One of the musical groups that served as warmups at the Main Street celebration Saturday for the Jessica Price Band and the headliner, Wayland, was Western Lights, which had a couple of local connections on the stage. The guy in the red shirt at right is Mackenzie Miller, grand nephew of 1966 Wayland High School graduate Tom Miller. The guy on the left with the bass guitar is Kyle Pitcher, recent Wayland High School graduate, now attending Western Michigan University and a member of the WMU Symphony as a bassist. (Photo courtesy Tom Miller)
Members of the Gun Lake Tribe of Potowatomis brought some local color and history to the annual Wayland Main Street celebration Saturday by performing a traditional dance in authentic uniform. The fifth annual Main Street festival continues throughout the rest of Saturday, featuring the band Wayland, the Wayland's Got Talent contest, the Jessica Price Band and food and drink galore. This photo was taken by Charlotte Weick, former photojournalist for the Penasee Globe.
Choir director gets 18 months in prison
Nathan Lavoie, 33, of Middleville, former St. Therese Church choir director, was sentenced this week in Allegan County Circuit Court to 18 months in prison.
Lavoie was charged with criminal sexual conduct with his choir students. Lavoie was accused of a series of criminal sexual conduct crimes involving three teenaged girls.
It certainly isn’t very often these days that anyone serves the public sector faithfully in the same job for nearly three decades. But such is the case with Henika District Library Director Lynn Mandaville, who earlier this month announced her resignation.
Mandaville is only the fourth library director in the historic agency’s last 98 years. The other three were Fannie Hoyt, the first, who started in 1916, followed by Dorothy Peterson, Barbara Crofoot-Keeney and the lady who just stepped down this month after 29 years.
Unequivocal declarations and pledges are nothing new in political contests. Every candidate for state and federal office receives handfuls of requests for specific policy pledges on a weekly basis.
The Grover Norquist no-new-taxes pledge is the most infamous — mostly for tripping-up GOP leaders suffering from buyer’s remorse. Yet other causes, good and bad, continue to flood the mailboxes of contenders. Signing any kind of pledge, even “good” ones, can be risky business though.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Bob Traxler, vice chairman of the Dorr Township Planning Commission and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, has a rich history with the U.S. Army, from which he retired. After considerable arm twisting, he has graciously consented to write a column for this on-line rag. The following is his first installment:
It is Main Street Celebration in downtown Wayland this Saturday. Of course, there will be amazing food offerings from all the area businesses.
This will be the fourth year that Joe Churchwell will be tantalizing the crowds with his fabulous smoked rib tips. Please stop by and say hi!
I have known Joe for more than 14 years.
The City of Wayland is seeking bids from all trash hauling companies who do business here with an eye toward having just one provide the service.
There are eight more waste pickup services in Wayland, judging by the different receptacles that can be seen alongside streets on different days during the week. They include Republic, Farmer’s Disposal, ArrowWaste, Potters, Bob’s Disposal, Sunset, Everkept and Allied Waste Services.
Both the Wayland Henika and Hopkins District libraries are taking part again in the special 2014 “ArtsAlive” competition put together by the Allegan County Community Foundation.
The arts and culture competition allows participants $1 for each vote submitted on line and the organizations receive 100 percent of their voted dollars.
The voting continues through Sept. 2 and patrons may cast their votes by going to http://alleganfoundation.org/artsalive/ or by stopping in at the either of the libraries.
The Hopkins Township Board last month adopted an outdoor gathering ordinance somewhat similar to the one Martin Township uses in handling the annual B-93 Birthday Bash.
The ordinance, published in the Allegan County News & Gazette, will take effect on July 26 and it will affect “any outdoor event attended by more than 1,000 attendants, including a festival, con¬cert, public show, display, entertainment, amusement or exhibition, or similar gatherings, but does not mean:
1. An event conducted or sponsored by a governmental unit or agency on publicly owned land or property; or