Mt. Pleasantâ€™s Weekly Community Paper Vol. 1, No. 12
Around Town This week
- MPHS Football - CMU Students March & more local news Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
Sports pg. 13 Community Service pg. 16 History
WEEKLY CALENDAR THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 19th
8a - Downtown Development Board Meeting 11a - The Black Notebooks: A discussion with Toi Derricotte @ Baber Room 6p - Denver Township Meeting 7p - Wise Township Meeting 7p - 4H Small Animal Association Meeting @ Isabella County Building 7p - Speak Up Speak Out Forum ‘Life Interrupted: Meeting the Challenge of Refugee Crises’ @ Park Library Auditorium 8p - Poetry - Toi Derricotte @ Baber Room 10p - Crud Spider wsg. Pan and Sykilos @ Rubble’s FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 20th 12p - CMU Surplus Sale @ Surplus Barn 275 W. Bellows 1p - Meet & Greet Poker Stars Vanessa Rousso & Scotty Nguyen @ Soaring Eagle entertainment hall 20th - MY 1043 & United Way’s “Fill a Mayflower” Food Drive @ Ric’s Food Center 7a - 7p 7p - Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers Tellabration! storytelling concert @ UUFCM 9p - Music - Newday Dreamers Album Release Show @ Rubble’s SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 21st 21st - Music - The Journey Tribute @ The Broadway Theatre 7p - Music - Sara Faye Jamison @ Pleasant City Coffee 7:30p - CMU Hockey DIII vs. Oakland University 8p - CMU Festival Chorus & Symphony present Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ @ Plachta Auditorium 9:30p - TLC Presents: Suntribe & Chachuba, Adam Marth Acoustic Set & more @ Hunter’s Ale House SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 22nd 9p - Snails @ Wayside Central MONDAY - NOVEMBER 23rd 12p - Red Cross blood drive @ Beal City high school 7p - Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting 8p - Trap Door Improv Show @ CMU Moore Hall 23rd - Music - Sara Faye Jamison @ Rubble’s TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 24th 12:45p - November Movie & Popcorn ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ @ COA 6p - Michigan State Police Distracted/Drunk Driving Presentation @ Veterans Memorial Library 7p - Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation Meeting THURSDAY - NOVEMBER 26th HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Add your event to the community weekly calendar by emailing The Pulse at email@example.com.
CITY NEWS Mosquito Control City of Mt. Pleasant Press Release:
City seeks input on mosquito control for 2016 Mt. Pleasant, Mich. â€“ The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking feedback from the public on the decision to implement a mosquito control program within City limits during 2016. The mosquito control program would include placing briquets in storm drains as well as spraying via trucks. A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. In September 2015, APM Mosquito Control submitted the sole bid proposal for this project, offering the service for $85,221.00. Bids were solicited for both the City and the Charter Township of Union and the Union Township Board of Trustees decided not to pursue the service for 2016. If the City Commission chooses to pursue a contract for 2016, existing funds could be utilized and a millage adjustment would not be necessary. All interested persons may attend and participate. Views may also be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or: City of Mt. Pleasant Attn: City Manager 320 W. Broadway Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 For more information, contact (989) 779-5323.
Fall Leaf Collection Fall leaf collection is currently underway in Mt. Pleasant. Leaves should be raked into low piles. Leaf piles should be kept away from catch basins. A citywide sweep will occur throughout the last week of November as a final push to remove all resident leaf piles.
City Commission The next regularly scheduled city commission meeting will be held on Monday, November 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the commision chambers at city hall. Mt. Pleasant city commission meetings are open to the public, as well as broadcast on MAC TV.
2016 Proposed Budget
Shepherd Digest Stuff a Bus for Christmas
The Shepherd Public Schools Transportation Department will be collecting winter clothes between November 17th and December 4th. Drop off the following types of new or gently used clothes at SPS bus garage between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Items can be placed inside Jon Morgan the bus that will be parked by the entrance: Warm winter coats, snow pants, hats, mittens, boots, jeans, Bed linens, Christmas stockings filled with stocking stuffers, Christmas decorations For more information, contact Tammy Foltz at (989) 572-8970 or (989) 8284539.
The following students have been accepted on to Shepherd High School’s Varsity Competitive Cheer team for 2015-16: Ally Lynn, Kyleigh Alizabeth Bissett, Allyson De la Garza, Ayondria Gepford, Kaden Elizabeth, Morgan LeEllen, Alyssa Heiden, Kylie Kendall, Nicole Langlois, Adrienne Marie Martinez, Ryanne Marie McKenna, Sedona Mejia, Teresa Susan Gonzalez Prout, Taylor Seegraves, Elizabeth Troxell, Carmin Wentworth, Kierra Wiggins
- The cast and crew of the Shepherd Middle School musical “A Pirate’s Life for Me!” for their great performances November 6th thru the 7th. - Shepherd Elementary School’s Dabney Dusenbury for being nominated for the Fox 66 Golden Apple Award. Voting is still open, and the results will be announced during FOX66’s 10 p.m. newscast on December 6. - Cheryl Bailey and Ann Schultz for being named Shepherd Elementary School’s High Fliers for the month of November. - Shepherd High School’s Language Arts team for placing 1st place in their first competition.
Isabella County Commission November 17, 2015 Absent: Commissioner Ling General Public Comments: Representative from Listening Ear brought in and discussed brochures on several programs and sources of information including 211, Emergency Solutions Grant, EightCAP’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families - Landlord Information, a Fair Market Rent chart, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program (RHYP), Transitional Living Program, and the Isabella County Restoration House Rotating Homeless Shelter. Consent Agenda: The commission unanimously moved to approve and place on file the November 3, 2015 Regular Board meeting minutes, the November 9, 2015 Human Resources and Public Works committee meeting minutes, and the November 2, 2015 Routine Personnel Items. Committee Reports: Finance and Administration - (Claims) The commission unanimously moved to ratify and place on file the October 28, 2015 Claims List iin the amount of $109,422.24 and the November 4, 2015 Claims List in the amount of
County Commission cont.
$164,937.06. (October 2015 Direct Pay List) The commission unanimously moved to approve and place on file the October 2015 Direct Pay List in the amount of $5,564,770.70. Criminal Justice and County Affairs Committee - No Business Human Resources and Public Works Committee - The commission unanimously moved to approve four actions including: (1. Fisher Annex Lease Agreement) - the Fisher Annex Lease Agreement between River Project, LLC and the County of Isabella,effective January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. in the amount of $4,800.00 and authorize the Board Chair to sign the same. (2. Art From Our Parks) - the Contract between the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission and the Isabella County Parks and Recreation Commission for Art Services, effective September 21, 2015 through September 24, 2016, in the amount not to exceed $1,700.00, and authorize the Board Chair to sign the same. [ed.- The $1,700 is up from last year’s $900] (3. Concept Planning Services for County Parks) - the Agreement for Professional Services in Connection with Concept Planning Services for County Parks between Isabella County and M.C. Smith Associates and Architectural Group, Inc., in the amount of $23,000.000, and authorize the Board Chair to sign the same. (4. Coldwater Lake Family Park Playscape Development Project) - the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Grant Agreement for the Coldwater Lake Family Park Playscape Development Project, in the amount of $10,375.00, and authorize the Board Chair to sign the same. Intergovernmental Affairs - No Business Administrator / Controller - No Business Unfinished Business: None New Business: None General Public Comments: None
Michigan Adoption Day On Tuesday, November 24th, there will be an Adoption Day celebration at the Isabella County Courthouse from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Michigan Adoption Day is now in its 13th year, and was established to educate the public about the adoption process and to help more Michigan children find permanent homes. Outside the Courtroom there will be an informational table for interested adoptive families. For any further information or questions please contact Laura Plachta, Probate Register at the Isabella County Trial Court at (989) 7720911 ext 276.
TRIBAL NEWS District Three
Repatriation of Remains
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal community has voted its newest Tribal Council for the 2015/17 term for the special Run Off election between District three candidates Frank Cloutier and Michele Stanley. Both had tied in the November 03, 2015, General Election. Out of 1401 registered voters in District three 603 cast their votes. Frank Cloutier received 309 votes and Michele Stanley received 294 votes making Frank Cloutier the winner in this special Run Off election. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan is comprised of three districts within its membership that make up the total Tribal membership. District 1 is the Reservation in Isabella County that has 1064 registered/ eligible voters. District 2 is the Saganing Satellite Reservation in Arenac County that has 43 registered/eligible voters. District 3 At-Large are those members who live outside of the two reservation properties and have 1401 registered/eligible voter. The Election Caucus Committee has reviewed and certified the results of the special Run Off Election for 2015. By ordinance, any Tribal member can protest the results of the election within 3 business days of the Run Off Election which will be November 20, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. They must be registered to vote and have voted in the current election. Any member can request a recount of the ballots within 7 business days. The Caucus committee has the right to review all protests and determine whether another count is needed. Please contact Marcella Hadden, Public Relations Manager, at (989) 7754059 or at email@example.com for further information on the announcement.
Full Circle Fellowship Community member Devin Weekley-Dean has been named one of only four Sundance Institute 2016 Native American and Indigenous Program Full Circle Fellows. The fellowships involve year-long filmmaking programs that start with attendance at the annual Native Forum at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, from January 21-31, and continue throughout the year with mentoring by esteemed independent filmmakers and Creative Advisors. The Full Circle Fellowship Program, now in its second year, will allow Weekley-Dean to attend the Sundance Film Festival, develop storytelling skills, and work on new film projects. Following Sundance Institute President and Founder Robert Redford’s original vision and commitment to supporting Native American artists, the Full Circle Fellowship program develops and supports young Native filmmakers and is part of the Institute’s year-round support offerings for Native artists at all stages of their careers. The Full Circle Fellowship Program is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Film Program is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Ford Foundation, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, SAGIndie, Comcast-NBCUniversal and Cindy and Alan Horn.
Winter Job Fair The 2015 winter Job Fair will be held on Decmeber 15th from 10 - 2. at the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel. Managers will be on site to conduct interviews. The Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel is currently hiring for sevreal positions including: Line Cook, Utility Worker, Wait Staff, Bartender, Cashier, and Guest Room Attendant. If you’re interested in attending the Winter Job Fair please submit your Job Fair application to www.migiziedc.com under the Employment Opportunities Tab. For more information contact Employment Coordinator Alexa LaRose at (989) 775-4154.
CAMPUS NEWS Million Student March
CMU students and supporters marched across campus today zigzagging their way to President Ross’ office to deliver a list of demands including, among others (see complete list of demands below), having a polling station on campus for students in time for next year’s presidential election, healthcare for all graduate students, and no tuition increases for the next school year. When several students asked to speak to President Ross, they were told by office staff that Ross has a busy schedule today and won’t be able to see them. The students were told to call ahead, and when the students responded that they had sent an email (which remained unanswered at the time of students handing the demands to the President’s office personnel) office personnel said they had not received said email from the students. CMU is one of many colleges and universities nationwide to participate in the Million Student March. The movement is using the hashtags #cmichmsm & #MillionStudentMarch. The students also stood in solidarity with the students at Mizzou. Just over one hundred students participated in the march.
On November 12th, 2015, students marched through campus ending in front of University President George Ross’ office. The students attempted to present President Ross with the following demands, but were only able to present them to office personnel. The Pulse received the following list from the students. 1. We demand that there be no tuition increase for the 2016-2017 school year. 2. We demand that the CMU bookstore offer price matching for all academic textbooks starting this spring 2016 semester. 3. We demand a mandatory class for all incoming freshman at CMU, that focuses on comprehensive curriculum regarding, affirmative consent and eliminating sexual assault, comprehensive gender identity and racial issues awareness and inclusion, and community building. 4. We demand a committee formed of faculty, students, and administration that will explore CMU’s irresponsible investment habits. We decide the students and faculty that are on the committee. 5. We demand CMU to establish a polling place on campus that will be ready for this coming presidential primary. If this cannot be accomplished then CMU must set up a fleet of vehicles to take students to voting locations on all election days from now on. 6. We demand quality healthcare, provided by the University, for all graduate students. 7. We demand that President Ross make a public comment regarding this list of demands within one week from today. 8. Lastly, we demand that President Ross set up a meeting to discuss these demands with core organizers of this movement, to be held before the end of the fall 2015 semester.
Vigil for France On Sunday night over 50 CMU students gathered to hold a vigil for France. The vigil began at 7:00 at the Fabiano Botanical Garden on Central Michigan Universityâ€™s campus. Students lit candles and stood in an ever-widening circle, as they stretched farther each time more students arrived to participate. Thoughts of peace were shared as the students discussed the recent tragedies in Paris, Beirut, and other places around the world. Students shared their previosuly written responses to the current tragedies, and at one point a student began singing Amazing Grace. Several other students joined the brief impromptu choir.
Stand with Mizzou Central Michigan Students recently held a vigil to show support for the students of Mizzou. Students at CMU are shown here (left) standing in solidarity with students at Mizzou. People were invited to sign the banner and stand in support by the Fabiano Botanical Garden (just outside the CMU library).
HELP AND SUPPORT Winter Shelter
The Isabella County Restoration House provides a rotating shelter open every night from Sunday, November 1st, through March 2016. Shelter seekers must check in nightly at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 319 S. University (next door to the public library, downtown Mt. Pleasant) between 4:30-5:45 p.m. Transportation is provided to the shelter each night. A hot meal and warm bed will be ready. Transportation from the shelter to the Soup Kitchen is provided each morning. Al-Anon Meetings Alano Club 1201 N. Fancher (989) 772-4955 Sundays 6:30p - Mondays 7p - Fridays 7p Behavioral Health 2800 S. Shepherd Rd. Tuesdays 5p
Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings
Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
Alano Club 1201 N. Fancher (989) 772-4955 Mondays thru Fridays - 9a, 12p, 5:30p, 8p Saturdays & Sundays - 9a, 11a, 5:30p, 8p
Wesley Foundation 1400 S. Washington Tuesdays 6:30p First United Methodist Church 400 S. Main St. Thursdays 6:30p
Other Meeting Locations Central Michigan Christian Church 3433 S. Lincoln Rd. - Mondays - 7p
Additional Community Resources
First Presbyterian Church 1250 Watson Rd. - Tues - 7p & Wed - 8p
Community Mental Health 301 S. Crapo (989) 772-5938
St. Maryâ€™s Parish 1405 S. Washington - Wednesdays - 12p
1016 Detox 2885 Health Parkway (989) 775-0604
Westlawn Church of Christ (Shepherd) 222 Dearing Drive - Thursdays - 7p
Listening Ear 107 Illinois St. (989) 386-2774
24-hour Alcoholics Anonymous Hot-line Mt. Pleasant Police Department 804 E. High St. (989) 779-5100 (FOR EMERGENCY DIAL 911) 1-800-821-3014
24/7 Crisis Hot-line Isabella County 1 (989) 772-2918
National Suicide Prevention Line 1 (800) 273-8255 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
WHEN TO GO - MTGS Isabella County Meetings:
Board of Commissioners.............................(1st & 3rd Tues - 7:00p) Board Committee Work Sessions...............(1st & 3rd Tues - 4:30p) Parks & Recreation...................................................(1st Wed - 7:00p) Road Commission........................(2nd Th - 8:30a & 4th Th - 6:30p)
WHO TO CALL - REPRESENTATION MT. PLEASANT
Mt. Pleasant Board of Commissioners
Mayor - Jim Holton (989) 817-4288 [member since 2006] Vice Mayor - Rick Rautanen (989) 944-5383 [member since 2012] Commissioner - Jon Joslin (989) 772-7381 [member since 2001] Commissioner - Tony Kulick (989) 289-7098 [member since 2014] Mt. Pleasant City Meetings: City Commission........................................(2nd & 4th Mon - 7:00p) Commissioner - Kathleen Ling (989) 773-7823 [member since 2008] Airport Advisory Board............................................(2nd Th - 5:30p) Commissioner - Matthew Sous (989) 714-9253 [member since 2013] Downtown Development Board...............................(3rd Th - 8:00a) Historic District Commission..............................(2nd Tues - 5;00p) Commissioner - Mike Verleger (989) 621-2384 [member since 2015]
Parks & Recreation..................................................(4th Tues - 7:00p) Planning Commission................................................(1st Th - 7:00p) TIFA & DDA*...........................................................(2nd Th - 10:00a) *Tax Increment Finance Authorities & Downtown Development Authority
Zoning Board of Appeals.......................................(4th Wed - 7:00p)
Township Board Meetings:
Broomfield Twp......................................................(3rd Mon - 7:00p) Chippewa Twp.........................................................(1st Mon - 7:00p) Coe Twp..................................................................(2nd Mon - 7:00p) Coldwater Twp........................................................(3rd Mon - 7:00p) Deerfield Twp..........................................................(3rd Mon - 7:00p) Denver Twp.................................................................(3rd Th - 6:00p) Fremont Twp............................................................(4th Tues - 7:00p) Gilmore Twp...........................................................(2nd Wed - 7:00p) Isabella Twp..............................................................(1st Mon - 7:00p) Lincoln Twp............................................................(2nd Tues - 7:30p) Nottawa Twp.............................................................(1st Mon - 7:00p) Rolland Twp............................................................(2nd Tues - 7:00p) Sherman Twp...........................................................(3rd Mon - 8:00p) Union Twp....................................................(2nd & 4th Wed - 7:00p) Vernon Twp..............................................................(1st Mon - 6:30p) Wise Twp.....................................................................(3rd Th - 7:00p)
COUNTY Isabella County Board of Commissioners
D1 - George Green (Chair) (989) 588-4216 [Farwell (R)] D2 - John Haupt (989) 644-3390 [Mt. Pleasant (D)] D3 - Jerry Jaloszynski (989) 330-4890 [Shepherd (R)] D4 - Jim Horton (989) 621-1534 [Mt. Pleasant (R)] D5 - James Moreno (989) 773-5797 [Mt. Pleasant (D)] D6 - David Ling (Vice-Chair) (989) 773-7823 [Mt. Pleasant (D)] D7 - Michael Fisher (989) 860-1807 [Mt. Pleasant (D)]
House - 4th District John Moolenaar (R) (989) 631-2552 (202) 225-3561
Midland Office: 200 East Main Street Rosebush Village Board........................................(2nd Mon - 7:00p) Suite 230 Shepherd Village Council............................(1st & 3rd Mon - 7:00p) Shepherd Planning Commission............................(1st wed - 7:00p) Midland, MI 48640 Shepherd Board of Appeals...................................(meets by request) Lake Isabella Village Council.................................(3rd Tues - 7:00p) Washington D.C. Office: Lake Isabella Planning Commission....................(2nd Tues - 7:00p) Lake Isabella Zoning Board...................................(4th Tues - 7:00p) 117 Cannon House Off Bldg Lake Isabella (LIPOA)...........................................(2nd Wed - 7:00p) Washington, DC 20515
Rosebush, Shepherd, Lake Isabella Meetings:
Governor - Rick Snyder (R) (517) 373-4000 Mail to: P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, MI 48909 House - 99th District Kevin Cotter (R) - Speaker (517) 373-1789 Mail to: P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909 Senate - 33rd District Judy Emmons (R) (517) 373-8661 Mail to: P.O. Box 30036 Lansing, MI 48909
Senate Debbie Stabenow (D) (517) 203-1760 (202) 224-4822
Senate Gary Peters (D) (517) 377-1508 (202) 224-6221
Mid-Michigan Office: 221 W. Lake Lansing Rd. Suite 100 East Lansing, MI 48823
Mid-Michigan Office: 127 West Allegan Street Suite 1810 Lansing, MI 48933
Washington D.C. Office: 731 Hart Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC 20510
Washington D.C. Office: 724 Hart Senate Office Bldg Washington, DC 20510
By RYAN GRIFFUS
Regularly gracing the airwaves of 95.3 CFX, is the ever-appeasing voice of this edition of The Pulse’s citizen spotlight. For the past 8 years, Angie Evans has spent her time on-air, spreading positive vibes across the Central Michigan area by using her widespread forum to encourage and promote the wonderful people and worthy causes of the area. She serves as the on-air afternoon host and production director for CFX, but her professional titles do not serve justice to the incredible positive effect that Angie casts on our community. Angie’s influence and positive contribution to the area, transcends the radio and spreads into many more arenas throughout the Central Michigan area. Originally from Troy, MI, Angie left for the Sunshine state of Florida to attend Florida State University and ultimately returned home to Michigan where she would attend the Specs Howard School of Broadcasting Arts. She began her on-air career with CBS radio 98.7 in Detroit before relocating to Central Michigan and joining 95.3 CFX in Mt. Pleasant. Although she hadn’t spent much time in Mt. Pleasant prior to that, Angie admits that her “Central Michigan Family,” a close-knit group of friends, is what held her here and is now a major reason for why she holds dear, the Central Michigan area. Angie admires and appreciates the “sense of community” that she has found and appreciates the willingness of so many people in the area to assist those in need. Having lived in many other communities, Angie notes the kindness and selflessness of Central Michigan citizens as particularly admirable. Angie’s family extends to various areas of the country. Her father resides in Houston, TX and her two sisters both live in Arizona. Angie’s brother lives in Detroit and her mother calls Troy, MI home. Angie maintains a close and enduring relationship with the members of her family despite the distance. Angie affectionately refers to her mother as her “biggest role model” and recalls observing “her heart and love of people” during Angie’s formative years. She notes her admiration for the way her mother treated people and says that this same compassion is what Angie strives for in her own life today. “My goal is to have people feel special, heard, and loved when they are around me. That is what she gives to others,” Angie says of her mission for the impact she will have on the people she comes in contact with. The close-knit nature of the Central Michigan area suits Angie well as she proudly notes that for her “Family comes before anything else.” Angie proclaims an incredible love and appreciation for her husband, Danny Tessman (more accurately referred to by Angie as “The Love of her life”), and her three step-children Haley, Devin, and Cameron. Angie notes that her family is bursting with countless positive qualities and that her husband, and step-children are also very positive models for their surrounding community. Angie has a sincere desire for their children to observe the compassionate and kind way that she and Danny attempt to treat people on a daily basis, and for that to be passed on by Haley, Devin, and Cameron as they interact with their community. Together, Angie and her family enjoys riding bikes, playing tennis/badminton, and having bonfires. With strong family values and an appreciation for quality family relationships in her own life, it’s fitting that Angie is a tireless advocate for ensuring that the vulnerable children of Central Michigan are able to experience their own meaningful bonds in their lives as well. Angie’s volunteer resume for ensuring the safety and well-being of the area’s children is astonishing. In truly altruistic fashion, Angie works tirelessly not only to promote the endeavors of others toward the protection and advocacy of children, but she also expends a substantial amount of her time giving
of herself toward a bevy of charitable campaigns and crusades that promote the protection of Central Michigan’s children. She is presently the Board Chair of the United Way for Isabella County and also serves on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Angie also acted as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Gratiot County from 2012—2014 and continues to assist in this arena in any capacity that she can. Angie possesses a strong passion for the advocacy of children as shown by her multiple involvements in reputable initiatives that enrich our community and provide children with the safety and stability that Angie fights hard to provide. She notes that it is “our jobs as adults to look out for all our kids” and encourages our community “to let them be kids for as long as possible.” It is without question that Angie’s efforts are incredibly important and undeniably valuable to the most deserving of Central Michigan’s citizens, the children. Angie Evans, a truly remarkable citizen of our wonderful community shares this message with Central Michigan, an area which Angie says she is “proud of.” This champion for children, beloved family woman, and noble promoter of positive action with our community challenges Central Michigan residents to “try harder to accept others that have different religious views… a different skin color… differing political ideas… or a sexual orientation or lifestyle that you are not familiar with. We are all in this awesome and crazy life journey together. Imagine what we could do if we went through it …together.” Entirely selfless and as humble as can be, Angie says that she is “blessed to get up every day and do what I love.” Truly though, it is the Central Michigan community that is blessed by Angie Evans and her wonderful, generous work. The Pulse thanks Angie Evans for her incredible positive impact on the community and echoes her sentiment of making a difference…….Together.
“This will be our response to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before”
On Saturday, November 21, at 8 pm. The CMU Festival Chorus and CMU Symphony Orchestra with present Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” in Plachta Auditorium, Warriner Hall, on the campus of Central Michigan University. “The human longing for peace is a visceral presence in this mass, as each movement adds to the larger story of war’s devastating impact. The various texts selected, as well as the music itself, embrace time periods from the first millennium B.C. to modern times. The work’s compelling beauty bridges Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and Christian cultures.” The performance will be accompanied by a film which echoes and traces the story of war as told in the text of the work: the build up to conflict, conflict itself and the aftermath, finally looking forward to a better future. The film is at times moving, exciting, harrowing, and ultimately inspirational. Because the footage is from the British war museum, it can be disturbing in its very real view of the effects of war on both soldiers and civilians. It is, therefore, not appropriate for children. “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” will be performed by 160 singers, including CMU students, faculty, staff, and community members. The event features CMU voice faculty: Tracy Watson, Mezzo-soprano; Jamie Flora, Tenor; and Eric Tucker, Bass. The work will be conducted by Nina Nash-Robertson, Director of Choral Activities. Tickets ($8/ $5 for students and seniors) can be purchased at the CMU box office: 989-774-3045, on the web at: www. cmich.edu/ticketcentral; or at the door one hour prior to the concert. About Festival Chorus: The Festival Chorus was started by Harper C. Maybee in 1901 after he became Head of the Music Department at Central Michigan University (Normal School). When established, the Festival Chorus had 150 voices.
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ALT. WINTER BREAK Midnight Skate brings hundreds
By LIZ WHITTEMORE The lobby of ICE Arena was filled to capacity while those wanting to participate in the Alternative Winter Break Midnight Skate on Thursday, Nov. 12th, waited to support the organization and enjoy a night of ice skating with friends. The event started at 11:30 p.m. and was scheduled to go until 1:30 a.m. Skaters who brought their own ice skates were admitted for $5. Ice skate rental cost $6. Nathan Mason, 21, a CMU student majoring in special education, came to the event after being persuaded by a friend.
“She goes, ‘Do you want to ice skate?’ and I go ‘I don’t know how to do that, I’m a cheerleader’,” said Mason. The Alternative Winter Break is a program through the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. Student participants spend the first week of their winter break visiting an area to help make a difference with social issues. Last year’s participants went to build a butterfly farm in Belize. Alyssa June is the fundraising co-chair on the Alternative Breaks Executive Board. According to June, roughly 435 people showed up to the event
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raising a total of $2,000 after costs. Proceeds from the event will benefit whichever branch of alternative break received the most support. Participants will receive $10 off, per person for a specific break. Skaters were able to vote for their branch of choice upon entry. June said CMU’s International Education group won the contest with nearly 60 votes. “Breaks can get to be $250 without travel grants and group fundraising so having this program wide fundraiser helps lower the cost overall,” said June.
SPORTS Oilers six-game winning streak snapped A season marked with close calls and comebacks finally came to a close for the Mt. Pleasant high school varsity football team as they lost 35-0 to the East Grand Rapids Pioneers in the Division 3 Regional Finals Saturdays at Community Memorial Stadium. Although the score appears lopsided, the real difference in the game was that the Oilers offense just couldnâ€™t find a way to break through the Pioneer defense. The Oilers defense gave up a few big plays, but for being on the field seemingly the entire game they performed well. Other than a three-and-a-half-minute second-quarter three-touchdown burst by the Pioneers, the Oilers held the Pioneers to just one first quarter touchdown and one fourth quarter touchdown. Overall the Oilers had a season to be proud of, making it one round further into the playoffs than they did last year, including beating Petoskey last week 16-13 to avenge last yearâ€™s season-ending loss to the Northmen. The loss to East Grand Rapids ended the Oilers six game winning streak which started with a win over Flint Northwestern on October 2nd and included an undefeated October that saw five Oiler wins. The Oilers end the season with an 9-3 overall record.
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SPORTS The Mt. Pleasant Oilers hockey teamâ€™s home opener is Wednesday, December 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. The Oilers compete in the Saginaw Valley Hockey League. Home games are played at the ICE Arena.
ENTERTAINMENT Battlezone Part 13 Imperial Wrestling Entertainment (IWE) returned to Mt. Pleasant on Saturday performing before a standing room only crowd that spilled over into the adjoining room at the MAC TV studio at 312 W. Michigan street. The IWE is in its second year of entertaining local fans, filming almost every month at the Mt. Pleasant MAC TV studios, although their audience is spread across several states and their programs are broadcasted in several cities as well as on the Indie Wrestling Roku channel and IWEâ€™s own YouTube channel. The IWE shows are free to attend, and with such an intimate filming location fans can often interact with the wrestlers. The crowd was a flurry of chanting children, parents, and super fans. Battlezone Part 13, which IWE presented on Saturday, included wrestling favorites such as Stuntman Mike, Creature Feature, and The Fast and The Furious tag team, among others. IWE shows offer free entertainment full of live action wrestling, crowd participation, dramatic antics, and enough surprise twists and turns to require its own speed limit. The audience chants frantically throughout the recording sessions, often standing and shouting directly at the wrestlers who often oblige with direct responses. The IWE is Small-town professional wrestling at its overdramatic best. The IWEâ€™s pomp and flair may not be for everyone, but it definitely delivers entertainment value beyond everyday expectations. To find out more information about Imperial Wrestling Entertainment including their latest announcements, follow them on Facebook or visit their website at http://imperialwrestlingentertainment.weebly.com/
COMMUNITY SERVICE The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently awarded more than $164,000 in grants to Isabella County organizations.
Area 7 Special Olympics received $3,750.00 from the Community Impact Fund to support Isabella County athletes participating in the 2016 Summer Games. Art Reach of Mid Michigan received $1,200.00 from the Russ Herron Poetry Fund for the Wellspring Literary Series. Christmas Outreach received $1,000 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to purchase children’s books and $4,000 from the Community Impact Fund to purchase larger sized adult coats for distribution this holiday season. Community Compassion Network received $1,836.45 from the Mt. Pleasant Oil Industry Food Pantry Fund and $663.55 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund to support the mobile food pantry. Girls on the Run of Central Michigan received $3,711.00 from the Women’s Initiative Fund to purchase new equipment for use during programs and events. Gratiot-Isabella RESD received $1,612.70 from the Robert and Geraldine Krapohl Literacy Fund and $987.30 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund for the Imagination Library, which will provide new books each month to 100 Isabella County children ages 0-5. Habitat for Humanity of Isabella County received $10,390.00 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund to make structural upgrades to the Mt. Pleasant ReStore. Hospice of Central Michigan received $45,392.59 from the Hospice of Central Michigan Fund, $2,429.45 from the Bob and Jeanne Long Hospice House Fund, $5,542.44 from the Lon Morey Family Hospice House Fund, $8,576.24 from the Bill and Delores Myler Hospice House Fund, $2,453.62 from the Dennis and Sandra Olson Hospice House Fund, $1,644.01 from the Jim and Naomi Stark Hospice House Fund, $1,810.54 from the Bill and Janet Maar Strickler Hospice House Fund, and $12,700.71 from the Dick and Mary Ellen Brandell Family Hospice House Fund for benevolent care. Isabella County Parks and Recreation received $10,375.00 from the Brewster Family Access to Recreation Fund to improve the playground equipment at the Coldwater Lake Family Park. John H. Goodrow Fund received $2,850.00 from the Sally and John Goodrow Fund for a capacity building project focused on volunteer recruitment and training. Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $2,000.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund for the Mt. Pleasant High School Baseball Stadium project. Mt. Pleasant Public Schools received $3,000.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund for Nutrition Club which provides weekend, supplemental food to K-6 students in need. Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Education Foundation received $317.00 from the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Education Foundation Fund to support teacher mini-grants. Mt. Pleasant Soccer Club received $3,000.00 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund for the Gratiot-Isabella Technical Education Center and Mt. Pleasant Soccer Club Building Initiative, allowing local high school students enrolled in building trades classes to learn while participating in a real life project to construct a much needed equipment/maintenance shed for the lawn equipment utilized by local soccer teams. Sacred Heart Academy received $1,400.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to purchase two short- throw projects to better engage 6th grade students in math and science. Shepherd High School received $560.00 from the Shepherd Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates and $1,300 from the Kellogg Youth Fund to help support the German Exchange LINKS Program. Shepherd Police Department received $369.68 from the Shepherd Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates and $217.32 from the Kellogg Youth Fund for a community policing initiative. United Way of Isabella County received $15,248.61 from the United Way of Isabella County Fund for technology upgrades, professional development, and to assist with health insurance costs for United Way of Isabella County employees. Village of Shepherd received $650.00 from the Shepherd Community Fund in Honor of Robert Bates and $100.00 from the John R. and Constance M. Harkins Community Fund to start their Chamber Movie program. Women’s Aid Service, Inc. received $4,200.00 from the Women’s Initiative Fund, $7,618.00 from the Kellogg Youth Fund, and $1,489.00 from the Community Impact Fund for their Sexual Assault Prevention and Healthy Relationships Education program. In total, the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation awarded $164,395.21 in its third grant cycle of 2015. Applications for the next competitive grant cycle are due January 27, 2016. For more information on grant eligibility, and ways to support the endowed funds that make these grants possible, visit www.mpacf.org.
Women’s Initiative Awards Grants The annnual Look Who’s Talking Women’s Initiative Speaker Series Luncheon featuring Central Michigan University Alumna Lori Nelson Spielman took place at the Comfort Inn Conference Center in Mt. Pleasant. Three grants were awarded from the Women’s Initiative Fund during the annual Look Who’s Talking luncheon on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Girls on the Run of Central Michigan received $3,711.00 to purchase new equipment for use during programs and events. Women’s Aid Service received $800 for the purchase of two bed bug prevention units and $4,200.00 for their Sexual Assault Prevention and Healthy Relationships Education program. The luncheon started with the National Anthem sung by local 3rd grader, Jenna Robinette, in honor of Veteran’s Day. Author and Central Michigan University alumna, Lori Nelson Spielman, delivered the keynote address. More than 400 local women attended. The Women’s Initiative was established at the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation in 2003 to address the needs of women and girls in Isabella County. The permanent endowment fund provides women with the opportunity to be acknowledged as philanthropists in their own right. More than 165 women have made pledges to the Women’s Initiative Fund, and nearly 2,000 individual gifts have been made to date. Thirty grants have been awarded to local nonprofits and programs, all while maintaining the value of every gift given to the endowment fund. The annual Look Who’s Talking Luncheon continues the legacy of women helping women and girls of Isabella County, now and for generations to come. Photos courtesy - Amanda Schafer
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Christmas Outreach 2015 Christmas Outreach is a non-profit organization that provides for those in need during the Christmas Holiday. Christmas Outreach started after several community members noticed that community efforts were being duplicated. They decided to pool their resources and work together to better serve those in need. A mainstay in the community for over thirty years, Christmas Outreach formally organized and began regular meetingsand elecetion of officers around 1980. Leaders meet and plan for their holiday helping activities with monthly meetings from September through January. Information for Christmas Outreach 2015 is as follows: • Christmas Outreach takes place inside Finch Fieldhouse on CMU’s Campus on December 11th and 12th. • Registration is at Emmanuel Lutheran Church 320 S. Bradley, Mt. Pleasant on November 16-20 and November 23th-25th • The following items must be new or gently used and cleaned. These items can be dropped off at Immanuel Lutheran Church 320 S. Bradley, Mt. Pleasant between now and December 5th. Items that people can donate include coats, hats, mittens, boots, linens, Christmas decorations, stockings, books, and jeans. Monetary donations are also accepted. • Volunteering opportunities: volunteers are needed for December 7-10 at 10am-4pm and December 11th and 12th 8am-7pm • Please also note that we are focusing our efforts on warm winter outerwear and will not be accepting general clothing, toys or household items. Please call 773-4204 if you have any questions.
Soup & Bread Dinner The Isabella Community Soup Kitchen’s annnual Soup and Bead Dinner fundraising event will take place at the Soup Kitchen on Friday, November 20th, from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. Community members can come and enjoy the many soups and breads donated by local restaurants and bakeries. At will donations will be accepted to help raise monies to asist the Soup Kitchen with their continued service to our community. The Isabella Community Soup Kitchen is located at 621 S. Adams St. The Soup Kitchen opens at 8:00 a.m. Monday - Saturday toprovide a continental breakfast to community members. The Soup Kitchen also serves hot lunch every day from 11:30 - 1:00 For more information contact The Soup Kitchen at (989) 772-7392
Fill-A-Mayflower On November 20th community members can donate nonpersihable food items to hep local food pantries. United Way of Isabella County, My 104.3, and Ric’s Food Center are once again partnering together to collect nonperishable food items to help local families through the holiday season. Stop by Ric’s in Mt. Pleasant throughout the day on Friday, November 20th to drop off your items and help us fill a Mayflower truck! Items will be distributed to several local food pantries in Isabella County, including the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, Compassion Network & Potter’s House (Mt. Pleasant), St. Vincent’s & West Midland Family Center (Shepherd) and Weidman United Methodist Church. Community members can also donate money to the cause. To make a financial contribution, text MAYFLOWER to 41444. This can be a great engagement opportunity for your team. Collect items at your place of business throughout the week, and drop them off at Ric’s on the 20th. Or, we can send a representative to your office that day to pick up your items! Items that are listed as having the greatest need include: Canned Vegetables: Peas, Carrots, Mixed, Corn, Green Beans Canned Fruits: Peaches, Pears, Cocktail, Applesauce, Pineapple Other Canned Goods: Pork & Beans, Gravy, Stewed Tomatoes, Spaghetti Sauce, Chicken & Beef Broth Other: Instant Potatoes, Stuffing, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Powder Drink Mixes, Jell-O
MARSP Meeting Planned MARSP MEETING (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) The Isabella County Retired School Personnel chapter of MARSP will meet on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, at noon at the Mt. Pleasant High School Herbs and Spices Cafeteria, 1155 S. Elizabeth St., Mount Pleasant. Lunch will be served at noon with entertainment by the High School Choir. Please contact Judi Swartz, (989) 773-5893, (leave a message), by Tuesday, November 24th with your reservation for lunch.
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Local Roasters Open “The Coffee Room” By KIMBERLY ANN PRIEST The first time I met Christie, I was immediately impressed by the skill with which she drenched, at regularly timed intervals, an accurately measured scoop of coffee crystals filling the base of a paper filter cone that coddled the sides of a glass carafe formed precisely for this ultra-manual, process-conscious pour over method of making the perfect cup of brewed coffee. And it was a perfect cup. Standing in the bright July sun swathing Mt. Pleasant’s Farmers Market on a Thursday afternoon, I drank a warm dose of their signature Storyteller Blend and asked questions (as I usually do) about Christie and Aaron Chromar’s coffee-making techniques, their coffee beans, how long they’ve been in Mt. P, what they do here, and, most importantly—given my book-cult, literary-educated, poetry-composing self—I wanted to know why they called themselves Narrativality. . . . a name, I admit, it took me about a dozen tries to pronounce without tripping over some of the syllables. Narrativality (pronounced Nar-a-tiv-AL-i-tee), as the Chromar’s proclaim, is all about story, hence the company’s name. Christie and Aaron believe that coffee consumption is best enjoyed when its growing, roasting, and brewing story is “honored from seed to cup.” This involves researching the farms, regions, and countries that grow the coffee beans, fully communicating the Chromar’s own roasting process, and sharing a vibrant relationship with the community members who purchase their selective brews—a narrative that began in a make-shift, home-based studio almost two years ago but has now moved to The Coffee Room at 110 E. Broadway. The Chromars claim that what makes their process so unique is their ethos. “There’s nobody doing what we are doing in this town. . . .caring about the coffee story in such a detailed way, and caring about every aspect of what we do here from the baked goods to the coffee to the conversations we have with customers,” they say, “What we can’t do in the world is feed all the hungry children, rescue every woman from oppressive societies, bring peace to war-torn countries, but through coffee we can make sure it’s ethically-sourced, treated well in the roasting process, and served in a way that honors the customer and their own story.” Christie and Aaron are dedicated to purchasing their beans from “places that are honoring the earth through sustainable practices” and making every cup of coffee with “intention,” a word I have heard them use over a dozen times to describe the way in which they feel they can make their corner of the planet a more caring and ethic-conscious place. In truth, the Chromar’s own coffee story actually began with a very bad cup of coffee. Just a kid, Christie stole a sip of her mother’s “lukewarm and milky brown” brew and claims it tasted “like dirt.” Thus began her journey to making coffee that did not taste like dirt. Her coffee adventures did not improve much as an adult when she decided to try a cappuccino from the library coffee shop at Central Michigan University. A few sips in, she threw it away. Motivated, Christie moved on to greater coffee experiences as a coffee shop barista during the summer between her freshman and sophomore years, making mediocre lattes and adapting to the taste of pure black coffee by reducing her intake of coffee flavorings and increasing the amount of espresso in each cup. Finally, she graduated to a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker and began drinking the brew straight at about the time she met hardcore coffee drinker (since age 16!) Aaron Chromar. The inevitable love affair that followed necessitated marriage, children, a home, a dream, and an American-made San Franciscan 6 Coffee Roaster, circa 2014. And that dream, of course, is now The Coffee Room on Broadway boasting its own roasting space (burlap coffee-bag pile and all) and a three-cup
espresso machine. Here, at The Coffee Room, Christie and Aaron embrace the whole coffee making process from online research and communicating with importers, to roasting and “cupping” (essentially sampling. . . . sort of like wine tasting) to better understand each brews flavor profile, body, and how it feels in one’s mouth. After roasting a few batches to, as Christie says, “draw out the natural flavor characteristics of a particular coffee,” they package, brew, and sell it, along with other Michigan made products like Boxed Water is Better from Grand Rapids, Cultured Ferments Kombucha from Traverse City, and coffee mugs specially made for Narrativality by a ceramics artist in Kalamazoo. This open, clean, sunlit space on Broadway is definitely a local/Michigan affair—not only in terms of its product line, but also in the way it draws its very life from the local community, its gestational survival depending entirely on the Mt. Pleasant and Midland Farmers Markets and local businesses such as The Market on Main, The Brass Café, Camille’s on the River, the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum, and Kaya Coffee and Tea who all either brew or sell their packaged coffee. Christie and Aaron would have it no other way; after all, as Christie shared, Central Michigan is their home, the location they have chosen to raise their kids, the neighborhoods through which they ride their bikes, the parks in which they play, and where they shop, eat, and go out with friends. I’m more than a little happy they are here! Within a few months of knowing this lovely couple, they helped me host a Farmer’s Market poetry reading and agreed to put poems from me and a couple of my collegues on a few editions of their Storyteller coffee such as this aubade by CMU alum Jessica Kaiser:
Morning Commute Aubade
Your arm rests on the console, one hand on the steering wheel. You’re speeding, ten miles over, steam rising from your wine-dark cup. Sitting in the back, I realize our lips sip in tandem, and in the rearview I catch your eyes, swallowing me. My lid yells Caution—I drink anyway, my coffee blue and swirling in the hazy half-light.
Local poetry: further proof that Christie and Aaron are local people endeavoring to make their local community a better place, specifically through coffee. And why not through coffee? It is, after all, the second most traded commodity in the world—what better way to connect with and become part of both the local and global stories of farmers, roasters, brewers, buyers, artists, writers, dads, moms, children, business owners, professionals, and other potential coffee consumers. The Coffee Room on Broadway with its high raftered ceilings, exposed brick walls, and open seating area is just the place to connect with any of these stories. So, on your next morning commute, stop by as early as 7:30 Monday-Friday morning. Or stop in for an afternoon pick-me-up as late as 2:30 pm. If you can’t make it during the week, bring your homework, a good book, or a good friend into the shop on Saturday between 9am-1pm. Hours will expand in the future, but don’t wait to check out this new space and “cup” a brew! You’ll be certain to find me there from time to time, sipping some Storyteller, writing some poetry, and catching up with my very cool coffee-business-owner friends who are now an integral part of my own life-story. Come sit, sip, and be part of the story.
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The Accidental Outdoorsman - Opening Day Reflections
At my age, most people have run out of things to put on their “first” list. I think this is why there are buckets lists, to give them something to look forward to, and keep life fresh. But getting a late start on the outdoor stuff, my bucket list includes stuff most people checked off long ago, including an opening day buck. My opening day of deer season started at 5 A.M. I crawled out of bed, made my way to the kitchen, started the coffee, and then climbed into the shower. After making the decision that the deer didn’t care if I had a beard or not, I decided not to shave. I got dressed, poured a cup of coffee, and got on Facebook in order to pass some time before driving to my host’s home. A quick perusal of Facebook showed me that I wasn’t the only one heading out, and after a quick status update, it was time to leave. The sky was unusually clear, with Venus shining bright on the eastern horizon, and I had a good feeling about the day. I arrived at my host’s house shortly after six and settled in for a quick cup of coffee, and a donut from a local bakery. With the donuts gone, and the thermos filled, we headed out to our blinds amid generous words of encouragement on the coming hunt. The blind was dark and cold. But with the help of a little propane heater, it was soon more than toasty, and I made sure than my space was in order and safe. I loaded my rifle, turned off my head lamp, and waited for the woods to wake up.
As first rays of sunlight began to filter over the horizon and through the trees, other hunters around me began to take aim on their prey, and the opening of deer season was under way. (It is said that opening day in Michigan is the only day you can hear the sun rise!) Shortly after seven, a form appeared in one of my shooting lanes. It was a good sized doe and she was walking toward the bait pile, which was a mere fifty yards from my blind. I brought the gun up, put her in my cross hairs, and did nothing. I wasn’t going to take a doe at first light on opening day. While I’m not a trophy hunter, I wanted a buck. So, I let her go. Sometimes as a hunter you second guess yourself. This was one of those times. After letting that doe walk away, and letting four other smaller ones walk through, I saw nothing for the next six hours. It was like a page from “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. But I stayed put. Around three-thirty there was a shot from close behind me, and I wondered if it was from my host. It was. He got his buck. Then, not forty-five minutes later, his daughter, sitting in the same blind as my host, got her buck. At four-forty I looked at my phone and said, “Okay, deer. You’ve got an hour.” But I honestly didn’t have much hope. I’ve been here before. At five my hopes were bolstered. Three does appeared in one of the shooting lanes to the east. Again, I sighted in on the largest. I wasn’t going to shoot, it was just practice. I watched them for a good ten minutes, and then checked another shooting lane. And there, at the top of the rise, about one hundred twenty yards out, was a big bodied eight point buck. As I shifted my position, he began walking into the brush, headed toward the does. I shifted my gaze back to the does, and there were now three more. They kept looking back toward the place where the buck had entered the brush. My heart was beating. My breath was ragged. This was it. I was going to get my wall hanger. Then suddenly, the does spooked and took off. Just like that they were gone. And I figured my opening day buck was going to have to wait until next year. Within minutes several deer appeared at the far end of the same shooting lane that the morning doe had been in. They were running back and forth, and I knew that a buck was in the area and was chasing does. Sure enough, the does all scattered, and a young buck strutted down the shooting lane toward the bait pile. He never looked. He just put his head down and started eating. The antlers were clear in my sights, so I knew without question it was a buck. He turned slightly, to my advantage. I took a breath to steady my nerves, and then I squeezed the trigger. At my age, people don’t react much when I tell them about my “firsts.” Somehow, they figure, those days should have happened long ago. But for me, I’m never too old to have new experiences, and I’m very proud of my opening day buck. And an opening day buck, especially your first, is special, no matter what your age.
Broadway Theatre Renovations
Located in historic downtown, the Broadway Theatre is an outstanding visual of Mt. Pleasant’s rich history. The theatre opened its doors in the early 1900’s to show stage acts and silent films. Today, operated by Friends of the Broadway, the theatre continues to showcase various musicals and events. Friends of the Broadway renovates and preserves the historic Broadway Theatre as a community venue for performances and activities which entertain, educate and culturally enrich the community. They recently received $1,532.72 from the Friends of the Broadway Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation for public bathroom renovation. The Broadway Theatre is not only a place of great nostalgia, but a place where memories will be made for years to come. Visit https://friendsofthebroadway.org/events/ for upcoming events.
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