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From left, Carson City Elementary School third grade student council members Rylie Weber, 8, Peyton Bewalt, 8, Klouse Andrews, 10, Liam Jensen, 8, Savannah Sabela, 9, and Padi Watson, 8, pose with fellow third grade student Mason Burns, 9, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The students are helping to raise enough money to purchase a service dog for Burns. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City students raising funds to purchase service dog for classmate

From the moment Mason Burns opens his eyes in the morning, the struggle to get out of bed begins. It’s a problem many of his third grade peers can share — wishing for another 10 minutes or hoping for a snow day — anything for a little extra time to spend in bed.

Sparrow Carson Hospital was acquired by Sparrow Health System one year ago. On Wednesday, a donation in the amount of $30,000 was made to the Carson Foundation from the health system as part of an agreement to match funds raised by the foundation. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Sparrow Health System donates $30,000 to Carson Foundation

One year ago, Sparrow Health System pledged to match funds annually to the Carson Foundation when it acquired Carson Health.

On Wednesday, Sparrow came through as promised.

Robert Nieman of Crystal performs a “belly flop” dive into the icy waters of Crystal Lake during the 7th annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival Polar Dip event Saturday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Lake festivalgoers embrace ‘coldest weekend of year’ (PHOTOS)

The coldest weekend of the year reserved itself a seat at the seventh annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival on Saturday, but Michigan’s winter was more than welcome to the table. Festivalgoers didn’t seem to mind the single digit temperatures that encompassed a day filled with ice skating, polar dipping, chili eating and much more.

Frozen flowers hang on the fence around the Crystal Lake Polar Dip site, where Lee Avery died in an ORV accident Saturday night during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

‘A community guy’: Crystal in mourning after winter festival tragedy

The Crystal Lake Winter Festival was an annual highlight for Lee Avery. The Crystal businessman helped organize car shows and enthusiastically served homemade chili to cold festivalgoers over the years, as well as those who braved the Polar Dip in the icy water of Crystal Lake.

Zaybben Bowen, 9, of Crystal, right, pulls his friend, Harrison Prebble, 9, of Ionia, on a sled as the winds howl and create a fog of snow at the 2015 Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — File photo

Winter’s wrath won’t stop Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Whether the lake remains frozen or melts to its liquid state, this year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival will go on as scheduled. Event organizers are ready for the 7th annual event in downtown Crystal on Saturday, with plenty of events planned for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

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‘Back to square one’ with Crystal Township library relocation

Of the three parties involved in the possible relocation of the Crystal Community Library, one has officially removed itself from the equation.

During the Jan. 19 Carson City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously not to sign an agreement with the Crystal Township Board of Trustees to approve relocating the Crystal Community Library.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education agreed to allow Superintendent Kevin Murphy to implement guidelines for school administrators on the subject of open carry of a gun within the school district during Thursday's school board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C implements open carry instructions for school administrators

If an individual arrives at a Carson City-Crystal school building with a pistol holstered at the hip, administrators will now know what to do — let them in.

But that’s not to say strict restrictions won’t be enforced by those administrators for all visitors of the district, including those who choose to exercise that legal right of carrying a weapon.

Crystal Township Treasurer Ted Padgett, left, Supervisor Chris Johnston, center, and Clerk Bob Naumann listen to residents interested in the amount of usage the Crystal Community Center has been getting in recent months. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Crystal residents query community center usage

Township residents are curious as to just how much use the Crystal Community Center is getting these days, as well as how much revenue it’s bringing in. Understandable, considering the township board has previously discussed the possibility of a bond to help pay for improvements and repairs there. That bond issue could appear on the ballot as soon as August.

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Ice fishers urged to use caution on lakes amid fluctuating temps

Just call Bill Hacker the ice man. The owner of Wet Willy’s Bait & Tackle in Crystal has been fielding numerous phone calls from customers wondering if the ice on local lakes is thick enough for ice fishing.

The Hubbardston dam, centered in the middle of the small village on Fish Creek, is again producing power after owner Roy Davis worked with Consumers Energy to restore the facility and begin selling electricity back to the company. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Hubbardston Hydro dam is once again producing power

The small but roaring falls of the Hubbardston Hydro dam have been flowing for more than a century and a half, and now, they are once again producing power. As of six weeks ago, Hubbardston Hydro owner Roy Davis of Eaton Rapids confirmed the dam is once again operating and “running flawlessly.”