Lori Hansen

Stanton Lions Club President Larry Beardslee thanks members of every police agency in Montcalm County on Wednesday at the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office after presenting each department with monetary donations from every Lions Club in the county. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local organizations give back to law enforcement (PHOTOS)

Local law enforcement agencies celebrated Christmas early when a local man decided he needed to do something to counteract a decreasing public opinion of the profession. Sheridan’s Larry Beardslee was not liking the negative publicity he was seeing about law enforcement officers. Instead of feeling annoyed by it, he opted to do something about it. This week, with the assistance of the nine Montcalm County-area Lions Clubs, local law enforcement agencies each received generous donations.

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Central Montcalm approves first phase of school bond project

Central Montcalm Public School is one step closer to the final design for the first phase of a district bond project.

In a 6-0 vote Monday, with Trustee Brandy Ryan absent, the Board of Education approved a four-phase bidding schedule with initial steps beginning as soon as February.

Nathaniel Nisonger and some of the Vestaburg Great Start Readiness Program students pose with the new musical playground structure Nisonger donated to the group’s playground. — Courtesy photo

Vestaburg High School senior builds a musical playground

Nathaniel Nisonger is a senior at Vestaburg High School, yet he still spends a lot of time at the Vestaburg Great Start Readiness Program Preschool. There are sentimental ties. The current teacher was once his first grade teacher, and his younger brother was in the program last year.

Valerie Sanborn works on deducting extras from her income to see if she has enough money to splurge on travel or entertainment alongside Montcalm County Tom Lindeman who was one of many volunteers who manned stations to help eighth grade students at the Greenville Middle School Reality Store. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Greenville Middle School eighth-graders learn about the cost of living

For most adults, paying bills, buying groceries and being surprised by an unexpected medical need are part of life. For Greenville Middle School eighth-graders, this part of life became a reality as the students participated in a Reality Store.

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Teacher leaves of absence a hot topic at CM board meeting

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved five of six items on its consent agenda and went into executive session for a student discipline hearing at Monday’s regular meeting.

David Wawersik renovated the stairway at Camp Greenwood in Gowen. Now the stairway is safer and has a more aesthetically pleasing passage for campers to get to the lake. It is one of the several projects Wawersik completed at the camp as part of his Eagle Scout project. — Courtesy photo

Camp Greenwood benefits from Eagle Scout project

David Wawersik always enjoyed his trips to Camp Greenwood when his Boy Scout troop would visit the spacious, rural campground. When it came time for David to take on the challenge of an Eagle Scout project, it was an easy decision to volunteer to do some upgrades and renovations to the more than 60-year-old camp.

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Central Montcalm student hosting coat drive for area

Although mid-Michigan has been given a lingering autumn, Erin Fuerstnau knows what season comes next. After seeing children arriving at school last winter without coats and complaining they were cold, Fuerstnau, 17, of Stanton, decided to do something about it through a Central Montcalm Public School class project.

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Saginaw woman recovers from severe injuries to win Miss Heartland crown

Jaeleen Davis has made four appearances at the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant, and planned to try for a fifth. But after a terrifying 30-foot fall onto concrete this summer, Davis was afraid those plans were derailed.

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Central Montcalm schools gearing up for construction project

Central Montcalm Public School moved one step closer in a months-in-the-making construction project that will include improvements in safety accessibility, building interiors and exteriors, mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems.

At Monday evening’s regular Board of Education meeting, board members approved awarding a bond project to Chemical Bank in Stanton, which will purchase the more than $5 million bonds necessary to fund the project.

Miss Belding and her court will reign over the city’s Labor Day festivities this upcoming weekend. Pictured are, front row from left, Kiddie King Bentley Parker, Miss Belding Lauren Thompson and Kiddie Queen Tinley Brown; back row from left, Young Miss First Runner Up Ava Baltruczak, Young Miss Madison Baltruczak, Junior Miss First Runner-Up Jacqueline Quintino, Junior Miss Ana Hintz; Miss Belding First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality Krista Hull, Junior/Young Miss Congeniality Katelyn Walch and Young Miss Court member Jacklyn McCarty. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Thompson teen is crowned Miss Belding, again

Lauren Thompson is about to start her senior year at Belding High School, where she is active in band and Leadership Council.

She has also started a successful new hobby: Collecting crowns.