With its roots firmly grounded in a small community that prides itself on both a history of hard work and quality manufacturing, Granco Clark continues to shine as a beacon of success in its industry. Locally, Granco Clark is a company within the extrusion industry that employs a workforce of about 105 dedicated skilled workers in a variety of positions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.