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Author: Adam Droscha

Aron Dubois, new director for Eaton Rapids Teen Center

When the Eaton Rapids Community Alliance decided it was time for a Eaton Rapids to have its own teen center, they knew they needed to set goals. The goals included gathering teen interest, surveying the needs and desires of local teens, finding a location, and hiring a director for a future center. At the end of 2017, after accomplishing several other goals, it finally came time to hire a director. As of the first week of 2018, the final goal of hiring a teen center director was achieved with the hiring of Aron Dubois. A 2011 graduate of Eaton Rapids High School, Dubois is an Eaton Rapids native. After graduating high school, he’s studied at LCC, Grand Valley State University, and taught English in Japan. Dubois currently resides in Ann Arbor with his wife Hilari. “I find the journey always leads back to home,” Dubois said about returning to Eaton Rapids. Dubois recalled his own teen years growing up in Eaton Rapids. He remembers teachers, activities, and the opportunities he found in the Island City. There was, however, an absence for teens. A place where they could be away from home, and school, and social groups to engage in their own creative projects and self-education. In stepping into the new role at the Teen Center, he hopes to provide Eaton Rapids teens a place he would have sought out...

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Teens Against Homelessness provide essential items for Lansing area homeless

Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lansing area homeless will have the opportunity to visit Maple Grove Baptist Church to freely select clothing, toiletry, and hygiene items that were collected by Teens Against Homelessness. Three high school students who discovered their desire to make a tangible impact on homelessness started the group and planned the event all on their own, and on an entirely volunteer basis. Brittany Vergason, Abby Osborn, and Alexis Dansby are three high school students who are duel enrolled at Lansing Community College through Eaton Regional Education Service Agency. Brittany and Abby attend...

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Knapp new principal at Maple Valley High School

Beginning after the start of the New Year, Maple Valley High School has a new principal. Michael Knapp has stepped into the position after leaving a 15-year legacy as teacher, assistant principal, and coach at Ionia Public Schools. Knapp has been an educator for the last 20 years, and he is enthusiastically joining a smaller district that he believes has the potential and credentials to match any other district in the area. Knapp started his career in education at Portland Public Schools, and later moved to Ionia. In the last 20 years he’s taught business and science classes, and...

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Killing the post-Christmas blues, and one more end of the year sentiment

Truth be told, I’m a little embarrassed about how much I enjoy the Christmas season. Although I was raised in the thick of the American evangelical Baptist tradition, I enjoy the secular/pagan Yule traditions and delights nearly as much as I enjoy the swath of traditions found in Christendom — Christmas trees, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, get-togethers with friends, gift exchanges, caroling, decorating, all of it. To me it’s not just the vague “most wonderful time of the year,” it is the most romantic, sentimental, and memorable time of the year. My siblings and I went outside in the...

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Bestseller’s celebrates 20th anniversary

Small towns need their staple spots. Places where friends, family, neighbors, and community organizers can gather to enjoy good coffee, libations, and food and simply be together. For 20 years Bestseller’s Books and Coffee Co. has been Mason’s home for coffee, conversation, and good reads. With a ribbon cutting Dec. 1, the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the bookstore’s anniversary. Jamie Robinson bought and took over her parents’ hardware store, Darrell’s Hardware, in the late 90s. She recalled taking her kids to bookstores out of town after long days of work. It was then she and her husband,...

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