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Registration is under way for the Jackson Masters

Registration is under way for the Jackson Masters golf tournament, to be played June 3-4 at the Country Club of Jackson. The tournament is open to Jackson County amateur golfers with a handicap index of 8.0 or lower. The field is limited to 72 golfers, with a cut to the low 25 and ties after the first round of the 36-hole stroke play event. Entry fee is $60, or $25 for high school students. Entry can be made on-line at jacksongolf.net. Entry forms are also available at the Country Club of Jackson, Arbor Hills, Cascades and Sharp Park. Entry deadline is May 31. For more information, call Dave Gilpin at 688-4046. Related:  Mike Brockie wins Spring Thaw

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St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea to Sponsor 28th Annual “Heart & Sole” Race Event

St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea will sponsor the 28th annual Heart & Sole Run, Walk and Bike on Saturday, May 20 at Chelsea High School.  Once again, 100 percent of race proceeds will benefit Behavior Health Services at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.   The race will offer several distance options for participants including a two-mile walk/run, 5k walk/run, 10k run, and 13.8-mile bike ride.  All races start and finish in the Chelsea High School parking lot, located just off of Trinkle Rd. in Chelsea.   Online registration for the race is currently open at www.chelseaheartandsole.org.  For all races, theregistration fee for adults is $27 and $15 for youths.  A late fee will be accessed for adult registrations received after 11 p.m. on May 17, 2017. Start Times ·         Bike: 8:15 a.m. ·         5k walk/run: 9:30 a.m. ·         10k run: 9:30 a.m. ·         Two-mile walk/run: 9:45 a.m.   St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea offers a continuum of behavioral health services to meet the specific needs of patients and their families.  These services include inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs.  Coordination among these services allows patients to move from one level of care to another as their needs change.  Patients and families are assured…

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38 Special to Perform at Jackson College

Jackson College is presenting the rock band 38 Special and their signature blast of Southern Rock at Potter Center for one show only, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22. With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band 38 Special with their arena-rock pop smashes, “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl” and more. They bring timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen. Guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes says it's all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We're a team, and it's always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.” It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.” Completing the team is guitarist/vocalist Danny Chauncey, bassist Barry Dunaway, drummer Gary Moffatt and keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Capps. For 38 Special onstage, it is a celebration of friendship and brotherhood, bringing dedication and honesty to a long history of classic songs and fresh, new material. Since 1976, the band has released more…

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Spring Arbor University Presents Gungor in Concert

Spring Arbor University has announced they will be presenting Gungor: One Wild Life Acoustic Tour. This show will feature husband and wife musical duo, Gungor. The concert will take place Thursday, March 30, in the White Auditorium on SAU’s Spring Arbor campus. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. A special SAU student ticket price of $10 will be available exclusively at the campus book store and is on sale now. $20 General Admission tickets will be available at the campus bookstore as well as at iTickets.com or by calling 800.965.9324. A special VIP ticket is also available for $35 and will include early admission, reserved seating, and a meet and greet and Q&A with Gungor. VIP tickets are only available online or by phone. The alternative rock duo, Gungor, is a Grammy nominated music group of talented songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Their recently released album, One Wild Life: Body, features the new single “Walking With Our Eyes Closed.” One Wild Life is a musical trilogy consisting of 3 albums; soul, spirit and body. Each conveys the idea that there are different lenses through which to see life. Gungor will be portraying each part of the…

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Jackson College Automotive Program Named on of Top in the Nation

Jackson College’s automotive service technology recently gained high marks from the website Aceable.com, being named one of the top 16 automotive technology college programs in the country. The College’s automotive program prides itself on preparing students for today’s career opportunities in an industry that is constantly changing. Cars, parts, and tools allow students to enhance their practical skills. Classes are divided between lectures and hands-on, task-based practice. The College offers an associate degree and certificate programs, as well as skill sets and concentrations in automotive technology. The program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). “At Jackson College, our instructors are all graduates of the program; they are caring instructors who want to give back,” said Chris Kaser, instructor, automotive technology. “Our instructors are professional auto technicians teaching the classes. They work hands-on every day with what they are teaching the students.” Aceable is a drivers education organization that provides certification programs for parents and teachers to teach students how to drive.

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Jackson’s “Handle With Care” to Alert Schools of Students Suffering Traumatic Events

Children and youth in Jackson County will be “handled with care” in their schools following a distressing event that requires intervention from local law enforcement officers and personnel. Collaborating to bring a program called Handle With Care to Jackson County are the entire law enforcement community, every school district in the county, Center for Family Health, Family Service and Children’s Aid, LifeWays Community Mental Health and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Jackson County office. Handle With Care was first developed in West Virginia, and provides the school with a “heads up” when a child has been identified at the scene of a traumatic event such as a house fire, a domestic violence situation, a shooting, an arrest of a family member, a drug raid or a motor vehicle accident. Police officers are prepared to look around for children when they are on scene and determine their name and where they go to school. Before school starts the next day they will make sure the school is sent a note that simply says to “Handle that particular child With Care.” The Handle With Care program was designed to help children struggling with the effects of trauma by allowing their…

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Jackson College to Host Traveling Black History Museum Exhibit

Jackson College will welcome the True Black History Museum traveling exhibit to campus for one day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. It is part of the College’s Black History Month activities. The True Black History Museum features a collection of rare and authentic artifacts, dating from the late 1700s to the 21st century. The collection was established to preserve the history of black people and to educate others of the many great contributions that black people have made to mankind. It includes more than 1,000 authentic artifacts, including original documents from historic figures such as Booker T. Washington, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, President Barack Obama, and many other great African-Americans. It celebrates and highlights contributions of African- Americans in the arts, sciences, sports, entertainment, education and politics. Learn more about it at www.trueblackhistory.com. The traveling exhibit will be on display in Bert Walker Hall, Community Rooms 144-145. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

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United Way Honors 2016 Volunteer of the Year

(courtesy photo:  United Way Board Chair Jason Shore, Ted Ykimoff and Ken Toll) Ted Ykimoff, director of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs for Consumers Energy, has been named Volunteer of the Year by the United Way of Jackson County. The award was announced at UWJC’s annual Volunteer Reception this past week. Nearly 100 people attended the event at Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson. “Volunteering brings that special, hands-on element that’s crucial to advancing the common good in Jackson County,” said Ken Toll, President and CEO of UWJC. “We’re proud to celebrate the hundreds of volunteers who partner with United Way.” The financial impact of volunteerism in Jackson County is huge, Toll said. According to the Independent Sector, a one-hour work commitment from a single volunteer is worth $23.56. In 2015, United Way volunteers racked up 26,046 hours in Jackson County. Thus the financial value of those volunteer hours alone totaled $613,644, Toll said. Ykimoff has been actively involved with United Way for more than 25 years, first as a campaign solicitor, then as a division co-chair, and in 2016 as campaign chairman. “Ted’s passion for helping others runs deep, going back to his childhood when his parents encouraged their children to…

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Wharton Center Presents “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical”

The Wharton Center for Performing Arts presents "Beautiful-The Carole King Musical" January 10-15, 2017.  Showtimes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm;  Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2 and 8pm;  Sunday at 1 and 6:30pm.  Tickets are available for all performances at the Wharton Center box office, online and by calling 1-800-WHARTON. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy Award winning, inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom: from teenage songwriter to being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin; to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann; to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music...she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. The musical tells this entire story, reminding us of the hits she wrote and co-wrote along the way, including: “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “The Loco-Motion,” “On Broadway,” and more...all culminating in her masterpiece, the Tapestry album.

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American 1 Credit Union Gives Back $1 Million to Members

American 1 Credit Union announced today that it has given back over $1 Million to their members in the form of a savings dividend and a loan rebate. During the past year, American 1 promoted a Finance Local® message to the community which led to the continued growth and financial strength of the credit union. This allowed American 1 to give back such a sizable amount. The $1 Million campaign highlighted the community impact that can be made when people choose to Finance Local®. American 1 continues to encourage community members to make informed decisions while shopping and financing purchases. A 40% rebate is being paid to all members who financed a secured, closed-end loan with American 1 in 2015 or 2016. The rebate is 40% of the interest the member paid on their loan during 2016. All members with savings shares were awarded a bonus dividend of 2% APY based on their daily balances during the final quarter of 2016. In addition, members with Money Market accounts received a bonus dividend of 2% APY based on their daily balances in December 2016.All rebates and dividends will post to members accounts by January 15, 2017. Established in 1950, American 1…

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