Alan “Dale” Nelson’s home is one of several tidy cottages lining the sleepy north banks of Nevins Lake. Many are seasonal and stand empty this time of year, waiting for the arrival of summer residents. Sometime over the weekend, at least four of those cottages were broken into. Three of the four were vacant. Nelson’s was not … and the 80-year-old retiree was killed by the intruders.
A new piece of equipment being installed at Steeplechase Tool & Die could eventually spell new jobs for the village. According to Steeplechase co-owner Tim Caverley, the new 1,600-ton press will be used as a “try-out” press to test dies manufactured at the plant. At present, the press is essentially installed in a soon-to-be completed addition to the plant at 9307 Howard City-Edmore Road, though some electrical work must be completed before it becomes operational.
Even in an age many would consider “enlightened,” special needs children and young adults too often find themselves marginalized, shunted to the sidelines by a society that doesn’t quite know what to do with them.
A project that will likely be at least five years in the making took another step forward Tuesday when the Stanton City Commission selected three engineering firms to be interviewed for the task of creating Veterans Memorial Park.
The arts are alive and well at Central Montcalm Public School. So are athletics and academics, if Thursday evening’s event — held at the high and middle schools — is any indication.
Well over 1,000 parents, grandparents and other interested parties packed the schools for this year’s Central Montcalm Educational Showcase. Though the event highlights all aspects of school life, it is definitely “art-centric.”
Tuesday morning dawned brisk and blustery as a March stroll on the shores of Galway Bay, but the sun was shining and what chill lingered by noon did little to dull the spirits of the crowd gathered in this small village to honor the Emerald Isle’s patron saint.
Driving along M-66 through this diminutive village, one might get the idea not much is happening there. The quiet side streets, the “no wake” lake, the mom and pop restaurants and clapboard churches; it all seems to whisper, “Nope, nothin’ to see here.” And maybe there’s some truth to that. But as winter winds down and summer approaches, this sleepy little town starts waking up. Evidence of this can be found nearly every weekday at the village’s community center.
Village residents hoping to unload junk during a spring cleanup event should make other plans this year. Although the village has sponsored cleanup days in past years, poor turnout last year has prompted Sheridan Village Council members to forego the event this year.
Roots music and art is alive and well in Sheridan. Though the snow has yet to figure out that winter is over, the Music in the Park organization is gearing up for the 2015 summer season by offering performances and classes at the Sheridan Community Center every Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
On a blustery September morning in 1978, a subdued, wide-eyed 5-year-old girl named Amy made her way up the steps of Central Montcalm Elementary School. Lunchbox and notebook in hand, she was swept through the doors and into halls teeming with friends, strangers, teachers and innumerable “big kids.”