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Author: Adam Droscha

Getting to know Angel Colizzi-McCrumb, new owner of Turtle Tom’s

Some of the most moving small town stories are the ones that involve family legacy, small business, and sweet treats. What better story could there be, then, but of a third generation local family owning a beloved downtown ice cream shop? Angel and Rich McCrumb recently bought Turtle Tom’s Ice Cream Shoppe in downtown Eaton Rapids from Tom and Pam Bratz. For many, the new ownership is a pleasant surprise, a sigh of relief, and a dose of nostalgia. Angel, daughter of Don and Elaine Colizzi, is a Charlotte native who’s lived in Eaton Rapids for the last 17...

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Eaton Rapids wrestlers ready for state tournament after exceptional season

After winning the league tournament, coming out on top at districts, and beating the No. 2 team in the state at regionals, the Eaton Rapids varsity wrestling team is optimistic about the upcoming individual and state tournaments. The Greyhound wrestlers have worked hard and come out with a winning season. According to coach Joe Ray, the team hasn’t given up a day in the 2017-2018 season. Every practice has been vital and focused, and they brought their work ethic to the mats. “We get the most out of every day,” said Ray. “We run a practice before duals, for...

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Oneida Twp. votes in favor of solar panel ordinance, Benton Twp. residents push for similar ordinance

After months of research, debate, and rewrites, the Oneida Township board voted in favor of a new solar panel ordinance on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The ordinance created in response to the ongoing Geronimo project and debate restricts solar panel developments to allotted commercial and industrial areas within the township. With the new ordinance, Geronimo will not be able to develop some 500 acres of farmland in Oneida Township, which was the largest portion of land the company targeted for the solar project. Geronimo is a word residents of Oneida and Benton Township have heard a lot in the last year. Geronimo Energy is the wind and solar energy company that has planned to develop more than 600 acres of farmland on the border of Oneida and Benton Townships with a solar panel installation. The solar panel amassment would essentially be a forest of solar panel units all connecting to the Oneida substation. The goals and benefits of such a project are simple — create clean energy, for which the county can increase its tax revenue, and local land owners can profit. The Geronimo project, however well intentioned, has received significant negative attention from residents of both Oneida and Benton Townships. The list of grievances is extensive, but rests mainly a few basic points. The primary arguments against the development of a solar complex on the aforementioned farmland include the...

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Dogs, social media, and forgotten resolutions

Two mornings in a row last week I let my dog out before I started my workday. He’d start whining around 7:30 a.m., I’d let him outside through the sliding door for about a half hour, I’d get dressed and start making breakfast, then let him back inside. It’s a regular ritual, one that we’ve grown accustom to since the negative and single digit temperatures made it slightly unbearable to follow my puppy around the yard while he mixes bathroom time with play time. These two particular mornings, however, were different than the others. My six month-old dog is well trained, as far as six-month-old dogs are concerned. He rarely, if ever, wanders far from the house, and always promptly responds to the two-note whistle to come inside. These two mornings, however, after a number of whistles and a couple calls by name, he didn’t pitter-patter back through the kitchen door. Two mornings in a row I donned my boots to investigate, and two mornings in a row found tire tracks indicating someone had stopped in front of my farmhouse and driven off with my dog. To spoil the ending, my dog is home safe and sound, and in both scenarios he was returned within a few hours. The caring souls who picked him up were concerned for his close proximity to the road, despite the fact that he...

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Broncos move to 2nd in the state in Class D

After a winning game against Athens, the Bellevue boy’s varsity basketball team jumped from 7th in the state for class D ball, to 2nd in the state. With a 14-0 record, the Broncos have been a tough challenge for the competition this season, and plan to continue that toughness for the next six games. Head coach, Joe Costello, attributes their streak to some of the best defense he’s seen in his years coaching in Bellevue. “We’re very good defensively. We put pressure on these teams. If you don’t have a couple of guards who can handle the ball you’ll...

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