07-12-2018 Keeler Township sets second public hearing for Keeler Lake Weed District; Sternaman wins

GENEROUS DONATION… Coloma High School student, Maurissa LaGrow (left), recently donated $1,055 to the Marie Yeager Cancer Center on behalf of Color Me Cured – a local 5K event organized by LaGrow. Funds donated to the cancer center will benefit patients who are experiencing financial distress due to the cost of their treatment. Accepting the donation for the cancer center is Carri McCarthy, RN, Oncology Nurse Navigator. The color run raised a total of $7,000 in 2018 with a portion of the proceeds also donated to the Arthritis Foundation and Coloma Public Schools. LaGrow has coordinated the run for the past four years raising over $70,000 to support organizations in Southwest Michigan. “Maurissa’s fundraising efforts and dedication to the community in which she lives are an inspiration to us all,” said Jann Totzke, RN, Executive Director of Oncology Services, Lakeland Health. “The funds donated will allow us to continue to provide high quality, compassionate care to our friends and neighbors in this community who are battling cancer.”

Keeler Township sets second public hearing for Keeler Lake Weed District

By Annette Christie Keeler Lake residents in Keeler Township will have an opportunity to ask about the weed district clean-up plan and to appeal their individual special assessments on August 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. This will be a part of the regular scheduled meeting, but it is being held a week later due to the election. This is a renewal of the Keeler Lake Association Special Assessment District for the purpose of continuing efforts to clean up the lake. It is expected that the Keeler Township Board will approve the special assessment roll following that public hearing. It was announced at their Tuesday, July 3 meeting that the millage renewals for the township are finalized and will be on the August 7 ballot. Voters will be asked to approve renewals for the police, fire, and road millages that expire in 2019. All three of the millages are for 2019-2022. The board will be asking for the Fire Services Millage to be renewed at 1.00 mills; the Police Millage to be renewed at .75 mills; and the Road Millage to be renewed at 1.00 mills. In other business, the Planning Commission continues to work on ordinances, including a revision to the sign ordinance and new wording included for solar panels. It is unknown when that will be completed. Supervisor Bill Kays gave an update on road work in the township. He said that the dust control is finished and the sealcoat will be scheduled soon.

Sternaman wins $500 scholarship Julia Sternaman was recently awarded the 2018 Noack Scholarship, sponsored by Michael and Kristin (Evett) Noack, in the amount of $500 as she continues her education this fall at the University of Michigan.

Live @ the Library with Hopie Jo, July 26 The Watervliet District Library is pleased to announce an upcoming music event, “Live @ the Library with Hopie Jo”, Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Hope Thomas, singer, songwriter, guitarist and ukulelist, brings her unique brand of alternati