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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.”

Alex Kapteyn of Central Michigan Piano in Carson City plays a Steinway piano built in 1890 that he purchased and restored from the late Dorothy Oliver, who owned the piano for approximately 60 years. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City’s Alex Kapteyn restores 1890 Steinway piano

At first glance, the Steinway grand piano sitting in the home of Alex Kapteyn is a sight to behold, a decoration of sorts that commands attention from the far corner of the family room. Impressive on appearance alone, the instrument is an aging but beautiful work of art that Kapteyn has worked to restore throughout the past 10 months.

Financial damage estimates from an Oct. 30 fire at Renaissance Power in Carson City range from $2.5 million to $4.5 million. DTE Energy in Detroit owns the power facility. — File photo

Carson City power plant fire leaves millions in damages

A fire that destroyed an energy transformer at Renaissance Power will result in millions of dollars in repairs for power plant owner DTE Energy. Carson City Fire Chief Mark Crawfis recently informed city officials that the Oct. 30 fire could result in anywhere from $4 to $4.5 million total repairs and replacements at the plant, as he was informed by managers at the 732 megawatt simple-cycle natural gas facility.

The first impression visitors receive when they enter Carson City on N. Division Street is a series of old Kellogg Elevator Co. grain elevator buildings, which have fallen into disrepair after years of standing unoccupied. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Kellogg Elevator demolition lags; Carson City officials impatient

The Kellogg Elevator Co., which decades ago stood as an agricultural beacon for business in Montcalm County, remains (barely) standing today, a ghost of its former self. With splintered wooden beams creaking in the wind, shattered windows lining the walls and various metal and concrete debris scattered throughout the property, the last two years of demolition attempts at the abandoned site have left it looking no better than when those efforts began.

Crystal Community Library Librarian Brenda Geselman, left, speaks on the phone at the front desk of the library while Crystal Township resident Elizabeth McMillan uses one of the library’s computers Wednesday afternoon. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City Council authorizes Crystal library contract and lease

Efforts to move the Crystal Community Library to a new location have been long in the making, and though the idea remains intact, a final resolution may still be years away. That’s the understanding of both members of the Crystal Township Board and Carson City Library Board, which overseas the Crystal Community Library.

Crystal Township Clerk Bob Naumann, left, speaks on the subject of receiving bids for a new heating and cooling system at the township administration building as Trustee Jason Anderson listens during Wednesday’s board meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township to purchase new DPW truck

Another year, another new truck for the Crystal Township Department of Public Works. In following a plan to replace the DPW’s pickup truck each year, board members officially approved the purchase of a new vehicle Wednesday evening.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Superintendent Kevin Murphy, left, speaks on the topic of open carry guidelines as school board member Scott Fleisher listens during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C board looks at legal decisions on open carry

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education once again focused its attention on guns during Monday’s regular meeting. Board members discussed for more than an hour the subject of creating administrative guidelines to aid administrators and office staff on how to address an individual who enters a school building with a holstered weapon via the right to open carry in Michigan.

The Hubbardston Village Council faced a hostile audience during Tuesday's meeting. Ongoing hostilities between the council and former Hubbardston Community Center board members have made for some challenging meetings, according to Village President Julie Hobart-Reed. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Hubbardston Village Council meetings have become a free-for-all

Out of control. Those are the three words that best describe Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Hubbardston Village Council in the small Irish village in northern Ionia County.