Potholes aplenty at DeWitt Public Schools’ parking lots and access roads

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — DeWitt has a growing community, and part of that is due to their quality schools. When it comes to public schools, quality does not just entail the standard of education. The status of school facilities is just as important. DeWitt Public Schools’ Schavey Road Elementary School, Herbison Woods School, Dewitt  Junior High, and DeWitt High School all share parking lots as well as roadways for access. While everything is generally well-maintained, some of DeWitt Public Schools’ parking lots have developed a few areas of cracks and pot holes.

In the battle of bicyclists vs. drivers, a truce is coming in DeWitt

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT– Picture a perfect world where people who are driving and people riding bikes could coexist. Sometimes, a very difficult thing to handle. Bikers sometimes cause traffic and drivers sometimes are not paying attention to their two-wheeled, motorless counterparts. Starting in 2017, the city of DeWitt, DeWitt Township and also the Clinton County Road Commission will start a new project that will try to limit the traffic and increase the use of non- motorized traffic via a new bike trail. For some residents, it was a surprise to hear the plans behind this new project .

Bath Community Schools looking into Safe Routes to School program to spur youth exercise

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Bath Community Schools are looking into implementing a Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program to encourage students to exercise more. According to the SR2S website, the three purposes of the program are to enable and encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school, to make walking and biking to school safer and more appealing, and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety. “Bath Community Schools supports a number of fitness programs encouraging students to exercise and participate in healthy activities. Safe Routes to School is another program that promotes student health and supports students walking and biking to school,” said Nancy Hawkins, Bath Community Schools board secretary. “It is great to see that the Bath community also supports the program.

DeWitt has a plan to continue to grow … A Master Plan, that is

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — In 2005, The City of DeWitt was recognized by CNN and Money Magazine’s as the 75th place on their “Best Places to Live 2005” of 100 finalists. It was just one of four Michigan cities recognized. This was just one of many positive aspects recognized by DeWitt’s Master Plan. The City of DeWitt Planning Commission officially approved the “City of DeWitt Master Plan, The Big Picture: DeWitt 2010 to 2020,” on September 23, 2010. This documents includes all maps, descriptive narrative and future land use recommendations therein for DeWitt.

Improvements to Bath Township Senior Center intended to keep up with growth of senior population and needs

By Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — The growing number of seniors in Bath and surrounding areas benefiting from the Bath Township Senior Center can now enjoy an improved facility, as well as look forward to future expansions. Thanks to a number of recent upgrades and with plenty more to come, the center will be able to make it even easier for area seniors to come together and meet, take part in a healthy, low-cost meal, and even have a little fun. The proposed improvements and expansions are crucial in order for the senior center to properly meet the needs of a rising senior population. “We’re rather busting at the seams here,” said Program Coordinator Nancy Hoyland.”We’ve expanded our kitchen so we can do much more here, but we need to expand our facility.” January 2016 marked the completion of the senior center’s facility remodel, along with a major expansion of the kitchen facility.

Bath schools getting two new sets of wheels

By Shane Jones
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — The first time your child ever rode the bus to school, did you follow that bus and make every stop with it? It is quite common for some parents to do this because they are nervous about finally sending their child away to school on their own. Over the course of a school year, a bus will endure some punishment — especially here in Michigan. Bath Community Schools has brought some improvement to the transportation of students grades K-12. For the district, there are five buses that they use on rotation, but there has been two new additions of buses.

Daddy-Daughter Dance is now the Cupid’s Shuffle in Bath School District

By Brendan Wilner
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — In Bath Township, there is a new dance name that was changed and it is something that the school district should be proud of. There was a Daddy-Daughter Dance that was changed to Cupid’s Shuffle. The dance was sponsored by the Bath High School Student Council and was for Elementary and Middle School students. The superintendent of the Bath School District, Jake Huffman, said that it is a minor name change that fits the purpose of the dance. Huffman had the idea was suggested to him, the school principals, and the high school advisors.

Positive news: negative test results from water quality testing at Bath schools

By Laina Stebbins
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — As the Flint water crisis continues to harm and inconvenience the lives of residents by the thousands, Michigan residents outside of Flint are expressing concern for the quality of their own community’s water supply. The results of recent testing done at Bath Community Schools, however, can reassure Bath parents that their children have access to safe drinking water at school. “The DEQ stated that our water is in great shape,” said Superintendent Jake Huffman. “Testing the water in any venue is important. People need to be sure and feel confident that the water they’re using is safe,” said Terry Gibb, Senior MSU Extension Educator in Natural Resources and Government & Public Policy.

Dog park conversation heating up in DeWitt

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — DeWitt is in the process of looking into adding a dog park to the city and the township. The project is mostly citizen-run, but local officials are reviewing comments from the public and working on leasing agreements. “It is a community-driven project, so there is a group of citizens that have been working with the township and the city,” said Rodney Taylor, DeWitt Charter Township manager. The dog park would be located at the front end of the Southern Clinton County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCCMUA) building on Herbison Road. The land for the park is not being utilized right now.

Bath’s parks benefit the community in more ways than one

By Holly Osmer
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

BATH — Access to public parks can have positive attributes to communities, no matter the size. According to an article published by The Trust for Public Land, some of these benefits include exposure to nature and greenery which makes people healthier and increased property value. “Research has shown that cities with good parks and recreation services have stronger economic growth so they can attract residents and businesses because they are seen as amenities,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor of Political Science Dr. Laura Reese at Michigan State University. According to Reese, parks can also positively contribute to public health and lowering crime in local communities. “Public events can bring in tourists that shop and eat in the community,” said Director of the Global Urban Studies Program and Professor, Political Science Dr. Laura Reese.