No icon

News Briefs

Folk musician returning to Episcopal church


Susan Grace Stolz, folk music troubadour, storyteller, and environmental educator from Fairbanks, Alaska, will present a concert of music and hope in conjunction with the Care of Creation initiative of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hastings.

Stolz was the featured musician at the dedication of a 62-panel solar array installed at the church in October 2019. Her repertoire of original songs express reverence for the Earth, the value of wilderness, and the joys and challenges of responsible human environmental action. She will return to Hastings for the concert Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is at 315 W. Center St. in Hastings, near the intersection with Broadway/M-37.  Parking is available along the street and in the lot behind the church (off Broadway and Court streets).  A freewill offering will be taken and Stolz’s CDs will be available for purchase.



Calley in Hastings Monday


State Rep. Julie Calley, R-Portland, is planning to meet with constituents Monday, Feb. 24, at the Barry County Courthouse.

Her office hours will take place in the commissioners’ chambers on the mezzanine at 220 W. State St., Hastings.

Individual meetings from 1 to 2 will be followed by a legislative update from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

If Hastings Area School System is closed due to inclement weather that day, Calley's office hours also will be cancelled.

No appointment is necessary. Out of consideration for other attendees, individual meetings will be limited to 10 minutes each. Those wanting additional time or who are unable to attend the scheduled office hours may email or call 517-373-0842.


Workshop giving Third grade reading support tips


Families are encouraged to acquire information regarding Michigan’s new “Read by Grade Three” law and learn how to support their children.

The Family Support Center of Barry County will host a workshop addressing the topic Monday, Feb. 24, at Hastings Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave. The program will be presented by Sara Geukes, Central Elementary School principal, and Paige Brandli, youth services librarian at Hastings Public Library.

Transportation is available within the city limits for those who RSVP. Free child care is available with pre-registration.

All attendees will receive credit for 1.5 hours of training. The entire program, including dinner and information, are free. Dinner will begin at 5:30, and the workshop will be 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Registration can be completed online at, clicking on ‘What we do’ and the ‘Family Workshop Series’ or by calling 269-945-5439.


Nursing scholarship available


The GFWC, Hastings Women's Club, reminds all Barry County Women that a scholarship is again available for non-traditional students accepted into an accredited LPN or RN nursing program.

The $750 scholarship is administered by the Barry Community Foundation, and the guidelines, requirements and forms for online submission can be found on the foundation's website,

Applicants who have a connection to a member of the Hastings Women's Club are encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation along with the forms. Questions may be directed to Annie Halle at the foundation, by calling 269-945-0526.

The deadline for the final submission of the application form and attachments is March 1.




Blue Zones meeting planned Monday


Anyone interested in getting involved with the Blue Zones Activate Barry County Initiative may attend a meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Hastings Public Library.

Allison Troyer Wiswell to discuss various ways to help increase awareness and group engagement for Activate Barry County.

Individuals may register on the Hastings Public Library website or the library’s Facebook page.

Hastings clergy offering ‘Ashes2go’


For the past two years, a group of Hastings clergy has offered residents the opportunity to receive a cup of coffee, a prayer and the traditional mark of ashes on the forehead at the beginning of Lent, symbolizing human frailty and need of God’s mercy and redemption.

This year, Ashes2Go will be offered in a “drive-through” area of the parking lot of Emmanuel Episcopal Church at the corner of Broadway and Center streets in Hastings, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, between 7 and 9:30 am.  The parking lot is behind the church and can be entered from either Broadway or Court Street.

More information is available from participating ministers: Pastor Linnea Stifler (Emmanuel Episcopal Church), Pastor Kim Metzer (Hope United Methodist Church), Pastor Danny Quanstrom (Hastings Nazarene), Pastor Ken Scheck (Grace Lutheran) and Pastor Bryce Feighner (Green Street UMC).

These five churches also are sharing a Lenten program of Wednesday noon Soup, Study and Sharing, around the topic of Discerning of God’s Will in one’s life.  Call any of the parishes for more details.


Comment As:

Comment (0)