Happy 100th Birthday Eleanor Klug
Eleanor Klug of Woodland Terrace, Coloma, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on January 4, 2019. She was born to Robert and Pauline Wendzel in Watervliet, Michigan where she grew up and graduated from Watervliet High School.
2018 WAY GRADUATES… On Wednesday, Dec. 19, WAY Watervliet had its twelfth graduation exercise. Fourteen students took part in the celebration in the high school auditorium. Congratulations to the graduates and their families. Graduates include the following students (from the left): Back row – Shane Captain, Jamison Davis, Thomas Cockrun, Hailey Metelko, Kaileigh McNew, Taylor Lynch; Front row – Sidney Barchett, Harlee Thornton, Hunter Sapp, Kaylie Deming, Olivia Dowmer, and Jaclyn Gillenwater. Not pictured are Maria Palacios and Kendall Christopher.
Pastor finds “peace that passes understanding” By David Helms Pastor Larry Easton of Plymouth Congregational Church in Watervliet continues in his battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer that has spread to his gastro-intestinal area. Pastor Easton was first diagnosed as having Merkel Cell Cancer shortly after taking his pastoral position in March of 2017. Treatments have included surgeries, radiation, immunotherapy, and most recently chemotherapy. He now awaits the results of the last infusions of chemotherapy. The path forward will then be evaluated. Pastor Easton recently had an interview with WNDU News which appeared on that channel’s 6 p.m. program. In that interview he explained that he was not afraid of dying and that he had peace about the situation as he and his wife, Sandra, continue to trust God on a daily basis. He is known to say, “God has this.” The Eastons have good family support and church family support as they make their way through this situation. They would appreciate prayers as they go forward with whatever God has for them and for the Plymouth congregation in 2019 and beyond.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR… Former longtime resident Gordon Banasik, 89, St. Johns, MI, Barbara Stock, daughter of Gordon and the late Joan Banasik, of Granger, IN, and Santa would like to wish Tri-City Record readers a Merry Christmas and blessings for 2019. Gordon celebrated his 89th birthday on Oct. 13 and Thanksgiving with his five children, Barry and Karen, Wexford, PA, Ben and Betsy, Menomonee Falls, WI, Barbara and Rick, Granger, IN, Bob and Sheila, Coloma, Brad and MaryJo, Okemos, MI, and their families. Longtime newspaper man Gordon enjoys reading local news in the Tri-City Record every week, and reading daily news in the Lansing State Journal. Gordon and his wife, Joan, owned and published The Watervliet Record in 1959 until selling the newspaper to Karl and Anne Bayer in 1984. If you would like to send Gordon a line, his address is Hazel Findlay Country Manor, 1101 South Scott Rd., St. Johns, MI 48879.
Bainbridge Twp. opts out of marijuana establishments
By Angela Stair The Bainbridge Township Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting on Monday, December 10. Holiday hours were set for the Township Hall. For Christmas they will be closed December 24 and 25. For New Year’s they will be open on December 31, 2018 and closed New Year’s Day, January 1, 2019. Township Supervisor Bill Hodge explained during the meeting the amount of time the Township Board took to come to the conclusion to opt out and write a police ordinance that would reflect the majority of the Bainbridge residents wishes on marijuana establishments in the township. The information the Board reviewed is extensive and complicated. They referred to the Michigan Township Association information on the law and its meaning, the Initiation of Legislation, how to opt in or out, and a slide presentation on the Municipal Regulation of Marihuana presented by South Central Michigan Planning Council, among other sources of information. Another consideration that was used in their decision making to opt out was that Proposal 1 did not pass with a majority of voters in Bainbridge Township. Police Ordinance NO. 56 was adopted by the entire Board. This ordinance will be known as the Bainbridge Township Prohibition of Marihuana Establishments Ordinance. It states that it hereby prohibits all marijuana establishments within the boundaries of the township pursuant to Initiated Law I of 2018, MCL 333.27951 etseq., as may be amended. The ordinance goes on to explain the violations and penalties, (this part is extensive and detailed), the severability, repeal and effective date. The issue of Marihuana Legalization in Michigan is complicated, has many parts and still needs more work done on it. The timeline of Marihuana Legalization in Michigan began with the 2008 Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). In 2016 Amendment to MMMA and also in 2016 Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) passed and the 2016 Tracking Act. In 2018 Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) along with giving the right for recreational use of marijuana to the public. SIDENOTE – Marihuana is the original spelling of the word and is used by the Federal and State governments in legal documents. Marijuana is the more common spelling and both are correct. Other business The Bainbridge Township Board prepared a 2019-2020 Budget Schedule as follows: January 14, 2019-Review Current Budget & Offer Recommendations; February 11, 2019 they will Review Draft Copy; March 11, 2019-A Public Hearing will be held and also on March 11, 2019 they will Approve the Budget. The Board took a look at the projected 2019 road improvements. They had some questions for the road commission they plan to address and will look at the projected improvements for 2019 in January. The Board approved the payment of bills in the amount of $8,923.67, payroll in the amount of $10,432.75, and liabilities in the amount of $1,805.08 for a total of $21,161.50. Township Supervisor Hodge gave his report of the various departments in the Township. Among them the Assessing Department reported that he (Scott Anderson) is busy preparing for the 2019 assessment year. He has visited all properties with new construction and all prior parcels that have not received 100% completion on their building permits, which is important to have recorded in the system by the end of the year. A deputy from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department gave the Board a township activity report. In October 2018, the sheriff’s department worked on 17 complaints for Bainbridge Township, wrote one ticket and made no arrests. Among the 17 complaints worked were two larcenies, one fraud, and two property damage accidents.