Trufant woman celebrates 100th birthday among family and friends

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Despite wind gusts and summer heat, a large group gathered under two white party tents on the lawn of Lakeview Terrace to celebrate Belva Stout’s 100th birthday on Friday.

Consisting of Terrace residents and Stout’s extensive family, the group looked on as Sen. Rick Outman presented Stout with a framed certificate.

Poulsen anniversary

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Dennis and Joy Poulsen of Trufant are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on June 11.

Maple Valley Township looks into selling old garage after questions raised about rental arrangement

This township is looking into selling an old bus garage after questions have been raised about the process of renting it out as a storage facility.

The Trufant school closed in 2006. In August 2007, the Maple Valley Township Board voted 4-1 to purchase the old school and bus garage for $100,000 from Lakeview Community Schools, according to meeting minutes. Twelve years later, the township sold the old school sometime around August 2019 for $161,632, according to meeting minutes (the Daily News was not able to find the township board’s vote to sell the old school after going through meeting minutes online, and was only able to find a mention that the building had sold to an unnamed buyer).

Trufant man accused of murdering his ex-husband

A Trufant-area man allegedly stabbed his ex-husband to death with a knife before using a pair of scissors to try to cut off his head on Sunday.

Zachary Benjamin Corcoran, 37, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Montcalm County District Court on a charge of homicide/open murder. He is charged with killing Stephan Edward Harrington, 68, at the residence they shared on Bertha Drive near Sawdust Lake in Pine Township.

Big fun for a small town

42nd annual Trufant Jubilee hops back in style

Looking to bring back some traditional elements and new events to this year’s Trufant Jubilee, Dennis Marsh wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to participation at the small-town festival.

Following a previous summer in which nearly every festival in Michigan was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dennis said he and his wife, Lisa, along with other festival organizers, were determined to make sure this year’s 42nd annual Trufant Jubilee, hosted by the Trufant Area Chamber of Commerce with the help of local volunteers, would be a success.

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.”

Acres of Music

Artists such as Ben Traverse, Mark Lavengood and others took to the stage at the Smiling Acres Music Festival on Saturday.

Music and smiles

Inaugural Smiling Acres Music Festival set for July 2-4 in Trufant

Since the early 1990s, Tim King, Mark Lavengood and a group of other local musicians have faithfully gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July with music and fireworks in the Trufant area.

As that celebration grew over the years, it became clear the group needed more space. In 2011, they moved into a wide-open area just northeast of Rainbow Lake, which later became known as Smiling Acres.