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Fennville seeks to buy parking lot they already own

Editorial StaffNov 30, 20225 min read

Fennville City Administrator Kathryn Beemer asked commissioners on Monday, Nov. 21, why the city bought a former bank building in 2019 for its new city hall.“To save the parking lot,” some commissioners answered in unison, repeating the years-old mantra of…

Christmas events planned for Plainwell, Otsego

Christmas events planned for Plainwell, Otsego

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20224 min read

Santa Claus visits with a boy at last year’s Hometown Christmas event in Otsego. (Photo provided) Spectators gather around the Christmas tree in Plainwell during last year’s Light up the Night event. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor With all…

OPS receives rave reviews following budget audit

OPS receives rave reviews following budget audit

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20223 min read

Jeff Haase Meredith Weathers By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Otsego Public Schools’ annual audit wasn’t perfect … but it was pretty darn close.The audit, which was presented at a recent Board of Education meeting, landed within 0.02 percent of the projected…

Doster celebrates 100th birthday with family, friends

Doster celebrates 100th birthday with family, friends

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20223 min read

Eloise Doster (left) is seen with daughter Jade Harrington during Doster’s birthday party at the Stanford Lodge. (Photo by Terra Wesseldyk) Eloise Doster celebrated her 100th birthday with a party at the Stanford Lodge on Saturday, Nov. 19. (Photo by…

Raymond Edward Mayhew, 87

Raymond Edward Mayhew, 87

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20222 min read

Rev. Raymond Edward Mayhew, age 87, went home to be with the Lord on November 19, 2022.Born in St. Clair, Michigan, on July 1, 1935, he was the second of five children born to Eugene and Viola (Danniells) Mayhew.Growing up,…

Mike’s Musings: Think twice before you make your child walk

Mike’s Musings: Think twice before you make your child walk

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20223 min read

I was going to write my usual Thanksgiving tribute to those that have made 2022 a bountiful year, when scanning the news, I came across this piece that got my blood boiling.The headline declared, “Woman arrested for forcing her son…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20227 min read

    Ever since moving to Saugatuck some thirty-plus years ago, we have always made a point of going to see A Christmas Carol, with Steve Williford as the director, producer, and the lead character.  He manages to transform himself from a truly nice…

State Champs!

State Champs!

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20221 min read

The Martin football completed its quest for a state championship on Saturday, Nov. 19, beating Merrill 74-24 in the 8-Player Division 1 title game at the Superior Dome in Marquette. The championship wa the first for the Clippers since 1987.…

Allegan merchants invite you to shop local this weekend

Allegan merchants invite you to shop local this weekend

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20223 min read

Beyond Bones sells much more than homemade dog treats Hathaway Cottage has a large stock of Christmas items and gifts Something Sweet’s Lindt Truffles Advent Calendar Trees By Leslie Ballard After the recent snowstorm, Christmas seems much closer, so it…

America’s largest spinning wheel located in Allegan

America’s largest spinning wheel located in Allegan

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20226 min read

Joe and Debbie Leverence stand next to their new lawn ornament – a functioning spinning wheel that stands 13 feet, 8 inches tall from the ground, but is actually 14 feet, 5 inches from the base that is buried for…

Festival of Trees bedeck Camp Kidwell

Festival of Trees bedeck Camp Kidwell

Editorial StaffNov 23, 20224 min read

Santa’s Village will be a welcome sight for all ages during Camp Kidwell’s Festival of Trees that will be open Thursday, Dec. 1 to Sunday Dec. 4, 2022. Proceeds from the silent and live auctions of trees, wreaths and holiday…

Ladies, Leaves and Laughter event thrives

Ladies, Leaves and Laughter event thrives

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20223 min read

It’s estimated that more than 500 people participated in the Ladies, Leaves and Laughter event in downtown Plainwell on Friday, Nov. 11. (Photo provided) The Cheese People of Grand Rapids (top) and Gee Dee Bees (below) are two of the…

Winners announced from November 8 elections

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20223 min read

By Gari Voss The unofficial totals have been tallied at the state and county levels. 62 of 62 Allegan County precincts have reported results, and the numbers must be certified by county canvassers by November 21st and by Michigan state…

Plainwell hosts robotics competition

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20223 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor A total of 60 teams competed in the Second Annual Plainwell Robotics Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13.The Plainwell Robotics Club hosted the tournament and were represented by a total of 12 teams:…

Indoor market offers variety of unique goods

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20222 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports EditorAre you looking for some unique Christmas gifts? Or maybe you’re in the mood for some tasty treats for yourself?Either way, Plainwell’s Indoor Farmers, Artisan & Craft Market has you covered.The market, which began on Saturday, Nov.…

Bound for the state finals: Clippers cruise past Brown City in semis to earn trip to Superior Dome

Bound for the state finals: Clippers cruise past Brown City in semis to earn trip to Superior Dome

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20224 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor MARTIN—Like father, like son.Thirty-five years after Tracey Hildebrand helped lead the Martin football team to the 1987 state championship, his son JR has helped lead the Clippers back to the promised land.The younger Hildebrand racked up…

Obituary: Gladys May Kincaid

Obituary: Gladys May Kincaid

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20222 min read

Gladys Kincaid, a loving and giving mother, slipped the surly bonds of earth and ascended unto the heavens forever on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at 9:50 AM at age 91, surrounded by her caring family. She was born in the…

Obituary: John Alexander Macaulay

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20222 min read

January 15, 1951 – November 4, 2022John was born in Taft, CA. He was the first son and oldest sibling of Neil S. and Lucille V. Macaulay. Growing up, John helped his parents work the Macaulay’s Market grocery store located…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20227 min read

    Thanksgiving Day is this Thursday, the 24th, and it is a uniquely original American holiday.  The first one was held in 1619 when the Anglicans landed in Virginia.  According to their charter from the London Company, they were to have an annual…

Mike’s Musings: Election results prove country deeply divided

Mike’s Musings: Election results prove country deeply divided

Editorial StaffNov 16, 20223 min read

Now that the Mid-Term election is over (at least in most states) it is time to reflect on the results. I’m happy to say voter turnout was better than expected in most states which indicate our Democracy is alive and…