Friday afternoon in Stanton felt like the deep breath before the plunge. The carnival — a first this year for Old Fashioned Days — the food vendors, the merchants, the live music stage; all were gearing up for the thousands of visitors that flood the town each year for what is one of the area’s largest small-town festivals.
Dale Reyburn will be filling the District 1 seat vacated by outgoing commissioner Ron Blanding on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. On Tuesday, voters selected Reyburn over candidate Brian Greene by a very narrow margin of 115 to 107 votes. Both candidates hail from Greenville.
The roads in Ionia County are among the worst in the state. On Tuesday, residents voted by a narrow margin — just 56 votes — to let the matter lie for now.
Six area townships and one school district will have millage proposals on Tuesday’s ballot. Most are renewals of previously passed millages intended to fund police and/or fire services for the townships.
The headline could read “Hometown girl makes good,” but Patty Rockafellow, who recently took over the director’s position at White Pine Library, has been making good things happen in the Stanton area for most of her adult life.
When football fans attend Central Montcalm High School games in the autumn of 2015, they’ll have one more thing to be proud of, assuming an upcoming fundraiser to raise money for the purchase of new marching band uniforms goes as band director Matt Reed hopes it will.
Several candidates have come forward seeking the city manager’s position recently vacated by James Freed, who left last month to accept a manager’s position in Port Huron.
If you build it, they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the film “Field of Dreams,” and by all appearances it’s working for the management of Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living. The recently completed facility officially opened its doors to new residents Wednesday.
Growing up in Stanton and attending Central Montcalm High School, it was only natural Gregory Patten would develop an affinity for the outdoor life. The bucolic acres of corn and potatoes, the fallow fields, rivers and streams, they all spoke to Patten’s love of nature.
So perhaps it’s only natural that, well over three decades later, he should be named Shikar-Safari International’s Wildlife Officer of the Year.
If you see enough bad over the course of a few years, you really begin to appreciate the good things in life: a loving family, healthy children, emotional stability.
This Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Transitions Counseling Services in Greenville, outpatient therapist Sue Ellen Pabst — who has heard more than her share of domestic violence horror stories — plans to celebrate all the good things in her own life with a public birthday party … a really big birthday party, to which the entire community is invited.