Van Buren County when ______.
You have to see this Lawton Montage to believe it. Hey if any of you guys can figure this out let me know ok? They call it Lawton Montage and say there’s references to the village in their video too.
Are you reading Paul Garrod’s Courier-Leader story about truckers protesting electronic logging? (If not here's the link.)
I have a CDL and I’ve driven semi’s and busses and one thing I can tell you there isn’t much privacy for drivers from government, employers, and customers nowadays.
YOUR cellphone GPS knows where YOU are 24/7 and YOU’RE NOT hauling 40,000 pounds of someone’s valuable freight. Try and imagine all the invasive high tech they’d heap on you if you did. Comment
Critters chewing up car engine wiring makes me mad. Is there one surefire cure or do I have to throw everything at this problem and hope for the best?
Was told soy-based sheathing in the wiring harness could be an issue but so far I can't identify the guilty part so that's really not helping. Even so I need a cure, not an excuse.
What about predator urine? Supposed to signal that a predator is nearby and they run.
I asked Decatur Auto Center and they suggest rodent traps, lights at the front and rear of tire treads, and mothballs. "If you are parked in a garage, you can try leaving your hood open at night," they offered.
We figure it's chipmunks since we've seen them leaving the car. I'm parking it in a garage now, that's for sure.
Mattawan Mechanical Services added this new video with the EXACT STEPS they will talk you through if your furnace goes out this winter.
Watch for the critical points he makes: power switch, batteries, fusebox, air filter, and pipes at furnace.
Two Rivers Coalition hosting their Annual Meeting at the Lawrence Conference Center Dec. 13, 2017. Progress update: Kayak paddle clearing. In 2017, Kevin Haight reported that TRC managed clearing logs and debris from 52 (out of 66) miles of the Paw Paw River. They plan further river maintenance in upcoming years.
Two Rivers Coalition works to protect clean water in the Paw Paw River and Black River watersheds. Above: Paw Paw River wandering through Lawrence.
Socializing before the meeting starts.
Sam Ewbanks donated a native bee house for the silent auction.
AJ Brucks from the Van Buren Conservation District.
Riding the rails this Thanksgiving week? You're not alone. MDOT reports Amtrak's passenger train service is entering its busiest travel week of the year right now. Looking at you, Bangor, where the "Pere Marquette" line (they have names, see) stops daily on its way both to Chicago and to Grand Rapids. This train line running through Bangor increased its passenger service four percent in Amtrak's fiscal year 2017.
Get free rail travel tips now at the MDOT website but the easiest tip I can tell you is buy your tickets early because the price rises later.
This week exclusively Amtrak is adding an entire train to its "Pere Marquette" schedule because of the crush. Over the whole state they're moving every available spare railcar into service this week as well.
There’s a few seats still open however. I know, I just now tried.
At Senior Odyssey a team solves a problem and then presents a skit about it. State coordinator Julie Lake told me the Van Buren team members are "pioneers" in this program.
Congratulations to Senior Odyssey 2017 first place winners Norm Bober, Jane Quigno, Antonette Meabon, and Rita Bober.
Crime scene investigations, medical examiners, officer force, emergency response, drugs, courts ... even jail? If you've got crime on your mind then you'll want to read my story about the free Citizens Police Academy.
Hi my name is Chuck Williams and I'm producing this new website about the county.
What do you think? Send me your comments anytime at
All your comments at facebook.com/aroundvanburen are very appreciated. They're all great!
I want to tell your story. When your activity is in Van Buren County I’d like to produce a “short” text, video, photo and/or audio story about you and your activity whether it's a business, sustainable, county-level government, underemployment, or any sort of DIY project about small engines and vehicles, electrical, techy Internet, small farming, even hobbies. A link back to your website or social media will be included of course. Just contact me. Thanks.
In Lawrence. Contact me for date and time. Chuck Williams:
I'm not particularly good at do-it-yourself and I'll admit I've broken a few things in my day.
But I cleaned out my first carburetor to get my lawn mower running again.
So miracles do happen I guess. Comment
– Chuck Williams
I know projects sometimes get away from you. This might help. Or at least provide you with a little change of scenery.