12-06-2018 Letters and Commentary


 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.


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 weathe