Ezy Street Band, Taste of Charlotte this week ‘On the Square’

This week’s Summer Concerts on the Square music series will feature two community favorites, the Ezy Street Band, and the Lions Club’s annual Taste of Charlotte. The event takes place Thursday, August 24 on the lawn of the historic 1885 Eaton County Courthouse in downtown Charlotte. The Taste of Charlotte begins 5:30 p.m. and the Ezy Street Band will play from 6:30 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.

Taste of Charlotte Tickets are $1 each, and most food items cost one or two tickets. The event runs until the vendors are out of food. The event sponsor is Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home.

The Ezy Street Band has been described as a 50’s & 60’s Oldies Sock Hop band that fills in with a few classic country and rock tunes. They perform at the Eaton Area Senior Center several times each year for their Sock Hops which have proven to be a huge crowd favorite. Over the past few years they have performed at the Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival, once at Potterville’s Gizzard Fest, downtown Charlotte at two of their Thursday Car Shows for the Siren Shelter and for numerous festivals, parties and gatherings in and out of the area.

The Ezy Street Band has been together for 10 years and consists of musicians with well over 150 years of combined experience. Marcia Fittro, the group’s female vocalist, has performed not only with The Ezy Street Band, but has also been a member of the MSU Women’s Chorale, folk rock group Deseret and bluegrass group New Friends Folk. Percussionist Aaron Hawks works at Lansing’s Music Manor, managing the drum shop, and has been an active musician performing with such groups as Showdown, Jennifer Lewis, Billy Calhoun and Frisco. George Podany is the bass player for the group and does lead and backup vocals as well. He was a member of Blind Ambition, Jack Clarkson Band and Frisco. Rick Hughes, the band’s sax player has quite a background. Not only does he play sax with several local groups, he is also DJ Ricky, one of the area’s most requested DJ’s, performing regularly at Hawk Hollow’s Friday Night Dances, but also travels to Greenville and to Indiana several times a year for dances, plus numerous Wedding Receptions and Private Parties as well. Last but not least is guitarist and vocalist Don Mulvany. Don has been performing since 1966 with such groups as The San Francisco Trolley Company, The Hughes Brothers Band, Dealer’s Choice and co-founded Frisco with Rick Hughes.

Summer Concerts on the Square continues every Thursday evening through the end of August. Bring your lawn chair, picnic blanket and non-alcoholic refreshments, and enjoy another free summer concert.

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East Lovett Street Project Update For August 18, 2017

The installation of new sanitary sewer infrastructure was planned for completion today. Work on the installation of new storm sewer is scheduled to begin on Saturday.

A delay was experienced due to the need to identify an unknown utility line. It was necessary to determine what the line was and whether it was still in use before other work in the vicinity could proceed. It turned out that this was an abandoned gas line.

During a progress meeting held between the City’s consulting engineer and the contractor, the following revised schedule for the remainder of the project was prepared:

Sanitary Sewer Installation — August 16 – 18
Storm Sewer Installation — August 19-21
Balance Site — August 22-24
Building Road/Concrete Work — August 25-30
Hot Mix Asphalt Paving — August 31 – September 2

As the new schedule indicates, work will be performed on weekends in an effort to complete the project as rapidly as possible.

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Summer Concerts welcomes back ‘Life Support’

CHARLOTTE – Summer Concerts on the Square is delighted to have one of our most popular acts, Life Support, back for the third summer in a row. This high-energy variety band has wowed the summer concert audiences with their upbeat music, and seeming ability to play every audience request.

“Life Support has been a hit with our crowd since their first appearance,” concert organizer Bryan Myrkle said. “In my mind, the most important thing is, ‘Are they entertaining?’ and, Life Support can really put on a show.”

The free concert will take place on Thursday, August 17, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the historic 1885 Eaton County Courthouse Square. Life Support has been a performing unit for 15 years, with more than 140 years of combined experience. The key members of the band are Nikki Fowler on lead vocals, Ricky Nalett on keyboards and vocals, Bob Giunta on guitar and vocals, and Donny Brown on drums and vocals. Life Support was one of the premier bands at The Beer Barrel in Put-In-Bay for several years, and is one of the most requested bands for special events on Mackinac Island. Life support performs everything from jazz standards to classic rock and modern artists.

There will be several special events going on that night at the Square, including a classic car and motorcycle show sponsored by Pray Funeral Home, and Charlotte’s First Lutheran Church will be celebrating 500 years of Lutheran Faith with free hotdogs and other refreshments. Be sure to check out the Charlotte Artisan and Farmer’s Market, too.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and will run approximately two hours. In case of rainy weather, the concert will be moved to the First Congregational Church, right across the street. The Summer Concerts on the Square free music series will continue every Thursday evening through the end of August.

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Agenda Packet For Monday, August 14, 2017 City Council Meeting

Citizen Comments
The City Council encourages citizens to express their opinions about actions the Council is considering. For information about submitting comments about matters on the Council’s agenda, please visit the Citizen Comments page.
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East Lovett Street Project Update for August 11, 2017

New water main has been installed and tested. Connections between the new main and abutting properties have also been completed.

Work has now started on the installation of a new sanitary sewer line. In the photo above, a hole is clearly visible in the top of the old sewer. This hole might have been affecting the rate of sewer flow in this area in the recent past.

Construction activities related to the sanitary sewer will continue through next week.

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