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Thank you Williamstown Township

I would like to extend a thank you to WIlliamstown Township–to everyone at the township office, their government committees, the Williamston Chamber of Commerce, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Mitch Lutzke, the Johnson family and everyone else that I met along the way. My experience as a journalist and reporting for this rural community was more than I could have expected. Everyone was welcoming and helpful whenever I called or showed up.

I chose to report for Williamstown Township because it is a smaller community and had a hometown feel and the people there made me feel welcomed as if I was apart of their community. Whether it was visiting a high school class, trying to track down a busy 90 year old man or chatting over dinner or coffee my reporting skills became fine tuned and a lot of my Friday mornings were spent with the people of Williamstown.

Thank you for such a great experience, it was very nice to get to know so many people and learn about a community that is proud of who they are and where they came from. Everything I learned this past semester I will never forget and has helped me become a better journalist.

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Williamston’s farming transformation

Williamston was the main stop from Detroit to Grand Rapids when it was founded and became the commercial and social ‘hub’ of the farming and early industrial society in Eastern Ingham County. The area is still rural and some of the farms are still in use, while others sit dormant.

“For the most part, the percentage of people in agriculture, the farm was a place to live and a place to earn a living,” said Bill Turner, a Williamston resident who grew up on a farm until the 1950s.

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