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Author: Adam Droscha

This one’s for the students

Generally when I write columns I try to keep the content for readers of all ages, or I lean into the adult ages around election time. This column, however, is for the local students as they move back into the school year with all the busyness, rehearsals, practices, plays and concerts, games and tournaments, and of course, homework. Giving up the freedom of summer can be a downer. Believe it or not, the adults in your life, teachers included, would rather have that kind of free time as well, and they remember what it was like to have it when they were younger. Just like your parents and teachers do day in and day out, this school year is going to be work. My 8th grade history teacher, Ms. Zeis, scolded our class one day because we weren’t taking ourselves seriously “School is your job,” she said sternly. “You show up in the morning with your talents, you put them, and your mind, to use, your homework is your work, and then you show up the next day. The work isn’t always fun, but that’s not the point. The point is you’re becoming better, and the world will be better as a result.” My exact memory of what she said essentially starts and stops with, “School is your job,” but the short rant included fragments of the other comments,...

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Rita Honeysett the new ER Senior Center director

Tuesday, May 1, The Jean Bradford Kline Senior Center in Eaton Rapids came under the direction of a new director. Rita Honeysett, a former intern and volunteer at the senior center, took over for Deb Malewski, who was the director for three and a half years. Rita’s story of coming to work as the director of the senior center wasn’t as simple as having a connection and submitting an application. Rita started her journey to the Eaton Rapids senior center when she worked in homecare for the elderly. While her hands worked to provide care and comfort older folks, her heart ached for their limitations. Rita knew too well from her experience that it’s the simple things that make the greatest difference in the lives of the elderly. A Friday haircut, a manicure, keeping track of endless medications, and other overlooked activities can make the day of anyone with limited mobility. Rita saw how important activities are for older folks, so she wanted to orient her work and career around keeping seniors active. “There’s a whole generation of people that are finally needing help after helping others for so long. I thought there had to be a way to have a job where I advocate for those people,” said Rita. The next in Rita’s journey involved going back to school, at the age of 60. Rita attended Baker College...

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Artist decorates Mason with floral murals

On the south side of the Kean’s building block in Mason, locals and visitors will see a 2018s summer addition lighting up the dingy alleyway. What was once a plain white wall is now decorated with graffiti art of some of Kean’s owner Theresa Wren’s favorite flowers. In just a couple weeks’ time the greater Mason area is abuzz with admiration for the new artwork. “I’ve been trying to paint the building for five years,” said Wren. “The alley has been white for 15 years. It just needed painting. The old paint was crumbling.” The need for an updated...

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Kevin Robydek the new superintendent of Potterville Public Schools

The Potterville school board was hard at work for several months trying to find a suitable person to fill the role of superintendent. Timothy Pillar was brought on as the interim superintendent, but in March the school board had selected a list of candidates and prepared for open interviews. By April, the board had narrowed down the list to two candidates, one of whom was Kevin Robydek, who started in his role as superintendent July 1. Robydek came to Potterville from Portland Public Schools where he served the last five years as principal of Portland Middle School. For the last 10 years Robydek worked in education, not only as principal, but also as a special education teacher, a coach, and briefly as an assistant principal. Prior to his experience in education, Robydek was a social worker in detention centers and residential treatment programs. Although he originally sought to be a social worker because of his own background in the foster care system, he always hoped and planned to become a teacher. “I always had a dream of being a teacher,” said Robydek. “I wanted to get into a school setting and connect with kids at a different level.” Robydek finally decided to make his move and worked on his teaching degree, earning his masters from Aquinas College. Beyond simply teaching, however, Robydek thought he’d eventually go into administrative work....

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Primary candidate listings for Eaton County voters

Election cycles can be difficult to navigate. Not all voters closely follow local politics, and even those who do don’t always fall into the straight Republican and Democrat categories. Primary elections can be even more difficult to navigate due to multiple options in each party. In Michigan, primary voters can only choose from either the Republican and Democratic ticket. Those hoping to vote in the Aug. 7 primary need to be registered, but should also know who and what they’re voting for. The following is only a surface level view of the candidates on the Eaton County primary ballot. Readers are encouraged to only start with this information and do more digging into each candidate online, or by contacting candidates themselves. At the county level, there are contentious races in 11 of the 15 county districts, and only five of those districts have more than one candidate running from the same party. For the open seat in District 1, there are two candidates running from the Republican Party, Tim Barnes and Sheri Forell. Rob Piercefield is running as a Democrat. District 10 also has two Republicans, incumbent Roger Eakin and Lynn Forell, running for the commissioner seat, and Matthew Bowen is running as a Democrat. In District 11 there are only two Republicans running for the seat — incumbent Wayne Ridge and challenger, Rick Waara. District 13 has two...

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