Late summer updates around the community

Chris Brinkert’s 4th of July float.

Sweet corn is appearing at roadside stands, tomatoes are ripening in gardens, and blueberry bushes are bursting in the bogs. It’s hard to pick a favorite season, but summer in Michigan sure is great! Thanks to several readers who contacted us with feature ideas. Thanks also, to your financial support of the paper and of our local businesses. With all the construction this summer around the village of Vicksburg, supporting local takes intention and even some pre-planning, but the small businesses in both communities are vital to the economic health of our area, and they appreciate every dollar we spend.

Schoolcraft neighbor shares his patriot spirit

Kathleen Cook of Schoolcraft reports that her neighbor, Chris Brinkert, missed the Schoolcraft 4th of July parade so much that he decided to make his own. He constructed a float, hooked it to his garden tractor and drove around several neighborhoods sharing his patriotic spirit. Cook says that years ago Brinkert rode his horse, Shine, to Schoolcraft’s Burch Park for an outdoor church service, and he has even done banking at the KCSB drive-through on horseback.

Fall artists announced

The Prairie Ronde Artist Residency selections for the fall session have been announced: Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson, who work in film and sculpture; Gracie and Rachel, music collaborators; Jeff Schofield, sculptor; and Asante Amin, who works in music and film. Watch for future information regarding these artists and upcoming events.

Truck rallies will return

Because the rallies have been so popular, The Mill has connected with the Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center, the host of the food truck rallies, and will add September and October dates.

First Presbyterian Church garage sale

A Garage Sale at First Presbyterian Church of Schoolcraft will be held Friday, August 20th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, August 21st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds go to the general fund for missions, upkeep of the buildings, grounds maintenance, Sunday school supplies and choir music! 

Transportation Safety Carnival

Ride a school bus and get a free book with a visit to the Big Read Machine on August 19 in the VAB parking lot and side yard from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is for children from preschool through 2nd grade.


Some of you are old enough to remember Rem Wall and his Green Valley Boys, who closed their weekly show on WKZO, “The Green Valley Jamboree,” with “Keep those cards and letters coming, folks!” We agree. “Keep those notes and emails coming, folks!” We appreciate your ideas and your support!

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