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Sandra Enderle Named Hartland Consolidated Schools Support Person of the Year

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Ethan Hawker Named 2024 Hartland Consolidated Schools Teacher of the Year

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Douglas Kuhn Named the 2024 Hartland Parade Grand Marshal

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Join Cromaine Library for Oceans of Possibilities!

June 1, 2022 –

Cromaine District Library is inviting the community to register for the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge! The Summer Reading Challenge for 2022 has a new way to log your books or minutes using Beanstack. Patrons can register online at www.cromaine.org or in person at the Library. Log your reading from June 1 through August 4 and complete fun activities for chances to win prizes. Grand prizes include gift cards to some of your favorite local stores and restaurants, plus themed prize packs filled with fun.

Cromaine’s Community Relations Manager Pam Holtz encourages all children to join because, “The benefits are tremendous, but truly the main thing is, that kids that read over the summer–there is very little summer learning loss and they are ahead of the game in the fall!” Along with the reading challenge, there are many water-themed programs on the calendar for all ages as well. Everything from “A History of Piracy on the Great Lakes” for adults to “Sand Art” for those in Grades 1 through 4. Find the Events Calendar at www.cromaine.org to see the full schedule.

U.S. News Ranks Hartland High School

June 7, 2022 —

See how Hartland High School ranks in the latest U.S. News rankings of high schools in Michigan and the Nation. Hartland High School is ranked #3,478 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Hartland is ranked 121st within Michigan. The graduation rate in Hartland is a very high 98% which is well above the state median.

Summer Concerts at Cromaine Library for 2022!

June 27, 2022 – Cromaine Library’s Summer Concert Series is back for the 14th year! The concerts are on the South Lawn on Tuesday nights from June 28 through August 2. Cromaine’s Community Relations Manager Pam Holtz can’t wait to welcome the community for live music.

Along with music, each week a new food truck is on the lawn with food for purchase.
On concert nights, gather at 6:30 pm, music starts at 7:00 pm and continues to 8:30 pm. Rain location called by 5:00 pm on Cromaine Library’s website WWW.CROMAINE.ORG or Cromaine’s Facebook page. Concerts are a family-friendly event–don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or a blanket.

June 28: Surf Zup–playing all of your favorite beach rock music. Food Truck–Sup Dogs
July 5: Just Around the Corner–the local band we love playing bluegrass, old rock, gospel, and more. Food Truck–Hallboy Barbeque
July 12:  Air Margaritaville–enjoy all of your Jimmy Buffet favorites. Food Truck–Los Dos Amigos
July 19: Alan Turner–high energy country with a pumping rock ‘n roll sound. Food Truck–Tony Sacco’s pizza (get a slice when you make a donation to the LESA Backpacks for Kids!)
July 27: Miranda and the M80s–all of your favorite 80’s rock songs. Food Truck–D&W’s Street Eatery
August 2: Byron Legacy Show–the voices of Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Elvis, Karen Carpenter and more. Food Truck: Hickory BBQ & Grill

Hartland High School Students Score Very Well on the 2022 AP Exams

July 18, 2022–

The 2022 Advanced Placement Exam results are in and for Hartland High School students 492 tests were taken and 374 were passed with a score of 3 or better (out of a potential 5). Superintendent Chuck Hughes is very pleased with those numbers as he knows for many of those students, that is a financial gain as it can be used as college credit at many colleges and universities. He said at the board meeting on Monday, July 18, “The way I figure it is the potential for 374 X $1,000 a credit hour X3 per class = $1,122,000 potential college savings depending on the college or university accepting the score for credit.” Students tested in everything from Biology and Statistics, to Literature and History. Advanced Placement examinations are exams offered in the United States by the College Board and are taken each May by students. The tests are the culmination of year-long Advanced Placement courses.

Hartland Chamber of Commerce Names New Director

July 19, 2022–

The Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Emmalyn Wheaton as the new Executive Director effective July 18, 2022. In a letter from the HACC Board, President Dave Walker wrote, “The Board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Emmalyn will be an excellent steward of the Chamber’s mission and advocate for our community. Emmalyn is a leader with several years of experience with the Chamber and is the right person to pursue our members’ interests and support community initiatives.”

Emmalyn holds a degree from Michigan State University and has extensive experience with membership-based organizations and event management. She has served on the Chamber Board of Directors and on a variety of committees for various Chamber events. She and her husband, Paul, live in Hartland with their 2 children.

Hartland Living welcomes her to her new role!

HCS Board of Education Appoints New Member

August 22, 2022—

The Hartland Consolidated Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Cindy Shaw to the seat vacated by Bill Gatewood. Shaw is a Research Administrator Senior at Michigan Medicine. She has been a resident of Hartland since 2006. As the parent of two sons, one graduate and one currently enrolled, she has been involved in the community for years. Past roles include Lakes Elementary PTO President and the current HHS Parent Advisory Committee President.

Shaw is excited to serve on the board because she wants all students in the district to receive the best education possible to prepare them for life after public education. Her goals include being available to parents for more open communication and working to retain and attract the highest quality teachers and staff.

Her term will expire at the end of December 2024. Shaw was planning to run in November, but said in a recent Facebook post, “Because I accepted the board position, my name will not be on the November 8 ballot.”

Winter Whimsy Marketplace Coming in December

August 26, 2022 —

Hartland Gymnastics Academy is taking over the former “Warm ‘N Cozy Bazaar” in 2022. The Winter Whimsy Marketplace is scheduled for Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the HESSC building (old Hartland HS) on M-59. Fundraising coordinator, Kailey Jenks, said the event is a gym-wide fundraiser and a majority of the proceeds will be distributed to the academy’s 110+ gymnasts to cover leotard costs, dues, meet fees, and more. Jenks said she is working closely with the Hartland Women’s Club to keep the layout, fees, and policies similar to the past.

The craft bazaar was previously hosted by the Hartland Women’s Club for nearly 40 years. In 2022, the club voted to dissolve the 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Interested vendors can apply using the application below. All items must be handmade or designed. Commercial products and direct sales are not allowed.

Public Invited to Cromaine Library Director Interviews

September 14, 2022 –

The field in the director search for Cromaine District Library has been narrowed to 4 candidates and the public is invited to participate on Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16. The candidates are presenting to the board at 5:00 pm on September 15 and the public is welcome to come and watch the presentations.

On Friday, September 16, the library is closed for staff in-service and final candidate interviews. The public is welcome to come at 1:00 pm to view the interviews in person. At 7:00 pm on Friday, at the Board of Trustees Meeting, the board will select the new director.

All presentations, interviews, and the board meeting are held in the third floor Community Room at Cromaine.

The Public is Invited to the 2022 State of the Community Address

September 14, 2022–

The public is invited to join the Partners in Progress for the 2022 State of the Community address! Get a video update from Bill Fountain Hartland Township Supervisor, Chuck Hughes Hartland Consolidated Schools Superintendent, Emmalyn Wheaton Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce Director, and Glenn Fischer Cromaine District Library Interim Director. PLUS hear the Volunteer of the Year Winner Announcement LIVE! The event is Monday, October 3 at 4:30 pm at Emagine Hartland located at 10495 Hartland Rd, Hartland, MI 48353.

Read about the six nominees for Volunteer of the Year and cast your vote before Monday, September 19!

2022 Volunteer of the Year is Darin Loruss

October 6, 2022 –

Congratulations to Darin Loruss, Hartland Living’s 2022 Volunteer of the Year! Other nominees included Brent Leestma, Jennifer McCracken, Katie Schlueter, Karen Vermillion, and Scott VanEpps. The winner was announced at the State of the Community Address at Emagine Hartland on Monday, October 3.

Darin Loruss has been involved in the Hartland Archery program for the past 12 years and is currently the elementary coach. According to his nominator, Michelle Pollock, Loruss goes above and beyond with the archery team getting to know each child on the team and emphasizes their strengths and teaches them how to improve in the sport. Pollock also said, “Archery is a time consuming sport with several practices a week, several weekend tournaments a month, the State competition and Nationals. Coach Darin donates so much of his own time and makes such an impact on these kid’s lives.”

“Volunteering and investing in your community is showing you care by giving of yourself and your time,” said Loruss. “I would encourage everyone to volunteer and realize it’s more about the journey than the task at hand. By making the most of your time investing in others we are working together to make Hartland a place where we all care about each other. Secondly, I would say when you volunteer and give of yourself you receive back much more from the kids then you give to them. By doing this we are all making Hartland a better community.”

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.

Hartland Optimist Club Preparing for Adopt-A-Family 2022

October 17, 2022–

The holiday season will be here soon and the Hartland Optimist Club is already planning for their annual Adopt-A-Family program. They are looking for groups, families or individuals that would like to support the program with an adoption, a monetary donation, or non-perishable food items or paper goods donations. Last year the club was able to brighten the holidays for over 70 families and over 200 children with gifts, food, and even gift card donations!

Monetary donations can be made via Paypal using the button below. For other inquiries, please email the committee at hartlandadoptafamily@gmail.com.


HHS Drama Club Presents Almost, Maine

November 2, 2022–

Hartland High School Drama Club is proud to present their fall show “Almost, Maine” a heartwarming story set under the Northern Lights. The play, by John Cariani, is comprised of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote and mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

There are four performances of “Almost, Maine” Friday through Sunday, November 11 to 13, at Hartland High School (HHS), 10635 Dunham Road in Hartland. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults and $11 for students, children and seniors.

Tickets are available online at www.hartlanddramaclub.org and at the door. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $13 for adults and $11 for students, children and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door are $15 for adults and $13 for students, children and seniors. Group rates are also available. For more information, contact Scott Usher at 810-626-2360 or via email at scottusher@hartlandschools.us 

Hartland Students Score Above State and County Averages on M-STEP

November 3, 2022–

Hartland Consolidated Schools students as a group are testing above the average levels in the state and county on the English Language Arts component of the M-STEP, or the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress. Hartland students also scored higher than the county average with 70% of third graders, or 254 of 363, reaching advanced or proficient. The statewide rate is 42% of students scoring advanced or proficient.

According to Hartland Superintendent, Chuck Hughes, HCS outperforms county and state averages in almost every testing category regularly (math, science, ELA, and social studies, including PSAT and SAT). Hughes also said in his weekly update to parents, “The staff works tirelessly to help students overcome learning deficiencies while utilizing a continuum of data points to determine intervention strategies that promote student growth.”

In the English language arts section of the M-STEP, students read short passages and answer questions based on the passage to gauge reading comprehension. There is also a section in which students complete writing prompts based on passages or essay questions. This fall’s reporting, from testing in the spring of 2022, shows that Hartland students are not suffering from pandemic-related learning loss, unlike many other students in Michigan and across the country.

Hartland Virtual Academy and LEGACY High School Attend the MACUL Student Technology Showcase

December 9, 2022–

Hartland Virtual Academy and LEGACY High School were invited to attend the MACUL Student Technology Showcase (STS) in Lansing on December 7 courtesy of Michigan Virtual University. Hartland was there to present on the ways virtual learning expands traditional learning opportunities. In attendance were  principal Mrs. Nicole Conley, teacher Mrs. Erin Dennis, Jaycob DeMott (a freshman who learns entirely virtually and is taking an A.P. Course as a freshman), Vanessa Shafer (LEGACY Senior who takes an additional Math course through MiVU), and Camille Natter (Sophomore who is currently in Colorado training as a competitive skier, who uses virtual learning to maintain training opportunities while still graduating from home).

Hartland was one of about 30 schools in attendance at STS, and Legacy/HVA wasn’t the only school from the district. The STEM teacher from Village Elementary was there as well. The HCS focus was on ways that technology can support learning. Staff and students also met Lt. Gov. Gilchrist at the event.

Annual Chamber Award Winners Recently Announced

December 26, 2022–

The Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce recently held their annual Holiday Lunch and Awards Ceremony at Crystal Gardens. The festivities included a performance from the Hartland High School Choirs, Reindeer Games, a buffet lunch, and the Chamber’s Annual Awards. Congratulations to all of those who were honored this year or those who are celebrating a milestone year in business!

Lifetime Achievement Award:
 Connie Brinkerhoff
Ambassador of the Year: Michelle Wilson
New Member of the Year: Eric Glabach with Great State Window Cleaning
Business Investment Award: Two Men and a Truck
Innovative Leader Award: LaFontaine Automotive
Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Jake Andrews
Community Impact Award: Barbara and David Walker
Give Back Recipients: Hartland Optimist Club; Hartland Area Community Council; LACASA; HERO Round Table; Livingston County Chorale