Happy New Year to one and all

Schoolcraft Library staff: Cyndie Chapin, Roxanne Wilkins, Tom Long, Sheri Hills, and Pam Ballett.

Happy New Year from all of us at the South County News!

We hope you enjoyed your holidays and a reprieve from the bitter cold. This edition features the 3rd January cover by Jeanne Church, Picture Walks columnist and regular contributor. Many of you have expressed your appreciation of Jeanne’s photographs and column. Thank you, Jeanne!

For many of us, January means soups, starry and cold nights, regular visits to the library, and more time in the warmth of our homes. This month, some of us begin looking at garden and seed supply catalogs or dreaming of getaways. Some of us try new recipes or television series. And some of us just take a deep breath and wait for spring. I hope we all find some joy during this season.

Seeking a reporter for Schoolcraft coverage

We are looking for a writer interested in covering Schoolcraft events and helping with sports coverage. The ideal candidate is familiar with and connected to the Schoolcraft community. If interested or would like more information, please email kforsythesouthcountynews@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the South County News. Our readership partners and advertisers make this publication possible.

Schoolcraft Library news

Wednesday Jan. 4, 2-3 p.m., Book Club, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Monday, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, 11-11:30 a.m., Story Time All Ages
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5:30-7 p.m., Art Open House for Schoolcraft High School
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5:30-7 p.m., Adult Craft
Friday, Jan. 20, closed for staff training
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3:30-5 p.m. Nailed It! Grades 6-12
Cake decorating Contest
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6-7 p.m. board meeting

A focus on the arts

A young artist at Vicksburg’s 150 year celebration. Photo by Leeanne Seaver.

We say goodbye to beautiful October and welcome November, with all the work and preparations this month: leaf removal, winterproofing homes, tire replacement and rotations, and pantry replenishing. Often, our celebrations of Thanksgiving include a time to reflect on many things we have to be thankful for and to reach out to support those in need.

South County has always been a proud producer and supporter of the arts. From the indigenous people’s artisans, musicians, and dancers to our students’ amazing examples of movement, music, and the visual arts, the evidence of our talents and opportunities for expression appear. We will be showcasing the arts over the next few issues.

There are many things happening in South County: athletic competitions; holiday open houses, walks, parades and celebrations; and local governmental meetings and decision-making. We are pleased and privileged to provide information about many of these things in the South County News.

Thank you to our advertisers and readership partners. You make the continuation of this paper possible.

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.