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Robert McConnell, center, poses with a group of 4-H members who recently stopped by the Trinity Food Pantry to drop off donations and volunteer their time. 4-H leader Dianne Hansen is pictured at left. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Many hands make Trinity Food Pantry work

It sometimes takes a village to feed a city. Or maybe it only seems like an entire village putting in the hours at Trinity Evangelical Free Church Food Pantry. Located at 400 N. Lincoln St. in Stanton, the pantry is one of only a few in the area that maintains regular hours. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, city residents and members of the church in need may stop by the pantry for emergency food assistance.

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Churches keep Lakeview pantry going strong

The area’s churches play a large part in the continued operation of the Lakeview Ministerial Association Food Pantry. Located at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and M-46, the pantry is open by appointment only. Originally located in the basement of a downtown business, it moved not long ago to Lakeview Community Church.

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Sheridan Memorial Food Pantry continues to ‘hold on’

It was one woman’s desire to help needy veterans that birthed the Memorial Food Pantry in Sheridan.

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Future Stanton meetings may be recorded

Residents of this city may soon be able to review and comment on every word spoken at City Commission meetings. That’s if an idea put forth by Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm comes to fruition. At present, minutes of each meeting are taken and published in the public record. However, some commission members — as well as a handful of community members — feel the minutes don’t go far enough toward portraying the actual events taking place at the meetings.

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JUST IN: Minutes get review in Stanton

Members of Stanton’s City Commission reviewed their policy of keeping meeting minutes at their regular meeting Tuesday evening. Commission member Karl Yoder noted that the minutes, as they have been kept in the past, do not give an accurate picture of what transpires at the meetings. This should be remedied, he said. Yoder’s comments followed [...]

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Village of Lakeview, business looking at removal of heavy metals from sewer pond

A cooperative effort between this village and Parker-Hannifin Corp. will result in a cleanup operation this spring at the sewer ponds north of town. Currently, one of the ponds contains heavy metals deposited there more than a decade ago, prior to Parker-Hannfin’s installation of new reclamation equipment.

Robbins Book List manager Kevin Powell, right, says local businesses can offer customers personalized services unavailable online or at big box stores. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Local shopping offers personal touch, knowledgeable advice

Online retailers would have you believe that the perfect shopping experience is just a mouse click away. Sure, shopping online is easy; there are no lines, no slogs through snowy streets, no parking issues. But that’s only half the story.

Michigan Works and Montcalm Community College hosted a job fair Monday for those interested in careers with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Corrections officer Eric Riggs demonstrates some of the equipment prison guards use during the course of an average workday. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Jobseekers learn about corrections department

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. On Monday, about 120 candidates gathered at Montcalm Community College (MCC) to learn more about what it takes to be a Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) officer.

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Lakeview building could get new emergency power, warning siren

This village has what could be called a “troubled” history with electricity. Though outages are far from an everyday occurrence, it’s not uncommon to find a portable generator tucked away in the pole barns and garages of many residents here.

Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm is hoping to see a pocket park installed in the vacant lot, which was once home to the State Farm Insurance Building on the village main street. The park would provide easy access to a municipal parking lot and Tamarack Lake. If all goes according to plan, work on the project could begin this spring. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Converted alley space will connect Lakeview’s main street with lake

“There’s never anywhere to park!” This is a lament heard frequently in downtown Lakeview, particularly during village-wide events like Summerfest, Winterfest and holiday gatherings at McKenna’s Tavern (just try finding a spot on Lincoln Avenue after 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day).