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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…

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Christmas arrives in Allegan

By Gari Voss Allegan’s Festive Fridays began on December 2, 2022 with specials in the shops and hundreds of people wandering the streets and huddling along the sidewalks of Downtown to watch the Christmas Parade that heralded Santa’s arrival.Allegan’s Festive Fridays continue on Friday, December 9, 2022 with Art Hop featuring artists and craftsmen of Read More…

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Lake Doster Golf Club suffers $100,000 in damage

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor PLAINWELL—Damage done to the sixth and seventh greens at Lake Doster Golf Club will cost upwards of $100,000 to repair, according to head golf professional Matt Townsley.“The greens were completely destroyed,” Townsley said. “There was no way to save them. We have to start over with them from square one.”Lake Doster Read More…

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Leighton Twp man found dead in Ottawa County

By John RaffelCorrespondence ALLEGAN – The Allegan County Sheriff’s Dept. reported on Nov. 28, the body of Avel Martinez was found along the lakeshore by members of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team in the area of Riley and N. Lakeshore Dr.Foul play is not suspected.Allegan County Deputies reported on Nov. 21, Read More…

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Algae advisory lifted for Swan Lake

Harmful Algae Bloom Advisory Lifted for Swan LakeAllegan County Health Department (ACHD) has lifted the advisory for Swan Lake located in Cheshire Township. The advisory originally issued in July of this year was due to the presence of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Cooler weather often reduces or stops harmful algae blooms. Water samples tested on Read More…

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Obituary: Donald James Hermenitt Jr, 73

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, Donald James Hermenitt Jr. (73 years old) of Wayland, Michigan was unexpectedly welcomed into Heaven. He was born to Donald and Diana Hermenitt Sr. in Plainwell Michigan September 15, 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Diana Hermenitt Sr. and brother, Steven Hermenitt of Gun Lake, Read More…

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Life as Performance Art

    HL Mencken was an old school newspaper man who wrote for the Baltimore Herald – fedora, cigar, allegedly a bottle of something in the top drawer of his desk, and magnificently sarcastic and acerbic. Much to everyone’s surprise, he also played in a wind quartet which they thought was completely out of character.  Over the decades, Read More…