Two-hour citizen comment leads to long Northville Board of Education meeting

An eventful Northville Board of Education Zoom meeting on Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 12:44 am contained a two-hour citizen comment, which was kicked off by Michelle Heldke, a Northville resident, who wants in-person school for her daughter. “The alternatives you have laid out tonight don’t work,” Heldke said. “You have not given us a good choice and your hybrid is not going to work.”

Heldke’s comments relate to the Northville Board of Education’s decision between a set of options set by the Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher and a task force compromised of district administrators, educators, parents, students, and healthcare officials. COVID-19 forced school districts around the state to mull potential options for how students will be taught this upcoming semester.

Pickleball at Fish Hatchery among topics discussed at Northville City Council meeting

During the citizen comments portion of the July 6 Northville City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Turnbull figured he knew what Doris Booth was going to ask about. Nick MaizMayor Turnbull running the July 6 meeting by following the agenda for the day. “I think I know what Doris Booth is going to talk about,” Turnbull said. “Doris, I think you would like to talk about pickleball.”

The July 6 meeting began, as it always does, with citizen comments. And Booth was ready for her turn.

Disc Golf becomes popular COVID-19 pastime

Jeremy Cionca hasn’t found time to play disc golf, a sport he once played competitively, because in these past few years he has been busy working and taking care of his family. However, that all changed after the pandemic which gave Cionca an excuse to start playing again. “Lately we have been getting back to the courses because there is nothing to do,” Cionca said. “It has rekindled the fire a little bit. I have a taste for it again.”

Disc golf is a sport where the objective is to throw a disc golf disc into a chain basket from a set distance.

Northville Farmers’ Market continues as community ‘mainstay’

Nick MaizMany potential customers parked their cars next to the Northville Farmers’ Market on June 25. When Michele Fecht returned to shop at the Northville Farmers’ Market after COVID-19 delayed the first market of the season, she noticed that the parking lots and the booths were still full of people eager to buy produce. Because of this, she doesn’t think the recent pandemic will affect the longevity of the farmers’ market. “I think the market is a mainstay,” Fecht said. “People really value the market, and it’s such an asset to our community.”

The Northville farmers’ market is held every Thursday from May to October every year.

Northville hosts car parade for high school grads

Courtesy of Nick MaizCars containing graduating seniors and their families driving through the parking lot of Northville High School as part of the Northville Car Parade

Jack Fulton did not expect a happy ending to his senior year at Northville High School, but a car parade made it surprisingly memorable. Fulton even preferred this to past methods of congratulating the senior class. “Compared to the seniors walking out on the last day and everyone clapping, this was way cooler,” said Jack Fulton. COVID-19 made the seniors doubt whether they would have graduation or prom. The stay-at-home order put in place on March 24 put some doubts in the students’ minds initially, which made this event so rewarding to them.