In an effort to keep summer tourism flowing in Michigan, former Gov. John Engler took a stand 17 years ago when he signed a law extending Labor Day weekend into a four-day school holiday. Seven years later, former Gov. Jennifer Granholm followed suit and signed legislation aimed to help the tourism industry by requiring schools to begin the school year after Labor Day.
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Mark Crawfis is not a man who expects or demands applause. Yet when he took the stage Wednesday evening, there wasn’t a person in the audience who wasn’t standing and paying their respects.
Residents in the Crystal area will again be receiving road treatments throughout the upcoming year on behalf of the Road Commission for Montcalm County. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 Wednesday evening, with Clerk Bob Naumann opposed, to approve a contract with the road commission for the application of brine on township roads.
For one week, the Carson City-Crystal Marching Eagles are migrating south. On Sunday, members of the high school band will travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., a trip that Band Director Chad Parmenter sees as a benefit to a dedicated group of students.
From the moment Mason Burns opens his eyes in the morning, the struggle to get out of bed begins. It’s a problem many of his third grade peers can share — wishing for another 10 minutes or hoping for a snow day — anything for a little extra time to spend in bed.
The coldest weekend of the year reserved itself a seat at the seventh annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival on Saturday, but Michigan’s winter was more than welcome to the table. Festivalgoers didn’t seem to mind the single digit temperatures that encompassed a day filled with ice skating, polar dipping, chili eating and much more.
The Crystal Lake Winter Festival was an annual highlight for Lee Avery. The Crystal businessman helped organize car shows and enthusiastically served homemade chili to cold festivalgoers over the years, as well as those who braved the Polar Dip in the icy water of Crystal Lake.
Whether the lake remains frozen or melts to its liquid state, this year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival will go on as scheduled. Event organizers are ready for the 7th annual event in downtown Crystal on Saturday, with plenty of events planned for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
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.
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.