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5136 RIDGE ROAD, PENTWATER Charming home in the Woods with updated baths/kitchen, furnace and duct work, massive master bedroom, two family/living rooms, one with a fireplace, the other has a wood stove. Home is being sold furnished. Located less than a mile to Cedar Point Park and the gorgeous beaches of Lake Michigan. Call Monica Owens @ 231-750-2393. $399,900 MLS# 21033793

2845 S. OCEANA DRIVE, SHELBY This home is on a double lot and has had many improvements including a roof, windows, all insulation and siding. Upgraded electrical, new furnace, septic and drain field. The kitchen has all new cabinets, flooring and backsplash. Pole barn / garage measures 32x45 with an extra wide 17 ft. door. Call Veronica Parker @ 231-907-0070. $225,000 MLS# 21064850

3714 N. 60TH AVENUE, HART 4 bedroom 2 baths overlooking 2 ponds and beautiful green meadows. 2 wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm on winter nights and a deck for entertaining in the summer. For the deer hunter, there have been many large bucks harvested from this property and for the gardener, the flower beds are blossoming with beautiful perennials. Call Mary Jo Schaner @ 231-750-9706. $499,900 MLS# 21013501

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WelcomeWelcome to Pentwater to Pentwater Pentwater is a unique treasure. A place filled with sunsets, sand, and ice cream--sure,

but lots ofand placesyes, alongI’ve the lakeshore can claim these time. lovely distractions. For me, PentWelcome to Pentwater, my hometown, been here a long I’m a real water is about more. It is a wonderful example of community, creativity, and individuality. native! I came back to Pentwater 30 years ago after living in Whitehall for 20 years. For the last 10 years, this lakeshore community has embraced my family inI so many met my fiancé, Alex, at the beach and is history. I haven’t moving backstaff, welways.the The rest small Pentwater school, guided byregretted mighty teachers and support comed my sons, embraced and encouraged their individual talents and interests. In addionce! tion, weMy quickly realized the milkman, school, our neighbors, its people were My family has been here since 1948. dad wasthatthe and I community was hisand North a family of sorts, in which my husband and I were more than willing to get involved Beach runner. My mom mostly stayed home, but she did the books for the Lumber with in any way we could. We realized that the school and the community were more Company (now the Provisions building) volunteer As kids we we also of an entireand unit lots rather of thanschool separate entities. As we work. became better acclimated, thatatourFifth familyand was thriving flourishingThere into something than we could had the more active block of youthrealized down Rushand streets. was anmore open have ever expected. Besides educational support, we were surrounded by supportive field for baseball, our pond for tadpoles, kick the can the and hide and seek on the corner. acquaintances, new friends, personalized medical care and a community who wanted us Sliding down the hill by our housetowas always a thrill. My children, Sam and Sarah, love thrive as parents and community members as well and began cementing our family as Pentwater. Sam did his high schoolpart years andcommunity. my granddaughter, Emme, graduated of thishere, close-knit last year from PHS. Falcon pride! The Pentwater community has also embraced my artistic endeavors. From booths on the Green showcasing doginportraits and ArtPrize to teaching in We almost never go away in the summers. Why? artwork, We live the best resortsubmissions, and beach many venues throughout the area and schools. I am grateful to every person who has town in West Michigan. I love being downtown to see and greet visitors at Kitt & Co., encouraged me and supported my individual and creative endeavors. I amtoinspired by play in the Pentwater Civic Band, and playallkeyboard church, Lighthouse Lutheran. teaching artists, young at andour old, and hope I can spark their imagination in some small to give back whatrestaurants, has been given tofarmers me. Art is anmarkets integral part of me and my inspiraBe sure to stop by our local shopsway and galleries, and bluecomesback from within this community. berry patches. Enjoy your stay andtion come soon!

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Pentwater Events Calendar Multiple dates

Aug. 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30, Channel Lane Park at 10:30 a.m. The Pentwater Historical Society will be offering “Pentwater History 101” sessions, a 45-minute overview with fun facts. Free, but donations to the history museum are appreciated. Some available seating; bring a lawn chair if you can.

Thursday, Aug. 5

Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Pentwater Civic Band concert, village green, 8-9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 6

honey), and come play in these Pentwater-Ludington Tennis challenging, fun annual events! Tournament, all day. This long- All skill levels are welcome. standing, annual tennis tournament matches tennis playing Monday, Aug. 9 members of the club, against Farmers Market, village green, 10 players from the Ludington area. a.m. to 1 p.m. Each year, the winner is awarded both the coveted “Broken Toe Tuesday, Aug. 10 Trophy,” and annual bragging Comedy at the Village Pub, 9-11 p.m. rights. Both women and men of all skill levels are welcome to parWednesday, Aug. 11 ticipate. This fun event encour- Ensign sailboat races, 5-7 p.m., ages fan attendance and cheer- Pentwater Yacht Club. ing sections for both teams! The host team will provide lunch for Thursday, Aug. 12 all players. Farmers Market, village green, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Tennis clinic, Pentwater Tennis & Pickleball Club, 11 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Aug. 7 These clinics are designed for adults who want to learn either Ensign sailboat races, 11:45 a.m. to game, or just improve their cur- 12:45 p.m., Pentwater Yacht Club. Aug. 5-6 rent skill level. Just bring your Don VanZile Memorial Boater Sunday, Aug. 8 racquet and water. Safety Course, 8 a.m. to noon, Live Blues and Jazz at Gull LandPentwater Yacht Club. For regisSaturday, Aug. 7 ing, 6-10 p.m. tration or information – contact: COVE Benefit Beach Run/Walk, any Pentwater Sportfishing As- Charles Mears State Park, checkMonday, Aug. 9 sociation director or Oceana in and registration starts at 7 a.m. Mixed Doubles Pickleball TournaCounty Marine Deputy Tim Si- with the 5K/10K runs and 5K ment, 9 a.m. to noon, Pentwater mon at 231-873-6771. Walk to start at 8:30 a.m., www. Tennis & Pickleball Club. Grab callcove.com your honey (or somebody else’s

Thursday, Aug. 12

Strawberry Shortcake Social, hosted by the Pentwater Lake Association, village green, 6 p.m.

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Les Bailey Memorial Concert, Pentwater Civic Band and the Scottville Clown Band combined, village green, 8-9 p.m.

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Need some fun and laughter in your life? Visit our museum this summer to see the featured postcard exhibit “Tall Tales” on loan from Michigan State University..well that’s not exactly true…we rented it for your enjoyment. Anyway’s… It’s a humorous collection of postcards from over the years which will cause one to smile…smirk… snort…and snicker…all the while getting a lesson in our history.

Go back in time before emails and cell phones and view our past. Just one visit per year for just an hour will take you to a time when Pentwater was a home to many families, a port to many ships and a vacation destination. Come visit us… We want you to…We need you to…It is our hope your visits will become an annual tradition as our museum becomes yours too. Please come visit our past.

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Stitch your stress away At Sew Let’s Be Quilty, customers find immediate satisfaction in seeing what they can create by David L. Barber PTW Writer

A treasure trove of colorful fabrics, ribbons, threads, notions and more in one downtown Pentwater business just might make rainbows and kaleidoscopes blush with envy. To stand in the center of Sew Let’s Be Quilty and turn and look in every direction delivers a colorful visualization that is both pleasing and teasing, and from such colorful items gifts and memories are made equally colorful quilts, pillow cases, clothing and whatever else the imagination can stitch together. That said, Sew Let’s Be Quilty does specialize in offering one particular item that is mentioned in its namesake – quilts. “Quilters will travel from all over to get what they want,” said Amy Shotwell, owner of Sew Let’s Be Quilty (SLBQ), which is located at 42 W. Second St., Suite 5. “Once they find you, they will travel to see you – they come back, over and over. Many of our customers come from quite far away. On the cover: Amy Shotwell stands with her husband, Mark, inside their store, Sew Let’s “Of course, we have a lot of cusBe Quilty, on Second Street. This page: Surrounded by colorful fabrics, Amy, shows off a hand-made handbag. Opposite page: Amy, above, points out a pattern for a handbag that is tomers who live right here (in Pentavailable at her shop. At right, she explains how to use one of the dozens of Bosom Buddy water), too, and many who vacashoulder pads that she and area quilters make for the patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. tion up here and then come in to get what they need. Some of those And where others use canvas and clay in their artistic (vacationers) even carry their sewing machines with medium, Amy largely uses needles, fabric and thread. them and they’ll sew while on vacation – it’s relaxing Influenced by the natural elements surrounding her – to them.” the water, birds, flowers and more – she is recognized 6 - PTW - Aug. 5-12, 2021

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clude batting, quilting “Block of the Month” materials, books and magazines, fabric, kits, notions, patterns, pre-cut items, SLBQ items, and more. There’s also an undeniable spirit of sharing and generosity that Amy and many of her customers – her friends, really – have sewn into the fabric of their community, and beyond, as they sew items they collectively donate to charitable causes. “Last year I partnered with DeVos to donate pillowcases to the children’s cancer floor in Grand Rapids,” Amy wrote in her summer newsletter. “With the help and generosity of so many wonderful people, we dropped off 150 bright, fantastic pillowcases. My heart was full. “This year I wanted to do more. We asked if people could make small lap-size quilts … then I had an idea about another addition, padded seat belt covers from ByAnnie.com patterns (called Bosom Buddies). They help cushion the belts for patients with (medical) ports and low platelets, and keep the belts in a more comfortable position.” As a brand name sewing pattern designed “to promote breast cancer awareness,” the easy-to-make Bosom Buddy wraps around a seat belt for easy adas an accomplished fiber artist and quilter who com- justment, spreads pressure over a larger area, can be bines the elements of confetti, applique and traditional methods as she creates one masterpiece, after another. All the while, she is only too happy to share her knowledge and artistic skills with others through the many and varied classes she teaches all through the year (go to her website to see a listing of those classes). “I started teaching classes at the house,” said Amy, who has a degree in interior design. “Now, I do a lot of different classes here (in the store). I like watching people as they complete their project. I think sometimes people find a lot of immediate satisfaction in seeing what they can do.” Some of those projects, she said, can be done quickly in one setting. But others that become more complicated and intricate may take a year or more to complete. “I’ll work on more than one project at a time,” said Amy. “Some of the quilts I’ve made have taken me well over a year to complete; I work on them as I can.” If the colors in Amy’s store are as many as what are found in rainbows, and more, the products, themselves, are just as bountiful. Her product listings inAug. 5-12, 2021 - PTW - 7


worn on shoulder or lap positions, is removable and washable. Amy delivered dozens of the latter to the hospital just a few weeks ago. “It’s really a wonderful thing to have for anyone who’s had a medical procedure done to their chest,” said Amy. “It alleviates a lot of pressure caused by a seat belt.” Just a few weeks ago Amy delivered 60 of the Bosom Buddy padded seat belt covers, 80 pillow cases and 40 lap-size quilts to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Amy said approximately 20 area residents contributed to the effort, in one way, or another. On the day before loading the items up for delivery to DeVos, Amy and several of those who helped to stitch the quilts together, piece by piece, gathered for a picture in front of the business, and as they did so, a few passers-by offered shouts of appreciation. “The children love them,” said Amy. “We’ll put together more of them, and take them down a bit later.” Many of the padded seat belt covers that were donated to the children at DeVos were made from fabric depicting superheroes and cartoon characters that children love to embrace. “Some gave the fabric (that we used to make the quilts),” said Amy, “while others actually did the quilt- Amy Shotwell shows off a variety of colorful Bosom Buddy shoulder pads that will be donated to ing. This is a fantastic community children in need. The easy-to-make Bosom Buddy helps to cushion seat belts for patients with medical ports and low platelets, and keeps the belts in a more comfortable position. (for volunteerism). I am so grateful cases, pincushions and more,” said Amy. “Build your to everyone who donated fabric and talents to give a ‘quilty’ hug to the kids getting treat- skills … great for friends, groups or vacationing makers.” ment on the fourth floor at DeVos.” Customers who are unable to carry their own portaAll through the summer and in the months that will follow Amy offers unique “Make and Take” items that ble sewing machines to those classes can rent ones at can be put together in one setting, in two to four hours. Sew Let’s Be Quilty. For more information go to sewletsbequilty.com, or “The projects are quick and fun-ranging, from small pouches, bags, mug rugs, table toppers, sun-glass call 231 398-5960. 8 - PTW - Aug. 5-12, 2021

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Planted in Pentwater

The Felters’ back yard with the spring daffodils in bloom

Dave Felter’s Garden by Robin Reser Martens PTW Contributor

The first time I saw Dave Felter’s garden, I kept thinking: “This is just as amazing, manicured, and artfully arranged as anything I have ever seen at a public botanical garden.” While this garden is not situated on an extensively large piece of property like those public gardens, there is more than one distinct type of garden here. The front of Felter’s house, which faces east, is sunny with some low plants in front of and behind a white picket fence, and decorative trees on the sides. In front of that and in front of their circular driveway there are taller blooming plants. The sides of the house, particularly the south side, have plants at more than one level – some attached to a stone wall, as their one-acre property slants down to the garden in the back. Their immense backyard is at a lower level, shady and with curving paths. The Felters are Michigan natives. Dave grew up in Mt. Pleasant, and Dave’s wife, Macy, grew up in Pentwater. They chose to retire and build on this particular property because the changes in elevation attracted Dave’s creative gardener’s eye. The design of their house has a walkout on three sides. The front door entrance is at a different level than the side and back door entrances, thus incorporating Dave’s plans for his gardening. The sunny front of the house includes roses climbing above and around a white picket fence, inside of which are formally arranged flowers and shrubs. This is the most manicured part of Dave’s handiwork, reminiscent of an English garden. There are shaped areas

defined by trimmed green mountain boxwoods and Japanese holly. This area also includes columbines that had originally come from Dave’s mother’s house; giant alliums with big purple spheres; coral bells and bleeding hearts. Artfully interspersed are some annuals, such as begonias and petunias, some arranged on the ground and some higher in pots to provide elevation. Between the street and the curving circular driveway, is a lower full-sun garden that Dave calls his ditch garden. In that area is a wide variety of grasses and pollinator plants: cone flowers, milkweed, knotweed, sedums and nepeta. There is also a lovely low willow tree whose new growth in spring is pink. Many of these plants were chosen because they attract bees and butterflies. This garden is part of the irrigation system because the house’s downspouts drain under the driveway into this ditch. The Felters’ front yard The grade difference that provides variety in elevation on the south side of the house was shaped after Dave had three truckloads each of boulders, of sand and of topsoil delivered to his home. The large boulders create a retaining wall that now is partially and gracefully covered by kiwi vine. Dave says that the kiwi vine is invasive so he keeps it in check by regular trimming. Half of this area is open with a large oak leaf hydrangea, and other woodsy plants such as trillium, Japanese painted fern, forget-me-nots and columbine. The other half of this area is enclosed by a tall fence where he can grow plants that are not deer resistant. Against the stone wall are climbing hydrangeas. A lovely, lush seating area is here, surrounded by a sculptured boxwood circle, rhododendron, white astilbe, lilies, and accented by a sweet bay magnolia. As their house was getting completed in

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2011, Dave began executing his plans for his garden. At first his backyard was a natural forest with a few old logging paths meandering through it. Through the years since then he has filled in his property going toward the west beyond which is still largely natural forest. While there is a beautiful, protected fenced-in garden area to the south of the house, outside of that, much attention has been paid to choosing plants that are deer resistant. It is this backyard area that feels the most visually restful with varieties of textured greens and flowering plants. Some of the plants that are in little areas divided by gentle walking paths are: foam flower, Japanese flower grass, Canterbury bells, anemones, Canadian mayflower, Solomon’s Seal, brunnera, weigela, wild geranium, bluebells, nettle, allium, hemlock and columbine. Some of these areas have a bush or decorative tree such as wild beech tree, Copper beech, Kousa dogwood or limelight hydrangea (It glows at night!) as a centerpiece. Some of these areas are bordered by low, white annuals, often begonias. As you view this backyard garden, the curves of the paths lead your eyes further along to discover more areas. It is calming and enchanting! Many of us gardeners in Oceana County have to wait until late June to really see our gardens fill out. Dave’s back yard fills out with glorious color in May when his 5,000-plus daffodil bulbs bloom in brilliant yellows and whites. Once the daffodils have bloomed, Dave leaves the green foliage until it turns brown because the green foliage feeds the bulbs for the next year. Then he removes the spent brown foliage to make way for other flowers and pathways to emerge in mid-summer. This backyard has a basic layout according to the amount of sunlight. Sunlight peeks through into different areas of the yard at different times of the day, season, and year. As trees grow, they provide more shade for an area that previously might have been in partial sun. Master gardener Dave keeps on top of this progression by thinning out trees regularly. Besides controlling available sunlight, Dave told me that he spends an average of four hours per day tending his gardens. He mulches with wood chips – 10 yards of wood chips per year. He amends our sandy Oceana County soil with topsoil. He occasionally moves plants to locations more beneficial for aesthetics or for light. He says that living with our sandy soil makes it easy to pull up plants and move them to another location. He trims away leaves of plants that have finished blooming for the year, such as daffodils, and trims back more invasive plants. Dave fertilizes with 12-12-12 fertilizer or 10-10-10 if he can find it. He uses stumps from trees that have previously been cut down from his property to serve as a plant stand centerpiece in the middle of a grouping of flowers and ferns. For watering, he used to use a hose. He now has an irrigation system running off his own 280 feet deep well that incorporates hoses that drip into hanging plants. Although there is not much grassy area, he

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does his own mowing. As I followed Dave around his beautiful property, I felt in awe of his amazing talent. How did he have a career in a field not related to gardening, but come to be so knowledgeable and artistic with plants? He does read many books about gardening, some of which I will list at the end of this article, and has an extensive collection of them. He says his favorites are ones with pictures. He does visit botanical gardens when he travels. I came to see, however, that gardening is in his blood – he loved gardening as a child and his mother was a huge inspiration for him. She provided the role model for the craft, and also for the passion for gardening that is evident in every corner of the Felters’ property. • Gardening catalogs recommended: Van Engelen Inc.; John Scheepers • Gardening magazine recommended: Gardens Illustrated • Gardening books recommended: “Flowering Shrubs and Trees” by Ken Drews; any books by John Brookes; “Private Edens: Beautiful Country Gardens” by Jack Staub; “The New English Garden” by Tim Richardson

The Felters’ back yard

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Preserving Pentwater The Middlesex Brick & Tile Company by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer

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Time and time again when discussing Pentwater history, the term “yellow Pentwater bricks” comes up. We mentioned that the infamous white elephant was built from these yellow bricks, and that when it was torn down, many of the salvaged bricks were used to construct the Miracle theater. These bricks came up again in the history of the village hall, but they were also used in the construction of the Gustafson Building and the United Methodist Church on Hancock Street, as well as several homes and other buildings around the town. In fact, the building that now houses the Pentwater Historical Society Museum was also built from these same bricks. Pale bricks like these became the trend in Western Michigan early in the 1990s, and the reason for their color is a result of the chemical makeup of the clay in this region. The light cream-ish tone is produced by the ratio of lime to iron. Usually, a brick turns red during the firing process because of the presence of iron oxide, but when clay possesses three times as much lime as iron, the red color essentially gets bleached by the lime, resulting in a much paler brick. And of course, the man behind the manufacturing of these yellow bricks in Pentwater is none other than Charles Mears. Like the bricks themselves, his is a name that comes up time and time again while discussing Pentwater’s history. When good clay was discovered near the Northeast end of Pentwater Lake, Mears saw a business opportunity and the Middlesex Brick and Tile Company was officially incorporated in 1883. With a seasonal staff between 80 and 100 people, the Middlesex Brick and Tile Company produced 6 million bricks each summer for both export and local sales, although it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Mears. When he first launched his business, Mears tried using an artificial heat system to dry the bricks which ended up being a total failure. In the following year, the brickyard would burn down in a fire. Luckily for us, Mears was undeterred and rebuilt, eventually supplying the bricks for what would end up being the most historic buildings in Pentwater. Interestingly enough, it is another tragedy that resulted in the births of many of these historical buildings. Prior to the establishment of the Mears’ brickyard, most of the buildings in Pentwater were constructed of wood, and in 1889 a massive fire consumed all the wooden buildings on Hancock Street for several blocks. When it was time to rebuild, the Middlesex Brick and Tile Company supplied the bricks, and so a brick company that survived a fire helped in fireproofing the town, and many of those buildings still stand today.


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Pentwater Pastimes The Bass Lake Sailing Club carries on a family tradition spanning decades by Andy Roberts PTW Writer

By itself, Pentwater Lake would make for a terrific sailing destination, but as good fortune would have it, local residents don’t have to stop there. Bass Lake, situated just a few miles north of Pentwater, is another option for those eager to learn the age-old pastime. In Bass Lake, ‘age-old’ isn’t just a figure of speech, either. The Bass Lake Sailing Club, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary next summer, has fourth-generation sailors as part of its organization. “A handful of families started the club in 1962, and all these years later, those same families have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren who are part of it,” Wendy Yonkers, one of the commodores at the club, said. “People plan their vacations around it.” The club convenes for just two weeks of sailing per year, and this year those began Saturday, July 24 and concluded with an awards picnic at Channel Lake Park Wednesday, Aug. 4. The races are split up into three divisions: Laser sailboats, Sunfish sailboats and handicap sailboats. The latter is what Yonkers calls “a catch-all category”; if there are three of any kind of boat, a fleet will be created so that those racers can earn first, second and third place, but those that are only one or two of a kind are placed in the handicap division. The division is so named because the boats are evaluated and given a handicap rating to ultimately determine the winner of each race. Sunfish sailboats can be piloted by one person, and indeed that is one of its biggest draws. Yonkers said, though, that for many years the club required even those boats to have a crew, mostly in the interest • Contributed photo by Charity Monroe of education. “In the 1960s and 1970s and into the 1980s, each boat was required to have a crew, even sailboats that are typically single-crewed, like Sunfish,” Yonkers said. “Early sailors wanted to teach people to sail and learn to sail. As they got older and learned to sail


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Prose in Pentwater To Make Someplace a Home, You Must First Defeat Your Enemies by Caleb Jackson PTW Writer

Walk in through the front door and take the first left down the hallway into my bedroom. Oh, wait. Let’s back up a bit. Walk in through the front and go down the hallway, all the way to the end. That is my bedroom. The one where I slept on the floor for a span of five minutes and dreamt of a noose once. The one whose walls were painted white at night by a friend of mine, the one whose walls used to be a lime green. I wonder, how often did I awake in that bedroom at first light, before I finally bought some curtains? Two weeks maybe? Longer? Oh, here is a house I know very well... Let me tell you, crawling through the attic felt an awful lot like climbing into an iron maiden. All of those exposed nails coming through the stick down for the shingles. Did you know that a common household will have two different legs for power supply? Up to a certain point, the electrical pro-

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vider will fix it, but anything past that is the responsibility of the homeowner, or the renter if the two are friends, both knowing the other is broke. I could show you which outlets are on different legs. I could show you a poorly mounted ceiling fan, liable to cause an electrical short. And here in the kitchen is the sink where I stood and washed dish after dish and set them out to dry. Here, below the window is where the hole used to be that allowed a legion of insects into our home. We covered it with sheetrock. You know, we didn’t just rent this place, we earned it. Through battle. In the early days we fought a deadly and consistent war with the cockroaches. I once saw Kenton swing a sandal with a hole in it at a cockroach that was midflight. The bug was only partway through the hole when he brought the sandal down. He split it clean in half. The couches in the living room probably rotated out two to three times a year, but there were always at least two of them. Except for when Bret’s father moved to Georgia and he gave us that huge wrap-around. Technically I guess that was only one couch. It stayed for a while too, until Bret moved out. TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT PTW...


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Pentwater Politics Village approves medical marijuana ordinance and moves forward on improvement projects by Barbara Gosselar PTW Writer

Pentwater has taken the first step toward permitting medical and recreational marijuana establishments in the village. The village council approved an ordinance for medical marijuana and marijuana establishments on July 12, establishing the authority of the village to issue permits for marijuana facilities and establishments, subject to certain stated conditions, to the extent they are permitted under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act and ordinances and regulations of the village. The Downtown Development Authority expressed its support for the ordinance through a letter from its chair, Mary Schumaker. In addition, Dan Harris, an attorney and partner in several marijuana facilities around the state spoke in favor of the ordinance and cited the tax benefits and careful regulation of such facilities, as well as the economic and job benefits in the community. Council members indicated that they believe the village has done its due diligence in reviewing the pros and cons of such an ordinance, and recognized comments they have received from the

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