The Meridian Township firefighters and Boy Scout Troop 125 teamed to help celebrate Meridian Township’s 175th anniversary. The two groups hosted a pancake breakfast at 242 Community Church in Okemos on March 11. The firefighters made pancakes, while the troop served them to attendees. Ted Ferris, an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 125, said he was excited for the event and believeed it would be beneficial for Boy Scout Troop 125. “This is service to the community in terms of helping out.
Katie Ann Lambert, a native of Michigan, had been traveling across the country for eight years, from Colorado to Hawaii and after working for someone else, she decided she wanted her own. So Mitten Raised Bakery that once was an idea finally became reality. “My brother actually came up with the name. After going back and forth about it, I came back to where I was from so the name stuck,” said Lambert. Lambert bought the store last year and planned to open this past December but with a few hiccups hopes to open her store in mid March.
Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the Secretary of Education after a 51-50 vote on the Senate floor. The DeVos nomination sparked controversy because of her career of fighting for charter schools, private schools and religious schools.
On the first and third Saturday of every month from December to April, shoppers at Meridian Mall can stop and browse the natural and locally grown produce sold at the Meridian Mall farmer’s market. Instead of the usual limitation of fast food served at the mall’s food court, shoppers can bypass the food court and browse tables filled with an assortment of different homemade and homegrown goodies. “The farmer’s market has been around for over 40 years,” said Christine Miller, Meridian farmer’s market manager. “The success of the market has been from the great support of customers and vendors over the years. This affects the community by providing them with access to fresh, local products and helping the local economy.”
Meridian Township’s Director of Parks and Recreation, LuAnn Maisner, said around 45 vendors set up shop up and down the JCPenney corridor.
The town hall room at Meridian Municipal Building was filled nearly to capacity for Feb. 27’s Meridian Township planning commission meeting. During the meeting’s allotted time for public remarks, nineteen citizens spoke out against Rezoning #16060, the petition that would rezone the land currently occupied by East Lansing’s Walnut Hills Golf Club, 2874 E. Lake Lansing Rd., to allow the new owners to put more residences in a possible housing development there. The rezoning petition would move the land from a Rural Residential zoning district to a Single Family, Low Density zoning district. According to Steve Schafer, who represented the owners of the Walnut Hills property, Summer Park Realty, LLC, at the meeting, the rezoning would allow the course area to fit nearly 400 residential units.
Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will be moving to Meridian Mall in Okemos. Caitlyn Perry Dial, the interim executive director at Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, said that there have been talks about moving locations in the past. “Well our board had discussed the need to move in the summer of 2015, however we wanted to make sure it was the right time and the right facility,” Dial said. The Women’s Hall of Fame needed to move for multiple reasons, but some stood out more than others. “We have a lot of reasons for moving, but mainly that in 2015 our board had decided that we have outgrown our current facility and our building isn’t wheelchair accessible,” Dial said.
The Old Chicago restaurant chain has been around since 1976 and has catered to families in Michigan from its three different locations: Southgate, Trenton, Portage and Okemos. “The Okemos location has been here since 2004,” said service manager Cassie Sanderson, “I’ve been working here for 12 years and the environment and everything, it feels just like a family.”
Old Chicago features specialty pizzas such as the spaghetti pie. The pizza has spaghetti tossed in Alfredo sauce and baked with Romano and Provolone cheeses then topped with Alfredo sauce. “The Spaghetti Pie is my favorite thing on the menu,” said Sanderson. “It sounds gross
because it’s hard to explain but it’s so good.”
With a welcoming atmosphere the restaurant has a small arcade area, as well as a large bar which allows it to cater to just about everyone in the family.