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Balloons float across the farm fields outside Carson City during the 10th Annual Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out during Carson City’s Frontier Days festival on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Balloonists take to the air in 10th Annual Hot Air Balloon Shoot-Out (Photos)

There are few people in this world who can say they got high on the job and get away with it. However, when it comes to getting high while working, no one gets higher than hot air balloon pilots … quite literally thousands of feet high.

After 20 years as Carson City-Crystal Middle School principal and 25 total years with the school district, Charles “Chuck” Larkins is retiring at the end of this school year. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C Middle School principal retires after 20 years

As the school year ends, everyone from students to teachers is eager for summer vacation to start. At the sound of the final bell, students will joyfully embrace their summer freedom. Teachers … well, they’ll likely do the same.

After Roger Gooding was able to lease a new digital projector, the Crystal Box Office Theatre reopened after closing in November 2014. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Box Office Theatre reopens with digital projector

After months of sitting quiet in the dark, doors closed to the public, the image of patrons enjoying movies all but a memory, the sun is now shining on the Crystal Box Office Theatre again. Owner Roger Gooding was forced to close the business in November 2014. Now, for the first time in more than five months, the single-screen theater is illuminated with a new movie and plenty of guests.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter conducts his high school band during class as he and his students prepare to perform at the State MSBOA Festival in April. Parmenter said the band has been focusing on comments received from judges at the district festival to prepare for the state festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal bands preparing for state MSBOA Band Festival

When the legendary steamship Carpathia raced toward the doomed and sinking Titanic with all its might, it did so behind a tireless effort from the captain and crewmen aboard the vessel. Like the skipper behind the wheel, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter has been directing his middle school band students, who attempt to follow his every command, as the students perform a piece of music dedicated in honor of the rescue ship.

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.