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Author: Adam Droscha

March is reading month, are you stretching your mind?

Post college I’ve tried to get back into activities and habits I had to forgo for the sake of time. Along with getting more sleep and watching a little more TV in the evenings, I’ve been working myself back into the habit of regularly reading books. In 2017 I set some reading goals, very few of which I achieved, but by the end of the year I had read 12 books during my free time, which was 12 more books than I’d read start to finish all of college. (That’s assigned reading included. Forewarning for new college students, your professors will assign a lot of books you won’t actually need.) I worked through a few Dietrich Bonhoeffer biography books and one of his most famous works, “Cost of Discipleship.” I read the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, “A Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling, “The Hobbit,” “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens, “Finding God in the Waves” by Mike McHargue, and a couple of others. Bonhoeffer showed me the importance of suffering, Ben Franklin showed me the value of hard and diverse work and education, Rowling showed me the interconnectedness of everyone’s stories, Tolkien continues to show me the beauty of adventure and imagination, Dickens showed me why not to live by others’ expectations of me, and McHargue echoed my own struggle of faith by explaining the importance of spiritual journey. Each...

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Dimondale Subway is the village sandwich shop

Fresh bread, sliced meat, melted cheese, are the beloved scents of any deli or sandwich shop. Walking in the door is half the experience at beloved local eateries. But what if the eatery isn’t so local? What if it’s part of a large chain? Does it necessarily lose its charm? I know I’m guilty of knocking major chain restaurants over smaller, locally owned establishments. I’m always looking for an experience just as much as I’m looking for quality food and welcoming service. While I’ll always enjoy my time with good company wherever I am, it’s still nice to try something new, something small. Subway doesn’t exactly fit the parameters of what one might look for in a local deli. But how does that take away from its charm? In the end we’re looking for something that’s filling, something made well, and something that catches the senses. Every Subway I’ve ever walked into does exactly that, and Dimondale Subway is no different. Part of the Dimondale Express Mart, the Dimondale Subway is like many other gas station/Subway pairs. Swing in, fill up the gas tank, grab a quick sub, then head off down the road. But in a village the size of Dimondale, sometimes restaurant options are limited. How many places are there for a lunch stop during the workday? What kind of variety is there? Subway not only has...

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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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