Cats quorums, clubtalk and compassion
Ok, so the Hesperia Village Council got together again Monday for their regular meeting, one that has not allowed citizens to witness a quorum since March... (you remember March? In like a Lion and out like Polar Bear with a parade of animal twosomes boarding an ark in between)...and once again they failed to muster the numbers to enable them to conduct the Village business.
While Mr. Maynard, the lone chronic truant to have not yet resigned, must have his reasons for being otherwise occupied on each of the second Mondays of the month since March we credit the threesome of Jim Smith, Joyce McDonald and Mike Farber for representing their constituents and showing up each month so they can...hmm...not meet.
Cougar spotted in the U.P.
According to the DNR it was the 39th spotting since 2008 with 38 of them being in our peninsula partner to the north and one, that’s O.N.E. being confirmed in the lower 67 (counties).
That lone cat (who likely crawled over the bridge by blending in with the crowd during the Labor Day walk) was outed in Haslett near Lansing a couple of years back but we have heard of trail cams locally capturing a popup puma here and there.
Got one to share? Send it with some info about where and when and we will share it with readers. After all, the other big cats in our state (Tigers and Lions) generally found roaming about in Detroit have not been known to provide much of a bite lately.
Meanwhile on the National scene…
From the Des Moines Register: US Rep. Steve King told the Westside Conservative Club on Wednesday that humanity might not exist if it were not for rape and incest.
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out those people out that were products of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?”
Ok so maybe he’s just a rogue anthropologist whose focus is kind of, well, skewed toward some rather strange conceptual codswallop. After all he majored in Biology during his uncompleted college career.
We’ve always been fond of Iowa since by sheer chance of fate we found ourselves attending an outstanding Christmas Parade in Newton many years back.
Iowa deserves better.
We all do.
On a more local and infinitely more pleasant note, kudos to the Fessedens of White Cloud who hit the national news scene. This family is what can only be described as compassion in action. Over the last six years, Gabrielle and Shannon Fessenden have adopted siblings Jordan, 15, Jay, 10, Myah, 9, Jericho, 5, Briella 4 and Mason, 2. The brothers and sisters join the Fessendens' biological children, Scott, 11 and Giana, 8.
They are our personal heroes and truly quality folks so if you ever need a tow or other roadside service call Northern Towing (231.519.1749) because that’s their business and with an octet of kids orbiting the household? One might imagine they can use all the business they can get.
Oh and on a snide...oops we mean side note...the Tigers won last night keeping their hopes alive for finishing the season with an equal amount of wins and losses ( .500 record). They merely need to put together that season ending 46 game winning streak.
And if they indeed win all of them? Each and every game by some twisted kind of miracle never before seen in the history of sports?
They still won’t be playing in October.
See you next time and remember…
Reports, rumors, bridgework and a bit of blather
Welcome to our latest feature as we strive to get you caught up on some local doings, maybe squelch an unfounded furphy or two and toss out a few of our own.
Speculation as to a revival at the scorched Smugglers Cove building looks to be somewhat substantiated as we understand the new owners of the Hess Lake property are considering options for what has been an iconic lakeside dining spot through several incarnations.
We cannot wait to see what develops in the hands of the folks who transformed the former Hess Lake Party Store into a welcoming stop (they have ice cream cones) with outstanding customer service and more products on the shelves than the little store has held in the two decades we’ve known of its existence.
On another front, the rumor regarding the reason for the rash of recently reported bear poop sightings making their way onto our local social media sites complete with rather, uh, graphic photos apparently has no correlation to the fireworks store, the digester, the three kings, nor the price of ice tea.
Just putting it out there.
And speaking of odors…N3 friend and sometime contributor Kathy Morrison and a slew of other citizens are encouraging folks who are concerned about the acrid aroma arising from the aforementioned digesters ‘outcome’ that has produced an offending olfactorial experience for many in the Brunswick/Holton/Fremont area to attend Thursdays’ meet up with the peeps from EGLE (nee DEQ) at the Holton Township Hall this Thursday (August 15) at 7pm. They say there will be time for a little Q & A so take some notes and come prepared to ask some pointed posers.
How has like the bridgework (non-dental variety) that has snarled up traffic since July and will run for another couple of months or so been for you?
Commuters and commercial vehicles during the busiest times likely have had a bit more of a struggle when it comes to patience, particularly should they be among those who fail to adjust to schedule changes.
When we lived in our metro neighbor to the south where construction is frequent and decidedly disruptive what proved most puzzling was how frequently folks would arrive late to work complaining about the road work. It was as if the construction had begun as a surprise during the hours before they awoke and the reroutes and traffic snarls were all new every day. It was as if it had never occurred to them that they might have to leave at 7:20 instead of 7:30 to arrive on time. This generally led to a modicum of road ranting (a step or two down from road rage) and the inescapable whining as a go-along
But this is Newaygo County where most of the populace observe the 3 R’s of construction season driving... restraint, reserve and resoluteness.
So carry on Nearnorthians. Enjoy those tunes a bit longer, savor the coffee during pauses in the action and stay off that cell phone because, really, whatever the message might be it’s more than likely just not that important.
See you next time and remember…
Got questions about the Digester? EGLE (DEQ) Q&A session coming to Holton on Thursday.
If you read the recent piece by Kathy Morrison in our Pulse section about the stench permeating the air around Brunswick and surrounding areas...
...and have had concerns about this malodorous miasma, an upcoming session at the Holton Township Hall should be holding a spot on your calendar for next Thursday evening..
There will be a public meeting regarding the facilities operated by the Fremont Regional Digester on August 15 at 7pm. Representatives from EGLE (formerly DEQ) will be present to update residents on odor control measures as well as to answer questions and address concerns. The meeting will be held at Holton Township Hall.
Vacancies exist on county boards
Ever thought about being involved in public service? Maybe give back a little by holding a seat on one of the many county boards who serve in an advisory capacity providing guidance to the department they help oversee?
Newaygo County has several boards with existing vacancies and welcomes citizens who want to be involved in one of the many services provided in our area.
Currently there are vacancies on the Library Board, the District 5 Extension Council and the Pere Marquette and White River Zoning Boards.
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for vacancies existing on boards and commissions. Interviews with the Board of Commissioners will be scheduled at the time applications are received.
Applications can be found at:
Please contact the County Clerk's Office for more information regarding committee vacancies.