DeWitt Farmers Market nearing end of 2022 season 

Matea KanickiLocals shopping around vendors at the DeWitt Farmers Market. Rain or shine, the DeWitt Farmers Market welcomes the community to visit and shop from local vendors. Little does the community know how great of an impact they make on local vendors, their families, but also themselves. 

The market began June 7 and will continue through October 18. Every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m, local vendors and businesses meet in downtown DeWitt at North Bridge Street and West Main Street. 

On Tuesday Sept. 27, rainy conditions did not stop a crowd from coming out to visit vendors including The Beeswax Barrn, The Cheese People, and TIN CUP cafe and Creamery. 

The DeWitt Farmers Market is one of many that Malinda Barr, owner of The Beeswax Barrn, visits throughout the year.

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DeWitt homecoming goes on despite loss of football game 

This year, DeWitt High School had to take a different approach to its Oct. 7 homecoming festivities.

Heading into week eight of the boys varsity football season, the DeWitt Panthers were matched up against the Okemos Wolves at Memorial Stadium for the homecoming game. Okemos, however, had to cancel the remainder of its varsity football season because of injuries and a young team.

DeWitt District Library hosts cardboard carnival for kids

Kelsey LesterJozefa Rogocki working on the games. Since most kids recently started spring break, the DeWitt District Library decided to host a cardboard carnival to keep them entertained during their time away from school. In preparation for the carnival on March 31, children and librarians went to work to create games out of recycled and recyclable materials. This included boxes, toilet paper rolls, old containers, and other miscellaneous items.

For Jozefa Rogocki, youth program and outreach librarian, this was a fun way to get active with the children. “I was just amazed at their creativity and ability to really translate their ideas into something practical,” said Rogocki.

Staff put the ‘Sweet’ in DeWitt’s Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe

When you head into a bakery, it’s expected you’ll be received with a warm sense of pies, cookies and more. But how about a warm welcome? Eli McKownStaff members at the Sweetie-Licious Bakery pose over their desserts. The staff at DeWitt’s Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe bring a unique flavor to a bakery that has national award-winning pies, and sets the standard for businesses in the area. Sweetie-licious Bakery Cafe has been in downtown DeWitt for 16 years, serving pies, cookies and more.

Citizens crowd meeting; DeWitt police officer reinstated

After being fired, a DeWitt police officer appealed the township’s decision with the community by his side. More than 75 community members were present to support the officer. Kelsey LesterCitizens gather along the walls and outside of the Township Board meeting. The news came as a shock to Officer Robert Stump and his family on Feb. 17, when he received the notice of his separation of employment after 14 years of service.

DeWitt Police getting faster body cams, weapons that look less dangerous

Eli McKownDeWitt Police Chief Brad Ferguson introduces new body cameras, non-lethal alternatives at the DeWitt City Council meeting on Feb. 14. New tools including body cameras, Tasers and other non-lethal weapons are coming to DeWitt, Police Chief Bruce Ferguson told the City Council on Feb. 14. The body cameras are expected to arrive very soon as police completed another round of training this week.

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Sweethearts gather for steaks, small talk at DeWitt VFW post

DeWitt residents gathered at their Veterans of Foreign Wars post for a community steak dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Post Commander John Williams said love was in the air. 

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“Basically everybody here is married and has sweethearts and everything like that, so we  figured in having a nice dinner for everybody,” said Williams. “We figured they’d enjoy it, so they didn’t have to do any cooking at home.” 

People made their way to the hall for small talk and a medium-rare steak. For volunteer Evelyn Powell, this was unexpected and just as memorable as the post’s  other events. 

“We normally do a fish fry, but there was a shortage of fish. People can’t get fish,” said Powell. “There’s people that come in (and say) ‘oh, I haven’t seen you in forever.’ Once in a while, they have a local band on a Friday night and then you end up  meeting or reconnecting with people you haven’t seen in a long time.” 

Powell’s husband, Terry Powell, also found the power in small community events like this Valentine’s dinner. 

“We need them.