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White Pigeon library offers virtual programs

White Pigeon Township Library has reopened. Director Perri Saunders said the library’s staff is offering a variety of programs for all ages. The library is offering virtual programs on the library’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Programs already underway or starting soon include: “Craft Time with Mrs. Krull,” first Monday of the month; “Gentle Yoga with Alyse,” 10 a.m. Wednesdays; …

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Winter wear available in Sturgis

Winter hats and scarves, and a variety of other winter wear, are available at Free Church Park in Sturgis. The clothing is being offered at no cost for anyone in need. It is part of ministries at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sturgis and has been available since late last week. In addition to winter items in the park, more …

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Sturgis schools accept offer on building

Sturgis Public School officials recently fielded two offers to purchase the former Park School. Identities of the potential buyers were not released and only differentiated between “offer 1” and “offer 2.” Offer 1, which the board ultimately accepted, is a $17,500 cash offer with a detailed plan to repair the building on Neuman Street and convert it into a retail …

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Glen Oaks updates COVID-19 plan

Glen Oaks President David Devier recently provided an update to the board of trustees regarding the college’s COVID-19 plan. Devier said the college is modifying its preparedness and response plan to reflect changes in quarantine guidelines, based on recommendations from the state. Very few employees have tested positive, the result of everyone doing their part to be safe in helping …

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School closings & delays

Centreville Public Schools: Closed Wednesday Constantine Public Schools: Closed Wednesday Howardsville Christian School: Delayed 2 hours Immaculate Conception School: Delayed 2 hours Lake Area Christian School: Closed Wednesday Mendon Community Schools: Closed Wednesday Pathfinder Educational Center: Closed Wednesday; No virtual learning Three Rivers Community Schools: Delayed 2 hours White Pigeon Community Schools: Closed Wednesday

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Vaccine appointments will be available on health department webpage

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency said starting next week, it will post available vaccine appointments on its webpage. Beginning Monday and every subsequent Monday, appointments will be posted at 9 a.m. Current demand for COVID-19 vaccination exceeds the amount of vaccine allocated to the tri-county area. Agency officials last week rolled out an online scheduler that allows citizens to …

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Attempted armed-robbery in Colon Township

A Sturgis man was the victim of an armed-robbery attempt last week in Colon Township. Sheriff Mark Lillywhite said the incident unfolded around 12:30 p.m. Friday in the area of M-86 and Fairfax Road. The 45-year-old victim told deputies he was flagged down by a subject in a Ford F-150 pickup with Illinois license plates. The vehicle was stationary alongside …

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Small business grant applications available

The Michigan Strategic Fund recently approved the $55 million “Michigan Small Business Survival Grant” program to meet the need of Michigan’s small businesses that have experienced a significant financial hardship due to the recent COVID-19 emergency orders. The application period opens at 9 a.m. today and runs through noon Friday. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to businesses …

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Out and About – Week of January 18th

There is always a need for blood here in St. Joseph County and thanks to all the volunteer blood donors, the need is being met. St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Pigeon will host an American Red Cross blood drive this Friday, January 22. The hours for donating will be from noon until 5:15 PM. St. Joseph Catholic Church is …

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COA offering exercise classes

The St. Joseph County Commission on Aging will offer group exercise classes at both its enrichment centers starting this week. COA director Pam Riley said sessions will begin Wednesday. Class size is limited, so registration is required. COA’s phone number is 279-8083. Masks are required at all times, and there will be floor markings and other signage to ensure social …

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