After I reported Friday evening that the free food truck served a 45% increase in clients from the first month’s total, I came down with a bad case of cognitive dissonance.
On one hand, it’s good news that the free food program is able to help 116 families that need help. On the other hand, it’s a bit depressing that the numbers of those in need is growing.
25 Years Ago — Nov. 22, 1989
Wayland was gripped by hoops fever, as the girls’ basketball team, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class B, captured a district championship by defeating a Hastings team that had lost only once all season 59-42. It was coach Zack Moushegian’s Wildcats’ eighth consecutive district title. Jenny Ritz had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
Brandon Scott DeWitt, 26, of Hopkins, died unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 20. Brandon served in the U.S. Army for four years. He was an avid outdoorsman. He was always the life of the party and enjoyed being with family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Thomas and April DeWitt; brothers, Collin and Renea DeWitt, Luke DeWitt and Allie Brush; niece, Madison and nephews, Landon and Luke Jr.; grandparents, Marilyn and Paul Dunning, Pamela Guyott; best friend and love, Brittni Prehn; and several uncles, aunts and cousins
Hope Thurston Carter, ace amateur local photographer, once again has captured something interesting in our surroundings — an icicle in a different perspective. She wrote on her Facebook post: "These icicles probably won’t be around later today as warmer temps are headed our way... Enjoy while it lasts! Carter often can be seen taking pictures at cross-country, track and swimming meets because her son, Perry, still competes for Wayland High School.
The food truck distribution of free food for the needy had 116 clients Friday afternoon at the United Church of Wayland, up 36 from the total number served at the first program on Oct. 24.
The increase over a month ago was a whopping 45 percent.
The distribution, sponsored by Wayland Area Ministries, include fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, yogurt and other dairy products, breads and other baked goods.
I submitted a column Sept. 19 discussing the very sensitive and important subject of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In that column a reference was made to the treatment prescribed for PTSD after the American Civil War, by far the bloodiest and most horrific of any of our wars (the casualties in the Civil War, 640,000 as a percentage would be 7,000,000 today).
Dawson Babiak, son of Wayland Middle School math teacher Alison Babiak and Hopkins High School teacher Jason Babiak, is undergoing chemotherapy treatments at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids after being diagnosed recently with leukemia.
His parent have established a Facebook page "Prayers for Dawson," which will provide friends, family and well wishers updates. It can be found on line at https://www.facebook.com/prayersfordawsonb?ref=profile
Christine Weber, owner of Hilltop Designs, a small business in Martin selling homemade soaps, scrubs and balms, is taking an active role in the “Buy Local” campaign established for Saturday, Nov. 29.
Weber said she has seen first hand how shopping local has a positive impact.
“Buying local is no joke,” she said. “Last year it was just me selling. Now, because people in our community are supporting local, there are nine others selling along side of me.
“I am also able to hire two baby-sitters who help me out regularly, and now have two new part-time employees.”
All stray pets at the shelter have a short "stray hold," waiting for their family to reclaim them.
If you see your pet in this album it is important you call the shelter ASAP. Please leave a message with your name and number if you are calling before or after our business hours.
Please note that in order to reclaim a pet you must have some proof of ownership such as vet records, pictures, etc... There is also an impound fee as well as vetting fees and boarding.
Jack Chick and North Korea are opposites on the political spectrum, but to me they share the same space in providing a service in understanding.
For those who don’t know a lot about Jack Chick, he has been described by Wikipedia as “an American publisher, writer, and comic book artist of evangelical fundamentalist Christian tracts and comic books. His comics have been described by Los Angeles magazine as ‘equal parts hate literature and fire-and-brimstone sermonizing.’