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Author: Adam Droscha

Cooper Rush visits home after first round of pro training

In May Cooper Rush started his initial NFL training after being drafted to the Dallas Cowboys. The draft was a big step for the recent graduate of Central Michigan University. Rush knew the Cowboys were going to be the best-fit team for him, and after his first weeks of initial training in Dallas, the merit of his decision was affirmed. “It’s been good so far,” said Rush. “It’s a lot of fun being part of that organization.” Rush was pleased by the welcome he and the other rookies received from the coaches, and other players as well. He immediately...

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You Never Know Who’s Passing Through: Part 2

By: Adam Droscha Staff Writer   A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about James Leitner, a man in his mid 20’s who is walking east to west across the United States pulling 10 gallons of water behind him in a small cart. (If you haven’t read the first article, “You Never Know Who’s Passing Through,” I would recommend reading it to have a better idea of who James is, what he’s doing, and why I am writing about him.) James was on day 29 of his journey when I spoke to him at brewery in Kalamazoo....

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Olivet trap shooting team celebrates successful first season

For the first time in the history of Olivet Community Schools, students have the opportunity to join a trap shooting team. Saturday, June 17 the 27-student strong team attended the state trap shooting tournament. Part of the USA High School Clay Target League, Olivet competed against 22 other Michigan teams and placed fifth. With a handful of other notable placements in the tournament, Jamie Bartley is proud of the team’s accomplishments in its first season. Bartley was one of a few Olivet Eagle dads who saw the potential for an Olivet Community Schools Trap shooting team. They had heard...

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Nashville Pride mural unveiled at ribbon cutting ceremony

Jack and Judy, owners of the Country Kettle Café, have changed things around near their locally favored restaurant. The building next door was torn down, a small walk way was made for easier access to customers with wheelchairs, and recently a new art project was unveiled. The Nashville pride mural, made by Maple Valley High School students in Jessica Droscha’s art classes, is the recent talk of the town after a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, June 12. In the nearly 90 degree weather, between the Country Kettle and the new, brightly painted mural spelling out Nashville, parents, teachers,...

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Michigan Dairy Tech, a local business working nationwide

Michigan Dairy Tech is a dairy cow technology company in Olivet. The company originated as Kyle O’Brien’s first computer/I.T. business and blossomed into a farm technology company that services dairy farms all over the country. With ever changing technology comes technological advances many areas, including agriculture. O’Brien sensed a growing need for I.T. services in the world of agriculture, and quickly discovered the wide world of dairy needs. O’Brien, owner and founder of Michigan Dairy Tech, never intended to work with dairy farms, cows, or their technology. He was an I.T. guy. He knew his future was in computers, but the dairy side of things sort fell into his lap over the last 20 years. Gradually he started hearing more about the needs of dairy farmers, and started moving his specialty to working with those farms. “I just started hearing stuff. I.T. people are like that,” said O’Brien. Likewise, O’Brien didn’t grow up around dairy cows, or any kind of farm. The world of dairy was brand new to him, but his I.T. brain power kicked in and he started learning the ins and outs of modern dairy tech. There are neck monitors to detect when a cow is in heat and how much the cow is chewing, udder monitors that can test the cow’s milk as it’s being milked, robotic arms that can automatically spray disinfectant on a...

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