Parting Shots 2019

Residents of N. Park Street on Three Mile Lake in Paw Paw became isolated, even forced from their homes, when the waters of Little Three Mile Lake merged with the big lake over the road at such depths that most vehicles could not safely drive through.A low spot to the north of I-94, just off the Mattawan exit, was a virtual bowl of water, making the drive back to the Freightliner property a treacherous one. Many homes, such as the one below on 33rd Street in Paw Paw,  struggled with ground saturation, flooded basements, and more, with little recourse but to wait for the water to evaporate and recede on its own.

    A look back at 2019 found one topic coming up over and over again in the coverage of all Courier-Leader communities -- legalized marijuana. The townships’ and municipalities’ discussions concerning medical and recreational pot, and the public notices and ordinances resulting from the decisions made about dealing with it, definitely used the most Courier-Leader ink this past year.  However, this was not a big story illustrated by any news photos.  Those subjects that generated much conversation included the Van Buren Intermediate School Districts’ collaboration with the county health department to construct a new health care facility on the VBISD campus that will function as a community health department, offering public health services, and as a training center for students interested in health and wellness careers.  Members of the partnership broke ground for construction in September. Another much talked about event was the move of a home from the village of Mattawan via Red Arrow Highway, through downtown Paw Paw to a location on Hazen Street, west of the village.  The move was delayed by the weather, but on a sunny morning in late February, the caravan inched its way from town to town, maneuvering under electric and phone lines, and was an unusual distraction from the winter blues for onlookers along the way.  

    High groundwater levels, an issue of great concern in 2018, continued to be a problem for many across the area in 2019 following heavy rains in the spring.  Residents of N. Park Street on Three Mile Lake in Paw Paw became isolated, even forced from their homes, when the waters of Little Three Mile Lake merged with the big lake over the road at such depths that most vehicles could not safely drive through.  Similar issues were reported throughout the county.  A low spot to the north of I-94, just off the Mattawan exit, was a virtual bowl of water, making the drive back to the Freightliner property a treacherous one.  Many homes, such as the one below on 33rd Street in Paw Paw,  struggled with ground saturation, flooded basements, and more, with little recourse but to wait for the water to evaporate and recede on its own.
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