Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell from SmithGroupJJR start a discussion with community members at a recreation advisory board meeting to help with the master plan for Belding city parks. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding parks looking to be revamped

Some city parks are in the beginning stages of an extreme makeover. During a public meeting on April 11, the Belding Recreation Advisory Board welcomed two representatives, Robert Doyle and Andrew McDowell, from architectural firm SmithGroupJJR in Ann Arbor.

Disc golfers at SMASH Park in Belding listen to disc golf instructor Ragna Bygde talk about putting during Saturday’s tournament. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding women’s disc golf event has great turnout (PHOTOS)

Chandra DeGood positions her body in a half-crouch, as she prepares to heave a disc toward a basket barely visible through the trees. The four other women playing their way through the disc golf course at SMASH park in Belding on Saturday watched quietly as DeGood threw her drive down the fairway and then complimented her on the distance.

Pete McGowan owns Third Wave Coffee with his wife, Megan. They purchased the space in 2014. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

BUSINESS BEAT: Belding’s Third Wave Coffee expanding

Third Wave Coffee has been providing citizens of Belding with their java fixes for two years, seeing success in offering the community an opportunity for in-house roasted coffee beans and excellent customer service. Soon the shop will be expanding its offerings to fresh and natural food options.

Newly appointed Belding Library Director Britney Dillon looks forward to sharing her love of books and reading with community members. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

New director takes over at Alvah N. Belding Library

The Alvah N. Belding Library is under new management as of Monday. Greenville resident Britney Dillon officially started her tenure as the library’s director with what she playfully referred to as “baptism by fire.”

Members of the Belding High School Pops Ensemble perform “Stairway to Heaven” at the Belding Band Follies dress rehearsal Wednesday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Band Follies is a show to remember (PHOTO GALLERY)

Be it a sketch from “Saturday Night Live” or a viral YouTube video, all that humor and more can be found locally for one more night at the heart of the Belding band program. The annual Belding High School Band Follies show performed Thursday, and an encore show will be available to take in at 7 p.m. tonight at the Belding High School Auditorium.

Cleaning up blight and enforcing city codes are part of Belding Police Officer Marci Cooper’s typical workday. Cooper tags a vehicle with an expired registration. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding police officer devoted to cleaning up city’s blight

Marci Cooper is committed to freeing the city limits of Belding from blight and housing code violations. Blight is defined as an ugly, neglected or rundown condition of an urban area. This can appear in the form of dilapidated out buildings, disabled vehicles in yards or on lots, garbage on porches and houses in general disrepair.

Belding Area Schools Board of Education President Tim Flynn addresses a comment during Monday evening’s board meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding schools look to avoid extending school year

Students at Belding Area Schools may not have to have their school year extended due to excessive snow days. During Tuesday evening’s meeting, the school board voted 6-1 to apply for a waiver from the state superintendent to forgive three more “Act of God” days. Board member Debra Bach voted “no.”

Belding Area Schools Board of Education members Cori Anderson, Shannon Hummel and Scott McNeal listen to President Timothy Flynn during the board’s discussion of the six candidates they spent the day interviewing. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Board of Education interviews 6 superintendent candidates, narrows list to 2

The search to fill the vacancy of superintendent at Belding Area Schools is now down to two candidates after the school district’s board of education narrowed the competition from a pool of six candidates during a special meeting on Saturday. The two finalists are Brent Noskey of Lowell and Wendy Maynard-Somers of Fruitport.

Crosswinds Manor Apartments is a low-to-moderate income housing unit for seniors which now qualifies for tax exemptions approved by the Belding City Council in a 3-1 vote Tuesday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding approves PILOT for apartment buildings

Crosswinds Manor Apartments will be making some hefty improvements over the course of the next two years, thanks to the approval of a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program approved by the Belding City Council on Tuesday. Under the PILOT program, housing for low-to-moderate income people qualify for what is essentially a tax break; in lieu of paying taxes, housing developments that meet the requirements agree to pay an annual service charge. The charge amounts to 10 percent of the total rent collected from residents in a full calendar year.

The Belding office of The Right Door for hope, recovery and wellness center will have an addition put on the north side of the building to add six treatment rooms, bathrooms and showers in order to expand treatment options offered to area autistic children and families. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding mental health center expanding treatment for autism

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a 2014 study, determined that an average of one in 68 children between the ages of 3 and 17 in the United States are on the autism spectrum. The Right Door for hope, recovery and wellness, formerly the Ionia County Mental Health Department, is working toward offering behavioral services to more autistic children in the area community by constructing an addition to their facility in Belding.