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  • Otsego’s Mother-Son Game Night features lots of fun
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor A life-size version of the classic game Hungry, Hungry Hippos was among the big hits at this year’s Mother/Son Game Night at Otsego High School.“Hungry, Hungry Hippos is always one of the most popular activities,” said Savannah Devine, one of the event organizers. “The boys would lay on their belly on Read More…
  • Plainwell hosts second annual Chocolate Stroll
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PLAINWELL—Calling all chocolate lovers.The City of Plainwell is hosting its second annual Chocolate Stroll throughout the downtown area on Saturday, Feb. 9, with sweet deals being combined with sweet treats just in time for Valentine’s Day.City of Plainwell community development manager Denise Siegel is one of the organizers of the event.“This Read More…
  • Plainwell robotics team earns first place
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor HUDSONVILLE—Another week, another outstanding performance for the Plainwell Robotics Club.The Plainwell High School team So Many Problems joined forces with alliance partner Sinking Slowly from Jenison High School to take top honors at the Hudsonville VEX Robotics Tournament on Sunday, Jan. 29.Thanks to the win, So Many Problems has qualified for Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
         As you might have noticed I keep coming back to the theme of respect.  We give it and we earn it. It is a rapid exchange of an intangible element in our life, flowing back and forth faster that the weirdest possible form of crypto-currency.  It is exchanged even when we do not share the same meaning Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Time to get control of Big Pharma
    I’m not a fan of Big Pharma. If you read my columns regularly you know I have railed against the industry consistently. After all the sacrifices we made through the COVID pandemic, I think it is time to give them a piece of my mind again.Never mind that Big Pharma, if you believe what one Read More…
  • Otsego boys secure overtime win against Vicksburg
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor VICKSBURG—The story of the boys basketball game between visiting Otsego and Vicksburg on Friday, Jan. 27, was the free throw line.Otsego went 24-of-31 at the charity stripe, while Vicksburg was just 4-of-8.The result was a 57-50 overtime win for Otsego, which improved to 10-1 and stayed atop the Wolverine Conference standings.“Free Read More…
  • Allegan bowling teams beat Comstock
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor KALAMAZOO—The Allegan girls bowling team entered its showdown with Comstock at Continental Lanes undefeated.And the Tigers left the match the same way, improving to 11-0 with a 24-6 win.The Allegan boys also won, claiming the 26-4 victory to up their record to 9-1-1.The match started a bit slowly for the Allegan Read More…
  • Obituary: Louis Albert Thierwechter
    Louis Albert Thierwechter went to be with his Lord on January 27, 2023. He passed away at Spectrum Manistee Hospital with his wife of 59 years, 8 months at his side. Lou was born on July 24th, 1939 in Bay Shore, New York to Louis and Margaret Thierwechter.He grew up in a musical household and Read More…
  • Obituary: Wayne Andrew Krotz
    Wayne Andrew Krotz, 65 of Hopkins, Michigan, left this world for his Heavenly home on Monday, January 23, 2023 with his family by his side. Born December 10, 1957 in Allegan, Michigan, he was the son of the late Robert and Geraldine (Grauman) Krotz and the husband of Daisy (VanVolkinburg) Krotz. He attended Hopkins Elementary Read More…
  • Obituary: George R. Corsiglia
    George R. Corsiglia 9/9/1935 – 1/29/2023George Richard Corsiglia, age 87, of the Saugatuck-Douglas area, passed away on Sunday, January 29th, 2023, at the Clark Home in Grand Rapids, after a two-year period of failing health. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra (“Sandy”), his sister, Irene English of Grand Rapids, and several Read More…
  • Obituary: Jon Paul Dowler, 52
    Jon Paul passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 in Holland. He was born June 29, 1970 in L’Anse, Michigan, the son of Lucia “Peach” Dowler. Jon proudly served his country in the U.S Navy. After his honorable discharge, he worked at Hayworth for 13 years, Amrep in Marietta, GA, JVC Disc of America in Kennesaw, Read More…
  • Obituary: Thomas Lee Coffindaffer, 68
    Thomas Lee Coffindaffer 12/17/1954 – 01/23/2023 age 68 peacefully joined his heavenly father on the morning of January 23rd, 2023 in his home with his family and dogs. He is preceded in the death by his parents Rex and Esther Coffindaffer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Teresa Coffindaffer and his son Read More…
  • Obituary: Jana Lynn Tibbitts, 61
  • Obituary: Jimmy L. James, 87
    Jimmy passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, January 13th surrounded by family. He was born October 28. 1935 in the Upper Peninsula village of Nahma to Frank James and Sarah (Sturgis) James. Nahma remained, his whole life, as his favorite place to be.While in his teens, Jimmy and his family moved to Allegan, Read More…
  • Obituary: Edna Jean Gregersen, 92
    Edna Jean Gregersen passed away peacefully on January 22, 2023 at the age of 92. She was born on May 2, 1930 in Allegan County, Michigan to the late John C. Gregersen and Emma Nelson Gregersen.Edna is preceded in death by her siblings, Lena Gregersen, Florence Gregersen Lauritzen, Everett M. Gregersen, Albert F. Gregersen, and Read More…
  • Foundation events to chase away winter blues
    By Leslie Ballard Need something to raise the spirits and dispel these gloomy winter days?The Educational Foundation of Allegan Public Schools (EF) has scheduled two events that enable attendees to enjoy themselves in the coming weeks while providing funds for teacher mini-grants.Murder at the Funeral Home, a murder mystery dinner on Feb. 17 & 18, Read More…
  • Allegan mourns respected businesswoman’s death
    The Allegan business community lost a dedicated businesswoman and friend. Jana (Wendt) Tibbitts, who has been the managing principal of Tibbitts & Associates, PLC since 2014, died suddenly from a heart attack on Saturday, January 28, 2023. She and her husband Steve Tibbitts are lifelong members of Allegan and have been extremely active in the Read More…
  • Research indicates county has no authority over Calkins Dam
    By John RaffelCorrespondent ALLEGAN – Does a county have the power to limit action of what’s being done with a dam?Allegan County Board of Commissioners chairman Jim Storey pointed out that at the request of a county resident, last year the county board requested legal research into whether the county would have the authority to Read More…
  • City of Otsego seeks additional public safety funding
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor According to Otsego city manger Aaron Mitchell, the current on-call volunteer model being used by the Otsego Fire Department is designed to handle 500 calls per year.But the number of calls has been on the rise in recent years, peaking at 1,238—or nearly two-and-a-half times the expected amount—in 2022.“This is not Read More…
  • PHS Multicultural Club takes part in Day of Service
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Plainwell Community Schools were closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.But rather than taking the day off, a group of 16 high school students who are members of the PHS Multicultural Club opted to have a “day on.”The group made the short trip to Kalamazoo Read More…

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