Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

Carla and Jason Hill, along with their 1-year-old daughter, Heidi, are now displaced and attempting to purchase a new home after their Crystal Township home was destroyed in a fire on Aug. 20. (Courtesy photo)

Crystal family dealing with loss of home

When the Hill family was informed of a storm heading their way with the potential to produce a tornado, they wisely left their trailer and sought shelter with nearby family.

Jason and Carla Hill and their 1-year-old daughter, Heidi, were safe with Carla’s parents on Aug. 20 as they waited out the storm, but when they returned to their home at 9232 E. Colby Road, things quickly changed for the worse.

The pedestrian bridge spanning across Fish Creek, connecting West Park to Haradine Memorial Park in Carson City, is an example of a connecting bridge that city officials, in collaboration with officials from Bloomer Township, would like to see to connect property in the township to West Park. 
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Carson City, Bloomer Township working together on parks and rec plan

With various playgrounds and pavilions located throughout this community, city officials are seeking public input about the future of three city parks.

The Carson City Council is looking to implement a new five-year recreation plan and, in doing so, are prepared to work collaboratively with officials from Bloomer Township, which encompasses the city.


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.


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.


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.