Bath and DeWitt experiencing continued growth

Much like a flower needs water and sunlight to grow, a city needs certain things to flourish as well. Developing neighborhoods, thriving businesses, and exceptional school districts help the communities of Bath and DeWitt to grow. Both these townships are in periods of growth and development according to their planning and building commissions. Bath’s Planning Director and Zoning Administrator Brian Shorkey said from a project perspective it’s been a slow year, but there are big plans for the township. Building new houses and businesses

There’s been an uptick in housing developments including apartments, duplexes and senior housing.

People in Bath march to their own drum

Laurie Tossava , Jasper Bergen and Daniel Gebes prepare to drum with their different varieties. Photo by Emerson Wigand. To Michele Leonard, all people have a sense of rhythm and the heartbeats are the foundation. This is the mantra she uses to promote the Bath Community Drum Circle. The circle started in September and has happened five times.

Bath library continues growth

A view of the Bath Township Public Library located at 14033 Webster Road. Photo by Emerson Wigand. “We’re pretty tight on space but we make it the best we can,” youth librarian Carrie Frazer said. Frazer walked around the 2200-square-foot strip mall space, giving a short tour of the Bath Township Public Library. In the same room where the used books are sold and the library holds its meetings, there was an event for the public on Michigan true crime stories.

Bath children take part in trick-or-treat trial run

A child trick or treats from the decorated ambulance during the event. At 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 cars filled the parking lot of Bath High School and were lined up the driveway until the road. Costumed kids were flowing in a steady stream with their parents and grandparents to the center of the action. A child in an inflatable dinosaur costume waddled to the back of the line, waiting for the Halloween festivities.

Bath Fire Department turns 90

People gather for the Bath Township Fire Department’s 90th anniversary open house

Smoke was slowly billowing from the ceiling of the trailer, seeping through the windows. Within a few minutes nothing could be seen from inside without kneeling on the floor. This was the experience for people exploring the smoke house in the Bath Fire Department parking lot on Sunday Oct. sixth. “The smoke house is a trailer that is basically set up like a small house, we can show kids smoke alarms and there’s an upper level that simulates a bedroom that they have to get out of,” Fire Chief Dave Snider said.

Bath Police foster a fun, informative online community

Every year, thousands of firefighters from all over the world gather at a convention in Indianapolis. This includes Bath Fire Chief Dave Snider, who said that lately he’s been approached by people there familiar with Bath. This recognition is not from the fire department, however, but rather from the Bath Township Police Department Facebook page. This recognition of Bath’s police is not just across the emergency services- the Facebook page has over 78,000 people following it. This number is even more impressive compared to the population of Bath, reported as 12,589 in 2016. 

The page is focused on community relations between the police and the community, using jokes and hashtags to achieve to keep the community informed of new developments in the area.

Bath Truck or Treat offers option for parents, children

As October comes and the spooky season begins, the idea of candy and trick-or-treating comes to the minds of many children. But with Halloween there is only one opportunity, and sometimes this can be complicated like if the holiday falls on a weekday or has unpredicted weather. For children in Bath Charter Township, there’s a solution to this problem. That solution is the annual Truck or Treat event on Oct. 21 from 6-7 in the parking lot of Bath High School.

A walk with Detroit’s favorite demon

A red demon whose presence indicates doom for Detroit may seem like a strange cause for organizing, but each March the idea of the Nain Rouge brings hundreds to the historic Cass Corridor. The reason for this gathering is the annual Marche Du Nain Rouge. The Marche is an event run primarily by volunteers and occurs each year at the end of March. The event is a parade of sorts in the style of Mardi Gras, one that turns the spectator into a participant. This is one of the things that keeps Patrick Kage, 52, coming each year.