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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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.

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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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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.

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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 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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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). 

Saturday, May 7, 2022

 Dorothy Rose Patycola

Dorothy Rose Patycola, at the age of 90, made her way into heaven on May 3, 2022. Dorothy was born in Detroit, MI on June 11, 1931. She revealed blissful memories of being a wife and then raising her family in places around the United States while her late husband served in the military. Dorothy spent the last part of her life settled in Fowlerville, MI, where she resided the last thirteen years.

She is now reunited with her late husband, Edward Allen Patycola (Eddie A) and daughter, Mary Ellen Beghtel (Ft. Wayne, IN).

She leaves behind a large family, who will miss her dearly. Surviving are her son, Michael (+Michelle) Patycola, of Macomb Township; daughter, Susan Blaha, of Royal Oak; daughter, Nancy (+Roy) Witt, of Fowlerville; and daughter, Cathy (+John) Yaden, of Howell. In addition, surviving are a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren, leaving behind a legacy spanning from Fowlerville to Australia. The love she gave to all is enough to fill the oceans connecting her family tree.

Dorothy was full of life and well caffeinated at all times; her love for the Lord, her family and a hot cup of coffee were her most defining characteristics. Dorothy would not travel anywhere without her rosary. She said it every night. Her love language was Acts of Service, so she spent most of her energy praying for her friends and family, cooking everyone meals, cleaning anything in sight and raising grandchildren and great-grandchildren She was a friend first, always.

The last meal she ever cooked the afternoon before she passed, bean soup, was one of her many infamous staples. While there are many things that she left her mark on, the kitchen is one that will never feel the same. Her cooking was something to look forward to every family holiday, but it came second to her smile and presence. To know her, was to love her. She leaves behind enough grit, faith and wisdom to last another lifetime.

A viewing was held at the. St Agnes Church in Fowlerville, on Friday, May 6, 2022 from 10am -11am. Her funeral, a Catholic Mass, followed at 11am, also at the St. Agnes Church.

Rest in Peace doesn’t seem appropriate because rest was never her thing; so, to everyone’s favorite, all the way down to the family pets, cheers to a lifetime well spent and the memories you’ve left behind, Dorito.

 Joseph Paul Nagaj

Joseph Paul Nagaj, age 78, passed away on April 27, 2022. He was born in Detroit on May 22, 1943, son of Florian and Pauline Nagaj. He was a resident of Fowlerville area for 48 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Laurene (Hayes), dearest children Paul (Amy), Adam (Stacy) , grandchildren Bryce, Avery and Taylor, brother Bob (Trudy), sister-in-law Rosita (wife of his late brother Jan), along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Joe blended right in with Laurene’s large family. He enjoyed warm lasting relationships. Joe always had a smile, and was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren.

He enjoyed hiking, fishing, camping, golf, travel and working on anything with an engine. He was very capable and independent. He retired from Livingston County Road Commission in 1998. Although he had many health issues, he never lost his sense of humor or stopped enjoying life and always carried on as well as he could.

Visitation was at Herrmann Funeral Home, 1005 W. Grand River, Fowlerville, starting at 9:30 AM on May 2, 2022. This was followed by a service held at Herrmann Funeral Home beginning at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, do something that will bring pleasure to someone or to yourself – do it soon. To those of you who knew him, thank you for being part of his well-lived life. When you remember Joe, picture him surrounded by his cherished family or hiking on a beautiful wilderness trail smiling.

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

 Webberville United Methodist Church to hold Chicken Dinner

The Webberville United Methodist Church, 4215 E. Holt Rd. is having a ‘drive through’ chicken dinner on Saturday, May21. 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 7 PM or until we run out.

 Reach Out Barn now open at Oak Grove United Methodist Church

The Reach Out Barn (Helping Others through Resale) at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 6686 Oak Grove Road, Howell (5 miles north of M-59) is now open. Hours are Mondays & Thursdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. We will be closed on holiday weekends (Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day). Items are sold at $5 paper grocery bag or $5 for large items that don’t fit in the bag.

Please bring donations during barn hours – we do not have outside space to protect donations. We cannot accept electronics (radios, TVs, stereos), appliances or large items. Proceeds from our sales go to help clients of Love INC.

Livingston Fine Art Association presenting knit workshop on    May 19

The Livingston Fine Art Association is presenting a ‘Beginner Learn-to-Knit’ Workshop on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at Leann’s Art Studio, 7050 Byron Rd. Howell.

Members and non-members are invited to come, learn, and participate. There is no cost, however, voluntary donations will go to the Livingston Fine Art Association

What to bring:

Worsted Weight Yarn. #4

Set of knitting needles. - size 8 or 9

Lots of patience and a good sense of humor

To participate, please call to confirm your place as soon as possible, call or text 517 294-3404.

 Country music star plans return engagement at Conway Township venue

Country music star Luke Bryan is planning a return engagement at a Conway Township venue on Saturday, Sept. 17. The concert will once again take place on land located on Sherwood Road that’s owned by the Kubiak Family Farm.

The event will be part of Farm Tour 2022 that includes six musical performances in Ohio, Nebraska, and Iowa, along with Michigan during the period of Sept. 15-24. Money raised from the concerts will go to fund scholarships for children in farming communities.

Last year’s appearance by Bryan, which was preceded by warm-up acts, drew a capacity 20,000 attendees. A similar number of tickets for the upcoming show are now on sale.

A native of Leesburg, Ga. — and one of the most popular musicians around — the singer has been named Entertainer of the Year twice by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. He’s also been honored as a CMT ‘Artist of the Year’ six consecutive times and won over 40 major music awards. This will be the 13th time he’s done the Farm Tour.

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

This is the last week to gather items for donation to the Annual Grandma's Attic Sale, the spring fundraiser for The Livingston Centre Historic Society. Scheduled for Thurs., Fri., and Sat., May 19 - 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., the sale is held inside the Commercial Building inside the front entrance of the Fowlerville Family Fairgrounds. Nearby parking is free.

Volunteers are needed on the days that items are brought in, and on the days of the sale.

Donations will be accepted Sun. - Wed., 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.

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.

 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

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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ADULTS

Thursday, May 12, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Quilts! Show and Tell Author of Picking Up Pieces, Sue Frazier, will sign her book & host others sharing their favorite quilt or bringing in one they have questions about. The community can share tips & stories. Shine the light on one of your quilts!

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Sewing Craft Projects With Patty

Friday, May 13, 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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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 with 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.

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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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Green Living with Clean Refillery

Monday, Jun. 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

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.

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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.

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 needs friends to come and read him their favorite books.

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Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5 with caregiver)

10:00 am Tuesdays & Wednesdays

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

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Toddler Storytime (ages 1 to 3 with caregiver)

10:00 am Thursdays & Fridays

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)

9:30 am Fridays

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.

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Facebook Live Storytime (ages 2 to 8)

12:00 pm Thursdays on Facebook

Join LIVE on our Facebook page for this amazing program where kids can interact with Storm from home! Build some early literacy skills in your pajamas.

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K-5 Book Club (K-5)

Tuesday, May 17, 4pm

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.