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The newly opened Wellness Works fitness center offers a variety of workout equipment at reasonable rates. — Courtesy photo

New fitness option opens in Stanton

It’s taken about a year to finish construction and outfit with the facility with equipment, but a new wellness center is now open and accepting members. On Thursday, the Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health opened the doors of Wellness Works in Stanton. Open to the community at large, memberships are available for $20 per month or $192 per year.

Dallas Lincoln’s new self-published book, “Gladys Returns,” continues the tale begun in one of his previous children’s books. Lincoln has several titles, for both adults and children, available at Robbins Book List in Greenville. — File photo

Two local authors publish new books

Local publishing is alive and well thanks, in part, to the recent release of two new books by area authors. Prolific writers Verwayne Greenhoe and Dallas Lincoln both self-published books this past summer.

Greenville resident Roger Coles addressed an audience of 20,000 at the World Leisure Games in Qingdao, China. The 10-day event was broadcast across that nation and drew hundreds of thousands of spectators. Coles is chairman of the organization. (Courtesy photos)

Hosting World Leisure Games in China ‘a marvelous ride’ for Greenville man

When Roger Coles retires “sometime soon,” he will, unlike some, manage to keep himself busy. Real busy. In fact, Coles’ idea of retirement might look like a hectic nine-to-five to a lot of folks. As chairman of the Recreation Department at Central Michigan University, he has — one might think — more than enough to fill his days.

Reaching the top shelf at a local grocery store is nothing short of a “big deal” for Emily Van Kleek of Stanton. Her new Robotic Mobility Device (RMD) makes this possible. (Courtesy photos)

Stanton paraplegic ‘back on her feet again’ after 12 years in wheelchair

Emily Van Kleek has been trying to reach the top shelf for the past three years. Last week, in the aisles of the Leppink’s store in Stanton, she finally made it.

For years, Lakeview High School students have walked along the shoulder of the road (or in it) on their way to and from school. That may be changing under a plan currently being devised by the village and school administrators. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

New sidewalks may be on tap for Lakeview High School

“When I was your age, we had to walk to school through the mud, uphill, both ways! Barefoot!”

A cry (and a lie) uttered by most parents to their school-age offspring at least once during the course of his or her academic career. Times have changed.

Harold “Dub” Martin, left, met his wife, Phyllis, while the two were in junior high school. Dub’s love for his bride, and avid reader, inspired him to help plan the building of a library in Stanton. (Courtesy photos)

From milkman to paperman, Stanton’s ‘Dub’ Martin improved community

The measure of a man’s life isn’t found in the mark he makes on this world, but in the quality of that mark. Big footprints alone do not testify to greatness. In the case of Harold Martin — “Dub” to his friends, of whom there were many — that mark, that footprint, is of the very highest quality.


JUST IN: Lakeview school board to look at bus driver wages

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education voted Monday evening to allow Superintendent Kyle Hamlin to come up with a more competitive wage for the school system’s bus drivers.

Former Stanton resident Merideth Geselman, who now lives in Saginaw, recently hiked solo across the state, traveling from Oscoda to Empire. The trip took 20 days. (Courtesy photos)

Miles to go: Former Stanton resident hikes state

Generations have read and loved Frost’s depiction of a silent, snow-shrouded woodland, but few have lived first-hand that ephemeral, fleeting communion with the natural world recounted in the poet’s words. Those who have don’t forget the experience.

The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters shake the rafters of the Wheatland main stage to help wrap up the annual three-day festival. Several name acts have been booked for Sunday, Sept. 13, this year in an effort to entice Sunday-only ticket sales. — Courtesy photo

Wheatland Music Festival offers Sunday spectacular

Organizers of the annual Wheatland Music Festival are hoping to attract a few more Sunday-only music lovers at this year’s event, slated for Sept. 11-13. The festival, which has steadily grown in popularity and attendance in the 42 years it has been in existence typically sells out early, particularly for those purchasing three-day camping reservations.

The new board of directors at the Greenville Senior Center is ready to rock, and not on the front porch. New programs and a determination to make the center relevant to modern seniors are informing recent changes there. Pictured are, from left, Marta Lores, treasurer; Pat Lovell, vice president; Margaret Durga, secretary; Jack Stein, trustee; Diana Farran, director; and Louis Durga, president. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Not your grandma’s senior center: Greenville group stays active

As Bob Dylan, even at his current age of 74, might put it, “The times they are a’changing.” Nowhere is that more evident in recent months than the Greenville Area Senior Center.