An audience of about 40 gathered Tuesday evening at Lakeview High School to hear law enforcement officials and drug-free coalition members from Gratiot and Montcalm counties talk about the dangers of current drug trends. Teens and adults are turning to synthetic drugs when regular marijuana isn’t accessible and to avoid the legal ramifications. These drugs are marketed as everyday products — incense, potpourri, plant food and bath salts.
Mike McGonigal took over Montcalm County 4-H Fair Board presidential duties last November, replacing six-year president Pat Schuster, who is now chairman of finance and fundraising. “I would never have stepped aside if he hadn’t taken over,” Schuster said. “I think very strongly he’s a perfect fit.”
Kids seem to grow like weeds and many families shop consignment and resale shops to cut costs. The Mom 2 Mom Sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Greenville Community Church is a practical way to buy and sell children’s clothing and essentials.
Palm trees, bamboo mats, surf boards and hammocks set the scene for a reading at Montabella Elementary School. It is one of the many ways elementary schools are motivating pupils to get into reading during the month of March.
The unseasonably mild winter has made the Montcalm County area a suitable habitat for the bald eagle, according to fish and wildlife specialists. Several local residents — in Greenville, Stanton, Edmore, McBride, Lakeview and Six Lakes — have reported recent bald eagle sightings.
Cell phones and electronic devices — once considered contraband in schools — are now being viewed as educational tools. But some still believe they are a distraction and a discipline issue. Following Central Montcalm Public School’s laptop distribution in 2010 and 2011, other schools are headed in similar directions. Greenville Public Schools officials are currently testing smart phones for educational purposes and Vestaburg Community School officials are looking into tablets.
Lori Jones, owner of Morning Lori Diner and Bakery in Stanton, is taking her customers around the world one dish at a time. Jones is always looking for ways to liven the atmosphere at her business, which is located on the ground floor of Hotel Montcalm on the corner of Main Street and Camburn Street [...]
Unfortunately, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Parents eventually learn that preparing children for school involves more than teaching them to write their names or tie their shoes.
Cancer survivor Jackie Featherly’s motto saved her life: “A positive attitude is a healing attitude.” This way of thinking guided the 67-year-old Vestaburg woman from near death to complete recovery. Today, she uses her personal experience and her training as a naturopathic physician to empower others to get healthy and make a fresh start in their lives — emotionally, physically and spiritually.
The holidays are over but local food pantries hope people keep the Christmas spirit of giving ongoing. Donations during the holiday season are typically greater owing to increased hunger awareness and charitable giving, according to several area coordinators. This year’s Christmas holiday boost helped meet the increasing demand for food assistance.