A patchwork of 13 years of unique and individual memories – ones of personal triumph and lessons learned – unfolded Thursday evening as 48 Montabella High School graduates received their high school diplomas.
A senior class project helped Cora Okkema discover a way to twine her love of farm life into her college studies.
Farming and being part of a small, rural community are important to Cora, who is graduating seventh in her class from Montabella High School.
Melissa Brainard was determined to walk across the Lakeview High School stage wearing a cap and gown, despite the odds. At 15 and just a sophomore in high school, Brainard became a mother. On commencement day, June 3, the 17-year-old will not only receive her high school diploma, she will continue her journey to becoming [...]
Weekly farm and flea markets stimulate local economies by attracting visitors to shop for homegrown products. They offer a place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, soaps, jellies, baked goods, antiques and crafts from local crafters and family-owned farms.
Community members, parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend an emerging drug trends presentation at 6 p.m. today in the Montabella High School gymnasium. Many neighboring communities are hosting similar events to educate people of the effects of the latest substances being used as drugs. Edmore Police Department and Drug Free Montcalm will offer information on bath salts, synthetic marijuana and other substances that are becoming increasingly popular among youths.
4-H continues to be an important part of Rebecca McCafferty’s life as the new Michigan State University (MSU) Extension 4-H program instructor for youth development in Ionia and Montcalm counties. McCafferty will divide her time between the two counties to recruit, interview and orient new volunteers and leaders, help with the fair and promote 4-H club activities and events.
MSU Montcalm Extension Educator Pat Dignum believes McCafferty is a good fit for the job.
“I am excited about the skills and experiences that Rebecca brings to this position,” Dignum said.
The Montcalm County Business Resource Center (MCBRC) — located in the Home Township Library in Edmore — was created specifically for entrepreneurs who need a place to investigate potential business concepts prior to launching a new business.
Twelve teachers at Vestaburg Community School received Android tablets for training purposes as part of a three-year plan to provide one-to-one technology to the district’s 700 students. About 220 tablets will be purchased during each of the next three years, starting this fall with 220 Asus Transformer TF101s.
The Montabella Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a one-year lease to Endeavor to use the gymnasium located in the Montabella Central Office facility at a special meeting last week. The decision came at the recommendation of facilities committee members Dennis Stratton, Mike Rasmussen and Sheri Miel. Credit references and a security deposit were secured prior to accepting the lease agreement.
The Crystal Community Center was filled to capacity at Wednesday night’s public hearing to discuss the new Crystal Township dock and boat ordinance drafted by township attorney Clifford Bloom. The proposed ordinance replaces existing Ordinance 15-A, which currently controls lake access at Crystal, Duck and Loon lakes.