Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

Otsego’s Maxwell named to All-State Band

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor For the second straight year, an Otsego High School student has been selected to the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association All-State Band.Senior Sophie Maxwell, a trombonist, will perform with the elite band at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.Madison Kroes earned a spot in Read More…

Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

Team Impact accepts Plainwell’s Larsen

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Plainwell Middle School student Cameron Larsen recently received some exciting news.Larsen, a seventh grader, has been paired with the Michigan State University Men’s golf team through Team Impact, a program that “matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams, creating a long-term, life-changing experience for everyone involved.”When he Read More…

Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

Otsego boys bowling team beats Portage Central

PORTAGE—The Otsego boys bowling team came out firing on Saturday, Dec. 3, as the Bulldogs bested Portage Central in the opening day of Southwest Michigan Bowling Conference action.Otsego had a 845 in the first game, with a high score of 204 from sophomore Connor Farrish. Sophomore Jacob Underwood shot a career-high 160, with Jack Ordway, Dylan Read More…

Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

Obituary: Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, 80

Kathleen Louise (Bishop) Wageley, long time resident of the Warrenton, Virginia area, she passed away peacefully at home on October 23, 2022, following a brave struggle with cancer. Her husband of over fifty years, Edmund M Wageley IV preceded her in death.Kathy is survived by her 3 children – Edmund Wageley V, Jane Satow, Nathan Read More…

Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

Obituary: James “Jim” Vincent Tew, 82

James “Jim” Vincent Tew, 82 of Hopkins, Michigan, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022 following a valiant fight against leukemia. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan on March 15, 1940, he was the son of the late Shirley Vincent and Opal Lucinda (Varin) Tew. Jim grew up in Bellevue, Michigan and graduated from Bellevue High School Read More…

Allegan County News & Union Enterprise

Obituary: Ila May (Pelkey) Pokornowski, 94

May 21, 1928 – November 21, 2022On November 21, 2022, Ila May (Pelkey) Pokornowski passed away at age ninety-four. Ila passed peacefully at the Allegan County Medical Care Community. Prior to this, she had resided at Briarwood Assisted Living in Allegan, Genesee Valley in Flint, Fenton, Howard City, and grew up in Albion, Michigan. Ila was Read More…

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Mike’s Musings: Old woman jailed for $77 debt, give me a break

82-year-old Martha Menefield of Valley, Alabama was handcuffed and driven to jail last week for failing to pay her Waste Management trash bill for three months- June, July and August.I did a quick reread when this was sent to me last week because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. An 82-year-old woman? Jailed for Read More…

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Life as Performance Art

   One afternoon about this time of year, as my sister walked past his woodworking shop,  Mr. Ness stuck  his head out the door and called for us to come inside.  In his thick Norwegian accent, he told us that a letter for us from Santa had mistakenly been delivered to his shop.  He solemnly handed it to us, pointing Read More…