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Hubbardston Hydro dam may be springing back to life

The long and storied history of this village’s dam dates back more than 160 years, even before “Hubbard’s town” was founded.

It was 1853 when Joseph Brown purchased property from land speculator James Langdon and built a dam and a small sawmill on Fish Creek, a tributary to the Maple River.

Franklin Pierce succeeded Millard Fillmore as the 14th president of the United States that year and multiple Irish families were in the process of following John Cowman from Ireland to a Michigan settlement that would eventually become Hubbardston.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Band Director Chad Parmenter directs the fifth grade band during class Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New CC-C band programs expand musical horizons

On the surface, among 20 of her fellow fifth-grade classmates, Hanna Meno was blending in just fine. Sitting in Band Director Chad Parmenter’s classroom Friday, the 10-year-old student and her fellow peers did their best to play through a few musical exercises, making a few mistakes along the way, but giving their very best effort.

New Carson City Police Chief Dave Ellis, left, shakes hands with Carson City Mayor Bruce Tasker, right, as City Administrator Jean Southward, center, watches. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lansing detective sergeant is new Carson City police chief

After more than a month of fluctuation at the Carson City Police Department, the city has found a new police chief. Mayor Bruce Tasker appointed Dave Ellis, a detective sergeant with the Lansing Police Department, during Tuesday evening’s Carson City Council meeting.

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Jean Southward selected as next Carson City administrator

It took less than five minutes of discussion during Tuesday evening’s special Carson City Council meeting for the unanimous recommendation to hire Jean Southward as city administrator.

At right, Carson City Councilman Tom McCrackin asks a question during city administrator interviews Tuesday evening at Carson City Hall as Councilman Chad Parmenter, center, and Mayor Bruce Tasker, left, listen. — Daily News/Cory Smith

2 longtime Carson City residents interview for city administrator job

In its search for the next city administrator, the Carson City Council won’t have to look but a few blocks away from City Hall in choosing between two final candidates. On Tuesday evening, members of the council interviewed two finalists for the position of city administrator, which has been vacant since May 30 after the resignation of former city administrator Mark Borden.

From left, Carson City Council members Chad Parmenter, Tom McCrackin and Kurt Keiffer listen to discussion Tuesday evening on the topic of finding a new police chief for the Carson City Police Department. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City searching for police chief, officers, after multiple resignations

After a recent string of resignations, the Carson City Police Department is just one officer shy of not existing at all. During the past month, three of the department’s part-time officers have left for positions with other agencies, including Interim Police Chief Jason Pattok, who resigned on Aug. 4.

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Crystal Township Board exploring ordinance variance requests

Apparently the second time’s the charm when it comes to implementing a variance procedure for land ordinances in this township.

Just one month ago, Crystal Township Board members voted down a resolution 2-3 — with Supervisor Chris Johnston, Trustee Jason Anderson and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed — to have the township’s attorney include a variance procedure in all three of the township’s land division ordinances.

State Librarian Randy Riley, top left corner, speaks with community members and library staff members at Carson City Public Library on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to the library. — Daily News/Cory Smith

State librarian returns home to visit Carson City Public Library

Randy Riley’s new position may now have him representing the entire state of Michigan, but he’ll always refer to the small communities of Hubbardston and Carson City as home. Riley, who was named Michigan’s state librarian upon the retirement of Nancy Robertson on April 30th, has spent his first few months becoming acclimated to his new position. In one of his first ventures away from Lansing, he returned to his roots Tuesday by visiting his hometown of Hubbardston and nearby Carson City Public Library.

With the use of a solar panel, rechargeable batteries, a few wires, an energy converter and an Altoids container, Ethan Gallagher, 14, of Hubbardston, built this cell phone charger. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Hubbardston boy wins Best in Show with resourceful, practical device

In today’s world, a fully charged cell phone could be deemed as necessary as a car filled with gas, or perhaps to your average teenager, as important as food and water. With a noticeable absence of your standard electrical wall outlet, the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds is not considered an ideal location to plug in one’s phone as it nears the end of it’s battery life, but that doesn’t matter to Ethan Gallagher.

Firefighter Chad Parmenter helps 4-year-old Greenville resident Kaiden Huffman spray water at a safety cone Saturday morning at Carson City High School during the 42 annual Frontier Days festival.

Carson City comes alive for 42nd annual Frontier Days (PHOTOS)

From sunrise to sunset, the image of this year’s Frontier Days festival will likely last a lifetime for the hundreds of visitors who experienced the charm of the small-town festival. With a sky frequently dotted by the colorful array of hot air balloons overhead, combined with crowded streets of children playing together while their parents browsed through various vendor booths, the city truly came alive, kicking off the summer season in grand fashion with the hosting of the 42nd annual Carson City festival.