7/17/2016 Sally Hiddinga Stebbins Nature Preserve
One of the most recent land gifts to Little Traverse Conservancy was given in honor of an extraordinary woman. The new Sally Stebbins Nature Preserve includes 30 acres of land nestled betwee
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3/20/2016 Herb Maatman turns 90!
Open House planned March 26, 2016
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8/2/2015 Death of a teacher
Ronald W. Wetherbee, 78, of Holland, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2015.
Ron was born in Zeeland, on October 19, 1936, to William and Evelyn (Raterink) Wetherbee. Ron graduated from Zeela
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John Wilson receives deceased brother Ricky (WO'73)Class ring back after being stolen 20 years ago!
There was a "found" WOHS '73 class ring dated 2007 on alumniclass.com/westottawa/lostrings
"I found a 1973 West Ottawa class ring with the initials R W on it. There is also an inscription on the inside (first, last, and middle initial). Will gladly return to owner who can identify middle initial and has I.D. to prove identity. Posted October 15, 2007"
Barb Jacobs Cajka (WO'73) sent an email thru the website a few weeks after their 60th Birthday Bash in July 2016. After many weeks and emails exchanged, it was narrowed to Ricky Wilson, deceased.
Barb WO'73 was able to get in touch with Ricky's brother John. After they exchanged many emails and months had passed, John Wilson and Paul from Zeeland were able to meet up. Paul was a little worried when John showed up to claim his brother's ring when he found out that John was an Allegan Co Deputy (retired). Turns out the man's father had also found and returned rings as a hobby in the 70's but charged a "fee" and the dad was almost arrested for trying to sell "stolen" property - he was assured that he was not being arrested!
According to John's story, Ricky's class ring was stolen 20 years ago. Paul found it in a lake but will not disclose the location of the lake.
Ricky D Wilson passed away at the age of 52 of a heart attack on July 9, 2007. (3 months before the ring was found!)
John Wilson received Ricky's class ring which was given to Ricky's son Luke who in turn gave it to Ricky's grandson Caleb.
Happy ending for the Wilson family!
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After departing West Ottawa I went to Michigan State University, graduating with a teaching degree in Physical Education and French. I taught PE and coached girls swimming and gymnastics at Walled Lake Western and East Kentwood HS. I retired after the birth of our first child. Later, I went back to school, learned American Sign Language and substitute taught in the hearing-impaired classrooms at Saugatuck and Holland HS. Now that my kids are raised (if that ever really happens) I spend my time playing the piano, golfing and reading French books and chalk painting old furniture. Let me know if any of you need a piece transformed into Shabby Chic ! John is still practicing law but we manage to spend lots of time with family and wonderful friends.
Matthew, our oldest, is a Captain and C-17 aircraft commander/pilot in the USAF, stationed in Altus Oklahoma. He is also an instructor pilot for special forces air drops. He is married to Sarah who is also a pilot but not in the military. No babies yet.
Our daughter Jill was married in 2012 to Fred Millard, a mechanical engineer, and are now living in Oxford Michigan. In 2013 they blessed us with our first grandchild Fred Thomas Millard who is the 5th Freddie for the Millard family! Jill retired from psychiatric social work to be a full time mother which was not a big leap!
Ben works for Bissel in GR. This was a recent job change for him and offers more challenges and growth. He is not married but has a wonderful girlfriend Courtney who has a beautiful 3 year old daughter Olivia.
John and I are looking forward to Christmas this year(2013). Little children will make a delightful difference! My brother Tom became a grandfather 1 week after I became a grandmother so we will have 2 baby boys and a 3 year old girl!!
The day I am updating this I will be meeting with Mary (Jalving/Wassink), Holly Palmer and Pam (Stolp/Bogus)for our annual Christmas lunch, which lasts most of the day! They are all well and happy! We have remained close friends for going on 100 years!
Merry Christmas to all you Panthers out there!
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