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This year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival is ‘best ever’

For an event that depends entirely on the elements of Mother Nature for success, the Crystal Lake Winter Festival provided perhaps its most rewarding experience to date for the hundreds of visitors who braved the freezing temperatures.

Spectators gathered to watch the popular Polar Dip event on Crystal Lake at last year’s Crystal Winter Festival. — File photo

Ideal conditions expected for Crystal Lake Winter Festival

With one of the coldest, snowiest winters in recent memory, those hoping to attend the annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival couldn’t ask for better conditions. This Saturday, the festival will bring residents and visitors together to enjoy the icy conditions of the frozen lake.

From left to right, Al and Louie Adkins of Mud Lake Community Church in Sheridan, Doris Elliott of Carson City United Methodist Church, Grazina Giroux of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carson City and Dale Dennis of Carson City United Methodist Church are all volunteers for the Carson City Area Food Pantry, which is based at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Carson City. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Carson City food pantry and pregnancy services offer help to community

As the national economy remains in an uncertain state and people struggle to find work and pay the bills, local food and baby pantries quietly continue to operate, offering a critical service to the community.

Duck Lake, located in Crystal Township, will undergo treatments this year from two separate environmental consultants after members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board approved contracts with Restorative Lake Sciences of Spring Lake and S&R Environmental Consulting of St. Charles. — Courtesy photo

Duck Lake Improvement Board hires environmental consultants

The Duck Lake Improvement Board is starting off the new year by looking at Duck Lake differently than any other lake board in Montcalm County and board members are hoping their new approach pays off.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education listen to a presentation during the Monday evening evening board meeting in Carson City. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-Crystal contracts with new auditing firm

In an effort to be more timely with its auditing processes, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will now be operating with a new auditing firm. After a unanimous board vote at Tuesday evening’s Carson City-Crystal school board meeting, Maner Costerisan of Lansing will now handle auditing duties for the district for two years.

Dr. Parut Bhimalli of Carson Health, right, performs a cooled radio-frequency lesioning procedure on a patient in December. The procedure is performed to reduce knee pain without surgery.

Carson Health using new knee therapy procedure … without surgery

A new therapy technique designed to ease knee pain without surgery is now being performed at Carson City Hospital. The new procedure, which implements cooled radio-frequency lesioning and has been used to ease back pain for many years, has only recently begun being used to do the same in regards to pain in the knee.

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CC-C school board approves proposed $11 million bond

Big changes, including renovations, upgrades and new technologies, officially sit on a distant horizon for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. But as to whether the sun will rise over that horizon will officially be decided when voters make a decision on a bond proposal in May.

The role of Mary is played by Rachel Powers, center. Joseph is played by Brent Eubank, right.  In the background are, from left, shepherds Paul Taylor, Dan Wilson and Larry Bush. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Orleans church brings Christmas story to life at God’s Restful Acres

This passage, from the book of Luke, explains the Christmas story with a fluidity and beauty that, in more than 2,000 years, has yet to be matched. More than one believer, and some who do not, have dreamed of witnessing the story of Christ’s birth first-hand, as it unfolded in the hills and fields surrounding long-ago Bethlehem.

Members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board, from left, County Commissioner Ron Braman, Bob Muscott, Dick Walthorn, Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines and David Wight listen Tuesday afternoon as representatives from S&R Environmental Consulting of St. Charles and Restorative Lake Sciences of Spring Lake give lake consulting presentations. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Duck Lake Improvement Board adopt official bylaws

After several tense meetings between members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board, it seems everything is beginning to fall into order now that board members have reached an agreement on official bylaws. Board members unanimously agreed to accept official bylaws at Tuesday’s meeting at the Montcalm County Administration Building in Stanton.

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Hours reduced at Hubbardston Post Office as part of USPS cuts

A reduction in post office hours may seem like a minor thing, but it’s a major blow to this small village. Starting on Jan. 1, hours at the Hubbardston Post Office will be reduced by half. Officer in charge Menita Merrill, who has worked at the post office for the past 10 years, will be working four hours per day instead of eight hours. “It’s not a happy story,” she said. “It’s not just me, it’s not just here, it’s a lot of places. It’s just sad.”