A candidates' forum for the three people seeking the Dorr Township Supervisor's job in the Aug. 5 primary election will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Crosswinds Church in Dorr.
Incumbent Jeff Miling and challengers Patty Senneker and John Tuinstra, both township trustees will run for the position and are expected to be on hand to answer questions and discuss issues. Dorr Township Library Director Natalie Bazan, who is coordinating the forum, said the event could last up to two hours.
25 Years Ago — July 26, 1989
Wayland Schools Supt. Robert Brenner is disputing a state report that says Wayland is one of 238 school districts that have not met state-mandated curriculum guidelines. Brenner maintains Wayland actually exceeds the guidelines.
A rash of boat-related thefts at Gun Lake has prompted creation of a Gun Lake Neighborhood Watch program.
Gabe Hudson, a retired military veteran from Gaines Township, just doesn’t get any respect from his opponent, nor from the media.
Hudson has dared to challenge two-term incumbent Ken Yonker in the Aug. 5 Republican primary election for state representative from the 72nd District, which includes the townships of Wayland, Leighton and Dorr and the City of Wayland. Yonker has been state representative since first being elected in 2010.
When Ranger Rick was asked to contribute to the esteemed editor’s “rag” (his description, not mine), I figured I would rant a few months and get loads of negative feedback – either that or we would find out nobody is reading the Wayland Town Broadcast or Ranger Rick’s Rants (that may be right on both counts).
An overflow crowd of residents visited the Wayland City Council Monday to protest any potential plans to have just one provider of trash hauling services.
Also protesting were representatives from two of the trash haulers in the city, Everkept and Republic.
The city is looking into the possibility of taking bids from all of the five to six waste disposal services doing business here and decide on just one, the lowest bidder.
Karen L. Binion, 70 of Wayland, passed away at home under hospice care Sunday, July 20.
Karen graduated from high school in Richmond, Ind. She worked at the Wayland Union High School in food service. Karen is survived by her children Andrea (Craig) Thompson and Brian Olendorf; her granddaughter Samantha Dykstra; her special friend Tom; her sister Arlene Fansher and her brother David (Mary) Mendenhall; and several nieces and nephews..
She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Clara Mendenhall; her sisters Mardell Ritter and Ardith Eyer and her brother Duane Mendenhall.
Congressman Fred Upton, who has represented his Michigan district in Washington since 1986, actually has a primary election opponent in the Aug. 5 election.
Not very many people know much about Jim Bussler, a registered nurse from Dowagiac. But he’s running to unseat an incumbent Republican who has been in Congress for the last 28 years since upsetting Mark Siljander in August 1986.
Mlive/Kalamazoo Gazette reporter Julie Mack did what she called some “slicing and dicing” of local MME/ACT scores and so-called “college-readiness” of recent area high school grads. Here’s a link to her work:http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/07/college-readiness_rates_climb.html
The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) did a study on "What does it really mean to be College and Work Ready? Some key findings or conclusions:
One of the musical groups that served as warmups at the Main Street celebration Saturday for the Jessica Price Band and the headliner, Wayland, was Western Lights, which had a couple of local connections on the stage. The guy in the red shirt at right is Mackenzie Miller, grand nephew of 1966 Wayland High School graduate Tom Miller. The guy on the left with the bass guitar is Kyle Pitcher, recent Wayland High School graduate, now attending Western Michigan University and a member of the WMU Symphony as a bassist. (Photo courtesy Tom Miller)
Members of the Gun Lake Tribe of Potowatomis brought some local color and history to the annual Wayland Main Street celebration Saturday by performing a traditional dance in authentic uniform. The fifth annual Main Street festival continues throughout the rest of Saturday, featuring the band Wayland, the Wayland's Got Talent contest, the Jessica Price Band and food and drink galore. This photo was taken by Charlotte Weick, former photojournalist for the Penasee Globe.