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Supper Club presenting weight-loss program


The Hastings Healthy Living Supper Club will present a program “From wanting to winning: Balanced strategies for permanent weight loss,” tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program will cover seven strategies to help make needed changes, as well as five shopping secrets for successful weight loss.

A plant-based supper will be provided, along with recipes and handouts. The information, meal and program are free; donations are welcome.

The presentation will be at 888 Terry Lane (off Star School Road), Hastings, in the Seventh-day Adventist community hall.

More information and registration are available by emailing or calling 269-948-3161.


DKHS Hall of Fame Night Friday

Delton Kellogg High School will host its annual Athletic Hall of Fame Night Friday as the varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams host Constantine for Southwestern Athletic Conference Valley Division contests.

The Panthers will honor Bill Boyle (Class of 1979), Craig Pennock (Class of 1982) and Scott Haas (Class of 1997) for their athletic achievements as student-athletes at Delton Kellogg. The ceremony will be between the varsity basketball games, approximately 7:15 p.m.

The DK varsity girls' basketball team is set to tip off at 6 p.m., with the boys' game to follow the Hall of Fame ceremony.


Legion hosting oratorical contest


Lawrence J. Bauer Post 45 in Hastings will host the American Legion Oratorical contest at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 and Feb. 1.

The annual competition features speeches by high school students on the Constitution of the United States. Contestants will be judged on their performances, and two will be chosen to advance to the state level, where college scholarships will be awarded to the top five finishers.

The intent of this 85-year-old contest is to familiarize students with the Constitution and provide scholarship awards to finalists at the state and national levels.

The public is invited to Post 45, at 2160 M-37, south of Hastings, to listen to the young people share their knowledge. Spectators are asked to arrive prior to 10 a.m.


PCCI, Manor displaying photography

Area residents have two choices for viewing free photography exhibits in the next several weeks.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is hosting a display of photos by Bob and Mary Meppelink, and the Rehab Center’s art gallery at Thornapple Manor Rehab is exhibiting photos by Roy Van Loo.

Inspired by PCCI director Michelle Skedgell, the Meppelinks photographed various sites on the institute’s 742 acres, showing the changes from season to season. The project took more than two years, and the Meppelinks took about 4,000 photos during their 40 or so trips to the institute.

Their photos, on display at the visitor center now through the end of February, are grouped together by site.

Van Loo’s photography has been published in various magazines and displayed at art shows. His working featuring wildlife and natural scenes is on display at Thornapple Manor through the end of March.

Registration open for next leadership class


Leadership Barry County is accepting applications for the 2020 class. The new session will begin Jan. 31 with a retreat at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute and end April 16.

The nine-session program covers topics such as communication, local government, change management and diversity, as well as a tour of Barry County and a visit to the state capitol.

The cost is $395 and includes all sessions, transportation, overnight accommodations and meals.

Leadership Barry County is an opportunity to learn about the county to enhance leadership skills for individual growth, organizational improvement and increased community effectiveness while networking with others in the community.

Founded in 1990, Leadership Barry County is one of the state’s longest-running rural leadership endeavors. The program is offered annually to individuals who live or work in Barry County seeking to become better developed and networked leaders. Registration and additional information can be found at the website



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