25 Years Ago — Nov. 15, 1989
The undefeated Wayland girls’ basketball team made history in the Class B district tournament opener with a 104-39 victory over Delton. It was the first time in school history a girls’ team had hit the century mark. Five Wildcats scored in double figures, including Heather Staley and Heidi Berends 18 apiece, Julie Ainsworth 14, Jenny Ritz 13 and Becky Long 12.
The historic downtown building that once housed Gurney's IGA apparently will become an artisan market with perhaps as many as 50 to 60 vendors.
City Manager Mike Selden told members of the Planning Commission Tuesday night said Uccello's, which bought the building last summer from Jason Watts of Allegan, is working with the Wayland Main Street program to have the historic structure remodeled to accommodate the business venture.
A snow day is what every kid wants to hear in the morning, but what happens to students' learning when they are not at school?
Wayland Union now has a way to keep students engaged when school’s out. A website called "Information Place," located on the district’s website, has more than 100 educational programs linked in one place for students to use while at home.
The Information Place has programs in every subject area and for each grade level K-12. Students use some of these programs already at school. The programs are fun and look like games, but are educational.
Wayland High School graduate Lyle E. Truax, 89 of Grand Rapids, died Monday, Nov. 10.
Lyle was a 1943 graduate of Wayland Union High School and served in the USAAF during World War II. He retired as a tool and die maker from Autodie Corp
He is survived by his son Randy (Renee) Truax; grandchildren, Ethan and Kristina and other caring relatives.
He was preceded in death by His wife of 59 years, Barbara J. (Conlon) Truax, on Feb. 2, 2008, his parents, Pirl D. and Elizabeth (Frary) Truax, brothers: Harold, Harley, Alvin and Ivan; and sisters: Clara and Margaret.
Wayland High School graduate Katie Pitcher earned a Certificate of Merit from the American College Theatre Festival for her work last month as stage manager on "She Loves Me." She was one of 25 out of about 300 other technical theater students in the country to receive this prestigious recognition. Katie is the daughter of Rene` and Roger Pitcher of Wayland.
Because Chairman Ron Kobish was elected to a seat on the City Council Nov. 4, Vice Chairman J.D. Gonzales has been returned to head the Wayland Planning Commission.
Kobish will be sworn in as a council member before the commission’s next meeting Dec. 9, so Gonzales will serve as chairman from that point until annual internal elections are held in February.
The Wayland City Council will take up the issue of reducing the Planning Commission from nine to seven members and the Compensation Commission will decide whether or not they’ll get a modest raise.
Both issues were discussed at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting. As a result, Mayor Tim Bala said the council will have the commission’s membership question on the agenda at its Dec. 1 meeting.
The band Wayland presented a check for $2,500 to the Wayland Union High School Choir program Tuesday. The four-member band, including Phil Vilenski 2001 Wayland Grad, held a benefit concert Sept. 6 at the Yankee Springs Golf Course to support the choir program at the high school. The group performed for the choir class and students took turns singing for the band. The second annual "Take a Load Off Benefit Bash" was Vilenski's idea. He said when he was a student at WHS there was always a need for music or instruments so he wanted to give back. (Photo courtesy Laurie Zywiczynski)
One of the issues likely to surface in Michigan’s upcoming lame-duck legislative session will be the easing or wholesale lifting of the state’s constitutionally mandated term limits on lawmakers.
Though the restrictions remain popular among the electorate, this is perhaps the only issue where legislators, on both sides of the aisle, actually know better.
Sarah Parr, new director of dining services for Chartwell’s, the food service contracted by Wayland Union Schools, told the Board of Education the program is making strides forward despite challenges.
Parr, who succeeded Chris Nelson last June as director, said local food service program now is showing a $24,000 fund balance and it catered $98,000 worth of meals, more than 15,000 of them for other schools.
Board Member Jeff Salisbury told his colleagues, “The program at one time was $160,000 in the red. Not only has this young lady erased that, she’s gone well beyond.”