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Dan Hutchins Obituary is on Page 6 Watervliet Twp. loses Supervisor

By Annette Christie Sadly, long standing Watervliet Township Supervisor Dan Hutchins passed away on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Hutchins has served in that role for 16 years. Prior to that, he was a trustee for one term. In August, Hutchins faced opposition on the primary ballot from Rich Quinn. Hutchins was successful in that primary and would have been the lone candidate on the November ballot for Supervisor. Hutchins, a lifetime resident of Watervliet, was first elected as Supervisor in the fall of 2003 after serving as a trustee for four years. As with any election year, candidates are interviewed so that voters can learn more about them. After proudly talking about his wife and family, Dan proceeded to tell the Tri-City Record that he wished to continue serving the residents of the township. He talked about the things that he saw as being important to the residents, but a priority for sure was the condition of Paw Paw Lake and the preservation of it. The next Watervliet Township Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. It is expected that the vacancy will be discussed at that meeting. Two individuals have announced their interest in being a write-in candidate on the November 3, 2020 ballot. Rich Quinn, who was on the primary ballot opposing Hutchins, and current Trustee Joe Stepich, who is also on the ballot as a trustee are the two write-in candidates. Stepich has been a trustee for 12 years.

COVID-19 Rules still in place as local agencies pick up those cut from state mandates

By Jon Bisnett The Michigan State Supreme Court ruling that drained the ink from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s pen does not exempt Michiganders from COVID-19 mitigation, rather in effect transfers those measures to the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services and local Health Departments. The ongoing use of face masks and social distancing are still a mandate via MDHHS as the fall weather moves more Michiganders indoors for goods and services. Residents should not forget that health departments across the state work in the background 365 days a year, charged with the ongoing health and welfare of Michigan citizens. The good news is that outdoor events with limited attendance as in high school sports have shown to be relatively safe so far, with no significant events of outbreak. That being said, new cases and hospitalizations are trending up in the last week in Michigan and 30 other states across the nation. In just the last 24 hours Dr. Anthony Fauci stated, “I think we’re facing a whole lot of trouble.” Fauci continued, “We have a baseline of infections now that vary between 40,000 and 50,000 per day. That’s a bad place to be when you’re going into the cooler weather of the fall, and the colder weather of the winter. In addition, we would like to see the percent positivity be coming down.” Local effect Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Health Departments strongly urged to continue virus mitigation by: Wearing a mask when indoors and outdoors when you are unable to keep a 6-ft. distance from others; Practicing social distancing by keeping six feet or more between you and others; Washing or sanitizing your hands frequently; Staying home if you are ill or have COVID-19, or other respiratory illness symptoms. People who are at highest risk of the virus should avoid large gatherings. Schools, restaurants and all businesses are looking to their local Health Departments for ongoing guidance as to specific interpretations of the removal of the Governor’s Executive Orders. With just three weeks to go before Election Day, Michiganders need to decide if they choose to use vote-by-mail, absentee voting or voting in person. Contact your local Clerk with questions. Above all, remember no matter what you read on social media or hear from someone else, masks are most definitely still a thing as is social distancing. Be well, be informed, be safe and be kind.

PATRIOT TOUR… A group of patriots who have volunteered to drive iconic fire and safety vehicles across the country visited Coloma’s Baker Park on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The trucks have been wrapped to celebrate and memorialize the U.S. Constitution, the founding fathers who created it, and the men and women, past and present, who have defended those inalienable rights and freedoms for all Americans. Seven Patriot vehicles are making the 5,000 mile journey this fall. The themes includ