Elisabeth Waldon

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Colors take to the air during last year’s 5K color run as part of the Hubbapalooza festival in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston readies for Hubbapalooza V, a festival of hope

Hubbapalooza V is slated for July 15-16 in Hubbardston. This year’s goal is to raise funds for Angels of Hope and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention.

The Montcalm Township Board will be asked next Wednesday to vote to shut down a recycling site at the township hall due to repeated issues with people dumping trash there. (Courtesy photos)

Trashed recycling site set to close in Montcalm Township

Michael Adams stopped one man from dumping old carpeting at the Montcalm Township recycling site Wednesday, even as a woman separately began arguing with Adams about why she couldn’t leave her trash there. “This lady was arguing with me, ‘why, why?’ I said it’s not on the sign, it’s not recyclable,” recalled Adams, frustration apparent in his voice. “It’s always been bad, but the last six months it just got out of control.”

Kurtis VanGessel, 11, of Gowen, helps his brother Raymond, 5, look at starfish through a microscope with the help of Theresa Decker and Merry Kim Meyers of Montcalm Community College at the college's The Know Place agriculture and science station at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

The Know Place brings hands-on learning experience to fair

Seashells, skeletons and a baby pig fetus were popular attractions Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Kurtis VanGessel, 11, of Gowen, is a member of the Mixed Bag of Nuts Club. He helped his brother Raymond, 5, look at seashells through a telescope, then contemplated a jar containing the pickled baby pig.

The Amble Fire Department’s original 1948 International fire truck sits in a barn at Dale Ulrich’s farm in Winfield Township. The truck has 2,663 miles on it, along with original tires, hoses and wooden ladder. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Amble’s final siren: Winfield Township dissolves fire department

The Amble Fire Department has long had beneficial working relationships with neighboring fire departments. When the Amble Creamery caught fire on Oct. 19, 1942, due to a combustion in the boiler and tool room, the fire spread to the roof of the nearby town hall. Firefighters from Howard City, Lakeview, Coral and Cedar Springs battled the stubborn blaze for two hours. Local volunteers carried water in milk cans by the truckload to help fight the fire.

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‘End of an era’ for Robbins Book List

This city’s lone bookstore is closing its doors.Doug Robbins opened Robbins Book List in 1997. The store at 320 St. Lafayette St. in downtown Greenville became known for its atmosphere of fellowship and the place to go for local authors and book-signings.

Karen and Charlie Braman are being honored as grand marshals of this year’s Fourth of July parade, set for 10 a.m. July 4 around Crystal Lake in Crystal Township. — Courtesy photo

Crystal is ready for Fourth of July

This year’s Fourth of July events will take place over a four-day weekend in Crystal. Charlie and Karen Braman are being honored as grand marshals of the parade, slated for 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, around Crystal Lake.

Former Central Montcalm Public School superintendent Jacob Helms of Clifford Lake was one of many residents to address the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about law enforcement cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to implement Adopt-A-Park program

Montcalm County parks will remain open, as long as sponsors and townships agree to to help.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to authorize the county’s Parks & Rec Committee to implement an Adopt-A-Park program for the county’s park system.

From left to right, Mecosta-Osceola 49th Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy, HOPE Program Chief Probation Supervisor Cheryl Inouye, Hawaii Judge Steven Alm and Ionia-Montcalm 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ronald Schafer met Friday at the Montcalm County Courthouse in Stanton to discuss Alm’s HOPE program. — Courtesy photo

HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.

Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.

The Montcalm Area Master Gardeners Association and teenagers from throughout West Michigan worked together Wednesday to plant a garden at the Bill Braman Center for Family Education in Greenville. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Volunteers plant pollinator gardens at Braman Center in Greenville

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.