Senator Fred Hilbert's motorcade to Elmwood Cemetery was smaller than President Ronald Reagan's, but in comparison, was just as impressive," said Lee Greenawalt, who took this photo after the 101-year-old Wayland man. "The traffic in Wayland was relatively just as disrupted as was Los Angeles. At the United Church of Wayland, ceremonies of both Scottish Rite of the Masons, and traditional funeral were celebrated." Hilber, who served in the Michigan Senate from 1961 to 1965, died July 4.
All stray pets at the shelter have a short "stray hold," waiting for their family to reclaim them.
If you see your pet in this album it is important you call the shelter ASAP. Please leave a message with your name and number if you are calling before or after our business hours.
Please note that in order to reclaim a pet you must have some proof of ownership such as vet records, pictures, etc... There is also an impound fee as well as vetting fees and boarding.
Call shelter for details at (269) 686-5112.
Warren "Tom" Smith, 81, of Shelbyville, died Tuesday, July 15.
Tom retired from Kalamazoo Public Schools in 1987 after 33 years of service as the director of transportation.
He is survived by his children, Terri (Tom) McLaughlin, Thomas (Ronda) Smith, Tammy (Scott) Elders; four grandchildren, Bradley Elders, Jessica Smith, Kurt Elders and Rebecca McLaughlin; and his brother, Bud (Sue) Dolhay. Tom will also be greatly missed by his faithful pets.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Lou.
25 Years Ago — July 19, 1989
Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials are investigating the causes of a massive kill of trout in the Rabbit River above 135th Avenue downstream to 6th Avenue, regarded by local anglers as an excellent stretch for brown trout.
Gun Lake area residents will have to pay for removal of sediment and sand bars in the Cuddy Drain, work for which was ordered in 1987. Wayland Township contends Cuddy ceases to be a drain once it crosses Patterson Avenue into the township.
Lynn Mandaville has resigned as director of the Henika District Library after almost 29 years on the job.
Mandaville, who was hired in 1985, announced her resignation to the Henika Library Board, effective immediately. Carol DeBoer, circulation supervisor, will take over as interim director, which she did several years ago when Mandaville was out because of surgery.
“It was time for me to go,” she said. “My husband (Dave who ran Wayland Carpet & Appliance before it was sold) is now retired and I really don’t need to work.”
The pharmaceutical firm Perrigo, Allegan County's largest employer, has hired an investment bank to consider its sale through a merger with a major pharmaceutical firm, according to a report from the Israeli on-line business publication Globes.
Globes indicated Perrigo is seeking a merger at a premium on its $20 billion market cap. It added that in response to the report, Perrigo said, "The company does not respond to rumors."
Perrigo is doing business with 1,200 employees in Israel as part of an acquisition of pharmaceutical company Agis, with plants in Yeruham and Ramat Hovav.
The Wayland Police Department now is advertising for a school community service officer.
The position is being created in the wake of the Wayland Union School District deciding to switch from having a public safety officer to contracting police services through the Wayland City Police Department.
The advertisement reads, "This officer will be assigned school duties during the school year and will work for the (city) department during the summer.
Election of officers for the Dorr Township Planning Commission was delayed Tuesday evening.
The commission had only four members, barely a quorum, present, and the election was attempted but adjourned until next month because of an objection in the audience from Patty Senneker, who also is a trustee on the Township Board.
Senneker said she didn’t think it was right that the three officers elected, Chairman Bob Wagner, Vice Chairman Bob Traxler and Secretary Melissa Harding all voted for themselves to their positions. She maintained each should have abstained instead.
The fourth annual Rabbit River Folk Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in the Wayland City Park.
J.D. Gonzales, founder and organizer of the acoustic music event, said the festival’s main goal is “to promote and grow the grassroots folk music movement in the Wayland area. The Rabbit River Folk Festival is an opportunity for acoustical musicians and their supporters to celebrate their talent and appreciation for folk music.”
Wow, what a week last week – lower stock market, lower numbers of new unemployment recipients, children and other illegal immigrants coming across the southern border, Israel getting bombed and responding, bombing Gaza – what a mixed bag of news!