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Crystal Township home likely total loss after fire

Firefighters from the Crystal Township and Carson City Fire Departments responded to the scene of a structure fire at 2838 W. Colby Road on Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries reported.

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Montcalm County brings on law firm as deficit looms

How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.

Members of the Hands on Hubbardston Committee celebrate during Hubbapalooza V over the third weekend of July. — Courtesy photo

Hubbapalooza V raises $35,000 for Michigan charities

The fifth annual Hands on Hubbardston event outdid itself this year. Hubbapalooza V raised $35,000 over the third weekend in July. The funds will be split between the Angels of Hope cancer foundation and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. A check presentation to the two charities is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at American Legion Post 182 in Hubbardston.

Electricity is provided at portions of Noll Park in Crystal Township, but with those expenses being paid from the township’s fire department fund, some officials want a new power meter installed. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township trying to restore electricity to Noll Park

With lights for ballfields and power for the picnic pavilion, energy is needed at local parks, but the question of who is paying for it has raised a few eyebrows.

During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, board members discussed that issue concerning Noll Park, which is located adjacent to the township’s fire department station on Smith Street.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township recycling site relocating to Noll Park

The recycling site within this township will be moving locations in a matter of weeks.

Runners take off at the start of the 20th annual Crystal Run the Lake 3 mile race Saturday, with 20 of those running having just completed the 5-mile race in Crystal Township. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Crystal Run the Lake marks 20th year

Milka Welder of Greenville took up running in 2010 after her first pregnancy as a way to get back in shape. She fell in love with the sport, and worked up to doing a half-marathon (13.1 miles) a few years later. Running five or six days a week, Welder decided this summer to try some local 5Ks (3.1 miles), just for fun.

The training paid off as Welder was the overall women’s finisher in both the 5-mile and 3-mile races at Saturday’s Crystal’s 20th annual Run the Lake.

Runners take off at the start of the 5-mile run during the 2012 Crystal Run The Lake race. — File photo

Crystal Run The Lake to celebrate 20th event Aug. 6

A run that circles Crystal Lake is set to have a special anniversary Saturday.

The Crystal Run The Lake will have its 20th run, which excites race organizer Janet Shy.

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JUST IN: Schafer dominates 8th Judicial Circuit Court judge race

A former prosecutor turned judge emerged as the frontrunner over two attorney challengers Tuesday in the race for 8th Judicial Circuit Court, which covers Ionia and Montcalm counties.

Ionia resident and home brew aficianado Evan Dembskey, left, begins the process of brewing a craft beer by mixing in the malted grains with hot water in a steel tub as Steele Street Brewery owner and brewmaster Pete Sanford looks on. The brewery opened in January and already has more than 300 “lifetime” members, including Dembskey. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

BUSINESS BEAT: Steele Street Brewery offers an enjoyable, savory community niche

Under Evan Dembskey’s handmade beer mug, it reads his name and “Member #53,” representing his membership to the newly established brewery in town, Steele Street Brewery.

Though he was merely the 53rd member (admitting he got to the grand opening “a little late”), the South African-native-now-Ionia-resident will argue he was one of the first people to support and “hound” Pete Sanford to open a brewery in town.

About 60 people participated in Hubbapalooza’s Color Run and Walk on Saturday, ending the 5K run and 1-mile walk with a “color explosion” at Mill Pond Park, in which participants threw colored powder in the air in unison. The event was part of the fifth annual Hubbapalooza, a fundraiser for Angels of Hope and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Hubbapalooza festivalgoers have fun while raising funds

“I love it! I love all the colors! It was totally fun!”

Beaming a smile of fruity, colored-stained teeth, Michaela Ward summed up Hubbardston’s annual fundraising festival. The 16-year-old Fowler resident had just completed Saturday’s 5K Color Run with her brother, Bryce, 10, both of whom were covered head to toe with bright colors stained on them from the run.