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Author: Adam Droscha

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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Fire raises questions about City of Potterville and Benton Township mutual aid

Amidst an already tense legal battle, which resulted in the state court of appeals ruling against the City of Potterville’s claim as the first emergency responders to Potterville Public Schools, more concerns have come to the surface after a residential fire in the city. The Potterville Fire Department was the first responder to the fire, which took place Tuesday, Nov. 28 on Cottage Street. While en route to the fire, the Charlotte and Windsor Township fire departments were called for help, both of which arrived to the scene in a little over 10 minutes of receiving the call. Benton Township Fire Department, the closest neighboring fire department, was not called until about a half hour after the initial call, according to Eaton County Central Dispatch records. On the surface, the delayed call to Benton Township appears suspicious. Why wasn’t Benton Township the first to be called for assistance? According to Michael Armitage, director at Eaton County Central Dispatch, as well as Wanda Darrow, city manager of the City of Potterville, the Potterville Fire Department has contracted mutual aid agreements with Charlotte and Windsor, but not Benton Township. “It’s their call to make. We dispatch them, but it’s their jurisdiction,” said Armitage. “They made requests based on mutual agreements, it’s their decision who they call for mutual aid.” Although Potterville and Benton Township have on different occasions aided each other...

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Each Christmas has its own meaning

In the Christian tradition, the Christmas season is often referred to as Advent. Advent means “the coming,” or “the arrival.” As a person of this particular faith tradition, I find the idea of a coming beautiful and purposeful. We celebrate Christmas at the end of the calendar year, yet Christmas, whether viewed in the context of faith or not, is a time of anticipation. Christmas itself is something we wait for eagerly. But Christmas is about a coming, or an arrival, not just an eager waiting. Celebrating Christmas at the end of the year is like a precursor to New Years, reminding us there are good things to come. Last Christmas I embraced the idea of Advent. The song “Oh come, Oh come Emmanuel” was played on repeat for several weeks as I looked back at 2016 eagerly waiting for it to end. Last Christmas I thought of Advent in a sort of twisted way. Although I understood the meaning last year, I was holding to Advent as a means of escape, of leaving behind, of running. As I’m sure many other people did, I desired a coming, an arrival of 2017 because I wanted an exit from uncomfortable and painful things. This year, however, I celebrate Advent in a way closer to the true definition. I’m excited not only to leave a year behind, but I’m excited for...

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Christmas Kiddies, Charlotte’s joyful Christmas tradition

Since 1906 Christmas Kiddies has provided the children of Charlotte with toys and gifts they may have otherwise not received. Originally the brainchild of local business owners and later adopted by the fire department, the Charlotte Christmas Eve tradition is a reminder of the many ways first responders serve their community. The Charlotte Fire Department collects toys year round for Christmas Kiddies. From Christmas to Christmas the department accepts monetary and toy donations, then places bins and canisters throughout the community by Thanksgiving. This year the department has collected about $8,000 for Christmas Kiddies, and will make about 170...

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