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Set clocks back this weekend


Daylight saving time will end Sunday, Nov. 3. The official hour is 2 p.m., but most folks won’t notice the change until daybreak – or later.

Clocks will again jump ahead March 8, 2020.



Tillers Int’l speaker to visit women’s club


The next meeting of the GFWC-Hastings Women’s Club will be Friday, Nov. 1, at the Commission on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings.

The meeting will include a presentation by Robert Burdick, interim executive director of Tillers International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in rural areas around the world.

Tillers works with farmers and artisans to create effective, innovative and sustainable solutions to their problems. Specializing in draft animal power, they also offer expert instruction in blacksmithing and woodworking.

The meeting will begin at noon, with lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Monthly meetings feature speakers presenting local volunteer information and topics that impact our community.

Visitors and new members are welcome. Reservations and more information can be obtained by calling club president, Joann Logan, 269-945-9782.


Night-time parking restrictions go into effect


Hastings Chief of Police Jeff Pratt reminds motorists that the parking restriction on city streets goes into effect this week.

The restriction means no parking between 2 and 6 a.m. on city streets. Warning citations will be issued the first week to give drivers time to adjust to the change in winter nighttime parking hours.


Speaker will explore ways to date vintage photographs


Wendy Batchelder will present “Captured in Time” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the community room of Hastings Public Library.

This program is designed to explore ways to date vintage photographs by using clues embedded in the photo itself.  She will explain the evolution of Victorian-era fashion, hairstyles, jewelry, hats and studio props that will help date a photograph as close as possible to the year it was taken.

Everyone is encouraged to bring vintage family photos or collections of photographs for examination and discussion at the end of the program. All participants also will go home with a handout to use for future reference. As an extra bonus, Batchelder will share a bizarre and intriguing little-known side of Victorian photography and customs.

Batchelder is a historical interpreter from Grand Rapids, with a background in education and historical costuming. She has presented previous programs in Hastings, discussing what it took to dress and live as a Victorian lady and also how Victorians used flowers and fans to communicate.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and there is no charge for the program, which will be the last historical society program until spring of 2020

Choral society recruiting new singers


The Lakewood Area Choral Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2020.

The choir, under the musical leadership of founding artistic director and conductor Robert C. Oster, has planned 2020 performances in Hastings, Lake Odessa, Portland, Jenison and Traverse City. As part of its anniversary celebration, the choral society is recruiting new singers in any voice part to attend an open rehearsal Monday, Nov.  4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sunfield United Brethren Church on M-43 just west of Sunfield.

The mission of the choral society is to provide for its members an atmosphere that promotes learning and enjoyment of choral music and to provide audiences with superior performances of choral music. Current membership includes 100 singers from more than 18 ZIP codes in Michigan who range in age from the mid-20s to 80s.

Past choral experience, including singing in school or college choirs, as well as church or community choirs, is necessary. 

Prospective new members are encouraged to attend this open rehearsal. Interested singers should email Joanie Oster, LACS executive assistant,, to register for the Nov. 4 rehearsal. Registration should be completed by Oct. 28. 

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