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See ‘Peter Pan’ at the PIX July 21-22

On July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and July 22 at 2:30 p.m., J M Barrie's beloved classic 'Peter Pan' comes to life on The PIX stage, featuring Lapeer area children ages 7 to 18.

This adaptation of Peter Pan by Jon Jory is a streamlined version adapted specifically for children. Because this adaptation was created for school children some of the expensive high tech elements of the story have also been adapted, with the concentration centered on the characters and the story.

This exciting project is the first fully produced project from our Theater Education program. It is a project very near and dear to my heart. Kids that started in our theater education program last year came to auditions this year poised, confident, and vocally strong. I can't help but be proud of their growth and the growth of this program.

The cast of 29 for Peter Pan includes: Bethany Gallagher, Jeremy Dunn, Ansley Galat, Mahlea Maresh, Ava Strasser, Cora Fox, Tayler Swartz, Kaan Tuney, Lauren Webster, Chloe Carungi, Nathan Keeley, Aurora Judd, Berlin Mattila, Abrahem Merrill, Elijah Mttila, Jesse Ihrke, Paige Mullaney, Isabella Chad, Lexis Scott, Delaney Granger, Lilly Norman, Isabella Madding, Meghan Keely, Zondra DeJesus, Kimberly Flansburg, Morgan Castle,and Emma Lazzell.

Tickets are available, by phone 810-664-4824 or in person Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Box Office located inside Gallery 194. All tickets are just $5.

Hope to see you there!


—Jill Lyons
July 19, 2017

Christmas in July at Farmers’ Market

Imlay City Farmers' Market will be spreading some holiday cheer on Thursday, July 27th. The Christmas in July market day will consist of free holiday craft activities for children, jolly decorations and merry vendors selling special holiday related items among their regular merchandise. I encourage everyone to stop by the market from 1 to 6 p.m. on July 27th and escape the summer heat with a little visit to the North Pole.

Imlay City Farmers' Market operates on Thursdays from 1-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the corner of Third and Main streets in downtown Imlay City. For more information regarding the market or to become a market vendor you can send an email to or call 810-724-2135. Information is also available online at or Facebook: Imlay City Farmers' Market.

The market hosts special children's activities on the first Saturday, cooking demonstrations on the second Saturday, and music at the market on the third Saturday of each month. The third Thursday of every month is designated as Craft and Artisans Day.

See you at the market!

—Sarah Graver, Market Manager
July 19, 2017

Debate: repeal, replace or modify?

Congress is considering repeal or replace or modify Obama Care, a term that really means governmental controlled health care. Liberals' goal is a single payer system where the government totally controls health care.

If you want to see the face of a governmental run health care system look no further than the debacle that is the parents of the English child, Charley Gard, trying to bring him to the United States for treatment. The British government has opposed the parents taking their child out of a British hospital to bring him to the United States and the British Courts have upheld the government's position. What is the government's position you might ask? It is that life support should be removed and the child should die. This is what the government wants despite the parents opposition.

So, the question becomes who should decide what health care is to be provided to a child? Should the government decide or the parents decide? The State run system of Great Britain says the government has greater rights than the parents. The parents' wishes don't count. This falls right in line with the liberal philosophy of society. Rules and decisions should be made by governmental bureaucrats because only they have the wisdom and foresight to decide what is best for the ill-informed and uneducated masses.

Of course this system was sold on the concept of "free health care for all" and "you have a right to free health care." Yet just look at the past 7 years. Whatever happened to "health insurance will be reduced $2,500 for each family" or "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor?"

A pundit once observed "if you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free." Seven years of Obama Care has proven the statement true.

If you want some government bureaucrat deciding what medical treatments you should receive and you are happy with the ever increasing costs then governmental control of health care is for you.

—John L. Lengemann
July 19, 2017

Race for the Cup

The Imlay City Downtown Development Authority has entered the 2016 Downtown Art in Action initiative into the Michigan Municipal League's "Race for the Cup." The League developed the award/contest so it could honor and celebrate the innovative placemaking programs and projects in communities all across the state.

The 2016 Art in Action project began in June of last year and featured two artists who set up an artists' studio in downtown and within a one month time frame, created 14 large pieces of public art. The DDA now owns the artwork created and has displayed the pieces throughout downtown.

We need your help! The DDA is asking that area residents take 30 seconds from their day and vote for our project at Online voting will constitute 25 percent of a project's final score. One vote will be allowed per day now through July 30. A panel of experts ranking the project on replicability, creativity and community impact will constitute the other 75 percent of a project's final score.

Four community finalists will present at the League's annual convention to be held this September in Holland with one 'Race for the Cup' winner announced.

Please spread the good word and help Imlay City get some great press and well-deserved recognition!

The initiative was so successful that the DDA will host several artists once again this August with the goal of creating several more pieces of original artwork to be displayed within the downtown. The artists' studio will be located at 150 Bancroft Street.

We are in need of sponsors for this project. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact the DDA. A variety of promotional benefits come with each level of sponsorship.

So remember to vote and as always, we thank you for your support.

Best Regards,

—Dana Walker, Director
July 13, 2017

IC Farmer’s Market

Imlay City Farmers' Market is about half-way through the season and has a lot to offer local patrons in the next few months. Local, farm fresh produce has been trickling in and can now be found at the market from Penzien Farm and Greenhouse on Thursdays and Toad Hall Farm on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Many other items can also be found at the market including baked goods, bird houses, yard art, handmade jewelry, fruit jam and jellies, syrup, honey, homemade potato chips, soy candles, bath bombs, vintage items and more.

The market is also a host to many occasional vendors such as Indigo Lavender Farms, Tender Journey, Sabbath Coffee Co., and Michigan's Greatest Fudge so each trip to the market is a different experience from the last visit.

The market has an array of special activities planned for the remainder of the season including; Little Sprouts Day (children's activities) on the first Saturday of the month, Market Fresh at The Mulefoot (cooking demonstrations) on the second Saturday of the month, and Music at the Market on the third Saturday of each month. The third Thursday of every month is designated as Craft and Artisans Day.

On July 27, the market will be celebrating Christmas in July with special activities and holiday items for sale.

Imlay City Farmer's Market operates on Thursdays 1-6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the corner of Third and Main Streets in downtown Imlay City. For more information regarding the market or to become a market vendor you can email or call (810) 724-2135. Information is also available online at or Facebook: Imlay City Farmers' Market.

Due to the Blueberry Festival, the market will be held on the Police Station lawn July 20th and there will be no market on July 22nd.

See you at the market!


—Sarah Graver, Market Manager
July 13, 2017

American Pickers

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Michigan! They plan to film episodes of the hit series 'American Pickers' throughout the region in August.

American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique 'picking' on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America's most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America's past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they've never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

—Cat Raynor
July 13, 2017

Summer reading

Last month, about 25 children ranging in ages from 0-16 turned out at the North Branch Township Library to hear 'Extra Cheese, Please!: Mozzarella's Journey from Cow to Pizza' written by Chris Peterson as part of the library's Summer Reading Program.

A Lapeer County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee member read three books and had a nice discussion with the kids about their personal experiences with farming.

The children chatted about what crops and animals live in their area and what they see around them on a regular basis. This led them into the craft for the day, which was to make a bracelet using a pipe cleaner and multi-color pony beads. The bracelet and each bead represent a different facet of farm life, from the family to machinery.

Contact your local library to see when a Lapeer County Farm Bureau member will be a VIP Reader at your branch and check out the Summer Reading Program called "Build a Better World" at all Lapeer County libraries. If you would like more information about Lapeer County Farm Bureau, call (810) 664-4552.

—Rebecca Andrews
July 13, 2017

Support business during road repair

Come this December 2017, it will be 14 years since I started going to Dove's Corner Market on the corner of Old M-21 and Brown City Road. Every Monday through Saturday I come in and get the Detroit News. On Wednesday I get the Detroit News and the Tri-City Times. On Sundays I also stop in for newspapers.

The first week when I was in the VA Internship program and working at the Lapeer Michigan Works, I met George Dove. For that week, I would come in and get a newspaper, then on that Thursday I introduced myself to George and we have been talking and do things when I come in (giving him the update on professional and college baseball, football, basketball and other scores too). Then there are other things too, weather reports, news updates, etc.

As has been written in the Tri-City Times, the M-21 bridge work has begun so alternate routes are needed when going from Imlay City to Capac, Emmett, and Port Huron

After I read the bridge shutdown and road repair story, I started talking to George about the Imlay City bridge shutdown (and the fixing of the M-21 road to Imlay City), and he was worried that he would lose business due to the road closing. So, with that, I told George that I would help him with his problem. I write stories for the VFW in Imlay City, and, with that here is my story.

Dove's Corner Market Store will be open for business while the bridge is being repaired and M-21 is being fixed too. Dove's will still have handmade pizza, sandwiches (chicken, tuna, and egg), Tuna Macaroni Salad, and sliced fresh lunchmeat too. Do not forget the famous things that Lisa Dove and Teri Owns make also. Cannot forget the soda, beer, and other cold and hot beverages too.

So, let's support Dove's Corner Market during these times when the State of Michigan fixes the bridge and the road too.

Very respectfully,

—Ronald Kazmierczak
July 13, 2017

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The United Way of St. Clair County, as board chairperson for the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), has received notification of the release of $87,370 by the federal government to provide grants for eligible agencies from St. Clair County. These funds are to be used to provide for homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries and organizations helping individuals with emergency utility and mortgage assistance.

This category of funding (EFSP) is provided annually through a provision in the federal budget, which is targeted to address the needs of families impacted by unemployment and emergency medical events. The funds are determined for each county through a formula based on the number of funds allocated by congress and the rate of unemployment within that particular county.

The Federal Government normally provides notification of this grant in early February, this year with the federal budget struggles the notification that our county received funding was just provided. United Way of St. Clair County has assisted the food providers through special grants during this extended period of waiting for the EFSP funds to be released. As the Federal criteria states these funds are to be used to provide emergency help needed beyond what the agencies would normally provide and is based on the levels of unemployment.

Agencies previously receiving funding through EFSP dollars are: Blue Water Safe Horizons, Salvation Army, The Harbor, Trinity United Methodist Food Pantry (Algonac), Blue Water Community Food Depot (Port Huron), Blue Water Area Rescue Mission, The C3 Connection, Downriver Helping Hands, SOS Marysville Food Pantry, Harbor Impact Ministries, Mid City Nutrition and Downriver Bread of Life Nutrition Center.

Port Huron

—Douglas A. Dolph
July 05, 2017

Chamber thanks Capac Days sponsors

On behalf of the Capac Chamber of Commerce, I would like to give a huge 'Thank You' for a very successful Capac Days 2017 to the following sponsors: Lakestone Bank, Capac Sav-Mor Pharmacy, Tri-County Bank, Capac Downtown Development Authority, State Farm Ryan Kersten, Keihin, DeBlouw Family Farms, Capac Family Dentistry, Witco, Capac McDonald's, Capac Family Medicine, Preferred Seamless Gutters, Family First Health Care, Champions Sports Bar & Grill, Capac Youth Baseball League, Village of Capac, Mussey Township, Suzy's Bed & Biscuit, Capac Do It Hardware, Romeo UPS Store Lisa Cooper, Capac Chiropractic, A Salon, Kapala Heating & Air Conditioning, Fronney's Foods, Milex Complete Auto Care, Grandview Glass, Kaatz Funeral Directors, Holly Meadows, Armadillo Services, Amerigas, Al Parsch Oil, American Legion Hall, Allenton Tavern, Louie's Restaurant, Schultz Firearms, Chief Financial, Opificius Farms, Dale Stuever, Bolday Farms, J & J Disposal and Tri-City Times Newspaper.

Without your continued support, this event could not take place.

I would like to thank all of the volunteers that helped with all the different events, especially Amy Lauwers who helped above and beyond what is expected of any volunteer.

We are looking forward to Capac Days 2018. Mark your calendar for the last weekend in June, 2018.


—Mary Rilley
July 05, 2017

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