by Amy Kerr Hardin
As the global war on women rages on under the guise of religion, there are some hopeful signs here in Michigan, and across the nation.
Despite unending state-by-state GOP attacks on reproductive rights, the affordability and availability of contraception is on the rise under the Affordable Care Act. A recent report from the Guttmacher Institute published in the Contraception Journal found that national out-of-pocket expenses for all forms of prescription birth control have plummeted.
Ken J. Peterman of Hopkins, and of Texas, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Victoria, TX. He was 56.
Mr. Peterman was born January 16, 1958, in Grand Rapids, the son of Donald and Ann (Bruinsma) Peterman. He was a veteran of the United States Marines.
Ken had worked for Steelcase in Grand Rapids for 30 years, he was a member of the Dorr American Legion, Wayland VFW Post Men's Auxiliary, and the Moose Lodge of Otsego #345.
The Wayland Main Street program’s annual Fall Fun Fest is planned for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the heart of the downtown.
Highlights will include trick-or-treating at local businesses, a chili cook-off, a harvest vendor fair, hayrides and a petting zoo.
The chili cook-off will take place again inside the Wayland Fire Barn, 160 W. Superior St., which also will have the craft fair, a chili dog eating contest, a disc jockey and line dancing and an information booth.
Beer tents will be established just outside McDuff’s on East Superior and the Wayland Hotel on South Main.
The Wayland City Council Monday night agreed to spend $26,514.28 on a variety of projects this fall to make the council chambers compliant with the American With Disabilities Act.
The projects will include a railing for better access for handicapped individuals and Velcro doors, and because the city is having repairs and renovations done, it will have a water leak in the basement fixed.
The City of Wayland has lost its part-time planning and zoning enforcement officer, Brian Urquhart, who is being snatched away by the Village of Middleville.
Urquhart was hired last January for 20 hours a week, sharing him with Middleville, but now the latter has decided it wants his services full time.
City Manager Mike Selden told the City Council Monday night that the plan now is to hire a planning consultant on an as-needed basis and turn over zoning enforcement back to Professional Code Inspections of Dorr.
Martin Public Schools was the only one of the three local schools to report an increase in number of students enrolled this year over last year.
Martin reported ran enrollment of 573.5, or 16.7 students more than in the 2013-14 academic year, Superintendent David Harnish said.
The number includes students who attend part-time, which accounts for the .5 and .7.
All stray pets at the shelter have a short "stray hold," waiting for their family to reclaim them.
If you see your pet in this album it is important you call the shelter ASAP. Please leave a message with your name and number if you are calling before or after our business hours.
Please note that in order to reclaim a pet you must have some proof of ownership such as vet records, pictures, etc... There is also an impound fee as well as vetting fees and boarding.
Call shelter for details at (269) 686-5112.
by Jeff Salisbury
Michigan voters in the August primary approved a plan to get rid of a longstanding tax on business equipment while also providing some security and predictability to local government funding.
But the hangover from the Great Recession remains. Long-term legacy costs for retiree health care and pensions loom. And the financial crisis is far from over in a variety of communities and schools in Michigan.
Cathie May Delisa, 66, of Dorr died Friday, Oct. 3, at home after a long battle with cancer.
Cathie was born on December 18, 1947 in Binghamton, NY to Kenneth Neil Joy and Lila May (Wheelock) Romanczuk. She was a 1966 graduate of Binghamton North High School. In 1967, she married Joseph Delisa, Sr. and he survives.
Two millage proposals from the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency (AAESA) will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, and both will have an effect on Wayland, Hopkins and Martin schools.
One millage request will be on behalf of special education and the other vocational education. In both instances, they will seek to have the original millage levels restored to what they were when they were first approved.