Two Michigan State Police Employees (Wayland Post) Honored at Ceremony

Two Michigan State Police Employees (Wayland Post) Honored at Ceremony Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of three prestigious awards; the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year award, the Motor Carrier Officer of the Year award and the Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year award. The recipients (listed below) received the awards at a special ceremony in Lansing today. Two of the recipients are employed at the Wayland post which is a great honor for the Wayland Post and community as the entire state of Michigan is included when recipients are selected. On Friday, March 9th, Representative Steven Johnson stopped by the Wayland post to congratulate Trooper Blaine Bachman and Mrs. Connie VanHouten on their awards and presented special state tributes to each of them. Trooper of the Year Trooper Blaine Bachman of the Wayland Post was named Trooper of the Year. The Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961. Bachman is a recipient of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, recognized for excelling in looking past the traffic stop to identify serious crimes and close investigations with felony arrests. He is a mentor to younger troopers as a field training officer and has become someone to turn to for assistance with criminal investigations. He also coordinates the post’s Explorers program, which a career-oriented program that gives young adults the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement. “Tpr. Bachman rarely does only what is expected. His exemplary work performance, extensive community involvement and leadership skills make him an excellent choice for Trooper of the Year,” said Etue. “He is keenly aware of the needs of his fellow troopers and also works hard to make a positive difference in his community.” Bachman participates in MSP community initiatives, such as Stuff the Turkey and Shop with a Cop. He has mentored a child during the DNR’s youth hunt and, like others in the department, has taken the frigid polar plunge to raise money for Special Olympics. Bachman enlisted with the MSP in 2014, graduating as a member of the 126th Trooper Recruit School. Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Motor Carrier Officer Christopher Russo of the Jackson Post was named Motor Carrier Officer of the Year. The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding...

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Wayland VFW Post #7581 Offering Weekly Fish Fry Through End of March

Wayland VFW Post #7581 Offering Weekly Fish Fry The Wayland VFW Post 7581 have announced that they will offer a weekly fish fry every Friday through March 30th. These dinners are OPEN to the public and are from 5:00pm-7:00pm. These “All-You-Can-Eat” Fish dinners are $9.00 for ages thirteen and above. Children five through twelve are $4.00 each. Children four and younger are free. In addition to the dinner, guests can enjoy potatoes, rolls, a beverage and dessert. A bake sale will also take place during the February 23rd  and March 30th dinners. All are invited to come out to support your local Veterans and VFW Post. By popular demand, City of Wayland Mayor Tim Bala will be making his famous cole slaw to compliment the fish dinner.  According to VFW Volunteer and former Men’s Auxiliary President Andy Tobolic, “Many have claimed that the Mayor’s famous cole slaw is the BEST around.” Mayor Bala has been volunteering his culinary skills for years making the cole slaw from scratch. The VFW would like to express thanks to all who volunteer at this great event and to everyone who supports it. Wayland VFW Post #7581 is located at 735 S Main Street in Wayland. Take-Out meals are available by calling 269-792-2975....

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Chamber Night at the Grand Rapids Griffins

Chamber Night at the Grand Rapids Griffins The public is invited to join the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 2nd during our annual Chamber Night at the Grand Rapids Griffins held at the VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids.  The evening is also the 7th Annual Purple Community Game presented by the VanAndel Institute where players wear purple jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game. The game begins at 7:00pm when the Griffins face off against the Penguins. The chamber has reserved seating on the lower level at center ice and are offering tickets for $25 per person (normally $29-$36 plus a service charge). The Griffins Friday “$2 Beer and Hot Dog” Special will run between 6:00pm – 8:00pm. All ages are welcome to attend this game. Tickets can be ordered by contacting Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director at 269-792-9246 or denise@waylandchamber.org prior to February 19,...

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UNITED BANK COLLECTS 550 BLANKETS TO HELP SPREAD WARMTH THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THIS WINTER

UNITED BANK COLLECTS 550 BLANKETS TO HELP SPREAD WARMTH THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THIS WINTER In an effort to ease the burden of staying warm during the cold winter months, United Bank collected blankets at all twelve of its branches and distributed them to our neighbors in need through its Blanket the Community project. “We are so proud of the enthusiasm and how everyone came together to make this effort a success.  In its first year, our Blanket the Community Project collected 550 blankets,” said United Bank President & CEO Mike Manica.  “These blankets are making a difference for families in need, veterans, and the homeless in each one of our United Bank communities.  These gifts were so much more than a warm blanket.  It was a reminder to our neighbors that they are not alone during a difficult time, and that their community cares about them.” United Bank thanks all participants for their enthusiasm, support and generosity in providing a solution to a need that is real, right here in our community. About United Bank Founded in 1887 as a small community bank in Wayland, United Bank, though still closely held, has more than $600 million in assets and 12 branches throughout West Michigan. A leading small business lender, United Bank offers a comprehensive suite of personal and business banking products and services that blend cutting-edge technology with personalized local...

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“ONE OF A KIND” CHRISTMAS GIFT SALE

“ONE OF A KIND” CHRISTMAS GIFT SALE   Get that special gift for a loved one this Christmas season at the United Church of Wayland, 411 E. Superior Street in Wayland. The “Holiday Extravaganza” will be offered on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 9am to 2 pm. All items will be hand-crafted one of a kind items, and include etched glass, jewelry, barnwood quilts, lamps, baked goods, and many other unique items. Come and check off some of those special gifts on your Christmas list. Luncheon items will be available for sale. Proceeds of the event will go for special events planned by the United Fellowship of the church. For questions call the United Church of Wayland at...

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