July is the Official Month of Pride in Battle Creek
BATTLE CREEK—It’s official: July is Pride month in the city of Battle Creek. On July 6 the Battle Creek City Commissioners met for their monthly meeting where the commissioners, including Mayor Mark Behnke, gathered to discuss some of the city’s plans moving forward. Most notable for some residents was the proclamation of the city’s July Pride month. Co-Executive Director Kathy Szenda Wilson began the meeting’s LGBTQ+ discussion by recognizing the history of Pride Month in June, and what it stands for. Szenda expressed a proclamation of July being the city of Battle Creek’s official Pride Month. This comes after the city’s long history of having no official proclamation for a set aside and reserved month for Pride.
Capital Avenue in Battle Creek is under construction. Photo by Jaiyda Tyler. A Battle Creek resident is expressing her hope for a big change for the city’s roadways following the bipartisan agreement on president Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan that was made June 23.
Marilyn Morris, 62, said she has owned a home on the city’s Eastside for over 20 years and her main residential road for commuting had barely been touched over the past two decades. Since hearing about the bipartisan agreement she has expressed her hope for the future of the city’s highways and residential roads such as her own. “It’s been years since they actually uprooted the road…They’ve patched a few pot holes here and there but never really got around to redoing it how they should,” she said.