Lori Hansen

Miss Sheridan Springfest 2016 and her court were one of several festival queen entries in Monday's Grand Parade. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Sheridan Memorial Day parade keeps honor alive (PHOTOS)

In 1942, following the bombing of the Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor, the United States joined World War II. Hundreds of young men felt the pull of their patriotic duty and went to enlist in the armed forces. John Hansen, then age 23, was one of those.

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer served as valedictorian and salutatorian for Central Montcalm High School. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Central Montcalm High School graduates 98 seniors

Laura McCallum and Sydney Stauffer ranked as the top two academic scholars in the Central Montcalm High School Class of 2016, earning the roles of valedictorian and salutatorian.

Throughout their four years of high school, the two have both been in National Honor Society, served as president and vice-president of their senior class and have been leaders in various clubs and organizations.


Central Montcalm school board hears about band and robotics

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education recognized both band and robotics students during Monday evening’s meeting. Members of the high school band, under the direction of Matt Reed, earlier this year earned a Division I rating at the state Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) festival.


Central Montcalm school board approves budget amendments

Members of the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education approved budget amendments and hired a new Upper Elementary School principal during Monday’s meeting.


CM schools OK financing application

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education took the next step in securing financing in preparation for a two-series bond issue, in anticipation of a voter millage renewal.

People sign up to be part of a seed lending program after a presentation from Joe Simcox and Ben Cohen during the Tamarack District Library “Sow It Forward” program. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Lakeview library starts seed program

While libraries are renowned for lending books, the Tamarack District Library in Lakeview is starting a Seed Library this spring. The kick-off for this new program was last Saturday at a “Sow It Forward” program featuring a Michigan expert in saving diverse heirloom seeds, along with a special appearance by a world-wide botanical seed saver.


Central Montcalm schools narrow in on scope of project

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education continued the process of determining what is and isn’t affordable as they met again Monday night. The school board reviewed preliminary costs on potential upgrades to facilities concerning safety and security, traffic flow and infrastructure and reviewed previously identified line items on their “wish list” and concerns mentioned at a community forum.


Traffic concerns highlight Central Montcalm Public School forum

In a third and final community forum Wednesday, residents had an opportunity to participate in discussion concerning Central Montcalm Public School needs and the potential of an August ballot proposal.

The forum was one of many meetings and discussions that began late last year concerning upgrades, improvements,and repairs in areas such as safety/security, necessary infrastructure improvements and traffic flow/parking concerns at all five of the district’s buildings.


Central Montcalm school board talks ‘wish list’

When a boy has some pocket money and walks into a candy store, his eyes light up with delight, dreaming of all he might purchase.

The reality, however, hits, when he realizes the money is only going to go so far, and he is going to have to forego some of the sweet things he wanted.

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education, in a more than three-hour special meeting Monday night, was like the boy in the candy store as they perused a “wish list” of the upgrades, changes, renovations and improvements in safety and security at the buildings throughout the district.


Central Montcalm school board talks traffic flow

After a second community dialogue meeting, an associate from an architectural firm presented an update of a conceptual plan for potential changes at Central Montcalm Public Schools. Steve Hoekzema, from Tower Pinkster of Grand Rapids, presented to the school board on Monday a summary of feedback received following a public presentation on Feb. 10.