Meet the folks at Waypoint Coffee Company

Waypoint Coffee Co is the work of two dreamers and their families; Davey Fore and Ethan Painter.

Davey and Ethan have known each other for many years, live in the same community, and are part of the same church in Saint Johns.

Davey’s background is in aviation. While working as a flight instructor, Davey loved to connect with his students over a cup of coffee. Often taking advantage of chain coffee shops, he stumbled across a small, family-owned coffee roaster and espresso bar.

This is where he had the realization that coffee was special and that it could indeed taste as good as it smelled.

After leaving his work as a flight instructor, he found himself without his favorite coffee shop but with a desire to brew and drink amazing coffee at home. Striving for the “perfect” cup of coffee – even roasting small batches of coffee for his family and friends – took Davey’s appreciation and love of coffee to new heights.

Ethan has spent the last decade building Sleekfire Media, a video production company that helps companies capture the attention of their audience. In the early years of running his business full time, many days were spent working from coffee shops. However there were no options for craft coffee in Saint Johns, so he had to drive to different locations. He quickly saw that coffee created connections, and that beautiful stories could be told through coffee, just like they can be through photography and videos. He began dreaming about what it would look like to bring a craft coffee experience to Saint Johns, but did not act on the idea yet.

In 2017 Davey and Ethan discovered their shared passion for coffee, people, and the City of Saint Johns. They realized they each had skills and gifts that could be used to create a partnership that would benefit people and the community.

Waypoint Coffee Company was formed in 2017 with a vision to not only bring high quality coffee to our community, but to reinvent the status quo through excellence, care and beauty. The shop will be located in the former F.C. Mason building on Railroad Street, across from the Depot in St. Johns.


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Brewing up a better environment for Michigan’s craft beer industry
courtesy of Rep. Graham Filler

Looking Glass Brewing Co. has been an incredible addition to downtown DeWitt since it opened its doors in 2018. Its broad appeal is great for our community, drawing more people downtown to eat, drink and visit other small businesses nearby.

Microbreweries like Looking Glass have been key in bringing development back to small towns across Michigan. In fact, the craft beer industry is one of the fastest growing contributors to our state economy – supporting more than 17,000 full-time jobs, with a total economic impact of more than $2.4 billion, according to the Michigan Brewers Guild.

Craft beer has become so popular that many of our craft breweries are now running into a production wall caused by government regulations. That’s because current state law only allows brewers to self-distribute up to 1,000 barrels of their product – including anything they serve to customers by the glass in their taprooms. Once brewers hit the self-distribution limit, state law requires them to contract with a wholesaler for distribution.

To cultivate an economic climate that allows Michigan’s craft breweries to grow and provide even more employment opportunities, I helped introduce a plan that would double the number of barrels brewers may self-distribute from 1,000 to 2,000. In addition, it would no longer count on-premises sales from a brewery’s taproom when calculating the limit.

Other pieces of the plan make regulatory reforms to improve the stability of the state’s distribution system for beer and wine. For example, my legislation prevents manufacturers from using loopholes in contracts to switch distributors.

These reforms will give craft breweries the flexibility they need to determine whether they have a successful product and then grow to a point where signing a distribution contract makes sense.
There’s no doubt Michigan’s craft beer industry is thriving, but we also must make sure small breweries aren’t held back by burdensome government regulations. This plan gives our local breweries the tools they need to continue to grow, so more small Michigan communities can experience the boost DeWitt has enjoyed since Looking Glass Brewing opened its doors.


A Look Back Again – WLS Prairie Farmer Home Talent Show
by Barry Bauer

For three nights in July, back in 1937, people from St. Johns and the surrounding communities were entertained by the “WLS Prairie Farmer Home” talent show thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary.

The event took place in the Rodney B. Wilson Auditorium which would years later host “A St. Johns Prairie Home Companion” during the 2006 St. Johns Sesquicentennial celebration.
Identified in the crowd of cast members were:

On the lower left on the bales of hay are Frances Allen, show director, sitting next to Floyd Countryman, who is busy whittling on a piece of wood. Up on the topside is Ed Nichols and down in the right hand corner is William H. Judd, watching the square dancers.

This photo was taken from the balcony.


Maralyn’s Pet Corner – Different Types of Dog Vomit, and What They Indicate

Dogs vomit for many reasons. Some of the reasons are serious, while some are nothing to worry about. Learning to tell the difference can be tricky, but it’s essential to ensure you seek veterinary care as soon as it’s needed.

What Vomiting Really Is (and Isn’t)

One important thing to keep in mind is that vomiting and regurgitation are not the same thing.

“Vomiting is generally defined as the forceful ejection of stomach and upper intestinal contents,” explains Dr. Jennifer Hawkins, DVM. Dr. Hawkins is the director of Orange County (OC) Animal Care and of their new facility. She says that vomiting can contain yellow bile or dog food that has been partially digested, and usually smells sour.

Regurgitation, on the other hand, is a mild ejection of undigested food from the esophagus through the mouth.

“Regurgitation does not involve abdominal heaving, whereas vomiting does have an abdominal component,” Hawkins says. “Additionally, regurgitation tends to happen shortly after eating, whereas vomiting may occur hours after eating.”

Reasons Why Dogs Vomit

While dogs vomit for many reasons, stomach issues are perhaps one of the most common reasons for vomiting. According to Hawkins, these issues can include gastritis or an upset stomach from eating garbage or spoiled food, ingestion of toxic plants or grass, eating too fast, exercising after eating, inflammatory bowel disease, bloat, or obstruction from a foreign body.

Having an upset stomach in the car can also be a trigger for vomiting. “Motion sickness is not uncommon in dogs,” says Hawkins.

Vomiting can also be a sign that something more serious is going on. For example, vomiting may be a secondary reaction to a physiologic problem, such as kidney, liver, or pancreatic disease, according to Dr. Jeff Werber, an Emmy Award winning celebrity veterinarian who has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and The Dr. Oz Show.

“Kidney failure causes in increase in ammonia, which can cause gastric irritation,” says Werber. “Inflammation of the organs connected to the stomach can also cause irritation to the stomach.”

According to Werber, in some cases, vomiting can also indicate a neurological issue, such as a middle ear problem, a brain tumor, or even meningitis. “There may also be psychological causes, such as extreme fear or anxiety, much like a person,” Werber says.

Granular vs. Chunky Vomiting

Both chunky and granular vomit are often (though not always) related to food or something your dog has ingested. Chunky vomit is vomit where you can still identify food parts—an indication that the food brought up has not been in the stomach very long. “The chunks tell us that the food has not had much time to digest,” Werber says. “It could indicate that the dog ate too quickly or ran around too soon after eating.”

Granular vomit, on the other hand, suggests that there has been digestion and the food sat in the stomach for a while before being vomited, explains Werber. “If your pet is retching and heaving, and the food is partially digested and somewhat liquid, there may be granules in the vomit, which is indicative of blood being present,” Hawkins explains. “The granules may look like old coffee grounds or there may be actual blood.”

How Liquid Vomit is Different

Foamy, slimy, or clear vomit is different from vomit that includes partially digested food. In some cases, liquid vomit that is yellow or clear is a sign of a completely different medical issue that has no connection whatsoever to the food being consumed.

In fact, the main difference between liquid and semi-solid vomit is that liquid vomit can often be a sign of a serious issue lurking underneath, while chunky or granular vomiting is more likely related to something that has been ingested.

“Often, fluid means we are looking at some other reason, such as kidney, liver, pancreas, or severe gastritis, where the cause is not food or an irritant,” Werber says. “It could also indicate esophogeal reflex—[which is] like our heartburn.”

One thing to keep in mind, says Hawkins, is that liquid coming out of your dog’s mouth isn’t always vomit. “Dogs may begin a distressed state with drooling, or experience clear liquid leaving the mouth,” Hawkins explains. “If it is followed by stomach contents, then it’s vomit.” If not, it isn’t.

Dr. Katie Grzyb of One Love Animal Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, describes an example of something that owners often mistake for vomiting: where a dog will cough so hard that they eliminate white foam from the mouth. This can be a symptom of kennel cough, she says.

When Should I Worry?

Some good news first: Vomiting is a very common occurrence for dogs and is most often caused by gastritis, or irritation of the stomach. “Gastritis is similar to an upset stomach in humans,” Hawkins says. “We may eat something that does not sit well in our stomachs or we may eat too much.”

In the case of dogs, that usually means the ingestion of something irritating, including grass, decomposed or rotten food, paper, and bones, according to Hawkins.

“Overall, gastritis is usually harmless and can be treated at home if there is a single episode,” says Hawkins. “But it’s important to act quickly if your dog is experiencing persistent or chronic vomiting,” she adds, in which case, you need to “get your dog to your veterinarian as soon as possible.”

As a general rule, your dog’s behavior is the best indication of whether or not you should worry. If your dog is behaving normally except for the vomiting, you can probably wait a little longer and see what happens. “But if he is lethargic, has a tender abdomen, or refuses food, I’m more concerned and want to see the dog for an examination,” Werber says. At that point, your vet may prescribe pet meds for your dog.

If there are no other symptoms, Werber recommends holding off on food and water for 12-24 hours. “That’s because after vomiting the stomach lining can be irritated and cause further vomiting of anything ingested, so I hold off to give the stomach and lining a rest,” Werber says.

After a period of this type of controlled fasting, Werber recommends slowly introducing soft, bland foods such as cooked chicken with rice and low fat or non-fat cottage cheese. “If that stays down, I would gradually get the dog back onto its regular diet,” Werber adds.

Hawkins agrees, adding that the rule of thumb is to visit your veterinarian as soon as possible if your dog also has diarrhea or his appearance and demeanor declines.

“If your dog is a puppy, geriatric, or has pre-existing medical problems, see your vet immediately when vomiting occurs,” Hawkins adds.

The biggest danger of not going to the vet right away, says Werber, is dehydration. “As the dog becomes dehydrated, essential functions start to break down. This can prevent normal processes and result in further irritation, gastric ulceration and malnutrition.”