September updates

Monarchs are a common sight this time of year. Photo by Stephen Badger.

Welcome, September! What a wonderful time of year in Southwest Michigan! The humidity has decreased, and the nights are cooler. Schools are back in session and the corn stands tall in the fields.

So many good things are happening in our area, some of which are featured in our September edition.
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Please note:

Betsy Wagner’s 90th birthday celebration will be held from 3-6 p.m. on September 21, in the Vicksburg District Library’s basement.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Martin of Tours Church is sponsoring a Walk for the Poor on Sunday, September 25. All are invited to join the Walk virtually or in person by donating and/or collecting pledges from other supporters. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Vicksburg Recreation Area/Trail parking lot off 12538 S. Sprinkle Road. Together, we can raise funds, and awareness, to help our friends in need from this area who are struggling with housing, food, utilities and more during these difficult times. For more information, call 269-649-1629 and leave a message for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, attention Liz Polasek or Mary Wills.

The Schoolcraft Ladies Library Association will hold its Cream Tea, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at the Ladies Library Association Building, Saturday, September 24. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $18, by reservation. For reservations, please contact: Candy Shearer, the event chair, at 679-4289.

Having a great south county summer

Daisies in the summer garden. Photo by Leeanne Seaver.

Greetings from the South County News team. We hope you enjoy our August edition.

Our gardens are green and lush and will display the last of the day lilies this week, but the daisies and zinnias are timed to take over the show. I see so many beautiful yards and gardens while driving or walking in our area.

We tried the Merlin app, recommended by our columnist Jeanne Church last month, and are enjoying morning coffee and discovering birds we didn’t know were visiting the neighborhood: green herons, cedar waxwings, and even a loon registered on our phones. Thanks, Jeanne, we are enjoying it and learning a few things.

During the last month, many activities resumed, including Schoolcraft’s 4th of July festivities and Vicksburg Lions Club’s Summer Festival. Summer schools are wrapping up, beaches are busy, and athletes are preparing for fall sports.

This edition offers a snapshot of the many things happening in South County. You will find our regular features along with village and school updates.

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Summer activities coming in June

Wasn’t it a beautiful month of May? I think the flowing trees and shrubs were the most beautiful and long-lasting in my memory. There are still some blossoming azaleas and rhododendrons in our neighborhood, annual flowers and vegetables have been set, and I saw my first lemonade stand in Schoolcraft last week. It feels like June and a Michigan summer can begin!

It is exciting to have the return of our annual events: The Vicksburg Old Car Festival, the Schoolcraft 4th of July parade and fireworks, and the Lions Summer Festival are back.

The Rotary Club of Vicksburg is sponsoring a scrap metal drive to benefit local charities. Contact Dave Aubry at for information.

Vicksburg District Library Book Sale: June 10th and 11th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. On Monday, June 13th, $2 a bag sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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