Lockport News

The Lockport Township Board Monday approved putting language on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election seeking one mill for fire protection and 0.5 mill for ambulance and emergency medical services.

Lockport passes resolution for ballot language. Read More.

Lockport Township attorney Seth Koches updated the township board Monday on the status of litigation between the township and city over annexation of an approximately 80-acre parcel of township property between N. Main Street and Buckhorn Road where the city seeks to locate a sports complex. Lockport Township does not want the land annexed.

Lockport Township receives update on lawsuit. Read More.

The 2016 Saint Joseph County, Michigan Primary is today

Remember the 2016 Saint Joseph County, Michigan Primary is today. The polls are open until 8:00 pm tonight and I suspect there will be short lines so the time spent there should be minimal.Saint Joseph County Court House

District 1: No primary for this district today. So this race will be between Allen Balog (the incumbent) and Cody Sharpe in November. FYI – Allen is the Republican and Cody is the Democrat.

District 2: Don Eaton (the incumbent) from Burr Oak Township is being challenged by Chad Behrens and Kathy Pangle both from Mendon. FYI – All three are Republicans and there is not a Democrat challenger for this seat.

District 3:  Dennis Allen and Heather Bright both from Centerville  and John Hyden from Three Rivers. FYI – All three are Republicans. The winner of this race will go up against Tim Carls the Democrat in November.

District 4 and 5 are not in contest this time around so no challenge at the polls this time around for these seats. Dan Czajkowski is running for the 4th District seat and John Dobberteen for the 5th.

County Clerk:  Melissa Marsh from Fabius Township and Lindsay Oswald from Lockport Township. FYI: Both are Republicans.

County Treasurer: Judie Ratering from Park Township (the incumbent) is running against Gwen Donmyer from Sturgis.

For more polling information see these two posts on WLKM’s news site

Michigan Supreme Court drops interest in marijuana bust

After hearing arguments, the state Supreme Court has dropped interest in a case involving police tactics during a marijuana bust in southwestern Michigan. The issue was whether deputies in St. Joseph County acted legally when they walked to the rear of a home and suspected there was marijuana inside. Moments earlier, they had knocked at a different door and got no answer.

Read more at WLKM’s News Site.

Can we decriminalize marijuana use already?  The fact that the police were even investigating a home where they suspected marijuana was inside is just a waste of police resources. There are just so many other things that I would prefer that police spend their limited resources on than this. Not only that but we could free up a lot of space in our over crowded detention centers by eliminating a large potion of non-violent “criminal” offenders.

Having said that I don’t know anything about this case other then what I read in this article so maybe my perspective is out of context with (all) the facts. However, even if that is the case I still believe that marijuana use should be decriminalized and we should rethink how we deal with non-violent crimes.

Classic Three Rivers Pictures #1

I cannot remember where I got these early pictures of Three Rivers but they are interesting and I thought I would pass them along. I have more and will post them in batches of 10. This is the first batch. Check out the rest here Batch #2 and Batch #3.



Early Three Rivers Post Card

I know the above is from an automotive plant but I can’t remember the name. Anybody?


White Pigeon Train Station

post office

Three Rivers Post Office


Three River Train Station


Three Rivers Chamber’s Candidate Forum

Don’t forget that the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum at Glen Oaks Community College tonight that will give residents one last chance to see the candidates before the primary next week. Check WLKM’s site for time and details.

In the case of Cody Sharpe and incumbent Allen Balog this may not be the last time you seem them together because they are not impacted by the primary. I haven’t heard if there are going to be any other events where those two will square off before the November election but I would suspect that there would have to be at least one more. 

Please let me know in comments if you know or hear of anything about another event.


Three Rivers Area Sports Complex

I have some questions about the Sports Complex but first I need to add a short amount of context because when I say I don’t know anything about it, I mean I don’t know anything about it. In fact I think the first time I ever heard about it was a month or so ago and I didn’t give it another thought about it until Mike Tilbury brought it up in another post.


Sports Complex

So here is the context.

Recently, in a private conversation, I admitted to being fairly out of touch with local politics, which stems from the latter days of the Liberty 1st forum. Near the end of the forum it became clear to me that getting people engaged in political discourse was challenging enough but keeping them engaged is next to impossible. Anyway at then end I was burnt out on local politics and felt that developing my technical skills was a better way to spend my “extra” time so I spent the years up to now working on that and ignoring most of what was going on locally. Having said that I was recently reminded of the importance of local politics so I am back. At least through this election cycle. And depending on the response to my efforts maybe  longer.

And here are the questions

So now here are my questions.

  1. Where did the idea come from? I mean who in the community is the force behind it?
  2. What is the major controversy surrounding it?
  3. What is the next event that is going to happen in the community where it will be discussed publicly?

Candidate Cody Sharpe said this on his Face Book page.

The issues that I have are the amount money spent on the property, the fact taxpayer dollars are being spent for court hearings, and the majority of the residents living need the proposed site don’t want it close to their homes.

So I (think) I know where he stands but I am interested in what others think. Oh and I did read the mission statement from their site, which reads…

We envision a complex designed for our youth that can be used by the entire community. Our youth sports programs will be moving from school sports fields and parking lots to a complex designed for each sport. We will alleviate chaos between games and draw people to the area for a financial impact to the community;and demonstrate an  investment in our youth.

In general I tend to be against anything that is going to raise my tax bill but I know that is not practical for all things in life. In closing if you don’t know the answers to the questions above I would still love to know what you think about this project (pro or against). Please add your thoughts to the comment section below.

This is Water

Note: This is a cross post from my personal website.

I am posting here also because I think that it is a great message.

This is Water is a commencement speech to the Kenyon College class of 2005 written and delivered by David Foster Wallace. Someone added a video to the words of the speech and the result is awesome. Everyone should watch this at least once.

This Is Water

Clicking on the image above will take you to You Tube.

This speech and the included video moved me like few things I find on the internet ever have. I absolutely love this and make it a point to review it on a regular basis. And I won’t claim that when I first heard it that it changed my life or anything as drastic as that. I will say that it came at the right time in my life. A time when I needed to hear it. A time when I was ready for a pivot.

Unfortunately the author has since past and the family keeps tight control of the copyright so this can not be viewed on a remote site such as the one you are on. So when you click the video it will prompt you to go to YouTube to see it. Do it. Believe me it is worth it.This-is-water

Remember. This is just water.