Department of Public Works Facility Destroyed by Fire
Story and photos by Charles Chandler
I don’t want to be that clueless guy that the news media reporters always seek out that is willing to talk but most often has nothing or very little to add about the situation. Our able City Business Manager Lora Kalkofen and Police Chief Dan Evans have given on the spot and well informed interviews to the media and will provide additional factual updates as appropriate.
However, a little different perspective on the event may be interesting. Yesterday began early and was a long and challenging day for the City of White Cloud staff and Council members and one that will certainly add a couple of footnote in the City’s history. The City Council had a late evening meeting dealing with some significant and stressful business issues that required some well considered decision making. Those were made and our hope is that they will prove to be exceedingly beneficial to the residents of the City. For me it was home by around 9:45 and after the necessary small plate and beverage and quiet conversation it was time for the anticipated meeting with the latest detective thriller that was waiting on my night stand.
Around 12:30 AM we like many other City residents heard a series of explosions? What was that, gunshots, fireworks, big truck or train accident, listening a bit longer, the neighborhood dogs were quite, no sirens, all quite. Then lights out and what felt like a few minutes later the phone rang and with Lora telling that our DPW barn had caught fire and was a total loss. The typical questions, anyone hurt? Any other homes involved? then out the door to the fire site.
All things considered the City of White Cloud has had a really good year, a bit contentious and controversial as with all municipal governments but we were ending on a really good note. Now this, the scope and scale of the loss of our DPW barn is incredible. This was our City’s garage, our barn, the shed, the place where our DPW staff worked, where we keep the records and the tools and equipment that we needed to provide services for our residents. The inventory in that building had been built up over decades, all the hand, power, and special water service tools that resided in that cabinet or on that wall, the bits and pieces, the street equipment, the mowers, power lifts, the vehicles, the task list, the reminder notes stuck by the phone, the coffee pot, all gone.
There was a brief 2:00 AM strategy meeting at City Hall with Business Manager Lora Kalkofen, Chief Evans and former Mayor and DPW Supervisor Barnhard. Lora had already pulled insurance plans and she and Supervisor Barnhard were developing the first things first to do list. The challenges have just begun for our City Staff, working with the Insurance Agency, trying to build the loss inventory from receipts and memory, restocking, pricing replacement equipment and vehicles, preparing request for quotes, reviewing bids, new construction or relocating, endless decisions to be made all while managing normal City operations. We are resilient and resourceful in White Cloud, we will recover and we will find a way to provide basic services to the residents.
Tamarac to celebrate 10th birthday with free classes for entire community, gift for founding members
FREMONT– Tamarac is turning 10 years old. To thank its members, the health and wellness center is throwing a birthday celebration on Saturday, December 16, with a morning full of free events and activities for everyone, members and nonmembers – plus a special gift for founding members who’ve been with Tamarac for 10 years.
“Tamarac and our staff are truly blessed to serve Newaygo County residents for 10 years and our success is all because we have terrific members who push us to provide exceptional service every day,” said Amanda Irwin, Wellness Center manager who has been associated with Tamarac since it opened its doors on Dec. 17, 2007. “Today, Tamarac has evolved into a place where people can find a fitness routine, join support groups for emotional and financial health, learn about topics that affect our daily lives, and so much more – all under one roof. We look forward to many more years of continuing to help our members achieve all their health and wellness goals. We invite everyone in our community and non-members to join us on Saturday, December 16, to check out all the great things we offer at Tamarac.”
The birthday celebration and community open house will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on what Tamarac is dubbing “Super Saturday.” Fitness instructors will offer free and highly popular classes open for everyone, including nonmembers, to try, ranging from knockout and spinning to yoga and aquatics exercises in the pool. Tamarac is also offering a host of specials for both nonmembers and members.
Today, Tamarac has 2,700 members, some of them living as far away as Muskegon and Hart. On any given day, 450 members check into the fitness center to use Tamarac’s many strength and cardio equipment, as well as its free weights, pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Tamarac is also home to the Skincare Center and Spa, and Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, which provides services for physical therapy, therapy for Parkinson’s and stroke patients, pelvic health for men and women, wound therapy and other specialized therapy services. In addition, Tamarac hosts a monthly free seminar for the community by local experts on a range of health and wellness, financial and community-based topics.
Super Saturday is free for members and nonmembers. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Visit tamaracwellness.org for class schedules and to reserve a spot.
Sable Homes cuts the ribbon on a new project
Despite a persistent gale force breeze whipping down the cul-de-sac and sending wind chill temps plunging a large crowd turned out Tuesday for the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony marking the beginning of an ambitious project.
With housing needs throughout the community on the increase Sable Homes kicked off their revitalization efforts in the River Hills neighborhood located on the outskirts of the city of Newaygo by announcing that each home sold in the subdivision between now and June would be accompanied by a $250 donation to both The Newaygo County Promise Zone and TrueNorth Community Services. Sable Homes will also pay $2,000 toward the closing cost for each home purchased.
“Completing the River Hills neighborhood in Newaygo will bring a sense of community to the families who reside there and offer reasonably-priced new homes for others.” Sable Homes President John Bitely said. “We believe it is important to help local communities prosper and nurture environments where residents want to live, work and raise their families.”
The advent of the Promise Zone initiative providing post secondary education to Newaygo County graduates has had an influence on making the county a more desirable place to raise kids.
TrueNorth, based in Fremont, assists families and individuals in need with a variety of programs and services throughout Michigan, including health and nutrition programs, housing assistance, children’s services and youth programs.
“We are extremely thankful for the generous donation from Sable Homes,” said Mark Kraus, TrueNorth Development Director. “The donated funds from Sable Homes’ River Hills neighborhood will help us promote resilience, create opportunity and build community throughout our service area.”
“Sable Homes’ donation provides a great opportunity for the children in our community who are eager to continue their education beyond high school,” said Mark Guzniczak of the Promise Zone Authority Board. “We greatly appreciate their community support, which will have a direct impact on the many children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education.”
““We firmly believe in the importance of giving back to the community and are proud to support TrueNorth and The Promise Zone and the services they provide area residents,” Bitely added.
Sable Homes purchased the 40-acre River Hills residential property in Newaygo County earlier this year Four homes in River Hills were constructed during the development’s first phase more than 15 years ago. Sable Homes plans to construct homes on the remaining 27 lots in phase one of River Hills and has plans to complete the proposed 19 homes in the second phase.
Newaygo County’s new home for terminally ill patients hires first executive director
FREMONT-Newaygo County Compassion Home for the Terminally Ill, the county’s first full-service hospice home, has named Diane Rudholm as its first executive director. Rudholm will oversee the overall direction and operations of all services at the newly established NCCH, including fundraising, marketing and management of NCCH staff and volunteers.
“I’m truly honored and humbled to be given this opportunity to do something that I love and serve families with care and compassion,” Rudholm said. “Newaygo County Compassion Home is meeting a genuine need in the Newaygo County community. For the first time, families will have peace of mind knowing that we now have a designated place where their loved ones can receive professional and compassionate end of life care, and I’m looking forward to my new role with the Newaygo County Compassion Home.”
NCCH is expected to serve around 100 guests a year and can house three guests at a time. The home will be available to guests who are in the final days or weeks of a terminal illness, with each guest under the care of a hospice provider in Newaygo County.
“Diane embodies the perfect blend of business and heart, and her experiences and passion are unprecedented, which will serve the community members to the fullest,” said Angela Kinch, Hospice Business and Program Development Manager at Spectrum Health.
As executive director, Rudholm will report directly to and work with the NCCH Board of Directors to fulfill the Newaygo County Compassion Home mission and ensure ongoing strategic planning. Rudholm has been involved with the Compassion Home for a year from its earliest stages. She will work at the NCCH’s temporary location in White Cloud, and move to its permanent facility at 20 S. Stewart in Fremont, which will undergo renovations following a capital fundraising campaign in coming months.
“Diane’s passion for the project, combined with her unique skill-set, makes her the ideal person for this enormous job,” said NCCH board member Dorothy Paris, CPA at H&S Companies PC.
Rudholm is a licensed CNA and has a bachelor’s of science in health communications and administration, with an associate’s of business in sales and marketing. She has 25 years of experience in fund and business development, marketing, human resources and management from past roles at the American Cancer Society, Brunswick Corp., and GoodTemps Staffing Services.
“Diane has a clear desire to move forward the mission of the Compassion Home while learning and growing with us. I truly believe that everything she has done in the past six months is a clear indication that God’s hand is at work in this community and in her desire to open the Compassion Home for His glory,” said Mary Henry, RN, BSN, OCN, retired Spectrum Health registered nurse.
More than 80 percent of Americans prefer to die at home or in a home-like setting, yet only 20 percent get that opportunity. Many individuals end up in relatively sterile acute care facilities, surrounded by machines and strangers.
By Ken DeLaat
“Look at all the people!”
Nearly everyone we ran into last night delivered the same impression at the Christmas Walk in downtown Newaygo Friday night.
Perhaps the weather had something to do with it since we were pitched a nearly perfect early winter evening. One of those beauties with enough of a chill to require layering but nearly crystal clear and lit by a full moon. A great one for walking about and checking out the downtown doings.
Accompanied by LSC Lil (a woman whose level of patience knows no boundaries) the Christmas Walk immersion began immediately as we arrived just when the streets were being closed.
And once again the charm and appealing nature of this festival, this gathering so utterly embraced by our community took hold for the next couple of hours.
We headed for Brooks Park for the opening ceremony but I was immediately derailed while passing the General Store due to the wafting aroma of freshly done, just taken out of the fryer and cooling down Donuts!
The Hilltop Bakery folks from Bailey were doing up donuts right there on the street. In front of me. With no line since they just opened.
It was truly one of those Carpe Diem moments.
“Can I get 2?”
“They’re not quite ready.”
”Hmmm. How long?"
“3-5 minutes maybe.”
Lil had walked ahead but being accustomed to my tendency to veer off at times (physically as well as mentally) she doubled back.
“I’m just waiting on a couple of donuts.”
“Oh you got one for me?”
“Uh... yes….of course…. that’s why I got two.”
She looked a bit skeptical, having long been aware of my food-sharing shortcomings, but as I said a patient woman.
When we got to the park the NHS Jazz Band was putting some heat into the air with some snappy versions of Christmas favorites. It became apparent there would be a pretty good crush of humanity wandering the streets and shops this night. From the warming fire to the stage to the soon -to-be-lit tree people were out in force.
The arrival of Santa and the lighting of the finely festooned fir sent us off for a stroll. We weaved in and out of several shops made purchases and ran into folks we know. The entire collection of Newaygo’s desirable downtown dining options were jammed to the gills and staffed by brave and hardy souls working to serve up food and drinks in what proved to be an ongoing onslaught of customers.
We wandered into the bookstore and listened to a young lady on the violin then cruised through the intriguing newcomer to town MB Woodworks & Company where the sounds of a hammer dulcimer drew the attention of browsers.
The wagons were rolling through town as carts of happy horse drawn riders cruised the main in equine-powered fashion. Everywhere clusters of people gathered to chat it up and a sense of good cheer seemed to permeate.
There was that familiar mist of magic in the air, an aura associated with this holiday happening. Several groups from the wandering chorus of Santa Hat guys who saunter through stores and eateries to the younger kids crooning carols outside of The Stream provided a musical backdrop to what has evolved into community favorite.
This is a coming together of people from throughout the area and beyond who take part in a little drift back in time. A time when people roamed the streets dodging only the occasional animal driven wagon or two. When groups of kids ran amok taking part in their separate mini-adventures and parents with toddlers or smaller ones in strollers stopped to chat it up a bit. A time when life was perhaps less hurried
It’s a reminder that Christmas is a time to slow it down a smidge. To gain a little perspective in this busy world of ours and perhaps reflect a bit more and react a bit less.
Something kind of warm and wonderful seems to blanket the town during Christmas Walk and this year’s version most certainly did not disappoint.
And if you’re asking?
Neither did the donut.
Gerber Memorial beard challenge raises more than $7,200, exceeds goal
FREMONT – A new countywide hair-raising event to raise money for the Family Birth Center at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial hauled in $7,242 – more than triple the organizers’ original goal when the fundraiser first began a month ago.
The Beards for Babies fund drive asked men to grow their beards during the month of November, set up profile pages through a customized page highlighting their beards – and the cause – and raise funds through that page. Participants who raised $50 or more qualified for a showdown of the beards at Lakes 23 Restaurant and Pub on Wednesday night, when the fundraiser officially ended and the total money donated was tallied.
“To be honest, when we began this project to raise funds for our Family Birth Center, we were going to be happy with $2,000. Thanks to the tremendous generosity and the giving spirit of our community, we went well beyond that goal,” said Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial Fund Development Director Paul Bedient. “The fundraiser was a great success because folks in Newaygo County opened their hearts and their wallets to support families and their newborns. On behalf of Gerber Memorial, we are truly grateful to serve such as generous and supportive community that stands together for each other.”
ll the proceeds from the event will stay locally and directly impact Gerber Memorial patients and families. The funds will be used to train and certify an additional lactation consultant as well as provide families with diapers, swaddle sacks and educational safe sleep books.
Winners of Wednesday night’s beard showdown were:
Twenty two men participated in the Gerber Memorial Beards for Babies challenge. Judges for the night were Sue Auw of Classic Cuts for Men in Fremont; Kenzi Boerman and Melissa Rich of Snipperz Salon in Fremont; Jackie Kozitzki, RN; and Marsha Stasik of Newaygo.
Gerber Memorial’s Family Birth Center delivers more than 500 babies each year, significantly more than the average number of about 300 newborn deliveries at similarly designated rural hospitals in the United States. Gerber Memorial is a Leapfrog Top 25 Rural Hospital award winner two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016.
The Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial provides funding for programs, events, trainings and more held by Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, Tamarac and their area clinics. Your tax deductible gifts stay in Newaygo County to improve the health of all residents.
or more information or questions about contributing to Gerber Memorial’s foundation, call 231-924-3681.
Rogers, Croton and Hardy Dams Siren Tests to Take Place Dec. 6
CROTON- Emergency public warning siren systems near Consumers Energy’s Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River will be tested on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at approximately 9 a.m.
The test will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message. The public does not need to take any action during the tests. The siren systems are tested each August and December.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requires hydroelectric facilities to be able to quickly notify residents and visitors of any developing emergency at the plants.
In an emergency, the sirens would be used only if the threat of a dam failure is imminent at a facility. At that time, anyone on or near the river should evacuate at once to high ground. More information would be provided on local radio and television stations.
Consumers Energy offers a safety caution to those who visit dams in the winter.
“Ice on a reservoir near a hydroelectric facility is not reliable and should be avoided by snowmobilers, anglers and others,” said Bill Schoenlein, Consumers Energy’s manager of hydro and renewable generation. “Also, ice-covered water down river from a hydroelectric facility should never be considered a safe place to walk.”
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
By N3 Sports Team
The CSAA Gold Division could be a dogfight this season as a cluster of teams have strong returning casts while others were hit hard by graduation and look to rely on players new to the Varsity game.
Here's a peek at some of our area's teams with a shout out of thanks to the coaches for their always valuable input.
The Tigers finished last season with 17 wins and a district title.
This year they return just 4 players from that squad with Carter Chase the lone starter coming back. The varsity experience of Tyler Naffziger Alex Longcore and Mike Frey will be counted on to provide leadership to the half dozen newcomers to the ‘A’ team.
“We are going to need contributions from everyone this year if we are going to be successful, especially from our young guys Freddy Hull, Brett Long, and Karlton Zerlaut,” said Coach Matt McCorkle in his second year guiding the Grant varsity.
Also new to varsity this year are Cole Chase, Connor VanderWilt, and Patrick Lancestremere.
“Having so many inexperienced and young guys on the team this year, it's hard to predict how we are going to be. I think we will have a good idea how we stack up once we hit the holiday break.”
Coach McCorkle:”Our conference is probably open for the taking for the first time in at least 3 years given the graduation of Demetri Martin & Co. from Big Rapids. That said, the Cardinalsare the reigning champs and until proven otherwise, they will be the team to beat again this year.
“I foresee Fremont being a frontrunner for the conference title though Reed City could also win it this year. Reed City was super young last year and I think they only lost two seniors.
Central Montcalm is going to be tough this year. I think they will surprise a few teams, including us, if you don't come in focused with a good game plan.
“Overall, the league is going to be tough. It is going to be vital to protect your home floor and then sneak out a couple of road wins.”
Grant opens against the Vikings in Whitehall on Tuesday December 5th before coming home to face the Cardinals of BR on Friday December 8th.
Coach Pete Zerfas welcomes back 8 players including 3 starters to a team that looks to be in the hunt for a conference title. Ben Schmidt, coming off a stellar cross country season, and point guard Riley Krim along with Logan Karnemaat who will be working the paint for the Pack lead a strong cast of returnees including 3 point sharpshooter Bailey Baddis, Wyatt Kaastra, Micah Whittle, Caleb Kooman and Ben DeVries,
Calvin Miller, Carter Moon, Julian Echavarria, and Noah Christensen will be the new arrivals on the scene.
“We return a very nice mix of experience and have some good players coming off the JV, said Coach Zerfas. “ We have size and athletic ability and had a very good summer. Our concerns are that we are banged up and will not be starting healthy.”
Krim is working his way back from some football injuries and is day to day while Kaastra is out until Christmas recovering from surgery.
Coach Zerfas: “I think our league is wide open with Big Rapids and Grant losing key players, but both teams returning experienced and talented players also. Reed City returns its entire team as they were very young and Central Montcalm is the dark horse in the league returning good players to go with their undefeated JV league team from last year. I also think Newaygo and Chippewa Hills will be athletic and good. It will be wide open. We will be in the mix.
The Packers start their season on the road Tuesday, December 5th when they take on the Tigers of Shelby. The home opener will be Friday the 8th when they host Chippewa Hills in the first conference game.
“We’re hoping to build on last year,” said coach Joe Barrette. “With over 50% of our offensive production returning this season, the sky’s the limit.”
The varsity welcomes back five players from last year’s team including Mitch Karrip, Connor Swinehart, Jacob Polasek, Morgen Manlick, and Richard Hearth. Newcomers Cooper Heinzman, Kade Bhuyan, Noah Cantu, Ryan Brummel, Gabe Limberg, and Brandon Sekach round out this year’s squad.
Swinehart can dominate inside play and the Lions will boast some strong play from the guard position.
Coach Barrett: “We will play with energy and enthusiasm. Our goal is to represent our school with class and dignity every time we take the floor.”
The Lions have a tough scheduling start to the season opening December 6th at Reed City followed by three more road games before the holiday break. Fans will get to see them perform at home for the first time on January 5th when they face the Central Montcalm Hornets
Tri County Vikings
Six players return from a year ago when the Vikes won just a single contest. Seniors Macario Castillo, Kyle Proctor, Hunter Merchant, Wil McClurken, and Mason Clewley and junior Chase Jelinski have logged varsity minutes and will be leading a youthful team with Nick Poprawski and Bryce Hallan key additions from last year’s JV squad.
Coach Josh Delamater“The challenge for this season will be competing in every game.With Big Rapids and Grant graduating some significant players, the conference is up for grabs. We may not be looked at as a contender, but the boys have been working hard to improve.
The schedule also sends the vikings roadbound for their first four contests beginning with a short trip to Lakeview to face the Wildcats.Like Newaygo TC won’t host a game until after the New Year has been rung in. Chippewa Hills comes to town the 5th. Of January
White Cloud Indians
Eight varsity veterans and 4 new faces will be plying the hardboards in White Cloud for Coach Bob Jones.
Seniors Jared Elder, Darion Holland,Sean Kakoczki,Andrew Newfer and Buchanan Seabrook as well as juniors Garret Ebert, Trenton Jones, and Devon Trice return to be joined by incoming juniors Delton Dowling, Gavin Kehr, Chance Montemayor,and Adrian Rodriguez.
Coach Jones cites varsity experience as one of the team’s strengths while recognizing a lack of height will make competing with taller teams a challenge.
Tuesday December 5th sees the Cloud heading into Hart where they will open the season facing the Pirates. On Friday December 8th they will host the Wildcats of Lakeview.
Near North Now will be providing coverage throughout the season to recognize the efforts put forth by our student athletes. If you have photographs of the games you would like to share in our pages or would like to assist in providing coverage please let us know.
By N3 Sports Team
It’s Hoops time again, the beginning of a lengthy season that will stretch through the winter months into what we hope will be the cusp of an early spring come tournament time.
With the Girls kicking things off next week the staff of the much acclaimed N3 Sports and Custodial Services Department gathered a little information on the local teams for our friendly readers.
Next week we’ll follow up with the skinny on the Boys squads.
The Packers will be a fun team to watch with Bre Harris and Anna Patenge capping off their 4 year Varsity careers, sophomore Natalie Jamieson playing her second season with the A squad. and returning starter Riley Sweet heading up a supporting cast that includes freshman Calla Miller and sophomore Chloe Shriver. Senior Erin Belleman and juniors Torey Reichert-Slater and Taylor Crowley return to the team and are joined by newcomers Katie Nicholas and Hannah Hamilton.
Then midway through the season the team will add Brianna and Sydney Noordyke who previously played in the Home School League. Transfer rules will keep them out for the first ten games but the senior sisters should add to what looks to be a versatile offensive arsenal.
Harris has been a sparkplug for the team since she burst on the scene as a freshman grabbing attention with her fearless style of play that as led to three years of bumps and bruises along the way. Frequently targeted by opposing defenses she still drops more than 15 points a game while tossing in some defensive wizardry including a school record 15 steals in a game last year.
Patenge is a force in the paint where her defensive skills helped keep opponents under 40 points a game last season. She is a workhorse on the glass leading the Pack in boards each of the past 2 seasons.
Jamieson was a much different player at the end of the season than when she arrived on the varsity scene gaining confidence along the way. She seems to possess quick hands along with uncanny instincts for rebounding.
This is a team that looks to be strong on defense once again while expanding their offensive arsenal. They are, however, a bit banged up and Harris will likely miss the opener. Others are nursing various injuries and may miss games or be limited in playing time. Not the kind of start a coach wants with a long road ahead for his team but the addition of the Noordykes mid season will be most welcome.
“We have a great combination of experience and youth going into this season,” said Coach John Krim in his 5th season guiding the Packers. “There is experience at all 5 starting positions with the key spots of point guard and center filled by 4 year varsity players. 4 starters who contributed to the majority of the scoring for us last season return plus we feel we have quality players coming off the bench.”
“We are very excited about the upcoming season and couldn’t be happier with the caliber of the young ladies we have on this year’s team.They are a very hard working group who take a lot of pride in the way they play defense and practice unselfish basketball . If we stay injury free, and that's a big if right now, we believe we have a chance to be very competitive this season and hope to make it difficult on the league favorites.
The Packers open at home Tuesday facing the Red Devils of Holton in a game beginning at 7 pm.
The Lions lost 5 seniors to graduation and return just 4 players from last years team. That quartet of seniors will need to provide leadership to a group new to the varsity hardboards.
Madi Bush is the lone starter from last season though the other seniors Daisy Hagen, Alexis Brocker and Dana Duchemin each logged significant minutes and should be major contributors on both ends of the court.
While not short on talent the young Lions are a bit short on experience.
And height as well
“We're going to be younger and a little bit inexperienced this year,” said Coach Nate Thomasma. “We are also pretty small again this year so we are really going to have to work hard on the glass.”
A half dozen newcomers to the varsity scene will be on a quick learning curve in what looks to be a rugged Gold Division.
“Our conference is going to be pretty tough with all the teams bringing back a lot of experience so we are going to have our hands full every night.”
Sophomore Sophia Frisbie and Freshmen Lillian Ruehmeier and Jaylee Long join juniors Sarah Behnke, Mya Berwald, and Daniella Duchemin as additions to the new look Lion squad.
“Our 6 newcomers are working hard and learning everyday,” added the coach.“ I am happy with the effort and the attitudes of the girls. They are meshing real well and putting in some good work so I'm excited to see what the season will bring.
"It’s a good group to be around.”
The Lions begin the season by travelling to Whitehall to take on the Vikings Tuesday. Gametime 7pm.
The Vikings lost two of the area’s premier scorers when Ashley Bowen and Jenna Degeer cap and gowned it last spring. Defensive stopper Julia Hauenstein joined them in the ceremony leaving the defending District champs with gaps to fill.
Fortunately the team returns 4 seniors in their third varsity year, Tricia Slavens, Emma Overbee, Taylor Reed, and Dayoni Mahlich. Each played major roles in taking home that district hardware.
Adding to the depth are seniors Julia Bice and Cierra Rose and juniors Jessica Thompson and Grace Miller who enter their second varsity season
Newcomers to the team include senior Errin Kamp and Mickalia Sprik, juniors Emma Sickelsteel and Summer Longstreet and freshman Alicia Bowen.
Yes, that’s right, Bowen.
“Our strength will be in our depth and athleticism” said Coach Chris Overbeek.”We’ll use this to push an up-tempo pace.
“The conference will be very balanced. While I would list Central Montcalm as the favorite, I believe there are as many as 6 teams that could win the title.”
The Vikings sail into a new season Thursday November 30 when the Rd Devils of Holton continue their cross conference tour. Gametime 7pm
A rugged beginning saw Grant staring at a 1-9 mark as the basketball season reached the midway point last year.
Then it started to click on the court for the Tigers as they ran off wins in 9 of the next 12 before falling in the district finals.
“We have 4 players coming back who played a significant role for us last year,”said Coach Paige Paulsen.
Juniors Kylie Paton, Jill Arends,and Cecelia Male along with sophomore Nicole Whan make up that quartet of returnees who will lead the way for the Tigers this season.
“The Gold will be a tough conference this year, added Coach Paulsen. “ Central Montcalm, Big Rapids and Tri County have all have had a lot of success the last couple years while Fremont and Reed City may also challenge for the top spot. Every night in conference will be a dog fight.
“We are looking to be fundamentally sound on defense and limit our turnovers on offense. We have a look of people that can play many positions, so finding our identity we be key to having success.”
The Tigers take a trip to the Cloud Tuesday for a 7pm game
The Indians return 5 players from last years team led by junior Hannah Brown and senior Elexis Plotts
“With new additions combined with experienced leadership, we are hoping to create some noise in the conference’” said Coach Kurt Brown
The Indian roster includes seniors Breanna Sutherland and Arianna Kakoczki along with juniors Hallie Schulz, Kayla Pasch and Haley Foster, sophomores Olivia Bowman and Layna Yeiter and freshman Alexis Strait.
White Cloud will host the Tigers of Grant Tuesday with tip-off scheduled for 7pm.
By Ken DeLaat
Connie Mooney of the Parks Department was named Employee of the Quarter during a presentation at the regular meeting of the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday November 22.
“You have demonstrated excellence in leadership at your job by stepping up and successfully assisting the Parks Director with difficult customers and employee issues,” read County Administrator Chris Wren. “Through your actions, it is clear you care about the park’s customers and employees and in turn you are highly respected by them. Your willingness to educate, motivate and provide assistance to the general public and staff is extremely valuable.”
“You exemplify the attitude and work ethic that makes our Parks department successful. You are undeniably a great asset to Newaygo County and to all that have the privilege of working with you.”
Commissioners also heard a report from Erin Kuhn Executive Director for West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission the federal and state designated regional planning and development agency serving 120 local governments in Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Oceana Counties.
Ms. Kuhn spoke to several initiatives currently underway in the region including the support for the progress being made on The Dragon, the non motorized pathway around Hardy Pond that continues to move forward thanks to the creatively collaborative effort involving several entities including Newaygo and Mecosta Counties and Consumers Energy. She cited a report indicating The Dragon would have significant economic impact on the region.
Ms. Kuhn also mentioned working with Administrator Wren and Drain Commissioner Dale Twing on a strategic plan for the county’s recycling program.
In other business Administrator Wren reported that the e-cigarette program that was passed by the board and instituted at the jail this past June has thus far turned a $33,174 profit to the county during the past 4 ½ months.
Bellwether Harbor volunteers dedicate 2,250 hours
Fremont– Nearly 50 volunteers were honored Nov. 10 by Bellwether Harbor staff for contributing more than 2,250 hours in the last year.
“We couldn’t take as many animals and find them their forever home without the volunteers who come in and provide hours of time,” said Danielle Merrill, Bellwether Harbor Executive Director.
Bellwether Harbor Volunteer Coordinator Carmen Froehle said the volunteers help with many things including socializing cats and dogs, walking dogs, bathing and grooming animals, clerical and housekeeping.
During the event, Froehle recognized Cassie Gilliland who has been a volunteer with Bellwether Harbor since it opened 15 years ago. Volunteers with the most hours were Phyllis White with 299 hours, Nancy Reschke with 222 hours, and Ann Faber with 175 hours.
“They may call me the crazy cat lady,” White said with a laugh. “But I love coming here and seeing all the cats and kittens. I enjoy knowing them before they go to their forever home.”
Bellwether Harbor is always looking for more volunteers who must be 15 years old or older. Volunteers must fill out an application, which is available on the bellwetherharbor.org website and then complete an orientation.
Bellwether Harbor is a haven for dogs and cats that have been abandoned, abused and neglected. The staff and volunteers work to prepare them for their adoption with people looking for forever companionship. Bellwether provides medical care, socialization, training, and sometimes rehabilitation to dogs and cats.
“We work with people looking to adopt our animals by helping them to find the dog or cat that is the best fit with their lifestyle,” Merrill said. “We do this through an interview process, multiple visits, education and training. Our ultimate goal is to encourage and support the human animal bond.”
“We are so thankful for our volunteers, who help us with that mission,” Froehle added.
Interested in learning more?Contact Wendy Sinicki by phone at 231-924-9230 or via email at email@example.com
The reenergized Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced it will be co-hosting a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1 at 6:30 pm. The festive holiday event will be held in the heart of the Village at Webster Park, on the corner of M-20 and M-120. The Hesperia Beautification Committee and Hesperia Area Fire Department are joining forces with HACC to make this event possible for the community.
“We are excited to add this event to the calendar,” said Scott Rumsey, the Chamber President. “We hope to bring more family friendly events like this to our community in 2018”.
The organization saw a complete change in leadership to begin 2017, and hit the ground running. The first order of business was to continue to make the annual July 4th Family Fun Fest a success. HACC started the summer by hosting a Business After Hours event for area businesses. Currently, a website redesign is underway, preparing for Small Business Saturday, and planning various events for Christmas are just a few of the ways HACC is becoming more involved within the community. A membership drive will be taking place, in hopes to increase business membership while promoting Hesperia and the surrounding businesses in Newaygo and Oceana Counties.
Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to make an appearance as Webster Park is illuminated. Horse drawn carriage rides, music, hot cocoa and cookies are also included in this free community event. Those who wish to attend the event are encouraged visit the event page on the Hesperia Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
A final report that analyzes possible alternatives to Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P.’s Line 5 below the Straits of Mackinac is available to the public beginning today. The report can be found at theMichigan Petroleum Pipelines website.
A 30-day public comment period on the report developed by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc. opens today. Comments can be submitted online at the Michigan Petroleum Pipelines website, by email through the website, or by mail sent to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Attn: Line 5 Alternatives Analysis, P.O. Box 30473, Lansing, MI 48909-7973.
In addition to the comment period, three public feedback sessions have been scheduled -- in Metro Detroit, Traverse City and St. Ignace. This comment process is intended to ensure the informational basis for any future decision by the State of Michigan regarding Line 5 is robust and complete.
While the final report was prepared independently by Dynamic Risk for the State, the work and judgment are the views of the contractor and not those of the State.
Below are details of the three public feedback sessions that are scheduled for early December. No formal presentation will be made at the sessions but representatives from the State will be present to hear comments:
No weapons, noisemakers or signs will be allowed at the sessions. Large bags will be subject to search by security officers.
There will also be a public comment period at the next quarterly meeting of the state’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB). That meeting is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Causeway Bay Lansing Hotel and Convention Center, Ballrooms F-J, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing.
The State of Michigan in August 2016 commissioned two independent contractors to complete a separate alternatives analysis and risk analysis. Dynamic Risk was hired to do the alternatives analysis. The risk analysis, performed by a different independent contractor, was not completed after an apparent conflict of interest was discovered on the contractor’s study team. Dr. Guy Meadows of Michigan Technological University is in discussions with the State to put together a team of academic experts from colleges and universities to perform a new risk analysis.
Line 5 is a 645-mile pipeline built in 1953 and runs from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Canada. It transports up to 540,000 barrels a day of light crude oil and natural gas liquids.
White Cloud Athletic Boosters receive donation
White Cloud— At the November 12th meeting of the White Cloud Athletic Boosters (WCAB), Ron Wawsczyk presented WCAB member Erin Canning, along with Harry Stevens WCAB member and White Cloud School Board Vice President with a check for $4000 from the HarbisonWalker International (HWI) Foundation. The HWI Foundation is a charitable organization of Ron’s employer HWI (formally NARCO). They ask for nominations from their employees to give back to non-profit organizations where the company has operations and that its employees have donated their time, money or material.
The money was generously donated through the WCAB to complete a scoreboard project that was started as a memorial for Ron’s wife Beth who passed away from breast cancer and was an avid softball volunteer in the community and White Cloud Varsity Softball. The scoreboard itself was purchased with generous donations in memory of Beth at the time of her passing. The donated money will help complete the project as well as other improvements.
WCAB, Ron and the White Cloud Varsity Softball program would like to thank HWI and its Foundation for the generous donation and appreciates it vision and effort in helping non-profits in the communities that they operate.
Federal lab confirms Montcalm County deer has tested positive for chronic wasting disease; three additional suspect positives awaiting confirmation
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced today that the 1.5-year-old buck, harvested last month in Sidney Township (Montcalm County), was confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. This is the 11th case of CWD to be confirmed in a free-ranging deer in Michigan.
Since the harvest of that deer, three additional suspect positive deer – all from Montcalm County, in Pine, Reynolds and Sidney townships – are awaiting confirmation.
“Thank you to these hunters for checking their deer, which is required for these areas. Hunter assistance is critical in the ongoing fight against the spread of CWD,” said Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist. “The response from hunters so far shows a strong willingness to help, and it’s clear that more hunters are committed to getting their deer tested.”
There are three Core CWD Areas that have mandatory check. To determine if a hunting location is within a mandatory check area, or to find the nearest DNR deer check station, visit michigan.gov/cwd.
“In a short amount of time, without many deer tested from these areas, we are finding more CWD-positive deer,” Stewart said. “This is concerning. We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for hunters from the surrounding areas that are outside of mandatory check locations to have their deer tested, too.”
To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in humans. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals.
CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids, from environments contaminated with these fluids or the carcass of a diseased animal.
To learn more about chronic wasting disease, visit michigan.gov/cwd.
NEWAYGO – Access will be closed to the duChemin Park boat launch at Croton Pond one day, November 20, to allow Consumers Energy crews to safely work there.
That boat launch is near the Croton Dam. Signs will clearly mark that the site is closed while crews remove equipment used to install a coffer dam at Hardy Dam.
Consumers Energy reminds visitors to safely and quickly exit the river if they hear the sirens that signal dangerous changes to flow conditions at hydro facilities.
JA Ourselves being brought to local classrooms
Eight kindergarten programs through Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes will be funded by a grant from the Gerber Foundation.
JA Ourselves introduces students to the intersection of financial literacy and kindergarten social studies learning objectives, including personal economics and the choices people make to meet their needs and wants. It includes a series of five sessions that use compelling stories read aloud by the volunteer, along with hands-on activities,to demonstrate helping, working, earning, and saving. Session-specific, age-appropriate materials are included to increase student interaction and emphasize JA’s experiential approach to learning.
“Financial services are becoming more complex,” said Catherine Obits Program Manager for the Gerber Foundation. “The earlier we can begin to teach young children effective money management skills, the better equipped they will be as adults achieve financial security and live independently.
“We are so grateful to the Gerber Foundation for the chance to bring these programs to children in Newaygo County,” said Bill Coderre President of Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan
Fremont Area Community Foundation recently shared the results of their grantee perception survey conducted earlier this year.
The survey was conducted and analyzed by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), an organization used by hundreds of foundations for their assessments, research, and programming.
Grant recipient organizations shared their anonymous feedback on various aspects of their interactions with the Community Foundation. In their report on the survey findings, CEP also provided comparative context, allowing the Community Foundation to benchmark its performance against other similar grantmakers and funders.
The report showed that the Community Foundation is distinguished by continued strong impact on the community, with grantees ranking FACF in the top 89th percentile of all community foundations for impact. Grantees in the poverty to prosperity focus area in particular rated the Community Foundation highly for impact on their field of work.
Since the last grantee perception survey in 2012, there has also been considerable growth among grantees who think that the Community Foundation’s selection process was helpful in strengthening their organizations or programs.
The report also highlighted opportunities for improvement. While ratings for the Community Foundation’s understanding of grantees’ organizational goals and strategies is higher than in 2012, they remain lower than desired. The Community Foundation was also ranked lower than other foundations for its overall understanding of grantees’ fields.
“We are grateful to the organizations who took the time to provide their honest and candid feedback,” said Todd Jacobs, FACF vice president and chief philanthropy officer.
“We were encouraged by growth in several areas and are committed to continued improvement. We look forward to exploring grantee suggestions to further enhance our relationships, grow our awareness of each other’s work, and build a shared understanding of our respective assets.”
Enbridge told to make full accounting of Line 5’s condition
Action comes after revelation of dramatically increased number
of coating gaps on pipeline that runs through Straits of Mackinac
LANSING-The State of Michigan today called on Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. to give the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) a full accounting of the status of the Line 5 pipeline in light of new information released today by Enbridge that additional coating gaps were discovered during the company’s most recent inspection of the dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac.
Enbridge must give the presentation at the PSAB’s meeting Dec. 11 in Lansing about all the findings it has made about the pipeline’s condition, that of its protective coating and anchors, and the results of its video inspections, automated in-line tests, and recent hydrostat and biota testing.
The new information comes after the State requested inspections of each of the anchor locations following initial reports of coating gaps. Those inspections have been completed at 48 of 128 locations, and a majority of those 48 areas have gaps, Enbridge told the state today.
“This is very troubling and points out exactly why the state has been vigilant about getting information from Enbridge,” said Heidi Grether, Director of the Department of Environmental Quality and co-chair of the PSAB. "It is essential that we get adequate and accurate information from Enbridge to allow the State to continue our pursuit of protecting the Great Lakes."
Besides ordering the presentation, the State said it will bring on additional technical expertise to evaluate the information Enbridge is to provide about the condition of the pipeline that was built in 1953. A 4.5-mile section of the line from Superior, Wisconsin, to Sarnia, Ontario, runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac within an easement issued in 1953 by the State of Michigan.
“A year ago, Enbridge said there were no coating gaps in the Straits pipeline. Now, there are dozens. When will we know the full accounting of what Enbridge knows about Line 5?” said Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy and co-chair of the PSAB. “I sincerely hope there are no more surprises when Enbridge gives their presentation to the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board in December. We and the people of Michigan deserve nothing less, and the State will be bringing on additional experts to examine Enbridge’s information and challenge it where necessary.”
The latest Enbridge information comes just a week before the State is to release on Nov. 20 the final version of the Line 5 Alternatives Analysis report. Developed by independent contractor Dynamic Risk, the report studies what options are available for transporting the 540,000 barrels a day of light crude oil and natural gas liquids that run through Line 5.
Three public feedback sessions have been scheduled after the Alternative Analysis’ release:
Dr. Guy Meadows, a professor at Michigan Technological University who is in talks with the state to perform a risk analysis of the pipeline, will also be asked to include information contained in today’s revelations in his report, which is expected to be completed next summer.
The PSAB’s next quarterly meeting is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Causeway Bay Lansing Hotel and Convention Center, Ballrooms F-J, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing.
The State will use the information from the Enbridge presentation, the Alternatives and Risk studies, and the outside expert review to ensure the informational basis for any decision about the future of Line 5 is robust and complete.
Sheriff Mendham offers tips for a safe hunting season
NEWAYGO COUNTY - November 15th is opening day of the Michigan Firearm Deer Season and Sheriff Mendham would like all hunters to enjoy their time in the woods, but most importantly be safe.
Hunting is potentially a very dangerous sport, so it is important to know these 10 hunting safety tips. Because of the very nature of the sport, and the risks involved it is important to be educated and know how to stay safe:
1. Always tell someone where you are hunting. Whenever you go out, make sure someone knows the area you will be in and when you are expecting to be back. This is important for hunting safety just in case there is an accident, they will know where to find you.
2. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. This means point the muzzle in a safe direction, do not put your finger on the trigger unless prepared to shoot. Making this a habit will keep you and your hunting partners safe.
3. Dress for the weather. Protect yourself from hypothermia by checking the forecast and dressing appropriately. Simply being prepared will keep you safe hunting.
4. Never hunt alone. Always have someone else with you or hunt with a group. This will protect you in case of an accident, having someone else with you to call for help if needed is vital.
5. Check your equipment regularly and maintain it. Equipment that isn't well maintained can be a hazard to yourself and everyone around you. This is essential for hunting safety.
6. When hunting with a firearm you must wear hunter's orange. This must be visible from all sides and worn on any hunting property. This will make yourself well seen by other hunters in the area.
7. Be aware of what your target is. Be sure that what you're planning to shoot is your intended target and not another hunter. Be sure to help other hunters be safe as well.
8. Be in control of your emotions. If you hit a target you will probably get excited, but that doesn't mean wave your firearm around wildly to celebrate. Keep yourself and your companions’ safe. The same goes for hunting when angry, it should go without saying you shouldn't be in possession of a weapon if your emotions are out of control.
9. Wear hearing and eye protection. It's required at the range and you should do the same while hunting. Protect your sight and hearing from damage.
10. Don't hunt while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances impair judgment as well as your ability to control your emotions. It isn't wise to use a firearm while under the influence because it will not keep you or your companions’ safe.
For more safety tips Sheriff Mendham encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.
By Ken DeLaat
County Administrator Chris Wren spoke to efforts being made to develop a sustainable plan for recycling in Newaygo County at the regular meeting of the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners held Wednesday November 8th.
The county assumed responsibility for recycling efforts last Spring when Recycling for Newaygo County discontinued operations at the sites. Since that time supported by a partnership with the Fremont Area Community Foundation the county has continued to offer the services while searching for a long term solution to the expense involved in this environmentally friendly initiative.
Wren and NC Drain Commissioner Dale Twing will be meeting with representatives of the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), a state and federal designated planning and development agency, and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to develop a strategic plan.
“We want a picture of what Recycling looks like now and a plan for what it will look like in the future,” said Wren. “ A plan that includes long term funding solutions.”
“We’re going to look at everything. What other counties are doing, what other options are out there. We want this to be sustainable and not find ourselves in the position to have to chase down money every year to fund it.”
Administrator Wren also announced that Jason Woolford has been named Interim Director of Newaygo County Central Dispatch and spoke to the increased usage of the county’s Welcome Center.
Commissioner Bryan Kolk stated he had attended the recent Fremont City Council meeting and reported they are in the final stages of Meijer’s much awaited arrival in Fremont. Kolk said groundbreaking would likely be happening soon after the process becomes complete.
Commissioner Chuck Trapp who serves on the County Parks Board praised the work of Parks Director Nick Smith for the improvements in the parks and his efforts in fostering a positive environment for employees in the department.
In other business the board approved a grant application for scrap tire cleanup and approved health insurance plans for employees and retirees.
he next Board of Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday November 22 at 9:30am. Meetings are held at the County Administration building in White Cloud.
Changes coming to the Cloud, Newaygo stands pat
Voters went to the polls Tuesday to decide who would help lead our local municipalities through the changes looming on the horizon.
There will certainly be a new look in White Cloud. The mayor’s race was thrown wide open when Acting Mayor Charles Chandler announced he would return to his Council seat at the end of this term. Mr. Chandler inherited the post when Don Barnhard who had long served in that role stepped down to assume the position as Supervisor for the city’s Department of Public Works.
Two candidates came forward, Jerry LeBlanc who serves on the city’s Planning Commission and Jamie Denslow who is the Band Director at WCHS.
Deslow captured nearly 64% of the vote and the highest percentage among area mayoral candidates with the exception of Grant’s Julie Hallman who ran unopposed and defeated unopposed soundly receiving 100% of the lots cast.
Voters must be happy with the job Kay Scott has done since being appointed to fill the seat vacated by Charles Chandler when he became mayor. She led the Council race with 125 votes while three term incumbent Jeff Murchison pulled in an even 100 and newcomer Ashley Zatalokin edged Anthony Johnson for the third and final city hall spot by 9 votes 96-87.
“I think I'm most excited to get people talking about a vision for the City.,”said Mayor-elect Denslow. “Not so much the formal, Master Plan, but something they can see in their future about the way White Cloud feels and looks.
“White Cloud is on the verge of change. It seems that the community is ready for movement forward and we are just waiting for that small push. I'm hoping that I can help facilitate that push and really get us moving.
“ I don't want to see White Cloud be a duplicate of neighboring towns or to be continually comparing ourselves to other cities. I think we can, in some small way, work together with the County and collaborate for the betterment of all entities involved.
“At the end of the day, I just want to help get us going. I don't have all the answers, but someone does, and I want to get that person more involved.”
Fremont selected a new council member who is no stranger to city hall having toiled there for many years as a police officer. Steve Heiss polled 376 votes to earn one of two seats being contested Tuesday and outdistanced Michael Carpenter who tallied 314. The other spot on the council was won by incumbent Don Henry who led the threesome with 412 votes.
Sandy Siegel ran unopposed for a partial term and came just 10 write-ins from pitching a shutout
Mayor Jim Rynberg collected 62% of the votes to win another two years in office as 382 Fremont residents showed their approval at the polls.
"Serving on the City Council since 1985 has given me a wonderful view of our community,” said the Mayor. “I have been so fortunate to help in the decision making for many of the projects that keep moving Fremont forward. I am very thankful to have had this opportunity to 'give back'.”
In Newaygo 45 more voters put their mark by the name of incumbent Ed Fedell than those who did so for his opponent Brooke Shaffer. Ms. Shaffer was running for the first time.
"I am very appreciative of the voters who reelected me to my fifth term as Mayor, said Fedell. "In addition I hold all voters who cast their vote in high regard regardless of who they voted for.
"I am looking forward to my next term with great anticipation as it will allow me to see projects which we have been working on come to fulfillment under my administration."
Mike Hikade Eric Johnson and Roger Ederer were the only candidates for the three spots on the council.
The real winners Tuesday?
The voters who showed up.
In Newaygo your vote amounted to representing yourself and about 5 ½ more of the city’s registered voters.
White Cloud and Fremont? Each one of you who bothered to show up at the polls made the decision for four of your fellow citizens.
Ok, sure, maybe no one ran against the mayor and there weren’t even enough candidates to fill the three seats on the council but just 42 of the 608 folks who registered bothered to show.
That’s 7%, so a vote in Grant was akin to casting not just your ballot but holding the proxies for 13 of your neighbors
This isn’t exclusive to our area by any means. The turnouts for the Cloud and Fremont are actually pretty good for a so-called off-year election. It just seems ironic that the voting opportunities that truly affect the day to day lives of people on a local level are the least popular when it comes to showing up to do our democratic diligence.
James Rynberg collected 382 votes while 222 cast their lots with challenger Beverly Parketon in the race for mayor of Fremont.
Incumbent Don Henry (412 votes) was elected to a 4 year term on the City Council and will be joined by Steve Heiss (376) who also won a four year term.The third candidate Michael Carpenter received 314 votes.
Sandy Siegel ran unopposed for a partial term on the council receiving 565 votes
Incumbent Ed Fedell fended off a challenge from political newcomer Brooke Schaffer to win another term in the mayor’s seat.142 votes were cast for Mr. Fedell while Ms. Schaffer had 97 cast in her direction.
Mike Hikade (182 votes), Eric Johnson (180) and Roger Ederer (164) were the only candidates for the 3 open seats on the city council.