Area students to pitch new products at Junior Achievement event on May 7

Despite a pandemic that has kept Michigan students apart for much of the year this school year, Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes is bringing students together virtually, for the JA Pitch Day event designed for budding high school entrepreneurs.

The event will culminate in an online live awards ceremony and celebration at 1 p.m. on May 7.

Herbruck’s employees and volunteers clean up fairgrounds 

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with the community by leading a cleanup event at the Ionia County Fairgrounds.

Herbruck’s employees and volunteers from across Ionia County gathered to pick up trash and other debris at the fairgrounds.  

Lakeview pastors retiring this summer

Sundays in Lakeview will be different for congregants of New Life United Methodist Church and Lakeview United Church of Christ.

The village is seeing two respected pastors — Tim Wright of New Life United Methodist Church and David England of the Lakeview United Church of Christ — retiring from their positions this summer.

Seed Library is now available in Crystal

We are excited to announce the Crystal Community Library Seed Library.

Our seed library is a community seed exchange. Check out new gardening-related items and choose from a variety of seeds to take home. Our goal is that participants will plant their seeds and grow the vegetables, flowers or herbs provided. After harvesting your plant please save the seeds and bring them back to the library so that our seed exchange will keep going and growing. See more details at the Crystal Community Library. We send out a special thank you to volunteers who helped us package seeds. Your help is very much appreciated. Materials for this awesome seed library were funded, in part, by the Central Montcalm Community Foundation. We are extremely grateful to this wonderful organization.

JOEL COOPER: An unholy union

There is a hymn that was often sung during my youth titled, “Onward Christian Soldiers.”

One of its phrases speaks of “marching as to war with the cross of Jesus going on before.” I never realized a war going on in any sense but then this was the 1950s, the zenith of religious affirmation in America.

Tamarack Meadows manufactured home community open house set for Saturday

Come this weekend, those who are looking for affordable and pleasant housing around the Lakeview area might find the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

On Saturday, Tamarack Meadows will be hosting a grand opening event for its 34-acre manufactured home community at 1601 Hiddenview Drive, just east of the Greenville Road (M-91) and Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) intersection in Lakeview. The ice cream social-style event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

No progress made on Douglass Township wind ordinance

Planning Commission meeting dominated by public comment

The Douglass Township Planning Commission was supposed to make progress on creating a new wind ordinance Wednesday evening.

However, the meeting was dominated by public comment and escalating emotions, including Planning Commission Chairman Jack Jeppesen asking a Montcalm County sheriff’s sergeant to remove a man from the meeting and Township Supervisor Terry Anderson scolding the audience for making repetitive comments month after month. (See this reporter’s Twitter account for video clips from the meeting: @elisabethwaldon.) The meeting adjourned after just an hour and a half with no progress made on a wind ordinance.

Belding holds second budget workshop, talks Central Riverside Park security

Water line replacement, new restrooms at Central Riverside Park and increased park security were all topics of discussion in Belding on Wednesday night.

Last week, the Belding City Council held a workshop to review the tentative budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, at which time council members went over Department of Public Works (DPW) upgrades, code enforcement, fire department equipment, the city’s Master Plan and the sewer fund, among other matters. While council members later approved the tentative budget in a 3-1 vote during the council meeting that followed, the workshop was cut short due to timing matters.

Stanton questions marijuana rules with attorney

Numerous questions, comments and concerns regarding Stanton’s marijuana ordinances were raised during a lengthy discussion on Tuesday.

In March, the Stanton City Commission voted 5-1 to amend its zoning ordinance to allow for recreational and medical marijuana facilities. Commissioner Ray Holloway cast the lone opposing vote.

Upcoming and pending services for April 30, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for April 30, 2021