2021-03-25

Alvah N. Belding Library has limited services 4 days a week


The Alvah N. Belding Library is in Phase 3 with limited services available 4 days a week. Building access for patrons will be Monday thru Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services offered include: curbside pickup, pick up of holds at the counter, staff retrieval of books from shelves — no patron browsing in this phase, limited computer use by appointment, staff-assisted copy/fax by appointment. Upstairs access only and face masks must worn at all times. Friday 9 a.m. to noon, patrons will be able to pick up holds at the ramp door entrance. Staff will also be available by phone on all those days.

Muskegon River Watershed Assembly welcomes new director


Muskegon River Watershed Assembly (MRWA) Executive Director Marty Holtgren announces an additional subject matter expert to the Board of Directors.

According to Holtgren, “This appointment was confirmed at our regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting on Monday, March 15, and is in keeping with our desire to attract a broad and inclusive range of interests, talents, and passions to our leadership team in order to best serve all the stakeholder communities throughout the watershed.”

MIKE TAYLOR: Spring is a lot like Heidi Garcia

March is such a tease.

She’s like Heidi Garcia, the cute girl back in high school who lets you think she’s considering your request to be your prom date, even though she knows darn well she’s already accepted the same offer from John Richland, captain of the football team, but she’s not going to clue you in to this fact until a week before the event, by which time it’ll be too late to find a date with anyone other than bookish little Mary Mullins who will have to be home by 10 p.m. because her parents are more religious than the average Amish family and trust you no further than they can throw you, which isn’t far.

Knights of Columbus gathering donations April 9-11


The Knights of Columbus will be out soliciting contactless donations in exchange for a jumbo Tootsie Roll the weekend of April 9-11.

The Knights will be located at the entrance and exits of many of the area businesses in and around Greenville and Belding.

Sports roundup for March 25, 2021

Sports roundup for March 25, 2021

New ALICE project data brings attention to large percentage of residents struggling with basic needs

For those who find themselves not quite in poverty, but still struggling to break free of financial woes, the effort to move upward can sometimes be blocked by a single hardship.

From choosing to buy groceries over making a car insurance payment to foregoing preemptive health care to instead pay for child care, millions of residents throughout Michigan make difficult choices such as these daily just to ensure they can provide for their families.

Montcalm County controller-admin evaluated for first time in 13 years

The Montcalm County controller-administrator received a job performance evaluation on Monday for the first time in 13 years.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners held a special Committee-of-the-Whole meeting to evaluate Brenda Taeter’s first year on the job. Taeter allowed the evaluation to take place in open session of the public meeting — a refreshing change of pace and a nod to the importance of transparency to the taxpayers of this county.

Flattened by the virus

Battling shortages due to COVID-19, CC-Crystal wrestling falls in regional final, Lakeview in semifinal

In their most pivotal wrestling matches of the season, both Carson City-Crystal and Lakeview were without key wrestlers due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing.

Forced to void seven of the 14 weight classes, Lakeview faced an almost impossible dual and fell to Ravenna in the regional semifinals at Delton Kellogg on Wednesday, 66-12. And, though CC-C was able to advance to the regional finals after defeating Delton Kellogg, 42-30, in the semifinals, they too lost to Ravenna, 45-23, after being without the services of five of their wrestlers.

Outmans decry gov’s COVID-19 funding vetoes

From taking issue with decisions on COVID-19 spending, the handling of unemployment and state pandemic policies and restrictions, local legislators and father-and-son duo Rick and Pat Outman continue to be frustrated by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, participated in Monday’s Legislative Update meeting held via Zoom.

More Michiganders eligible for COVID-19 vaccine


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) made several recent announcements further expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations.