Williamston bakery celebrates Fat Tuesday

The Groovy Donuts shop knew Fat Tuesday was coming and they prepared for it weeks in advance. Paczki is their specialty on this day, bringing in hundreds of people from the community for just that. Elizabeth Rugh, a worker who has been at the shop for a year and a half, emphasized how hectic Fat Tuesday is compared to any other workday, especially due to the paczki. “Compared to a normal day, it’s probably been about 5 times as busy. As far as paczki, we’ve sold hundreds and the day isn’t even over yet,” Rugh said.

“Old Nation Brewing Company is located at 1500 W. Grand River, Williamston, MI, where the old Police Station and Habitat for Humanity used to be located at.”

Old Nation brews beers and spirits in Williamston

Since June 2015, Old Nation Brewing Company has been bringing the people of Williamston together for an ice-cold beer that pairs with one of its many meal options. Along with the restaurant experience, Old Nation Brewing Company also distributes many beers that are brewed at their facility 1500 W. Grand River, including their M43 IPA that was released in December 2016.

The storefront of the Harold Larson Williamston Food Bank, which is located in the back of the Williamston Community Center

Food bank supports those in need in Williamston

According to 2015 estimates by the US Census Bureau, 13.5% of Americans live below the poverty line.

“We probably feed about 320 people a month,” said Jill Cutshaw, the co-director of the Harold Larson Williamston Food Bank. “It’s usually around 85 families and we try and give people seven to 10 days worth of food, but they still struggle in other ways.”

With so many people struggling to make ends meet, the Harold Larson Williamston Food Bank is there to help.