Mike Taylor


JUST IN: Sheridan residents’ opinions vary on junk ordinance

Village residents had their chance to sound off tonight regarding a new junk ordinance. While some were hopping mad, others praised council members for adopting it.


JUST IN: Lakeview Village Council approves Silent Parade for Sept. 11

The Lakeview Village Council has approved the idea of a Silent Parade on Sept. 11 that would coincide with Lakeview High School’s annual Wounded Warriors football game.

Stanton city officials hope to have a new downtown clock, similar to one installed this past year in the village of Sheridan, installed by August or September. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton’s new clock on the way

This city’s new downtown clock will be in position outside the Chemical Bank building on Main Street a month or two sooner than organizers anticipated, thanks to a fundraising campaign and community support that exceeded expectations.

Commissioners in Stanton recently decided to have the Department of Public Works take on the responsibility of sidewalk repair and maintenance citywide. City Manager Jake Eckholm said he expects it will take about two years to get all the sidewalks up to code. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

City Commission takes on repairing and maintaining Stanton’s sidewalks

City residents fond of traveling on foot are soon going to have things a little easier, thanks to a recent decision on the part of the Stanton City Commission. According to Stanton City Manager Jake Eckholm, commissioners decided last week to take on the responsibility of repairing and maintaining the city’s sidewalks. The topic had come up at previous commission meetings and had been discussed by concerned citizens as well as commissioners.

Judge Charles Simon, center, poses with recently-sworn in children’s advocates Tuesday at the Montcalm County Court Complex; from left, Jeffrey Bennett, Ronald Massanari, Rhonda Massanari, Simons, Brigitte Aggas and Michael Kattreh. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates help courts with at-risk kids

By the time the courts become involved in a domestic situation, things are complicated. Wives, husbands, sons, daughters … all can be victims. But too often, those most hurt are those least able to speak for themselves: The children.

A $100,000 donation from the Pearl and Larry Padden estate will help the Lakeview Area Community Fund improve the community in many ways. — Courtesy photo

Lakeview Area Community Fund receives $100,000 donation

Larry and Pearl Padden didn’t move to Lakeview until 1991, long after Larry’s 1971 retirement. Before that the couple summered on the shores of Lake Nipissing in Canada and wintered in Vero Beach, Fla. It didn’t take long before the Paddens adopted their new hometown, heart and soul. Both became integral members of the community and in no time were on a first name basis with many Lakeview residents.

Alpacas are a hardy breed with a genetic resistance to disease. Alpacas took center stage Wednesday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Alpaca ‘trail’ features new obstacles at 4-H Fair

Modern 4-H’ers can thank the Spanish conquistadors for the ease with which they’re able to raise and train alpacas. The gentle, horselike animals, raised by the Incas, almost disappeared during the 1500s, when the Spaniards conquered South America’s natives and slaughtered alpacas almost to the point of extinction.

The Incas who survived the conquest fled to the mountains; only the strong survived, of both men and alpacas. This made for a strong, disease resistant gene pool.

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Montcalm Area Master Gardeners club going strong after 20 years

It was 20 years ago that a handful of gardening enthusiasts gathered at Montcalm Community College’s (MCC) Sidney campus to take part in a newly formed curriculum and to learn more about their chosen passion, growing things in dirt.

This was the first year for the goat cart demonstration at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. In the past, no one had signed up for the category. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

And the award for best dressed goat goes to …

Young 4-H’ers had a chance to show off their months of hard work during Tuesday afternoon’s goat events at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. Dozens of “Clover Buds,” as well as several older 4-H’ers lined up with their hoofed ruminants to be judged on looks, workability and grooming, as well as — in the case of the younger kids — their costumes.

Performance Plus in Greenville has had a little fun advertising the business with clever and humorous sayings on its marquis. One side of the marquis, for example, harkens back to the classic television show “Diff’rent Strokes.” (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

BUSINESS BEAT: Performance Plus’ humorous sign getting noticed

If you’re going to get folks’ attention, it’s helpful if you can make them smile, maybe even laugh.