Darrin Clark

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

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Funeral Notices for Nov. 2, 2013

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Montcalm County Commissioner Betty Kellenberger asks a question to Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, Monday afternoon during the monthly Legislative Update session at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Senate passes Michigan Student Safety Act, awaiting passage in House

In the wake of a recent shooting near a Lansing high school where three students and a fourth teenager were injured, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, says legislation he has co-sponsored with Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, will be “invaluable” in helping to prevent such horrific events from occurring in the future.

A reunion of a brother and two sisters separated for over 80 years took place Thursday at Turk Lake Restaurant. Pictured above are, from left, Goldie Godden, Ginny Holstead, Ralph Palmer, Bob Higgins, Irene Palmer, Sherry Higgins, Marilyn Hole-Beerman and Goldie’s daughter, Brenda Sancett. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Brother, sisters reunite at Turk Lake Restaurant after 80 years apart

The story of Ralph Palmer and his sisters — both the one he grew up with and the one he hadn’t met before last Thursday — reads like a novel from Dostoevsky. The characters are myriad and the plot convoluted. And the ending, the payoff, was over 80 years in the making.

Sisters Paris Yarhous, 14, left, and Darby Stroud, 11, of Belding, let out a scream in excitement Friday evening as they ride the “Scramber” carnival ride in downtown Belding during the Belding Labor Day Celebration Festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s annual Labor Day festival continues through Monday

While the world may be settling down for the final holiday weekend of the summer, the wheels are turning in Belding — as in ferris wheels and tilt-a-whirl carnival rides, which have transformed the city for the weekend as it celebrates the 108th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration festival.

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SHORT TAKES: Summer cooler brings relief

We’re smack dab in the middle of summer, but it felt more like fall this weekend with highs in the 60s and low 70s. Great weather for golfing and working in the yard without having to worry about bugs. But you had to bundle up to do it.

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Funeral Notices for June 10, 2013

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MAKING THE GRADE: Some education bills being considered require our response

For several weeks we have been discussing the history and philosophy of public education. Now it is time to put that information into practice. Some bills have been introduced in Lansing that merit response from the citizens that they will impact.