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By SYLVIA BENAVIDEZ Contributing Writer November 5, 2020 Finding the mile-a-minute vine in Albion in October is more of a trick than treat. Jason Raddatz, director of the Whitehouse Nature Center, and his Albion College nature center assistants were getting training last Wednesday to recognize the murderous vine. Doug White, director of Albion College’s Center for Sustainability and the Environment, and David Mindell of Plantwise, a company that helps restore and interpret native ecosystems, showed students how to recognize the prickly vine out in the field for eradication. Left unchecked, the vine has dangerous effects on native habitats, even commercial ... Read More
By SYLVIA BENAVIDEZ Contributing Writer November 19, 2020 Families, friends, and neighbors have long enjoyed the hospitality of a good meal at various Albion churches during Thanksgiving. 2020, the year of COVID-19, has changed the serving of those meals, but not the spirit. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced at the COVID-19 press conference on Sunday sweeping restrictions for the next three weeks. For example, there will be no indoor dining in restaurants to slow the exponential growth of coronavirus cases currently happening in Michigan. Whitmer asked residents not to get together with people or travel to individuals who are not ... Read More
by Maggie LaNoue Contributing Writer June 11, 2020 It’s usually a reunion, of sorts. The Albion Area Philanthropic Women (AAPW) meets quarterly to hear both requests for support and feedback from former recipients. Friends and acquaintances would chat, sometimes over food, and use secret ballots to reach consensus. This time was different. Like so much else around the world this spring, much has changed. About 100 women received an email for the June meeting to help them decide how to help one worthy organization. There were only two requests, Forks Senior Center, and Senior Care Partners, PACE. This time was different. Like ... Read More