Former hockey players keep their skates sharp in Adult Hockey Classic

Sometimes it can be hard growing up. But for these former hockey players, they’re still finding ways to keep their skates sharp, playing in the Labatt Blue Adult Hockey Classic. The tournament is divided into five different skill groups: Gold, Silver, Intermediate, Bronze and Novice. The hockey classic is a tournament which travels across the country and accepts players of all skill levels, to offer some competitive hockey, but also a weekend of good memories made with friends and family. The next tournament is set to take place in two weeks in Pennsylvania.

Art and Craft BeerFest festival caps seventh year in Lansing

People made their way to downtown Lansing on Feb. 9 to attend the seventh annual Art and Craft BeerFest. The festival began with check-in at the Cadillac Room (inside Riverview Church), where attendees purchased tickets to gain access into four different venues which had different beer and cider, art and entertainment. Featured beers from Dark Horse Brewing Co. were made available during the live comedy act in the night session.

Blue Owl Coffee set to open location in East Lansing this month

The Blue Owl Coffee Shop is planning to open up a second location in East Lansing at the end of February. The Reo Town-based business is set to open its 3,00-square-foot location on the campus of Michigan State University, located at 213 Ann St., Suite C, as part of an effort to open up three new locations by May, co-owner Nick Berry said. “We just want to be apart of the story,” Berry said of his plans for expansion. “There is a huge transition going on in East Lansing and we’re just excited to be able to house the beginnings of the stories for a lot of the people in the neighborhood.” Two additional coffee shops are set to open up within Lansing’s Old Town by the end of May, as well as a Grand Rapids storefront location in the city’s Northwest Neighborhood.

Williamston school board approves gender identity policies

On Nov. 2, the seven members of the Williamston Community Schools Board of Education approved two policies related to gender identity and access to gender-segregated facilities

After several months of current and former students, as well as Williamston community members meeting at the local middle school, the school board reached a decision as to how they will assess their transgender students and gender identity concerns. The decision came after months of meetings and public comment after the school board took on the issue of gender identity in its schools. “Over the summer, the seven board members decided to draft some proposals for how the district should handle or deal with the needs of a number of gender-identity type issues,” Williamston High School Principal Jeffrey Thoenes said. “The school board went through their normal process of discussing and then voting on what is placed on their board agenda.”

Thoenes said the transgender issues were handled the same way that any other school board issue is.

Williamston Kiwanis club seeks to help children in the community

The recurring theme for the city of Williamston is its tight-knit community and the town’s eager willingness to come together and help out with anything in anyway that they can. Take the Kiwanis organization, for example, something that embodies all of what  Williamston’s values and stands for as a community. Kiwanis is a global organization, entirely comprised of volunteers who are devoted to changing the world for the better, one community, and one child at a time. “Kiwanis is all about the kids. Whatever the kids need, we do for them,” Williamston Kiwanis president Teri Nelson said.

Williamston community pool and fitness center serve as home to many

Williamston has a common theme throughout the town about their close-knit community feel and environment. Williamston High School not only serves just their students, but it also has opened itself up for business to the whole community, at the Williamston Community Pool and Fitness Center. Williamston High School used to have an outdoor pool open to the school and public, but after it started requiring more and more repairs, the school board decided it would be more costly to keep feeding funds in for repair, rather than opening a new pool. It later filled the outdoor pool and decided to build a brand new pool inside the high school. The high school’s pool, fitness center and track cater to the students, but it also opened up the facilities to the public and anyone who would like to use them.

Old Nation Brewery has found its home in Williamston


Williamston may not be one of the biggest cities in the greater Lansing area, but to Old Nation Brewery owner Travis Fritts, it has an authentic close-knit community feel. It’s usually the smaller cities that have the more intriguing destinations, and for Williamston, its Old Nation Brewery that fits that mold. Travis Fritts and Rick Ghersi started working together in 2003 when they opened Detroit Beer Company in downtown Detroit. At the time, Fritts had a background in production, so he and Ghersi decided to get into a little bit of production with Fritts, where they focused directly on producing different beers, making them and selling it in small batches on the open market. “The pub did really well, so we decided to move into production and buy a building and some equipment,” Fritts said.

Homestyle Thai bistro finds its home in Williamston

Most people say some of the smallest cities usually have some of the more unique and intricate attractions and sites. Take Williamston for example – a city home to just under 4,000 thousand people outside the larger city of Lansing, mainly known for its various antique markets in the town. “We’ve got a lot of little very unique restaurants here in Williamston,” Williamston resident John Waters said. “Thai Nation is as authentic as they come and it’s definitely my favorite place to grab a bite to eat in town.”

Located just off 725 West Grand River Ave. is Thai Nation, a locally owned Thai home cooking style restaurant that is one of the major hotspots of Williamston and the greater Lansing area.