Mike Taylor

In about four years, this property in Stanton will look significantly different, as it will be the home to five baseball fields, a veteran’s memorial, hiking trails, disc golf course and more amenities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Veterans Memorial Park to be a ‘veritable campus’ in Stanton

Plans are firming up fast for the new Veterans Memorial Park and now Stanton’s City Commission is moving forward with gaining the financial wherewithal to turn those plans into reality.

Dianne Lowell, owner of Birdie’s Antiques and Gifts, is organizing an arts and collectibles show to run throughout the day during the Taste Of Montcalm festival. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

New summer festival in Stanton gains sponsors, plans events

A planned festival celebrating Montcalm County’s purveyors of epicurean delights is attracting the attention of several corporate sponsors.

Lakeview High School freshman Cade Oberlin, left, decided to pass on a class ring he’d won from Josten’s to fellow student Angel Taylor. Although the two swim in different social circles, Angel says they have been “friend-ish” since grade school. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Lakeview High School student re-gifts his class ring

Cade Oberlin is one of the popular kids. A freshman at Lakeview High School, Cade typically scores A’s in his classes; he speaks with the casual confidence of a junior senator from Minnesota; it’s almost a given he serves on the student class council. Cade’s self-deprecating manner rings true.

Colin Wright, manager of Great Lakes Snow and Ice in Carson City, is enjoying the social aspects of working with the public at the location’s new retail showroom. The business now offers lawn care equipment for homeowners and professionals. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Great Lakes Snow and Ice now offering lawn care equipment

In the past, Great Lakes Snow and Ice catered primarily to the professional trade, and that remains part of the business’ clientele. With the addition of a new showroom geared toward the retail market, however, the company is taking a bold step into uncharted territory.

Plans for the first Taste of Montcalm event include children’s games, a beer tent, live bands, an arts show and more, all at D. Hale Brake Park on Stanton’s south side. — Courtesy photo

First ever Taste of Montcalm coming to Stanton in June

Everyone has that one restaurant they’ve always meant to try. You’ve heard the food is good and the waitstaff is attentive. And yet, somehow, you’ve never gotten around to it. On June 25 in Stanton, you’ll have your chance. That’s when the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) presents the first ever Taste of Montcalm County.

Although the actual repaving of Washington Street won’t begin until late August, Consumers Energy workers are currently moving gas lines from the south to the north side of the road. Once completed, new water mains also will go in. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Washington Street work underway in Sheridan

Hikers who enjoy walking a circuit around Pearl Lake are in for a treat this October.

That’s when workers will be finishing up a complete overhaul of Washington Street between Main and Maple streets.

Two fuel tanks located at the site of the former Carnation building in Sheridan must be removed before further development of the property can move forward. A similar tank was removed earlier and showed no indication of soil or groundwater contamination. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Fuel tank removal among final stages of Carnation building demo

Two large subterranean tanks containing fuel oil located at the former site of the Carnation building will have to be dug up before the property can be further developed or sold. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Sheridan Village Council, council members discussed how best to address the problem.

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Lakeview Village Council endorses 9/11 parade

The victims of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as those who responded to the terrorist attack, will be remembered and honored again this fall thanks to the efforts of the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers.

A mother and her 2-year-old son suffered nonlife threatening injuries when a car she had been driving, but which she had exited, backed over them. The accident took place around 2:30 p.m. on S. Clay Street in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Mother, child injured in Greenville accident

A Greenville mother and her 2-year-old daughter were injured Tuesday afternoon when a car she had been driving ran over them.

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Belding loses one of its best boosters

One of the best known, and arguably best loved, names in Belding passed into history Thursday morning. Robert Jay “Bob” Leppink — a driving force behind the grocery stores and development company that bear his name — died in his Belding home.