Marsha Chartrand

School Board Takes Questions, Criticism from Residents

At last Monday night’s school board meeting, the board and superintendent Cherie Vannatter faced questions from the audience of parents as well as each other. According to published reports, the Manchester Community School district is facing serious deficit problems, that have been ongoing for more than two years. Although the amount of fund balance (savings account) […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Middle School Principal Spickard Accepts Principal Job in Milan

The Manchester School District announced Thursday that Manchester Middle School principal Dr. Shanna Spickard was recently approved as the Middle School Principal for the Milan Area Schools. “Dr. Spickard will be greatly missed and we wish her well in her new endeavor,” Vannatter said. The resignation, along with the process to fill the vacancy, will be […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Manchester Community Schools Participates in Digital Learning Summit

Superintendent Cherie Vannatter and other leaders from the Manchester school district recently joined representatives from thirty other districts for an invitation-only regional education summit focused on improving teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. “It was an informative and inspirational two days,” said Vannatter. “We worked with colleagues from all over […]

 Marsha Chartrand

See “Today’s Brass Quintet” at the Gazebo this week

  For a change of pace at this week’s gazebo concert, join us for “Today’s Brass Quintet” this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The quintet, led by Ann Arbor Public Schools teacher Joe De Marsh on tuba, specializes in brass chamber music for concerts, weddings, official ceremonies, and receptions, as well as formal and informal gatherings throughout southeastern […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Washtenaw Now to Cease Publication this Week

  Digital First Media, the parent company of Washtenaw Now, has announced that they will cease news operations in its Washtenaw market as of this Thursday, June 25. Employees learned last week of the decision, which comes only a year after the company consolidated eight local newspapers to provide a regional weekly publication. While some employees may […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Manchester’s Relay For Life Hits a Milestone

The 2015 Relay For Life of Manchester is now in the history books, and according to organizers, can be considered a great success despite a smaller turnout than in some previous years. While total funds raised are not yet finalized, it was announced at midnight on June 20 as the event drew to a close, that […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Gun Safety Week in Washtenaw County

Every law enforcement agency in Washtenaw County has joined together with other organizations to help make the county and its residents safer, by holding a Gun Safety Week June 21 – 27, 2015, as passed by a resolution of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. The purpose of Washtenaw County Gun Safety Week is to […]

 Marsha Chartrand

E-Cigarettes Now Prohibited in Indoor Public Areas and County Parks

The use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes or similar devices) will no longer be allowed in indoor public areas in Washtenaw County that are already smoke free. Changes to the Washtenaw County Clean Indoor Air Regulation were approved in March and took effect June 18. New language in the regulation prohibits the use of […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Fair Queen Contest Set for June 23

The 2015 Manchester Community Fair Queen contest will be held on Tuesday, June 23, opening night of 71st annual Manchester Community Fair, immediately following the fair parade. Angie Fuller, coordinator for this year’s event, said that the contest will begin promptly at 7:30 pm, due to the compact tractor pull immediately following. Representatives from each of […]

 Marsha Chartrand

Relayers to “Fight Back” Against Cancer

“Celebrate … Remember … Fight Back” is the motto of Relay For Life. And in Manchester, Relayers do all three of these things very well. To “Celebrate,” Relay For Life of Manchester, coordinates a sumptuous brunch for cancer survivors and caregivers, following a celebratory lap around the track to kick off the day’s activities. All […]

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