2021-08-28

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.

Belding Labor Day bringing open mic talent show, family karaoke to Gathering Place main stage

In years past, the Belding Labor Day Committee has often hosted various forms of entertainment throughout Labor Day weekend, whether it be performances from tribute bands or a talent show on the entertainment stage at The Gathering Place.

In an effort to keep things new and fresh this year, the Belding Labor Day Committee is mixing things up a bit for 2021.

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.”

Belding planning for full return of Labor Day Celebration

As was the case for nearly any and every in-person event planned for 2020, the Belding Labor Day Committee found themselves in an unfortunate situation last year when COVID-19 prevented people from gathering in large groups.

Belding Labor Day Committee co-chairperson Amber Rood said that they were still able to offer two events during last year’s celebration that allowed for family fun and social distancing — the Red, White & Blue Porch Parade and the 2020 Road Rally — but all other regularly scheduled Labor Day Celebration events were canceled because of COVID.

Dr. Charles R. Barker Jr. and Carmin Barker named grand marshals for 2021 Belding Labor Day Celebration

Dr. Charles R. Barker Jr. and Carmin Barker have long been familiar faces within the city of Belding.

Whether it be because of their family practice off of State Street, their continued involvement with Belding Area Schools or the many other activities they constantly find themselves involved in, the Barkers have found opportunity after opportunity to give back to the Belding community.

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.