The mood was hopeful in snowy Amble on Thursday evening as three newly elected township board members officially took on their new responsibilities.
Ryan VanSolkema was sworn in as supervisor, Ken Bloom as clerk and Julia Potratz as trustee after the three newcomers successfully ousted longtime incumbents Phyllis Larson as supervisor, Colleen Stebbins as clerk and John Black as trustee in the Nov. 8 recall election.
With about a month under his belt as the new superintendent of Greenville Public Schools, Wayne Roedel has been busy becoming acclimated with the Yellow Jacket community.
From establishing new relationships throughout the district’s 500 employees and 3,600 students to personally introducing himself to parents and other members of the community, not a day has gone by in which Roedel hasn’t taken on a new endeavor.
Amelia McGee felt a wave of nervousness as she spoke with her Ionia head coach, Amy Fuller, and older sister, Madeline McGee. Amelia, a freshman at Ionia, and Madeline, a decorated senior in her final meet, were taking final instructions from Fuller.
Fuller gave both a hug and walked away to find a spot at the competition pool inside the Holland Aquatic Center. she left the McGee sisters to themselves to discuss their upcoming race.