened invariably winds up having his clenched riding hand jerked open.

Rules require the rider’s dulled spurs be over the break of the horse’s shoulders when the animal lands the first jump out of the chute, some bareback horses’ wheel out almost as quickly as the gate can be jerked open and the cowboy has a hard time keeping that outside foot where it is required to be. The judges are looking for the horse that gives the rider the most trouble for the full eight seconds.

Onlookers, when hearing the score, often are mystified because the bronc who threw a spectacular ride, bucking and jumping, perhaps several times, wasn’t marked higher by the judges. They failed to take into consideration that for some of the eight seconds the horse, in the judges’ opinion wasn’t difficult to stay on.

Join the American Professional Rodeo and International Professional Rodeo Association, World Championship Rodeo, at the Fowlerville Family Fair, on Friday, July 29, , at 7:00 PM. Watch this rodeo, with eight events, and see the cowboys & cowgirls complete for $4,500 added prize money.

Kids can start practicing for the stick horse race, with two age groups: 5 & under and 6-9. (WIN PRIZES) No entry need for stick horse races.

For information contact Broken Horn Rodeo at 937-392-4608 or email s.m.mcelroy@att.net. Call in date for entries is July 19 from 9AM to 4PM. Phone for call in entry is 337-427-6336. Locals & permit holders are accepted. (Must call in to enter.)

 Williamston Farmers Market celebrates ‘World Turtle Day’ May 22

The Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston welcomes new and returning visitors, vendors and volunteers from 10am to 2pm this Sunday, May 22, in McCormick Park's large parking lot. To celebrate ‘World Turtle Day’, some vendors will offer turtle-themed items or offer discounts, such as S & S Crafts, whose turtle-themed bowl holders will be discounted.

The special guest at Sunday's Market will be Williamston's own Nature Discovery, with Jim and Carol McGrath who are bringing special turtle friends including Milberta the Red Footed Tortoise to exhibit. In addition, there will be three guided wild turtle viewing sessions from the fishing deck along the Red Cedar River in McCormick Park. The tours are free and will begin at 10:15am, 11:45am and 1:15pm. Interested participants are asked to gather at the Nature Discovery canopy booth in the Market prior to walking to the fishing deck.

During the past two years, much of the Market's optional activities such as live music and the children's booths were suspended due to Covid-19 concerns. While always keeping the safety of participants in mind, this season Market Manager Tom Cary and the Board of Directors of Sowing Growth, the nonprofit that operates the Market, have planned for the return of these activities weekly and other special events on occasional Sundays during the season, rain or shine through October 16. There will also be a special Thanksgiving Market on November 20 and Holiday Market on December 18th.

 Fowlerville District Library Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089. All programs are free to our patrons.

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FAMILY

Under the Sea Party (All Ages)

Tuesday, June 7, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Join our summer reading kick-off party! We’ll have games, snacks, activities, and a chance to sign up for summer reading where you’ll win PRIZES!

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ADULTS

Monthly Book and Coffee Club

Monday, May 23, 2:00pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club with coffee and dessert. This month‘s selection is The Maid by Nita Prose.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, May 26, 6:30pm

An evening book discussion plus the movie, recipe, or more. This month’s selection is The Color of Water by James McBride.

Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Simply Authentic Series

Friday, June 3, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Join Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic, where she will demonstrate glass painting with stencils.

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Green Living with Clean Refillery

Monday, June 13, 12:00pm

Join us here at the Library to learn about ways to live eco-friendly with Clean Refillery - a low waste health and beauty store located in Lansing.

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Yoga Fitness Class

Mondays, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Lean into Yin Yoga with Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic. Wake up the body with soft stretches and yoga asanas, including a touch of meditative practice. No cost to attendees, just bring your mat and a water bottle. Now offering morning and evening classes!

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TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have our teen librarian Connor run a one-shot.

* * *

Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has tons of fun teen craft projects planned! Drop in to take part in making super cool crafts, such as beaded animals, resin jewelry, and other top secret projects.

* * *

Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in anytime from 2:30 to 5:00 for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Teen hosts Connor and Tally have an amazing setup with lots of games from the Library’s steadily growing collection.

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KIDS

Our revamped story time programs are open to everyone! No registration necessary.

Kids Crafternoons(ages 6 -12)

Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roll over here after school and get your craft on. Mrs. D provides all the supplies to bring her magical ideas to life in your hands.

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Family Fun Storytime

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 pm

Bring the whole family for this extra special story time! We’ll read stories, sing songs, fingerplays, and more.

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Reading with Bosco the Dog

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

You’ll find Shelly and her book loving dog Bosco waiting in the children’s area from 4:00 to 5:00. Bosco wants some two-legged friends to come and read him their favorite books.

* * *

Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Join our always terrific Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, finger plays, and so much more!

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 am, May 19 – August 25

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

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Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

Fridays 9:30 am, May 20 – August 26

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical story time led by baby-loving Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

Thursdays on Facebook, 12 pm

Learn signs, sing songs, and play in this recorded story time on our Facebook page. Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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Kids Crafternoons (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 – 5:00 Drop in

Drop in and get crafty with Mrs. D., who has a new and exciting project planned just for kids! All supplies provided.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

 Michael Roy Brunger

Michael Roy Brunger “Big Mike” of Williamston, Michigan passed away on May 6, 2022, at the age of 58, after a short battle with cancer. By the grace of God, Mike passed at home peacefully while surrounded by those he loved most dearly.

Mike was born on June 26, 1963, in Lansing, Michigan. He married the love of his life and his best friend, Amy, on February 6, 2003. He is the son of the late Gerald Brunger and Vonda Saul. Michael was a lifelong farmer who loved everything about farming, tractors, and all things outdoors. Mike loved spending time in the woods, tractor pulling, and visiting the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. He had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his dog Rocky and his dogs Martin and Buddy who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his loving wife, Amy, of 19 years. His 10 children: SSG Michael Brunger, Matthew Brunger, Mindy Brunger, Marcus (Katie) Brunger, Megan (Curtis) Brunger, Jarred (Brooke) Roby, Alyssa Roby, Brianna Brunger, Gerald Brunger, and Ronnie Brunger; 5 siblings: Julie (Wilfred) Santos, Connie (Bryan) Smith, Laurie (Tom) Hudson, Mark (Cristy) Brunger, and Sarah (Paul) Gorsline; sister-in-law Rhonda (Trevor) Monroe and brother-in-law Timothy (Stefani) Thomason; 19 grandchildren who lit up his world; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and dear friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his father Gerald Brunger, mother Vonda Saul and his father-in-law Ronald Thomason.

A funeral service was held at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes in Perry, MI. Pastor Paul Gorsline officiated, with the eulogy delivered by his brother-in-law and friend, Trevor Monroe. Interment took place immediately following the service at Webberville Cemetery.

The family had received friends on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 5:00pm- 8:00pm as well as two hours prior to the service on Wednesday. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society and cancer.org. Online condolences may be shared at www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com

 Oak Grove United Methodist Church celebrating 150th anniversary on May 22

The Oak Grove United Methodist Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. To commemorate the milestone, a special service is being held at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, with Rev. Lawson Crane—a former pastor—serving as the guest speaker.

Current pastors, Rev. Doug McMunn and Rev. Marianne McMunn, will also be speaking during the service.

Event organizers have invited all previous living pastors, as well as former members of the church to attend. After the service, a dinner is being held in the Fellowship Hall, where historical photos and other memorabilia will be on display and those attending can share memories.

In September, a Fall Festival is planned which will include fun activities, food, and a car & tractor show.

 20th Annual United Way ‘Day of Caring’ is August 10

Livingston County United Way is excited to announce that The 20th Annual Day of Caring will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Volunteer and work site registrations are now open and ready for people to sign up.

Special Thank You to Griffith Realty who has signed up to be the Major Sponsor for the 2022 Day of Caring, which is the largest single-day community service event in Livingston County. One day. One Community. Amazing Results.

In 2021, we were able to bring together 563 volunteers who covered 741 shifts, to accomplish a total of 67 projects. These included assisting senior citizens with home related repairs and improvements, building wheelchair ramps, helping support project referrals from our local agencies and schools, collecting school supplies and packing 932 school backpacks, as well as organizing local food and personal care drives.

The Livingston County United Way collects worksite proposals from local residents, seniors, schools, disabled residents and non-profit agencies. The work is often minor household repair projects, cleaning and yardwork that the homeowner is not able to do on their own. Anyone can recommend a worksite and community members are encouraged to apply for a neighbor or friend who needs extra help. Deadline for worksite projects is June 21.

All proposed worksites are reviewed for approval by the Livingston County United Way Day of Caring Committee. Volunteers are invited to register individually or as a group. They can designate preferences for location, type of project, special skills and specific shift times (9:00 a.m. – noon or 1:00-4:00 p.m. or a full day commitment). Deadline for volunteer registration is June 21. Livingston County United Way 2980 Dorr Road, Brighton, Michigan 48116 · 810-494-3000 · Fax 810-494-3004 · lcuw@lcunitedway.org

Companies, clubs and organizations are invited and encouraged to participate together. What better way to showcase an organization’s volunteer spirit while making a difference, improving employee morale and enthusiasm through team building and connecting individuals to their community and coworkers.

If you are unable to participate in this wonderful community service event but still want to help, consider a company sponsorship, a personal donation. Consider holding a food drive or personal care drive in the weeks before the event. All sponsorships and donations will be used to buy supplies needed for Day of Caring worksite projects!

To register, get involved or learn more, visit lcunitedway.org/day-of-caring-2022/ or call 810-494-3000.

 Fowlerville District Library

Upcoming Events

Monday – Wednesday: 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

Thursday: 9:30 am to 8:00 pm

Friday: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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For questions or more information on any of our materials or programs, email info@fowlervillelibrary.org or give us a call at (517) 223-9089. All programs are free to our patrons.

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FAMILY

Under the Sea Party (All Ages)

Tuesday, June 7, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Join our summer reading kick-off party! We’ll have games, snacks, activities, and a chance to sign up for summer reading where you win PRIZES!

* * *

ADULTS

Monthly Cardmaking

Thursday, May 19, 6:30pm

Wish you could craft your own greetings cards, but feeling a little intimidated? Let Mary do all the work! She provides all the materials and step-by-step instructions. You’ll go home proud of your four special occasion themed cards. Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

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Monthly Book and Coffee Club

Monday, May 23, 2:00pm

Join Zoe in the afternoon for a traditional book club with coffee and dessert. This month‘s selection is The Maid by Nita Prose. Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

* * *

Monthly Beyond the Book

Thursday, May 26, 6:30pm

An evening book discussion plus the movie, recipe, or more. This month’s selection is The Color of Water by James McBride. Registration required. Sign up online or call the Library.

* * *

Simply Authentic Series

Friday, June 3, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Join Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic, where she will demonstrate glass painting with stencils.

* * *

Green Living with Clean Refillery

Monday, June 13, 12:00pm

Join us here at the Library to learn about ways to live eco-friendly with Clean Refillery - a low waste health and beauty store located in Lansing.

* * *

Yoga Fitness Class

Mondays, 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Lean into Yin Yoga with Ellen Zezula from Simply Authentic. Wake up the body with soft stretches and yoga asanas, including a touch of meditative practice. No cost to attendees, just bring your mat and a water bottle.

* * *

TEENS

Tabletop Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in and play your favorite tabletop RPGs. Play with your friends or have our teen librarian Connor run a one-shot.

* * *

Teen Craft Wednesday

Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Mary has tons of fun teen craft projects planned! Drop in to take part in making super cool crafts, such as beaded animals, resin jewelry, and other top secret projects.

* * *

Friday Gaming

Fridays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Drop in anytime from 2:30 to 5:00 for free play on the Nintendo Switch. Teen hosts Connor and Tally have an amazing setup with lots of games from the Library’s steadily growing collection.

* * *

KIDS

Our revamped story time programs are open to everyone! No registration necessary.

Kids Crafternoons (ages 6 -12)

Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roll over here after school and get your craft on. Mrs. D provides all the supplies to bring her magical ideas to life in your hands.

* * *

Family Fun Storytime

Saturday, June 11, 2:00 pm

Bring the whole family for this extra special story time! We’ll read stories, sing songs, fingerplays, and more.

* * *

Reading with Bosco the Dog

Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

You’ll find Shelly and her book loving dog Bosco waiting in the children’s are from 4:00 to 5:00. Bosco needs friends to come and read him their favorite books.

* * *

Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00 am

Join our always terrific Mrs. D. for engaging stories, sing-a-longs, finger plays, and so much more!

* * *

Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

Thursdays & Fridays 10:00 am, May 19 – August 25

Get ready to move and groove with some funky tunes and stories with our dynamic youth librarian Storm.

* * *

Baby Lap Sit (ages 0 to 2 with caregiver)

Fridays 9:30 am, May 20 – August 26

Come and make some new baby friends in this musical story time led by Storm. Babies and their caregivers will socialize, sing songs, and play together.

* * *

Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

Thursdays on Facebook, 12 pm

Learn signs, sing songs, and play in this recorded story time on our Facebook page. Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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K-5 Book Club (K-5)

Tuesday, May 17, 4:00pm

Read a book along the theme, then come to the library to discuss it while enjoying snacks and a craft! Visit the library for a list of reading suggestions if you’d like! This month’s theme is Book With A One-Word Title.

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Kids Crafternoons (Ages 6-12)

Tuesday, June 7, 4:00 – 5:00 Drop in

Drop in and get crafty with Mrs. D., who has a new and exciting project planned just for kids! All supplies provided.

Grandma’s Attic Sale being held this Thursday-thru-Saturday  at fairgrounds

The Annual Grandma's Attic Sale, the spring fundraiser for The Livingston Centre Historic Society, begins Thursday, May 19 at 9:00 a.m. and continues through Saturday, May 21. The sale will run until 4:00 p.m. each day.

This event takes place inside the Commercial Building near the front entrance of the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds. Nearby parking is free. Thousands of items will be offered; so many treasures to be found!

Donations will be accepted beginning this Sunday thru Wednesday, May 15 - 18, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. As you continue spring cleaning and organizing, please consider donating to this fundraising event for the benefit of the Historic Village, located there inside the Fairgrounds. Your generosity will help restore and preserve Livingston County's history. Also, volunteers are needed on the days that items are brought in, and on the days of the sale.

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, stationary, 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, medical or handicap bathroom equipment, mattresses and large headboards.

For more information about volunteering or drop-off, please call Matt. D. at 517-294-6710 

Williamston Farmers Market holding Opening Day this Sunday, May 15

The Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston is rested, renewed and ready to Welcome Home new and returning visitors, vendors and volunteers from 10am to 2pm this Sunday, May 15, for Opening Day, in McCormick Park's large parking lot.

During the past two years, much of the Market's optional activities such as live music and the children's booths were suspended due to Covid-19 concerns. While always keeping the safety of participants in mind, this season Market Manager Tom Cary and the Board of Directors of Sowing Growth, the nonprofit that operates the Market, have planned for the return of these every Sunday, and other special events like Nature Discovery exhibits on several Sundays during the season.

The 2022 Market will be open every Sunday, rain or shine, through October 16, and has scheduled a special Thanksgiving Market on November 20 and Holiday Market on December 18th.

Michigan-returnable Bottles and Cans Collection occurs at every Market this season, continuing for the third year, the Market's most successful fundraiser that benefits everyone. Load up your car and drop off at the "Bottleground" on any Sunday between 10am and 2pm.

If your business collects bottles and cans to donate, special collections can be made during the week by calling any member of the Board of Directors (listed on the website: www.EasternInghamFarmersMarket.org) or the Market Manager to make arrangements for special pick ups.

For more information about Sowing Growth and the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market in Williamston, to become a vendor, to be added to the newsletter email list, to volunteer or to donate to the Market, visit the Market website www.EasternInghamFarmersMarket.org, visit its Facebook page or contact Market Manager Tom Cary (517-618-1630) or EasternInghamFM@gmail.com).