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HACC and LaFontaine Cadillac Partner to Host Take Out Take Over

January 8, 2020 - The Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC have teamed up to do...
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HACC and LaFontaine Cadillac Partner to Host Take Out Take Over

Cromaine Library Returns to Curbside Service Only

November 18, 2020 - Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, Cromaine District Library is stepping...
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Cromaine Library Returns to Curbside Service Only

Hartland Township Board of Trustees Swears in Two New Members

November 17, 2020 - At the November 17 Board of Trustees meeting, Hartland Township swore in two new Board members,...
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Hartland Township Board of Trustees Swears in Two New Members

Hartland’s Polar Express Day Transitions to a “Drive-thru Experience” for 2020! 

November 15, 2020 - Hartland’s Polar Express Day is chugging on for 2020! The popular community event, that began in...
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Hartland’s Polar Express Day Transitions to a “Drive-thru Experience” for 2020! 

2020 Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is Meghan Glabach

October 12, 2020 - Congratulations to Meghan Glabach, Hartland Living's 2020 Volunteer of the Year! Other nominees included Jake Andrews,...
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2020 Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is Meghan Glabach

HACC and LaFontaine Cadillac Partner to Host Take Out Take Over

January 8, 2020 –

The Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and LaFontaine Cadillac Buick GMC have teamed up to do Hartland’s first Take Out Take Over! Beginning January 8, residents can register to get a free lunch for 7 Wednesdays in a row from a participating Hartland restaurant. The lunches kick-off Wednesday, January 20 at Tony Sacco’s of Hartland. Katie Chuba, HACC Director, felt “this is the time we need to support our local businesses, especially restaurants. This campaign is about promoting restaurants, community unity, and inspiring others to support local business and the economy.” LaFontaine is sponsoring the lunch giveaways and will be there each week with a special gift as well. “When the HACC approached us for this giveback, we jumped in quickly!” said Karla Griscom of LaFontaine.

Hurry to be one of the first 30 registered for each week! Local restaurants include: Tony Sacco’s, Big Boy of Hartland, Wings Etc, Hartland Brewing Co, Culvers, Mackle’s Table & Taps, and Black Rock. Each week you may select the lunch option you prefer.

If you don’t get in, don’t worry, you can support these restaurants by placing orders for carryout at your convenience!

Register Here

Cromaine Library Returns to Curbside Service Only

November 18, 2020 –

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, Cromaine District Library is stepping back to curbside-only service, effective Wednesday, November 18. Curbside service is available for people to pick up checked out materials from their own car. Many of the programs normally offered will continue to be virtual and a complete calendar of events is available on the library website, including many Take-Home Kits for all ages!

To use the curbside service, the patron should place holds using WWW.CROMAINE.ORG and the “Login” feature in the upper right hand corner or contact the library at 810-632-5200 with materials they wish to reserve. Full instructions on Curbside Service are also available on the library’s website. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 am – 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. When Cromaine is closed, the materials return, wireless in the parking lot and virtual library services on Cromaine’s website are all available.

I know this is disappointing, but I feel that it’s important to do everything we can to prevent the spread of this disease in our community. I’m glad that technology gives us the ability to continue providing materials and programs during this time,” Mallorie DeVilbiss, Cromaine Director, said. 

Curbside Service Instructions

Hartland Township Board of Trustees Swears in Two New Members

November 17, 2020 –

At the November 17 Board of Trustees meeting, Hartland Township swore in two new Board members, Summer McMullen and Denise O’Connell. A big “thank you” goes out to Joe Colaianne and Glenn Harper, who have served as Hartland Township Trustees for 16 and 13 years, respectively. A special thanks to Judge Michael P. Hatty for performing the ceremony.

Board of Trustees

Hartland’s Polar Express Day Transitions to a “Drive-thru Experience” for 2020! 

November 15, 2020 –

Hartland’s Polar Express Day is chugging on for 2020! The popular community event, that began in 2013, is transitioning to a “Drive-thru Experience” this year to allow for proper social distancing, while still bringing the magic of the holidays to the Village of Hartland. 

Participants are encouraged to wear their best pajamas and decorate their car to look like a train to slowly chug through the historic Village of Hartland to encounter the sights and sounds of the holiday season, including a real reindeer, Santa, carolers and surprises around every corner! This community event is offered for free and no advance registration is required.

Cromaine Library Community Relations Manager, Pam Holtz, said “If there was ever a year that needed extra holiday magic, it’s 2020! We knew the safest way to bring joy during this year’s Polar Express event would be offering a drive-thru experience, and we’re so grateful for all of the work and dedication that has made this happen.”

The event, which runs from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, takes place along a route that begins at the Hartland High School parking lot off of Dunham Road and winds its way to Crouse Road and eventually Hartland Road to School Road, which will be closed to non-event traffic the morning and early afternoon of December 12. The route will take about 30 minutes to traverse and participants are required to remain in their vehicles for the duration of this event.  

“Hartland’s Polar Express Day is truly a community-led event,” said Marta Jackson, Cromaine Library’s Youth Services Manager. “The Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority and the Livingston County Sheriff offer their traffic control expertise, local business leaders contribute resources and entertainment, Hartland students and other community groups volunteer their time; all to celebrate a great book and bring joy to our community. It’s a delight to see the creativity and effort these community partners have put into reimagining this event to allow it to go forward in a safe and responsible manner. We hope the community has as much fun experiencing it as we’ve had planning it.”

The event has activities inspired by the 1985 children’s book, The Polar Express published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which was written and illustrated by Grand Rapids native and University of Michigan graduate Chris Van Allsburg. 

Thank you to our supporting sponsors Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce, Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority, Hartland United Football Club, Jellison CPA, Michigan Financial Planning, Universal Credit Services, MIT Dance Studio, Beauchamp Water and Village Real Estate Group.

Visit the Polar Express Website

2020 Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is Meghan Glabach

October 12, 2020 –

Congratulations to Meghan Glabach, Hartland Living’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year! Other nominees included Jake Andrews, Connie Brinkerhoff, Marc Cope, Tom Hermann, Jennifer McGovern, Michelle Nist, and Robyn Woolf.

The Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is an initiative of Hartland’s Partners in Progress, a joint venture between Hartland Consolidated Schools, Cromaine District Library, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and Hartland Township.

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Hartland Living is Seeking Votes for 2020 Volunteer of the Year

September 7, 2020 –

We Need Your Help!

There are eight amazing nominees for Volunteer of the Year, and now we need your vote! Public voting takes place September 7 – 21, 2020.
Read about each one and cast your vote carefully, as only one vote per voter is allowed. Voting is not anonymous (your email address verifies your one vote).

The winner of the Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year award is decided by equal votes from Hartland’s Partners in Progress (Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce; Hartland Consolidated Schools; Cromaine District Library; Hartland Township), and from the public voting ONLINE.

The Hartland Living Volunteer of the Year is an initiative of Hartland’s Partners in Progress, a joint venture between Hartland Consolidated Schools, Cromaine District Library, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce and Hartland Township.

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Hartland SOUP holding a Special Outdoor Version

September 10, 2020-

COVID-19 caused two different SOUP events to be canceled in April and July of 2020, but that’s not keeping the organization from continuing planning events to give micro-grants to community organizations and businesses. The next SOUP is scheduled for Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 pm on Cromaine District Library’s South Lawn. Community organizations and businesses submit proposals, and if selected, present at the SOUP in hopes of winning the votes of those in attendance. Stefanie Furge, SOUP coordinator, said “This SOUP is really special because the presenter with the most votes is guaranteed to win a minimum of $1,000. Due to the two canceled SOUPs, we have two $500 Heartland Foundation Grants, that weren’t used in April and July, to start the prize pot at an amazing level! We can have 100 in attendance at SOUP and we ask everyone that attends for a $5 donation. If we can fill the lawn, that is an additional $500 that goes to the winning proposal. We also have an anonymous donor that matches the money brought in at the door and that money (hopefully $500 as well!) will be split between the non-winning presenters. It’s a win-win for everyone selected to present!” The deadline for submitting a proposal for consideration is Thursday, September 17, so enter soon.

Here are the important details about the September 24 SOUP:

1) The starting prize is $1,000 – YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT! How do you get a chance at that? Submit a proposal form!
2) It’s still $5 for food and a vote, but there won’t be a meal, rather a yummy Michigan donut served with either cider or coffee!
3) You will need to bring your own chairs.
4) Due to occupancy restrictions, the maximum number allowed is 100, so you must RSVP.

Any other questions? Email hartlandsoup@gmail.com

SOUP Details

Card Up to Explore Cromaine and Support the Community

September 1, 2020 –

Cromaine Library is encouraging community members of all ages to Card Up! to Explore Cromaine and Support the Community. They have partnered with 13 local businesses to offer discounts and deals when patrons show their Cromaine Library Card during Library Card Sign-up Month in September. To get a Cromaine Library card, you must live within the Hartland Consolidated School District boundaries. If you’re employed in Hartland, you’re eligible for a card as well– just bring in both a photo ID and proof of employment (badge or pay stub). Non-resident students who attend school (parochial, charter, or School of Choice) in Hartland are also eligible with student identification.

Included in this year’s campaign are Culver’s of Hartland, Dunham Hills Golf Course, Hartland Flowers, Red Olive, Fountain of Youth, and MORE.

 

See Businesses Here

Hartland Township Looks Back on 10 Years in a Hartland in Hindsight Series

August 25, 2020 –

Hartland is a “business-friendly, family-friendly, friendly-by-nature” community, but it didn’t wind up that way by accident. Look back on the past decade with a countdown of the 20 key successes, wins, and/or moments of insightful leadership from Hartland Township’s strategic plans. They say hindsight is 20/20, but we’d like to think–in hindsight–that our Township leaders have given us some strategic, visionary, “20/20” leadership over the past 10 years, from 2010 through 2020, a decade spanning periods of growth and recession alike.

See the Series Here

Hartland High School Named A National Banner Unified Champion Schools

August 21, 2020 –

Congratulations to Hartland High School on being named a 2020 Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School! It is one of only 155 nationwide, and one of only 5 in Michigan! 

A Special Olympics Unified Champion School has an inclusive school climate and exudes a sense of collaboration, engagement and respect for all members of the student body and staff. A Unified Champion School receiving national banner recognition is one that has demonstrated commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards of excellence. These standards were developed by a national panel of leaders from Special Olympics and the education community.

Hartland High School’s unified sports team is made up of general education and special education students to promote the importance of inclusion.

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Cromaine Library Welcomes New Community Relations Manager

June 1, 2020 –

Cromaine is happy to introduce a new Community Relations Manager Pam Holtz to the community! A resident of Howell, Pam has numerous years of experience in the non-profit sector, leading the creation and execution of events geared towards both community building and fundraising. Her most recent endeavor was at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, where she managed the alumni and parent communities to create meaningful relationships and encourage philanthropic giving. Pam earned a BA in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit organization and management – both from Oakland University. When she’s not at the library, you can find her enjoying time outdoors with her husband, Tim, and their two children – Abby and Teddy.

 

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HACC Participates in Virtual Town Hall with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin

June 4, 2020 –

The Greater Brighton, Hartland Area and Howell Chambers of Commerce, along with Ann Arbor SPARK, were pleased to meet virtually on Thursday, June 4 with Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.

Congresswoman Slotkin addressed updates to the PPP loans, including a new extension to 24 weeks; supply chain protection, stating the importance of not outsourcing those supplies critical to protecting Americans; and the HEROES Act, which recently passed the House. She also talked about the recent protests in our county, stating she hopes to continue to see “upstanding citizens.” Slotkin encourages anyone in her district to reach out to her by contacting Mona Shand, her Livingston County liaison, at Mona.Shand@mail.house.gov.

Watch the Recorded Webinar Here

Hartland Community Education Director Michelle Otis Retires

July 1, 2020 –

After serving the Hartland Community for over 24 years, Michelle Otis is retiring as the Community Education Director. She was hired as the Assistant Director in December of 1996 along side Steve Assenmacher. When Steve retired in 2005 Michelle became the Director. Now she is handing over the keys to Carol Hayes the new Community Education Director. Carol looks forward to carrying on the legacy for all residents of Hartland. Thank you Michelle for all the years of service to the Hartland Community!

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A United Front for Livingston County from Business Leaders

May 21, 2020 –

Business leaders in Livingston County are joining forces to make a statement and a plea to the Governor of Michigan based on the state’s own numbers. The argument is clear.

Today, the Howell, Brighton, and Hartland Chambers of Commerce, along with the Livingston County Convention and Visitors Bureau, who represent thousands of businesses in Livingston County, are requesting and encouraging the Governor to move Livingston County from the Detroit Region of the MI Safe Start Plan to the Lansing Region.  Livingston County is already included the Lansing Region of the Emergency Preparedness region developed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and based on the numbers currently reported on the Michigan.gov/coronavirus website, this makes sense.

Katie Chuba, Executive Director of the Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce, commented, “Livingston County has worked very hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and it shows in our numbers.  As of May 19, Livingston County reported 385 confirmed cases while Wayne County reported over 19,000, Oakland over 8,000 and Macomb over 6,000 cases.  Including Livingston County in the Detroit Region doesn’t make sense according to this data.”

“While we recognize that a significant portion of our population commutes east, the state’s own numbers reflect that the spread has slowed significantly within Livingston County even reporting days with zero new cases,” said Pam McConeghy, President of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Collectively our organizations represent thousands of businesses who have worked hard and are ready to open with proper procedures and plans in place.  We are hoping this letter and plea to the Governor shows that the numbers reflect what is outlined in the MI Safe Start Plan for reopening and we are ready,” added Janelle Best, President of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Visit the Chamber Here

Cullen Road at M-59 to Close for Construction

May 6, 2020 –
Cullen Road at M-59 is scheduled to close May 7, at 7:00 am through May 20 for construction and roadway improvements. Please make alternate travel plans.

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