Exotic Zoo presentation to be held at Shepherd Community Library September 21

A presentation on Exotic Zoo animals will be held Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m. inside the Coe Township Hall in Shepherd. The event will feature several exotic animals including an alligator, monkey, giant tortoise, giant python, arctic fox, lemur, honey bear, porcupine, and siberan lynx.

The event is free to the public and presented by the Shepherd Community Friends of the Library.

Back to School Bash to be held August 13

The public is welcome to attend the 8th annual “Back to School Bash” being held August 13 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. inside the Shepherd Little Salt River Park. This year, the Shepherd United Methodist Church, which has hosted the event in previous years, is partnering with Project AWARE to provide support and fun to families with students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The event is geared towards families with students in kindergarten through fifth grade and will include a wide range of fun activities. School supplies will be given to the 200 students to register at the event. There will also be free hot dogs, pizza, homemade cookies, snow cones, and popcorn.

A wide range of local agencies will be present to provide attendees with information about different community resources including Clothing Inc., a source of free clothing for those in need hosted by the Nonprofit center at 1114 W. High Street, The Mount Pleasant Care Store which is hosted by the Mount Pleasant Community church and is located at 1400 W Broomfield St, and therapeutic horsemanship program Hopewell Ranch, located at 6410 W Leiter Rd. Hopewell Ranch will provide therapy ponies and donkeys. In addition, Dalis Hitchcock of Dalis to the Rescue will be present with an assortment of small animals for adoption, as well as her newly-released children’s book.

Alaina Sunken, event coordinator for Project AWARE, said that the event is expected to be a “great opportunity for family to spend time together before the school year starts.”

Native Farmers Market open every Tuesday until October

A Native Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday on the corner of Broadway and Leaton Road. The market includes seasonal produce, baked goods, breaded/sculpted/natural art and Indigenous foods. The market will run until October.

For more information, contact Sam Anglin, Market Master by phone at 989-775-4315 or by email at sanglin@sagchip.org

Improvement Projects underway at the Shepherd Train Depot

The Shepherd Train Depot will be seeing several improvements this summer. Currently, a gazebo is under construction, and the caboose is being repainted. There are also plans to repaint the Shepherd Train Depot’s mail car.

The construction of the gazebo and other projects are being funded by proceeds from the Depot Auction as well as donations from residents.

Rock for Restoration concert to take place August 16

The New Life and Thrive Churches will be hosting “Rock for Restoration” on Friday, August 16 starting at 6 p.m. at the New Life Church, 7989 E. Broomfield Rd., Mount Pleasant. Tickets will be $10 in advanced and $12 on the day of the event.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Isabella County Restoration House as well as help to bring awareness of homelessness in the community.

The event will feature performances by The Protest and The Persuaded, as well as local acts Matt Moore and Edge from Falling.

Businesses or organizations who are interested in sponsoring the event can contact Matt Pifer at pastormatt@newlifemtp.com. Tickets can be purchased here.

Annual Shepherd Area Historical Society Ice Cream Social and band concert attracted large crowd

The Shepherd Area Historical Society held its annual ice cream social on the lawn between the Powerhouse Museum and the Village park on July 8 at 6 p.m. Afterwards, the crowd which had gathered was treated to a live performance by the Central Michigan Area Concert Band.

Driver taken to hospital after rolling car during stock car race

Gabrielle Susdorf is in the hospital for injuries sustained after crashing her car during the 4 cylinder stock car competition at the Mount Pleasant Speedway Friday night. Chris Ryan, who attended the race, said that Susdorf’s car flipped approximately six times during the crash. Susdorf is currently being treated at Saginaw Covenant Hospital for injuries.

The Mount Pleasant Speedway posted photos of Susdorf’s car and a message asking its racing family to wish Susdorf a speedy recovery.

“Sending this young lady and her family thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery,” Ryan posted on his Facebook profile. “One thing I always count on is seeing Gabrielle’s smile every Friday at the pit booth.”

Susdorf is among the youngest drivers to compete in the 4 cylinder class for stock cars.