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  • Mike’s Musings-Why the difference in American, European foods?
    In America, many of us suffer from a variety of illnesses and medical conditions. Many more of us are overweight and feed on a diet that includes too much junk food and cola. It is a shame that many of us don’t take physical fitness seriously. It is more of a shame that American companies Read More…
  • Obituary-John R. McNellis
    John R. McNellis, 84, of Paw Paw, passed away at his home, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. He was born Oct. 15, 1937, in Chicago, the son of John McNellis and Marie (Albart) McNellis.Dick earned his master’s degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He went to work as a chemist for many years in Kalamazoo. He Read More…
  • Obituary-Ernest Reshman “Jerry”
    Ernest “Jerry” Reshman, 92, of Paw Paw, entered God’s space on Aug. 3, 2022, after a year-long battle with cancer. Born in Chicago, to Ernest and Hazel Reshman, the family of four moved to the Lawton farm in 1945, growing Concord and Welch’s.After graduating from Lawton High School and Great Lakes, he enlisted in the Read More…
  • Obituary-Sharon Ladaska Warner
    Sharon Ladaska Warner, 64, of Decatur, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo.Sharon had a love for the outdoors and animals. With Sharon’s declining health over the years, her hobbies, and activities which she enjoyed, had been placed on hold. Sharon loved to go fishing and working around the yard at Read More…
  • End of Watch Ride comes to Paw Paw
    By Paul GarrodStaff Writer PAW PAW – The End of Watch Ride to Remember, a group of motorcycle riders from the State of Washington escorted a 40-foot trailer to Paw Paw on Wednesday, Aug. 3, where it made a stop at the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. The trailer honors fallen officers from the prior Read More…
  • Life as a Performance Art
    Mother may not have orig-inated the concept of Cancel Culture half a century ago, but when the occasion called for it she was aces. She did it quietly and judiciously.One time John Birch Socie-ty representative turned up at our door, demanding (not asking) she sign a petition to get chlorine out of our drink-ing water Read More…
  • Planes crash kills Lawton, Wayland area men
    By Paul GarrodStaff Writer SOUTH HAVEN – An airplane reported missing late Tuesday night, Aug. 2, was found early Wednesday morning Aug. 3, near the South Haven Regional Airport, from which it had taken off the day before. Both occupants, a 70-year-old Lawton man and a 70-year-old Wayland man, were deceased, according to a press Read More…
  • Paw Paw man accused of setting fire to Planned Parenthood
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – U.S. Attorney Mark Totten announced on Thursday, Aug. 4, that his office filed a criminal complaint charging Joshua Brereton, 25, of Paw Paw, with setting fire to a Planned Parenthood building in Kalamazoo, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, U.s Attorney’s Office, Western District of Michigan.On July Read More…
  • Mike’s Musings: Big Oil… Soaking our Savings
    Those of us who use more than a tank of gas on a weekly basis, have felt the doubling of gas prices in our pocketbook. What use to be a $40 fill-up is now $80 and if you own a diesel truck, it is much worse.Some of us have taken our angst out on local Read More…
  • Obituary: Richard Ambs
    Richard Ambs began his journey in life on March 26, 1944. He was raised by a beloved aunt and uncle, Clarence and Margaret Harter, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his sister, Jacqueline.Richard leaves a wife, Rita; daughter, Susan; brother-in-law, Reid (Diane) Fuller; along with many nieces, nephews, and honorary daughters.Richard Read More…
  • Paw Paw Days brings crowds to downtown
    This year’s Paw Paw Days officially celebrated the completion of the Michigan Avenue Streetscape project with a ribbon cutting ceremony, held Saturday, July 23. Mary Lou Hartwell Paw Paw DDA Chairperson, said, “The Downtown Development Authority is proud to be part of the transformation of our downtown. Several of our board members took part in Read More…
  • Traffic stop leads to numerous drug, weapons charges
    By Paul GarrodStaff Writer WAVERLY TOWNSHIP – A Gobles area woman and Lawrence area man face numerous drug and weapon charges, following a traffic stop in Waverly Township, Friday, July 22, according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott said Sheriff’s deputies made the traffic stop Read More…
  • Fugitives arrested at Waverly Twp address
    By Paul GarrodStaff Writer WAVERLY TWP. – Two people wanted by authorities, one for a parole violation and the other, felony larceny, were arrested early Monday morning, July 25, in Waverly Township, according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott said Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Read More…
  • Life as a Performance Art
        The toll road around Chicago had ground into a slow-moving parking lot, and my favorite uncle and I were caught in the middle of it. I was bored and restless, much as any youngster would be. Going to the railroad museum was my idea of fun; sitting in a traffic jam was not.  To my surprise, Read More…
  • $40 billion without oversight? I think not
    There is a different side to the Ukraine story than we’ve been told. Corruption has run rampant through the Ukrainian government ever since it gained independence from the former Soviet Union. One watchdog name Ukraine the second most corrupt nation in the world. That ranking by Transparency International rated Ukraine the second most corrupt in Read More…
  • Paw Paw Little League 12U – Michigan District 15 Champions
  • Obituary: William Arthur Minshall
    William Arthur Minshall (Bill) of Hartford passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. He enjoyed over 94 years of a full, active life. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Cornelia Minshall (nee Hurlbut), his Aunt Katharine Minshall, his wife Kathleen O’Malley Minshall and his brother Jim Minshall. Surviving Read More…
  • Obituary: John Anthony Sala
    John Anthony Sala, 77, of Paw Paw, formerly of Justice, IL, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, July 11, 2022, in Kalamazoo at Ascension Borgess Hospital, with his family by his side. He was born Dec. 20, 1944, in Chicago, the son of Edward Joseph Sala and Ann Margaret (Skrabel) Read More…
  • Obituary: Anna Marcelletti
    Anna Marcelletti, 95, of Paw Paw, passed away Friday, July 15, 2022, in Holland, MI. Anna was born Nov. 13, 1926, in Paw Paw, the daughter of Nick Karony and Anna (Comiak) Karony.Anna was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church, Paw Paw, where she served as past president of the Altar Society. She Read More…
  • Mary Jean Utter
    Mary Jean Utter, 75, of Lawrence, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022, at Cass County Medical Care Facility. Mary was born March 7, 1947, in Watervliet, the daughter of Charles and Jean (Markillie) Sill, both of whom precede her in passing.Mary graduated from Lawrence High School in 1965. Mary and John Utter were united in Read More…

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