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Author: Adam Droscha

Peeps, or Jesus?

The Easter season, like all holidays, means something different to everyone. For Christians like myself, it’s the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus. For others, it’s a time to scarf down Peeps and watch kids hunt for Easter eggs. For others still, it’s just a time to officially welcome the death of winter and life of spring. I think it’s all of the above. Whatever Easter represents, it is undoubtedly a time for family, seasonal enjoyment, and merriment. Like many people, on Saturday I’ll spend time with family from out of town, hopefully enjoying the nearly 80-degree weather by visiting Crandell Park. Sunday morning I’ll be in a church pew singing hymns about that old time religion. Monday I’ll regret a Peeps-eating contest with my brother from the day before. I know many County Journal readers will partake in similar traditions and activities. The older I get the more I’ve learned not to put holidays and the changing of seasons into a box. Easter and Christmas have deep, passionate purposes of faith for my family and friends. Even so, we make our way out to the Droscha Family Dairy so I can watch my cousins’ kids look in absurd places for Easter eggs and candy. My friends without faith or religion celebrate Easter as more of a belated Spring Equinox (because realistically Michigan spring never starts on...

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Linda’s Salon a new favorite in Eaton Rapids

Off of Grand Street, just behind Speedway, sits a building still covered with a 1970’s hue. This former home of the Flashes newspaper now sits with a completely renovated interior, fit with hair dryer chairs, nail styling stations, and tanning beds. Linda Maurer’s lifelong dream of owning her own hair salon is now a reality, and one that took only a couple of months to establish. It was seven weeks from closing on the building in October to the opening of the salon in December. Maurer and her team of friends and family did mostly cosmetic work (no pun...

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Battin Farms Equine and Soldier Sanctuary

Understanding and meeting the needs of our veterans is a challenge in our homes, our government, and our communities. While many of us will stamp “support our troops” stickers on our cars, or watch patriotic biography films of real life veterans out of reverence, relatively few people understand the weight and damage of things like PTSD, veteran suicide, or reintegrating veterans into society. These are huge issues for veterans and their families, and Marcus Battin and wife Laurie Cummings in Olivet are doing their part to help the veterans in their community. Marcus and Laurie have started the Battin...

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