Several dozen pairs of green thumbs were hard at work Wednesday in an effort to beautify a local educational facility. A group of youths from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan worked alongside members of the Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association to create a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education on Montcalm Community College’s Greenville campus. The Braman Center features technology labs for advanced manufacturing applications, health-related training options, renewable energy studies and more.
What does Montcalm County taste like? Festival-goers will have a chance to vote for some of their favorite local restaurants at the inaugural Taste of Montcalm from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at D. Hale Brake Park in Stanton. The festival is free.
The words came to Gary Jensen in the middle of a difficult school assembly as he strived to capture the attention of distracted and struggling students. “I love Mr. Jensen, and Mr. Jensen loves me.”
The Howard City Village Council voted Monday to cut by half the amount of personal/sick hours for village employees, saving $3,400. The move came after a recommendation from the village’s employee committee to change the employee manual to reduce personal/sick hours and to not pay DPW employees for being on call. The committee is comprised of Village Manager-President Randy Heckman and council members Cheryl Smith and Janice Williams.
As budget cuts loom for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, two deputies have left or are leaving for other jobs and a third colleague is interviewing for new employment.
Free community concerts will return to this village next Tuesday.
Howard City Village Manager-President Randy Heckman announced during tonight’s village council meeting that Music in the Park will start June 28 and continue every Tuesday through Aug. 16.
Montcalm County residents will notice a variety of fee increases for local services starting this summer. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved fee increases in the clerk’s office and register of deeds office to help with the county’s $1.5 million budget deficit.
Tamarack Lake will be the star of the show at this weekend’s Lakeview Summerfest. The 330-acre body of water will host two new events this year — a raft race Saturday morning and an airplane fly-in Saturday evening. Summerfest gets underway today and continues through Saturday.
After months of being unable to agree to take action on budget cuts, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to allow their new controller-administrator to take over those decisions. The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day. The proposal is part of Clingenpeel’s effort to help the county’s $1.5 million budget deficit leading up to approval of the 2016-2017 budget. He will make budget reductions in conjunction with county department heads, and will report his action back to the board.
Timothy Hauenstein was driving home with three friends after a fun day of skiing in January 1981. Timothy, 19, was a 1979 graduate of Tri County High School and was attending Central Michigan University with plans to study oceanography.