Opinion: County Administrator Chris Wren One Year Later
By N3 Editorial Staff
At the end of the regular board meeting the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners were scheduled to do an evaluation of Chris Wren the county administrator who assumed the reins of leadership in that position 1 year ago.
As expected given his strong commitment to transparency when offered the option of having the evaluation be closed or open, Wren chose to have the assessment of his job performance be open to the public and press.
Commissioners each had praise and gave high marks for the job performance of Mr. Wren and in the opinion of N3 this praise is well deserved for many reasons.
Often with political entities there is a tendency to deliver various levels of complimentary comments on each other as well as toward the group itself at times. We get it. It feels pretty good and all and it’s more often than not pretty accurate if perhaps a bit self aggrandizing.
The praise for Wren, however, was spot on. This is a guy who...
Letter: Join the Newaygo County Climate Marchers!
Do you feel passionate about protecting our Mother Earth? Local citizens are invited to gather for one hour, 11 am to noon, Saturday, April 29th in Brooks Park, downtown Newaygo, for a Climate March. The March will begin promptly at 11 and commence around the park and the city block. At 11:30, Marchers will gather at the amphitheater to hear brief presentations and music, on the importance of climate stewardship. All ages are encouraged to make their own earth friendly signs and participate. Learn how we can better preserve our environment here in this county and in Michigan.
Goals for the March are information sharing and an opportunity to respect and celebrate our Earth’s wonderful resources. The march is wheelchair accessible and will be peaceful. This is a Sister Climate March in solidarity with others occurring around the nation on this day.
After the March, participants are encouraged to enjoy the Riverwalk or Marshall Park trek and one of the eateries in Newaygo.
Road Trip Ramblings
By Ken DeLaat
Part I-The River
In the end I imagine it was mostly about the shoes.
But I'll explain later.
As mentioned awhile back Lifetime Spousal Companion (and possessor of legendary patience) Lil and I embarked on a road trip recently,an intriguing week or so of travel ending all too soon and yet perhaps just in time, depending on how one cares to think about such things.
The journey began with an initial destination of Hannibal, Missouri in mind and little else set in stone.
Weeks before, Lil had inquired as...
The View From Here: Road Trip
By Ken DeLaat
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain
Over the years my Lifetime Spousal Companion (LSC) Lil and i have been on many travels. South, East, North and many many times West we’ve wandered about primarily by automobile due to an aversion to flight travel...
The View From Here: Baseball’s Back
By Ken DeLaat
"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." -Song of Solomon verse Ernie Harwell quoted at the beginning of each season.
Glad to have you back, old friend.
For me the game is rooted pretty deep, having been sewn into my very fabric by a generational love of the game in my family. Some of my earliest memories have to do with my folks taking my sister and me to games where our (significantly) older brothers were playing.
Not that we ever paid much attention to the action on the field because there were usually other kids around and we’d...
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