Ann Arbor to require menstrual products in bathrooms; no plan to do so in East Lansing

Ann Arbor made national history on Nov. 18 becoming the first city in the United States to require menstrual products in public restrooms. An ordinance approved unanimously by the Ann Arbor City Council, mandates that menstrual pads and tampons, along with the already required soap and toilet paper, must be provided for free in all public restrooms.

On stage: DeWitt High School performs Les Misérables musical

DeWitt High School students have been working since August to stage the intricate musical Les Misérables. On Nov. 4, DeWitt High School performing arts took the stage for its production of Les Misérables. Seventy cast and crew members are took on the powerful and moving plot. Senior Bryce Debri is playing the main role of Jean Valjean.

Dr. Shanna Spickard

DeWitt schools’ proposal comes to a vote

DeWitt schoolsWhen Dr. Shanna Spickard became DeWitt schools superintendent in May, the district’s $66 million bond proposal was already on the to-do list. On Nov. 2, DeWitt school district voters will decide on a $66 million bond issue that would address aged building systems, updating educational technology, and improving athletics arts and extracurriculars. A renewal, the 6-year proposal would maintain current taxing levels. Even before Dr. Shanna Spickard became superintendent in May, the proposal was on its way to time he ballot. Language was approved in June.

DeWitt Farmers Market closes 2021 season

Ellie BednarzVendors line North Bridge street for the last DeWitt Farmers Market of 2021. The leaves are changing, the temperature is cooling down, and the DeWitt Farmers Market has officially come to season’s end with trick-or-treating and booths selling products. From 4-7 p.m. Oct. 12, 22 vendors set up their shops on North Bridge Street for the last market of the season. Kids in Halloween costumes went booth to booth getting candy from vendors. 

What is special about this market is the variety of vendors.

DeWitt takes the field for its football team

The 2020 Division III state champion DeWitt Football team is leading the Capital Area Activities Conference Blue Division. DeWitt is hoping to make it back into the playoffs this year, after an extraordinary finish in 2020.  The DeWitt team is special for its  tight connection to the community. Having local people showing up to support the team is one thing, but the stadium is packed every single home game.