Belding veterans park committee to hold ‘Holes 4 Heroes’ golf scramble, raffle for MINI Cooper

Leaders of the Denny Craycraft Veterans Freedom Park continue their fundraising efforts to make the park one that its namesake would be proud of.

Before his death in April 2019, Craycraft, a Vietnam veteran, worked tirelessly to reconstruct a piece of Belding history, the Freedom Wall. In November 2012, 64 years from the day the original Freedom Wall was decommissioned, the new Freedom Wall was unveiled. 

‘Some gave all but all gave some’

Lakeview continues to raise money for its veterans monument

Fundraising efforts are resuming to make the Lakeview Area Veterans Monument a fitting tribute to veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.

While the coronavirus pandemic put a damper on fundraising plans, Vietnam Marine veteran John Grawburg and his fellow committee members: his wife Kathy, Afghanistan Marine veteran Bill Helmer and Lakeview Village Manager Darin Dood, are planning events to reach their goal of $100,000.

Experiencing Greenville’s Danish Festival … from behind the lens

Every third weekend in August I have come to experience an event that envelops the Greenville community in a sea of red and white — the annual Danish Festival.

While thousands of residents and visitors alike take time to peruse through unique vendors, sit and enjoy a parade or two and possibly scarf down a few aebleskivers, my experience over the past decade is a bit unlike that of the typical festivalgoer.

Language, literacy go hand in hand to change lives

Language and literacy — the ability to read, write and speak in English — are essential survival skills for those who want to become part of their communities. Two area agencies provide free programs that help non-English and English speakers learn those skills, so they not only are able to thrive but become working, purchasing and contributing members of society.

PUBLIC FORUM: Raises for county officials unwarranted

The Daily News reports on possible raises for our Montcalm Commissioners and others.

PUBLIC FORUM: Local officials have conflicts of interest

With all the turmoil over wind turbines in Montcalm County — pro vs. con — what angers me most, almost on a daily basis, are the officials.

PUBLIC FORUM: Turbines stall home sale

Because of recent changes in our lives my husband and I have been looking at moving. I found a house with 15 wooded acres.

Tri County gets rare victory over Chippewa Hills, move to 2-0 following 46-7 win

Tri County’s last win over Chippewa Hills was in 2018.

Since that 12-0 victory, however, Chippewa Hills has handed Tri County some losses that were tough to swallow.

TIM SKUBICK: How do teachers do that?

When’s the last time you said something nice about a teacher?

The spouse of an instructor noted the other day he remembered when the typical citizen believed teachers had it made. After all, they got their summers off and were not required to do any heavy lifting But he knew that was grossly wrong as he watched his wife take phone calls late at night from angry parents, or corrected papers well after the 11 p.m. news, or got up at 5 a.m. to prep for the day ahead. And to add insult to injury, lots of folks felt teachers were overpaid.

MAUREEN BURNS: Happy new stuff to ya

Well, well, new stuff just keeps coming. Let me share some good ones. 

There are a couple new wines I’ve tried with low or no sugar. I like them and especially enjoy them if I haven’t had my regular wine first.