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Saturday, June 30, 2007


Summer Taxes ..... Yeaaahhhhhh!

With the Summer 2007 tax season approaching, the Treasurer’s office would like to make the residents of Fenton aware of several items:

• The County Operating millage will now be levied 100% on the Summer 2007 tax bill.

• The Summer 2007 tax bill will be mailed out Monday, July 2, 2007. If you have not received your bill by July 15th, please contact our office. We will gladly mail you a duplicate.

• The Summer 2007 tax bill is due Monday, September 17, 2007, without penalty. After September 17th, any tax payments received will be assessed a penalty of 4%. Summer 2007 taxes can be paid at City Hall until the last day of February 2008. However, please remember that after September 17th, a penalty will be assessed.

• After March 1, 2008, unpaid real property taxes are delinquent and will be forwarded to Genesee County for collection.

• The 2007 Summer tax bill will be mailed to you around July 1, 2007. This bill is due September 17, 2007. If you have not received your tax bill, please contact us at 810/629-2261. We will promptly mail you a copy.


Friday, June 29, 2007


Fenton Cinema Movies and Show Times

Fenton Cinema - (810)629-8900

Shrek the Third (PG)
(12:35), (5:40)

Evan Almighty (PG)
(11:40), (1:50), (3:55), 6:00, 8:05, 10:10

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (PG)
(12:45), (2:50), (5:05), 7:10, 9:15

1408 (PG-13)
(12:15), (2:30), (4:45), 7:20, 9:35

Ratatouille (G)
(11:30), (12:30), (2:00), (3:00), (4:30), (5:30), 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30

Ocean's Thirteen (PG-13)
(2:10), 6:50, 9:20

Nancy Drew (PG)
(12:00), (4:40)

Knocked Up (R)
(2:40), 7:45, 10:25

Live Free or Die Hard (PG-13)
(11:35), (2:15), (4:55), 7:35, 10:15


Thursday, June 28, 2007


Fenton Freedom Festival Schedule of Activities





Silver Lake Ski Show at Silver Lake Park
Grand Marshal Adult ReceptionRay Durant Family / Uncle Ray’s Dairyland
at The Fenton Hotel Tavern & Grille
FREE Family Movie: “Night At the Museum”Fenton Community Center Grounds
sponsored by Financial Plus Credit Union & Southern Lakes Parks & Rec


Pancake Breakfast (American Legion #38)
Ecumenical Sunrise Service at the Gazebo(Fenton Area Clergy)
8:00am - 3:30pm
Arts & Crafts Fair
Parade - rain or shineDecorated Bike Parade (Fenton Optimist Club)
Float Judging (The Flint Journal)
11:00am- Until Gone
Chicken BBQ, hot dogs, brats, lemonade,chips & pop (Fenton Lions Club)

Rubber Ducky Regatta (Rotary Club)
Children’s Games Tent (Kiwanis Club)
Adopt-A-Pet of Fenton


Blue Grass Music (Lions Club)
Blackberry Creek Dancers


Hot dogs & pop at the Gazebo (Rotary Club)
Ice Cream Carts(K of C Council #7418)
Lemonade Stand(Fenton Area Amateur Radio Assoc.)


10:00am - 3:00pm
Museum Open
FREE FLAGS(Fenton VFW Post #3243 & Ladies Aux.)
Pony RidesGround Maintenance(Boy Scouts of Fenton)

6:00pm - 10:00pm
FREE Activities at The Freedom Center
Briana Braun2007 Freedom Festival Queen(Zonta Club of Fenton)

For information about the Fenton Freedom Festival, download the Freedom Festival Flyer here.
Parade Route:
Beginning on West Street, East on Shiawassee, South and Adelaide, East on South Holly, North on Leroy, N/W on River Street, West on Silver Lake to Beach Street, North on Beach to Wood Street, East on Wood Street to St. John's Church.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007


VG's Officially Announces Purchase of Both Farmer Jacks

Previously restricted for comment under a confidentiality agreement, VG's spokespersons finally announced that VG's is indeed purchasing both locations of the soon to be closing Farmer Jack's grocery stores in Fenton, Michigan. The Farmer Jack's store on North Leroy Street is due to close on July 7th, and VG's plans on reopening it as a new grocery store sometime in mid-July.

The Silver Parkway location, being so close to the main VG's store, will likely not be a traditional grocery store. By the sounds of it, VG's will be developing a more specific plan for that location to help fill some under-served services in the local area.

VG's states that this will help increase the local job rolls by some 140 positions. Applications will be accepted at the St. John Activity Center, 610 N. Adelaide St., on Thursday, June 28, and Friday, June 29. Thursday's hours are 12 to 5 p.m., and Friday's are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Garden Party for Cultural Center Huge Success

Ricky Nelson, back in 1972, sung a smash hit called "Garden Party." In the catchy tune, Ricky sings about being booed off stage at Madison Square Garden and concludes that "you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself."

Besides the title and both being smash hits, that is where the similarities between the Ricky Nelson song and the fabulous fund raiser end. This Garden Party, organized to help raise money for the construction of the Fenton Cultural Center, was a sold out show. Over 120 people attended in addition to the line up of local speakers.

This event, held at the Fenton Community Center auditorium on June 24th in the early afternoon, featured speakers from The French Laundry, Gerych's, Cathy Vrh, Fenton Flowers & Gifts and Yard 'N Garden. Master of Ceremonies, Kathy Williams, did a wonderful job. The luncheon served included a delightful garden salad cleverly served in clay pots with raffia ribbon, and an assortment of dressings presented in decorative watering cans.

A good time ... a good cause ... and maybe Ricky was wrong ... maybe you can please everyone.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007


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Saturday, June 23, 2007


Fenton Cinemas Movies & Times

Fenton Cinema - (810)629-8900

Surf's Up (PG)

Shrek the Third (PG)
(12:45), (5:40)

Evan Almighty (PG)
(11:40), (1:50), (3:55), 6:00, 8:05, 10:10

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (PG)
(11:55), (12:55), (2:00), (3:00), (4:05), (5:05), 6:10, 7:10, 8:15, 9:15, 10:20

1408 (Rating Pending)
(12:15), (2:30), (4:45), 7:20, 9:35

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (PG-13)
(11:45), (3:10), 6:30, 9:45

Ocean's Thirteen (PG-13)
(2:20), (4:55), 7:30, 10:05

Nancy Drew (PG)
(11:30), (1:40), (3:45), (5:50), 7:55, 10:00

Knocked Up (R)
(2:50), 7:45, 10:25


Friday, June 22, 2007


Fenton's "Concert In The Park" Series

Every Thursday night in the summer months, Fenton has a free "Concert In The Park" musical show available to the public. The location is near the gazebo next to the Fenton Police Station and across the street from the Fenton Post Office.

The show starts approximately 7:00 PM, and is held in the Auditorium at the Fenton Community Center if we experience rain.

The musical shows are family friendly, so bring a blanket to lay on the ground and come join the Fenton community each Thursday evening for some friendly musical fun.

Here's the line up (reported as of the day of publishing):

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Monday, June 18, 2007


Cumulus 105.5 FM -- Shop Fenton !!

For the businesses that want to be involved in the Fenton "Shop Local," Cumulus 105.5 FM is contacting local businesses to get a "Shop Local" going for the Fenton, Michigan area. They have already had local businesses express interest. If you would like more details, please feel free to call Bob Irish at 810-238-7300 ext.326 or e-mail at bob.irish@cumulus.com.


Sunday, June 17, 2007


Happy Father's Day, Fenton!

Father's Day is a primarily secular holiday inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and parenting by males, and to honour and commemorate fathers and forefathers. Father's Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, and typically involves gift-giving to fathers and family-oriented activities.

In the United States, the first modern Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was first celebrated as a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton, who is believed to have suggested the service to the pastor, is believed to have been inspired to celebrate fathers after the deadly mine explosion in nearby Monongah the prior December. This explosion killed 361 men, many of them fathers and recent immigrants to the United States from Italy. Another possible inspiration for the service was Mother's Day, which was recently celebrated for the first time in Grafton, West Virginia, a town about 15 miles away.

Another driving force behind the establishment of the celebration of Father's Day was Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Creston, Washington. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, as a single parent raised his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day. Although she initially suggested June 5, the anniversary of her father's death, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first June Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane.

Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread. President Woodrow Wilson was personally feted by his family in 1916. President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by selling male-oriented gifts such as electronics and tools. Schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts.

Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers in Fenton, Michigan!


Saturday, June 16, 2007


Fenton Movies and Show Times

Fenton Cinema - (810)629-8900

Surf's Up (PG)
(11:40), (1:35), (3:30), (5:25), 7:20, 9:20

Shrek the Third (PG)
(11:30), (1:40), (3:45), (5:50), 7:55, 9:55

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (PG)
(11:55), (12:55), (2:00), (3:00), (4:05), (5:05), 6:10, 7:10, 8:15, 9:15, 10:20

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (PG-13)
(11:50), (3:10), 6:30, 9:45

Ocean's Thirteen (PG-13)
(12:20), (2:55), (5:30), 8:05, 10:40

Nancy Drew (PG)
(11:35), (1:45), (3:55), 6:05, 8:20, 10:25

Knocked Up (R)
(11:45), (2:30), (5:10), 7:50, 10:30


Thursday, June 14, 2007


The Great Bank Robbery -- Fenton 1937

The following is an exerpt from the book "The Village Players" republished with permission from the Fenton author, Robert G. Harris. If you would like to purchase the complete 307 paged book, with over 60 photos, you can find it at the Lil Professor Book Store in Fenton, Michigan. This book is a narrative history of the Village of Fenton, 1937-1941.

(photo seen in article is a public domain photo, and not specific to this story)

The Great Bank Robbery

It was the morning of February 2nd 1937. The stores and shops were open and the townsfolk were moving about in a very normal manner. That is until shortly before noon, when two strangers, both wearing “colored’ glasses, parked their Ford V8 car on Leroy Street directly in front of the State Saving Bank of Fenton. As they entered the Bank, one was carrying a long deer rifle and the other a nickel-plated revolver and a black leather bag. Apparently, they made no attempt to conceal what they were carrying.

J. C. Peck happened to be on the street and he observed the men entering the bank and he headed directly for the Fenton Drug Company on the corner directly across the street from the Bank.

The two strangers entered the bank and moved to the rear of the building where they encountered the bank manager, Mr. E.C. Reid, holding a meeting with E.C. McGugan, a Bank Examiner and three employees: Robert Smith, George Warner and Margaret Barnum.

At the point of a gun, Mr. Reid and the others were kept in position as the men entered the “cage” and approached the tellers, Otis Furman and Miss Gertrude Berryman.

Otis Furman, who was nearest to the money drawer, opened the drawer and put his hand in the cash drawer. It was then that one of the robbers, evidently fearing he was reaching for a gun or an alarm button, struck Otis over the head several times with the butt of his revolver. He then forced the bleeding teller and Miss Gertrude Berryman into the bank vault. After scooping all the money from the drawer into the bag, the two bandits left the building, ran to their car and drove south out of town with $2,700 of the Bank’s money.

Bill Weideman, manager of the Kroger grocery store, was just entering the Bank as the robbers were making their exit. Bill had an envelope with $250 of his store’s money he intended to deposit. The robbers ordered him to lie down, which he did immediately and on top of his deposit envelope. Luckily he was not hurt or robbed, however, poor Otis Furman, his shirt, tie and suit covered with blood, had to be taken to a Doctor’s office where he required four stitches to close the wounds on his scalp.

While all this was going on, J.C. Peck told George Atherton and Clifford J. Phillips, who were customers at the Fenton Drug Company of what he had observed.

Leonard Limpach, the store’s proprietor, also noticed some “suspicious” actions and when the robbers came running out of the bank, Mr. Limpach rushed to the phone and called the State Police. About the same time, Mr. Reid realizing the bandits had left the bank, called for the police.

It so happened that a State Trooper on patrol had just left Fenton and was heading north toward Flint on the Fenton Road. When he received the radio message about the robbery he was about seven miles north of Fenton. He turned and sped back to Fenton, where J.C. Peck was able to provide the license number of the robber’s car which he had observantly copied as they sped away.

By then a small crowd had gathered in front of the Bank. Many of those assembled had been listening to the Flint radio for news about the ongoing “sitdown” strike at the General Motors plants, when the news bulletin about the bank robbery in Fenton was announced. In spite of the public interest and the actions of the lone State Trooper, the robbers made their escape. Some reported they had observed the bandits car speeding from Fenton in an easterly direction over the South Holly Road. It turned out that the license plates had been stolen from another car in Detroit the month before and therefore did not belong on the getaway car.

In those sensitive times for banks, it is interesting to note that the Bank’s insurance company delivered a check for the exact amount of the loss, $2,671.25, within 24 hours of the robbery.
An even more interesting event was triggered by the holdup. Two of Fenton’s young men, Clifford Crystal and Jack Hutchins got the idea they could track the robbers and began following their reported escape route. While they were “tracking” in the town of Milford, the State Police noticed their unusual behavior. They were arrested as suspects in the robbery, handcuffed and returned to Fenton. They were not released until the Bank employees established their innocence.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Teen Dies in Fatal Car Crash

We build our buildings with brick and mortar. But they, like us, can fall at any moment. The damage seen to the front of the Fenton House restaurant in the Dibbleville area near downtown Fenton was caused by a fatal car crash last Thursday in the early hours near 2:00 a.m.

The driver of the SUV, an 18-year-old from Holly, slammed into the front of the Fenton House restaurant on South Leroy Street and was tragically killed upon impact. His two passengers were injured. One was reported in critical condition as of Friday morning. The other, and apparently the only one wearing a seat belt at the time, is reported as having sustained minor injuries. Fortunately no others were injured.

The tragic loss of life leaves us with a couple of reminders. Do not drink and drive. It's ok to drink (if you're over 21). It's ok to drive (if you're over 16). But please, do not do both at the same time. Police believe that alcohol was involved in this fatal accident. Also, if the police want to pull you over ... pull over. It is a crime to flee an officer of the law. It appears that these teens were fleeing a police officer at a high rate of speed, and lost control of their vehicle.

Buildings can be repaired with more bricks and mortar. Lives senselessly lost cannot. Rest in peace, young one. And the rest of you ... be safe out there.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007


Republic Bank in Downtown Fenton

For those of you who bank at Republic Bank, you already know about the merger into Citizens. But for those driving through downtown Fenton, seeing the painted over sign, the empty parking lot and the missing American flag ... they have merged and moved.

Republic Bank is now part of Citizen's Bank. The nearest branch office to this now closed building is 226 West Caroline Street, just around the corner.

You'll see many of the same faces at the Citizen's branch that you did at this now closed Republic location.


Saturday, June 09, 2007


Fenton Movie Theater Shows and Times 6/9/07

Fenton Cinema - (810)629-8900

Surf's Up (PG)
(11:40), (1:35), (3:30), (5:25), 7:20, 9:15

Shrek the Third (PG)
(11:35), (12:35), (1:40), (2:40), (3:45), (4:50), (5:50), 7:55, 9:55

Spider-Man 3 (PG-13)
7:00, 9:50

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (PG-13)
(11:30), (12:30), (2:50), (3:50), 6:10, 7:10, 9:30, 10:30

Ocean's Thirteen (PG-13)
(12:20), (2:55), (5:30), 8:05, 10:40

Knocked Up (R)
(11:45), (2:25), (5:05), 7:45, 10:25

Mr. Brooks (R)
(11:50), (2:20), (4:55), 7:30, 10:00


Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Free Childrens' Camp in Fenton

"The Fathers Love" Children's Camp
Parkway Community Church
2940 Georgetown Parkway
Fenton, MI 48430

June 11th-15th for any children who have completed grades 1-6.

For more information, please call (810) 714-5252

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Free Sports Camp in Fenton

For all children who have completed Grades 1-6.
Camp times: Monday thru Thursday - June 18 thru 21 - 10:00AM until 12:30PM
Location: Parkway Community Church
2940 Georgetown Parkway
Fenton, MI 48430

For more information, please call (810) 714-5252

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Sunday, June 03, 2007


Fenton Community Center Programs

Below is a list of programs that are currently running at the Fenton Community Center.

Ace Driving School - Offers both Segment 1 and Segment 2 instruction. Please see the school website: www.acedriver.net or call 586.412.0440

AMVETS - Thursdays 9am-3pmVeterans (all branches of service) and their families may meet with AMVET representative with matters relating too: compensation, pension, widow's compensation, education, burial, medical or other VA concerns

Democratic Club - State, local and national issues are discussed on a regular basis. Objective is to promote political issues. Everyone is welcome.Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00-9:00p.m.

Fenton Area Singles - A mix and mingle opportunity for area singles. Meets the 2nd Friday, October thru June, from 6pm - 9pm.

Fenton Artist Guild - Established in 1975 to intensify public interest in the visual fine art, and to stimulate creativity and mutual sharing among its members. Open Studio is every Wednesday from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Live model sessions are interchanged with still-life set-ups.Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month starting at 7:00 p.m.

Jazzercise - Jazzercise combines elements of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kick-boxing and more to create a fullyeffective program for people of every age and fitness level. Increase your muscle tone, flexibility, balance, strength and endurance using easy-to-follow movements.For more information please call (810)266-5466.

La Leche League - An international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. This local group meets the 2nd Monday of every month from 10am through 11:30am.

Senior Fridays - A day for seniors to come to the Community Center and enjoy a craft or special speaker, and play bingo. Then enjoy a low cost lunch and play cards,Bunco and line dancing. There is something for everyone. Meetings are every Friday of the month. Reservations for craft and lunch are required. All seniors 50 and over may participate.

Every Friday:

9 - 10:30 am Social Time

10:30 am - Noon Bingo

Noon - 12:30 pm Lunch ($3.00)

12:30 - 3:30 pm Bunco/Cards

2 - 3:30 pm Line Dancing

9:45 - 10:15 am Bible Study


Blood Pressure Check 1st & 3rd Friday

Bank Beat 2nd Friday

SLCAC - South Lakes Community Arts Council. Meets the first Thursday of the month 6:00-7:30.

Toastmasters - This is a group of people helping themselves to learn the art of speaking, listening and thinking skills which are vital to enhance leadership. Meetings are every Friday 7:45-8:45a.m in the Lower Level Recreation Room. Register for this class...

Visions in Motion Dance Classes - This program is offered to several age levels, with Tap and Ballet and Jazz with a final recital at the end of the year. Please call Kim 735-1417 or Wendy 235-4572 for more information or visitwww.visionsinmotiondance.com

Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) - A sub-fund of the Fenton Foundation this group learns about Philanthropy and awards substantial funds to our community to benefit its youth. The group is made up of high school students.



Garden Party Fund Raiser - June 24th


This luncheon to be held June 24 1-4pm at the Fenton Community Center. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Fenton Community Center, the Fenton Area Regional Chamber, Gerych's or Willow Tree in downtown Fenton.

Tickets are non-refundable.

All proceeds to benefit Fenton Area Cultural Center. Speakers, Raffle, Demonstations and Style Show are just some of the excitment to take place at this tea party!

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Outdoor Movies at Fenton Community Center

Free Admission - Limited Concessions Available
Fri, June 8 Barnyard PG
Fri, June 22 Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire PG13
Tues, July 3
Fri, July 20
Fri, Aug 30 The Pacifier PG

For more information and show times, contact the Fenton Community Center.

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Fenton Movie Times & Listings 06-03-07

Fenton Cinema - (810)629-8900

Shrek the Third (PG)
(11:35), (12:25), (1:40), (2:30), (3:45), (4:35), (5:50), 6:40, 7:55, 8:45, 9:55

Spider-Man 3 (PG-13)
(12:35), (3:25), 6:30, 9:20

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (PG-13)
(11:30), (12:15), (1:20), (2:50), (3:35), (4:45), 6:10, 7:00, 8:05, 9:30

Knocked Up (R)
(11:45), (2:45), (5:05), 7:45, 10:25

Mr. Brooks (R)
(11:50), (2:20), (4:55), 7:30, 10:00


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