Fathers and other male role models listen to Ted Flynn, a father signed up for the Watch D.O.G.S. program at Ellis Elementary School, as he encourages others to join the program during a kickoff event at the school Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding schools embracing ‘Watch D.O.G.S.’ male role model program

Between working to support his family and coaching his children’s after-school sports programs, Ted Flynn is one of many fathers who would do anything for his kids. So when the opportunity presented itself to spend a day at Ellis Elementary School in Belding, to be in the same classroom as his own child, Flynn jumped at the opportunity.

A stop work order posted Thursday has resulted in Denny Craycraft being forced to halt the first stages of constructing a new Vietnam War memorial in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Stop work order on Belding Vietnam War memorial efforts

On Monday, Denny Craycraft was working away in a deep trench, excavated hours earlier in preparation to build the foundation for what will someday be the Belding Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Three days later, Craycraft arrived on site to find a stop work order posted by the City of Belding, along with caution tape surrounding the large vacant hole.

Military veterans with the Belding American Legion Post 203 ride on a Dr. Seuss-themed float Monday during the Stahlin 110th Labor Day Parade in Belding. — Daily News/Brad Knlosner

Belding Labor Day brings summer to a close (PHOTO GALLERIES)

As the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration wrapped up with its final events Monday afternoon, Lynn Mason reflected on the four-day experience by reaching for a quote by the very man that this year’s festival was themed after.

Bill Bates, 68, of Belding, will be walking 60 miles Sept. 18 to raise a goal of $6,000 to be donated to Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, in memory of his late wife, Dianne, who was twice a cancer survivor before succumbing to a stroke. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding’s Bill Bates to walk 60 miles for charity in memory of loving wife

Each day, from the moment he first awakes to his final thought before drifting into an evening slumber, memories of Dianne linger in the mind of Bill Bates. She was his rock, the force pushing him forward to be a better man, as well as the love of his life after 13 years of marriage.

Belding Department of Public Works Director Ernie Thomas reviews a map Wednesday morning showing areas of high precipitation infiltration in the cit’s stormwater system. The results were discovered thanks to monitors utilized through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Environmental Qualities. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Grant paying early dividends for Belding storm and wastewater systems

Beneath roads, sidewalks, homes and business, lies a vast underground network of pipes and channels that go unnoticed by your average city resident. But the importance of Belding’s stormwater and wastewater systems is immeasurable, used by nearly every resident and business owner in the community.

Milton and Carol Rackham will be honored as this year’s grand marshals in the 110th annual Belding Labor Day Celebration. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Rackhams named Belding Labor Day Celebration grand marshals

In the rear of his garage, with steady hands and a focused gaze, Milton Rackham can often be found working away, one upholstery repair job at a time. At the age of 90, well beyond the earliest chance to retire, his work keeps him busy, and more importantly, happy and humble.

Belding City Manager Bruce Brown smiles after receiving a compliment about his job performance after six months with the city from Mayor Ron Gunderson during Tuesday’s Belding City Council meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding extends city manager’s contract

When Bruce Brown was hired six months ago on an interim basis, his first concern was centered on improving the future for city residents. As of Tuesday evening, the Belding city manager will have at least two more years to focus on that goal.

The Belding City Council tabled a vote on a proposed ethics ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting as some council members were worried the ordinance as currently written is too vague. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding’s ethics ordinance goes back to drawing board

Ethics, and whether they should be enforced via official ordinance, was the topic of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Belding City Council. City Manager Bruce Brown explained the ordinance under consideration would help “promote transparency and civility” within city government. The ordinance, he said, is similar to similar ordinances that have been adopted by other municipalities across the state.

Logan Ostrander, 4, of Belding, runs in an attempt to scare away a flock of seagulls to prevent them from eating trash in the park. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding girl wants to bring city together for Litter Pick Up Day

Sitting in the main chamber of the Pere Marquette Depot, no taller than the chair she was sitting in, Logan Ostrander patiently waited for her time to speak. The 4-year-old, struggling to see over the seat in front of her, was likely unaware of the city business that was being discussed by members of the Belding City Council.

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New farmers market a hit in Belding community

With a simple concept, one Belding resident is trying to reach out and bring her community together.

Her idea? When it comes to goods and services — buy local.