A very busy May

The Kaaks at County Maid Bakery. Photo courtesy of Vicksburg Historical Society.

As I look at the weather ahead, temperatures are finally trending upward. Orioles have returned to our neighborhood, and many area gardeners have planted peas and a few other early seeds. Forsythias are vibrant and the last of the daffodils brighten the edges of many yards. This warmer weather is a welcome relief!

Our May issue is a bit larger than usual. You will find team pictures of our spring athletes and their coaches as well as features by our regular columnists and contributors who cover agencies, local government, community schools, and special interest topics.

The picture above shows Otto and Anna Kaak, owners of the original County Maid Bakery on Vicksburg’s Main Street of our youth. As I stepped into Mackenzies last week and stood before the glass counter, it sure brought back memories of smiling bakers and delicious baked goods.

Fundraiser benefits fire victims

Woman’s Life Chapter 831 is hosting a Euchre/Game Fundraiser for the victims of the recent fire in Vicksburg. It will be held at Distant Whistle Brewhouse, Saturday May 14 from 4-8 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. There will door prizes, euchre, board games, and snacks. Woman’s Life Insurance Society will match the first $500 raised. For more information, please email Kathy DeMott at klunar@comcast.net 

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Updates from around our area

A few snowflakes still linger today as we wrap up this edition of the South County News. Our daffodils and hyacinths’ progress has stalled during this cold spell. We are all looking forward to that spring sun on our face and the reappearance of lawn chairs and grills!

This month our paper is packed with stories featuring our villages, schools, and agencies, along with our regular features and columnists. So many exciting things are happening in our little part of the world!

Dustin Sayers, Social Studies Teacher at Schoolcraft Junior-Senior High School, is one of 10 Regional Teachers of the Year and a finalist for Michigan Teacher of the Year! Congratulations to Dustin! Watch for a feature next month.

I have included a picture of Adam Mennes, whom his family describes as a seven-year-old Lego Master. Note the look of pride and accomplishment on his face! We were always amazed by how well our children and their friends could follow these directions at such an early age. It seems like a great brain exercise and practice in focusing. I know we have many Lego and construction masters in our area, and my engineering friends love to see and encourage design and experimentation.

I have also included a shot of Vicksburg’s Lacrosse Club our contributor Leeanne Seaver took at Swan Park a few weeks ago. Happy Spring! Happy getting outside!

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Warm weather events just around the bend

A scene from a 2021 food truck rally. Photo by Leeanne Seaver.

A fresh blanket of snow sparkles this morning, but a few warmer days last week reminded us that spring is not far away. Our neighbors’ grandson is relishing this fresh fluff and is making snow angels and racing around their yard. Yes, this backdrop is beautiful, but won’t warm weather be wonderful?

We hope you enjoy our March edition. We continue to include contributions from several of our local agencies and nonprofits, as well as business, travel, school, and local government information. As always, we welcome your suggestions for future features.

Please note: Schoolcraft’s 4th of July Planning Committee is planning a parade for Monday, July 4, 2022. The group is launching a website dedicated to the July festivities. This is Schoolcraft’s 95th 4th of July Parade. They still need many volunteers and a licensed insured pyrotechnician to hold the fireworks. If they do not find someone, they will not be able to have the fireworks show.

Another Food Truck Rally is planned for March 10 from 4:30-8 p.m. on South Main Street in downtown Vicksburg. The section of Main Street between Prairie and Washington will be closed to traffic.
We wish our friend and poet Marilyn Jones a happy birthday on March 12! Enjoy your special day!

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