08-10-2017 Letters and Commentary


A Grand Marshall of Glad-Peach Festival Parade will cherish honor forever

Dear Editor,

This past week I had the HUGE honor of being a Grand Marshall in the 50th Anniversary of the Coloma Glad-Peach Festival Parade.   I will truly cherish this honor forever.   After leaving the Festival Board 27 years ago, I had not been back to enjoy the best family festival in the state of Michigan.

During my years on the Board, I was surrounded with the best possible fellow board members one could ask for who spent 18-hour days during the festival each year to bring a quality, family style event to the greater Coloma area.   Over the years, the volunteers and sponsors who have kept the dream alive are to get a huge pat on the back for their efforts.

Your paper has also been key to getting the word out about the festival.   Current President Jody Davis and her board should be very, very proud of the 50th party they put on this past weekend.  The huge crowd that lined the streets during the Grand Parade was a sight for sore eyes as a parade participant.   Again, hats off to all involved this year.

Best Regards,

Dale L. Stover

Past President 1986-1990

Coloma Glad-Peach Festival

Thanks for buying market animals

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank Red Arrow Dairy in Hartford, Wilbur-Ellis Watervliet, Klett Recycling in Hartford and Keith and Tammy Dykstra for purchasing my 2017 Market animals! Thank you so much for your support!


Gracie Eagle

Farmers markets increase access to fresh food

Dear Editor,

There is nothing better than slicing up a ripe garden tomato fresh off the vine. However, some may not have the means to grow fresh vegetables in their backyards.

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we work with rural communities to build healthy, sustainable, local food systems. That includes supporting farmers markets.

Farmers markets expand access to fresh, healthy food in communities that need it most. They provide affordable, competitive prices for low-income families, and many accept food vouchers.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 5,000 farmers markets across the country accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, with the number of new locations increasing at an average 40 percent per year.