The Hastings DPS crews will continue leaf cleanup on Monday, Novemer 30th beginning on N. Third Street and E. Mill Street, then will head to the north and west.
From the Hastings DPS crew -- Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is offering flu vaccine with no out-of-pocket cost at both Charlotte and Hastings office locations. Widespread flu vaccination will reduce the spread of flu during the COVID-19 pandemic and prevent serious illness and related hospitalizations or deaths. Flu vaccination can also reduce the chance of people becoming infected with both flu and COVID-19 at the same time.
Upcoming Barry-Eaton District Health Department Flu Vaccine Clinics
- Tuesdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the BEDHD Charlotte office (1033 Health Care Dr., Charlotte, MI 48813). For everyone 19 years and older. These clinics will take place on Tuesdays starting Nov. 24th through Dec. 15th.
- Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the BEDHD Hastings office (330 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058). For everyone 19 years and older. These clinics will take place on Wednesdays starting Nov. 25th through Dec. 16th.
For the safety of staff and community members, we ask that interested individuals schedule an appointment to reduce the number of people entering the building at the same time. To make an appointment, please visit: barryeatonhealth.org/immunizations .
We also ask that those with insurance consider going to a pharmacy or health care provider for flu vaccines. This allows us to use our supplies for community members without insurance.
When arriving for vaccinations, individuals will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the door and will be required to wear a mask. All vaccine is quadrivalent and protects against four strains of flu. We will not have high-dose vaccines (typically recommended for adults 65 years and older).
Why Get Vaccinated?
Flu vaccination is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination can protect against severe cases of illness, hospitalization, and death due to flu, as well as reduce the spread of illness. Getting vaccinated also protects the people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, pregnant people, and people with certain chronic health conditions. Good handwashing, covering your cough, and staying away from others when sick also prevents the spread of flu and other contagious diseases.
In addition to vaccination against the flu, it is important to stay home if you are sick, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, wash your hands often using soap and warm water, and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
Where Else to Get Vaccinated
Flu vaccine is widely available at area medical offices, pharmacies, and community events. Most people with insurance can get flu shots at their doctors’ offices or pharmacies for free. See vaccinefinder.org for local options and call before visiting.
Flu is a contagious illness that can be spread person to person through droplets when an infected person sneezes, coughs or talks. Symptoms of the flu include coughing, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, sore throat, headache, fatigue, fever, and/or chills. The flu can affect anyone, but older adults, children and individuals with chronic health conditions are at greater risk for severe complications from flu.
The Hastings Area School Board met Monday, Nov. 23rd. The Board received a Resignation letter from Superintendent Dan Remenap effective Dec. 23, 2020 and appointed Matt Goebel as Interim Superintendent through June 30, 2021. A decision was made to continue Virtual learning for K- 12 grades thru January 15 2021.
City Manager Jerry Czarnecki gives WBCH news a report on the Monday November 23rd Hastings City Council meeting.
The Michigan State Police are warning the public of a new twist to an old scam. The victims are being contacted by one of their own friends on Facebook. The friend is not a friend. It is a hacked account or spoofed to look like a friend. They want you to send a gift card, or furnish them with a gift or card numbers and redemption codes on line or by text...DO NOT SEND GIFT CARDS or furnish numbers or codes.. This Facebook friend is not a friend they are after your money or other information..
Just because you receive a message from a Facebook Friend, do not click on links within that message.
The President of the Middleville Village Council, Charles T. Pullen, has died from complications of Covid-19 at the age of 71.
According to Village Manager Patricia Rayl, Pullen died Friday, November 20th after being hospitalized with the virus.
Charlie Pullen served on the Village Council since 2002. Before that, he served on Middleville’s Planning Commission. While on the council he was instrumental in seeing the Crane Road Bridge project completed, and in improving and extending the Paul Henry Trail through the Village, among many other accomplishments.
Barry County cares offers help for the Holidays. They connect individuals and families with churches, businesses, organizations and others who provide food and toys for children. Get registered. Signup is open through Nov. 25, 2020.
Hastings and Middleville residents contact Barry County Cares 269-948-9555, Monday thru Friday 9-am to 1:00 pm.
Delton residents may sign up at the Delton Library, Mon-Wed-Fri 9 am to 5 pm and Tues and Thurs 9 am to 6 pm 269-623-8040
Nashville residents sign up at the Village Clerk's office Mon thru Fri 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Wed and Fri from noon to 1:00 pm 517-852-9544
Freeport residents. Call Freeport United Methodist Church 616-765-5316. Leave your name and telephone number.
Residents of all other barry County Addresses may call Barry County Cares 269-948-9555. or email email@example.com
60 year old Bradley Greenfield of Hastings was found dead Thursday in his hunting blind near Hastings by a family member, after he had not been heard from since Sunday or Monday.
During their investigation the Michigan State Police in Hastings said Greenfield was accidently shot when his hand gun still in its holster somehow discharged.
Their investigation along with the autopsy report said there was no indication of foulplay.
Patients visiting Spectrum Health Pennock for an outpatient COVID-19 swab test are now being seen behind the hospital in the old retail pharmacy drive-thru.
The relocation of COVID-19 testing away from the emergency department entrance allows for less congestion at the main entrance, more room for traffic flow and a safe and sheltered place for staff and patients as cases continue to rise and inclement weather approaches.
Patients will enter the testing site through the east entrance into the hospital off W. Green Street and follow signs along the Wellness Center building to drive up to the new testing area for a brief swab procedure, while remaining in their vehicle.
“We’re very excited to roll out this drive-thru process,” said Spectrum Health Pennock president, Angela Ditmar. “We’ll be able to conduct tests in a more efficient and safe manner. This allows us to meet the needs of our community through the colder months.”
Due to an increasing demand for COVID-19 testing and a nationwide shortage of supplies, Spectrum Health announced eligibility changes for those seeking a test. The modifications ensure that those who are most in need can quickly and easily get tested.
The following changes went into effect on November 13:
A scheduled appointment is required to get a COVID-19 test. Spectrum Health will not be able to accommodate walk-ins or drive-ins at any of its COVID-19 testing sites without an appointment for that day and location. Click here to learn more about how to be screened and schedule a test.
If seeking only a test, do not go to the Emergency Department, Urgent Care or Walk-in-Clinics to be tested. Only go to these locations when seeking urgent or emergent care.
Spectrum Health will be regularly assessing the testing criteria for our patients to ensure that it reserves enough tests for symptomatic patients. As the demand for COVID-19 tests decreases, it will be able to widen the opportunities for people to get a COVID-19 test.
Other resources. Spectrum Health understands that those who are asymptomatic may still want to be tested. Please go to the State of Michigan website for a list of test sites.
It is recommended those with an exposure to COVID-19 follow public health guidelines and quarantine for 14 days.
The community is urged to continue practicing social distancing, to wear a mask in public and to wash hands frequently. Spectrum Health thanks the public for its support and cooperation as it responds to the increase of COVID-19 in our communities.
For more information, visit Spectrum Health’s COVID-19 resource center here.
The Following is a press release from Lakewood Superintendent Steve Skalka:
Let me start by saying thank you for supporting school staff, our students, and me over the last thirteen weeks. We are one of the few school districts in the state to offer in-person and remote instruction five days a week since the start of the school year. As we look forward to Thanksgiving break next week, it has become clear to me that by closing school and not engaging in in-person or remote instruction on Monday and Tuesday next week as well, we have an opportunity to positively impact the physical and emotional health of our school community moving forward. With a nine-calendar day (November 21-29) break, we can contribute to reducing the number of cases by allowing anyone who we are currently not aware is positive or their close contacts to isolate and quarantine at home thereby protecting in-person instruction for several weeks afterward. In addition, while working hard on behalf of their students, our staff members are not immune to the virus and its effects on them, their families and their extended families. A longer break will allow them time to recharge for the stretch run to Christmas break. It will also provide the District the opportunity to get staff members who are quarantined back, which is important right now as we are short substitute staff. I know the decision not to have school is disruptive to some families. My hope is that by modifying these two days (actually, a day and half) it will lead to less disruption to fewer families moving forward. You certainly can help in that by continuing to practice every day safety measures, rethinking routines and traditions, and staying home as much as possible.
By unanimous vote, the Thornapple Kellogg Schools Board of Education has selected Hastings Superintendent Dan Remenap to become the next superintendent for the TK district. The decision was made following final interviews Tuesday night with Remenap and one other finalist, Tim Reeves, Superintendent of Shelby Public Schools. The Thornapple Kellogg position became vacant after Rob Blitchok retired at the end of September. Dan Takens has been filling the position on an interim basis. Remenap will start at Thornapple Kellogg in January, pending agreement on a contract.
Remanap has been the Superintendent of the Hastings Area School System only since April, 2019. His quick departure leaves Hastings school officials disappointed at losing him at a difficult time during the pandemic. The Hastings school board will discuss its’ options and will likely appoint an interim superintendent. No timeline or plans for a new superintendent search have been announced.
Allegan County Deputies and a State Police Trooper were called Wednesday to the Village of Pullman on a report of a domestic disturbance. After contacting Nathan Strample, officers attempted to take him into custody and were met with resistance.
During the struggle officers observed he was no longer breathing and life saving measures were attempted but were uable to revive him and he was pronounced dead.
The Michigan state Police Special Investigating section along with the MSP Laboratory are now investigating.
In email and robo-calls to parents, Maple Valley Schools announced late Monday that it has come to the decision that for the safety of Students, Staff and Families, the following will be implemented:
Starting this Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Maple Valley Jr/Sr. High School, grades 7-12, will begin virtual learning at home through January 18, 2021, returning to face to face learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Maplewood school ONLY will be closed due to staff shortage. Staff must Report. Maplewood school will report for a half-day of instruction on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, where they will be issued chromebooks to take home.
Starting this Thursday, November 19, 2020, Maplewood school grades 3-6 will begin virtual learning at home through January 18, 2021, returning to face to face learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Fuller Street and Little Lions will proceed as normally scheduled.
Power companies including Consumers Energy continue to restore electric service to their customers after winds over the weekend knocked out power to thousands across Michigan.
At this time Consumers energy is reporting 271 of their Barry County customers are out of service.
The Thornapple Kellogg Board Selects Finalists for Superintendent Search. Dan Remenap and Tim Reeves have been named as the two finalists to fill the TK Superintendent position. They will return to the district for tours and to meet staff n Monday and Tuesday and continue with the second round of interviews Nov. 17 in the middle school room 1616. Remenap will be interviewed at 6 p.m. with Reeves to follow at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be open for the public to attend and it will also be available to attend virtually.
Remenap is the current Superintendent of Hastings Area Schools and Reeves is the current Superintendent at Shelby Public Schools. Remenap was interviewed Wednesday night along with Dr. James Konrad, Superintendent of Washington Schools, Pennsylvania
Remenap is the brother of TK High School assistant principal Kevin Remenap. “I don’t want that to be a reason I get the job or that I don’t get the job,” said Dan. “No one will hold him (Kevin) more accountable than I will and he will do the same for me.”Dan Remenap admitted he may not be the most experienced candidate, but he said skill sets matter. “My strength is that I do have experience but not so much that I’m ingrained in my ways.”Remenap attended Central Michigan University and taught at Grandville High School. He moved to Spring Lake where he worked as an assistant principal and then to Allendale where he was a high school principal for 10 years. He was hired to be the superintendent at Hastings in 2019.When asked about the immediate challenges TK faces, Remenap said he sees any challenge as an opportunity. “TK has an incredible opportunity and challenge with growth. The challenge is to accept the growth but maintain the identity that is TK. You have something special going on here and you don’t want to lose that.” While he said things are going good at TK now, it’s important not to rest on laurels but continue to strive for improvement.He also said the pandemic is an obvious challenge for all. “Education is about relationships. It’s very difficult to build relationships through a screen.” He said it’s obvious this community values education and that he believes in the public education system.Addressing a question about his style of leadership, Remenap said he’s a situational leader. “Every problem is not the same. You have to use different tools in your toolbox to deal with them."
Dr. James Konrad was the second interview of the night. Konrad said he loves and misses Michigan and is looking for an opportunity to move back to this state. He said he saw this district and thought it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.He described himself as a passionate and collaborative leader who will work with staff, parents, the community and the board to find ways to remove barriers to success.When asked about challenges, he said he believes TK needs some stability. With the pandemic, the retirement of a superintendent and the challenges that come from both situations, he said stability is a key. He said open and honest communication is also very important to keep everyone moving in the same direction.He also said maintaining the climate and culture of the district is important. “We have to make kids safe. We have to give people a voice and we have to give kids a voice. We have to remove fear of retaliation
and ensure that everyone has an important voice. The superintendent is the driver working collaboratively with the board to set the tone for the district,” he said.If he is the next superintendent, Konrad said he would hope TK will continue to see much success and continue to toot their own horn more so that everyone knows what TK is about.“You have the collective focus of success. I want to be part of a district that focuses on success for all students.”
After both interviews board members discussed all four candidates and ultimately decided to ask Remenap and Reeves back for Second Interviews.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order Sunday that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.
Under this order, indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any one time. However, MDHHS strongly urges families to pick a single other household to interact with over the next three weeks, consistent with new guidance released by the department. The order is aimed at limiting residential and non-residential gatherings where COVID-19 spreads rapidly.
Bars and restaurants will be open for outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery only. Gyms will remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place. Casinos, movie theaters and group exercise classes will be closed. Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators, however all other organized sports must stop. Colleges and high schools may proceed with remote learning, but must end in-person classes.
“In the spring, we listened to public health experts, stomped the curve, and saved thousands of lives together. Now, we must channel that same energy and join forces again to protect our families, frontline workers and small businesses,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Right now, there are thousands of cases a day and hundreds of deaths a week in Michigan, and the number is growing. If we don’t act now, thousands more will die, and our hospitals will continue to be overwhelmed. We can get through this together by listening to health experts once again and taking action right now to slow the spread of this deadly virus."
“Indoor gatherings are the greatest source of spread, and sharply limiting them is our focus,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “The order is targeted and temporary, but a terrible loss of life will be forever unless we act. By coming together today, we can save thousands of lives.”
Today’s order, which takes effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, is not a blanket stay-home action like in the spring. The order leaves open work that cannot be performed from home, including for manufacturing, construction and health occupations. Outdoor gatherings, outdoor dining and parks remain open. Individualized activities with distancing and face masks are still allowed: retail shopping; public transit; restaurant takeout; personal-care services such as haircuts, by appointment; and individualized exercise at a gym, with extra spacing between machines.
Michigan has seen fewer outbreaks associated with elementary and middle schools, and younger children are most in need of in-person instruction. In-person K-8 schooling may continue if it can be done with strong mitigation, including mask requirements, based on discussion between local health and school officials. Childcare also remains open to support working parents.
“The data we are seeing is alarming. COVID-19 is impacting every area of our state. Our healthcare systems are becoming overwhelmed, and our contact tracers cannot keep up,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “If we do not act now, we risk thousands more deaths, and even more people having long-term health consequences. The actions we are taking today are the best opportunity we have to get this virus under control.”
“We know these restrictions are difficult, but we support them as a necessary step to mitigate the spread of this virus. We have seen firsthand the devastating effects of COVID-19,” said Wright L. Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. “The dramatic rise in admissions at hospitals across Michigan is not sustainable. We strongly urge everyone to honor these restrictions and continue safety measures like wearing masks, avoiding gatherings, and practicing social distancing and hand hygiene. Preventing the spread is our collective responsibility and we must be willing to make these sacrifices to save lives of those we love.”
“Restaurants and bars have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic but we understand these new restrictions while painful are necessary to try to flatten the curve and save lives,” said Paola R. Mendivil, owner of El Granjero Mexican Grill, a family-owned restaurant in Grand Rapids. “We in the restaurant industry understand we have to listen to medical experts and work together to beat COVID-19 and we applaud the Governor for her continued support for additional federal stimulus dollars so we keep struggling restaurants and bars afloat during these difficult times and support the tens of thousands of restaurant workers who put themselves at risk each and every day.”
The Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended its Fall tournaments for girls volleyball, girls swimming & diving and football, and all winter practices and competitions scheduled to begin over the next three weeks per the emergency order to pause activity announced Sunday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The volleyball and swimming & diving tournaments have one week remaining, with MHSAA Finals for both previously scheduled for Nov. 21. The 11 and 8-Player Football Playoffs also are nearing their conclusions, with the 8-player postseason two games from completion and 11-player down to its final three rounds.
Superintendent Rich Franklin's letter to Barry ISD Parents and Guardians was sent out today (Nov. 13). Along with Hastings Area Schools, Barry ISD will going completely Virtual with instruction learning begining Monday, Nov. 16th through the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Student's Teachers and other staff who work with students will send home or notify parents of specific learning plans.
Buildings will remain open to staff. All programs and services that require in-home visits will be re-evaluated for safety and will go to virtual if possible. Our Buildings may continue to be available for scheduled student evaluations. Anyone visiting will need to follow health screening, masking, physical distancing and sanitation procedures.
Maple Valley Board of Education approved the change of schedule for the balance of this year. Every Friday beginning Nov. 13th, will be a half day in the morning for Fuller and Maplewood Elementary Schools and a Full day of at home learning for Jr./Sr. High School Students, unless any unanticipated circumstances modify the 'Return to Learn' Plan.
Virtual students will stay the same at elementary schools. The Virtual and Face to face students at the Jr./Sr. High School will have increased flexibility in access to their teachers in the afternoons via Google Meet office hours.
Maple Valley Schools are working diligently to give all students as much access as possible for their academic success and are monitoring this adjustment to see how it impacts student achievement in the upcoming weeks.
Maple Valley Families are encouraged to check the schools website tag 2020-21 in Communications for all important updates and information about changing conditions, requests to change learning plans in the next semester and other ongoing notifications http://mvs.k12.mi.us
Hastings Area Schools Superintendent Dan Remenap posted a letter addressing Hastings Saxon Families on the Hastings Area Schools Facebook page this afternoon...Stating that due to increased Covid-19 cases in and around our county and increased infection levels among staff of Hastings Area School system they will shut down all Hastings Area Schools until Monday, Nov.30th at the earliest and move forward with fully Virtual Instruction at all levels and buildings.
There is not a major spread or outbreak going on anywhere in any of the Hastings Area School buildings. It only takes one positive case or two per building to render it impossible to staff for an extended period of time.
Starting Monday, Nov. 16th Virtual Instruction will begin.. All students will be bringing home a Chromebook today (Nov. 13th). and packets will be available to those who prefer them (at the Elementary and Middle School levels).
Friday, Nov. 27th the School Administration will do a staff assessment of health and wellness The School Administration will then make a determination of how school will proceed for Monday, Nov. 30th and communicate plans to all families via robo call and email. There is a chance plans could differ by building. This communication will come no later than 7:00p.m. Friday, November 27th.
If parents have specific questions, please direct your questions to your child’s teacher or building Administrator.
The Lakewood girls Volleyball teamed defeated Lansing Catholic 3-0 Thursday to advance to the Quarterfinals. Lakewood will now play Ann Arbor Father Gabriel this Tuesday November 17th at 7:00 PM at Tecumseh High School.
As the number of cases and positivity rates of COVID-19 continue to climb in our community, Spectrum Health is seeing significant increases of patients being admitted to its hospitals. Therefore, the health system announces changes to its visitor policies. The revisions are intended to reduce the number of people in its Grand Rapids and regional hospitals and outpatient care sites in order to help prevent the spread of illness and protect patients, health care workers and our communities.
Effective Thursday, November 12 at 6 a.m., adult patients are allowed no family members or visitors, unless they have cognitive impairment or need significant assistance with the activities of daily living. Those with exceptions must have the same visitor during their entire stay. The following exceptions will apply:
-- Patients with COVID-19 are not allowed in-person visitors, however the care team will work with patients and families to coordinate virtual visits.
-- Labor and delivery obstetrics patients are allowed one adult family member or visitor.
-- Intensive care unit (ICU) patients may have one adult family member or visitor between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
-- Hospital surgical patients may have one adult family member or visitor in the surgical waiting area during the time of surgery.
-- Emergency department patients with cognitive impairments are allowed one adult family member or visitor.
-- Outpatient radiology, lab, rehabilitation patients with cognitive impairments or who need physical assistance are allowed one adult family member or visitor.
-- Patients at Spectrum Health Medical Group physician offices, urgent care, surgical and endoscopy centers are allowed one family member or visitor.
For pediatric patients, the following exceptions remain in place:
-- Pediatric hospital and emergency department patients under the age of 21 are allowed two adult family members or guests per patient stay.
-- For pediatric outpatient services, physician offices and surgery, pediatric patients are allowed one adult family member or guest per patient visit.
-- Pediatric radiology patients are allowed one adult family member or guest per patient.
In addition, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, all visitors are screened and are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose to enter the hospitals and outpatient facilities. Spectrum Health dining rooms will be closed to visitors. Hospital food service will be available in the cafeteria through to-go orders.
More information about visitor restrictions can be found here. Spectrum Health’s COVID-19 resource center can be found here.
The Ionia County Health Department will offer a drive-thru flu vaccination event for Ionia
County residents. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17th and Thursday, November 19th, at the Ionia County Road Department, 170 E. Riverside Dr., Ionia.
Residents can receive a flu vaccine from the comfort of their vehicle. No appointments or reservations needed.
The Ionia County Health Department will bill Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Medicare, Medicare
Part D, and Medicaid. You need to bring a copy of your insurance card with you. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, a $28 administrative fee is requested. However, no one will be turned away for their inability to pay.
“It is more important than ever to get your flu vaccination. Offering a drive-thru flu event in Ionia is a
convenient and safe opportunity for everyone to get vaccinated.” said Ken Bowen, Ionia County Health
For more information, call the Ionia County Health Department at (616)527-5341.
The Lakewood girls volleyball team advanced to the state regionals Tuesday after defeating Marshall.
The Lakewood Ladies will now meet Lansing Catholic on Thursday Novembert 12th.
High winds and Thunderstorms that moved through Michigan Tuesday night brought down trees and limbs knocking out electric service to many Consumers Energy Customers.
Barry county 206
Calhoun County 173
Eaton County 174
Kent County 2539.