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“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

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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.