Lori Hansen

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CM school board discusses sex ed curriculum

The seven members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education heard a presentation Monday on the district’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and a possible addition to the Sex and Reproductive Health Curriculum. Amanda McLaughlin, Multi Tiered Systems of Support coordinator, gave the school board an update on PBIS, now in its second year of a three-year project.

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Central Montcalm Public School sets plans for building project

A dozen people, mostly those in the dual roles of staff member/parents, were in attendance Wednesday evening to see a final school improvement plans for Central Montcalm Public School’s upcoming construction/renovation project.

With the main points of focus being traffic flow, student learning, safety and security, architects and designers from Tower Pinkster and Granger Construction have had numerous meetings with the administration, staff and community and were ready to present the final design plan and timeline of construction.

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.