Dear Editor,
    I am writing because of my concern as a grandparent and medical doctor in response to the issue of parents being required to have their children immunized in order to attend school in the state of Michigan.  
    Parents who refuse to have their children immunized to susceptible diseases will increase the risk of serious illness, cancer or possible death, not only to members of their own family, but to any people they come in contact with. Without immunizations people would be dying from small pox and polio.  Whooping  cough,  diphtheria, tetanus, viral meningitis and Hepatitis A and B  are also controlled through immunizations.
    Without the  availability of the vaccines for these conditions there would be more grief and sadness in our lives.  Please consider your own rights, but also the rights of other citizens who do get their immunizations.
    Edward Lean, M.D.
    Paw Paw


Dear Editor,
    On Dec. 5, the Paw Paw Lions Club marked its 49th year of service to our community, Lions of Michigan, and Lions International. In that time our local club has grown to 84 members strong and is the largest in membership in Southwest Michigan.   Community service is the hallmark of our local Lions Club.
    In 1968, the newly formed Lions of Paw Paw made their first money making project selling light bulbs door-to-door.  A few years later, they started Lions Bingo, which is still in operation every Sunday afternoon at the Lions Club building.
     Lions also sponsor the White Cane program in the spring, which raises money for club support of those who need help securing vision screening, glasses, and other visual assistance.
    Paw Paw Lions have recently organized the Duck Race held at the Wine and Harvest Festival to raise money for selected charities, and provide leadership and helping hands in seeing that the Community Christmas Basket Program continues to provide a better Christmas for several families in our community.
    Paw Paw Lions play a huge part in building fields and concessions stands for youth athletic programs, and continue to support youth sports activities.  Lions recently finished work on the sidewalk around the Champions Field.
    Lions sponsor scholarship programs for local youth, mentor two Leos clubs (high school and middle school) where Paw Paw students can learn the value of service, support numerous local charities and causes, and have their print on numerous other events in our community.  Lions do all of this as volunteers living into the Lions motto of “We Serve”.
    As Paw Paw Lions begin their 50th year, it is with great pride in our past contributions and with continued energy in service that we look forward to more ways to be active in community.  Events to celebrate our Golden Jubilee will be occurring throughout 2018.   As always, the Paw Paw Lions Club appreciates the support of the  community and welcomes inquirers who might wish to become a member.    
    Tom Shoemaker, President
    Paw Paw Lions Club


Dear Editor,
    As I read the excellent essays of our youngsters on their Christmas traditions (Dec. 15 Courier-Leader), I was disappointed. Not one mentioned going to church to worship the Christ Child, who is the reason for the season.
    We give gifts at Christmas to remind us of God’s greatest gift to us. God, the Father, sent His son, Jesus, from heaven to earth - born in a stable, living a perfect life, suffering and dying on the cross, rising from death on Easter morning - all so, if we believe in Him, He will forgive our sins and take us to heaven to live with him forever.
    Merry Christmas!
    Eleanor Dunlop
    Paw Paw


To the editor,
    On behalf of the Village of Paw Paw, I want to thank all who entered the Light Decorating Contest. The object was to “light up the village.” There were nine business and 34 residential participants, a few less than last year. Many decorated but did not enter, which is a requirement to receive a $5 credit on your electric bill to be paid in February. The weather was a challenge, but all things worked out.
    The winners were:
    Receiving full payment of their December electric bill are Dan Chapin, 411 E. St. Joseph Street; Brad Noeldner, 322 Davis Street; Jeff Marcelletti, 51087 351⁄2 Street; Lora Stanislawski, 36490 Paw Paw Road.
    Receiving half-payment are Barb Carpenter, 204 Gremps Street; Beurl Lhamon, 709 E. St. Joseph Street; Jennifer Johnson, 620 Elm Street; Mary Hartwell, 215 Glenview.
    Receiving $100 prizes are Taylor Country Florist and Golden Star Realty.
    Receiving $50 prizes are Edgin Creations and Cut-it-Out Scrap-booking.
    The full-paid and $100 prizes are based on judging; half-paid and $50 prizes are selected by random drawing.
    Wayne Wilhelmi
    Paw Paw


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