LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
New challenges – new leaders
Our community is changing, and like many places, Whitewater Township faces new and bigger challenges in the years ahead. We need new leaders and new primary board members to take on the task. You don’t need to be an expert on local government. But you need to be willing to learn and able to work with people to collaborate and make good decisions. It’s not complicated. If you wonder why we need new primary board members, listen to any recorded board meetings. Contentious 6-8-hour meetings quickly reduce confidence that our local government is up to the challenges we face. It’s primary board members (supervisor, clerk and treasurer) unable to manage tasks effectively, or work with one another on even basic things.
There are glimmers of hope. We see people working together in some areas, but the township board is the governing body responsible for key decisions. The buck stops there in many cases.
So, if you love where you live and want the best for it, jump in! We’d love it if you did! Please contact Cheryl Goss for the necessary forms to register as a candidate. Registrations are due by April 23, 2024.
ERHS Hall of Fame Night
I wanted to draw attention to the wonderful community event hosted by Elk Rapids High School on Friday, January 19. It was the type of event that makes me proud to live in a wonderful community like Elk Rapids!
I was proud of:
• the community turnout.
• the display of pride in the National Anthem sang by Layton Smith.
• the energy from the pep band led by Nick Anderson.
• the recognition given to the deserving Hall of Fame inductees and their families.
• the freshman, JV, and varsity boys basketball teams and their coaching staff for taking three wins on the night.
Events like this do not happen without the support, coordination, and effort of many people. I’d like to thank Elk Rapids High School Athletic Director Brett Graham, and the many others behind the scenes that made this a night to remember!
It’s a great day to be an Elk!
Jenn Standfest, Williamsburg
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