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A new Christmas tree will be lit during during the inaugural Belding tree lighting ceremony outside Belding City Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Tree lighting and Home for the Holidays this weekend in Belding

The Christmas season is starting early this year in Belding, with cookies, caroling and a visit from Santa Claus. Two holiday events are scheduled to coincide with each other, helping to bring cheer to the community.

The 75 employees at Stahlin Enclosures in Belding work a series of three shifts at the company, which produces fiberglass enclosure boxes that are shipped worldwide. — Daily News/Cory Smith

MADE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD: Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures

In a fictional 1955, when Dr. Emmett Brown harnessed the tremendous power of a bolt of lightning to send his DeLorean time machine and friend Marty McFly back to the future, a movie franchise was born. One of the most important plot devices of the iconic 1985 blockbuster film, “Back To The Future,” was created in the city of Belding.

From left, Otisco Township board members, Trustee Dan Ziegler, Clerk Lynda Sower, Treasurer Janet Breimayer and Supervisor Paul Reeves discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate storage of recreational vehicles in the township during the Nov. 10 township board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Otisco board talks outdoor storage, recreational vehicle ordinance

Michigan provides ample opportunities for recreation for its residents, from snowmobiling down frozen trails in the winter to racing a speed boat across choppy waters in the summer. But what happens when those vehicles, and other recreational items, need to be stored when they are not in use?

Workers with the Belding Department of Public Works fill in the foundation hole for the Vietnam War memorial at Belding Veterans Park on Monday. City Manager Bruce Brown ordered the action due to safety concerns and a lack of engineering drawings. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding memorial wall project comes to a halt

A Vietnam War memorial will one day stand tall in heart of downtown Belding … it just won’t be anytime soon. Just two weeks removed from receiving approval from the Belding City Council to go forth with the building of a memorial, Eureka Township resident Denny Craycraft approached the council again Tuesday, distraught and confused.

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Despite technical glitches, Belding Marching Band succeeds at state finals

After more than 300 hours practicing through 55 rehearsals, five football games and three marching competitions, every ounce of effort put forth by members of the Belding Redskin Marching Band came down to one performance.

Gazing upward at the blinding stadium lights, taking in and reflecting upon the vast and powerful confines of Ford Field in Detroit, Belding High School senior Kyle Mansfield, 17, made sure he would never forget the next seven minutes and 30 seconds.

Since retiring a few years ago, Orleans Township resident Don Kline has been experiencing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Parkinson’s disease, stemming from the years he served with the infantry in Vietnam. Although somewhat incapacitated due to his illnesses, he remains a passionate collector of Native American arrowheads. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Belding veteran Don Kline’s experience in Vietnam conflict leaves lasting scars

Don Kline, just a year out of Belding High School, did not want to go to Vietnam. Like most young men, all he really wanted was to get a job, date a girl or two, maybe start thinking about a career. But in March 1968, shortly before his 19th birthday, Don’s draft notice arrived. He was one of 44,000 young men who found their lives forever altered by a conflict — nobody official was calling it a war — half a world away.

Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft resumes work on the foundation of the Vietnam War memorial Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding City Council votes in favor of Vietnam War Memorial project

Vietnam War veteran Denny Craycraft has long worked to erect several war memorials in the Belding community, and Tuesday evening, he wanted to make one thing clear about his efforts — he isn’t doing it for himself. “I have a lot of dedication to this community, I have almost 70 years into this community, this town raised me,” he told the Belding City Council.

Firefighters with the Belding Fire Department work together to extinguish a blaze at 8924 Lakeview Drive in Orleans Township Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

House fire in Orleans Township not deemed suspicious

A structure fire Wednesday afternoon resulted in the complete destruction of a mobile home to the northwest of Long Lake. The Orleans Township Fire Department was dispatched to 8924 Lakeview Dr. at 3:39 p.m. to the report of a structure fire, and upon arrival, Fire Chief Les Doty said there was no saving the home.

Betty Jenkins, right, celebrated 40 years of working at the Alvah N. Belding Library on Friday with a hug from former library director Jackie Badersnider, who hired Jenkins at the library in 1975. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jenkins marks 40 years of working at Belding library

In the halls of the Alvah N. Belding Library, surrounded by walls of books that collectively form a history of reading and research by countless patrons, Betty Jenkins is right at home.

This was these scene Wednesday morning at 1410 Oakwood St. in Belding, after a man was shot and killed. — Daily News?Mike Taylor

Shooting death stuns Belding neighbors

A Belding man is dead following an early Wednesday morning shooting in a home located near the end of a quiet side street on the north side of the city. Ionia County Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a shooting at 1410 Oakwood St. at about 5 a.m. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of Eric Harrington, 35, who had been killed by a gunshot wound.