Mike Taylor

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‘Quiet month’ for Sheridan Village Council

It was a light agenda for members of the Sheridan Village Council at their meeting Tuesday evening. With both Village Superintendent Doug Lane and Assistant Village Superintendent Ed Lingeman absent, council members dealt only with a few housekeeping items.

Monty and Bella, an osprey pair, build this nest atop a platform constructed especially for that purpose at Montabella High School. In previous years, the birds had continually attempted to build a nest on one of the school’s lighting poles. (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Ospreys ‘Monty’ and ‘Bella’ find a home at Montabella High School

You can’t fight nature. Well, you can, but sometimes it makes more sense not to.
That’s the message Montabella Community Schools Secretary/Bookkeeper Patti Hicks has been spreading for the past few years, ever since Monty and Bella laid claim to a small but lofty section of Montabella High School’s football field.

Springhill Camp participants in Belding take part in a game called “Where’s My Chicken,” in which campers race down to a counselor while they aren’t looking to try and pick up an object and get it back to the other end with out the counselor knowing who has it. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Flat River Ministries bring summer fun to town camp (PHOTOS)

The summer’s just begun and already many parents have heard the dreaded cry of “I’m bored …” But that’s something the parents of 152 area children haven’t heard, at least not lately, thanks to a coordinated effort between Flat River Ministries, Cross Point Church in Belding and Evart-based Springhill Camp.

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Coral Days back again after 1-year absence

This year’s Coral Days, slated for this Saturday, will be only one day long, but that’s one day longer than last year’s festival, the first time in about a century that the event was not held. Fortunately, new volunteers have stepped up to the plate and promise that Coral Day(s) will be jam packed with activities for young and old alike. According to Jeanne Sturgeon, who chairs the Coral Days committee, planning for the event started late last summer and has progressed to the point that organizers are certain this year’s event will be one of the best, even if it is only one day long.

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Vandalism issue hot topic at Stanton meeting

The city park and playground in downtown Stanton has been vandalized repeatedly in recent weeks, according to the city’s Department of Public Works Director Jeff Main. Main was at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the City Commission to discuss the issue with commission members.

Rory Eldridge, of Stanton, makes eye contact with judge Adam Conover while showing his pig Tuesday morning at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Making eye contact with the judge while showing your pig is one of the points that a contestant is scored on in competition.  (The Daily News | Mike Taylor)

Montcalm County 4-H Fair swine show numbers ‘average’ despite piglet shortage

Organizers at this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Swine Show were originally concerned that contestant numbers might be somewhat reduced this year due to a nationwide outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus that decimated (as of April) about 10 percent of the country’s piglets. From June, 2013 to April, 2014 about seven million pigs nationwide succumbed to the illness, which is not transferable to humans.

A carnival worker for Maple Leaf Amusements put together an attraction Monday afternoon at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. This is Maple Leaf Amusements first year being the ride supplier for the fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Carnival will provide ‘classic’ midway experience at 4-H Fair

Visitors to this year’s Montcalm County 4-H Fair midway can expect the “classic carnival” experience from one end to the other; from Ferris wheels to corn dogs, fair organizers anticipate a carnival at least as good as those experienced by fairgoers in the past.

Stanton coach Jake Helms holds the traveling “Red Bull” trophy. Organizers of Central Montcalm High School’s 50th reunion are hoping the bull’s current owner will loan it back to the school, at least temporarily, for display purposes this weekend. — Courtesy photo

Central Montcalm alum hoping to locate ‘Red Bull’ trophy

It has been 50 years since Stanton Union Schools and Sheridan Rural Agricultural Schools consolidated, creating Central Montcalm High School. Before that, on the sports fields, at least, the two were bitter rivals.

Lakeview High School marching band makes their way down Lincoln Avenue on the parade route during Lakeview Summerfest. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Lakeview Summerfest filled with old favorites, new events (PHOTOS)

This year’s Summerfest in Lakeview, held Thursday through Sunday, offered a little something for everyone. This was the first year the annual event was planned under the auspices of the recently formed Lakeview Festivals Committee.

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Lakeview Summerfest: 3 days of small town fun

There’s something about a small town festival; it’s more than the corn dogs, fireworks and live music. Those things are all a part of it, sure, but summertime festivals are greater than the sum of their parts. They are quintessentially American, and as much a part of our national zeitgeist as are mom and apple pie.

And Lakeview’s Summerfest, slated for this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is one of the best. Organizers this year have packed the event with activities to appeal to a diverse audience, from kids to seniors.