The next local Folk Gathering will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Vibrant Grains Restaurant on South Main Street in Wayland.
The evening will begin with featured artist Lois Gage at 6 p.m. After her show, there will be an open mic session from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by the monthly jam session to end the evening from 8 to 9.
The Wayland girls' soccer team opened its 2014 season by losing 8-0 to defending Division 2 state champion Gull Lake.
Rachel Fouts led the Blue Devils by scoring one goal and assisting on four others. Eight different girls scored one goal in the contest.
The Wildcats had only two shots on goal. Keeper Hannah Anderson was credited with nine saves.
The Wildcats will play a more "doable" match Wednesday, April 2, at home against Zeeland West before they take a break until Monday, April 14, against Allendale.
Wayland Union High School freshman Rylee Marie Foster was crowned Teen Miss Michigan Dream Girl USA in a recent state-wide pageant.
In only the second time she has entered a pageant, she was sponsored by friends to join the Dream Girl USA all-natural competition. She was titled Best Photogenic Print and Runway Model.
Ms. Foster now is looking forward to the national pageant in St Louis, Mo., July 9-13. Rylee is looking for sponsors in the Dorr and Wayland area to help play for her trip.
David (D.K.) Sprague of Bradley, chairman of the Gun Lake Band of Potawatomis, has been chosen to throw out the first ball in the Detroit Tigers' baseball game on Saturday, April 19 at Comerica Park.
There was some confusion in which it was reported that Sprague would throw out the first ball on Opening Day March 31, but that honor was accorded former Tiger center fielder Chet Lemon.
Sprague has served in the capacity of tribal chairman since the Gun Lake Tribe began the federal acknowledgment process in 1992.
The Wayland High School Science Olympiad team took a number of top five spots in various science events at the Science Olympiad competition Saturday, March 22. They placed second in materials science; fourth in chemistry lab; fifth in designer genes; fifth in technical problem solving, and fifth in water quality. Team members are seniors Erin Mulder and Nathalie Yanes and juniors Trenton Thelen, Caroline Poirier and Sierra LaHuis.
Christina Mae Cook, 45, of Hopkins, died Friday, March 28, at her home.
Chris was a member of Salem Indian Mission of the United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Chris was a beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister who was very outgoing and known for her contagious laugh.
She was born May 22, 1968 in Bartow, Fla., the daughter of Lucy Daniels.
The Wayland High School Odyssey of the Mind team captured sixth place overall at the state meet in Traverse City Saturday, March 29. They took fifth place in their long-term problem "It's How We Rule." Pictured here (from left) are team members Casey Bellgraph, Jack Marcinek, Mitchell Lapham, Riley Shepherd, Laurie Kirkpatrick, Briana Cronk and Jori Steenhoek. The team is coached by WHS teacher Andrea Allen. (Photo courtesy Laurie Zywiczynski)
"This website — kidsnotceos.com — lists every district in the state and, using data from the Michigan Department of Education, shows exactly how much Gov. Rick Snyder’s time in office has cost Michigan students. Every single district in the state receives less money per pupil now than it did in 2010-11.
"The Wayne-Westland school district (for example) has lost $40,465,325 during Snyder’s tenure.
The Hopkins girls’ and boys’ track teams earned three first-place medals Friday, March 21, at the Grand Valley State University High School Indoor Track meet.
Juniors Nicole Pavlak and Quincy Collings were individual champions in the meet and the four-by-600-meter quartet of Kennedy Miedema, Rebecca McKenzie, Clair Schwartz and Rachael Weber touched out all comers in that race.
It was no mean feat, as 30 schools, 17 of them in Division 3, showed up to compete at the GVSU complex.
The infamous winter of 2014 has wreaked havoc in many ways, making travel hazardous, forcing a lot of shoveling, causing pot holes and lengthening the academic year because of school closings.
The most recent trouble that can be attributed to accursed winter is delays in the start of high school spring sports for Martin, Hopkins and Wayland.
Indeed, almost all athletic events scheduled for any time in March have been called off because the veritable plethora of remaining snow just hasn’t melted fast enough to make playing conditions suitable.