Williamston High School fights the vaping epidemic

Michigan made history as the first state to move toward a flavored nicotine vaping ban on Sept. 4, with other states like New York, Massachusetts and Oregon following shortly after. 

With an increase in vape-related deaths being reported across the nation, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) with the help of her Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun concluded that underage vaping constitutes as a public health emergency. 

Under Whitmer’s orders, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued rules detailing the ban, including the prohibition of flavored nicotine products in stores and online and misleading marketing strategies claiming the products are “safe.” Whitmer also ordered the Michigan Department of Transportation to outlaw vape advertisements on state billboards. 

Timeline of the 2019 Michigan vape ban. Graphic by Claire Heise. “As a governor, my No. 1 priority is keeping our kids safe,” said Whitmer in a statement on Sept.

Williamston’s Twisted Sugar Bakery offers sweet experiences

If you’re looking for an environment full of laughter, community, and yellow frosting, look no further than Williamston’s Twisted Sugar Bakery owned by Trish Adams.

Cookies at Twisted Sugar Bakery in Williamston. Photo by Emma Dowd. Adams is an entrepreneur and an expert baker. Her bakery is quaint and clean with light blue walls and an array of quirky baking quotes hung up that read ‘sprinkle kindness around like confetti’ and ‘eat cake for breakfast.’ Twisted Sugar offers homemade cookies and an array of lattes, coffee, and comically large milkshakes. Adams officially opened her bakery mid-September..

BestMaze finishes Halloween season strong

Michigan offers an abundance of activities during the spooky month of October. Hayrides, pumpkin patches, apple orchards and haunted houses all come to mind when the leaves begin to change. But for those seeking the best corn maze in the state during this brisk Halloween season, look no further than Williamston’s own BestMaze Corn Maze. BestMaze, a family-owned, family-friendly business coming up on its 20-year anniversary of fun and spooks serves as a staple within both the maze-fanatic community and the Williamston community. “There are people that tell us they’ve been coming for 18 years,” said Mark Benjamin, farmer and co-owner of BestMaze.

Goat yoga brings ‘light, love and gathering’ to Williamston

Yoga practitioners often say “yoga is for everyone.” In the eyes of Shawn and Nick Cannarile, owners of Hilltop Views Farm, yoga is for everyone – even the friendly four-legged kind. Goat yoga, otherwise known as caprine vinyasa, is a form of yoga in which live goats are part of the practice. Barnyard goats are set free to wander about the yoga room, to climb under and on top of practitioners, and to make the yoga class lively and lighthearted. Lainey Morse, a Michigan native who now lives in Oregon, is the founder of Original Goat Yoga. She launched the business from her own farm after using her goats’ company as emotional therapy.

Williamston’s Sun Theatre offers vintage feel, family fun

It was 1979 and Russ Robitaille was visiting his usual barbershop and started a conversation with the owner of the rock concert venue in disarray just around the corner. The owner revealed to Robitaille he would soon sell the venue. Robitaille, about three weeks before Christmas, decided to buy the venue himself and renovate it into a one-screen movie theatre, now known and loved as the Sun Theatre. The Sun Theatre. Photo by Claire Heise.

Williamston yoga teacher offers inclusive classes

When you first enter the Williamston Wellness ChiroSpa, you are greeted by a maze of dimly lit rooms, rustic decorations, silver chimes, and healing energy. The Williamston Wellness ChirosSpa offers massage therapy, hot stone therapy, injury rehabilitation, chiropractic adjustment, and, a couple times a week, Amy Moore’s yoga classes. The Williamston Wellness ChiroSpa. Photo by Emma Dowd. Moore teaches a “Yoga for All” class every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and an adult/child class with a meeting time that is yet to be announced.