MIKE TAYLOR: The silence of the dogs

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As a rule, I love dogs. They are, after all, better than us in most respects.

They’re loyal, selfless, eager to please. They don’t lie or cheat, though if you leave a cheeseburger sitting on a low table, they’re not above stealing. But c’mon man! We’re talking cheeseburger here. I might do the same thing myself. And unlike a cat (or me), a dog will have the good grace to look guilty about it afterwards.

Green thumbs make good neighbors

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Belding Gardeneers Club receive Good Neighbor Award

Green thumbs make good neighbors, at least in the city of Belding.

During Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Belding City Council, the Belding Gardeneers Club were presented with the city’s Good Neighbor Award.

Water rate increase likely as Greenville City Council votes to conduct study

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While this community’s sewer rates are projected to increase steadily until the end of this decade, that increase is now likely to be joined by another fee increase — water rates. 

The Greenville City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to award a contract for professional services to Utility Financial Solutions LLC of Holland in an amount not to exceed $20,400 to conduct a water utility rate study in connection with the city’s water department.

New playground at Ionia’s Freedom Acres School includes zipline

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A new adaptive playground at Freedom Acres School is the only one in Ionia County specifically designed so children of all mobility levels can play together with total freedom.

The new equipment at 2191 Harwood Road in Ionia includes swings of various shapes and sizes, a massive jungle gym with ramps, stairs and other methods of getting on top of it, a merry-go-around that spins via a wheel in the middle and sensory features like musical equipment.

Ionia school board advances pending construction projects

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The Ionia Public Schools Board of Education on Monday approved the first step for several upcoming construction projects.

The board (with trustees Shawn Diebel and Roger Hull absent) approved a motion to develop bid specifications for six construction projects, the first necessary step to complete or at least start them before the 2023 school year begins next August.

Ionia County appoints recycler Vriese to Solid Waste Committee

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The Ionia County Board of Commissioners combined two corrections departments, made a recycling appointment and paid tribute to a notable employee during their meeting on Tuesday.

The board voted to appoint John Vriese to the Solid Waste Committee for a two-year term to on Concerned Citizens for Clean Water, an environmental group. Vriese is listed online as the secretary and director of Recycle Ionia Inc., based at 318 S. Jefferson in Ionia.

Four local winners wrap up 2022 Crystal Motor Speedway season

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Last weekend, Crystal Motor Speedway held its season finale with its annual two-day Great Lakes Nationals event presented by Engine Pro.

Saturday’s portion saw 183 cars in the pits to run the heat events for each division, with the Mini-Wedge divisions and the Great Lakes Traditional Sprints (GLTS) running their features.

Central Montcalm Public School receives state awards

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While students get report cards to see their grades and honors, school districts also have ways to see their marks.

The Central Montcalm Public School district was recently acknowledged for its own success.

Belding library hosting used book sale now

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The Friends of the Alvah N. Belding Library is holding its fall used book sale now at the library.

The sale will be held during normal library hours today and Friday. Proceeds from the sale support programs and services of the library. Please put this on your calendar.

Spectrum Health United Hospital recognized with Maternity Care Excellence Award

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For the fifth consecutive year, Spectrum Health United Hospital has been recognized with a Maternity Care Excellence Award from the Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM).

EAM, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, announced the annual EAM Hospital Maternity Care Awards on Sept. 15, recognizing hospitals throughout Michigan that have demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes.