Marsha Chartrand

New DPW supervisor enthusiastic to learn

A new face is joining the more familiar ones in the Department of Public Works (DPW) crew in the Village of Manchester. Brent Jones, a native of Grass Lake, was the successful applicant for the “working superintendent” job advertised by the Village in July, to replace long-time DPW Superintendent Gary Wiedmayer. Wiedmayer will retire at […]

 Marsha Chartrand

[PHOTO] Manchester in 1906

This photo postcard of “Main St., Manchester, Mich” is from the collection of Gerald Swartout, and is probably circa 1906, from the date of the postmark. It is Main Street looking east from just beyond the Blacksmith Shop, which is shown on the left. The text at right reads, “Dear Genevieve: Do you remember this place? This […]

 Marsha Chartrand

DNR seeks public input on Watkins Lake State Park general management plan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission are seeking public input on a new general management plan for Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve in Jackson and Washtenaw counties. The DNR and county officials will host a public meeting Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Super 8 Hotel banquet room, […]

 Marsha Chartrand

MMLB–Have you joined yet?

MMLB (Manchester’s fitness and weight loss challenge–MM=2,000 in Roman numerals, LB= pounds) would love to have you join them this year! Last year, in its first year, 412 pounds were lost and over 100 million steps were logged. This year, the goal is for participants to collectively lose 500 pounds (or more) toward the multi-year […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Township Planning chair dies from injuries

Long-time Manchester Township Planning Commissioner Leslie A. Kopka passed away August 10 as a result of injuries suffered in an accident at his farm. Kopka reportedly was mowing his lawn near a pond on the family property on VanTuyle Road Thursday morning, when the tractor overturned and went into the pond, pinning him underneath. Despite valiant […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Robotics Team to hold “Color Run” fund-raiser

They say it takes a village … It also takes a budget to raise a Robotics Team for the Middle and High School. About $10,000, in fact. Losing the generous support of Worth Repeating (which has been their largest sponsor for the past two years) this spring, spurred the FIRST Robotics team to look further for […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Historic band to celebrate Sesquicentennial at the Gazebo

The Dodworth-Saxhorn 19th Century Brass Band will bring Manchester its historic sounds on Thursday night at 7:30 pm at the Gazebo in Wurster Park, as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration. In addition to the concert, the evening’s events will include the Manchester Farmer’s Market at Wurster Park from 3:30-7 pm, the Emanuel United Church of […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Chicken Broil another big success in its 64th year

Beautiful blue skies with big, puffy clouds, but not a hint of rain. A  sunny and warm day, but not too humid. “Our weather committee did a great job,” said Chicken Broil co-chair Mike Tindall. “We had a GREAT day on Thursday.” The “weather committee” is  traditionally headed by  local pastors,  who are charged with […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Interim Superintendent to start today

An interim superintendent has been hired by the Manchester Community Schools Board of Education and begins his tenure today, July 24. Brad Hamilton, who was formerly the superintendent of Grass Lake Community Schools for 13 years, retired from that district in December, 2015. At the time of his retirement, he had spent more than 38 […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Songwriters’ night at the Manchester Gazebo

Two talented, homegrown singers and songwriters will appear together this Thursday night at the Manchester Gazebo. Natalie Mae Palms and Billy King, both beloved local singers, will combine their music, voices, and instruments as they perform their unique folk/roots sound to an appreciative hometown audience. Natalie, a graduate of Manchester High School, now is a resident […]