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IN BRIEF: Belding council supports creation of walkable community

During a regular meeting Tuesday evening, the city council approved a resolution to support the mission of the Friends of the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail-Trails.

Ionia resident and home brew aficianado Evan Dembskey, left, begins the process of brewing a craft beer by mixing in the malted grains with hot water in a steel tub as Steele Street Brewery owner and brewmaster Pete Sanford looks on. The brewery opened in January and already has more than 300 “lifetime” members, including Dembskey. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Steele Street Brewery offers an enjoyable, savory community niche

Under Evan Dembskey’s handmade beer mug, it reads his name and “Member #53,” representing his membership to the newly established brewery in town, Steele Street Brewery.

Though he was merely the 53rd member (admitting he got to the grand opening “a little late”), the South African-native-now-Ionia-resident will argue he was one of the first people to support and “hound” Pete Sanford to open a brewery in town.

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Montcalm County releases sheriff candidates’ personnel files

The Daily News utilized the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain the personnel files of five candidates running for sheriff in two counties, in an effort to research the character and job performance of all five men.

From left, sisters Paige Purcey, 8, and Faith Purcey, 12, and parents Angela Purcey, 32, and Jeff Purcey, 34, search for wild Pokemon creatures Saturday at Water Street Park in Belding while playing the new “Pokemon Go” mobile phone game.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Gamers take to the streets to play new ‘Pokemon Go’ mobile phone game

To the naked eye, it appears as if a strange phenomenon has overtaken communities, in which children and adults alike have begun wandering aimlessly through city streets. While cycling, running or walking, eyes are glued to phones, and packs of youths can sometimes be spotted huddled around a local library or city park.

Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey and Board of Education President Tim Flynn discuss the upcoming election for four vacancies in November during a regular board meeting Monday evening. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Belding school board talks upcoming election, mascot

Four seats on the Belding Area Schools Board of Education are up for re-election in November.

Three of the seats are for six-year terms that will expire in 2022 and the other seat is for an unexpired four-year term that will expire in 2020.

Maria Robertson, left, receives the Good Neighbor Award from Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones at Tuesday evening’s Belding City Council meeting. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Belding ambassador is a ‘good neighbor’

A Belding resident has been given the Good Neighbor Award.

Maria Robertson, an active member in the community, was presented with the award during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.

The Good Neighbor Award is given to citizens who go above and beyond to invest time and energy into the city of Belding.

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IN BRIEF: Central Riverside Park gets mini-makeover

During a regular city council meeting Tuesday evening, Otisco Township resident Jeff Hunter stood during public comment to thank City Manager Bruce Brown for the installation of wood chips around the playground equipment at Central Riverside Park.

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IN BRIEF: Belding board approves common calendar

During a regular meeting Monday evening, the Belding board of education adopted a five year district calendar. The calendar identifies dates for each school year when school will not be in session for at least a winter holiday break and a spring break.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

The question of a new addition to the Otisco Township Hall was hotly debated during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the township board. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

Board and citizens debate proposed addition to Otisco Township Hall

Discussions became heated over a construction issue among Otisco Township Board members during Tuesday evening’s meeting.

There is unrest on the board due to a proposed addition for the township hall, and it doesn’t stop there. Some citizens are unhappy with the idea of an addition as well.