Two years ago, the Michigan Department of Education moved from the 44-year-old MEAP standardized test to the M-STEP, a test that is partly based on common core standards. The M-STEP is widely recognized by educators as a more rigorous test with high expectations for students.
More than 400 grandparents went back to school on Wednesday morning. Ellis Elementary School hosted grandparents of students from pre-school through second grade to have breakfast and encourage the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. During that breakfast, book prizes were handed out to students and adults with stickers on their placemats.
At the end of the fiscal year in March, Otisco Township had almost three times more money in assets than in expenses, according to an audit report.
During a regular meeting last Tuesday, the board and those in attendance heard a report from Larry Tiejema, a certified public accountant based in Saranac. He said it is his responsibility as the auditor to go through the financial statements of the township and evaluate its position.
Ionia County Commissioner Dave Hodges utilized the public comment segment of Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting to give an update on county happenings.
Local artists are utilizing a variety of unique mediums for this year’s ArtPrize, including copper, silver and gold, stained glass mosaics and hornet nests. More than 1,450 entries have been submitted to be on display at more than 160 venues across three square miles of Grand Rapids starting Wednesday through Oct. 9. Winning prizes totaling $500,000 will be awarded (half decided by public vote and half decided by a jury of experts).
One hundred and seventy years ago, the First Congregational Church of Belding was founded as the Christian Church of Otisco. One hundred and forty years ago, the church and congregants built and dedicated the church building that is standing today on the corner of Pearl and Washington Streets in Belding. Sunday, the church is inviting the community to attend a special service at 10:30 a.m. that will feature sections of the sermon delivered by former pastors of the church in addition to a sermon from the current pastor, Paul Hulford.
An architect has drawn up plans for an addition to Otisco Township Hall, but some residents remain unhappy about the process township officials are using.
Township residents will be seeing a new face on the roads and in the community.
On the 15-year anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11, a gathering at the Easton United Methodist Church produced more than 100 people who stood in solidarity Sunday to remember those who lost their lives. The event, dubbed “At the Foot of the Crosses,” showcased touching tributes, which were combined with a variety of musical performances for the audience to enjoy.
Despite the uproarious response from some members of the community regarding the Belding Area Schools mascot, only 30 people attended a special work session to discuss how to move forward. Wednesday evening’s meeting, which was supposed to center around an educational presentation by Interim Public Relations Director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Erik Rodriguez, is the first in what could be a series of meetings that will aim to resolve the mascot issue once and for all.