By Justin Satawa
On September 21, 2022 fall officially made its way onto campus justifying all of Southwest Michigan’s fall favorites such as tailgates, football and cider mills. Fifteen minutes from Western Michigan University’s campus Verhage Fruit Farm & Cider Mill has been serving the WMU community since 1960.
Dick and Marline Cottell are living proof of this. The couple graduated from WMU together in the class of 1973. They have been coming to Verhage, located at XXXADDRESS in Kalamazoo, for longer than they could remember. And they usually can’t leave without enjoying a cherry donut. Walking around the property, many of the visitors people had some connection to WMU — they were alumni, related to alumni, or had kids attending the school. The WMU attire attested to the connection between the community and the campus.