Southwest Michigan Today: Monday August 27, 2018

Aug 27, 2018

Filters should be installed for owners of residential wells east of the Kalamazoo River by the end of the week. Michigan Democrats and Republicans finalize their statewide tickets for November. A series of events this week in Detroit will honor the life of legendary singer Aretha Franklin. 

Owners of residential wells east of the Kalamazoo River in the Parchment area will have filters installed beginning Monday. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has tested wells in Parchment for PFAS’s. The chemicals, linked to cancer and other health problems, have been found in Parchment’s water system. Kalamazoo County health officials say filters should be installed by the end of the week, allowing owners of the wells to resume drinking household water. A do not drink order remains in effect for residents and households in Parchment and Cooper Township who are connected to the municipal water system.

(MPRN) Michigan Democrats finalized their portion of the November ballot this weekend. There were few surprises at the Democratic convention yesterday. The party held a so-called Endorsement Convention in April. It was there that they decided which candidates to throw their weight behind such as Dana Nessel for attorney general and Jocelyn Benson for secretary of state. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer announced her pick for lieutenant governor – Garlin Gilchrist – last week.

The Michigan Republicans held their convention Saturday. They chose current Speaker of the House Tom Leonard for Attorney General and CPA Mary Treder Lang for Secretary of State. Attorney General Bill Schuette won the primary to be the Republican nominee for governor. His pick for lieutenant governor – Lisa Posthumus Lyons – was also formally approved.

(WDET) The city of Detroit begins a celebration Monday of the life of the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Franklin was an icon in gospel and pop music the civil rights movement and in political circles. That’s coalescing into a week featuring two all-star concerts two and-a-half days of her body lying in honor for a public visitation and an invitation-only funeral Friday that includes musicians Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson…as well as former President Bill Clinton. Church officials say the funeral at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple which holds about four thousand people will likely be as large and long as the one held for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in 2005. Franklin performed at that service.

In women’s soccer, Western Michigan scored both of their goals eight minutes apart in the second half for a 2-0 win over Oakland Sunday. The Broncos have won three of their first four matches so far this season. Western will play the Grizzlies again Friday at Oakland.