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Lincoln Day Dinner March 9

The Lapeer County Republican Party Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Lincoln Day Dinner. This is the largest annual event hosted by the Republican Party in Lapeer County and many local, state and federal public servant Republicans will be in attendance.

The dinner will be held at the Lapeer Country Club, 3786 Hunt Road, Lapeer, MI 48446 on Saturday, March 9. A V.I.P. Private Reception with music, cocktails and other refreshments will be held between 5-6 p.m. General doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This year the former Speaker of the House and former Michigan Republican candidate for Attorney General Tom Leonard will give the keynote address.

There's an opportunity to purchase an ad in our program book for yourself or for your business.

You can help the Lapeer GOP by purchasing an ad or becoming a sponsor. For details contact Walt Bargen at (810) 417-2344 or

There's an additional opportunity to promote your business by donating to our Silent or Live Auction. For details, contact Christina Russell at (810) 728-4911.

We encourage you to purchase your tickets early. Visit our web site for additional details and to purchase tickets:

—Harry D. Akers, Communications Committee
February 14, 2019

Chinese New Year celebrated

On behalf of A Million Dreams Studio, we would like to say thank you to the local residents of Imlay City for coming out and experiencing our "Chinese New Year Celebration" on Tues., Feb. 5. It was so nice to see so many families enjoying the Dragon Dance, fireworks, live art, Chinese Culture Exhibit, pastries and candies, ninja demonstration, guided mediations, specialty drinks, face painting, warming station and a Chinese Auction that will benefit Weston Elementary.

The event was absolutely wonderful. Everyone involved was dedicated to "gifting" this unique cultural experience to local residents of Lapeer County.

First of all I would like to thank Michelle, from New China Buffet for providing the pastries, traditional candies, and items for the Cultural Display. Her time and insight into this event was eye-opening.

Thank you to Tom Schutz from Output Music for the fantastic drum ceremony. As always a big hit in the community.

Thank you to Margaret Hubbard, Tom Hubbard, Grant Grayvold, Marshall Grayvold, and Hong Anh Nguyen for creating that awe inspiring 12 foot dragon. The time and details involved in this undertaking is/was greatly appreciated. It was a great presentation of craftsmanship and performance.

Thank you to Allison and Mike Romine of Hiram's Tavern for opening up their facilities, creating special drinks, hosting the ninja demonstration, and kids craft event and closing ceremonies. The atmosphere and hospitality was exceptional!

Thank you to Jose Delgado of Tatakai No Ken Dojo and Gerald Browning for that captivating ninja demonstration. The entire room was silent and captured the attention of all in attendance.

Thanks to Doug Halibicky of State Farm and Rachel Lisa for hosting the warming station on that cold winter day by providing coffee and hot chocolate for guests to continue throughout the event.

Thank you to Imlay City Family Hair Care for opening up your spacious studio for additional events, and to Stephanie Morgan, for providing her organic and all-natural face paint and painting skills.

Thank you to Catherine 'Cat' Minolli of Peaceful Moon Yoga for sharing her talents and skills to awaken the mind to mindfulness.

Thank you to Joi Kempf of Imlay City Florist for the wonderful floral masterpieces that brightened the event locations.

A huge thanks to the artists of A Million Dreams Studio—Jacob Guerin, Madilyn Alexandra, Cori Lynn Capra and Gary Judge for showcasing their creative talents, helping to set up, manage event stations, and document the event.

Thank you to Darren Filer for being the "Year of the Pig." Darren's creative dance and talents brought lots of smiles to this community.

And a special thanks to Dana Walker of the DDA, and Fire Chief Rick Horton for their guidance with this year's events.

I am just so thankful for everyone's efforts and look forward to serving this community with more culture and diversity in the upcoming weeks.

—Julie A. Welch, Marketing and Events Coordinator
February 14, 2019

Daley’s door is always open

This past month has been filled with new beginnings and exciting opportunities to serve the constituents of the 31st Senate District. We've hit the ground running in getting the Lansing office open for business, and I am excited to keep the momentum going.

I want to emphasize that my door is always open. I look forward to visitors and the opportunity to speak with the constituents I proudly represent. I welcome any input from residents as it is my number one priority to make sure your voices are heard. If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me or my office. You may contact me at 517-373-1777 or by sending an email to You may also find information on my website at

I am honored to be able to serve you.


—Kevin Daley, State Senator
February 14, 2019

McDonald’s supports school

On February 5, Imlay City McDonald's owner Gani Bardha presented a $200 check to Imlay City High School, accepted on their behalf by Dean of Students Josh Henley. The McDonald's of Michigan community tour is visiting schools around the state of Michigan to support students and the work being done in the school systems.

In addition to presenting a check for the school, McDonald's also delivered fun giveaways that were handed out during halftime of Friday's boys' basketball game.

Representatives also shared information about the McDonald's Archways tuition assistance scholarship program. This program provides $2,500 of tuition assistance per year for students all over Michigan who are working a minimum of 15 hours per week.

McDonald's of Imlay City employs many of our students and serves our community in many ways. We are so grateful for all that they do.

—Dina Tallis,
February 14, 2019

Judges take different roads

A ninety-six page Request For Appointment Of Master was recently filed by the Judicial Tenure Commission with the Michigan Supreme Court detailing 21 instances of claimed misconduct by Lapeer County Circuit Court Judge Byron Konschuh. It is the latest in a series of judicial events emanating from Judge Konschuh's alleged conduct while he served as this County's Prosecuting Attorney, the details of which have been recounted in print ad nauseam. What has not received much publicity is how another former prosecuting attorney and a sitting circuit court judge in a neighboring county, who was similarly criminally charged while holding public office, responded to that life changing event. The contrast is stunning. Approximately 15 years ago, then Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Carl Marlinga was charged with five counts of public corruption by federal prosecutors (bribery, wire fraud, lying to the Federal Election Commission and violating federal campaign finance laws) after he was accused of helping a convicted rapist obtain a new trial in exchange for campaign contributions. In September of 2006, a United States District Court jury rendered a verdict of 'not guilty' on all of the counts. After the verdict was announced, Mr. Marlinga (as reported by the South Bend Tribune newspaper) told The Detroit News that he did what he thought was right and went on to state: "My conscience is absolutely clear. I am not bitter, (but) the emotional cost is something you cannot possibly imagine. It was an appalling insult. I never can quite get over it." Mr. Marlinga did not institute litigation against his accusers or those who testified against him. Instead, he entered the private practice of law and worked with the University of Michigan Law School's Innocence Project. In November of 2012, Mr. Marlinga was elected to the position of Macomb County Probate Court Judge and in 2016, he was elected to serve on the Macomb County Circuit Court bench. In addition to his current judicial duties, Judge Marlinga authors a law review quality column entitled "Some Evidence" that appears in Bar Briefs, a monthly magazine published by the Macomb County Bar Association.

Judge Marlinga has no qualms about discussing his experience as a criminal defendant. In a letter published in Bar Briefs' November 2018 issue, he wrote:

"As one who has suffered the emotional agony of being wrongfully accused of a crime, I have a unique, personal point of view. I was saved from even considering a plea bargain by the fact that I was a lawyer. Under my ethical obligations as an attorney, I could not stand before a judge in open court and lie in order to avoid a trial and possible prison sentence. Many defendants who do not have that ethical obligation or who lack confidence in the system may find a plea bargain too difficult to pass up. Defense attorneys (and judges and prosecutors) must remember that not only is there a presumption of innocence; the reality is that some real but unknown number of criminal defendants are actually innocent."

It is amazing how differently these two individuals from neighboring counties with similar public service backgrounds have tackled the emotional agony associated with being subjected to a criminal prosecution. Perhaps Robert Frost explains it best: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

"I took the one less traveled by,

"And that has made all the difference." (The Road Not Taken). Respectfully,

—Eric Flinn
February 14, 2019

Pleads with seniors to get life line

I am a senior citizen living in Capac. Earlier this winter I had a severe fall in my bathroom, hitting my head so hard I could feel the vertebrae in my neck move. When I tried to get up to call 911, I could not walk, and so I crawled fifty feet into my bedroom to get to my cell phone. Once in there, I realized it was plugged into the charger on the kitchen counter. So worn out from the fall, I laid on a hardwood floor for 24 hours until I called for help.

So, I am pleading with all physically impaired people and senior citizens to please get a life line. For a small monthly fee it could save your life.


—Dorothy Bergen
February 06, 2019

Hale’s ghost haunts the Octagon House

Everyone here at Four County Community Foundation is enjoying Doug Hunter's story about the search for Hale Currier in his series 'Capac's Unsolved Mystery.' Our office is located in the former Currier home in Almont, and we have heard a number of tales of Hale's ghost as he (gently) haunts the Octagon House. Thanks for giving us more of the story!

—Micaela Boomer
February 06, 2019

Paczki Fest in Lapeer Tues., March 5

Have you wondered how you could mix paczkis and Jesus together for one awesome Tuesday?

Well I have!

We are excited to share with you an opportunity for the churches of Lapeer County to do good for the community. On Tuesday, March 5, we are asking the churches to converge onto downtown Lapeer for the 1st annual Paczki Fest!

Yes, you read that right: Paczki Fest!

Some people call it Fat Tuesday. Others call it Mardi Gras. But, we in Lapeer call it Paczki Fest. It begins the journey towards the cross and the celebration of the empty tomb on Easter Sunday.

All day the businesses in downtown Lapeer will be participating each in their own way. We as the Church will patron the businesses as a way to do good for the community.

We envision three goals for the churches: 1. Eat something; 2. Buy something; 3. Give something.

First, we want you to eat downtown anytime during the day. There are several good restaurants that I am fond of. I am sure you have your favorite.

Second, we want you to buy something. This is how we can give back to the community and help support local businesses and families.

Third, we want you to give. We will have devotional material to hand out to encourage people's hearts for the Easter season.

Finally, this is for a good cause. Partnering with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), we are working with the businesses to do a fundraiser for The Refuge Homeless Shelter of Lapeer. The participating businesses that see customers during Paczki Fest will give to The Refuge.

We have the churches, the local businesses, and the DDA working together to make the Easter Season festive this year. We are planning street music, sing alongs, and maybe even a paczki eating contest!

This is a win-win event. We are asking the that you begin to promote this to your friends, family, and in your church. Keep a look out on Facebook and your email for more details as we draw closer to March 5.

If you are a musician or singer and wish to participate with the musical festivities please let us know soon by emailing

Let's make Paczki Fest 2019 a huge success. Partnerships with the Church, the businesses, and the community is how we can best do good for the community and share the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

Thank you,

—Andrew Terry
February 06, 2019

Shoebox gifts are a tangible expression of God’s love

I am writing to thank Imlay City residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Imlay City and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God's love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

It's not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Imlay City shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project–many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

—Dana Williams
February 06, 2019

Mailman, rescuer, brave Monday storm

"Neither rain nor snow nor dark of night will prevent the mail from being delivered..."

Monday's snowstorm packed a punch to all who have to be on the roads because it is their job.

That goes for Tom, our mailman, who got stuck in a ditch in his delivery car. Lo and behold here came Zach Kostiuk with his pickup.

Zach volunteered to go and get his chains and came back to pull him out. Being that it was a mail delivery sedan, that car slid into a ditch again. And Zach came back and helped again.

Tom was thankful he was at the end of his route in such conditions.

Thank you to both of them for braving the storm!

—Linda Hoffman
January 30, 2019

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