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Lumen Christi Choir Carnegie Hall New York City

Lumen Christi Choir performing at Carnegie Hall in April

By Alex Cash                                         (Courtesy Photo: LC Choir in Chicago last spring) Staff Writer The voices of one of the Lumen Christi High School choirs are so strong, they are carrying them all the way to New York City. On Sunday, April 15th, 36 students of the Lumen Christi Cantoribus Choir will be living a dream by performing at Carnegie Hall. “It has been the greatest gift to me as an educator to see our students take the skills they have learned and share their gifts with the world,” says Justin Marcero, choir leader at Lumen Christi. The young performers, some lifelong musicians, are very honored by this invitation. “Receiving the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall is once in a lifetime experience and a lifelong personal dream of mine. I’ve been a musician all my life and between my love for orchestra and vocal performance, music has made a huge impact in who I am as a person,” said junior choir member Hailey Rogers. In fall of 2016, Marcero was invited by a travel company to take his choir to one…

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Dahlem Garden Plots

Community Garden Plots Available at Dahlem

By Alex Cash                                             (Photo Courtesy of Dahlem) Staff Writer In the middle of a cold, harsh winter, images of spring can seem far into the distance. But, soon enough birds will be singing, trees will be green, and the fruits of the Earth will be growing again. Gardening can calm the nerves, quiet the mind, and provide a sense of accomplishment when growing something that is useful. However, gardening takes space, resources, and knowledge. If those aren’t available out your backdoor, consider the community gardens at the Dahlem Conservancy. For a $40 yearly membership fee gardeners can rent a 20 x 20 plot of land located on the site of the historic Wickwire Farm, 1427 Wickwire Road, on Dahlem’s property. Resources such as healthy soil, a deer and rabbit fence, water, hoses, hand tools and more are available as part of the rental fee. What’s more, is the knowledge and know-how brought by fellow gardeners in this communal space. Ben Dandrow, Executive Director of the Dahlem Conservancy, thinks this is an excellent community resource. “It gives people an opportunity…

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Ymca Storer Camps Grant

YMCA Storer Camps Receives Grant

By Alex Cash                 (Courtesy Photo) Staff Writer When children run around the grounds of YMCA Storer Camps, playing game of tag, they aren’t just having fun and getting exercise-they are learning about ecological systems. To play the game of Predator Prey, players take on the roles of squirrel, skunk, wolf and more; just like animals found within a specific ecosystem. When players tag or prey on other animals to get them out, they can see just how a food chain works. Later, they discuss how small changes in the ecosystem can have major effects. This is just one of the many activities that happen at YMCA Storer Camps in Napoleon where every year more than 13,000 students and teachers spend time in the great outdoors learning and having fun. The game of Predator Prey is an example of STEM-based outdoor education, which allows students to learn about science in a practical, hands-on way.   Recently, Storer received the opportunity to strengthen their STEM-based education by receiving a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. The grant allowed the camp to create a new staff position; one that shows their dedication to staying in the…

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Jackson Rec Department Daddy Daughter Dance

Daddy Daughter Dance Celebrates 20 Years

By Alex Cash                           (Photo Courtesy of the Jackson Rec Dept.) Jackson, MI - Soon, hundreds of young girls will be donning their best dresses, fixing their hair and painting their nails. They will be getting ready for a very special date, with the number one man in their life, their father. Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd is the City of Jackson Parks and Recreation Daddy Daughter Dance and young ladies aged pre-K to eighth grade are invited. Two identical events take place to offer more opportunity for everyone to join.   This year, the event celebrates 20 years of girls twirling their dresses.  In 1998, the event was started by current director Kelli Hoover and over the years the event has grown more and more in popularity. Moving around to different locations over the years, it is now held at Gene Davis and Sons Banquet Hall. Special Events and Youth Program Supervisor, Erika Borck says they are thankful to have such a large space to accommodate all of their guests. They are expecting 400 guests each night of the dance. For $15.00 per person, guests receive snacks…

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Becks Flowers

Now is the time to get your spring blooming bulbs at Becks

By Alex Cash, JTV So far, it has been a confusing fall season. Hot one day, cold the next. Cold rain followed by high humidity. Nonetheless, fall is here.   Gary Beck, President of Beck’s Flower Shop and Gardens agrees. “We’ve had a strange fall. Normally we’ve had one or two freezes, leaves changing and dropping. But we are enjoying a nice long summer.” The odd weather we’ve been having effects what our plants do and what kind of plants we can buy.   Many of us have seen colorful hearty mums on people’s front steps, gardens, and porches mimicking the beautiful Michigan fall colors. Now is the time to get your potted mums to add that gorgeous color to your fall or Halloween themed home decoration. Though Gary says they are at the end of their growing season, it doesn’t mean you can’t get five weeks or so of enjoyment out of a potted one. To those among us who weren’t born with a green thumb, this may be all the gardening we are capable of.   Though fall is lovely, some of us might want to look forward past the winter to spring. Now is the time to…

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Aspen One Hour Earns Top Honor for Customer Service

Doing the right thing and always putting customers first is how Gary Schultz has operated for 36 years.  When people want quality, professional and trusted service, they call Aspen One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning®. Recently the Jackson-based company was awarded the President’s Award by Direct Energy®. One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning is part of the Direct Energy family of brands. The President’s Award is the company’s top award given to its home services brands. To earn this distinction, a team must have a superior customer service score and show significant growth and success.   In presenting the award, Direct Energy noted the long history of community service by Aspen One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning. As a generous and active member of the community, Schultz established a program that donates heating systems to families in need, called Heat for the Holidays. Through this program Schultz has been able to give away over 40 heating systems to Jackson-area families in need over the last 15 years. “I was always a fix-it kinda guy. So helping people with heating and cooling was a natural fit for me. I believe in a team culture and have very good people around me.…

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Center for Family Health Encouraging Sports Physicals

Bikes lined up at last year's CFH Giveaway (JTV file photo) Summer is a great time for parents to schedule sports physicals and annual healthy-child exams for kids, and the Center for Family Health is providing extra incentive this year. Patients aged 10 to 18 who have physicals at any CFH location in Jackson County during May, June, and July will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle. Two bikes will be awarded each month. Physicals can be scheduled at any CFH site in and near Jackson, including school health centers that are open year-round, five days a week, at Northeast Elementary, the Middle School at Parkside, Jackson High, and R.W. Kidder Middle School. Sports physicals and well-child exams, like all Center for Family Health services, are provided to patients with or without health insurance. Patients are never turned away due to inability to pay. Bicycles to be awarded as prizes are provided at no cost to CFH through the sponsorship of Molina Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare

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