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MCCU Announced $5,000 Childrenz Challenge Prize

Michigan Community Credit Union is honored to be a part of Childrenz Challenge for a second year. Childrenz Challenge is a muddy obstacle course designed for children ages 4-13 years of age. There will be two courses within the event; ages 4-8 will compete on a 1 ½ mile course, and ages 9-13 will compete on a 2 mile course. Michigan Community Credit Union is not only a proud sponsor of the event, but is also holding a contest at the completion of the muddy obstacle course with their High Five for $5,000 challenge. All the participants of the event are encouraged to visit Michigan Community Credit Union’s booth and give a muddy high five on their giant white board. The school with the most muddy high fives will be awarded $5,000 from the Credit Union.  “We are so thrilled to be a part of an event that promotes a fun and active lifestyle for children. My son participated last year and loved it. He is really looking forward to doing it again this year,” said Tina Hamilton, CEO of Michigan Community Credit Union. “Michigan Community Credit Union is a big supporter of local schools, and we are excited to…

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Leadership Program Accepting Applications

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host the 33rd Annual Leadership Jackson program for 2015-2016 at the Baker College Welcome Center located at 2800 Springport Rd. starting September 2, 2015 through April 14, 2016. The Leadership Jackson program will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8-10 am. This year’s Leadership Jackson program sponsors include Consumers Energy, CP Federal Credit Union, Michigan Community Credit Union, Tony Lewis and many more.  Why Should YOU Register for Leadership Jackson? To create personal goals which will allow you to reflect and assess leadership concepts and skills for your future development. To gain a heightened awareness concerning the Jackson community, its needs and issues. To develop an enhanced desire and ability to become a community steward. Why Should You Send Your Staff to Leadership Jackson? This program will allow you to provide challenging, growth-orientated and rewarding opportunities for your employees. Your employees are worth this investment! To get more out of your Leadership Jackson experience, participants must experience all of the following activities during class: Attend all class sessions, Attend one Jackson City Council meeting, Jackson County Commission meeting, Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, Attend one Business After Hours or…

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Art 634 Owners Purchase Zoerman-Clark, Acme Properties

The owners of Art 634 have purchased the long-vacant adjacent properties, the Zoerman-Clark building and the Acme Industries site near the corner of Ganson and Mechanic Streets in Jackson. The former Acme Industries and Zoerman-Clark Manufacturing property is a roughly three-acre piece of land owned for several years by The Enterprise Group Property Development LLC, an entity of The Enterprise Group of Jackson. The Acme Buildings were demolished in 2010, and the site holds potential for non-residential development. Its use dates back to the mid-1800s, with a history of creating farm implements, wagons, furniture, and heating and cooling products. The historic former Zoerman-Clark buiIding at 626 N. Mechanic Street, is the only building remaining on the site.  The last tenant in the building, The Cascades Humane Society, vacated the building upon completion of their new facility on Carmen Drive in 2004. The site's proximity to Art 634 and Armory Arts Village has long held placemaking potential as the entry to the arts district, and has been so-designated through historic Planned Unit Development District (PUDD) zoning classification and master-planning efforts. With need for parking and a vision of future arts-related concepts, La Renaissance II, LLC, the owners of Art 634, recently acquired the…

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SAU Named to Best Value Christian MBA Program List

Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online has released a ranking of the best value Christian MBA programs in the U.S. for 2015 and named  Spring Arbor University to the list. The Spring Arbor MBA is a 36-credit hour program that allows a student to earn a degree in approximately 18 months. The program includes an International Business Summit with a 4-day trip to New York City embedded in the International Business course. The university covers the cost of  accommodations  to participate.  Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond, OK claimed the top spot on the list. Mississippi College in Clinton, MS and Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK were ranked second and third respectively. The ranking can be viewed athttp://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/best-value-christian-mba-programs/. Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order): Anderson University - Anderson, Indiana Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, California Belhaven University - Jackson, Mississippi Bethel College - Mishawaka, Indiana Bluffton University - Bluffton, Ohio Bryan College - Dayton, Tennessee Cairn University - Langhorne, Pennsylvania California Baptist University - Riverside, California Campbell University - Buies Creek, North Carolina Campbellsville University - Campbellsville, Kentucky Carson-Newman University - Jefferson City, Tennessee Charleston Southern University - Charleston, South Carolina Dallas Baptist University -…

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“Famous @ the Forks” Registration Begins

"Famous @ the Forks" is an entertaining talent competition for tweens and teens (ages 8 -18).  Sing, dance, rap, play an instrument, or tell jokes, all are welcome...groups too.  Registration for Famous @ the Forks, will be held, July 11, 2015 from 1:30 - 4:30 at the Albion District Library in the Naomi Lane Room.  This is the 2nd annual Famous @ the Forks talent show.  Following the registration process, try outs will be held at Albion Community School Auditorium on Aug. 1, where ten finalist will be selected to move on to the mentoring phase of the competition.  Mentors will work with the young entertainers to perfect their performance and develop their stage presence.   On Sept. 12, the 10 contestants will perform at the Bohm Theatre, and a winner will be chosen, receiving a cash prize of $500 and an opportunity to showcase their winning talent at the Festival of the Forks, Sept. 19, 2015.  This is an exciting and fun filled event.  And who knows where it will lead!  The Famous @ the Forks tween and teen talent competition is being hosted by G & A Enterprises, the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, the Festival…

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Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Scheduled

July 6, 2015 -- Thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers will be back picking up litter along state roadways starting Saturday, as they've done each summer since 1990. Participants in the popular Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program will clean highway roadsides from July 11 to 19 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.             "This year marks a quarter century of outstanding community service from groups in the Adopt-A-Highway program," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "For 25 years, these volunteer crews have given a big financial boost to MDOT, and the entire state. They're performing an important job that we simply couldn't otherwise afford.             Every year, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect about 70,000 bags of trash, for a total of more than 2 million bags in 25 years. Last year alone, Adopt-A-Highway cleanups generated a $5 million value for state taxpayers.             Getting involved in the program is straightforward. Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must include at least three people. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. There is no fee to participate.…

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Jackson Kiwanis Club Awards Scholarships

From left to right: Trevor Tarantowski, Allyson Oliver, Rachel Waskiewicz and Paige Lukasik. Jackson, Michigan — The Kiwanis Club of Jackson is pleased to announce it has awarded four one-time $1,000 college scholarships to local high school graduates. They are: Paige Lukasik, of Michigan Center High School; Allyson Oliver, of Western; Trevor Tarantowski, of Jackson Christian; and Rachel Waskiewicz, of Grass Lake. To qualify, applicants had to live in Jackson County, graduate from a Jackson County high school and plan to attend full-time a college or university within Jackson County. Home schooled students could also apply. Applicants had to show success in high school and exemplify the Kiwanis standards through extra-curricular activities and volunteer opportunities. Both Paige and Rachel will attend Jackson College to study nursing; Allyson will study accounting at Spring Arbor University. Trevor will study Communications and Worship Ministries at Spring Arbor. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Jackson was established in 1918. Today, it is nearly 90 members strong. To learn more about the club, log onto www.jacksonkiwanis.com.  

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Wickwire Fields Native Forbs Planting Completed at Dahlem

Dahlem has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to plant seeds and forbs at the Wickwire field off Wickwire Road in Summit Township to restore the grassland ecosystem. Native grasses and wildflowers are being planted to establish diversity and beauty of the landscape, furnish food and cover for wildlife, and control erosion. Wildflower and grasses provide year-round, low growing protective cover from predators and the weather. The grass and flower seed provide food for birds and small mammals; as well as nectar and pollen for pollinating insects. These areas also provide food for grazers and important areas for insect production. Most of Michigan’s threatened and special concern species inhabit these areas that we desperately need restored. Dahlem is doing its part by taking a row crop field and restoring it to its historic state as grassland. This is the second of several major land conservation and stewardship projects scheduled at Dahlem in 2015.  

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