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Author: Adam Droscha

Eaton County Commissioners vote to repeal TOST

Wednesday, March 21 at the Eaton County Board of Commissioners monthly meeting, the commissioners voted 9-6 to repeal “Regulations Governing On-site Sewage and On-site Water Supply System Evaluation and Maintenance.” The vote included the much-debated Time of Sale and Transfer (TOST) program. The vote followed two public hearings on the issue in February, as well as a final vote of the Barry-Eaton Board of Health to approve a repeal. Tuesday, March 13 the Barry County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 in favor of the repeal. According to a press release from the Barry-Eaton District Department of Health, the TOST program will remain in effect for 45 days after the vote, after which “there will be no BEDHD requirement for an evaluation, or health department review, or authorization to transfer for properties with on-site sewage wells, or sewage systems.” The lack of regulation of Health Department regulation for on-site sewage and drain fields has some citizens very concerned. The long debated topic brought many citizens on both sides of the issue out for the Eaton County commissioners meeting. The commissioners’ chamber was reportedly standing room only March 21 as residents of both counties came to witness the results of the vote. The concern over lack of regulation was notably shared by a number of Eaton County commissioners, as well as members of the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. It remains unclear...

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Old Mill Furniture celebrates 50 years in Eaton Rapids

In 1968 Harold Hall was 21 years old. After working several other jobs, including one with his father’s own shoe repair business, he found himself working at Devereaux Furniture in Eaton Rapids. In 68 the owners were ready to sell the business, and Harold stepped up to take over, renaming the business to Old Mill Furniture and starting a legacy of small town dedication, service, and quality. When Harold bought the business, it was simply an opportunity to move up in the world. He had no grand ambitions of owning a furniture store, but the opportunity presented itself and...

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The changing face of Bellevue

It’s difficult to imagine sometimes, what it would be like if our own hometown was losing some former glory, dwindling in population, or not being invested in the way it should be. Stories like that unfortunately exist in so many cities and towns, both large and small. For Bellevue, Mich. the reality of getting smaller and losing some of the old familiarities is one that longtime residents know well. In recent weeks citizens of Bellevue watched as the old bank and former township building was gradually demolished, it’s ornate façade the last to be pulled down. The sight was a painful reminder for some that the old days of the small village have drifted into memory; the last remnants of glory days when Bellevue was a bustling town with multiple grocery and drug stores, car dealerships, and more. The old bank building was torn down to make way for a drive thru for Hometown Pharmacy. While the loss of the building is a sign of losing some history, it’s also a sign that the village is still adjusting for the times. One thing dies and makes way for another. Every town has its own circle of life in that way, for better or for worse. But, there are other parts of town that stand empty, vacant because of a lack of interest and traffic in town. Residents know this,...

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Fay’s Willow Tree adds dining room

In mid-January, Olivet’s beloved café and bakery, Fay’s Willow Tree, offered its customers a new option. After knocking out a wall and cleaning up some dust, Fay’s customers were able to enjoy a new dining area where people could sit on all four sides of a table, a luxury previously unavailable in the small shop. In Olivet there aren’t many places to sit down for a bite of food and chat. The restaurants that are in town are enjoyable and well worth the visit, yet in the case of Fay’s Willow Tree Café and Bakery the restaurant was enjoyable, but not ideal for a long visit. Cramped and crowded if too many people came in at once, the bakery only entertained three tables. The need for expansion was apparent from the opening, or at least to Amy Williams when she started working at Fay’s. Williams quickly moved into ownership at Fay’s, mere months after beginning work. The timing was right, the stars aligned, and Williams’ experience in food service aided her as she became a business owner and manager. The small space wasn’t doing her, or her customers, any favors, however. “People would walk out because there wasn’t enough waiting room, let alone sitting room,” said Williams. “I didn’t like seeing people walk out, or turning people away.” Months into taking over the business she started looking for other...

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Community remembers Gaylord Edgerly

The people behind the scenes are often the people who deserve the most praise and recognition, yet they rarely get the applause they deserve. Often times that’s how those behind the scenes people want it. They prefer to work in humble quiet, out of sight and out of mind, getting work done that most other people wouldn’t think to do. At the Courthouse Square Museum, Gaylord Edgerly was one of those individuals. Always working, tinkering, and fixing whatever was of need, or whatever came to mind. March 15, 2018 Gaylord died at the age of 85. The beloved handyman...

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