Darrin Clark

Danish Festival Band Director Keith Hudson leads the group during a performance Thursday evening at Tower Riverside Park. Cool temps and the threat of rain did little to dissuade the audience from showing up. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Danish Festival Band closes concert series

Cool temperatures and lowering skies did little to dull the enthusiasm of Tower Riverside Park music lovers who turned out to hear a performance by the Danish Festival Band. The final installment in the Rhythm on the River summer concert series, the performance was scheduled to coincide with this year’s Danish Festival, which kicked off Thursday evening.

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Plans for dog park in Belding move forward

Life may soon be getting better for some of the city’s four-legged residents, thanks to an initiative to create a dog park somewhere within the municipality.

Kathy Barnes

Lakeview parade planned to honor 9/11 victims, survivors

There’s not an American alive who can’t remember where he or she was the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, when every station in the country suddenly began broadcasting the events transpiring in New York City.

Greenville resident Lloyd Shelden was working hard to clear his sidewalk on Monday morning.

Winter snow squall blankets area

On Monday, Punxsutawney Phil clamored out of his hole to see his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. Those who live in West Michigan already had made that same prediction after the snow-filled weekend.

“Without the oxygen bottle … we wouldn’t be able to go into a house full of smoke to save someone’s life or one of our own,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township allocates $10,300 for new clothes, air tanks

When it comes to protecting a firefighter’s life, sometimes it comes down to the piece of fabric between them and the fire. “Without the gear we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Chief Clif Dickinson. “It’s life safety. You want (our gear) to work real well.”

From left, Lakeview Community Schools Superintendent Kyle Hamlin, Tri County Area Schools Superintendent Allen Cumings and MCC President Bob Ferrentino discuss the “hybrid college” arrangement between the two school districts and the college Tuesday evening during the monthly MCC Board of Trustees meeting in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

TC, Lakeview start joint ‘hybrid’ early college program with MCC

Montcalm Community College strives to help students from throughout the area, and those efforts wouldn’t be complete without a dedicated reach to the county’s panhandle area. The MCC Board of Trustees held its monthly meeting at the college’s Panhandle Area Center just south of Howard City on Tuesday evening to provide an update on the college’s involvement in the area.

At right, Carson City Councilman Tom McCrackin asks a question during city administrator interviews Tuesday evening at Carson City Hall as Councilman Chad Parmenter, center, and Mayor Bruce Tasker, left, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 longtime Carson City residents interview for city administrator job

In its search for the next city administrator, the Carson City Council won’t have to look but a few blocks away from City Hall in choosing between two final candidates. On Tuesday evening, members of the council interviewed two finalists for the position of city administrator, which has been vacant since May 30 after the resignation of former city administrator Mark Borden.

Cadet firefighters Jesse James, left, and Kristine Bush, center, are ready to accompany Sheridan Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, right, on emergency calls. Lingeman established the cadet program last year and hopes to have six cadets involved in upcoming months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Sheridan’s Firefighter Cadet program provides valuable experience

If that firefighter hosing down your grass fire looks a little young to be wearing turnout gear, don’t be alarmed; chances are he or she is in training, part of the Firefighter Cadet program instituted last year by the Sheridan Community Fire Department. At present, only three teens are enrolled in the program, but Fire Chief Ed Lingeman would like to see that number double in the near future.

Montcalm Area Career Center engineering instructor Art Ward outlines some of the projects his students have been involved with this school year. Among those projects are trebuchets and electric cars. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Career Center teachers update MAISD

Members of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education on Wednesday heard from instructors and students representing a few key Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) programs. Some of those programs have shown impressive academic gains during the past school year.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: What are the essentials of a good education?

The approach of the holiday season is as good a time as any to ask what the essentials of a good education are. The only way we will reach our goal is to start by defining what it is that we want to achieve. janet