Briefs 3.11.2021

St. Patrick’s Day 50/50 raffle to be held
Grayling Main Street will conduct a St. Patrick’s Day 50/50 Raffle in downtown Grayling on Wednesday, March 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The drawing will be at 7 p.m.
Church to conduct Easter Egg Hunt
The Grayling Baptist Church – located at 705 Madsen Street – will conduct its Annual Easter Egg Hunt (for kids up to age 10) on March 20 at noon. Event will feature prizes, snacks, and activities. First 100 kids will receive an Easter basket. Participants should bring a basket or bag for collecting eggs.
Spaghetti dinner benefit to be held
A spaghetti dinner benefit for the family of Robert “Bobaloo” Stienbrink will be held on March 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grayling Eagles Hall. Dinner cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. Donations appreciated. Event will include a silent auction. Accommodations for social distancing will be provided. Any questions contact A. Patterson at (989) 619-7834 or K. Lobsinger at (989) 390-3200.
LWV to offer online election presentation
On Tuesday, March 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. the League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area will present Simon D. Schuster of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He will recap the 2020 election, which shattered records as the most expensive in Michigan’s history. Schuster will provide an overview of money’s growing role in our political system and offer information as to how everyday people can hold their elected officials accountable. The broadcast can be viewed on the Traverse Area Community Media Facebook page, on Zoom at or on Community TV Channel 189 (with Spectrum cable). Questions can be asked on zoom or in the Facebook comments. For those that are unable to tune into the live event, a recording will be available at TACM website ( More information can be found on the League of Women Voters Grand Traverse Area website:  
Grants available for non-profit organizations
The Great Lakes Energy People Fund is accepting letters of interest and grant applications from non-profit organizations throughout its local service area for the spring grant cycle. Letters of interest are due by April 1. If the letter of interest is approved, the applicant can then submit a grant application by April 15. All letters and applications are accepted through a new online grant application portal that can be found at Great Lakes Energy members support the People Fund by rounding up their bill to the nearest whole dollar amount. That extra change is then granted to non-profit, charitable organizations that provide humanitarian, educational, or community development services within the cooperative’s 26-county service area. 
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