2021-05-14

Van’s Auto & Lube in Edmore doubles in size following move

Working out of the space at 302 E. Main St. in Edmore over the past couple of years, Van’s Auto & Lube Owner Eric VanHouten says the business has constantly been dealing with one significant problem: parking.

“We had zero parking down at the other store,” VanHouten said. “Zero.”

Greenville students are winners at JA Pitch Day competition


Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes recently hosted its virtual JA Pitch Day event, where one team took home the top honors with the following awards: Best Business Pitch and JA Company Program of the Year.

Herb & Ivy from Greenville Senior High School is a student company creating potted succulent plants with inspirational words. Herb & Ivy took home the award for “Best Business Pitch” and “JA Company Program of the Year.” The team is comprised of juniors Carlie Peterman, Ally Carew and Kaitlinh Nguyen and senior Heidi Raih. Each team member was awarded a cash prize.

Montcalm County Realtors raise money for IM Kids 3rd Meal


This past April, the Montcalm County Association of Realtors (MCAR) Outreach Committee collected money from Realtor offices and local businesses to help IM Kids 3rd Meal purchase bulk food items that are needed to pack sack lunches for the students of Ionia and Montcalm Counties.

Cato Township planners hear public comment, begin updating wind ordinance

The Cato Township Planning Commission met on Wednesday evening for the first in a series of special meetings to review its wind ordinance, which hasn’t been updated since 2015.

Chairman Phil Morrow, Secretary Kim Carr and planners David Behrenwald, Brandi Clark-Hubbard, David Kelsey and Quanah Striker were all present (it was the first meeting for Clark-Hubbard and Striker, both of whom were recently appointed to the Planning Commission).

Montcalm Township to pursue six-month moratorium on wind energy developments

Planning Commission chairman to recuse self on wind energy decisions

As efforts toward amending an existing wind ordinance in the township currently sit in a holding pattern, a moratorium on any wind developments has now landed on the township’s agenda.

During Wednesday evening’s Montcalm Township Board meeting, the board voted 3-2 to establish a moratorium on wind development projects for six months, with Trustees Brian Cousineau, Ed Hansen and Treasurer Rose Hyde voting “yes” and Supervisor Doug Crowley and Clerk Jessica Shearer voting “no.”

Lakeview council OKs Bollinger building fixes

Council also approves grant app for street, utility improvements

The Village Council heard an update on renovations at the soon-to-be Village Complex at its meeting Tuesday evening, and approved replacing part of a leaky roof on the Bollinger building, as well as damaged concrete outside.

Village Manager Darin Dood told council members that Griffith Builders workers discovered leaks in the roof, which likely would have gone unnoticed if not for the construction work at the site.

Stanton begins budget talks

Budget talk in this city is underway, as the Stanton City Commission is expecting to review the matter several times in upcoming meetings.

During Tuesday’s meeting, City Manager Jacob VanBoxel brought up the topic of the budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, which he said he’s been rigorously working on for the past couple of weeks.

Youths 12 and older can now receive COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer locally

Youth vaccine clinics offered next week in Belding, Ionia and Greenville

Youths as young as 12 years old in Ionia and Montcalm counties can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently authorized and recommended the two-dose Pfizer vaccine for youths, who must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when receiving the vaccine.

Friday, May 14, 2021