With the lifting of statewide stay-at-home orders, plans are underway for village-wide garage sales. Residents are invited to host garage sales June 25-27 inside the Village of Shepherd. Reaction to the announcement on the Village of Shepherd Facebook page has so far been positive, with 27 posted likes, and 4 posted hearts. “So excited! Can’t wait to clean out the garage,” Brittiany Smerdon wrote in a comment. ‘Been set up waiting since end of April.” For more information, contact the Village of Shepherd.Read More →

A “Parade of Seniors” will be hosted by the Shepherd High School in the Village of Shepherd on May 31 starting at 3 p.m. According to a post shared by the Shepherd High School, “Seniors will parade through town in celebration of their school year. The parade will end at the bus loop.” Diplomas will be handed out to the graduates who are not able to attend graduation. Seniors will line up on Dearing Drive between 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. Seniors can decorate their “car, tractor, bike, [or] whatever they would like,” according to the Facebook post. . ##Read More →

My1043 will be hosting a live “Commencement Saturday” program from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 during which they will honor high school graduates from the area. . The presentation can be listened to live on either the radio or on the My1043 mobile app, or via a live Facebook video stream. According to a Facebook event which has been posted by the radio station, valedictorians, salutatorians, and administrators from different area school districts will appear during the program, and the names of graduates will be read live on the air. . ##Read More →

The Mid Michigan Journal will be hosting a live “News Talk” session sometime this month. The live stream would last between 30-60 minutes, and it would be a chance for members of the community to join in, say hello, share their thoughts or news, and make any announcements they need to make. Those who prefer it can email their news to the address editor@midmichiganjournal.com, and I’ll announce them during the live stream or post them as articles on the site. Participants in the session would also be able to post information or ask questions live via the chat, My goal is to facilitate an eventRead More →

With the ongoing covid19 crisis, there has been a lot of interest in homemade masks. The list below contains information on residents from the community who are making masks to donate or sell. Anybody from mid-Michigan who is making masks and would like to be included in the list can register by completing this form.Read More →

The best part of the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival is the opportunity to attend the events together as a family. Today, a few photos from past festivals popped up in my Facebook news feed so I thought I’d share them here. I’ve made a point to take a picture of my kids inside the Little Red Schoolhouse each year, and there are a number of photos in my Facebook memories which show how much they’ve grown in the last few years, especially Elijah who is a baby in a couple. One of my favorite, though, is the photo I took of Elijah last year standingRead More →

Here is footage from the festival parade which was staged by Shepherd residents on Sunday, April 26. The video was recorded by Madison Sazima and originally posted on TikTok.   @madisonsazimaTractor parade because our hometown festival was cancelled. ##fyp ##foryou ##hometownproud ##farmers ##essentialemployee ♬ This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia LineRead More →

Anybody who was home in the Village of Shepherd or passing through town today around 2:30 p.m. were treated to an impromptu parade. The parade was held to commemorate the 62nd Annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival which had been scheduled to take place this weekend but had been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state restrictions. The parade was relatively short given that it consisted of 8 farm tractors which were driven by members of local farming families. One of the tractors was driven by the surprise event’s organizers, Dave Sazima. Sazima, who has attended the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival for all of hisRead More →

If things had gone according to plan, the Village of Shepherd would be kicking off its 62nd annual Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival today. Banners would have been hung, rides for the carnival would have arrived, and I would be answering questions from the public via email and Facebook. Usually, it would be the beginning of my crazy, four day-long marathon of photography and mass communications. My wife often laments that this is the weekend where my family barely sees me because I am constantly on the go. Unfortunately, this year the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival, like many events this spring, needed to be cancelled becauseRead More →