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Residents volunteer to beautify village

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The weather was nice and cool Friday for a big community spruce up in Mid-Michigan.

An army of volunteers both young and old set out Friday morning to make St. Charles a prettier place to live. 

They were armed with all the tools including leaf blowers, shovels and front end loaders.

This is the 40th year community members, most of them students at St. Charles High School, have gathered to spruce up the village.

Ron Brownlie has been a part of this for 33 years.

"To see this yearly and to take part in it is really an honor," Brownlie said.

Fellow instructor Troy Potter has participated in the project for 28 years.

"I like watching the young people, because typically the older generation we see young people as skateboarding and not really caring about the environment and when they're motivated, they can do a lot of good," Potter said.

The center piece of the project this year was creating a new landscaped area in front of DC Automotive.  

There were close to 60 flower bed areas around the village that were upgraded.

The St. Charles Beautification Day started in 1975 when biology teacher Doug Holem came up with the project. Holem is now the village president.

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