IT’S PASTY TIME IN OUR TOWN: First Congregational Church, 36223 Alfred St., is baking and selling its famous pasties now through Nov. 3. Make it a point to call in an order at 586-725-0909 or simply stop by and pick up some for lunch, dinner or the freezer. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. At $5 each, they are delicious and extremely popular. Come and see for yourself. Over 8,000 will be made and sold to customers throughout southeastern Michigan. Don’t miss it! Note: Masks are requested. See you there!
ABHS MARCHING TARS SHINE: P. David Visnaw II, director of instrumental music at Anchor Bay High School, is thrilled! Our Town’s Anchor Bay High School Marching Tars earned straight first division ratings on Oct. 14 at Anchor Bay High School. The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District XVI held its marching band festival there. There were three adjudicators assessing the marching bands in three major categories: marching, music and general effect. Of the nine performance categories, the Tars earned all As and two A+ grades. This is the 22nd consecutive year that the musicians have been awarded a first division at this festival. Our Town is proud to send congratulations to Mr. Visnaw and his talented musicians.
BAY-RAMA INC. RECEIVES AWARD: Nonprofit of the Year was awarded by the Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce to Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival on Sept. 23. The plaque includes “significant contribution through their community outreach” and is accompanied by a certificate of congressional recognition signed by Congressman Paul Mitchell. Our Town is always in awe of Bay-Rama Inc. and its many gifts to residents in the way of parks, play equipment, athletic fields and, of course, the marvelous Fishfly Festival every June. Wonderful volunteers who never stop giving.
STUFFED ANIMALS COLLECTION: New and gently used stuffed animals from smoke-free homes are desired for a collection at Haven Place, 48475 Main St. in New Haven. Please bring them to the address and leave them under the overhang. A distribution will take place in November. Call 586-484-8540.
NB PARKS AND RECREATION FALL/WINTER CLASSES: Call 586-725-0291, go to its Facebook page or nbrecreation.org to learn the exciting offerings available. How about ballroom dancing for ages 16 and older or Judo for ages 6 and older? Children’s art level 2 for ages 9 to 12 or piano level 1 for ages 6 to 11? The recreation center is located at 35248 Cricklewood Blvd. in Our Town. Time to be involved and to have fun.
BIG BREAKFAST NOV. 8: In the Cove serving from 8 a.m. to noon, Lempke-Blackwell VFW Post 7573 will be welcoming guests for a yummy meal of eggs and omelets to order, scrambled eggs, French toast, homemade gravy, biscuits, bacon and potatoes. World War II veterans eat free. For others, the cost is $8 minimum for adults and $2 for children ages 8 and younger. Masks are required. Call 586-725-7100. The post is located at 35011 23 Mile Road in Our Town.
WINTER WEAR GIVEAWAY NOV. 8: Hosted at the New Baltimore Civic Club, 36551 Main St. in Our Town, by New Baltimore Lions Club member Judy Gable and New Baltimore Civic Club member Karen Lietke, the event will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Available will be boots, coats, jackets, hoodies, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens. Want to donate gently used items for this event? Donations may be dropped off at the porch of 51145 Clay St. Have a huge collection and need a pick-up? Call 586-212-3036. Note: Over 300 items were given away last year. From Mrs. Gable and Mrs. Lietke: “With appreciation and thanks for the fantastic donations from Our Town thus far, we are overwhelmed with the generosity and love shown. Your warm hearts will provide warm bodies for others.”
NOV. 14 QUARTER AUCTION: Blankets With Care will host the event at Penne Lane, 44905 Morley Drive in Clinton Township, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Win some great prizes and help the needy of Macomb County. Penne Lane will be serving food and drink from their lunch menu. The Mystery Auction Buckets have retail values of $25 to $100. Bring your quarters. Go to ccconnectionllc.com, blanketswithcare.com or the organization’s Facebook page for more information.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO OUR TOWN: Good day! I just want to take the time to thank everyone for their generous donations for the upcoming holiday giveaway. It is because of people like you that we can continue serving the community. If you or anyone you know are able to help with turkeys and hams, we would appreciate your donations. Meanwhile, the pantry is always in need of Stove Top dressing, canned gravy, canned cranberries, box cake mix, flavored rice, raisins, crackers, oatmeal, egg noodles, juice, ramen noodles, Hamburger Helper, Manwich, pancake mix and syrup. The pantry is looking for volunteers who can help with unloading delivery trucks on Mondays from noon to 2 p.m. We accept donations Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 50931 Maria St. in New Baltimore. Call 586-725-6304. We pray that everyone stays safe and has a blessed holiday. Sincerely, St. Mary Queen of Creation Food Pantry.
WITTY RAZZBERRY NEWSPAPER OUT DEC. 4, 5: A Goodfellows publication since just after World War II in Our Town, the donations collected will provide families and children in need in the area with baskets and gifts. “No Child Without a Christmas” is the theme and goal every December. Goodfellows will be at business entrances and street intersections with the Razzberry paper and a container for your generous donation. The writer will be at Huntington Bank looking forward to giving greetings to all who stop by.
VETERANS WREATHS EVENT DEC. 12: Honor your veteran laid to rest at St. Mary’s and Oakwood cemeteries with a special ceremony dedicated to their service in our country’s military. At noon on 24 Mile Road at the St. Mary’s Cemetery, recognition of their service will be observed with dignitaries, guest speakers, representatives from each branch of service, the playing of “Taps,” and the singing of the National Anthem. At the completion, those in attendance may select a wreath to place at the gravesite of a loved one. With a Dec. 5 deadline, donations for the cost of the wreaths are welcome by writing a check payable to Horizon, and sending it to Curves, 35453 23 Mile Road, New Baltimore, MI 48047. Call Tammi at 586-883-4643 or Mickie at 586-855-6992, wonderful volunteers who have been a part of this important endeavor for 10 years. Our Town salutes you, Tammi and Mickie.
HELP MACOMB COUNTY HOMELESS CHILDREN: The Clinton Valley Kiwanis Club is accepting donations to assist them to continue helping needy homeless children, an endeavor the club has taken on for years. Until this year, the club has hosted the event, “A Tuscan Evening” that earned funds for clothing, shoes, school supplies and food for children and their families. Canceled this fall, the club is still going to be there for those in need and readers can help. Send a check payable to Clinton Valley Kiwanis, 25494 N. Royal Doulton Boulevard, Clinton Township, MI 48038. The 2021 fundraiser is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Zuccaro’s Banquets & Catering, on Gratiot Ave. in Chesterfield Township, so mark the calendar and plan to attend. The evening includes great food, raffles, wine tasting and plenty of fun. Truly a worthy cause, Our Town is grateful for the work of the Clinton Valley Kiwanis Club.
WORDS OF WISDOM: Do you? “Forgive everyone for everything?” “Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present?” “Agree to disagree?” Finally, “Smile as often as you can, even for no reason and no one is looking?”
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