White Pine District Library planning cool activities for summer reading

The weather seems to be warming up, so the staff at White Pine District Library has summer on our minds.

We are planning all kinds of cool activities for summer reading. Watch our Facebook page and website for more details as summer gets closer. Currently, we are offering in-person Story Time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Children must be signed up in advance as space is limited. We will still be recording Story Time and posting it on our Facebook page for those who are not ready to come into the library for a program. Busy Bags are available for pick up after Story Time is posted. Remember to sign up for our Zoom presentation “Backyard Birds and Beyond.”

Tropical Smoothie Cafe celebrates grand opening in Ionia

As spring break season is in full swing, Ionia residents won’t have to travel very far to get a taste of the tropics.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe opened its Ionia location at 3153 Commerce Lane on April 1.

MIKE MCALVEY: Cutting weight

The beauty of spring was not the renewing of life for all things.

It had been determined by the landowner that two trees in the backyard were becoming less of nature’s beauty and more of a maintenance issue, and so the landowner called me to come cut down the trees and take them away. I heat my house with wood, but it was the fact that these two specimens of God’s creation were classified in the walnut family of trees that drew my attention and desire. The trees came down in their ponderous yet honorable way in which such beautiful things go, and the work of dissecting them down into manageable pieces became the task at hand.

Douglass Township Board repeals wind ordinance, also votes to stop paying for Zoom meetings

The Douglass Township Board on Wednesday evening unanimously voted to repeal its controversial wind ordinance and also to stop paying for hosting Zoom meetings.

For the next hour and a half, the township board then heard public comments from people concerned about the wind ordinance as well as the upcoming lack of Zoom meetings.

Greenville City Council adopts 2021 Master Plan

After more than two years, the work to amend the city’s Master Plan, an updated version that look’s into the community’s future has been solidified.

The Greenville City Council on Tuesday voted 5-1, with Councilman Mark Lehman opposed and Councilman Jeff Scoby absent, to approve a resolution to adopt the 2021 Master Plan as recommended by the Greenville Planning Commission.

Crystal Twp. weighs bond or millage for Community Center

With months of discussion at their backs, Crystal Township officials have begun to come up with a plan as to how to proceed with the Crystal Community Center.

On Wednesday, the township held a workshop similar to one held about two weeks ago, at which time community members discussed different ideas as to what should come next for the building.

Upcoming and pending services for April 9, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for April 9, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021

Local COVID-19 cases on the rise yet again

Health dept. asks public to stay vigilant just a little while longer

Cases of COVID-19 have been steadily increasing in Michigan over the past few weeks, and the Mid-Michigan District Health Department’s (MMDHD) jurisdiction is certainly no exception. 

As of April 5, an average of 78 new daily confirmed cases have been reported for MMDHDs three-county jurisdiction, compared to an average of 13 new confirmed daily cases reported just 30 days ago. This indicates a 500% increase in average daily cases. Per individual county in the MMDHD’s jurisdiction, the percentage increase in new cases is 440% in Clinton County, 365% in Gratiot County and 659% in Montcalm County.

USDA Forest Service urges public to not operate drones near wildland fires

Submitted by the Huron-Manistee National Forests, Supervisor’s Office

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) is prepositioning aerial firefighting resources at the Gaylord Airport to be available for state and federal land management agencies battling an increase in wildfire activity.

Chad Runyan, USFS North Zone aviation officer, stated that having aerial resources in the Great Lakes reduces wildfire response time thanks to the centralized location and swift ability to respond.