12-06-2018 Letters and Commentary

Correction

 In the November 22 issue of the Tri-City Record, in the article on Page 8 about Bainbridge Township the information on the Marturdt Meat Market was incorrect. The original owner has passed away and his son sold the market. It was the new owner that had been checking to see if a Zoning Permit would be needed. The Planning Commission had reviewed the issue and said it was not required.

Merchants and shoppers plus many volunteers are responsible for successful Small Business Saturday

Dear Editor,

On November 24, Small Business Saturday in Watervliet was a success. From various crafters housed in the former B & B Outlet on the south side of downtown for the Holiday Bazaar to the band Oak N’ Vine playing at Arclight on the north, businesses have advised us they had better than normal and in some cases record sales. The DDA thanks Ben and Beth Wagner for allowing us to ‘house’ those 18 different crafters in their building on Main. It was these and other volunteers that worked so hard to bring small business shopping to our local residents.

Watervliet’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) issues a big thank you to Amy Loshbough of the Tri-City Record (volunteer ringleader), Lisa Quiroz of Some Things Different and Krista Krogel of The Flower Basket for volunteering to call on merchants and to distribute Small Business Saturday bags and give-a-ways. These merchant volunteers also distributed the Christmas wreaths displayed by participating businesses. It was these and other volunteers who worked so hard to make November 24 so successful.

Kudos to the Public Works Department for helping create the Small Business Saturday and Holiday spirit by stringing the very festive lighting up and down Main. The shopping, the sales and the lighting denote the beginning of a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season for the merchants and the residents of the Watervliet area.

Most of all we wish to thank those who shopped downtown and we invite you to return often!

Downtown Development Authority

Nesbitt honored to represent citizens

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the citizens of Allegan, Van Buren and Kent counties for the opportunity to represent them in the state senate. By knocking on thousands of doors and meeting many of you at community events, I know the importance of standing strong for our West Michigan values and achieving results to build a brighter future.

I will work to continue strengthening our economy, repair our roads, lower auto insurance rates and support our priorities that include education, public safety and the Constitution.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with your ideas and perspective, because our system of government works best when we work together as fellow citizens for the policies that help our community and expand opportunities for each person to use their God-given talents to be a blessing.

Thank you for the honor of representing you.

Sincerely,

Aric Nesbitt

State Senator-elect

Red Cross: Urgent need for blood and platelet donations now; give by Dec. 19 to receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card in thanks

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old boy who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood and platelets through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

MI Student Aid Team reminds students and families about online scholarship search tool

Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Team is reminding high school seniors and their families about an online scholarship search tool.

MI Scholarship Search connects students with thousands of scholarships from local organizations throughout the state to help identify opportunities offered within a specific county. Students are encouraged to use this tool throughout the school year because scholarship information is updated regularly.

“MI Student Aid’s MI Scholarship Search tool is an invaluable resource for Michigan students and their families,” said acting Deputy State Treasurer Anne Wohlfert, who oversees Treasury’s student finance programs. “This tool provides an efficient way to look up and organize a wide variety of local scholarships.”

MI Scholarship Search is a place-based tool, meaning that one of the scholarship components is linked to a Michigan school, county, city or region. The database does not contain Michigan scholarships without a place-based component.

While the MI Student Aid database provides a starting point for finding local scholarships, a successful scholarship application strategy should also include national, state, college or institutional scholarship applications.

To use MI Scholarship Search, go www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid click on “Students and Families.” Students with questions can contact MI Student Aid by email at mistudentaid@michigan.gov, call 1-888-447-2687 or follow @mistudentaid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Weekend human trafficking operation recovers victims in SW Michigan

Over the weekend law enforcement agencies across southwest Michigan worked together to recover victims of human trafficking.  This initiative was led by the MSP Fifth District Headquarters and the Kalamazoo Area Human Trafficking Task Force.

Several agencies were involved in the operation including the Michigan State Police, FBI, Kalamazoo County Sherriff’s Department, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, Portage Police Department, Allegan County Sheriff’s Department, Kalamazoo Area Victims Services, YWCA, and probation/parole.

During the initiative, approximately 20 subjects were targeted as possible human trafficking victims and five were identified and recovered.   An ongoing investigation will be conducted to identify and recover other potential victims of human trafficking.

If you suspect that any adult or child is a victim, or is at risk of becoming a victim, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733, any time day or night.  If any individual is in imminent danger, immediately call 911.

RIP MR. PRESIDENT… President George H.W. Bush, 94, died last Friday in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Our 41st President served one term of office, losing his reelection bid to Bill Clinton. Wednesday, December 5, the day of his funeral in Washington, D.C. was a National Day of Mourning. He was interred in a private family ceremony the next day on the grounds of his Presidential Library near Houston. I guess his single term as President (1989-1993) might be recalled as less spectacular than his contemporaries… but what he may have lacked in presence, flamboyance, communication and competitiveness, he certainly made up for with graciousness, kindness, class, and courage. The official White House biography states… President Bush 41 “brought to the White House a dedication to traditional American values and a determination to direct them toward making the United States ‘a kinder and gentler nation’ in the face of a dramatically changing world.”

HOMETOWN HERO… I’ve invited Record readers to share their own stories of folks they know and respect as individuals who sparkle a bit more than the rest when it comes to living a life of service, kindness and courage. Such is the likes of Otto Helweg. Small-town boy who did great things in his own way, served his country in uniform, contributed to his community and raised a remarkable family.