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Financial help available for local veterans

The Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission is one of the lesser known charitable organizations in Montcalm County. Chairman Eric Halvorsen of Sheridan reported on the group’s annual activities during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Nice weather cancels vote on Montcalm County parks

Monday’s weather was so unseasonably warm, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone a vote. Earlier this month, the county’s Parks & Rec Commission had recommended permanently closing the county’s day parks for the season one month early — on Oct. 1 instead of Nov. 1.

Howard City Village President S. Michael Scott, at left, addresses council members during Monday night’s discussion about hiring a village manager. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City chooses 3 village manager finalists

The current Cedar Springs city manager and a former Edmore village manager are among the finalists for this village’s top job. The Howard City Village Council met Monday night to choose three finalists out of 15 applications for the part-time village manager position. The three finalists are former Edmore Village Manager Eric Dodson, village of Lawrence Department of Public Works specialist Daniel Faulkner and current Cedar Springs City Manager Thad Taylor.

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Howard City receives $400,000 SAW grant

This small village recently became the second town in Montcalm County to receive a Stormwater, Asset Management & Wastewater (SAW) grant. The $423,963 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) — with a village funding match of about $47,000 — will allow Howard City to begin an otherwise expensive assessment of its wastewater and storm water systems.

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Edmore Village Council offers manager job to Ionia man

The possible next manager of this village is no stranger to working alongside government officials.

During a 14-minute meeting Thursday, the Edmore Village Council voted 6-1 to offer the manager job to James Lower of Ionia.

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St. Mary’s craft show returns to Carson City on Oct. 25, marks 40th year

The St. Mary’s Catholic Church craft show started out like any other annual event — with a group of hard working people who wanted to do something special in their community.

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Howard City Village Council reviewing manager applications

This village has been without an official manager for three years.
Village President S. Michael Scott has been partially filling the position since the last village manager, Mark Rambo, left in September 2011. But in one month, Scott is retiring, leaving the village without a leader.

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Hubbardston Hydro dam may be springing back to life

The long and storied history of this village’s dam dates back more than 160 years, even before “Hubbard’s town” was founded.

It was 1853 when Joseph Brown purchased property from land speculator James Langdon and built a dam and a small sawmill on Fish Creek, a tributary to the Maple River.

Franklin Pierce succeeded Millard Fillmore as the 14th president of the United States that year and multiple Irish families were in the process of following John Cowman from Ireland to a Michigan settlement that would eventually become Hubbardston.

Campbell Industrial Force owner Rick Campbell of Gowen, center, checks in with employees Nikki Vore of Crystal, at left, and Wendy Humpert of Riverdale, at right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore cardboard packing manufacturer bringing jobs to town

Campbell Industrial Force is experiencing some growing pains. Rick Campbell opened the family-owned business a decade ago in Edmore’s Industrial Park, where he and his employees manufacture custom cardboard shipping containers and wooden pallets. Campbell opened a second factory five years ago in the old Alma Plastics building. The arrangement is been neither practical nor convenient as Campbell, who lives in Gowen, has to drive back and forth between the Alma and Edmore plants every day.

Edmore Village Council President Chet Guild, center, listens during the public comment segment of Monday night’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Edmore Village Council to interview 3 manager finalists

After firing their last village manager, the Edmore Village Council is on the search for a new one. The village council will interview three finalists at a special meeting at 7 p.m. next Monday night. The three finalists are James Lower of Ionia, James Moreno of Mount Pleasant and Alan Richard of Howard City.