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Vendors wanted for Market Day at TSC

Calling all growers, crafters and artisans: the Imlay City Tractor Supply store is inviting you to showcase your homemade and homegrown goods at its spring Market Day event Saturday, May 12.

Vendors with expertise in everything from homemade crafts, candles and soaps to honey, eggs, produce, baked goods, gardening, furniture and more are encouraged to sign up. To register, visit or the Imlay City store. Nonprofit organizations and food trucks are also encouraged to register. Vendor registration closes Wednesday, May 9.

During Market Day on Saturday, May 12, vendors will be able showcase their goods free of charge in tented areas near the storefront. All vendors participating in this event will be responsible for complying with local and state ordinances.

Market Day is a way for us to bring neighbors together to spotlight the diverse talent that makes the Imlay City community so unique. From the hobbyist to the professional, not only do we want to celebrate locally produced goods, but also the people who make them.

—Mary Lawley
April 18, 2018

Wine Tasting Benefit at Seven Ponds

For the third year in a row, Seven Ponds Nature Center will be hosting a Wine Tasting Benefit at the Metamora Golf and Country Club. The benefit will be held on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. and is open to all registered guests. Included in the festivities will be numerous wines to sample, strolling food stations, raffle prizes, and a live auction featuring numerous donated items.

Cost to attend the benefit is $60 in advance or $65 at the door. Business and personal sponsorships are available at several levels which include special benefits: Platinum ($1000, includes 8 tickets with reserved table), Gold ($750, includes 6 tickets), Silver ($500, includes 4 tickets), and Bronze ($250, includes 2 tickets). All sponsorship levels include recognition in both the event program and the nature center's Heron Tracks newsletter, and the Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels include signage at the event.

Seven Ponds Nature Center, located near Dryden and Metamora in southern Lapeer County, is a non-profit organization which protects nearly 500 acres of woods, prairie, and ponds and provides environmental education services to thousands of area school children each year. A full slate of activities are offered throughout the seasons for children, adults, and families, and the center's six-plus miles of trails provide a peaceful retreat for all to enjoy.

All proceeds from the Wine Tasting Benefit will support the programs and services of Seven Ponds, which relies completely upon donations, membership and program fees, special grants, and fundraisers for its operating budget.

The deadline for pre-registration is May 25. For more information about registering for the event, becoming a sponsor, or making a donation, see the nature center's website at www.sevenponds or call Seven Ponds at 810-796-3200.

—Daryl Bernard,
April 18, 2018

Democracy faces biggest crisis ever

It's extremely important to understand why our democracy is a miraculous treasure.

After a revolution against a king's tyranny, our Founding Fathers wanted a country where LAWS, not a man's personal whims, would rule our decisions.

That means no man is above the law, not even a president.

This idea is paramount. It is what separates us from a country where YOUR rights are gone because one man thinks HE deserves to decide what is true or not, what laws matter and what ones don't.

Donald Trump is dangerously close to being that man.

How do I know? Because he already has done many things that show he has ALWAYS believed he is above the law.

As a businessman, he was notorious for stiffing those he hired to work for him.

He has cheated on his wives- ALL of them.

He bragged at a rally that he made up a lie to tell to one of our allies in order to win an argument.

He stated he could shoot someone and still get elected.

This list could be much longer. If this list sounds trivial, it is very much still the measure of the character of this man:

Being powerful means I can cheat less powerful people. It doesn't matter who I hurt. I can make up my own lies and call them facts. And I can break every Commandment and still be adored.

He is now lashing out at those who are enforcing the rule of law. Most of them are Republicans, (Mueller, Comey, Rosenstein), many appointed by Trump to their jobs.

Trump keeps telling us who he is. We must hear him. If we don't insist Trump follow the rule of law, we will experience the biggest crisis our democracy has ever faced.

—Carolyn Medland
April 18, 2018

Youth theater classes coming soon

The Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce new youth theater classes, starting this month, with instructor Mary Beth Burns.

Mary Beth Burns is better known to Lapeer audiences as Sister in Late Nite Catechism. She is still traveling the country with Late Nite Catechism, so this class schedule is a bit different than our previous class offerings and four workshop sessions.

Mary Beth Burns has been in the education field for over 25 years and involved in theater for over 40. She has a BA in Speech and Performing Arts from Northeastern Illinois University and a Montessori teaching certification from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center. She is also a graduate of the Second City Training Center in Chicago, and went on to tour nationally with the Second City National Touring Company. She has also taught sketch comedy writing and improvisation at the Second City in Chicago. Mary Beth is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, she has appeared in Chicago Fire and Empire as well as numerous commercials.

For class schedule and information, to register or sign up, please call 810-664-4824 or email Classes are $60 for the session and workshops are $25. Need based scholarships are available.


—Jill Lyons
April 12, 2018

TSC holds 4-H fundraiser, Paper Clover

Tractor Supply, the nation's largest rural lifestyle retailer, is excited to announce that Paper Clover is back!

The bi-annual fundraiser, in partnership with National 4-H Council, provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth to attend camps, conferences and other leadership experiences. Last year, the partnership initiative raised a record-breaking $1.8 million during the spring and fall campaigns.

Beginning today (Wednesday, April 11), donations can be made in stores or online at The best part? All donations made in MI will benefit MI 4-H youth. The promotion runs through April 22.

Local 4-H clubs are encouraged to contact a Tractor Supply store to participate during the in-store fundraiser. Those who participate with their local store are eligible to win a $100 Tractor Supply gift card through the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes. For more information on how to enter the sweepstakes, visit


—Christi Korzekwa
April 12, 2018

4-H auction fundraiser is this weekend

Lapeer County 4-H will be hosting its annual spring fundraising auction on Saturday, April 7, at the Lapeer Center Building. The event is free and open to the public starting with a silent auction at 8 a.m. and a live auction scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. A pancake breakfast will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 10 and under. Lunch concessions will be available after 11 a.m.

Items that will be up for bid include donations from many local, state and national businesses. There is a large variety of items ranging from Walt Disney World passes, tickets to the Detroit Tigers, gym memberships, restaurant gift cards, legal services, trees, gravel, golf packages, hotel stays, health and beauty services, collectibles and so much more. A more detailed list of items is available online at (enter zip code 48446 and go to April Calendar).

The 32nd annual event is the main financial support for Lapeer County 4-H programs. Lapeer County 4-H Youth Programs provide a wide variety of opportunities for positive youth development. 4-H is an amazing organization where our young people can learn true life skills such as leadership, citizenship and community through innovative programs and hands-on learning experiences.

Last year, over 2,500 youth in Lapeer County were reached through various forms of educational programming, traditional clubs and events. The goal is to keep youth curious and encourage them to explore their interests while building life skills. 4-H also offers scholarships to an annual 4-H Camp retreat at Camp Lael in Lapeer, state and national conferences, and college scholarships.

A 25th Annual Celebrity Autographed Items Auction will be held the prior evening on Friday, April 6, at the Lapeer Center Building. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event will feature over 350 autographed items such as balls, books, cards, posters, and photographs.

If you would like to receive more information about the auction and/or 4-H and its opportunities, please call (810) 667-0343.

—Sarah Graver, Fundraising Coordinator
April 03, 2018

MDHHS offers Quitline to stop smoking

Thinking about quitting tobacco? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is expanding its telephone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) program to all Michigan residents through May 31.

During this time, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer a free, two-week supply of nicotine gum, patches or lozenges for all new enrollees who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Tobacco users who would like to quit may call the Quitline phone number at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Quitline serves all ages, however, callers seeking NRT must be over 18 and meet basic health requirements. Enrollees will receive a coach who will assist them in setting a quit date, choosing a nicotine replacement product that is right for them and making an individualized quit plan. The coach will provide support with up to four telephone coaching sessions scheduled around the caller's quit date.

Callers using NRT along with coaching, such as through a telephone-based service like 800-QUIT-NOW, can increase their chances of becoming smoke-free by five times the rate of someone quitting cold turkey. Providing access to free NRT during this promotion might just be the jump start someone needs to quitting smoking tobacco for good.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service providing free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients and American Indians. More than 100,000 calls have been received since the service was launched in October 2003.

The Quitline offers English, Arabic and Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as interpretive services for a wide variety of languages. For more information about the Quitline, call 800-QUIT-NOW or visit

—Lynn Sutfin
April 03, 2018

Schierlinger’s program gets praise

Imlay City Code Enforcement Officer Joe Schierlinger's new 'Home of the Month' program featured in last week's issue of Tri-City Times is encouraging to see, and I am eager to witness the results within the Imlay City community. It's great to witness a person in Joe's position who uses such a positive approach to rewarding residents' care and pride in their homes. As a former Township Supervisor, I can personally attest that having a person like Schierlinger on your team is an unbeatable asset for the community. I wish him and the city the best of luck with the new program and fully believe that it will help Imlay City shine.

—Kevin Daley, Lum
April 03, 2018

Museum celebrates 40th anniversary

You are invited!

The Imlay City Historical Commission will honor the 40th anniversary of the founding of the museum as well as kick off the 2018 season with a birthday celebration on Thursday, April 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All are invited to stop by the museum and share in our celebration with birthday cake and refreshments.

Our story…When the 1970 Imlay City Centennial celebration was over the centennial committee stayed in place. At a meeting of that committee in May of 1971 a study committee was formed to look for a permanent room or building for a museum. The centennial had netted a profit of over $9,500 which would be available for that purpose. The study committee considered renovating the town hall, which was at the corner of Almont Avenue and Fourth Street. They also considered the theater, an old house, or adding on to the town hall.

The election of the board of directors and the formation of the Imlay City Historical Commission was held at that first organizational meeting in 1971 and dues were established at $10 per year. The first officers elected were President Les Cole, Vice President Keith Clark, Secretary Mary Ackerman, and Treasurer Helen Whitkopf.

Through many months of negotiations with the Canadian National Railroad it was determined that the City of Imlay City would be allowed to purchase the vacant depot building and rent the land for 99 years. The Historical Commission then negotiated a long-term lease with the city and a museum was started in 1978–which continues today proudly preserving the history of the area.

Come out and celebrate with us! We look forward to seeing you on April 5th.


—Marilyn Swihart
March 28, 2018

There are still good people in our world

Thank you for putting my letter in the paper seeking help with a ramp at my home.

I want to thank Ethan and Jesse, and Ethan's dad Dennis for volunteering to put a ramp on my house so I could get in and out of my home.

Thank you also to the family and organization that donated the material for this ramp.

God bless all that had an interest in volunteering their time and materials.

I am so glad to know there are still good people in our world. Thank you again.

Yours truly,

—Linda E. Taylor
March 28, 2018

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