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A dilapidated baseball field located located across from St. Mary’s Church and west of Community Field, north of Carson City-Crystal High School, could be completely remodeled into a new memorial field to be used for varsity baseball games. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New memorial baseball field being discussed at Carson City-Crystal

Dec. 7, 1941, served as a day that thrust the United States into a war in which thousands of Americans sacrificed their lives so we could live free today. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on that date, young soldiers such as Private First Class Rolland J. Hill — a Carson City farm boy who could best be described as a bit of a class clown with a deep passion for baseball — were summoned to fight overseas.

The pedestrian bridge spanning across Fish Creek, connecting West Park to Haradine Memorial Park in Carson City, is an example of a connecting bridge that city officials, in collaboration with officials from Bloomer Township, would like to see to connect property in the township to West Park. 
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Carson City, Bloomer Township working together on parks and rec plan

With various playgrounds and pavilions located throughout this community, city officials are seeking public input about the future of three city parks.

The Carson City Council is looking to implement a new five-year recreation plan and, in doing so, are prepared to work collaboratively with officials from Bloomer Township, which encompasses the city.

Carson City-Crystal’s Ryan Argersinger tries to dodge two Saranac Redskins players during the first half the the Eagle’s season-opening game at Carson City-Crystal on Friday evening. The Eagles suffered a 45-6 loss. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Young CC-C team absorbs season-opening loss to Saranac

After Carson City-Crystal’s 45-6 season-opening loss to Saranac on Friday evening, new Eagles head coach Ben Brock knows there’s a lot of work to do.

With a young team — including three freshmen and and six sophomores playing on the varsity level — Brock knows his team will be hard challenged in every game. Against Saranac, his team got to see a varsity-level style it needed to see in order to improve.

Members of the Hands on Hubbardston Committee celebrate during Hubbapalooza V over the third weekend of July. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza V raises $35,000 for Michigan charities

The fifth annual Hands on Hubbardston event outdid itself this year. Hubbapalooza V raised $35,000 over the third weekend in July. The funds will be split between the Angels of Hope cancer foundation and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. A check presentation to the two charities is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at American Legion Post 182 in Hubbardston.

Electricity is provided at portions of Noll Park in Crystal Township, but with those expenses being paid from the township’s fire department fund, some officials want a new power meter installed. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township trying to restore electricity to Noll Park

With lights for ballfields and power for the picnic pavilion, energy is needed at local parks, but the question of who is paying for it has raised a few eyebrows.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members discussed that issue concerning Noll Park, which is located adjacent to the township’s fire department station on Smith Street.

Runners take off at the start of the 20th annual Crystal Run the Lake 3 mile race Saturday, with 20 of those running having just completed the 5-mile race in Crystal Township. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Crystal Run the Lake marks 20th year

Milka Welder of Greenville took up running in 2010 after her first pregnancy as a way to get back in shape. She fell in love with the sport, and worked up to doing a half-marathon (13.1 miles) a few years later. Running five or six days a week, Welder decided this summer to try some local 5Ks (3.1 miles), just for fun.

The training paid off as Welder was the overall women’s finisher in both the 5-mile and 3-mile races at Saturday’s Crystal’s 20th annual Run the Lake.

About 60 people participated in Hubbapalooza’s Color Run and Walk on Saturday, ending the 5K run and 1-mile walk with a “color explosion” at Mill Pond Park, in which participants threw colored powder in the air in unison. The event was part of the fifth annual Hubbapalooza, a fundraiser for Angels of Hope and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Hubbapalooza festivalgoers have fun while raising funds

“I love it! I love all the colors! It was totally fun!”

Beaming a smile of fruity, colored-stained teeth, Michaela Ward summed up Hubbardston’s annual fundraising festival. The 16-year-old Fowler resident had just completed Saturday’s 5K Color Run with her brother, Bryce, 10, both of whom were covered head to toe with bright colors stained on them from the run.

Veterans from the Crystal Township area lead the annual Crystal Lake 4th of July Parade down Lake Street Monday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Families near and far come together for Fourth of July at Crystal Lake

The small downtown of Crystal may not appear in big, bold letters on any published map, but in the hearts of so many who have once called it home, it continues to loom large. A special, small-town lakeside community, there is no time of year where Crystal shines brightest than on the Fourth of July.

Karen and Charlie Braman are being honored as grand marshals of this year’s Fourth of July parade, set for 10 a.m. July 4 around Crystal Lake in Crystal Township. — Courtesy photo

Crystal is ready for Fourth of July

This year’s Fourth of July events will take place over a four-day weekend in Crystal. Charlie and Karen Braman are being honored as grand marshals of the parade, slated for 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, around Crystal Lake.

Montcalm County 4-H members competing in the Horse/Pony Showmanship event Monday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds wait as judge Marc DeLisle determines their placement. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Horse shows involve months of hard work for 4-H’ers (PHOTOS)

The Montcalm County 4-H Fair is in full swing and that means barns and tents are full to bursting with animals and their caretakers, the smells of fair foods like elephant ears and corn dogs waft through the air and everywhere you turn there are faces of excited participants eager to show off the hard work they’ve put in. What might be surprising to some is how much work that goes into the fair and the events, much of which is done by volunteers. So many people get involved for the love of 4-H and the community that 4-H promotes.