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Gallery 194 hosts mixed media sculptor

The Center for the Arts is excited to announce its new Gallery 194 exhibit: a single-artist show displaying the works of mixed media sculptor and painter, Larrie Cox. The show will be on display until July 14, 2018.

Larrie's work consists of whimsical painted 3-dimensional sculptures assembled primarily from recycled wood and reclaimed finds. All the sculptural work has been hand formed, reformed and hand tooled. The majority of his pieces have a music box and a hidden compartment that opens with hinges to reveal a unique scene. Some of his latest sculptures have also included moving parts and automated enhancements.

Larrie is a retired fine arts teacher who currently works out of his studio in the Metamora/Hadley area. He received his B.A. from Central Michigan University and his MA from Saginaw Valley. He has exhibited throughout southern Michigan, and at fairs such as Arts and Orchards, The Royal Oak Art Fair and the Flint Art Fair. He and his wife live in a house they designed and built. They share their home with three spaniels, two of which are registered therapy dogs. Together the "family" volunteers and works with Head Start children a couple of days a week during the school year. The dogs also play an important role in Larrie's art, because on trash days they take him on walks to find unwanted items that can be repurposed into Larrie's sculptures.

The Center for the Arts will be hosting a Meet-the-Artist Reception for the public on Friday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. This is an open house style reception, admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Please come out to meet Larrie and enjoy the works of art on display! If you are unable to make it to the reception, please view the works during the gallery's business hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

—Katie Beth Chrismer
June 14, 2018

You may qualify for Senior Project FRESH

Are you 60 years of age or older? Do you have difficulty getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet? You may qualify for Senior Project FRESH. If you qualify you will receive FREE coupons ($20) to spend at Michigan farmers markets.

If you are over 60 years and earn less than $1,872 a month, you qualify. You must be a Lapeer County resident. We will be handing out coupon booklets on Thursday, June 14, at Silver Maples Senior Living; Tuesday, June 19, at Imlay City Senior Center; Wednesday, June 20, at Riverview Towers; and Thursday, June 21, at the Lapeer County Health Department. All coupons will be passed out from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. We will not start before 10 a.m. and there are plenty of coupons for everyone! Bring a picture I.D., and proof of income. If you have questions call 810-667-0341.

—Chris Venema
June 14, 2018

Donors make senior party successful

The 2018 Capac Senior All Night Party was a success thanks to many local businesses! This year the committee decided to return the Senior All Night Party to Capac High School, instead of attending an outside venue, in hopes of offering a variety of activities for the students to enjoy. The purpose of the party was to provide a safe activity where graduated seniors can gather together one last time as a class. We had 55 students in attendance!

Because of the generosity of local businesses, we were able to provide a variety of entertainment including a DJ, Foot Darts, Knocker Ball, a photo booth, henna tattoos, a mechanical surfboard, a wrecking ball inflatable, basketball and volleyball. The students spent the evening laughing and enjoying each other's company. They were also provided with many food options. We were able to give the students nearly $8,000 back throughout the evening in the form of giveaways and gift cards.

We would like to take this time to thank the community for supporting our fundraisers, the chaperones that helped the night of the party and the following businesses for their generosity:

Larry & Judy Adams; Applebees; Arby's; Big Boy; Capac Athletic Boosters; Capac Love's; Capac McDonald's; Capac Pharmacy; Champions; Class Advisors—Terri Klug & Cheryl Thompson; CRoys of Yale; Emmett Lion's Club; Four County Grant; Holly Meadows; Home Depot of Port Huron; Imlay City Ford; Justin Bullock Grant through Four County; Kiwanis Club of Almont, Imlay City & Capac; Kostiuk Farms; Lakestone Bank; McLaren Hospital; Meijer; Michigan Dairy Association; Mr. R's; Ryan Kersten, State Farm; Sam's Club; Shopko; Starbucks; Subway of Capac; Tim Hortons; Tri-County Bank; Walmart.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!


—Michelle Schroeder
June 14, 2018

Stories of life well lived

Tom Wearing's thoughtful reporting of Don Davenport's passing followed by the newspaper's enlightening editorial and Jennifer Measel's contemplative guest column and Kim Teal's thoughtful letter (May 23, 2018 edition) all described, albeit from different perspectives, a life well lived. In this season of graduations and class reunions that article, that editorial and that guest column and letter could not have been more appropriate.

—Eric Flinn
May 30, 2018

Benevolence shown by K of C to students

Mere words cannot express our appreciation of the continued demonstrated generosity that the Knights of Columbus Council #4556 have afforded to our special education population. Our students have been able to experience a variety of unique opportunities that will provide them with applicable life skills through the K of C commitment and partnership to assist in gaining their independence and to enhance the overall quality of their educational experience. They continue to give our special needs population a "voice" and help to provide hope.

On behalf of the students of Capac Community Schools, the benevolence shown by K of C Council #4556 is greatly appreciated. The monies that they have graciously provided will give our cognitively impaired students the ability for enrichment activities and services that would not be normally available to them. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus, our students will have been exposed to broader and richer horizons.

—David Phillips, Director of Special Services
May 30, 2018

District responds to citizen’s concern

I am writing as a concerned citizen from Imlay City regarding an incident that occurred in a school district vehicle wherein student athletes from ICCS were passengers.

I am disheartened that the school district has done little or nothing to help the young men that were in the district vehicle to deal with the anxiety that was caused from this incident.

Athletic involvement is a vital part of the educational system just as the classroom is, and there is no place in the learning environment that involves putting children's lives at risk or allowing staff members to continue to be on staff after such actions have occurred.

I hope that the ICCS administration can see that this has caused trauma and does not align with what the educational system intends for our youth.

Editor's Note: Imlay City Schools' Superintendent Dr. Stu Cameron issued the following response:

This winter, there was an incident in which a coach who was transporting high school students to an event received a citation for speeding. As you know, the School Board and administration take student safety very seriously. We do not condone nor tolerate any district employee charged with the care of students exceeding the speed limit. The district has followed an appropriate course of action with this employee.

As a personnel matter, we cannot and do not publicly communicate measures, disciplinary or otherwise, that are taken with an employee. We have assured the concerned parent(s) via multiple phone conversations, and at our April Board meeting, that we would address this issue properly, and have done so. We've also followed up with the students involved. The anonymous individual who issued this concern is free to contact the school district directly.

—Name withheld
May 30, 2018

Art on Neppessing Street is June 1-3

The Center for the Arts, Lapeer DDA, and festival committee officially invite you to join us June 1-3 for Art on Nepessing Street! This year marks our fifth annual festival in downtown Lapeer. During the festival hours, portions of Nepessing and Court Streets will be closed off to hold a stage, silent auction tent, art vendors, food vendors, and more. This is a free, family-friendly festival and we hope you will come down and join the fun!

Friday evening, June 1, the festival will kick off with events from 4 - 10 p.m. Surf Zup will be the first band to take the stage from 4- 5:30 p.m. Lapeer's own favorites, Chris Eilerson and Jaime Marvin will follow on stage, from 5:30-7 p.m. for Chris and 7-8:30 p.m. for Jaime. Shady Groves will perform from 8:30-10 p.m. Food vendors will be on site, serving everything from pizza to popcorn, and beer and wine will be available for purchase in the stage area. The silent auction tent will be up and open for bids on the original artwork from the art walk.

Saturday, June 2, the festival will start full force at 10 a.m.! A variety of art vendors from around Michigan will be showing their work in booths up and down Nepessing Street. Food vendors will all be open for lunch. The youth art tent will also be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all interested young artists to take part. And our popular activity, "Paint A Car" will be returning as well. Saturday is the day we will unveil the finished community painting!

The Court Street stage will feature Voltage & Radio Frequency—a DBS Live Production from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday afternoon we have a special event—speed painter and musician Eugene Clark will be creating an original painting during his musical performance on Court Street, and he may need help from the audience! Lapeer favorites The Barn Cats will take the stage from 2:30-4 p.m., followed by the band High Moon from 4-6 p.m.

June 3 the festival will be open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Art and food vendors will be open on the street throughout the day as well as the silent auction tent and car painting. Staring at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, the festival will partner with the Kiwanis Club of Lapeer to bring something we can all get excited about—pancakes! Chris Cakes of Michigan will be set up in the Court Street stage area from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 3 for an unforgettable pancake breakfast experience. Be ready to catch your pancake! The cost per person for breakfast is only $8, and children ages five and under are free.

Following the pancake breakfast, Arts & Scraps from Detroit will be have a fun hands-on project for the whole family using recycled materials to make an art project from 1-3 p.m. This is a free activity and fun for the whole family.

To round out the festival, we will announce the winners from the silent auction tent and enjoy one more great show—Jonathon LaChance, magician, who will perform a free magic show on Court Street from 3 - 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!

—Jill Lyons, Executive Director
May 30, 2018

4 guilty pleas, 19 more indictments

I recently listened to a TV show host who worries if we will return to fact-based news to save our democracy.

After one year of the Mueller investigation of Russian meddling into the 2016 Presidential election, let's consider these facts.

Seventy million dollars and four years were spent to prove Bill Clinton had consensual sex with a woman.

Two years, 33 congressional hearings and seven million dollars were spent investigating Benghazi to find no wrongdoings on Hillary Clinton's part.

So far, $3.2 million has been spent on the Mueller investigation. As a result four people have pled guilty, some from the highest level of Trump's inner circle.

More is coming as 19 other people have been indicted.

Plenty has happened in one year. This would support this investigation continuing.

Why? Consider what happens to our democracy if we cannot trust that candidates we "elected" won fairly and should now make our laws.

American voters have to accept they were misled by fake news generated by a foreign power. Job one is now learning to identify factual news. Do not watch just one news source, especially if it is only Fox News or MSNBC. Subscribe to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post and watch the national news on TV. Then ask yourself about the contradictions. Remember, Facebook is not news and it is easy to post falsehoods there.

Mueller IS finding something. No matter how uncomfortable to you—or the President—this investigation must continue or we will remain deeply divided because of all the unanswered questions.

It is at least as important to finish this investigation as Benghazi or investigating Bill's activities were. And look at the time and money we spent on those "witch hunts."

—Carolyn Medland
May 30, 2018

‘Glenn not fit to be my representative’

I am beyond upset that someone who wants to be our next state senator publicly called employees of a local company "terrorists" that he wants "to shoot."

As channel 5 reported, Gary Glenn is not even sorry about it. I don't care if he was talking about Consumers Energy, or any other company. The fact is that what he said is totally inappropriate and unbecoming of someone who wants to be our state senator.

Representative Gary Glenn should hold himself to a higher standard. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has called for a public apology. I agree. The sooner the better. If he wants to move into our district and be our voice, he should realize that this kind of nonsense isn't ok.

As far as I'm concerned, he's demonstrated his unfitness to represent me.

—Mary Ann Schlaud
May 30, 2018

Suncrest Tag Day

We are pleased to announced that Friday, June 1, is the new Suncrest Auxiliary Tag Day!

As we celebrate over 60 years of existence, Suncrest Auxiliary members will again be out in front of various businesses accepting donations to pay for very much needed therapeutic equipment for the Lapeer County Medical Care Facility residents to facilitate a better and improved quality of life for all the residents at Suncrest.

This year Suncrest Auxiliary's goal is to pay for two 'Sit to Stand' tables. Suncrest has found these tables to be very beneficial for residents who are unable to stand on their own. They are very pricey but are in high demand.

But it isn't just about all work and no play, residents are also enriched through entertainment provided through your generous donations that we are able to sponsor every year. We are truly blessed to live in a community where so many many people want to help in our quest to make the lives of our residents better. For that we are so thankful to you.

The Suncrest Auxiliary is a tax exempt organization created to provide aid and assistance in the form of exercise and therapeutic equipment to those residing at the Lapeer County Medical Care Facility. This becomes ever more vital as the aging of our population increases.

It is a comfort to know that Suncrest Auxiliary members still meet, gather to share a meal and enjoy each other's company as we carry on the business of organizing events to help the most vulnerable of citizens. Please consider joining the Suncrest Auxiliary. Membership dues are only $2 a year. It is the most rewarding of experiences to belong to a club of so many caring adults.

And remember to mark your calendar for Friday, June 1, and give generously if you can. Volunteers, in their maroon aprons, will be ready and waiting!

You can also make a direct tax deductible donation payable to Suncrest Auxiliary, c/o Lapeer County Medical Care Facility, 1455 Suncrest Drive, Lapeer, Mi 48446.

For more information, please call Jerrie Thompson, Suncrest Auxiliary President at 810-664-3400. See you on June 1st!

—Rose Klein, Public Relations Spokesperson
May 22, 2018

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