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South Haven Lifts Boil Water Advisory


The city of South Haven has lifted its boil water advisory for part of the city. It went into effect after crews accidentally broke an 8-inch pipe when replacing a fire hydrant at Broadway and Huron on Friday. It was for the area from Broadway Street to Blue Star Highway and Erie Street south to South Haven Place. The broken pipe resulted in a low water pressure situation.. ...Read Full Story

Paw Paw Avenue in Benton Harbor to be resurfaced this year


Benton Harbor City Commissioners have approved a $595,000 contract for the resurfacing of Paw Paw Avenue. At a meeting this past week, commissioners hired LE Barber, Incorporated for the work that will involve milling and resurfacing along with curb and sidewalk ramp replacements on Paw Paw Avenue from Main Street to the Paw Paw River. The commission’s resolution says the work will start “as soon as possible” and be finished by August 4. The city has received a $346,000 state grant for the work, while the rest will be paid for with local income tax revenue.. ...Read Full Story

Beach cleanup, Earth Day presented to take place in Bridgman this month


An Earth Day celebration is planned at Weko Beach in Bridgman, set to feature a beach cleanup activity in conjunction with the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach program. The Bridgman Shoreline Resiliency Committee says everyone is welcome to come and help on April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. They’ll have refreshments and everyone will have a chance to learn about Michigan State University’s first-of-its kind Citizen-Science Coastal Change Monitoring Program to protect beaches. MSU research technician Brendan Burchi will provide a slide show on how coastline monitoring measures a shoreline’s resiliency, and also how drones are used to collect data. Parking at Weko Beach will be free for the event. You can sign up for the beach cleanup right here.. ...Read Full Story

Report ranks United Way of Southwest Michigan among best non-profit employers


The United Way of Southwest Michigan has been named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by The NonProfit Times. It came in 14th overall for 2023, and this is the fourth time the organization has made the publication’s list. Each year, The Non-Profit Times looks at practices, programs, and benefits while surveying employees for their perspective on the best non-profit employers. A few hundred data points are compiled and analyzed to find the best of the best. United Way of Southwest Michigan President Anna Murphey says the organization is “very proud of this accomplishment, because we do have a special internal work environment at UWSM, and we’re pleased to see it acknowledged in this high-profile way.”. ...Read Full Story

Outgoing Andrews President Andrea Luxton honored with surprise ceremony, art installation


On Monday, March 6, 2023, the Andrews University community gathered in the lobby of the Campus Center for a surprise event held to honor president Andrea Luxton, who is retiring in July. The highlight of the event was the unveiling of a seven-piece mural series titled “Stories Set in Stone.” Each of the granite images portrays a value important for the Andrews learning community— compassion, humility, integrity, justice, innovation, wellbeing and trust.. ...Read Full Story

Chasten Buttigieg To Speak At OutCenter Event


Chasten Buttigieg will speak at the OutCenter’s second annual Harbor Country Hearts Party in Three Oaks on June 25. OutCenter Southwest Michigan executive director MaryJo Schnell says the author and husband of U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will help them draw attention to area teachers “who are dedicated to the well being of LGBTQ+ youth.” The 2 p.m. event on June 25 at Froelich’s event space at 19 North Froelich in Three Oaks will help celebrate the work of teachers, educators, and administrators to safeguard and support LGBTQ students in southwest Michigan. Tickets are $100 and everyone who attends will receive a free copy of the new young adult version of Buttigieg’s New York Times bestselling memoir “I Have Something to Tell You,” and he will sign copies. The book was published in 2020 and recounts his journey to finding acceptance as a gay man. It received outstanding reviews and debuted at number 12 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list. The OutCenter serves Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.. ...Read Full Story

Andrews updates Benton Harbor commissioners


State Representative Joey Andrews is briefing local governments on what’s been happening lately in Lansing. Speaking to Benton Harbor City Commissioners this week, Andrews said it’s been a “marathon” couple of months in Lansing, with some of the bills approved by Democrats expected to have an effect on cities like Benton Harbor. For example, the restoration of a prevailing wage law in the state.. ...Read Full Story

LMC to hold two career fairs this month


Lake Michigan College will host two career fairs this month, one focused on manufacturing and the other on general careers. LMC Career Services Director Barbara Craig tells us a total of about 70 employers will be on hand and ready to speak with students for the events on April 18 and April 19.. ...Read Full Story

Consumers Pauses Van Buren County Power Line Plans


Consumers Energy is pausing its plans to build a 20-mile long high-voltage power line in Van Buren County. The utility tells residents they are working to evaluate and explore their options in Lawrence after residents began voicing their concerns last month. Consumers says any trees within 80 feet of the line will be removed, with current plans to run that through residential properties.. ...Read Full Story

BH Planning Commission hears about NOBO request, unable to hold vote


A request from NOBO in Benton Harbor for a special use permit in order to offer products to more customers is on hold after the Benton Harbor Planning Commission this week didn’t have enough members on hand for a vote. NOBO has dropped one of its medical marijuana licenses to get another recreational license. The company’s Cathy Pyle told planners this makes sense as marijuana, in general, is now legal in Michigan.. ...Read Full Story

Corewell not changing mask requirements as other Michigan hospitals do


Some hospitals around Michigan are easing their mask requirements, although that’s not the case in southwest Michigan with Corewell. Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor and Sparrow Health System in Lansing both announced last week visitors, patients, and caregivers will no longer be required to mask up in their facilities. The systems say the COVID transmission rate warrants the change, although masks will still be made available to anyone who wants one. However, Corewell Health tells us in a statement it has no plans to change its mask requirement. Whether it’s Corewell Health South in St. Joseph or any other Corewell facility, those age five and older must still wear a mask when in the premises. Corewell says you can find its mask rules at its website.. ...Read Full Story

Whitmer signs abortion ban repeal


From the Associated Press — Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Wednesday repealing Michigan’s abortion ban from 1931 that made it a crime to assist in an abortion. The abortion ban, which fueled one of the largest ballot drives in state history, had been unenforceable after voters enshrined abortion rights in the state constitution last November. Whitmer and other Democratic leaders stressed that it was important to strike the law from the state’s books to ensure it could never be enforced again. Wednesday’s signing marked another victory for abortion rights supporters after voters in Wisconsin elected a Democratic-backed Milwaukee judge Tuesday to the state’s Supreme Court, ensuring liberals will take over majority control of the court with the fate of the state’s abortion ban on the line.. ...Read Full Story

Ann Arbor Initiative Aims To Render The City Carbon Neutral By 2030


The neighborhood of Bryant sits in Ann Arbor, between the hills and valleys that surround this city in eastern Michigan. Its 262 homes are perched across from the city’s largest landfill and stand on a floodplain, so residents grapple with mold, mildew, and water damage. Outdated infrastructure subjects them to high utility costs, and Interstate 94 long ago isolated the community, one of the city’s most densely populated, prompting decades of neglect.. ...Read Full Story

Tax preparer offers filing tips for business owners


Tax Day is nearing. The deadline to file or ask for an extension is April 18 this year. According to the IRS, more than 165 million people filed returns last year, and many have already filed this year. How about those who haven’t filed yet? Tax Source Group founder Brian Harvey has some tips, especially for last minute business filers.. ...Read Full Story

Lower Peninsula Under Tornado Threat


All of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula is under a threat of tornadoes today as temperatures warm up ahead of a cold front sweeping through. Forecasters say the tornadoes could be strong and measure at least an EF2. The chances for a strong storm will drop into the evening with the cold front moving to the east and temperatures dropping. Large hail and damaging winds are also in the forecast for today.. ...Read Full Story

Michigan Adds 5,263 COVID-19 Cases


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 5,263 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the past week. That comes out to an average of 752 a day. There were 67 deaths from the coronavirus in the past week for a total of 42,523 since March 2020.. ...Read Full Story