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Mike’s Musings: If you are a Michigan football fan, plenty to cheer for

Mike’s Musings: If you are a Michigan football fan, plenty to cheer for

Editorial StaffJan 31, 20243 min read

Despite a crushing loss to the 49ers, all Michiganders can me mighty proud of how their professional and collegiate football teams (Michigan State not withstanding) performed this year.Just a few weeks ago the Michigan Wolverines were crowned National Champions. They…

Mike’s Musings: Stem cell injections – so far, so good

Mike’s Musings: Stem cell injections – so far, so good

Editorial StaffJan 26, 20243 min read

Well, I did it. I had a few million stem cells injected into my right knee as an alternative to knee surgery.As many of you know, in a column a few months ago I asked readers whether they had had…

Fashion show benefits Sylvia’s Place

Fashion show benefits Sylvia’s Place

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor What’s better than a fashion show?A fashion show that raises money for a good cause, of course.And The Rabbit Boutiques—located at 118 E. Bridge St. in downtown Plainwell—is hosted just such an event with its 2024…

Dix St. celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Dix St. celebrates Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20243 min read

Dix Street Elementary principal Mark VanderKlok (far right) is seen with the five police officers who took part in Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. (Photo provided) A police officer greets students at Dix Street Elementary School. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports…

Ernstes fills vacancy on OPS Board of Education

Ernstes fills vacancy on OPS Board of Education

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20244 min read

Scott “Rusty” Ernstes By Jason WesseldykSports Editor January is School Board Recognition Month in Michigan.It seems only fitting, then, that Otsego Public Schools should welcome its newest board member during this month.Scott “Rusty” Ernstes was appointed to the OPS Board…

Otsego girls suffer loss to Lakeshore

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20242 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor STEVENSVILLE—With his team playing for the first time in nearly three weeks following Christmas break, Otsego girls basketball coach Tony Koshar knew it might take some time to get into an offensive rhythm.What he wasn’t expecting…

Allegan boys bowling remains unbeaten

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20241 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor KALAMAZOO—The SAC boys bowling match between Allegan and Parchment at Revel and Roll on Wednesday, Jan. 10, turned out to be more of a mismatch.The Tigers won both baker games and both match-play games to cruise…

Obituary: Allyson Elizabeth (Wall) Evans

Obituary: Allyson Elizabeth (Wall) Evans

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20244 min read

Allyson Elizabeth (Wall) Evans, 20, of Allegan, MI passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, January 7, 2024.  Born into the loving arms of Rodney and Jean (Rial) Wall on August 13, 2003, she was a gift from God from her…

Obituary: George F Bush Sr.

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20242 min read

George F Bush Sr., 88 years old, began his external life in Heaven on Christmas Day in his home surrounded by family, cats and three dogs. George was born in Allegan and raised in a loving home with 4 siblings,…

Obituary: Arlene J. Sebright

Obituary: Arlene J. Sebright

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20242 min read

Arlene passed away, Friday, January 12, 2024, at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born February 17, 1937, in Hopkins, the daughter of Gerhardt and Esther (Schafer) Kerber. Arlene worked as a custodian for Hopkins Public Schools for 30…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20247 min read

    When I was old enough I joined the Odd Fellows lodge. There wasn’t much choice in the matter, as the men in our family had been members for over a century. I was initiated and encouraged to attend their monthly…

Snow, frigid temperatures signals arrival of winter

Snow, frigid temperatures signals arrival of winter

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20244 min read

Several business parking places along Hubbard Street became a depository for snow so vehicles could travel the street. Parking lots populated with vehicles, like the one behind the Regent Theater, posed a problem for city workers. Brady Street accumulated mounds…

Mike’s Musings: Local newspapers are the lifeblood of the community

Mike’s Musings: Local newspapers are the lifeblood of the community

Editorial StaffJan 17, 20243 min read

I have a confession to make. I’m a local newspaper addict. I write them, I sell them, and most importantly I read every single one I can get my hands on.Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately depending on your viewpoint, I also…

Mike’s Musings: Growing old, not in the cards

Mike’s Musings: Growing old, not in the cards

Editorial StaffJan 12, 20243 min read

After hip replacement surgery and a scheduled knee surgery, I still say I’m not getting old even though my age, and sometimes my body would disagree..Turning 30 never bothered me. Ditto when I celebrated my 40th. But now that I’m…

MI Grounds offers play cafe in downtown Plainwell

MI Grounds offers play cafe in downtown Plainwell

Editorial StaffDec 27, 20235 min read

MI Grounds offers a variety of educational, interactive toys for children in its play area. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Like many in her generation, Rae Ann Ciokiewicz has fond memories of visiting McDonald’s and having a good time…

Chamber of Commerce recognizes local businesses

Chamber of Commerce recognizes local businesses

Editorial StaffDec 27, 20236 min read

Patti Herm (second from right), owner of Patti Herm Dance Studio, is seen with (from left) Chamber of Commerce executive director Jenny Boerman, Julie Spiech and Heather Phillips. By Jason WesseldykSports Editor The Otsego-Plainwell Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored…

Lifelong Learners celebrate the holiday season

Lifelong Learners celebrate the holiday season

Editorial StaffDec 27, 20231 min read

The Lifelong Learners program held its Holiday Celebration at the Plainwell High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Dec. 19.The event, a collaborative effort between the community education departments from Plainwell and Otsego, offered senior citizens the opportunity to get…

Allegan boys bowling stays unbeaten

Editorial StaffDec 27, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor SOUTH HAVEN—It was an epic battle for the ages when the boys bowling teams from Allegan and South Haven faced off on Tuesday, Dec. 12.Okay. So maybe that’s a little big over the top.But the showdown…

Otsego uses team effort to upend Three Rivers

Editorial StaffDec 27, 20232 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor OTSEGO—It truly was a team effort for the Otsego boys basketball squad in its Wolverine Conference clash with Three Rivers on Thursday, Dec. 21.All 11 players on the Bulldogs’ active roster score at least three points…

Obituary: Thomas Arthur Geib

Obituary: Thomas Arthur Geib

Editorial StaffDec 27, 20232 min read

Thomas Arthur Geib, age 62, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2023. He spent his last few days with family and friends by his side after a long battle with lung disease. He appreciated all the well wishes from everyone,…