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Author: Adam Droscha

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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Linda’s Salon, one year in new building, 30 years of hair

While Linda’s Salon is still in its youth, Linda Maurer has been a hair stylist for nearly 30 years. Her business on Grand Street in Eaton Rapids may be new, but the longevity of her skills and her customers has tripled her clientele, by her own account. Now, Linda’s Salon is expanding their services with massage therapy and pedicures. Todd Tuner and Sabrina Forbes joined Linda’s team in August. Turner is Linda’s new massage therapist, and Forbes the new stylist, who is accepting new clients daily. “He’s very good at what he does,” said Linda. Even with his honed...

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Eaton County Board of Commissioners votes to move forward with opioid lawsuit

A common topic in conversations of public health safety lately has been the opioid epidemic. Statistics from a number of sources such as the National Center for Health Statistics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others, show the number of prescription opioid cases of addictions, overdoses, and deaths has spiked dramatically in the last few years. In October, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a “Health Emergency.” Among other announcements and movements regarding the epidemic, counties across the country, and across Michigan, are entering lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies responsible for the bad marketing that allowed prescription opioid drugs to wreak havoc on families and individuals. Eaton County has not been spared losses to opioid addiction and deaths. At the Wednesday, Dec. 20 Eaton County Board of Commissioner meeting, commissioner Kent Austin made a motion to start pursuing a law firm who would represent Eaton County in such a lawsuit. “I would recommend that we pursue this,” said Austin, who is also active with Families Against Narcotics. Commissioner Austin also brought forward the topic of a county opioid lawsuit before the Public Safety committee at a Dec. 7 meeting. At the same meeting Madelyne Lawry, who helped start Eaton County’s Families Against Narcotics meetings, presented statistics on the opioid crisis, as well as some of her own personal testimony from losing a son to opioid overdose. The proposal...

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