OUR TOWN IS BUSY AGAIN: Yea! Activities are located and readers and friends are invited to participate. There will be events of interest that are important, fun and possibly offer a treat or two as well. Read on!
FEB. 12 DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE: The New Baltimore Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the event at Zuccaro’s Banquets and Catering at 46601 Gratiot in Chesterfield Township. The cost is $25 per person and includes dinner, dancing, a portrait keepsake photo, photo booth, crafts and more. Make a reservation by calling 586-725-0291.
ABCC EVENTS: The Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce, 586-725-5148, has the following planned: Feb. 10: Coffee Connection: Rise Up Nutrition and Fitness at 8 am at 47139 Gratiot in Chesterfield Township; Feb. 18: Ribbon cutting at New Baltimore Trade Center rededication at 10 am Join Steve and Valena for a one-stop shopping experience with vendors showing their wares on Fridays from noon to 8 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 8 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm; Feb. 24: Bay Area Women in Business Networking Group meets at noon at Little Camille’s By The Green at 4575 County Line in Casco Township.
VFW POST 7573 NEWS: Located at 35011 23 Mile, and taking place in The Cove, here is what is happening this month: Feb. 13 Big Breakfast: From 8 am to 11 am The menu includes eggs and omelets to order, scrambled eggs, French toast, homemade gravy, biscuits, bacon, sausage and potatoes. The cost is $8 for adults and $2 for children younger than age 10. World War II veterans eat free. Feb. 13 Superbowl Sunday Fun: Kick-off is 6:30 pm Come enjoy the game and bring appetizers or munchies to share. Feb. 18 Polish Dinner: Serving from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at $15 per person, enjoy stuffed cabbage, pierogies, smoked kielbasa, fresh kielbasa, sauerkraut, rolls and dessert. Only 100 tickets sold so get them early. Feb. 27 Meat Bingo: At 2 pm The cost is $1 per stick, with five rounds and three winners per round. For further details call 586-725-7100.
NBIC REHERSALS BEGIN FEB. 14: After a Christmas season of choral selections the choir will reconvene at 7 pm at First Congregational Church, 36233 Alfred, corner of Base, to prepare for the spring season and concerts in May. There is no fee or an audition, just the love of singing with friends and entertaining appreciative audiences, since 1966. Contact Director Bette Carrothers by calling 586-725-8051 and be a part of history in Our Town.
PASTIES BAKED FEB. 18 TO MARCH 2: First Congregational Church members and friends, 36223 Alfred, corner of Base, will peel vegetables, roll dough, bake and sell their famous pasties once again. To order one or dozens call 586-725-0909. Sold frozen, hot or cooled, customers from southeastern Michigan travel to Our Town just to purchase the pasties and marvel at our flag, our businesses, our beautiful Anchor Bay and our friendliness. It’s a special place and we are fortunate to live here in Flag City!
SHIRLEY IS OFF TO FIREKEEPERS FEB. 22: The deadline to call her is Feb. 10. Call 586-531-1934 and Shirley will assure a reservation. At a cost of $40 a person, deluxe transportation on a coach, raffles, snacks and bottled water will be provided. The casino gives $20 in card play and a $5 food coupon. Tuesday is Senior Day, so when you accrue 55 points the casino awards $10 on card play. Departure is from Lowes at 29770 23 Mile near Gratiot in Chesterfield Township at 8 am Please arrive by 7:45 am Arrival back home is around 7:30 pm Good Luck!
FEB. 26 SPAGHETTI DINNER DRIVE-THRU: St. John’s Lutheran Church at 51161 Maria on the corner of Green in Our Town will be serving its famous and tasty spaghetti dinner from 4 pm to 6 pm Each meal will be $10 cash. No debit or credit cards please. Orders must be made in advance by calling 586-713-8975. Proceeds are divided between Food for the Poor and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
WINTERFEST WILL HAPPEN FEB. 25 TO 27: Our Town will be alive at the end of Washington with a huge tent and plenty of activities inside and outside. The New Baltimore Lions Club has been hosting the event for years, and 2022 will be another successful endeavor for the club. Mark the calendar as there are scheduled events for all ages throughout the weekend.
SELFRIDGE/CHESTERFIELD LIONS CLUB NEWS: Regular meetings are on the first Thursday of each month at 6:45 pm at Dimitris Opa restaurant, 50875 Gratiot, at 23 Mile in Chesterfield Township. Peruse the club’s Facebook page or contact Karen by calling 586-822-1987. Join them and serve.
TIME TO THINK ABOUT NOMINATIONS: April 1 the Citizens Advisory Committee will be asking for nominations for the 2022 Citizen of the Year. There are numerous citizens who should be considered for this honor. Existing for years, the list of honorees is a part of Our Town’s history. The criteria includes that the nominee must reside within the city limits of Our Town. One who has given of themself without needing praise or appreciation, but puts effort and time on the top of their list, is a perfect candidate. The CAC will announce the winner in May and recognize the winner during the Bay-Rama Parade in June. Forms are available at New Baltimore City Hall and MacDonald Public Library.
ABCF SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: The Anchor Bay Community Foundation will be awarding 24 scholarships this spring to Anchor Bay High School graduating seniors. Please visit abcf.us. With an application mailing deadline of April 14 and received by April 19, the ABCF will present the awards in May. Scholarships available are: Joseph P. Abell and Ann M. Ruzzin Creative Arts Scholarship; Edward Accivatti Culinary Arts Scholarship; Greg and Mary Ann Bayer Government, Economics, Social Studies Scholarship; Patti Borke Trade School Memorial Scholarship; Bette Dunlap Carrothers Music Scholarship; Jimmie and Joyce Foehr Struggles to Strength Women’s Scholarship; Robert and Louise Hodson Memorial Scholarship for Education; Independent Insurance Agents of Macomb County Scholarship; Stuart MacDonald Business and Technology Scholarship; Keith W. Marcola Medical Memorial Scholarship; Justin Mello Memorial Scholarship for Hillsdale College; Joseph “Joe” Mellon Memorial Scholarship for Law; Michael Osadchuk College and Technical School Memorial Scholarship; Lois and Dick Pierson Building Trades and STEM Scholarship; Pierson Family Young Men’s Educational Scholarship; Frank C. Ruzzin Science and Engineering Scholarship; Selective Industries Alumni Business and Technology Scholarship; James and Diane Shaieb Academic and Leadership Scholarship; Venture Global Engineering Foundation Scholarship; Wayne and Joan Webber Engineering and Medical Scholarship; Steve and Gloria Whittlesey General Business Scholarship; Missy Wood Streveler Memorial Scholarship for Track; New Baltimore Lions Club Trade and Technical School Scholarship; New Baltimore Lions Club Bob Johnson and Greg Bayer General Studies Scholarship. All applications must be postmarked by April 14 and mailed to Anchor Bay Community Foundation, PO Box 88, New Baltimore, MI 48047. Those wishing to make a donation to the ABCF toward a scholarship, memorial, an honorarium or grant, may do so to the above post office box address. Contact 586-281-3275 for further details.
BE OFF WITH DONNA: With four tours scheduled in 2022 interested travelers are invited to gather complete details by calling 810-966-0017. The tours are: April: San Antonio, Texas, and four other cities in the state with an overnight stay in Branson, Missouri; July: Finger Lakes and Castles in New York; September: Maine and Cape Cod; December: Nashville Opryland and Country Christmas, staying at the Opryland Hotel. Call soon. Your name will be put on the travel list with no money due at this time.
TOPS MI 1250 NEWS: Meeting on Thursdays at Northside Church at 25600 23 Mile near the southeast corner of Fairchild Road, watch for the blue sign on the west side of 23 Mile driveway, the welcoming Chesterfield Township chapter is you to be brave and take off pounds. No special foods to buy. Use your own eating plan or whatever has been advised by your doctor. Support, comradery and accountability is given to keep members making progress. A yearly registration fee of $49 is asked for weekly meetings, an expansive online resource, an interesting magazine and a group of neighbors gathering together once a week to get re-energized. Local chapter dues are $1.50 a week. Co-leaders, Patricia Dettloff (586-996-1167) and Janet Larson (586-725-4975) may be contacted for further details.
HAVEN PLACE A GEM: A few years ago the Nagys brought Haven Place into reality and it has flourished ever since. Finding a suitable building in New Haven, they began offering innumerable programs and projects for the betterment of others. The many programs Haven Place offers at 58575 Main in New Haven, are for all ages and for better living. Contributions are being accepted using Thrivent Active teams, shopping at AmazonSmile or by a check payable to Haven Place, at the address above.
HELP TO MAINTAIN OUR TOWN’S FLAG: The New Baltimore Lions Club took on the huge project, under the leadership of Lion Ron Earle, of erecting a 160-foot flagpole and adding a 30-foot-by-60-foot American flag. Maintaining the grounds and the flag takes funds and the Lions will welcome donations to this cause. Organizations or individuals may send contributions payable to the New Baltimore Lions Club, PO Box 394, New Baltimore, MI 48047 with Flag Fund in the check memo. It takes $9,100 a year to maintain the pole, the grounds and replace the flag. Remember the writer’s suggested nickname for Our Town: Flag City!
REMEMBER BEVERAGE CAN/BOTTLE COLLECTION: The New Baltimore Lions Club is grateful to those who take the clean empty items to Curves at 35453 23 Mile. Supporting programs for the blind, including Leader Dogs for the Blind and sending children without sight to summer camp, the collection is important to their work as it earns funds to benefit others.
FROM A SCANDINAVIAN GUIDE TO RAISING KIDS: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” Thanks to Michael Krieger. “Love the fresh air, clear winter sky, falling snow, birds tackling suit and smile.” From the writer.
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