SHORT TAKES: It’s Gus Macker season around the area

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:54 am on Monday, July 16, 2012

Hats off to the Greenville Chamber and the Recreation Department for partnering with the Gus Macker organization to host another successful basketball tournament during the past couple of days.

This year the event attracted 175 teams with more than 700 youth and adult players. While the competition is fun, it was especially nice to see young people teaming together and being active. Add to that all the volunteers aged 8 to 72 who helped pull this event off and you can rest assured our town was represented well.

Belding will get a chance to strut its stuff when it hosts the next local Macker tournament Aug. 4 and 5.

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If you’re a Baldwin Lake regular, you’ve no doubt noticed the signs warning drivers against going the wrong way on the One Way that borders the northeast side of the lake.

Recently a couple of “No Bicycles Allowed” signs also were posted as a reminder that the law states bicycles have to travel the same direction as vehicle traffic. We’re told that increased traffic from the Fred Meijer trail — which we welcome — also has resulted in a number of very close calls for bicycles going the wrong way and cars going the right way on this stretch.

Another great step in increasing safety would be for the city to trim some of the lakeside bushes that have grown to create blind spots along some stretches of the lake.

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In case you were in doubt as to the dedication and heart of the upcoming generation, know that 400 plus middle school and older kids from around the country will be descending on Greenville this next weekend for a Mission Work Camp.

Based at the Greenville Middle School, they will fan out in small groups around the county to help residents and areas in need of extra attention. These are kids who have chosen to spend a week of their valuable summer time helping others and enhancing our community.

This is especially encouraging and inspiring when you think that they also will grow up to be the future leaders of our country.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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