“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man's.”- Mark Twain
By Ken De Laat
Deputy Dawg was one of the Terrytoons cartoons that I used to try watching on Saturday mornings while my Mom ran the vacuum between the couch and TV set. At the time I thought it a coincidence how that section of the house needed vacuuming…a lot of vacuuming…on Saturday mornings but in retrospect it tended to drive me outside which I now believe was the overall purpose of the task.
But speaking of deputized dogs the County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of a real life deputy dog, the ace tracker and drug sniffing canine DAK.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of one of our beloved department canines, Deputy DAK, who passed away this morning after battling a degenerative spinal disorder.
“As an agency, we are heartbroken, DAK was a partner to his handler and an incredibly special member of our Agency. We will forever be grateful for the service he provided to Newaygo County.
“Deputy DAK has been with the NCSO since 2015 as a narcotics and tracking K9. DAK had assisted agencies in Newaygo County and agencies throughout Western Michigan. Please keep DAK and his handler Sgt Bailey and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Bob Mendham, Sheriff
A painful loss to be sure.
Dr. Lori Tubergen Clark departs NC RESA at year’s end.
Dr. Clark has been a leader in every sense of the word during her tenure. She has been unafraid to make tough decisions when necessary and has consistently been a team player when it comes to ways of benefiting the students and families of our county. I have had the privilege of getting to know her professionally over the years and retain the utmost respect for her breadth of knowledge, her willingness to work for positive change and her passion for education. Having begun her career in the classroom Dr. Clark has never lost sight of what it is like on the front lines of teaching, knowledge that often forged the decisions made as an administrator.
As she hands over the reins of the organization she has guided for more than a decade and begins to enjoy a bit of a well deserved retirement, there is an open house celebrating the event on Monday, the 20th from 3-5pm at the NC RESA ESC building.
Well done Dr. L-T-C.
I am certain you will rock the whole retirement thing with significant aplomb.
And we are likely not alone in being grateful for a bit of a holiday respite from the redundant and just plain tiresome signage that has long worn out its welcome among most members of the community.
We hope this trend continues and we hear more about business hours and specials than cynical character critiques and threadbare theories.
Time to revel Near Northians. The Holidays are indeed here.
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