Women for Tri encourages women to become triathletes

Meet Cindy Erickson, an Okemos resident who has supported women in triathlons. Photo by Julian Stainback. Cindy Erickson likes to surround herself with strong women. She is the ambassador for Women for Triathlon, a program that encourages women to join triathlons. The program hosted an information session at the Playmakers’ community room in Okemos.

School of Rock offers multiple musical opportunities

School of Rock, which provides musical instruments and band performances for all ages of students, recently had its grand opening at its store at 2037 W. Grand River Ave. in Okemos. School of rocks is located Grand River Ave, Okemos. Photo by Cassie Huang. Jon Jackinchuk, the owner and general manager of School of Rock has been playing music for more than 20 years.

Meridian Twp. completes Okemos Rd. boardwalk

This boardwalk completes the final remaining gap in the pathway system along the east side of Okemos Road. Photo by Lizzy Smiley

On Nov. 4 Meridian Township hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Okemos Road Boardwalk. This boardwalk completes the final remaining gap in the pathway system along the east side of Okemos Road. It connects the pathway from Jolly Road to Lake Lansing Road.

Henry’s Place in Okemos hosts annual Meridian Cares Benefit

OKEMOS, MICH— The camaraderie and drink-filled fun of a pub will be shared by many Meridian Township residents on Nov. 15. The annual Meridian Cares Benefit has a new home this year at the popular Okemos pub Henry’s Place. 

The night is expected to have karaoke, games and a lot of good food available for those in attendance- all for good cause. Meridian Cares is a program that offers help to residents in difficult situations whether the issue is with finances, accessibility or any other way the community is able to assist. Darla Jackson, a human resources specialist for Meridian Township, is the director of the Meridian Cares program.

Meridian Mall’s MUA draws shoppers seeking Asian-style clothing

Its motto is simple: “Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” Those are words to live by at MUA, an Asian-style clothing store in Meridian Mall. This is the facade design of MUA, which is stylish and modern at first sight. MUA opened in December 2018 and its style attracts international students, as well as Americans looking for Asian-style clothing. Kaylyn Wang is a sales assistant in MUA and has worked there for more than six months.

Lyssa Kay Adams’ latest book inspires fans to read more romance

Once a journalist and now a full-time romance novel writer, meet Lyssa Kay Adams. Photo by Julian Stainback. Lyssa Kay Adams wasn’t always into romance novels until she read her first one in the eighth grade. She was inspired to create more romance novels on her own ever since.  

Adams was an award-winning journalist of nearly 20 years who gave up the world of telling true stories to write her own romance novels. 

Some of her novels have gotten nominations by the RWA, or Romance Writers of America, like “Wild in Rio” and “Seventh Inning Heat.” Since then, she has been a full-time writer for romance. 

Her latest book, “The Bromance Book Club,” made its debut at Schuler Books in Okemos on Nov. 6.   

With romance and a little comedy, Adams expects her latest book to give everyone an important lesson to learn.

In Meridian Twp., two restaurants, two generations thrive on one street

Henry Kwok has been working in a restaurant as long as he can remember. He opened his bar, Henry’s Place, three years ago side by side with Asian Buffet that his mom owned for 17 years. 

Growing up in New York, he moved to Michigan with his mother in 1998, and Kwok has always helped out in his mother’s restaurant. 

Henry Kwok is making a sushi roll in Asian Buffet. Photo by Cassie H.

 It is hard at that time for this family. Li hasn’t been away from Michigan for over 20 years. She has always hands on every little details in her restaurant.

Meridian Township’s farmers market ends regular season

It was cold and windy this past Saturday, but that didn’t
stop the Meridian Township farmers’ market from running on its last Saturday of
the regular outdoors season on Oct. 26. The farmers’ market is hosted every Saturday and Wednesday at the Central Park Pavilion in Okemos from May to July. The market offers a wide variety of locally grown produce, homemade goods and more from around the state of Michigan. The goal of the market is to provide the community an area to get fresh produces as well as support Michigan-based businesses.

Special education reform, student members discussed at Okemos School Board meeting

The Okemos School Board sitting to discuss the issues around the district. Photo by Julian Stainback. Okemos Public School Board of Education held a meeting on Oct. 28 to discuss issues around school construction, safety, special education and hopes of adding a new student member to the district’s board. First on the agenda was a presentation on changes to special education.

Meridian Twp. prepares adventures for trick-or-treaters

Still looking for a way to celebrate Halloween with the little ones? Look no further. Show off your cool costumes during Meridian Township’s weekend full of three free Halloween Adventures. All of these events take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Meridian Police Department located at  5151 Marsh Road. 

The first event of the weekend will be at the Meridian Police Department where visitors will be able to tour the Public Safety Building.