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Tim Zielke leads the “shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world” during festivities in Hubbardston on Tuesday. The small village has been hosting the event annually for more than 20 years. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hubbardston offers a true Irish experience close to home

Tuesday morning dawned brisk and blustery as a March stroll on the shores of Galway Bay, but the sun was shining and what chill lingered by noon did little to dull the spirits of the crowd gathered in this small village to honor the Emerald Isle’s patron saint.

From left, Crystal Township Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett and Supervisor Chris Johnston discuss the purchase of a motor for the new Crystal Township Fire Department water well at Wednesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal board OKs new pump for fire department water well

The Crystal Township Fire Department will now be operating with a stronger pump at its new water well after a unanimous vote of township board members Wednesday evening. In a 3-1 vote, with Clerk Bob Naumann absent and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed, board members voted to purchase a $46,729.25 motor from Frayer Water Wells Drilling and Repair of Vestaburg.

Three snowmobilers race across a frozen Crystal Lake on Saturday during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/

Dangerous temperatures freeze out events at Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Jack Frost and his arctic wake of ice and snow were just too much for Saturday’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Normally a welcome friend to a festival that requires plenty of snow and a frozen Crystal Lake, Saturday’s weather conditions were deemed too dangerous by festival officials.

Donation of Bailey Lance’s organs helped seven other people regain a healthy life. — File photo

Bailey Lance remembered for his good-natured humor, will help others through organ donation

This was supposed to be the year Bailey Lance pumped up his grades a little, getting them more in line with his abilities. This was supposed to be the year he brought down the 12-point buck he’d seen from a distance while hunting.

The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that’s only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, were in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that have electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

After brief outage, Christmas lights restored in Crystal

Christmas decorations have been hung and holiday spirits are high in downtown Crystal, but as evening hours approached, the colorful decorative displays were left in the dark. At Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, Supervisor Chris Johnston informed the audience that due to work performed by Consumers Energy in the spring, several of the power lines providing energy to various Christmas decorations are no longer functional.

Bloomer Township Clerk Sarah Todd only has a few more days to spend at her office at the old Bloomer Township Hall building before township offices are relocated to the new facility on M-57. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Bloomer Township Hall moving outside of Carson City

The building at 217 W. Sherman St. has served as a veterans hall, a library, a school and, most recently, a township hall. Now, the historic facility is about to get its next assignment.

Roger Gooding, owner of the Crystal Box Office Theatre, starts a movie on a 35-millimeter projector. The projector and film are steadily becoming an outdated technology as movie studios switch to digital movies. — File photo

Crystal Box Office Theatre flickers out

The outdated, but reliable 35-millimeter projector at the Crystal Box Office Theatre has likely played its final film. Last Monday, theater owner Roger Gooding made the difficult decision to shut the doors of the business, after months of declining attendance and ticket sales.

Deaf Pride Day organizer Ellisha Cecil, left, high-fives Kyla Fuller, 5, of Portland, as they say goodbye at the conclusion of Deaf Pride Day Friday on the campus of Montcalm Community College in Sidney. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Annual Deaf Pride Day brings out the inner superhero

It may be believed that superheroes only exist in a comic books and movies, but there was no evidence of that when 40 students, many dressed in superhero attire, arrived at Montcalm Community College for Deaf Pride Day on Friday.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Band Director Chad Parmenter directs the fifth grade band during class Friday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

New CC-C band programs expand musical horizons

On the surface, among 20 of her fellow fifth-grade classmates, Hanna Meno was blending in just fine. Sitting in Band Director Chad Parmenter’s classroom Friday, the 10-year-old student and her fellow peers did their best to play through a few musical exercises, making a few mistakes along the way, but giving their very best effort.

New Carson City Police Chief Dave Ellis, left, shakes hands with Carson City Mayor Bruce Tasker, right, as City Administrator Jean Southward, center, watches. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Lansing detective sergeant is new Carson City police chief

After more than a month of fluctuation at the Carson City Police Department, the city has found a new police chief. Mayor Bruce Tasker appointed Dave Ellis, a detective sergeant with the Lansing Police Department, during Tuesday evening’s Carson City Council meeting.