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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.

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42nd annual Frontier Days festivities underway in Carson City (Photo Gallery)

The 42nd annual Frontier Days festival is underway this weekend in Carson City.

Two Carson City-Crystal graduating seniors had fun with the outlook of their future, decorating their graduation caps with the “To infinity and beyond” catchphrase from “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear during the class of 2014’s graduation ceremony Sunday. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

CC-Crystal grads embodiment of confidence, success (Photo Gallery)

For many graduating seniors, there are memories, there are accomplishments and there are regrets. But, as senior Lindsay McClintic said during her speech at Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony Sunday, there is no need for advice for her or her peers as they embark on life after high school. “From here on out, we will be facing many uncertainties in both the immediate and distant future,” McClintic said. “So when you think about it, uncertainty is just another word for opportunity.”

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Carson City-Crystal senior balances academics, sports with technology

When he was just 2 years old, Tyler Craig was given a computer mouse to play with as a toy in his high chair. It didn’t take but a few minutes for the toddler to realize the mouse wasn’t doing much and was designed for much more.

From left, Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston and Clerk Bob Naumann discuss the distribution of funds for summer road construction throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township OKs $110,000+ in road work

A number of roads will see work this summer that should help ease driving conditions for motorists who drive through the Crystal area. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve $110,214 in funds generated from 1.2 mills approved in 2010 to have the Road Commission for Montcalm County repair and improve a number of roads throughout the area.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education listen to a presentation Monday evening about the possibility of creating a seven-period schedule for students at Carson City-Crystal High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C exploring seven-period class schedule for high school

Teachers and students at Carson City-Crystal High School who would like the opportunity take more elective courses may soon get their wish. According to High School Principal Duane Lyons, school officials are researching and are in preliminary talks about expanding the current six-period high school schedule to seven periods, adding one more class to each students’ daily workload.

The Carson City-Crystal High School Band performs during a practice session at the MSBOA State Festival Thursday at Belding High School. — Daily News/Cory Smith

PHOTO GALLERY: Practice makes perfect for CC-C band

For a group of students so focused on working to create beautiful, flawless music, the Carson City-Crystal High School Band sure has made a lot of noise this year. That noise, of course, is what has followed its majestic, grandiose performances — the cheering, hugging, crying and shear excitement of coming out on top again and again.

From left, school board member Randy Stearns, Superintendent Kevin Murphy, President Tom Wilcox and Ben Adkins listen and respond during the public comment period of Monday evening’s Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C superintendent responds to concerns

Hubbardston resident and business owner Patricia Baese said she had finally heard enough.

She decided to seek answers from Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

At Monday evening’s Carson City-Crystal Schools Board of Education meeting, community members filled every available chair and appeared to be focused on the same issues as Baese.

Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge checks in at the Carson Health obstetrics desk with, from left, registered nurse Diane Brown, Dr. Erin LeGrand and registered nurse Stephanie Ryan. — Courtesy/Ben Moore

Carson City police chief stepping down after 3 years

After three years on the job, Carson City Police Chief Bruce Partridge is saying goodbye to a department he helped transform into a respectable “community service” agency. On April 30, Partridge will perform his last patrol, spending his last day as chief of a police agency that looks quite a bit different from the department he inherited upon his hiring.