DeWitt’s Watershed Management Program serves a much bigger purpose than residents may know

By Brittany Flowers
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Protecting storm drains in DeWitt Charter Township that drain into the Looking Glass River is is the goal of a plan adopted by the township in 2006. The Watershed Management Program was developed by Shiawassee County. “The focus started from the federal level, the feds passed legislation requirements for watershed management and then that’s passed to each individual state. And then each individual state sets up their own program which is known as phase two,” DeWitt Township Manager Rod Taylor said. The management program is responsible for the Looking Glass River Watershed, the purpose of the management plan, water quality conditions, protections tools, action plans and other aspects of pollution prevention.

Illicit drugs aren’t just a big-city problem; small towns face the issue as well

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Drugs are an issue that has been present for a very long time. Although there are some places that have a higher rate of drug crimes, it must not be forgotten that they are everywhere — including small rural cities. According to the St. Johns Police Department Annual Report there were 39 drug crimes there in 2015, a number that is about half compared to 2012 which had 61. “St.

St. Johns slow to become more racially, socio-economically diverse

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — According to The United States Census Bureau, the town of St. Johns has one of the less diverse local populations in the state of Michigan. The town has an overwhelming number of 94 percent that represents Caucasian presence in the area. With that number eclipsing the state’s average by just over 15 percent, St.

Youth development program at Briggs Public Library opens children up to reading

By Nathaniel Bott
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Thursday evenings in April at Briggs Public Library in St. Johns bring Marie Geller a certain kind of joy. Working for nearly 40 years as a children’s librarian with Briggs, there is nothing more rewarding for her than singing the welcome song with every toddler who attends her story time sessions. She has adopted the title of youth services coordinator at the library, and runs youth development programs for the kids in St.

Clinton County investigating disappeared files, stillborn inquiries into alleged discrimination and harassment

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The Clinton County Board of Commissioners is currently investigating allegations that employees of the commissioner’s office have been violating the Clinton County Employee non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy. According to the official statement of the Board of Commissioners, made in an open meeting in February, records of several instances of sexual harassment in the office dating as far back as 2007 have “suspiciously disappeared.”

In addition to this, several employees have come forward with statements that allege harassment forms submitted to the office of the personnel director, where reports of harassment in the workplace are supposed to be submitted, were simply never followed up with any kind of administrative action. “I was sexually harassed by a male coworker in September,” said Molly Davis, employee of the Commissioner’s office for 15 years before the incident. “Immediately afterward, I submitted a sexual assault report to the personnel director’s office.

Clinton County is about to clean up

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

In most communities, garbage is largely ignored as an inconvenience or an unwelcome necessity. As long as it can be taken to the curb and gotten rid of, few care what’s in it or where it’s going. Clinton County refuses to be one of those communities. The Clinton County Clean Community event is on April 30, and event organizers believe that this year’s event could be the largest so far. Since 2005, Clinton County’s Clean Community events have been some of the largest government-organized community events on Clinton County every year, with one event every spring and two in the fall.

Ducks Unlimited chapter uses annual mallard migration for education

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Each year, right under our very noses, one of the greatest natural marvels on earth happens in the state of Michigan. The annual waterfowl migration, every spring, sees hundreds of thousands of waterfowl flying from their winters in southern North America back to their spring roosts in the northern U.S. and southern Canada. On April 2, the Clinton County chapter of Ducks Unlimited hosted a migration tour. Citizens of the county were encouraged to come out to one of four locations known by the chapter to be nesting spots for the spring mallard migration and observe one of the greatest marvels nature has to offer. Once there the visitors were given access to experts, tour guides and literature describing the event.

St. Johns art community looking to create and share

By Adam Maxwell
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Studio Retreat and the Clinton County Arts Council are two great resources for up and coming artists in the area. After speaking with Mary Ablao, owner of Studio Retreat, she made it clear that her studio was made for artists to create and share their work. Clinton County Arts Council, just a block or two away, works hand-in-hand with Studio Retreat in displaying and selling local artists work, as well as collaborating on community events such as Art To Melt Your Heart, where families make art at Studio Retreat and then show it at the Arts Council. “They are absolutely wonderful, they support the arts” Ablao said.

Could unusual weather threaten St. Johns’ most popular destination? Uncle John’s Cider Mill not worried

By Brittany Flowers
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Uncle John’s Cider Mill is number one on the list of things to do in St. Johns, according to TripAdvisor, but with 2016 being an El Niño year, could Uncle John’s apple growth be threatened? For president of Uncle John’s Cider Mill Mike Beck, there isn’t much of a concern. “I can’t see a month from now what could happen but as of right now, I mean there is no bloom, the trees are just coming out of dormancy,” Beck said.

First Episcopal-Lutheran church in county opens doors to all

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By Adam Maxwell
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Christ United Church is one of the first churches in the country to be of Episcopal-Lutheran denomination. But that doesn’t limit the diversity of people who attend the services there. Terry Williamson, pastor at Christ United, said most people who attend his church don’t necessarily even know the difference between Episcopal and Lutheran. “We don’t emphasize either denomination, we just try to be a spiritual home for people,” Williamson said. The church is involved with the community of Clinton County and hosts events at the church each month such as blood drives, concerts, and parties.