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  • Mike’s Musings: Get a Chuckle Out of These Laws
    From time to time, I like to delve into the ancient annals of our history books to hu-mor myself with laws our representatives have enacted. Here’s a few silly laws I found. Michigan LawsThe City of Detroit passed an ordinance that made it illegal for a pig or pigs to run free in the city, Read More…
  • Life as Performance Art
    “Vax or Tax” is an idea be-ing seriously considered in the Quebec Provincial Legis-lature and picking up trac-tion elsewhere.The basic premise is people who refuse to receive the full dose of the Covid-19 vac-cination are far more likely to become ill and need hos-pitalization than those who do. Even if they do not end up Read More…
  • Allegan boys get past Lee
    1By Jason WesseldykSports Editor A strong start helped propel the Allegan boys basketball team to a win over Wyoming Lee on Tuesday, Jan. 18.The Tigers jumped out to an 18-9 advantage after one quarter and led the rest of the way in securing the 63-50 win for their second straight victory.“This was a solid performance Read More…
  • Allegan bowlers beat Otsego, Plainwell
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Allegan girls bowling team remained unbeaten in Wolverine Conference play thanks to wins over Otsego (29-1 on Wednesday, Jan. 19) and Plainwell (30-0 on Friday, Jan. 21).In the Otsego match, the Tigers won game won 815-598 and game two 832-691.Leah Snyder led the way in the first game with a Read More…
  • Otsego posts first dual win over Marshall in six years
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor OTSEGO—Six long years. Make that six long years.That’s how long it had been since the Otsego boys swim & dive team had beaten Marshall in a dual meet, dating back to January 2016. That also happened to be the last time any team had been Marshall in a conference dual, as Read More…
  • Otsego fifth grader reaches semis of playwriting contest
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Like brother, like sister.After watching her brother Colin advance to the finals of the Grand Rapids Civic Theater’s Ten for All playwriting competition last year, McKenna Wesseldyk decided to enter the contest this year.And earlier this month, McKenna received word that her play had been selected as one of the semifinals Read More…
  • Filkins appointed fo fill vacancy on PCS board of ed
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Plainwell Community Schools—like districts throughout the state—held its Board of Education meetings remotely via Zoom.It was during this time that Ann Filkins had the opportunity to observe several of the meetings.“The school board had to make very difficult decisions regarding continuity of operations through the pandemic Read More…
  • Plainwell Robotics Club hosts first tournament
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor For the past few years, Plainwell Robotics Club director Joe Gentile and others associated with the club have been working toward the goal of hosting a tournament.That goal became a reality on Saturday, Jan. 22, when a total of 27 teams participated in the Inaugural Plainwell Robotics Tournament at the Plainwell Read More…
  • Masks required at OPS’s Washington St. Elementary
    By Jason WesseldykSports EditorOn Monday, Jan. 10, the Otsego Public Schools Board of Education approved COVID-19 mitigation procedures that would require face masks inside district buildings under certain conditions.On Wednesday, Jan. 19, the first building in the district fell into those conditions.With an absence rate of 12.29 percent, Washington Street Elementary fell below the 90-percent Read More…
  • Seniors Live It Up By Volunteering
    By Gari VossSenior living for citizens over the age of 60 or 65 includes productive activities that can beaccomplished while enjoying a different pace of life. Though there may be some health issuescreeping in, seniors have found that volunteering promotes physical, mental and emotionalwellbeing. Donating time and energy often assists in maintaining and improving physical, Read More…
  • City Council Meeting – 1/24/22
    January 24, 2022Leslie Ballard The January 24 City Council held a lengthy Study Session prior to its meeting that included discussionitems on the Hubbard Street realignment, improved communications strategies and the future of 211 ½Trowbridge. Proposed Roundabout MDOT engineers provided the Council with updated conceptual design drawings for a roundabout thatwould replace the light at Read More…
  • Broadband group eyes project manager
    By John Raffel Correspondent ALLEGAN – The county’s broadband action group is scheduling interviews this week with applicants for its project manager position. Seven individuals have responded to the advertisement announcing the job, county commission chairman Jim Storey announced. “The group has identified retention of a project manager as a key component to organizing a Read More…
  • Obituary: Betty A. McLaughlin
    MCLAUGHLIN, Betty A. Otsego, MI Betty passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Kalamazoo. She was born at home on October 14, 1927  to Isac and Daisy (Fouts) DeKilder, the youngest of four children. Betty enjoyed playing both card and board games, reading, going to garage sales and flea markets, watching movies and collecting Hummel Read More…
  • Obituary: Pauline “Virginia” Smith
    Pauline “Virginia” Smith, 96, ended her long struggle with dementia early Sunday morning, January 16,2022, just 8 days short of her 97 th birthday. She had been a resident at Allegan Medical Care Communitysince her stroke in March, 2019.Virginia was born on January 24, 1925 in Clyde Township to Dorothy & Elisha Ampey. Virginia grew Read More…
  • Obituary: George Evans Wesbey
    George Evans Wesbey, Jr., age 93, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away on January 10, 2022. Husband of the late Diane (Dee) Wesbey. He was cared for by Oasis Hospice and his loving son. George was born May 31, 1928 to George and Myrtle Wesbey in Chicago, IL. This is where he began his life Read More…
  • Otsego upends Plainwell on hardwood
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor OTSEGO—How will we respond?That’s the question Otsego girls basketball coach Tony Koshar was asking himself heading into the rivalry game against Plainwell on Friday, Jan. 14, as team was coming off its first loss of the season, a 20-point setback against Edwardsburg.As it turned out, the Bulldogs couldn’t have responded much Read More…
  • Allegan boys bowling takes top honors
    By Jason WesseldykSports Editor GRAND RAPIDS—It was a good day for the Allegan boys bowling team at the Comstock Park Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 15.Not only did the Tigers upend Cedar Springs by a 339-279 score in the championship match to claim the top prize, but three members of the team also posted top-10 finishes Read More…
  • OPS hosts “Yeti” reading challenge
    By Jason Wesseldyk, Sports Editor As the elementary literacy coach for Otsego Public Schools, Gina Watson is always brainstorming creative ways to encourage the district’s students to read more. And out of those brainstorming sessions comes “Let’s Get Bookin’ Around Otsego,” a reading challenge that involves visiting local businesses to collect letters in order to Read More…
  • PCS extends mask requirement
    By Jason Wesseldyk, Sports Editor The mask requirement at Plainwell Community Schools has been extended. Following the Board of Education meeting on Monday, Jan. 17, the district published a letter to parents informing them that all students, staff members and visitors will need to wear a face covering inside all district buildings during the instructional Read More…
  • Rhino’s closes after two decades in business
    By Jason Wesseldyk, Sports Editor Last call for Rhino’s Hometown Pub came on Saturday, Jan. 15. That’s when, after two decades in operation, the popular watering hole on Main Street in downtown Plainwell, closed its doors for the final time. Owner Phil Anglin shared news of the closure with patrons in a Facebook post on Read More…

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