As the national economy remains in an uncertain state and people struggle to find work and pay the bills, local food and baby pantries quietly continue to operate, offering a critical service to the community.
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The Duck Lake Improvement Board is starting off the new year by looking at Duck Lake differently than any other lake board in Montcalm County and board members are hoping their new approach pays off.
In an effort to be more timely with its auditing processes, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools will now be operating with a new auditing firm. After a unanimous board vote at Tuesday evening’s Carson City-Crystal school board meeting, Maner Costerisan of Lansing will now handle auditing duties for the district for two years.
A new therapy technique designed to ease knee pain without surgery is now being performed at Carson City Hospital. The new procedure, which implements cooled radio-frequency lesioning and has been used to ease back pain for many years, has only recently begun being used to do the same in regards to pain in the knee.
Big changes, including renovations, upgrades and new technologies, officially sit on a distant horizon for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools. But as to whether the sun will rise over that horizon will officially be decided when voters make a decision on a bond proposal in May.
This passage, from the book of Luke, explains the Christmas story with a fluidity and beauty that, in more than 2,000 years, has yet to be matched. More than one believer, and some who do not, have dreamed of witnessing the story of Christ’s birth first-hand, as it unfolded in the hills and fields surrounding long-ago Bethlehem.
After several tense meetings between members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board, it seems everything is beginning to fall into order now that board members have reached an agreement on official bylaws. Board members unanimously agreed to accept official bylaws at Tuesday’s meeting at the Montcalm County Administration Building in Stanton.
A reduction in post office hours may seem like a minor thing, but it’s a major blow to this small village. Starting on Jan. 1, hours at the Hubbardston Post Office will be reduced by half. Officer in charge Menita Merrill, who has worked at the post office for the past 10 years, will be working four hours per day instead of eight hours. “It’s not a happy story,” she said. “It’s not just me, it’s not just here, it’s a lot of places. It’s just sad.”
A county drain in downtown Crystal is more than 112 years old and has reached the point where action must be taken. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted at the Nov. 13 meeting to approve a resolution that will allow Montcalm County Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines to replace the outdated drain and restore proper flow.
When one peeks at the horizon of what could be in the future for the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district, an enticing list of improvements begins to reveal itself. A new gymnasium? Additional classrooms? Technology and equipment upgrades?