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A cement pad and stairs are the only lake access to Crystal Township Park from Crystal Lake, but members of the Downtown Development Authority are optimistic that someday a grant could help pave the way for a boardwalk-style marina, connecting boaters to the downtown district. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Enthusiasm returns to Crystal Township DDA

Committees can dissipate almost as quickly as they are formed, board members will come and go, and enthusiasm can reach ultimate highs as well as bottom out to nonexistence. Tim Bohen has spent more than 20 years as a member of the Crystal Township Downtown Development Association (DDA), and he has witnessed both ends of the spectrum, from failures to successes.

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IN BRIEF: CC-C renews food contract with Chartwells

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Board of Education approved a contract with Chartwells School Dining Services during Monday evening’s board of education meeting.

After being struck by a shotgun blast from a member of the Carson City-Crystal clay target team, there is little resemblance of the former circular disc that existed before it was successfully hit. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Clay target shooting becomes varsity sport at Carson City-Crystal (PHOTOS)

Standing patiently, holding his breath in anticipation, Caleb Stevens steadied his rifle before him, ready to take aim. With safety goggles placed over his eyes and ear shields strapped on firmly, after a small moment of silence to himself, he shouted aloud confidently: “Pull!”

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ON THE RECORD: Montcalm County cracking down on recycling site abuse

One man has been convicted and fined after dumping garbage at a Montcalm County recycling site, putting a face to a countywide problem.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, gives examples of economic development within Montcalm County throughout the past year during Thursday’s Coalition of Greater Greenville meeting.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Right Place partnership paying dividends for Montcalm County

After one full year of utilizing The Right Place in Montcalm County, early returns appear to be positive.

According to Right Place Board of Directors member and Montcalm Economic Alliance Board President Rob Spohr, the return on investment in partnering with The Right Place, an economic development agency based in Grand Rapids, has led to a rate of $1,330 to $1 through the first year of the three-year partnership.

The view of Crystal Lake from Crystal Township Park will become more appealing to residents seeking to enjoy the sunset after $1,000 will be put toward trimming live trees and removing dead ones from the area. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Township OKs park tree trimming, police contract

Enjoying the sunset at Crystal Lake is one of the simplest pleasures offered in Montcalm County … unless you had planned an evening picnic at a nearby park. With a line of trees and brush separating Crystal Township Park from the lake, residents have been deprived of one of the best views in the area. Until now.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township becomes fiduciary for lake board

In a unanimous decision Wednesday evening, members of the Crystal Township Board voted to make the township the official fiduciary for the Duck Lake Improvement Board.

Members of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education discuss Monday the potential of implementing a balanced calendar at the school district. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal school board discusses possible balanced calendar

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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IN BRIEF: Unused CC-C bond funds to be reallocated for additional building enhancements

Additional enhancements are coming to Carson City-Crystal Schools thanks to quick work by construction workers.

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Outman concerned about proposed LGBTQ guidelines in school

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.

A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.