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NELDON: Nominations open now for Best of the Best

On my walk home for lunch earlier this week, I couldn’t help but realize how many people were out on the streets in the middle ... Read more

3 days ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thanks for the support

The members of the Town & Country Garden Club would like to thank the Dowagiac community for their support of our recent plant sale.  Proceeds ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

SYTSMA: The new Friend of the Court parenting guidelines

If you have a custody and parenting time order in Cass County, you may be required to follow the provisions set forth in the Cass ... Read more

1 week ago by Submitted.

APPLEGATE: Summer programming for Niles children

Learning is a year-round and lifetime commitment, and while the summer months are often filled with relaxation, spending time with friends and enjoying the great ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Dan Applegate.

WILLIAMS: Pandemic has taken toll on Americans’ mental health

In the U.S., almost half of all adults will experience mental illness during their lifetime. These are rates similar to people who suffer from heart ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

KAUFMANN: Caring for our mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Perhaps the first thing to be aware of is that we all have it – mental health, that is. ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Chrissie Kaufmann.

BEALOR: Talking to our co-parent: We can all do better!

Talking together when you are not a couple can be hard. We know it is frustrating to be told, “talk to each other,” when talking ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Voter suppression is anti-democratic

Sparked by false claims of fraud, Michigan’s Republican Legislators have introduced multiple anti-voting rights bills. These bills would enact new voter ID requirements, reduce drop-box ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you from the Four Flags Garden Club

Members of the Four Flags Garden Club of Niles want to thank the community for supporting its recent plant sale.  Proceeds enable the club to ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do not support voter suppression

Michigan voters need to speak now and let their legislators know that we do not support the voter suppression bills being considered by the Legislature. ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LASATA: April is Financial Literacy Month

Financial literacy is a learned skill that can diminish without practice. Financial Literacy Month was established in 2004 and is recognized every April to highlight ... Read more

2 months ago by Kim LaSata.

HAVLICEK: State small business relief trapped in gridlock

When Michigan received $5 billion in federal COVID funds last December, it represented crucial relief for our members and thousands of hurting businesses across the ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

KAUFMANN: Choose to take one for the team

Major League Baseball is underway across the nation amid hype and high hopes. Twenty-six of the 30 teams played on opening day, kicking off a ... Read more

2 months ago by Chrissie Kaufmann.

CULTON: The fight against COVID is not over

My great-uncle never liked having his picture taken. Whenever anyone brought out a camera, he would scowl, duck and run, hide his face behind a ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

LASATA: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in Michigan, tens of thousands of children are abused or neglected — about 90 per day. In 2019, very sadly, 63 Michigan children ... Read more

2 months ago by Kim LaSata.

COLUMN: Decreasing transition blues with co-parent visitations

If you have been to court to obtain a parenting time order, you have probably had a judge, referee or your own attorney tell you ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

APPLEGATE: Reflecting on the past year and a bright future

One year ago, schools across the country scrambled to create new learning plans for what was, at the time, a completely new and unforeseen challenge. ... Read more

3 months ago by Dan Applegate.

LASATA: Have a safe and happy Easter

For Christians, Easter Sunday is one of the most important holidays of the year as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after his ... Read more

3 months ago by Kim LaSata.

PUCKETT: Have you gone the second mile yet?

It is easy for the teaching and the examples of Christ to get lost in the midst of the endless conflict that surrounds us. Certainly, ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

PUTNAM: Time to promote open government

Transparency in government might sound like a yawn of a topic in usual times. But these are not usual times. Today, open government laws are ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

LASATA: Ag Day a tribute to southwest Michigan’s farming heritage

March 23 is Ag Day in Michigan. It’s a time we set aside each year to recognize our state’s food and agriculture industry and the ... Read more

3 months ago by Kim LaSata.

APPLEGATE: Building a family-school relationship

There has never been a more important time for school districts — including teachers, principals, counseling staff and administrators — to have strong relationships with ... Read more

3 months ago by Dan Applegate.

LASATA: Beware of COVID-19 vaccine scams

More people are becoming eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination ahead of schedule with the availability of a third vaccine and an increasing number of ... Read more

3 months ago by Kim LaSata.

KAUFMANN: Tapping into the unexpected power of play

Imagine that an organization offered to put your name in a prize drawing, with one stipulation: you had to play for at least 30 minutes ... Read more

3 months ago by Chrissie Kaufmann.

LASATA: Calls for investigation into nursing home coronavirus-related deaths intensifying

The governor of New York is currently embroiled in multiple controversies, one of which is for the state’s intentional underreporting of nursing home resident deaths ... Read more

3 months ago by Kim LaSata.

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