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Spring comes early to Crystal Lake Winter Festival

With temperatures cresting at 40 degrees and little evidence of snow on the ground, not many would have guessed Saturday was the time for a winter festival in the middle of February.

But despite the spring-like atmosphere, the eighth annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival brought hundreds of people together for a variety of activities, both on and off the frozen surface of Crystal Lake.

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JUST IN: Woodstove likely to blame for Pine Township structure fire Saturday

Upon rolling up to a structure fire Saturday evening, Lakeview District Fire Chief Patrick Q. Carr began mobilizing his firefighters for a potential rescue.

A mobile home residence at 8195 W. Briggs Road — about one mile northwest of Langston off of M-91 — was completely engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading quickly to a nearby garage and barn.

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Greenville pursuing rezoning of Coffren Street property

In following with this community’s master plan, city officials are hoping a potential rezoning of property can eventually bring two new residential homes to town.

During Thursday evening’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, commissioners evaluated a proposal submitted on behalf of the city to rezone a plot of land that is bounded by Greenville West Drive, W. Coffren and Lincoln Streets.

Crystal Township resident Larry Avery, far left, presents his plans Wednesday evening to members of the Crystal Township Board for memorial playground equipment, which he would like installed near Crystal Lake Public Beach in memory of his late brother, Lee Avery. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Memorial playground proposed for Crystal Lake beach

Larry Avery remembers his late brother, Lee Avery, fondly, as do so many community members in the Crystal area.

Coming up on the one-year anniversary of Lee’s untimely death — Lee and Emily Patin died when the ORV they were riding fell through the polar plunge hole in the ice at the conclusion of last year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival — Larry Avery is hoping to honor the wishes of his brother.

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Greenville gives $5,000 donation to Right Place

As members of Greenville City Council absorbed a presentation on local economic activity Tuesday evening, it didn’t take long to realize they had a unique audience.

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IN BRIEF: Concerns regarding Crystal Township police contract clarified

Clearing up concerns from township officials and residents, Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams made an appearance Wednesday evening at the Crystal Township Board meeting to answer questions regarding a new police contract.

Construction has been ongoing since this past fall at the First Baptist Fellowship Center, the future home of First Baptist Church of Carson City. Phase one of construction is expected to be completed this summer. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Construction continues at new First Baptist Fellowship Center

Eighteen years ago, members of the congregation at First Baptist Church in Carson City set forth a mission to build a new, bigger place of worship.

As commuters now pass enter and exit the city from the west, they can see that the dream that was established nearly two decades ago is now coming to fruition.

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IN BRIEF: Flo’s brownfield grant presented to Montcalm County Brownfield Authority

During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, City Manager George Bosanic provided an update regarding financial assistance for this community’s largest restaurant.

Robert Nieman of Crystal performs a “belly flop” dive into the icy waters of Crystal Lake during last year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival Polar Dip. — File photo

Crystal Lake Winter Festival organizers hoping for cold

With an up-and-down winter season so far this year, conditions are officially up in the air regarding next weekend’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Days in January have exceeded 50-degree temperatures, but festival organizers are hoping a string of cold temperatures expected this coming week will help create ideal conditions on Feb. 11.

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DDA approves Flo’s brownfield grant

The Greenville Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has finally reached a decision regarding financial assistance for a downtown business. During a special meeting Jan. 24, the DDA unanimously voted to approve a brownfield grant for Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar. The decision came following the regular meeting on Jan. 10, in which the DDA asked for additional time to review the proposal.