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Island City Festival offers more, bigger carnival rides

Island City Festival offers more, bigger carnival rides

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

Carnival goers enjoy the activities at last year’s Island City Festival. The festival begins on Friday, May 31. (File photo) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The people spoke. And the organizers of the Island City Festival in Plainwell listened.“Based on feedback…

Three Plainwell students honored in poetry contest

Three Plainwell students honored in poetry contest

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

Plainwell students (from left) Audra Huberty, Josie Longcore and Julia Bitely are seen at the awards ceremony for the Pestka Art & Poetry Contest. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor On Monday, May 6, organizers of the Henry Pestka Art…

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Helen Ave. reconstruction project underway in Otsego

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20242 min read

By Aaron MitchellOtsego City Manager The northside of the City of Otsego will be looking a little different this summer. Actually, it will be looking very different.It’s hard to miss the infrastructure project that has already commenced and will likely…

Election Commission keeps Storey off of ballot

Election Commission keeps Storey off of ballot

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

By Donald Talonen On Thursday May 17, 2024, the Allegan County Election Commission, in a unanimous 3-0 decision, determined that it lacks the authority to consider or act upon a request made by the current County Board Chair, Jim Storey.…

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Memorial Day observances set for many municipalities

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20248 min read

By Gari Voss Monday, May 27th marks Memorial Day 2024, a day to remember all those who have given their lives to preserve the freedom of the United States. Across Allegan County, veterans, community leaders, and volunteers plan celebrations to…

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Sports

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Plainwell wins three events at regionals, Otsego claims two events

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor RICHLAND—The Plainwell quartet of Hiro Nguyen, Donovan Ryan, Henry Cox and Isaac Veen entered the Division 2 boys track regional at Gull Lake High School ranked first in the 4×800 relay.And they didn’t disappoint, shaving four…

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Paw Paw baseball team Improves record to 18-11-1

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

By John RaffelCorrespondent PAW PAW – The Paw Paw varsity baseball traveled to Niles on Wednesday, May 15, for a conference twinbill and suffered two losses.In the opener against Niles, the Red Wolves scored in the sixth to take a…

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A big day for local runners

ByEditorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

By William A. BaltzSpecial to the Commercial-News  KALAMAZOO — Few things are more rewarding to a runner than achieving a much sought-after goal, especially when it’s overcoming challenges to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Nicolette Cole of Three Rivers did…

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TR girls’ tennis splits doubleheader, win against South HavenWildcats finish 7th at Conference Tournament

ByEditorial StaffMay 17, 20242 min read

THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers’ girls’ tennis team wrapped up their regular season this past week, with a win, loss, draw, and participation in the Wolverine Conference tournament. On May 8, Three Rivers played a weekday doubleheader against Sturgis on…

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Marshall GIrls Soccer: I-8 CONFERENCE CHAMPS

ByEditorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

Marshall traveled to Hastings Wednesday ith and with a 2-0 win they claimed an undefeated, undisputed conference championship. The win moved Marshall’s record in I-8 Conference play to 6-0-0 this season. Marshall outscored I-8 opponents by a margin of 28…

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Columns

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20246 min read

   When I was growing up, some of The Olds still called it Decoration Day.  They were participating in a tradition that dated back to the 1860s, just after the Civil War.  Late each May they went to the local cemetery to clean…

Mike’s Musings: The school end is here, thoughts for our graduates

Mike’s Musings: The school end is here, thoughts for our graduates

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

Our newspapers, for the most part, are filled with photos of high school graduates and some college graduates. It is indeed a milestone to graduate, and it will be a feat you, your parents and grandparents will remember for years…

Out and About: Riding bikes, toothbrushes, and phone scammers

Out and About: Riding bikes, toothbrushes, and phone scammers

ByEditorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

“Success is a journey, not a destination.” -Arthur Ashe A few rules to remember, when out riding bicycles: Bikes are not permitted on the sidewalk in the downtown business district. If you must use the sidewalk, walk your bicycle. Bicyclists…

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Looking Out: Cream Puff

ByEditorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

  “Cream Puff is back!” I holler to my beloved wife Marsha. She walks quickly into the kitchen to stand next to me to look out the window at the bird feeder. There, underneath, is a very large and fluffy…

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Mushroom mania

Pat’s Bits & Pieces: Mushroom mania

ByEditorial StaffMay 17, 20243 min read

Charlevoix, morel We’re not dedicated mushroom hunters.I have never really understood the compulsion to go mushroom hunting, the mushroom festivals and the unlimited wandering around the woods looking for them.In the first place I always have a hard time just…

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Obituaries

Obituary: Mary K. Bastian

Obituary: Mary K. Bastian

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20243 min read

Mary K. Bastian, age 71, of Gladstone, MI passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the UP Health System in Marquette, MI.Mary was born July 18, 1952 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Frank and Marilyn (Stigers) Bastian.…

Obituary: June A. Smith

Obituary: June A. Smith

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20242 min read

June A. Smith passed away peacefully at Resthaven Care Center in Holland, Michigan on May 14th, 2024. June was born in Berwyn, Illinois on August 10, 1931 to her doting parents Edward “Ted” A. Reed and Helen Kientop Reed.As a…

Obituary: William Don Howard

Obituary: William Don Howard

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20242 min read

William Don Howard, 73, of Allegan, MI passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at Meadow Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomingdale. Born January 9, 1951 in Greely, CO, he was the son of the late Don and Elizabeth (Vivian)…

Obituary: Albert John Radspieler II

Obituary: Albert John Radspieler II

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20242 min read

Albert John Radspieler II, a resident of Allegan, Michigan, age 83 bid farewell to this world on April 30, 2024. Born on January 19, 1941, to the late Albert John Radspieler Sr. and Antoinette “Ann” (Wapienik) Radspieler, he was also…

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Obituary: Mr. Nathan Brooks

ByEditorial StaffMay 22, 20242 min read

Mr. Nathan Brooks, 63 of Lafayette, AL passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024.Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 1:00 PM CST until 6:00 PM CST at Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel, Lafayette, AL.Mr. Brooks will lie…

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