Friends Bata Helman and Frances Sorrell look forward to the Carson City Frontier Days Grand Parade every year. Like many others, staking out their spot with lawn chairs and blankets lining Main Street, the two longtime friends like the parade entries and meeting up with family and friends. But they also have another reason to be thankful for their lawn chairs, sitting curbside to the parade route.
Kenneth Swartz and his wife Iva Mae sat through the roll call at the 127th Greenville Alumni Association banquet Saturday evening. They heard the request for the recent 2016 graduates to stand, then they heard the request for those who graduated in 10 years ago in 2006.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.