2011-03-06 / News Briefs

NEWS Briefs

COUNTRY HAPPENINGS PAGEANT ACCEPTING APPS – The Marion Springs Country Happenings Pageant will be held on Saturday, April 2 at the Marion Springs Conservation Club. Entry forms are now available. The pageant is open to girls ages 5 to 18 in the Marion Township Fire Department district and areas covered by the fire department. For forms or more information, contact Vicky Szappan at (989) 585- 3519.

HORN SCHEDULES OFFICE HOURS IN BIRCH RUN — Area residents can visit with State Rep. Ken Horn in Birch Run on Monday, March 7. The 94th District lawmaker will conduct office hours at the Thomas E. Fleschner Memorial Library, 11935 Silver Creek Drive, Birch Run, from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Horn toll-free at 1-866-HORN094, or email him at Kenneth horn@house.mi.gov.

BLOOD DRIVE MARCH 16-17 — There will be a Michigan Blood drive on Wednesday, March 16, from 1 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chesaning High School, 850 N. Fourth St., Chesaning. Any healthy person age 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs 110 pounds or more may be eligible to give blood every 56 days. Photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID are required. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For appointments, call (989) 845- 6246. Donors are encouraged to eat before donating. For more information or questions about medical issues, please call (989) 497- 1036.

BLUEBERRY QUEEN’S PAGEANT DEADLINE APPROACHES — The deadline for applications for the Montrose Blueberry Festival Queen’s Pageant is Friday, March 11. Pageant applications are available at Montrose Hill-McCloy High School or by calling Pageant Director Amy Castle at (810) 569-3884. Castle will be at the Blueberry Festival Office from noon to 3 p.m. on March 11 to collect applications. Those who cannot drop applications off at that time should make other arrangements with her. The pageant will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 6 p.m. in the Montrose Schools auditorium. Admission is $3 per person, free for children ages 10 and under.

KC RAFFLE WINNERS – The winners of the Chesaning Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle for March are Joe Novak, of St. Charles, Chris Misiuk, of Chesaning, Suz Anne Cramer, of Chesaning, and Irene Ebenhoeh, of Chesaning.

STC HIGH SCHOOL PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – St. Charles High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 8, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the high school gym, and Wednesday, March 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the high school gym.

NL BLOOD DRIVE – The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday, March 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the New Lothrop High School library. The drive is sponsored by the National Honor Society.

McKINLEY ROAD CLOSED TEMPORARILY – The Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s Office – Division of Water and Waste Services, in cooperation with the Montrose Township and the Genesee County Road Commission, has temporarily closed McKinley Road, south of Kee-Wah-Din Road and north of Farrand Road as of Friday, March 1 in order to allow its contractor to install a sanitary sewer main under McKinley Road. This closure is temporary, and the Drain Commission anticipates reopeing McKinley road no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18.

PERSON OF THE MONTH - The Montrose Community Schools Board of Education recognized fourth grader Malary Thorsby for her idea and effort to hold a book drive to increase the number of books available to Carter Elementary School students. According to Carter Elementary School Principal Pete Carey, more than 500 books were donated to the school as a result of Malary’s idea. Carey also informed the school board that Malary already has an extensive resume of community service. She serves on the safety patrol, was active in the third grade bake sale last year, and volunteers at PTO events. In addition, she is an accomplished equestrian, plays piano and guitar, as well as playing on the MAAC Attack basketball team. Superintendent Mark Kleinhans stated, “When the board established the [person of the month] program, we wanted to recognize people who go above and beyond. Malary goes above and beyond. School Board President Morrie Fikes thanked Malary on behalf of the school board.

ART AT BIG ROCK - During the Feb. 28 meeting of the Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education, a probationary contract was approved for art teacher Cindi Robinson, who will replace Big Rock’s previous art teacher David Young. Robinson is from Flushing and has most recently been teaching at Tri-Unity Christian School in Wyoming, Mich. According to Superintendent Don Barnes, Robinson has a good background in art and mathematics. She comes “highly recommended,” he said. MEETING AT THE BONNYMILL - The Chesaning Union Schools Board of Education will hold their annual board retreat at the Bonnymill Inn on Saturday, March 19, starting at 9:30 a.m. The board retreat is open to the public.

SPRING BREAKS - Most area schools have scheduled spring break for the week of April 4-8. This includes Chesaning Union Schools, Montrose Community Schools and St.

Charles Community Schools. While New Lothrop students will also be out that week, their spring break will begin earlier on April 1, 2011.

A NEW FESTIVAL IN CHESANING - Showboat Park has been reserved on June 25 for Chesaning’s newest festival. Details about the Mexican-American Festival have not yet been released.

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