Marna Wilson: Living legend in mid-Michigan

At the Spartan Newsroom, we have partnered with Dr. Clare Luz of AgeAlive to speak with people in the communities surrounding mid-Michigan to spotlight local “Living Legends” and others in the community that make an impact through AgeAlive’s programs.

Below is a conversation with Marna Wilson, who is on the board at AgeAlive and is very active in the community.


Delhi teen center Building Twentyone rising from ashes

DELHI TOWNSHIP — When Building Twentyone burned down in October 2018, the owners had no question it would be back. This week, the Delhi Township Planning Commission approved Journey Life Church’s final site plan to rebuild the teen center in the place it once stood. 

 Lead Pastor Jared Stepp said he knew the church would find a way to continue the building’s mission in a video update posted on the church’s Facebook page after the fire,

“We’re going to figure something out because our vision hasn’t changed …” Stepp said in the update. “We lost a building. We lost a lot of stuff. But the passion is still there.

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Holt student school board reps invite classmates to advise them

“We’re able to answer some questions, but there’s no way for two people to accurately represent every single person at the school. So, we’re trying to create a broader group,” Hartley said.

Hornak said, “As adults, we can sit around and try to make a decision that we think is going to land well, or if we create this student advisory committee we have a better shot of capturing student voices and knowing what our students are thinking at that point.

Local libraries still thriving, even without late fees

In July 2021, the Capital Area District Libraries announced it would no longer charge fines for overdue materials. More than seven months later, the libraries are seeing the positive effects of the decision.

Library assistant Maxine Budzynski at the Holt-Delhi branch of the CADL said she feels the policy has been received very well overall by the community. 

With overdue fees eliminated, the library found a new way to ensure the return of their materials–freezing accounts. If the materials are past 10 days overdue, the person’s account is frozen and they are unable to check out anything else until it is returned. CADL Executive Director Scott Duimstra said this is better than fines and one that is closer to the group’s beliefs.  

Family affair leads Holt bowling down the stretch

Both Schaberg brothers will be among the favorites to make a run at the Division 1 Regional Finals on Feb. 25-26 with David coming off a semifinal appearance in the state championship as a junior in 2021. But on Sunday in the conference finals, it all came down to a family affair.In moments like these, it can be hard to separate the parent from the coach. Scott Schaberg said that while it’s great to see the boys win a title, the one negative is “that it had to come at the expense of the other.”

Charlotte rallies for elders as major storm brings out the best

Zach SurdenikJoe Shetenhelm and his son, Tim, help clear the sidewalks in Charlotte, Michigan on Thursday after the record-breaking storm. CHARLOTTE, Michigan – Major storms tend to go hand-in-hand with disaster, but one community is coming together this winter to give off a different feel. 

In a week that saw a record-breaking 13.3 inches of snow in the Lansing area, the City of Charlotte, about 20 miles south of Lansing, was filled with people on the streets driving plows and clearing sidewalks with shovels and snowblowers. 

“Out here in the country, we have a good, rugged community that is used to having a lot of the heavier snow and not necessarily having all of the infrastructure to deal with it, and they’re a community that likes to help each other out,” said pastor Dennis Weeks. 

Longtime Charlotte resident Troy Evans is one of those people. Every time there is a lot of snow, there’s Evans with his plow. 

“I try to do the whole sidewalk so that the surrounding people are not walking through snow,” Evans said. 

According to the 2020 U.S. Census data for Charlotte, 15.2% of the population is over the age of 65. Many in the community are working to help people who may not be able to help themselves with all of this heavy snow. 

Evans is glad to see people coming together to help the elderly, “It’s really important to me. They’re in their sixties, they don’t need to be out shoveling snow.”

Andy Hazel has lived in Charlotte for almost 50 years.