“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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WAYLAND CHAMBER ANNOUNCES MR. & MRS. BURRELL STEIN AS GRAND MARSHALS FOR THE 2017 CHAMBER CHRISTMAS PARADE

WAYLAND CHAMBER ANNOUNCES MR. & MRS. BURRELL STEIN AS GRAND MARSHALS FOR THE 2017 CHAMBER CHRISTMAS PARADE Wayland, Mich. (November 2, 2017)—The Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce proudly announces that Mr. & Mrs. Burrell Stein of Wayland have been selected as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Chamber Christmas Parade. “The chamber is honored to annually select the Grand Marshals to lead the annual parade started over forty-years ago by this year’s Co-Grand Marshal, Mr. Burrell Stein. Mr. and Mrs. Stein are true pillars in our community and we couldn’t be more excited to have them lead the Christmas Parade,” stated Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director. Their journey as Mr. & Mrs. Stein began on June 25, 1955 when they were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Salem.  That same year, Burrell was drafted in the US Army and served a tour in Germany until 1957. In 1969, Burrell joined the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce and is still an active member, currently serving as a Chamber Ambassador and working for chamber member Kubiak-Cook Funeral Services. Mr. Stein opened the Wayland Carpet Store in 1969 which was located on the corner of Pine and Main Streets. He sold it in 1987 when he became the branch manager of United Bank in Wayland. Phyllis worked hard raising their five daughters and four sons. Burrell likes to add that Phyllis raised their nine children and also, one husband, – himself! In 1984, Burrell and Phyllis moved to Wayland and became active members in the community and at St. Therese Catholic Church. Burrell and Phyllis fell in love with Wayland which led Burrell to run for the Mayor of Wayland, to which he was elected, and served in that position from 2004 until 2008. It is our sincere honor to have this year’s Grand Marshals as Mr. & Mrs. Burrell Stein.  Please look for Mr. & Mrs. Stein leading our Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00am in downtown...

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Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details

Chamber Announces Annual Christmas Parade & Art Hop Details The first full weekend of December has been set for a fun filled weekend of Christmas activities in Wayland. The fun begins on Friday, December 1st at 5:00pm which will be the start of the Wayland Main Street Annual Art Hop from 5:00pm-9:00pm. During the Art Hop, the downtown streets will be transformed into an Art Hop celebrating with many Christmas festivities. The street will closed so guests so can walk safely from the different venues. Artists will appear in various downtown businesses showcasing or selling their art. In addition to art, there will be many family friendly activities including horse and wagon rides, warming fires, strolling carolers, musicians, an annual Christmas tree lighting, and much more. Artists are encouraged to register for an opportunity to showcase and sell their art. For additional details, please call 269. 525.2323, visit www.downtownwayland.com or email info@downtownwayland.com. On Saturday, December 2nd, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Wayland’s Annual Christmas Parade.  The parade will begin at 11:00am at the Wayland VFW Post 7581 located at 735 S Main Street. The parade will proceed North on Main, then go West on Superior. The parade will conclude at the Wayland Fire Station, 160 W Superior.  Visits with Santa will take place at the fire department after the parade. Please bring a camera for pictures with Santa. This year, the parade theme is “A Red, White, and Blue Christmas” which allows those entering the parade to decorate accordingly. It is not required to decorate to the theme, but it is required to be included in theme judging. Cash prizes are awarded for the top three participants who decorate according to the theme (“For Profit” businesses are not eligible for cash awards but are eligible for the Best Theme Entry Plaque for “For Profit” businesses). Please note that the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce provides Santa Claus for the parade so it is requested that all other parade entries do not use another Santa in their displays. This will avoid potential confusion for the children. For parade participants, vehicle line up begins at 10:00am and walkers line up at 10:30. Parade rules can be found on the chamber website www.waylandchamber.org on the Community Events page. For additional information, please call 269.792.9246. In addition, the Wayland Boy Scout Troop 97 is encouraging parade spectators to bring non-perishable food items or gently used or new coats, gloves, scarfs, boots, and hats. There will be many Boy Scouts walking in the parade picking up these items along the route. Items can be handed to the Scouts as the walk by. All...

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13th Annual Chamber Expo A Huge Success

13th Annual Chamber Expo A Huge Success The Chamber held their 13th Annual Community Expo on Saturday, October 7th. Over 75 vendors displayed at the event that included educational presentations by Critchlow Reptile Sanctuary, a “Mums for Charity” sale, “Meet & Greet Emergency Officials,” a “Taste of Wayland Food Court,” live music by the Kathy Lamar jazz band, and more. Booth awards were presented to Mytown Ace Hardware for having the Best of Show. Other recipients included Sensory Systems Clinic West for Most Educational, Hometown Heroes for Judges Choice, Sun Homes for Best “WOW” Factor, Benton Tax Accounting for Best Use of Products, and Wayland Christian Reformed Church for Best Non-Profit. During the Expo, guests had an opportunity to win over $200 worth of groceries, a Weber Grill, a Yeti cooler, and more. City of Wayland Mayor, Tim Bala, celebrated his birthday on the day of the Expo and was surprised at the City of Wayland booth with a birthday cake and guests singing Happy Birthday. The Expo is an annual event held annually on the first Saturday in October at the Wayland Middle School. For additional information on the Expo, please contact Denise Behm, Chamber Executive Director, at...

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2017 Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo Details Announced

2017 Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo   On Saturday, October 7th, the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 13th Annual Community Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wayland Union Middle School, 701 Wildcat Drive in Wayland.  The purpose of the Expo is to highlight area businesses, products and services available in the Wayland and immediate surrounding area, while offering some fantastic entertainment and educational opportunities for visitors. Attractions for 2017 Educational Presentations 10:30am and 12:30: Critchlow Reptile Sanctuary Presentations – Enjoy an up close educational presentation with reptiles who will be on hand with plenty of slithering creatures including tortoises, lizards, snakes, frogs/toads, and some small alligators during this extremely energetic presentation. The two presentations will take place at the end of the hallway by the school cafeteria. Musical Entertainment Enjoy the music of the jazz band Mood Swings who will be playing in the cafeteria from 10:30am-1:30pm. DJ Service Provided by New Age Entertainment View Historic Wayland Photos By: Jay L Smith Meet with 2007 WUS Grad Ryan Kaminski After graduating from Wayland High School in 2007 Ryan Kaminski found himself in Uganda teaching at several different schools over the summer. That first semester at Grand Valley State University he couldn’t stop thinking about Uganda! Several trips back and forth, the purchase of land, accumulating ministry partners, financial resources and construction of several buildings the doors to Rising Star were open to over 280 students in February 2012. Children continue to be on a waiting list to be able to attend the school. Ryan will be back in Michigan in October and looks forward to meeting guests at the Expo. Returning in 2017 Meet with area business owners and key employees from area businesses and organizations – all at the same time and under one roof! The extremely popular “Taste of Wayland Area” food court. The food court will be offering free samples of food from restaurants, bakeries, delis, and vendors around the area. Vendor Bingo: Available to the first 500 adults. Pick up a vendor bingo card from the Chamber Welcome Table and then take it to the vendors on the card to mark. When you have a “Bingo,” return the card back to the Welcome Table and you will be entered to win one of six $25 gift cards sponsored by Koval Construction. Reusable Canvas Bags – FREE to the first 500 adults. Grocery Guess Game: At the entrance to Expo, a vehicle from Ed Koehn Ford will have a trunk full of groceries. Guess the total cost of the groceries to be registered to win. The closest...

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