Belding City Manager Bruce Brown looks over a rough draft sketch of the mural that will go on the wall in the “Gathering Place,” or the former Electrolux property that is included in the master plan for updating and developing city parks in Belding. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding to start next phases in park plan

Over the last few months, members of the recreation advisory board, the SmithGroup JJ&R of Ann Arbor and residents of Belding have collaborated to make a plan for Central Riverside Park and the former Electrolux property. Those plans are heading into the first phase of execution in coming months.

Ally Carew, 12, and Devin Toman, right, 13, work on making cards for a child at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital during a service learning class at Belding Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding Middle School adds newspaper writing, service learning classes

Belding Middle School students have been given the chance to try out some different classes this academic year.

In an effort to expose students to a variety of options, some new classes have been added to the curriculum. Two of these classes are newspaper writing and service learning, which are both taught by Jennifer Dispirito.


Belding approves bid for sewer repair, ordinance amendment

Beneath the city of Belding is an underground network of sewer pipes that come together to make up the framework of the sanitation system.


M-STEP scores released for local school districts

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 people attended the “Grandma, Grandpa & Me” breakfast event that focused on promoting literacy with Ellis Elementary School students on Wednesday morning.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Ellis Elementary invites grandparents for breakfast and literacy (PHOTOS)

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.

Larry Tiejema, certified public accountant, gives a presentation to the Otisco Township Board of Trustees about the audit report he performed for the township during a regular meeting last Tuesday. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Otisco Township Board hears positive audit report

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.


IN BRIEF: Ionia County commissioner gives update to Belding City Council

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.


10 local artists participating in ArtPrize

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).

Leppink’s Food Centers operates five Leppink’s stores, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store throughout West Michigan. The organization is being awarded the 2016 Outstanding Retailer by the Michigan Grocers Association on Sunday during the fall conference on Sunday. Pictured is the Leppink’s Food Center Howard City location. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Leppink’s recognized as Michigan Grocer’s outstanding retailer

Over the course of 88 years, the Leppink family has built a company with five Leppink’s Food Centers, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store. This year, Leppink’s Food Centers has been recognized by the Michigan Grocer’s Association as 2016’s Outstanding Retailer.

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First Congregational Church of Belding celebrates its 170th anniversary

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.