06-12-2019 Local author and artist Donna Nelson Gauntlett book signing at Back on the Rack in Water

WATERVLIET HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1954… Classmates pictured here gathered at the Watervliet All Class Reunion on August 17 held at the Watervliet Middle School. From the left are: Front row – Alora Howard Davis, Wanda Skibee Ray, Sandra Rogers Swaim, Patricia Forsythe Lottridge, Jeanette Bellenger Lottridge; Back row – David Menefee, Duane Spencer, Max Rogers, Nancy Lindemann Wilson, Arthur Scherer, Gerald Rosenbaum.

THIS KUTE KID IS… Jaysyn Clay, or is he “Bob the Builder”. He loves to help his dad build and fix things around the house. Two-year-old Jaysyn is the brother of Sin’cere Taylor Mr. Blossomtime 2019. Jaysyn’s parents are James Clay Jr. and Tuesday Clay from Coloma. His grandparents are Melvin Taylor of Chicago, IL and Karin Taylor of Covert; and James Earl Clay Sr. and Juanita Atkins, both of Benton Harbor. Jaysyn’s godparents are Lori and Kevin VanArkel of VanArkel farms in Watervliet.

Local author and artist Donna Nelson Gauntlett book signing at Back on the Rack in Watervliet

Watervliet author and artist Donna Nelson Gauntlett will be doing a book signing at Back on the Rack, the upscale, resale consignment shop at 7746 Red Arrow Highway in Watervliet on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. Donna’s latest book, “Unexpected Joys in Life’s Detours” has her sharing lessons learned, and unexpected pleasures she experiences as she travels with her senior parents and their Pekinese dog back to her birth town, Watervliet. While helping her parents with their health struggles as well as managing her own, Gauntlett is determined to seek out happiness wherever life takes her: doctors’ offices, grocery stores, and even cemeteries. She challenges herself to “find the extraordinary in the ordinary.” Through the act of helping others, small town living, and embracing simplicity she discovers “the richness of life.”