OKEMOS- On Monday, Feb. 27, the Meridian planning commission meeting received one of the largest turnouts that they’ve had in months. The reason why: The Walnut Hill Golf Club property is being rezoned. The golf club was privatized by a company that is planning on building commercial and luxury apartments. Residents of Walnut Hills and the neighboring property, Carriage felt strongly about the rezoning of the country club and showed up in high numbers of about 30 people at the meeting to express those feelings to the city’s elected officials.
Chick-fil-A has officially moved to Okemos and with its arrival it brought a crowd. Over 100 people came to camp out in front of Chick-fil-A in hopes of winning free Chick-fil-A for the next year. The grand opening was held on March 30 and was celebrated with long lines and a buzzing crowd.
Small and locally owned businesses are rare and often hard to find, but in the heart of Okemos stands Dusty’s Cellar: a wine bar, tap room, bakery, and cellar all in one. For over 37 years Dusty Cellar has been providing delicious baked goods, fine wine, and fresh hand carved meat for the Meridian and Okemos area. “In 1980 my dad, Dusty, founded this establishment which started off as a bakery in Meridian Mall and then in 1981 we moved from the all into this current location and we’ve been here since”. said Matt Rhodes, the current owner. The establishment started off with a bakery, specialty food, gourmet wine and cookware, which eventually got phased out and got turned into the first restaurant and 12 years later a second restaurant was added to the same location.
Construction on the new L.O. Eye Care, located at 5100 Marsh Rd., is going slower than expected. The new location opening on March 31, in Okemos presents other business opportunities for the surrounding businesses in the Marsh Road plaza. “We did run into an issue with a design component of the new office and after spending a couple of weeks trying to find a way to achieve the look we desired, the plan had to be altered,” said Lisa Rentz, who is ahead of the construction progress of the new L.O. Eye Care center in Okemos. “This resulted in a slight delay in our original timeline,”
Rentz is the director of marketing for every L.O. Eye Care location in Michigan. “We have 11 other locations including two in East Lansing and one in Williamston as well,” said Rentz.
In 1970, 6-year-old Kirk Frayer, now an employee at Haslett True Value Hardware, moved to a house near Lake Lansing in Haslett. He would come to spend summer days at Lake Lansing Amusement Park, which once sat on the site of what is now Lake Lansing Park South. “I was able to spend almost every day there from a woman who was watching me, and ride on the airplane thing, the Ferris wheel, all that,” Frayer said. “My grandma and grandpa used to go there when they were young, and yeah, that was a really nice place.”
According to Meridian Township historical records held at the Haslett Library, the park featured the Dodgem, a small wooden covered stage and seating area where bands would perform, a hand-crafted wooden carousel, and a wooden roller coaster that operated for 60 years. Lifelong Haslett resident Lisa Harkness said she also remembers riding a tilt-a-whirl, cups, and a Ferris wheel at the park.
Thirty years have passed since the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame moved into the historic Cooley-Haze House in downtown Lansing. Now, it’s time for a new chapter in the museum’s history. The museum will be packing its bags and moving into its new home at the Meridian Mall in Okemos. “We are really seeing the positive sides of this move,” said Caitlyn Perry Dial, the interim executive director. “We have been here for so long, it really show’s our longevity, and we see this as turning a new page and starting a new chapter in our history.”
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.