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  • Obituary: Kevin Lee Eichler
    Kevin Lee Eichler, 67 of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022 at his home. Born August 31, 1954 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was the son of the late Lyle and Geraldine (Germaine) Eichler and the long-time fiancé of Heidi Stawiszynski-Clarke. Kevin attended Allegan High School and was a member of the Class of Read More…
  • Obituary: Dawn Annette Moss
    Dawn Annette Moss, age 75, passed away on June 21st, 2022. She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Frank, two children, Jason (Karen) Watson of Hastings, Dan (Erin) Watson of Fennville, two step-children Timothy (Sarah) Moss of Fruitport, Michael (Sara) Moss of Grandville, 8 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, with 2 more on the Read More…
  • Obituary: Gary Len Curtiss
    Gary passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born one minute after his twin brother, Cary, on December 10, 1970 in Kalamazoo, the son of Leonard and Mary (Mannon) Curtiss. Gary was a 1989 Otsego High School graduate and worked for Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Lincoln never gave up, prevailed
    By Mike WilcoxPublisherPerseverance is one of the most important quality traits. Too many of us give up at the slightest resistance and fail to accomplish our goals in life.One of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, is an example of persevering against all odds. We all know him as the president who fought the Civil War Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    By G.C. StoppelNow and then a painting of three men at a writing table comes across my computer screen. They are working together on a document; more papers are beneath the table. They are John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson drafting the Declaration of Independence.Soon the presented their final document to the Continental Congress Read More…
  • PVCP teams up with Growlers for ‘Stuff the Bus’ event
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor With temperatures climbing to 90 degrees—and higher—on several occasions during the past few weeks, figuring out ways to stay warm hasn’t been an issue.That, of course, will change when the seasons change from summer to autumn and eventually to winter. And those associated with the Plainwell Volunteer Christmas Project are already Read More…
  • First Annual Otsego Artisan Market deemed a success
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Kristina Spitzner and other members of the Otsego Arts Council who helped organize the First Annual Otsego Artisan Market on Saturday, June 25, were, of course, hoping the endeavor would be a successful one.They weren’t disappointed.“We think it was a big success,” Spitzner said. “We were blown away with the community Read More…
  • Marathon golf event raises money for veterans memorial
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Matt Townsley didn’t meet his goal of completing 200 holes of golf in one day.He exceeded it.Townsley completed 201 holes at Lake Doster Golf Club on Monday, June 20, as part of a fundraiser for the Friends of the Greater Plainwell Veterans Memorial.Townsley’s effort—which started at 5:30 a.m. and ended at Read More…
  • 4th of July to be celebrated in area cities, villages
    Allegan: Sun., July 3, 2022, 5-10pm: Allegan JubileeRiverfront Downtown AlleganEnjoy food, music, friends and fireworks! Pullman: Sun., July 3, 2022, 5:30-9pm: Concert & CookoutDowntown Pullman 109th Ave. & 58th St. PullmanJoin the Independence Day Celebration including a concert by the Black River Band, the Beer Garden featuring the St. Joe Brewery and Fenn Valley Vineyard, Read More…
  • Housing Services Panel discusses way to alleviate homelessness
    By Leslie Ballard Eight organizations came together on a Zoom presentation hosted by the Allegan County Multi-Agency Collaborative Council (MACC) and the Allegan County Local Planning Body (LPB) to describe the services they provide and to discuss gaps in services, challenges and their vision to make homelessness in Allegan County rare, brief and nonrecurring.Seventy people Read More…
  • Giving back comes naturally to Lexi Koopman
    By Leslie Ballard “I think helping others is her future – she loves kids and does what she can to help them,” Lexi Koopman’s grandmother Diana says of her efforts to cheer up children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital through her Cards4aCause event.Lexi is asking anyone interested in helping her make cards for the children Read More…
  • Police say shooting victim was under the influence
    Detectives with the Michigan State Police (MSP) Fifth District Special Investigations Section (SIS) have confirmed through investigations that the deceased suspect Joseph Maverick Nagle was stopped for suspicion of impaired driving. Indicators of impairment were observed during the performance of sobriety tests. When Nagle was advised he was under arrest, he immediately began fighting the Read More…
  • Obituary: Mary Lee Vander Vere
    Mary Lee Vander Vere, 79 of Allegan, Michigan passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 14, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Born May 4, 1943 in Otsego, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late George and Marian (VanHouten) Spencer. Mary graduated from Martin High School in 1961. She married the love of her life, Read More…
  • Obituary: Edward “Ned” James Stapleton Jr
    “Ned” was born Edward James Stapleton Jr. on August 25th, 1954 to Edward J. and Frances ‘Janice’ (Richardson) Stapleton.He attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and then Allegan High School, class of ‘72.He went to Ferris State College graduating with a two-year Social Work degree. Always adventurous, he and buddy Sam Surprise fixed up an old Read More…
  • Obituary: Ruth Elberta Miller Berkin
    Ruth Elberta Miller Berkin, passed peacefully on June 13, 2022Ruth was born on Dec. 6, 1917 in Oto, Iowa, of Nettie B. (Cook) Miller and Elbert Henry Miller. The family of six moved to Allegan in 1920. She was a lifetime participating member of First Presbyterian Church, and an active member of Friends of the Read More…
  • Obituary: Wanda Arlene Sheridan
    Wanda Arlene Sheridan(Punky)Sept. 8, 1936 – June 10, 2022Wanda passed away suddenly at Allegan County Medical Care Community. After 85 yrs., we no longer have the pleasure of her presence.At her request, cremation has taken place and no service will be held.Wanda was born in Allegan Michigan to her parents Frank and Marjorie Youtzy. She Read More…
  • Obituary: James E. Richardson
    James E Richardson of Allegan finished the final lap of his dash on June 10, 2022. Jim was born to Howard and Lillian Richardson in Allegan, Michigan on December 4, 1938. Jim attended Allegan Public Schools and graduated in 1957. Jim joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1956 because he liked the uniform. He was Read More…
  • Make every day count
    We all need to spend today and the rest of our lives more wisely. With inflation at a 40-year high, we are all having to spend our hard-earned paychecks with care. Life is the same. We have less life today than yesterday. We are all clueless to how much life we actually have left to Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    By G.C. StoppelEach week I read publisher Mike Wilcox’s editorial, then go for a walk. Sometimes it is to cool down; other times to think over what he wrote and how it can be applied. The June 9 edition when he wrote about the need to teach civics classes in our schools was the latter.My Read More…
  • Otsego hosts Wednesday activities for children
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor I’m bored.Many a parent has heard that lament from their children, particularly during the long summer break.  Thanks to a collaborative effort between the City of Otsego, Otsego Public Schools and Otsego Main Street, finding something for children to do on Wednesdays this summer won’t be an issue.Through the Summer Fun Read More…

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