Saturday, April 13, 2024

 Betty Ann (Fellows) Kleinschmidt

Betty Ann (Fellows) Kleinschmidt passed peacefully on April 7, 2024 with Tony and Dawn by her side. Betty was born December 1934 and raised in Howell MI. She married Robert (1932-2022) and lived on the farm in Fowlerville MI. She is survived by her children: Rhonda, Randy (wife Candy), Tony (wife Dawn), Kenny (wife Margaret) and Brenda. Grandchildren: Shawn, Tom, Kate, Nikki, Kayla, Keri, Camri and Mariah. Great-grandchildren: Emily, Marissa, Haley, Arin, Tommi, Ryder, Tyson, Collin, Madilyn, Jayden, Nevaeh, Presley and Camren.

She loved to sing, play piano and bowl. Every time I hear “These boots are made for walking’ I will think of her. She always chewed Big Red gum when she bowled. She worked at Nickerson Farms (now Fowlerville Farms) for many years while raising her children. She loved being a part of The Sweet Adelines, a singing group where she was one of lead singers and was part of a quartet. She also sang in the church choir. She enjoyed sewing; making dresses, matching shirts for the boys, and patching up clothes.

She loved her American doll collection and providing for her husband and family; always there when anyone needed anything.

She created the best childhood for her kids and grandkids, always breaking out the tape recorder and capturing the best memories of them, reenacting waitressing, family life and of course the boys of the family always had to dress the girls as the granny’s. She always brought laughter to the family. There is no one in the world who can whistle and/or sneeze as loud as she can and loved spending time with her grandchildren and videoing them. They would dress up and play waitress, a wedding, farmer Bob and just being kids.

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

 Euchre Fun Night being held at the Webberville Library on April 27th

Friends of the Webberville Library is sponsoring a Euchre Fun Night Fundraiser on Saturday, April 27th. Registration at 5:30pm and playing begins 6:00pm at the Webberville Cultural Center (note these are new times). The entry fee is $10 per person to play. Prizes will be awarded and there will be a 50/50 drawing. Snacks and beverages will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcholic beverages.

 Euchre Fun Night being held at the Webberville Library on   April 27th

Friends of the Webberville Library is sponsoring a Euchre Fun Night Fundraiser on Saturday, April 27th. Registration at 5:30pm and playing begins 6:00pm at the Webberville Cultural Center (note these are new times). The entry fee is $10 per person to play. Prizes will be awarded and there will be a 50/50 drawing. Snacks and beverages will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcholic beverages.

 Craft Show being held at Howell Eagles Club on May 4th

A Craft Show is being held on Saturday, May 4th, from 11am to 5pm at Howell Eagles Club, located at 141 Schroeder Park DR. Proceeds from the Sale will to benefit the Alzheimers Association. For more information, contact JoAnn Leatherman at 517-861-6785 or leatherj1968@gmail.com

 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 any questions, or to register for programs, call us at 517-223-9089

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STORYTIMES

Family Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Have fun singing songs, reading stories, dancing, and playing!

Tuesdays & Wednesdays ● 10am

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PJ Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Wear your pjs for an evening storytime. We will have snacks & crafts. Bring a blanket and stuffie to be extra cozy. Mon, May 6 ● 6pm

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KIDS & FAMILY

First Friday Performance (All Ages)

Join us for a live performance by guitarist Robin Marriott on May 3 between 5 & 6 pm to get your weekend off to a great start.

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Life sized Candy Land

Drop in to make your way to the Candy Castle for a sweet treat as we enlarge our favorite board game. Fri, Apr 26 ● 3-5:30pm

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Perler Bead Party (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm to make your own Perler Bead creation.

Friday, May 10 ● 4 – 5pm

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Chess Club

Join the Chess Club! The Mid-Michigan Jr. Chess Club will meet. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced! See you next on April 20, Saturdays ● 1-3:30pm

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Kids Krafternoons (Ages 7-12)

Drop in and get crafty with a new and exciting craft each month! Supplies provided.

Monday, May 13 ● 4-5pm

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Lego Club (Ages 7-12)

Build your own Lego creations and complete challenges Thursdays ● 4pm

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Crochet Kits

Stop by the library on the 15th of the month to grab a themed crochet amigurumi kit. Provide your own hook and everything else is included. While supplies last.

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Cozy Crafting by the Fireplace

Join Mary to work on your craft or learn to knit and start a beginner project. We will take a break for the Summer. Last gathering Monday, April 15 ● 3-5pm

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Homeschool Social

Meet for learning, fun and snacks. Mondays, thru May 20 ● 12-1:30 pm

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New Graphic Novel Club (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm for a discussion on Cat Kid Comic Club by Dave Pilkey, Monday, Apr 22 ● 4-5pm

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Book Boxes (All ages)

Fill out the online form by visiting the events page on our website. Let the librarians pick a surprise selection of books for you. Register the first two weeks of every month to get next month’s box, which will be ready to pick up the first of the following month.

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TEENS

Teen Crafting (Teens)

Join Mary and drop in to make crafts such as sewing, resin jewelry, bow making, diamond painting, and much more!

Wednesdays ● 2:30-4:00 pm

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Twitch Streaming (All Ages)

Join Connor and Tally and get sneak peeks of new games! twitch.tv/fowlervillelibrary

Mondays ● 3:30-4:30pm

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Board Games with Connor (Age 10+)

Join Connor and friends for some after school fun.

Tuesdays ● 3-5pm

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Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 12-18)

Come play D&D 5th Edition! No prior experience needed.

Wednesdays ● 2:30-5pm

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Switch Free Play (Ages 10-18)

Open gaming time with the library's Switch.

Fridays ● 2:30-5 pm

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ADULTS

Tote Bag Craft (Adults)

Join Jackie and Cindy to personalize a tote bag for Summer. Supplies are limited. Registration Required. Thurs May 2 ● 6:30pm

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Gardening Series (Adults)

Join Nan Marie for this informative series on gardening.

Thursday, April 18 ● 3pm

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Yoga with Vanessa (Adults)

Join Vanessa Duke for yoga class, no cost, just bring your mat or use one of ours. Program runs thru April 24.

Wednesdays ● 5pm

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Jam Session

Join Mr. Damerow for some musical collaboration. Bring your horn, keyboard, harmonica, or whatever you have and join the fun. Tues Apr 16 ● 5:00 – 7:30pm

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Cardmaking

Join Mary to make 4 greeting cards with the theme of “Spring”. Registration is required. Thurs, Apr 25 ● 6:30 pm & Fri, Apr 26 ● 11am

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Scrapbooking (Adults)

Join Mary to scrapbook your favorite photos. Stay the whole time or for just a few hours. Everyone gets their own table. Registration is required. Sat, Apr 20 ● 10:30 – 3:30

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Shelf-Indulgence Book Group (Adults)

This is a traditional book discussion group. You can get a copy of the book at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss WAGER by David Grann, Thurs, Apr 25 ● 2 pm

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Beyond the Book Discussion Group (Adults)

Book discussion plus movie or documentary. Books are available at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews, May 9 ● 6:30pm

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Sewing with Patty (Adults)

Bring your sewing machine and learn from a pro. Registration is required. Wed, Apr 17 ● 6:00 pm

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Shoe Collection Site

The library is a drop off destination for shoes to benefit the Fowlerville Fair Pen Project. Drop off your gently worn shoes up until May 1.

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FDL Oral History Project

Record your history with us as we capture the memories and stories of our residents. Call to schedule an audio interview, which can be done by a family member or staff member and can include video.

Recordings will become part of the FDL historical collection.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

 Keith Russell Geer

It is with much sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Russell Geer, age 62, of Fowlerville, Mi. on Good Friday March 29, 2024. Keith was born in Lansing, Mi. on September 23, 1961. He was a lifelong resident of Fowlerville.

He is preceded in death by his parents Victor and Morna (Phillips) Geer and an older brother Charles. He is survived by an older brother Michael and two younger sisters Susan Ogden and Patricia Rife, along with several nieces and nephews.

Keith has been a fighter since age 12 of a lifelong debilitating disease called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva, commonly known as FOP.

Keith lived on Collins Street and was often seen tooling around town in his wheelchair. He seldom complained of his condition.

We the family take great comfort in knowing that it is truly a blessing that Keith now can escape the entrapment of his body and his suffering and is in the loving arms of his Lord Jesus. He is at peace. He was known and loved by many and we will miss him.

A Celebration of Life service was being held at the First Baptist Church of Fowlerville on April 6, 2024, with visitation from 11:00am to 1:00pm and the service at 1:00pm. A luncheon was to follow at the church.

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

 Williamston Eagles Club hosting Euchre Night on April 19th

Join us for Euchre again on Friday, April 19, at the Williamston Eagles Club. Registration is at 6-630pm and play begins at 7pm. Cost is $10 per person, you do not need a partner, we draw for partners and switch every game. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, along with last place booby prize. Food is available for purchase from 5-8pm. Come down and show us your skills, or pick up some pointers! Everyone is welcome.

The club is located at the end of the road, 835 High Street in Williamston. Call the club at 517-655-6510 for more information.

 Webberville United Methodist Church to offer Chicken Dinner on April 20th

Webberville United Methodist Church, located at 4215 E. Holt Rd., is offering a ‘drive through’ chicken dinner on Saturday ,April 20. 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 United Methodist Women spring rummage sale planned April 26-27

The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Howell will have their spring rummage sale at the church on Friday, April 26 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Clothing sold by the bag. All priced items half off on Saturday. The church is located at 1230 Bower Street in Howell, across from Northwest Elementary School.

 Michigan’s new fishing licenses now available for purchase 

Michigan's new fishing license and regulation season kicked off this past April 1st, so anglers need to be sure they have purchased a new license for this fishing season in order to enjoy some great fishing opportunities. The 2024 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2025. 

Fishing licenses can be purchased at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses or by downloading the Michigan DNR Hunt Fish app and purchasing your license through the app. Michigan DNR Hunt Fish, an official app of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, gives you a mobile path to buy and store hunting, fishing, ORV and snowmobile licenses and permits, report harvests, access guides and digests, and get the latest outdoor recreation updates. Make future online fishing license purchases even quicker by selecting auto-renew at checkout to automatically receive licenses in the future. Licenses are also available at a number of retail outlets. 

2024 fishing seasons 

     · The statewide trout opener and the Lower Peninsula inland                 walleye and northern pike seasons all open Saturday, April 27. 

     · In Upper Peninsula waters, the walleye and northern pike                   seasons open Monday, May 15. 

     · Michigan’s muskellunge possession season on all Great Lakes,           inland waters, the St. Marys River, Lake St. Clair and the St.              Clair and Detroit rivers opens Saturday, June 1. (Remember that        catch-and-release fishing for muskellunge is open all year.) 

    · The catch-and-immediate-release season for largemouth and              smallmouth bass is open all year on nearly all waters (unless              otherwise closed to fishing – check the current Michigan Fishing        Regulations for specifics). 

    · The possession season for bass opens statewide Saturday, May          25, except for Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair and Detroit rivers          which open Saturday, June 15. 

The 2024 Michigan Fishing Regulations and Inland Trout & Salmon Maps are available online along with a lot of other helpful fishing information. Visit the DNR website at Michigan.gov/Fishing for the most up-to-date information. For fishing license questions, contact DNR eLicense at MDNR-E-License@Michigan.gov or call 517-284-6057. 

Help protect Michigan's waters 

Remember to start and end each fishing adventure by doing your part to prevent the spread of invasive species. Start with a clean boat and clean gear. End by cleaning debris and plant material from boats and trailers and draining live wells and bilges. Decontaminate waders and gear by applying a chemical disinfectant such as Formula409® Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner after each use, and prevent the spread of fish diseases by disposing of leftover bait in the trash.

Deadline for applying for FEMA assistance extended to May 8th

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance has been extended to May 8th for area residents affected by last year's severe weather that occurred in August.

The FEMA declaration includes Ingham and Livingston, and Oakland counties. Eligible participants can start the application process either by logging on to www.disasterassistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA app, or calling the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362. 


 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 any questions, or to register for programs, call us at 517-223-9089

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STORYTIMES

Family Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Have fun singing songs, reading stories, dancing, and playing!

Tuesdays & Wednesdays● 10am

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PJ Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Wear your pjs for an evening storytime. We will have snacks & crafts. Bring a blanket and stuffie to be extra cozy. Mon, Apr 8 ●6pm

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KIDS & FAMILY

First Friday Performance (All Ages)

Join us for a live performance by guitarist Robin Marriott on May 3 between 5 & 6 pm to get your weekend off to a great start.

* * *

Life sized Candy Land

Drop in to make your way to the Candy Castle for a sweet treat as we enlarge our favorite board game. Fri, Apr 26 ● 3-5:30pm

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Perler Bead Party(Ages 7-12)

Join Storm to make your own Perler Bead creation.

Friday, Apr 12● 4 – 5pm

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Chess Club

Join the Chess Club! The Mid-Michigan Jr. Chess Club will meet. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced!See you next on April 20, Saturdays● 1-3:30pm

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Kids Krafternoons (Ages 7-12)

Drop in and get crafty with a new and exciting craft each month! Supplies provided.

Monday, Apr 8● 4-5pm

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Lego Club (Ages 7-12)

Build your own Lego creations and complete challenges Thursdays ● 4pm

* * *

Crochet Kits

Stop by the library on the 15th of the month to grab a themed crochet amigurumi kit. Provide your own hook and everything else is included. While supplies last.

* * *

Cozy Crafting by the Fireplace

Join Mary to work on your craft or learn to knit and start a beginner project.We will take a break for the Summer. Last gathering Monday, April 15● 3-5pm

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Homeschool Social

Meet for learning, fun and snacks. Mondays, thru May 20 ● 12-1:30 pm

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New Graphic Novel Club (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm for a discussion on Cat Kid Comic Club by Dave Pilkey, Monday, Apr 22 ● 4-5pm

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Book Boxes (All ages)

Fill out the online form by visiting the events page on our website. Let the librarians pick a surprise selection of books for you. Register the first two weeks of every month to get next month’s box, which will be ready to pick up the first of the following month.

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TEENS

Teen Crafting (Teens)

Join Mary and drop in to make crafts such as sewing, resin jewelry, bow making, diamond painting, and much more!

Wednesdays● 2:30-4:00 pm

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Twitch Streaming (All Ages)

Join Connor and Tally and get sneak peeks of new games! twitch.tv/fowlervillelibrary

Mondays● 3:30-4:30pm

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Board Games with Connor (Age 10+)

Join Connor and friends for some after school fun.

Tuesdays ● 3-5pm

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Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 12-18)

Come play D&D 5th Edition! No prior experience needed.

Wednesdays ● 2:30-5pm

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Switch Free Play (Ages 10-18)

Open gaming time with the library's Switch.

Fridays● 2:30-5 pm

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ADULTS

Tote Bag Craft (Adults)

Join Jackie and Cindy to personalize a tote bag for Summer. Supplies are limited. Registration Required. Thurs May 2 ● 6:30pm

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Yoga with Vanessa (Adults)

Join Vanessa Duke for yoga class, no cost, just bring your mat or use one of ours.Program runs thru April 24.

Wednesdays● 5pm

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Jam Session

Join Mr. Damerow for some musical collaboration. Bring your horn, keyboard, harmonica, or whatever you have and join the fun. Tues. Apr 16● 5:00 – 7:30pm

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Cardmaking

Join Mary to make 4 greeting cards with the theme of “Spring”. Registration is required. Thurs, Apr 25● 6:30 pm & Fri, Apr 26● 11am

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Scrapbooking (Adults)

Join Mary to scrapbook your favorite photos. Stay the whole time or for just a few hours.Everyone gets their own table. Registration is required. Sat, Apr 20● 10:30 – 3:30

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Shelf-Indulgence Book Group (Adults)

This is a traditional book discussion group. You can get a copy of the book at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss WAGER by David Grann,Thurs,Apr 25 ● 2 pm

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Beyond the Book Discussion Group (Adults)

Book discussion plus movie or documentary. Books are available at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS by Paul Gallico

Fri, Apr 12● 6:00 pm

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Sewing with Patty(Adults)

Bring your sewing machine and learn from a pro. Registration is required. Fri, Apr 12● 10 am& Apr 17 ● 6:00 pm

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Gardening Class (Adults)

Join Nan- Marie for this informative series to prepare for Spring planting.

Thursday, April 18 * 3pm

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FDL Oral History Project

Record your history with us as we capture the memories and stories of our residents. Call to schedule an audio interview, which can be done by a family member or staff member and can include video.

Recordings will become part of the FDL historical collection.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

 Williamston Theatre presents moving love story with a twist

Williamston Theatre continues its 2023-2024 season with Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield, a moving love story with a twist. Performances begin Thursday, April 11 and run through Sunday, May 19. Tickets are now on sale.

Bright Half Life shares the four-and-a-half-decade love story of Vicky and Erica, who meet, fall in love, and go through all the trials and tribulations of marriage and building a family. It’s a conventional love story told in an unconventional way – it unfolds through yesterday, today, and tomorrow . . . just not in that order. Pulitzer Prize finalist Tanya Barfield has created a theatrical, time-bending play about love, heartbreak, and the infinite moments that make a relationship. Contains mature content and language.

Tickets are available online at www.williamstontheatre.org or by calling (517) 655-SHOW (7469). The theatre is located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston.

 Plainfield United Methodist Church hosting chicken dinner on April 13th

The Plainfield United Methodist Church is hosting a ‘take out only’ chicken supper on Saturday, April 13th. Free will offering. The church is located on M-36 north of Gregory.

 Hartland Audubon Nature Club to meeting on April 2nd

The Hartland Audubon Nature Club looks forward to Bob Kramer’s presentation of the flora and fauna of South Africa and Botswana on April 2, at 7pm. Bob, a long-time member of the Nature Club, is a world-traveler with well-honed bird identification skills. He will amuse us with riveting stories of his adventures in the Kalahari Desert and wilderness of Southern Africa, home to the colorful rollers and the world’s largest land birds.

Come join us at Hartland Education Support Service Center, 9525 E. Highland Rd., Howell. Use the west entrance and look for our sign in the hall.

Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information https://hartlandaudubon.weebly.com/

 Home Arts instruction to be offerd by the Fowlerville Fair

By Dawn Bhajan

Superintendent of Fowlerville Family Fair

Open Class Home Arts

When you hear the word “class”, what immediately springs to mind?

Leaving the sociopolitical interpretation to the pundits, most of us associate “class” with schooling, education, a group of students…

Which explains the confusion surrounding the phrase “Open Class Home Arts.”

I’ve fielded many questions recently regarding which classes we’re teaching at the Fair, and how to register to be a student. But Open Class actually refers to our County fair’s competitive, exhibition classes, open to all Michigan residents over the age of 5 (no memberships or affiliations required!) They’re the classes in which projects are entered, judged, and exhibited throughout Fair week.

The confusion is understandable… and, as it turns out, inspiring!

County Fairs are legendary for educating, passing on skills and knowledge, and encouraging new standards of excellence. Why shouldn’t the Open Home Arts offer a learning component to help exhibitors improve their game, year after year?

Many of our 2024 Open Class Home Arts judges hail from educational fields, and love the idea of sharing constructive feedback. That’s why, this year, we’re introducing Judges’ Scorecards that will be filled out by our judges for each Open Home Arts entry. It’s like a mini-education on a page, containing criteria and critiques that you can use to improve your entries for next year’s Fowlerville Fair.

But we’re not stopping there! Home Arts aren’t a novelty to be trotted out at Fair time, then shelved ‘til next year. They are living crafts; we use them in our daily lives, and we enjoy the ways in which they bring us value. These relevant skills are, by their very nature, designed to be passed down and shared with others. So, let’s do just that!

Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority (SELCRA) has generously offered to host a Fowlerville Fair Open Home Arts class series for youth and adults, beginning this Spring, with a portion of proceeds donated toward supporting the Open Class Home Arts program. Taught by skilled community members, these instructional classes will include Home Arts skills and projects that you and your children can enter in this year’s Fair… and enjoy for a lifetime.

Classes will be announced on SELCRA’s website (www.selcra.com) and our “Fowlerville Fair Open Class Home Arts” Facebook group. Stay tuned!

Are you interested in teaching a class in your favorite art or craft? We’re currently looking for instructors in fine arts, photography, needlecraft, fiber arts, folk arts, plants, robotics, woodcraft, and much more. Prior teaching experience is helpful, but not necessary - just a love for your craft and for sharing that joy with others. Let’s keep these skills alive! Please email me, Dawn Bhajan, at dawnbhajan@gmail.com to learn more.

Volunteers are needed and appreciated to help grow the Fowlerville Family Fair Open Home Arts program. Please email me at the address above with interest.

 Fowlerville Fair collecting unwanted shoes & boots as fundraiser for new livestock pens

By Jody Pollok-Newsom

If you wear shoes or boots we need your help! The youth showing at the Fowlerville Fair are working to secure funds to get new pens for goats, sheep, and swine and they are asking everyone who wears shoes to help them.

Please consider donating your new, gently worn or used shoes or boots in support of the kids who need new pens for their animals during fair week. The current goat, sheep, and swine pens need to be updated and we also need more, so the fair community is working to gather shoes and boots as a fundraiser.

We are looking for all kinds of shoes: sneakers, boots, dress shoes, work boots, casual shoes, sandals and athletic shoes. When you clean out those closets getting ready for spring, make those hard decisions and turn those unwanted shoes into new pens for our youth!

Not only are you providing funds towards the new pens, you are also cutting down on landfill space needed, while providing a business opportunity for the underserved in other countries. The shoes donated will be refurbished and provided to families across the world to be used to start their own businesses and get much needed shoes to their communities.

Our shoe drive wraps up May 1st, so do not wait to clean that closet, garage or even your car for those unneeded shoes. To participate, you can drop off shoes at one of the donation sites listed below:

      --Fowlerville Fairgrounds, 8800 Grand River Avenue,                            Fowlerville

      --Fowlerville District Library, 130 S Grand Ave, Fowlerville

     --Fowlerville Fire Department, 9110 W Grand River Ave,                     Fowlerville

     --Fowlerville Police Department, 213 S Grand Ave, Fowlerville

     --Katie Pikkarainen - State Farm Insurance Office, 215 E Grand           River Ave, Fowlerville

     --Livingston Educational Service Agency, 1425 W Grand River           Avenue, Howell

     --Mugg & Bopps, 7999 W Mason Road, Fowlerville                             (Countryway)

     --Mugg & Bopps, 6801 Oak Grove Road, Howell

    --Mugg & Bopps, 1600 Pinckney Road, Howell

    --Mugg & Bopps, 11055 Highland Road, Hartland

    --Rural King, 10400 Highland Road, Hartland

If you are a member of a 4-H club, Junior Agricultural Society or FFA chapter, we are offering a contest for the club that gathers the most donations. The club or group that brings the most pairs of shoes to the April 27th Club Challenge Drop Off Date at the Fairgrounds will win a pizza party. Don’t delay! Grab those unwanted shoes and boots from friends, neighbors, and relatives.

For more information on the shoe drive or if you need to schedule a pick up, contact Kelly Turner, 248-343-0916, or Jen Esch, 734-325-0268.

The Fowlerville Family Fair Youth Show will take place from July 22 to July 27, 2024, at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds. The youth show is open to all youth ages 5 to 21 who are members of the Fowlerville Junior Agricultural Society or are members of a Livingston County 4-H club or

FFA chapter.

The Fowlerville Family Fair is one of the oldest and largest fairs in Michigan, celebrating its 138th year in 2024. The fair offers something for everyone, with carnival rides, games, food, music, fireworks, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, rodeos, and more. The fair also showcases the best of Livingston County, with exhibits, competitions, and demonstrations of agriculture, arts, crafts, and science. For more information about the fair, please visit www.fowlervillefamilyfair.com.

 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 any questions, or to register for programs, call us at 517-223-9089

* * *

STORYTIMES

Family Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Have fun singing songs, reading stories, dancing, and playing!

Tuesdays & Wednesdays ● 10am

* * *

PJ Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Wear your pjs for an evening storytime. We will have snacks & crafts. Bring a blanket and stuffie to be extra cozy. Mon, Apr 8 ● 6pm

* * *

KIDS & FAMILY

First Friday Performance (All Ages)

Join us for a live performance by IndieBoy. Bryce will be here April 5 between 5 & 6 pm to get your weekend off to a great start. You can head over to Good Deeds afterwards for an art show.

* * *

Life sized Candy Land

Drop in to make your way to the Candy Castle for a sweet treat as we enlarge our favorite board game. Fri, Apr 26 ● 3-5:30pm

* * *

Perler Bead Party (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm to make your own Perler Bead creation.

Friday, Apr 12 ● 4 – 5pm

* * *

Chess Club

Join the Chess Club! The Mid-Michigan Jr. Chess Club will meet. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced! Please note, tournament play on April 6, no meeting on Apr 13.

Saturdays ● 1-3:30pm

* * *

Kids Krafternoons (Ages 7-12)

Drop in and get crafty with a new and exciting craft each month! Supplies provided.

Monday, Apr 8 ● 4-5pm

* * *

Lego Club (Ages 7-12)

Build your own Lego creations and complete challenges Thursdays ● 4pm

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Crochet Kits

Stop by the library on the 15th of the month to grab a themed crochet amigurumi kit. Provide your own hook and everything else is included. While supplies last.

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Cozy Crafting by the Fireplace

Join Mary to work on your craft or learn to knit and start a beginner project. Help is also offered for the aforementioned crochet kits. Monday, Apr 1 & 15 ● 3-5pm

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Homeschool Social

Meet for learning, fun and snacks. Mondays, thru May 20 ● 12-1:30 pm

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New Graphic Novel Club (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm for a discussion on Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey, Monday, Apr 22 ● 4-5pm

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Book Boxes (All ages)

Fill out the online form by visiting the events page on our website. Let the librarians pick a surprise selection of books for you. Register the first two weeks of every month to get next month’s box, which will be ready to pick up the first of the following month.

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TEENS

Teen Crafting (Teens)

Join Mary and drop in to make crafts such as sewing, resin jewelry, bow making, diamond painting, and much more!

Wednesdays ● 2:30-4:00 pm

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Twitch Streaming (All Ages)

Join Connor and Tally and get sneak peeks of new games! twitch.tv/fowlervillelibrary

Mondays ● 3:30-4:30pm

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Board Games with Connor (Age 10+)

Join Connor and friends for some after school fun.

Tuesdays ● 3-5pm

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Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 12-18)

Come play D&D 5th Edition! No prior experience needed.

Wednesdays ● 2:30-5pm

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Switch Free Play (Ages 10-18)

Open gaming time with the library's Switch.

Fridays ● 2:30-5 pm

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ADULTS

Tote Bag Craft (Adults)

Join Jackie and Cindy to personalize a tote bag for Summer. Supplies are limited. Registration Required. Thurs May 2 ● 6:30pm

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Yoga with Vanessa (Adults)

Join Vanessa Duke for yoga class, no cost, just bring your mat or use one of ours. Program runs thru April 24.

Wednesdays ● 5pm

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Jam Session

Join Mr. Damerow for some musical collaboration. Bring your horn, keyboard, harmonica, or whatever you have and join the fun. Tues Apr 16 ● 5:00 – 7:30pm

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Cardmaking

Join Mary to make 4 greeting cards with the theme of “Spring”. Registration is required. Thurs, Apr 25 ● 6:30 pm & Fri, Apr 26 ● 11am

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Scrapbooking (Adults)

Join Mary to scrapbook your favorite photos. Stay the whole time or for just a few hours. Everyone gets their own table. Registration is required. Sat, Apr 20 ● 10:30 – 3:30

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Shelf-Indulgence Book Group (Adults)

This is a traditional book discussion group. You can get a copy of the book at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss WAGER by David Grann, Thurs, Apr 25 ● 2 pm

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Beyond the Book Discussion Group (Adults)

Book discussion plus movie or documentary. Books are available at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS by Paul Gallico Fri, Apr 12 ● 6:00 pm

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Sewing with Patty (Adults)

Bring your sewing machine and learn from a pro. Registration is required. Fri, Apr 12 ● 10 am & Apr 17 ● 6:00 pm

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FDL Oral History Project

Record your history with us as we capture the memories and stories of our residents. Call to schedule an audio interview, which can be done by a family member or staff member and can include video.

Recordings will become part of the FDL historical collection.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

 LuAnn Margaret Hacker

LuAnn Margaret Hacker of Fowlerville, MI passed away at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital on March 12, 2024, at 69 years of age. LuAnn was born January 23, 1955, to Howard and Dorothy (O'Brien) Hacker in Howell, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Howard, her brother Craig, and her nephew Kip Hacker. She is survived by brother Michael (Anita) Hacker, sister Verta (Michael) Beaudet, brother James Hacker, and brother Steven Hacker; three sister-in-laws: Karin Hacker, Sharalene Hacker and Sally Hacker. She also is survived by nieces Christine, Jacklyn, Stacey, Shay, Torin, Madison and nephews Todd, Craig, Kevin, Keenan and Mackenzie Hacker; and several great nieces and nephews. Also survived by her close friend Theresa Hamilton and many cousins and numerous friends.

LuAnn had the greatest capacity for being loving and caring for others, taking care of people and pets everyday of her life. LuAnn graduated from Howell High School in 1973 and spent 35 years at International Paper Container Company where she retired from in 2010. LuAnn will be terribly missed by all of her family and friends. She was fun and always helpful to anyone.

Visitation was taking place on March 23, 2024, from 11:00am-1:00pm. at Herrmann Funeral Home. LuAnn would appreciate Memorial Contributions to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com.

 Larry Turchi

Larry Turchi, age 82, passed away on March 8, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.

Larry was born on June 16, 1941 to Louis and Edna Turchi in Ann Arbor, MI. They both preceded him in death. He married the love of his life, Bessie Ward, on March 23, 1963. Larry retired from Ford Motor Company in 1991 and enjoyed camping with his family and visiting battlefield memorials throughout his life. He especially enjoyed spending time with his Children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.

Larry is survived by his Wife Bessie, Son Richard (Lynn) Turchi and Daughter Sherry (Halsey) Pierson—all of Fowlerville. He is also survived by his Grandchildren/Great Grandchildren: Bessie Hicks (Jacob, Adam & Aaron), James Turchi (Kylie & Skylar), Jessica Bergum (Hailey, Riley & Annie), Stacia Turchi ( Harley), Pat Turchi (Jayden, Ayden & Clarissa), Alicia Tresik (Gauge & Peyton) and Nick Turchi. He was an outstanding brother-in-law and friend to Michael (Jackie) Ward, David (Janet) Ward, Linda Pyzik, Patsy (Dwayne) Carter and Serena McGill and is survived as well by many special nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, any donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association. Cremation has already taken place.

 Gary Leon Christoson

2/25/1940 -3/16/2024

Gary Christoson, age 84, stepped from earth into heaven on March 16, 2024, surrounded by the family he cherished.

Gary Leon Christoson was born in the Pontiac, Michigan home of his parents, Clifton and Pearle Christoson, along with his twin brother Jerry Lee, on February 25, 1940. After graduating from Waterford Township High School in 1958, Gary enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1959-1961.

Later, as a student at Campbellsville College in Kentucky, Gary heard the gospel and received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. There he also met the love of his life, Lillian Carol Smith, whom he married on September 21, 1963.

Gary worked in quality engineering at Ford Motor Company for 32 years, while raising his three children in West Bloomfield. He was the model family man who worked hard, provided well, and created decades of memories with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing, always with family or friends. He also enjoyed horseback riding, specifically on their centennial farm near Tecumseh. Gary was a proficient do-it-yourselfer – whether it was house projects, car repairs, or the impressive restoration of his classic ’46 Ford pick-up. Gary was quick to make a joke, but quicker to offer a word of encouragement or wisdom.

In 2003, Gary and Lillian relocated to Livingston County to live near their son’s family and invest in the lives of their grandchildren. They became snowbirds in southern Arizona for 13 winters, enjoying the sunshine with friends between visits to their daughter’s family in New Mexico and their son’s family in California. It’s no surprise that Gary’s favorite Bible verse was 3John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Gary put his faith in Jesus Christ over 60 years ago; and every year since, his relationship with his Savior deepened in devotion, knowledge, and authenticity. For the past 20 years, Gary was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Howell where he served as an usher, greeter, and more.

Gary inspired many during his decade-long fight against Multiple Myeloma, through his courage and steadfast faith. His faith in the redemptive work of Jesus leaves us with no doubt that Gary has now experienced the reality of 2Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Pearle and Clifton Christoson, his brothers Lawrence "Sonny" and Robert "Bobby" and his sister Jean Mellema. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lillian, his twin brother Jerry (Jadene), his son Gary (Sandra), daughter Cindy Blake (Ken), son Tim (Nicole), grandchildren Erin Husband (Aaron), Kayla LaVere (Gabe), Sarah Patterson (Justus), Megan Shrader (Brody), Courtney Pace (Garrett), Jessie Blake, Taylor Litzau (Jacob), Trevor, McKinley, Grant, and Monroe Christoson, great-grandchildren Mason, Jackson, and Savanna Husband; Blake, Hallie, Maverick, and Cash LaVere; Madden, Easton, and Kennedy Patterson; Gavin and Emmett Pace; Elliott Shrader and many nieces and nephews.

Gary’s family received friends and family for visitation at Keehn-Griffin Funeral Home in Brighton on Monday, March 18th from 5:00–8:00 p.m. A funeral service was held at Bible Baptist Church in Howell on Tuesday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m., with time for viewing at 10:00 a.m. Gary requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Bible Baptist Church's building program.

 Diane Marie Denton

Diane Marie Denton, age 70, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2024 around 4:30pm at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Diane was born Tuesday November 24, 1953 in Howell, MI at McPherson Memorial Hospital to George and Charlotte (Reyhl) Sherwood. She was raised in Fowlerville Michigan and graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1972. Diane was married to Danny Denton on April 27, 1973. She is predeceased by Charlotte and George Sherwood.

Diane was a wonderful mother. She is survived by her three children: Shawn Denton, Candice Denton and Kimberly Fisher. She is also survived by her six grandsons: Haddan, Jacob, Aiden, Elwood, Leland and Declan. Diane has two sisters, Cindy and Peggy, as well as four beautiful nieces and many cousins. She loved her family and loved her community.

Diane enjoyed trips up North and being outside. She would spend many days at the pond tucked back in the woods on her family’s land. She had a passion for interior design and is known for her wonderful style. Diane was loved by many and will be missed very much.

A funeral service was held on Thursday March 21, 2024 at Herrmann Funeral home in Fowlerville, MI at 5:00 pm, with visitation having started at 3:00 pm. The service was followed by dinner and a celebration of life at 5:30pm the at the Howell Eagles Club, with family and friends attending.

In remembrance of Diane’s life and love, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease research.

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

 Calvin Walter Miller

Calvin Walter Miller of Brighton, Michigan (a former long-time Howell resident) passed away in the hospital on March 13, 2024 at 90 years of age. He was a beloved husband, father, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Calvin was born to Horace and Hellen Miller on June 5, 1933 in a small hospital in Goodrich, Michigan. He is preceded in death by his parents. In 1956 he married the love of his life, and together they raised their family of four boys.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, four boys, five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene. A public viewing took place at 10:00am, the funeral service was at 11:00am, and a luncheon immediately followed at the church.

Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Herrmann Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at pjherrmannfuneralhome.com

 Firekeepers Casino Bus Trip & Breakfast being held on April 9th

St. Agnes’ next scheduled trip to Firekeepers is Tuesday, April 9th. We will be hosting breakfast at 9am at St. Agnes Church, 855 E Grand River Avenue, Fowlerville, in the Lothamer Parish Center prior to our bus leaving at 10am.

We will be going to Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek. The cost is $50 and includes round trip bus transportation, $25 in free slot play and $5 to use toward dining, slot play or use in the gift shop.

Returning guests who bring their Red Hot Rewards Club card will get credits and points added to their existing card. Guests need to bring a valid ID to receive the group package. Those without Red Hot Rewards Cards will be issued them prior to entering casino.

A Carr’s Motorcoach Charter bus will leave the St. Agnes Church parking lot at 10:00 am. Anticipated arrival time back in Fowlerville is 5:30 pm. Please call the office at 223-8684 to pre-register or email Lisa at stagnesfowlerville@sbcglobal.net. First come first served. All are welcome to join us for a fun day out!

 Oak Grove United Methodist Women holding Beef Pasty Sale

Oak Grove Women United in Faith are taking orders for their delicious beef pasties. Place your order beginning Monday, April 1, by calling/texting 810-923-8546. Please leave your name, phone # & quantity you would like. Cost: $6 each. Proceeds go to support mission work.

Pick up date is Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 6686 Oak Grove Road, Howell (5 miles north of M-59). If you can’t come that day, please make arrangements for someone to pick up your order.

 Livingston County Genealogical Society to hold zoom meeting on April 4th

The Livingston County Genealogical Society will meet at 7pm Thursday, April 4th via zoom.

Derek Blount will present “Where are the Early Dead of Detroit”—a review of the early cemeteries of Detroit, what happened to them, and the people buried there. A discussion of where to find death records for the early days will also take place.

Blount is a professional genealogist. He has worked for 35 years on his family genealogy traveling across America, Canada and the United Kingdom gathering records. Derek was born in England and specializes in research in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth nations. He holds a B.S. degree from Oakland University and has completed coursework at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

A link to this virtual meeting may be found on our Facebook page for the Livingston County Genealogical Society a few days before the April 4th meeting. All are welcome. Please watch for announcements on our Facebook page; there may be an option to attend in person.

 Livingston Fine Art Association meeting on March 26th at Cleary University

The Livingston Fine Art Association will be meeting on Tuesday, March 26th at the Commons Building at Cleary University, Room 3. Park in Lot C and there will be signs to guide you to Room 3. Doors open at 6:30pm, meeting begins at 7:00pm.

Speakers will be Liz Rowse and Diane Pearson, talking about “Art in Paris”. A short business meeting and a discussion of members art work will follow. All artists and those interested in the arts are invited. See our web site at: https://livfineart.com/ or find us on facebook.

 Holy Week services at Crossroads & Webberville United Methodist churches

All are invited to celebrate Holy Week with special services at Crossroads and Webberville United Methodist churches in eastern Ingham County. Crossroads is located at 5491 Zimmer Road, Williamston, east of Haslett and north of Williamston. Webberville UMC is at 4215 Holt Road, south of Webberville off M-52.

Holy Week services are at 9 a.m. Palm Sunday. March 24, at Crossroads, followed by 11 a.m. services at Webberville UMC. There will be a Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. March 28, at Crossroads UMC, and a 6:30 p.m. Good Friday service March 29 at Webberviile UMC. Easter Sunday services are at 9 a.m. March 31 at Crossroads and at 11a.m. at Webberville.

All are welcome. For details, contact Crossroads UMC at 517/655-1466, and Webberville UMC at 517/521-3631. Or find the churches on Facebook

 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 any questions, or to register for programs, call us at 517-223-9089

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STORYTIMES

Family Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Have fun singing songs, reading stories, dancing, and playing!

Tuesdays & Wednesdays ● 10am

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PJ Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Wear your pjs for an evening storytime. We will have snacks & crafts. Bring a blanket and stuffie to be extra cozy. Mon, Apr 8 ● 6pm

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KIDS & FAMILY

First Friday Performance (All Ages)

Join us for a live performance by IndieBoy. Bryce will be here April 5 between 5 & 6 pm to get your weekend off to a great start. You can head over to Good Deeds afterwards for an art show.

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Perler Bead Party (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm to make your own Perler Bead creation.

Friday, Apr 12 ● 4 – 5pm

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Chess Club

Join the Chess Club! The Mid-Michigan Jr. Chess Club will meet. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced! Please note, there is no meeting on March 23. Tournament play April 6.

Saturdays ● 1-3:30pm

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Kids Krafternoons (Ages 7-12)

Drop in and get crafty with a new and exciting craft each month! Supplies provided.

Monday, Apr 8 ● 4-5pm

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Lego Club (Ages 7-12)

Build your own Lego creations and complete challenges Thursdays ● 4pm

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Crochet Kits

Stop by the library on the 15th of the month to grab a themed crochet amigurumi kit. Provide your own hook and everything else is included. While supplies last.

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Cozy Crafting by the Fireplace

Join Mary to work on your craft or learn to knit and start a beginner project. Help is also offered for the aforementioned crochet kits. Monday, Apr 1 & 15 ● 3-5pm

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Homeschool Social

Meet for learning, fun and snacks. Mondays, thru May 20 ● 12-1:30 pm

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New Graphic Novel Club (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm for a discussion on The Magic Treehouse #1 by Mary Pope Osborne, Monday, Mar 25 ● 4-5pm

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Author visit – Caroline Kerfoot

Meet author Caroline Kerfoot! She will read one of her children’s picture books, ADVENTURES OF FOX. There will be a Q&A, craft and book signing. Thurs, Mar 28 ● 10 am

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Book Boxes (All ages)

Fill out the online form by visiting the events page on our website. Let the librarians pick a surprise selection of books for you. Register the first two weeks of every month to get next month’s box, which will be ready to pick up the first of the following month.

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TEENS

Teen Crafting (Teens)

Join Mary and drop in to make crafts such as sewing, resin jewelry, bow making, diamond painting, and much more!

Wednesdays ● 2:30-4:00 pm

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Twitch Streaming (All Ages)

Join Connor and Tally and get sneak peeks of new games! twitch.tv/fowlervillelibrary

Mondays ● 3:30-4:30pm

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Board Games with Connor (Age 10+)

Join Connor and friends for some after school fun.

Tuesdays ● 3-5pm

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Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 12-18)

Come play D&D 5th Edition! No prior experience needed.

Wednesdays ● 2:30-5pm

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Switch Free Play (Ages 10-18)

Open gaming time with the library's Switch.

Fridays ● 2:30-5 pm

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ADULTS

Yoga with Vanessa (Adults)

Join Vanessa Duke for yoga class, no cost, just bring your mat or use one of ours. No class Mar 27, program runs thru April.

Wednesdays ● 5pm

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Jam Session

Join Mr. Damerow for some musical collaboration. Bring your horn, keyboard, harmonica, or whatever you have and join the fun. Tues, Mar 19 & Apr 16 ● 5:00 – 7:30pm

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Cardmaking

Join Mary to make 4 greeting cards with the theme of “Spring”. Registration is required. Thurs, Mar 28 ● 6:30 pm & Fri, Mar 29 ● 11am

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Scrapbooking (Adults)

Join Mary to scrapbook your favorite photos. Stay the whole time or for just a few hours. Everyone gets their own table. Registration is required. Sat, Apr 20 ● 10:30 – 3:30

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Shelf-Indulgence Book Group (Adults)

This is a traditional book discussion group. You can get a copy of the book at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss EMILY WILDE’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAERIES by Heather Fawcett, Thurs, Mar 28 ● 2 pm

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Beyond the Book Discussion Group (Adults)

Book discussion plus movie or documentary. Books are available at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS by Paul Gallico Fri, Apr 12 ● 6:00 pm

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Sewing with Patty (Adults) Fri, Apr 12 ● 10 am & Apr 17 ● 6:00 pm

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Gardening Series (Adults)

Join Master Gardener, Nan Marie for this special series that will have us dreaming about Spring planting. Please note this date change. Thurs, Mar 28 ● 3:00 –3:45 pm

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FDL Oral History Project

Record your history with us as we capture the memories and stories of our residents. Call to schedule an audio interview, which can be done by a family member or staff member and can include video.

Recordings will become part of the FDL historical collection.

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The Library will be closed on Saturday, Mar 30 in observance of the holiday weekend.

Saturday, March 16, 2024

 Melody Rae Canfield

A Memorial Luncheon and Gathering in honor of Melody Rae Canfield will be held on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Fowlerville.

Melody was born on June 13, 1953 and passed away Oct. 16, 2023. She is survived by her husband Gordon Canfield and other family members. Her parents were the late Ralph and Mel LaMar. She and her mother owned and opearated Mel’s Auction for many years—both in Fowlerville and later in Stockbridge. She also wrote the column Grandma’s Attic for a number of years in the ‘Fowlerville News & Views’ which focused on antiques. She was a resident of Handy Township.

 Mary Margaret Snyder

Mary Margaret (Wendt) Snyder of Howell, Michigan passed away at home on March 9, 2024 at 86 years of age.

Mary, or Mitzy as she was also known was born January 4, 1938 to Roland and Grace (Cadwalk) Wendt in Highland Park, Michigan.

Preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Patricia (Patty ) Roberts, and lifelong partner, Ralph Snyder.

Survived by her niece, Debra Robillard, and longtime friends, Rex Hall, and Pat and Ron Drinkert, and her Godchildren, Susan Drinkert-Kern, and David, Ronnie, and Steve Drinkert.

She was brought up in the Catholic faith, however was more recently a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fowlerville, Michigan.

Mary had a marvelous capacity for being loving and caring for others, whether human or animal, and was known to have taken in and nurtured a number of stray dogs. She had a fondness for children and was a wealth of knowledge for younger people. Though she had no children of her own, she was exceptionally Motherly.

Following graduation from Redford High School in 1955, Mary worked for many years at Michigan Bell during which she met and married Ralph Snyder. Together, their entrepreneurial spirit prompted them to purchase and operate Ace Transformer Service Company. The company was successfully profitable and the pair sold Ace Transformer in 1997 with the prospect of retiring.

Even during her working years, Mary often would spontaneously pack a suitcase and embark on a travel adventure. The destination was not always the more important part of the trip rather it was the experiences along the journey.

Mary will certainly be well-remembered for her straightforward and unapologetic honesty. Often her sage advice was not necessarily what one wanted to hear, yet it was what needed to be heard.

Visitation took place from 3-7pm at Herrmann Funeral Home, Fowlerville, Michigan on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. The funeral service was held at 11am on Thursday, March 14, 2024. Interment was in the chapel at Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia, Michigan.

Mary would be appreciative of memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity.

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

Harold Kuehn Canfield

Harold Kuehn Canfield, (97) formerly of Fowlerville and Sebewaing, Michigan, after a very long and full life, died in the early hours of March 7, 2024, with family at his side.

Harold was born in Fowlerville, Michigan on June 27, 1926, to Howard Albert Canfield and Hazel Mae (Kuehn) Canfield. A 1944 graduate of Fowlerville High School, he grew up on the farm and loved farming with his father, Howard. After a short three-month courtship, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Jean Gentry, on June 11, 1949.

Harold and Jean began their long life together on a small farm in Fowlerville, where they quickly expanded their family, adding six children in seven years. While farming was Harold’s occupation of choice, with an expanding family he supplemented his income by working outside the farm. He worked early on as a lumber jack for Monroe Brothers, and then as a factory worker at Ruland Electric Co. Later, because all farmers love moving dirt, he spent many years working for the Livingston County Road Commission as a heavy equipment operator. He had moved dirt and/or snow on most of the roads in Livingston County.

Upon retiring from the Road Commission, Harold and Jean sought a way back to fulltime farming and they bought a 160-acre farm in Leslie, Michigan, where he said he “never worked another day in his life”. After several years they sold the farm and moved to Perry, Michigan. When health issues made it clear that he and Jean would need more help, they moved closer to family in Sebewaing, Michigan, where he loved to watch the crops grow and the beet trucks pass by his window.

Harold was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved all things outdoors. He flew small airplanes early on, but having kids ended that risky pursuit. He had an expansive Indian arrowhead collection only eclipsed by his stamp collection. He loved playing cards. He was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church. Harold was a great father and mentor to his six children, but his greatest love was for his wife of just short of 70 years “Jeanie”, who preceded him in death on April 20, 2019. This along with the death of his oldest child, Susan (Canfield) Dana, left a great hole in his life.

Harold is survived by his other five children: Michael (Carla Slatten), Tom (Becky Goodimote), John, Edward (Cheryl Barker), and Keith (Carrie Rostar) as well as many grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Dorotha (Canfield/Brown) Knodle. His other sister, Margary (Canfield) Perkins preceded him in death.

Please join us in celebrating a life well lived on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 11 am in Howell with a light luncheon to follow the service. Details regarding location will be forthcoming. There will be a short graveside service after the luncheon at the Sanford Cemetery in Howell.

The family would like to thank Toni and Trish House and My Michigan Hospice for their great care in Harold’s final days. Memorials can be made to the Toni and Trish House for the Care of the Terminally Ill, PO Box 125, 4699 Eleven Mile Road, Auburn, Michigan, 48611.

Arrangements handled by Juengel-Mellendorf Funeral Home, 538 S. Beck St., Sebewaing, MI 48759. Share a memory at www.jmfuneralhome.com 

 St. Agnes Catholic to offer ‘Journeying Through Grief’ support process

We will be offering this six-week grief support process at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Fowlerville on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The dates will be April 8, 15, 22 and 29, May 6 and 13.

This process was created by Stephen Ministries and covers the topics:

     -A Time to Grieve, Experiencing Grief,

     -Finding Hope and Healing

     -Rebuilding and Remembering

All our welcome—there is no cost. For questions or to register contact the parish office at 517-223-8684 or email Marie Sheridan at msheridandre@gmail.com

 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 any questions, or to register for programs, call us at 517-223-9089

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STORYTIMES

Family Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Have fun singing songs, reading stories, dancing, and playing!

Tuesdays & Wednesdays ● 10am

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PJ Storytime (Ages 1-5)

Wear your pjs for an evening storytime. We will have snacks & crafts. Bring a blanket and stuffie to be extra cozy. Mon, Apr 8 ● 6pm

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KIDS & FAMILY

First Friday Performance (All Ages)

Join us for a live performance by IndieBoy. Bryce will be here April 5 between 5 & 6 pm to get your weekend off to a great start. You can head over to Good Deeds afterwards for an art show.

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Perler Bead Party (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm to make your own Perler Bead creation.

Friday, Apr 12 ● 4 – 5pm

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Chess Club

Join the Chess Club! The Mid-Michigan Jr. Chess Club will meet. All levels are welcome from beginner to advanced! Please note, there is no meeting on March 23. Tournament play April 6.

Saturdays ● 1-3:30pm

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Kids Krafternoons (Ages 7-12)

Drop in and get crafty with a new and exciting craft each month! Supplies provided.

Monday, Apr 8 ● 4-5pm

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Lego Club (Ages 7-12)

Build your own Lego creations and complete challenges Thursdays ● 4pm

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My First Escape Room-Bluey (Ages 5-9)

Bring the family together! No prior knowledge of Bluey is required. Register for a time slot. Friday, Mar 22 ● 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm Saturday, Mar 23 ●10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm

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Crochet Kits

Stop by the library on the 15th of the month to grab a themed crochet amigurumi kit. Provide your own hook and everything else is included. While supplies last.

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Cozy Crafting by the Fireplace

Join Mary to work on your craft or learn to knit and start a beginner project. Help is also offered for the aforementioned crochet kits. Monday, Mar 18 ● 3-5pm

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Homeschool Social

Meet for learning, fun and snacks. Mondays ● 12-1:30 pm

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New Graphic Novel Club (Ages 7-12)

Join Storm for a discussion on The Magic Treehouse #1 by Mary Pope Osborne, Monday, Mar 25 ● 4-5pm

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Author visit – Caroline Kerfoot

Meet author Caroline Kerfoot! She will read one of her children’s picture books, ADVENTURES OF FOX. There will be a Q&A, craft and book signing. Thurs, Mar 28 ● 10 am

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Book Boxes (All ages)

Fill out the online form by visiting the events page on our website. Let the librarians pick a surprise selection of books for you. Register the first two weeks of every month to get next month’s box, which will be ready to pick up the first of the following month.

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TEENS

Teen Crafting (Teens)

Join Mary and drop in to make crafts such as sewing, resin jewelry, bow making, diamond painting, and much more!

Wednesdays ● 2:30-4:00 pm

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Twitch Streaming (All Ages)

Join Connor and Tally and get sneak peeks of new games! twitch.tv/fowlervillelibrary

Mondays ● 3:30-4:30pm

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Board Games with Connor (Age 10+)

Join Connor and friends for some after school fun.

Tuesdays ● 3-5pm

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Dungeons & Dragons (Ages 12-18)

Come play D&D 5th Edition! No prior experience needed.

Wednesdays ● 2:30-5pm

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Switch Free Play (Ages 10-18)

Open gaming time with the library's Switch.

Fridays ● 2:30-5 pm

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ADULTS

Yoga with Vanessa (Adults)

Join Vanessa Duke for yoga class, no cost, just bring your mat or use one of ours. No class Mar 27, program runs thru April.

Wednesdays ● 5pm

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Jam Session

Join Mr. Damerow for some musical collaboration. Bring your horn, keyboard, harmonica, or whatever you have and join the fun. Tues, Mar 19 & Apr 16 ● 5:00 – 7:30pm

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Cardmaking

Join Mary to make 4 greeting cards with the theme of “Spring”. Registration is required. Thurs, Mar 28 ● 6:30 pm & Fri, Mar 29 ● 11am

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Scrapbooking (Adults)

Join Mary to scrapbook your favorite photos. Stay the whole time or for just a few hours. Everyone gets their own table. Registration is required. Sat, Apr 20 ● 10:30 – 3:30

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Shelf-Indulgence Book Group (Adults)

This is a traditional book discussion group. You can get a copy of the book at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss EMILY WILDE’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAERIES by Heather Fawcett, Thurs, Mar 28 ● 2 pm

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Beyond the Book Discussion Group (Adults)

Book discussion plus movie or documentary. Books are available at the front desk. Next meeting, we will discuss MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS by Paul Gallico Fri, Apr 12 ● 6:00 pm

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Sewing with Patty (Adults) 

Fri, Apr 12 ● 10 am & Apr 17 ● 6:00 pm

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Gardening Series (Adults)

Join Master Gardener, Nan Marie for this special series that will have us dreaming about Spring planting. Please note this date change. Thurs, Mar 28 ● 3:00 –3:45 pm

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FDL Oral History Project

Record your history with us as we capture the memories and stories of our residents. Call to schedule an audio interview, which can be done by a family member or staff member and can include video.

Recordings will become part of the FDL historical collection.

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The Library will be closed on Saturday, Mar 30 in observance of the holiday weekend.