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.

Thank you for your financial support of this paper and your support of our advertisers. Please consider making a donation if you haven’t. We rely on our readership partners to continue publishing and delivering. Your gifts keep us afloat, and we can’t do it without you. Enjoy August!

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 daubry@yahoo.com 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.

We thank our many readers who continue to support the South County News. You and our advertisers enable us to continue publishing.

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 

Thank you to our advertisers and to our readers, whose continued support and donations make this paper possible.