plainwell http://wmuk.org en Flags to fly at half-staff for Plainwell soldier http://wmuk.org/post/flags-fly-half-staff-plainwell-soldier <p>Flags will be flown at half-staff Thursday in memory of a southwest Michigan soldier who died after being wounded in Afghanistan. Governor Rick Snyder issued the order Monday for Sergeant Mark Schoonhoven of Plainwell. He died in January at an Army hospital in Texas after his unit was attacked by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul in last December. He was part of a transportation company based at Fort Carson, Colorado. A funeral service for Schoonhoven will be held Thursday morning in Otsego.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:46:17 +0000 Andrew Robins 1982 at http://wmuk.org Flags to fly at half-staff for Plainwell soldier Large-scale sculptor highlights the beauty and terror of the automobile http://wmuk.org/post/large-scale-sculptor-highlights-beauty-and-terror-automobile <p>Artist <a href="http://www.sculpturebytj.com/">T.J. Aitken </a>will dedicate his sculpture called <em>Renaissance Race</em> to the City of Plainwell. It looks like large spools of paper twisting and turning in the wind, with angelic figures cut into the ends of each roll. The work represents Plainwell’s past as a center for paper manufacturing, and how residents are working to revitalize the city. Aitken says he has always been fascinated by machines.</p><p> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 02:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Thiele 172 at http://wmuk.org Large-scale sculptor highlights the beauty and terror of the automobile