Howard City Senior Center manager talks family history

Dee Becker’s WWI veteran father was a Little Whitefish Lake pioneer

Today, we might call pioneers “entrepreneurs.” Lloyd Talcott was just such a man.

Some seniors may recall the popular book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Twenty years prior to that book, there was Lloyd Talcott, born in 1894 and raised in Howard City. On a bike in his mid-teens, he explored the trackless wilderness west of him to find a good fishing spot. He followed paths through the woods and found a beautiful uninhabited lake.

Shuffleboard is back in Belding

The outdoor version of shuffleboard has a long and storied history.

Though the tabletop version of the game dates back to 1500s Great Britain, the variety played at a recent tournament in Belding is quintessentially American, having been introduced in the early 1900s at Daytona Beach, Fla.

Jubilee returns to Trufant for 42nd year

Dave Musser remembers coming to the Trufant Jubilee as a youngster. He grew up in town, where his dad was a firefighter for 40 years. Musser recalls the chicken barbecue his dad and colleagues cooked up for the community during its annual festival, “just a little village-type thing,” he said of those days.

“I remember as a young, young kid, down here by the ball diamond, the firemen would take steel fence posts and drive them into ground,” said Musser. “Then they’d take barn steel and wire it to the post, dump a bunch of charcoal in it and that’s how we had the barbecue. … Back then, 42 years ago, things were a lot different.”

CC Crystal libraries hosting a big slate of upcoming events

Carson City Public Library is happy to host a writer’s group for any interested adults who want to write, share their writing with others, and provide feedback to other writers. Facilitated by Kathy Kurtze, retired CC-C teacher and co-director of Central Michigan University’s Chippewa River Writing Project, the group will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the library. Further meetings of this group will take place on the first Wednesday of each month same place, same time. This informal gathering is intended to give writers a dedicated space to work, either independently or collaboratively, while offering encouragement and camaraderie for writers of all abilities.

100 Acts of Kindness: Planting kindness flowers

Like a snowball, once you start the kindness ball rolling, it gets bigger and bigger.

Not in winter, but in early summer this year, I was trying to think of ways to help my sister, who was undergoing chemotherapy for liver cancer. I was inspired to do some gardening at her cottage near us. With her treatment, they had been unable to “open up” the cottage and the yard and stone flower beds around the house and garage had not been mowed or planted.

AMISH COOK: Prioritizing our days

It’s early morning, even our early risers with tussled hair, blinking eyes, and big smiles are sound out.

The day ahead looks eventful. How do you decide to prioritize your days? Last night when I fell asleep, I was obviously wondering how everything will come together in the day ahead. I dreamed I was desperately trying to get a card ready for the mail, and I just couldn’t get the right name on the envelope. Silly. How good it felt to wake up, and even better, what a blessing to give the day ahead to the One who can make the most important thing happen.

Black Knights strike first

Belding football dominates in renewed county rivalry against Ionia, 34-7, in first meeting since 1993

Rudness Field was the place to be in Ionia County on Friday night as Belding hosted Ionia football for the first time since 1993 in what both schools hope to be the beginning of their once-rich rivalry.

In the first meeting since the schools took a hiatus from each other in 1993, Belding dominated from wire to wire, resulting in a 34-7 victory, giving the plentiful home crowd a lot to cheer about.

Tri County opens season with lightning-shortened 46-0 win over Lakeview

The Tri County Vikings opened up their football season with a convincing 46-0 shutout victory over Lakeview at home Friday evening. 

Despite the game being concluded with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter due to a lightning storm on the northern horizon, the Vikings (1-0) had no trouble putting points on the board, scoring five rushing touchdowns and successfully converting every two-point conversion in the first half to take a commanding 40-0 halftime lead against the Wildcats (0-1). 

Montcalm County commissioners consider making employee wages above average

During this summer’s budget talks, Montcalm County commissioners have gone from a “shotgun” approach of giving some employees a range of salary increases to considering a wage study with comparable neighboring counties to proposing a 5% across-the-board raise for everyone.

On Monday, the chairman of the board suggested a new approach: Look at what officials in neighboring counties earn and then best those salaries.

Ionia school board OKs counselor job for Emerson Elementary

Emerson Elementary School will soon have a dedicated school counselor to provide supports, services and advocacy to struggling students.

The Ionia Public Schools Board of Education approved hiring for the position at its meeting last week.