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From left, firefighters and brothers Dave and Keith Martin, Fire Chief Mark Ravell and Captain Robby Walker were awarded plaques for their 40 years of continuing service and roles in founding the Ronald Township Volunteer Fire Department. — Courtesy photo

4 original Ronald Township Fire Department founders still fight fires

In 1976, MarkRavell, Robby Walker, brothers Dave and Keith Martin and other Ronald Township residents wanted to help the community by establishing a fire department. Forty years later, Ravell, Walker and the Martins are in their 60s, but they still go on fire calls and protect the community.

David Wight, acting chairman of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority, gives a presentation to members of the Crystal Township Board on Wednesday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township DDA pleads to continue with organization

After 22 years of functioning with a goal to improve its downtown district, members of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) are hoping they still have a future. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, acting DDA Chairman David Wight presented the board with recommendations going forward after the resignation of three DDA members.

A dilapidated baseball field located located across from St. Mary’s Church and west of Community Field, north of Carson City-Crystal High School, could be completely remodeled into a new memorial field to be used for varsity baseball games. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New memorial baseball field being discussed at Carson City-Crystal

Dec. 7, 1941, served as a day that thrust the United States into a war in which thousands of Americans sacrificed their lives so we could live free today. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on that date, young soldiers such as Private First Class Rolland J. Hill — a Carson City farm boy who could best be described as a bit of a class clown with a deep passion for baseball — were summoned to fight overseas.

Members of the Hands on Hubbardston Committee celebrate during Hubbapalooza V over the third weekend of July. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza V raises $35,000 for Michigan charities

The fifth annual Hands on Hubbardston event outdid itself this year. Hubbapalooza V raised $35,000 over the third weekend in July. The funds will be split between the Angels of Hope cancer foundation and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. A check presentation to the two charities is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at American Legion Post 182 in Hubbardston.

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.