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Plainwell reminds residents about guidelines for signs

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20222 min read

By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.Those words are as relevant today as they were in 1971 when the Canadian rock group The Five Man Electric Band released their song “Signs.” Be they signs for garage/yard sales, political…

Otsego Library offers Nemo game

Otsego Library offers Nemo game

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20222 min read

A checklist of “Finding Nemo” characters can be picked up at the Otsego Library (above). A couple of youngsters find Crush (below). (Photos provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor In the 2003 hit Pixar movie “Finding Nemo,” it’s the little clownfish’s…

OPS urges familes to apply for free/reduced meals

OPS urges familes to apply for free/reduced meals

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20224 min read

After being able to offer free meals the past two school years thanks to a federally funded program, Otsego Public Schools will return to charging for meals in the 2022-23 school year. Students could still qualify for free or reduced…

Iva B. Sweet, 86

Iva B. Sweet, 86

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20222 min read

Iva B. Sweet was born November 6, 1935 to the late Russell and Donna Wesseling in Allegan, MI. She graduated from Allegan High School and for a time worked at DeLano Printing and Allegan General Hospital. She married her husband,…

Patrick T. “Pat” McLaughlin, 83

Patrick T. “Pat” McLaughlin, 83

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20222 min read

Pat passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at his home in Martin. He was born June 30, 1938, in Lake Odessa, the son of Paul and Mabel (Weber) McLaughlin. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20226 min read

    For several years I was an adjunct college history instructor. On the first day of class, after the initial introductions and small talk, I would always ask for a show of hands from those who truly liked history.  If I was…

We can’t ignore Fentanyl any longer

We can’t ignore Fentanyl any longer

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20223 min read

Made in China, transported by Mexico, fentanyl has risen to the top of the opioid chain as the leading cause of drug deaths in America. Unfortunately our leaders seem to be consumed with other situations, ie Covid and war, so…

Crowds gather on riverfront to enjoy festivities

Crowds gather on riverfront to enjoy festivities

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20222 min read

By Leslie Ballard The July 3 Jubilee was quite a success judging by the crowds swarming the riverfront to enjoy the music, visit the food trucks and vendors, take advantage of the social district, and enjoy the zip line and…

Vigil held as Joseph Nagel’s mom still awaiting news

Vigil held as Joseph Nagel’s mom still awaiting news

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20224 min read

Family and friends of Joseph Nagle gathered June 30, 2022 to honor his memory and assist his mother Kelly in getting information from the Allegan County Sheriff and Michigan State Police. Participants in the vigil surround Commissioner Robert Womack (left…

Who are the Homeless in Allegan County?

Editorial StaffJul 6, 20228 min read

By Leslie Ballard Who are the homeless in southwest Michigan? It’s not the man standing on the intersection corner with the sign asking for help.It’s typically a single parent with three children, the oldest of whom is 7 years old.It’s…

Obituary: Kevin Lee Eichler

Obituary: Kevin Lee Eichler

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20222 min read

Kevin Lee Eichler, 67 of Allegan, Michigan, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022 at his home. Born August 31, 1954 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he was the son of the late Lyle and Geraldine (Germaine) Eichler and the long-time fiancé of…

Obituary: Dawn Annette Moss

Obituary: Dawn Annette Moss

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20222 min read

Dawn Annette Moss, age 75, passed away on June 21st, 2022. She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Frank, two children, Jason (Karen) Watson of Hastings, Dan (Erin) Watson of Fennville, two step-children Timothy (Sarah) Moss of Fruitport,…

Obituary: Gary Len Curtiss

Obituary: Gary Len Curtiss

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20222 min read

Gary passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born one minute after his twin brother, Cary, on December 10, 1970 in Kalamazoo, the son of Leonard…

Mike’s Musings: Lincoln never gave up, prevailed

Mike’s Musings: Lincoln never gave up, prevailed

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20223 min read

By Mike WilcoxPublisherPerseverance is one of the most important quality traits. Too many of us give up at the slightest resistance and fail to accomplish our goals in life.One of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, is an example of persevering…

Life as Performance Art

Life as Performance Art

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20225 min read

By G.C. StoppelNow and then a painting of three men at a writing table comes across my computer screen. They are working together on a document; more papers are beneath the table. They are John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas…

PVCP teams up with Growlers for ‘Stuff the Bus’ event

PVCP teams up with Growlers for ‘Stuff the Bus’ event

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20225 min read

A volunteer is seen loading items for the Plainwell Volunteer Christmas Project last December. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor With temperatures climbing to 90 degrees—and higher—on several occasions during the past few weeks, figuring out ways to stay warm…

First Annual Otsego Artisan Market deemed a success

First Annual Otsego Artisan Market deemed a success

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20223 min read

Some young customers check out the items available for purchase at one of the booths at the Otsego Artisan Market. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Kristina Spitzner and other members of the Otsego Arts Council who helped organize the…

Marathon golf event raises money for veterans memorial

Marathon golf event raises money for veterans memorial

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20223 min read

Matt Townsley celebrates with a cake after completing 201 holes of golf. (Photo provided) By Jason WesseldykSports Editor Matt Townsley didn’t meet his goal of completing 200 holes of golf in one day.He exceeded it.Townsley completed 201 holes at Lake…

4th of July to be celebrated in area cities, villages

4th of July to be celebrated in area cities, villages

Editorial StaffJun 29, 20224 min read

Allegan: Sun., July 3, 2022, 5-10pm: Allegan JubileeRiverfront Downtown AlleganEnjoy food, music, friends and fireworks! Pullman: Sun., July 3, 2022, 5:30-9pm: Concert & CookoutDowntown Pullman 109th Ave. & 58th St. PullmanJoin the Independence Day Celebration including a concert by the…

Housing Services Panel discusses way to alleviate homelessness

Editorial StaffJun 29, 202210 min read

By Leslie Ballard Eight organizations came together on a Zoom presentation hosted by the Allegan County Multi-Agency Collaborative Council (MACC) and the Allegan County Local Planning Body (LPB) to describe the services they provide and to discuss gaps in services,…