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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.

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Flat River Watershed meetings scheduled for July and August

Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.

Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.

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IN BRIEF: Carson City-Crystal School Board re-votes, approves bus purchase again

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education voted Monday evening on the same resolution for the second time in two months.

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Colors take to the air during last year’s 5K color run as part of the Hubbapalooza festival in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston readies for Hubbapalooza V, a festival of hope

Hubbapalooza V is slated for July 15-16 in Hubbardston. This year’s goal is to raise funds for Angels of Hope and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention.

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JUST IN: 12-year-old boy dies after ORV accident

A 12-year-old boy died after the off-road vehicle he was driving hit a bump and rolled over.

Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies and Montcalm County Emergency Services responded to the accident at 12:41 p.m. today on private property on the 4000 block of East Boyer Road.

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.

Former Central Montcalm Public School superintendent Jacob Helms of Clifford Lake was one of many residents to address the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday about law enforcement cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Adopt a park, adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.

But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?

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.

From left to right, Mecosta-Osceola 49th Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy, HOPE Program Chief Probation Supervisor Cheryl Inouye, Hawaii Judge Steven Alm and Ionia-Montcalm 8th Judicial Circuit Court judges Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger and Ronald Schafer met Friday at the Montcalm County Courthouse in Stanton to discuss Alm’s HOPE program. — Courtesy photo

HOPEful new approach to probation, parole

A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.

Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.