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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.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education members, from left, Nicki Sucheck, Randy Stearns, Superintendent Kevin Murphy, President Ben Adkins, and Nancy Seals, discuss the purchase of an air conditioner for a new school bus Monday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal buys cool bus

It can be tough to beat the heat in Michigan, and for students enrolled in summer school programs, it is a statement that can hold especially true. With most school districts currently implementing three months off for students during the summer months, the majority of those districts forego the often expensive option of providing air conditioning.

Members of Carson City American Legion Post 380 march in the Grand Parade on Saturday during the Carson City Frontier Days festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City community enjoys annual Frontier Days festival (PHOTOS)

Friends Bata Helman and Frances Sorrell look forward to the Carson City Frontier Days Grand Parade every year. Like many others, staking out their spot with lawn chairs and blankets lining Main Street, the two longtime friends like the parade entries and meeting up with family and friends. But they also have another reason to be thankful for their lawn chairs, sitting curbside to the parade route.

A Carson City-Crystal graduate dons a decorative cap that says "One Degree Hotter" during the school's 2016 graduation Sunday at the school's Community Fieldhouse. — Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

72 CC-C grads reflect on the past, look to the future (PHOTOS)

For the 72 the students that comprised Carson City-Crystal’s class of 2016, Sunday’s graduation was a time of reflection of the past, celebration of the present and a focus on the future. Kennedy Murphy, one of the speakers of Carson City-Crystal’s graduation ceremony, touched on all three timelines in a speech to her class, giving sound advice to cherish what they’ve accomplished but to also have the courage to continue to strive for better as they move on to the next chapter of their lives and careers.

Andrew Emelander worked for weeks to catch up after a car accident left him unable to go to school, resulting in the worry that he might not graduate on time. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Overcoming crash, CC-C senior grateful to graduate on time

Andrew Emelander knew what he was going to do after graduation. After achieving his high school diploma, Andrew planned to join the military. An icy road on an early Thursday morning, Feb. 4, almost changed all of that.

Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, speaks with Supervisor Chris Johnston during Wednesday’s meeting on the topic of Crystal Community Library relocation efforts. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Proposal reviewed for new Crystal library location

If Crystal Community Library is ever to move to the Crystal Community Center, the window of opportunity may finally be open. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members briefly reviewed a “memorandum of understanding” proposed by Clerk Bob Naumann during a first reading.