The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that the application period for antlerless deer licenses opens Saturday, July 15, and runs through Aug. 15.
Hunters may apply for one license in any open Deer Management Unit (DMU) statewide; a nonrefundable $5 fee is charged at the time of application. Hunters may choose to apply for either one private-land or one public-land license online at E-License or at any authorized license agent or DNR Customer Service Center.
Young hunters, ages 9-16, can purchase one junior antlerless deer license over the counter July 15-Aug.15. No application is required. A 9-year-old must be 10 by Sept. 26 to purchase this license.
Any leftover antlerless deer licenses not issued in the drawing will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. EDT, until license quotas are met.
Antlerless deer license quotas for each DMU can be found at mi.gov/deer. Please note, DMU 333 has unlimited antlerless licenses that may be purchased without application beginning Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.
Drawing results and leftover license availability may be viewed at mi.gov/deer, beginning Aug. 28.
For additional information, the 2017 Antlerless Deer Digest is available online at mi.gov/dnrdigests.
Hunters also are reminded that the Michigan Natural Resources Commission expanded the Core Chronic Wasting Disease Area to include 20 townships. This area, which will continue to be referred to as DMU 333, now will consist of Danby and Portland townships in Ionia County; Lansing, Meridian, Williamstown, Delhi, Alaiedon and Wheatfield townships in Ingham County; DeWitt, Bath, Watertown, Eagle, Westphalia, Riley, Olive and Victor townships in Clinton County; Woodhull Township in Shiawassee County; and Roxand, Oneida and Delta townships in Eaton County.
An additional Core CWD Area (DMU 359) has been created to include Mecosta, Austin, Morton, Hinton, Aetna and Deerfield townships in Mecosta County and Cato, Winfield and Reynolds townships in Montcalm County.
To learn more about chronic wasting disease, visit mi.gov/cwd.
The DNR also reminds hunters that they can purchase $5 Pure Michigan Hunt applications anywhere licenses are sold. Hunters may buy as many applications as they would like. Three lucky winners will get prize packages that include elk (Michigan residents only), bear, deer and turkey licenses; first pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area; plus firearms, crossbows and much more – a prize package worth over $4,000. For more information, visit mi.gov/pmh.
Golfers can now register for the White Cloud Rotary’s 65th Annual Golf-O-Ree event.
WHITE CLOUD – It's once again time for the White Cloud Rotary Club Golf-O-Ree to be held Friday, August 11th. In the event’s 65th year, the Village Green Golf Course in Newaygo will host the Golf-O-Ree.
The event will feature an array of activities before, during and after golfing from raffle and giveaway prizes, including many golf packages, along with mulligans, and contests at every hole; including closest to the pin, and longest drive for men and women.
The two-person scramble begins with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m., with sign-in beginning at 8:00 a.m. The golfer registration fee is $60 on or before July 31, and $70 after, and includes a cart, 18-holes, snacks, BBQ chicken lunch and giveaways.
The White Cloud Rotary Club Golf-O-Ree is one of the longest running golf events in Newaygo County. The proceeds from the event support the Club’s good works, including; a student scholarship fund, life leadership youth training, the children’s circus, the pavilion at Raceway Park, and other community projects. To register, interested golfers can call Julia Bird (231) 225-2050 or sign-up with any White Cloud Rotary member.
White Cloud Rotary is a volunteer organization, encouraging the model of ‘Service Above Self’ and the advancement of high ethical standards, goodwill and civic responsibility. The club meets every Wednesday starting 11:45 a.m. at Hitts the Spot in White Cloud.
Joe Berger Gives Back to Community
By Alexis Mercer
More than 300 kids ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade excitedly lined up at Newaygo High School’s practice football field on the morning of Wednesday, June 28th, ready to meet Joe Berger and participate in a football camp.
Joe Berger, a 2000 graduate of Newaygo High School, is about to start his 13th season in the NFL. He was drafted in 2005 by the Carolina Panthers, and played with the Dolphins, Cowboys after that. Since 2011 he has been with the Minnesota Vikings, playing multiple positions on the offensive line. According to NFL.com, Berger has started 68 games and played in 129.
For this, the 3rd year of the camp, Berger brought teammate and friend Jeremiah Sirles along with him. Sirles was an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014 and ended that season as a starter for the San Diego Chargers. He was then traded to the Vikings in 2015, where he now plays as an guard and tackle on the offensive line.
It wasn’t difficult to pick out the two NFL players in a sea of people on the field. Berger, at 6’5”, and Sirles, at 6’6”, circled the field encouraging the athletes and jumping in to a few of the drills.
The camp, inspired by football, but more to encourage kids of all ages to be athletically active, was a giant success. More than 300 kids running, jumping, throwing, kicking and enjoying themselves was a true sight.
Kids were grouped by ages and spent the morning rotating through drills. An hour and a half in to the day, Sirles stood in front of all camp participants and talked about his journey in the NFL as well as what the things he finds to be most important about being an athlete: doing well in school first and respecting yourself and those around you. “Respect will get you a long way,” he said to 300 attentive sets of ears.
Student-athletes enjoyed a free lunch and got back out to the field for an afternoon of more fun.
The day ended with Joe Berger handing out prizes, which all students who attended were eligible to receive. Four tickets to the Vikings/Lions game on Thanksgiving Day, footballs, gloves he wore in NFL games, a 24” television, bags, water bottles and more were all given away and Berger signed anything the students requested. Then Berger sat patiently for more than an hour signing pictures, t-shirts and taking pictures with the students.
Joe Berger and Jeremiah Sirles are two of the best role models in the business. College graduates, family men, leaders on and off the field.
While this may be Berger's last season in the NFL, as he has said it may be time to move on to other endeavors, these 300 fans will be cheering the loudest from Newaygo County.
By Ken DeLaat
Put a fork in them because they are unmistakably done.
Don’t get me wrong I love the Tigers and always have. Beginning at age 4 my childhood dreams were annually shattered by the dreaded Yanks who won 9 of 10 pennants those first years of my fandom before yielding to the Twins Orioles and Red Sox in the mid 60’s.
Then came ‘68 and the dominating team that screamed through the American League before staging a miracle comeback to steal a Series the Cardinals (hate that team) had assumed was theirs.
They hung around a few years, grabbing a division title in ‘72 when they lost to the A’s who were the star studded premier team of that era.
What followed was a lengthy drought as key players aged and the farm system needed to be rebuilt resulting in 11 years of unremarkable play before showing some signs of revival in ‘83 and then the magical first place from wire to wire ‘84 season that brought the second World Series title in my lifetime to Detroit.
The team stayed competitive for half a decade and lots of fun to watch, grabbed another divisional title in ‘87 then 2 years later once again allowed players to age out, lost some to free agency because they were too cheap to spend, made bad trades and even worse free agent signings while running through managers who were less memorable than the lengthy list of failed Lion coaches (if that can be imagined).
What followed was an unprecedented run of brutally bad baseball. Ineptitude lasting nearly 2 decades and featuring a 2 year record of 98-225 in ‘02-’03 an average of 49 wins a season and 112.5 losses.
Then in ‘06 Jimmy Leyland arrived, They got to the Series losing to the stinking Cardinals (hate that team) and contended all but one year during the run that culminated in 4 straight 1st place finishes in the Central and another Series appearance that ended in ‘14 a year after Leyland left.
While armed with talent they have reeked of mediocrity, been unable to put together a bullpen, displayed a dearth of spirit and today are simply not a very good team.
Again, as I said I love the Tigers, but this team this year is incredibly disappointing and not just for their spiralling tumble to the cellar where they will be competing with a rather hapless White Sox team to see who finishes there.
It’s more that with the exception of a couple of players who will soon be gone (JD and perhaps Kinsler) there is no fire on this team. They are lifeless at times and seem to be waiting for someone to do something.
And nobody does.
They are locked into some long term untradeable contracts with beloved players who have already had their best years and will be struggling to even come close to their former production.
And there is no immediate or even distant help down on the farm.
So hold on Tiger fans, it looks to be a long run of watching Cleveland, Houston, perhaps KC and nearly all of the teams in the East take part in the playoff fun we had become accustomed to.
While we watch the steady decline of a franchise that with a couple of changes might have continued to be a contender.
They likely won’t lose 119 games again as they did in 03, one game less than the record set by the first Mets team in ‘62.
But they are a long way from making us care about games in September.
So now, the Pistons are pathetic, the Wings have withered and then of course, there’s the Lions.
So sports-wise, if you're from around here there’s only one thing to say, I guess.
Diamond Lake Campground to host rider weekend
Do you have an off-road vehicle (ATV/ORV) and would like to both ride and camp? The Newaygo County Parks & Recreation Department and the West Michigan Ridge Runners ORV Club are partnering to offer an ORV Weekend at Diamond Lake County Park, just north of White Cloud.
The weekend of July 14-16 is the only weekend ATVs can be driven in the campground right to your campsite. From the Diamond Lake County Park, riders can access the ORV trail in the Manistee National Forest. In addition, the parks will offer themed activities and safety information.
The West Michigan Ridge Runners ORV Club (WMRR) will be organizing a ride on Saturday morning utilizing the shoulders of Newaygo County roads to the ORV trail which runs north from M-20 to 7 Mile Road. All vehicles must have an ORV registration sticker and drivers aged 12-16 must have an ORV safety certificate. Drivers 16-18 must have either a safety certificate or a driver’s license. To utilize the ORV trail, vehicles must be less than 50 inches wide.
“This is a great opportunity to not only get out and ride but also camp at a great campground,” said James Maike, chair of the WMRR. “We want people to have fun but also know the safety rules.”
“ORVs will be permitted to drive from Diamond Lake County Park to the ORV trail and only on park roadways following the 10 mph speed limit for all vehicles,” said Parks Director Nicholas D. Smith. “This is a test run and if it goes well, we may expand access.”
Anyone interested in camping must have a reservation and they can be made by calling the campground at 231-689-1190 or online at:
The campground is located at 3351 N. Mundy Ave., White Cloud, and was formerly called Camp Swampy when it was owned by Steelcase who used it as a retreat center.
Tail Twisters Take To The Sky In The Cloud
By Tracy Kehr
Photos by Robin Rodarmer and Tracy Kehr
White Cloud Area Tail Twisters held their annual Free Fun Fly at the White Cloud Airport on Saturday, June 17th.. The side of the runway was packed with all ages of people looking up. Spectators could watch many kinds of remote control flying aircraft such as a B-17 Bomber Super Flying Fortress with a 10’ wing span, a 3D Aerobatic helicopter, a flying lawnmower and a Boomerang Sprint Jet with a 21lb thrust turbine.
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Eclipse Ball Tourney Welcomes All To Participate
Saturday at the Grant soccer fields
Maybe you played it at school since the game has been a part of PE classes throughout the country or perhaps the game was encountered at camp where it has become a mainstay of the activity program at summer camps everywhere.
Or you could even be a newcomer to the game intrigued by the thought of adding another entry to your activity resume.
To celebrate 40 years of playing a great game and over 23 years of being in Physical Education, Eclipse Ball will be hosting the 1st Annual Eclipse Ball Playoff Reunion on June 24th, 2017. at the soccer fields east of the Grant Middle School in Grant, MI.
Eclipse Ball is heart pumping, contagiously fun, ball and racket sport played on a volleyball court. In 1988, a game of yard badminton ended with a broken racket and a birdie in a tree. Inventor and Grant resident, Don Benson quickly came up with an alternative, grabbing a tennis racket and a vinyl play ball, making up rules as the new game transformed, with players diving, jumping, and running to keep the ball in play.
This is an open invitation from the Benson family to all who have played or want to learn to play Eclipse Ball.
To register and for more information go to www.eclipseball.com/events.
To make this event run, we are in need of volunteers. Please call (231) 834-5317 or email email@example.com.
Lions Earn All-Conference, All District Honors
Heinzman, Swinehart lead quartet of players with post-season prizes
Cooper Heinzman was selected first team All Conference and All District. Cooper, a Junior, was our leadoff hitter and batted .451 for the season and .528 in league play. Cooper was equally impressive in the field where he only committed one error all season.
“Cooper is a team leader who never takes an at bat off. When Cooper gets on base, we score and he did that 25 times this year. Cooper is a tough player who sells his body out”. ~Coach Bomay
Connor Swinehart was selected first team All Conference and All District and All District. Connor, a sophomore, batted 333 overall and 317 in league play. Pitching Connor had 2 wins and 3 and an ERA of 2.000.
“Connor was moved around in the line up a lot until he finally found his spot at number two in the batting order. Being number 2 in the line-up gave Connor lots of opportunity to drive in Cooper which he did. Connor lead the team with 18 RBIs. “Connor has a potent bat, a live arm and plenty of speed.” ~Coach Bomay
Hunter Lay was selected Honorable Mention All Conference. Hunter, a senior, batted 267 overall and 333 in league. Hunter on defense had a 958 fielding percentage.
“Hunter is a player who just makes contact and only had 11 strikeouts this year. Being a lefty he gave us many opportunities to hit and run. Hunter took ownership of first base this and worked on his defense on his own every day. Hunters off season training consisted of getting in the cage 4-5 times a week. He set the bar high for young guys coming up” ~Coach Bomay
Jarred Heideman was selected as an All District pitcher. Jarred, a Junior, was 8-4 on the season with a 2.500 ERA.
“Jarred is a pitcher that keeps us in every game he pitches. When Jarred is on the mound we have a great chance of winning” ~Coach Bomay
Newaygo Lions Season Comes To An End Against Reed City
Photos by Tammi Heideman
The post season run for the Newaygo baseball team came to an end in Morley Stanwood Regional when they fell to Reed City 5-1.
Hunter Lay went 1-for-3 at the plate as he led the team with one run batted in. Jarred Heideman pitched three innings, giving up five runs, three hits, and striking out two.
“We had one bad inning where Reed City scored 4 runs on a couple of our mistakes,” said Lion Head Coach Jerry Bomay. “We had a good run with a very young team starting only one senior.”
“We expect to contend next year both in league and the State Playoffs.”
Fremont lost their semifinal matchup with Whitehall 5-1. The Vikings captured the District title and will move on to the Cadillac Regional where they will face Sault Ste Marie in the opening game beginning at 10 am.
White Cloud lost to Morley Stanwood in their semifinal game 5-2. The Mohawks went on to lose in the finals to Newaygo.
Muskegon Oakridge outscored their opponents 31-2 in sweeping through their District including a 13-0 win over Grant. The Eagles begin Regional play in Cadillac Saturday at 10 am. When they go up against Kalkaska
Whitehall defeated Fremont 10-1 before falling to Chippewa Hills in the finals. The Warriors also head for Cadillac Saturday to take on the Eskimos from Escanaba at noon.
Newaygo was defeated by Kent City 12-3.