Elisabeth Waldon

Cygnus 27 is located on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

FREE TIME: Cygnus 27 introduces Latin-inspired menu to Grand Rapids

Cygnus, a northern constellation of the Milky Way, is home to one of the brightest stars seen by night.

Cygnus 27, already well known for its globally inspired menu and out-of-this-world views from the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, is headed in a new, Latin-infused direction.


Turners honored for Crystal’s Fourth of July

They were both born the same year (1925) and they both grew up in Crystal. However, Paul and Arlene Turner didn’t meet until young adults at the close of World War II. They married and spent their lives together in Crystal, serving this lakeside community in many ways over the decades.

Rachel Hubler, left, and Katherine Maiga own Seven Sisters Quilt Shop in Carson City. The sisters recently purchased the former Bloomer Township Hall, where they plan to expand their business to offer quilt classes, fabric clubs and quilting guilds. — Courtesy photo

Seven Sisters Quilt Shop purchases former Bloomer Township Hall

The next quorum held in the former Bloomer Township Hall will likely be a quilting quorum.

Rachel Hubler and Katherine Maiga, sisters and owners of Seven Sisters Quilt Shop in downtown Carson City, recently purchased the old township hall at 217 W. Sherman St. The Bloomer Township Hall offices relocated to 9890 E. Carson City Road (M-57) last year.

Kai Loni Redner, 26, at left, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, proudly display their marriage license in front of the Montcalm County Administrative Building (old courthouse) in Stanton on Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Lakeview women first same-sex couple to marry in Montcalm County

Like many Americans, the two women learned the news from a Facebook post. Kai Loni Redner, 26, and Rebecca Rowe, 23, both of Lakeview, were helping a family member move Friday morning when they heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.

John Schwandt

Maple Valley Township appoints new supervisor

A local businessman is the new supervisor of Maple Valley Township.

John Schwandt, who owns Maple Valley Market and Stump’s Pizzeria and Diner with his wife Marianne, was appointed supervisor earlier this month.

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JUST IN: Montcalm County has first same-sex marriage

Bursting into the Montcalm County Clerk’s Office just before the noon lunch hour today, the two women were breathless and smiling.

“We’re here to get married!” they exclaimed.

Scott Wright

Montcalm County hires new maintenance director

Montcalm County has a new director of maintenance and grounds. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 5-4 on Monday to hire Scott Wright of Evergreen Township.


JUST IN: Montcalm County approves ambulance bids

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved multiple Emergency Medical Services vehicle requests at today’s meeting.

A series of anatomically correct fake chickens will be substituted for real birds during the upcoming Montcalm County 4-H Fair due to concerns about avian influenza. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County 4-H Fair adapts to accomodate avian influenza warnings

Montcalm County 4-H officials are doing a bit of the chicken dance in order to prevent avian influenza while still helping local youth enjoy an educational week at the fair. The Michigan Department of Agriculture announced the cancellation of all poultry shows in the state in an attempt to stop the spread of avian influenza, which has been found in wild geese in Macomb County.

JoAnne Vukin

Updated state law affects costs for county records

A newly updated state law that hadn’t been revised in 120 years should benefit taxpayers, as well as county offices. House Bill 4075, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City, places a cap on the amount county treasurers can charge for an electronic copy of a property tax record at 25 cents per record and caps the total at $1,500.