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Line-up for Hubbardston's popular walking parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the top of the hill by the village park. The parade — featuring a bagpiper, the Irish dancers and more — will begin at noon. — File photo

Hubbardston ready for St. Patrick’s Day festivities Tuesday

The secret of this village’s St. Patrick’s Day success? Keep it simple.

Irish dancers, Irish stew and “the world’s shortest parade.” And lots of green beer.

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The first 10 weeks: Rep. John Moolenaar talks budget, nuclear arms

Three committees, 30+ bills, 130+ votes … and the hope for a budget that balances in 10 years.

Those are just a few numbers that represent John Moolenaar’s first 10 weeks in office as representative for Michigan’s 4th District, which covers multiple counties in the state’s northern and central region, including Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.

From left, Crystal Township Trustee Kurt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett and Supervisor Chris Johnston discuss the purchase of a motor for the new Crystal Township Fire Department water well at Wednesday evening’s meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal board OKs new pump for fire department water well

The Crystal Township Fire Department will now be operating with a stronger pump at its new water well after a unanimous vote of township board members Wednesday evening. In a 3-1 vote, with Clerk Bob Naumann absent and Treasurer Ted Padgett opposed, board members voted to purchase a $46,729.25 motor from Frayer Water Wells Drilling and Repair of Vestaburg.

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Dog owners speak out against Montcalm County kennel ordinance

Any topic involving animals is a historically proven way to attract the masses to county board meetings. Monday was no exception, as Montcalm County’s Law Enforcement & Courts committee heard half an hour of public comments from concerned and tearful residents about proposed changes to the county’s dog kennel ordinance.

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JUST IN: $500 cash reward offered after Carson City home invasion

Police are looking for leads in a home invasion that robbed a Carson City family of items they valued in relation to the death of their son. The home invasion occurred the last week of February in Carson City.

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Montcalm County plagued by weekend fires

Once again, a string of structure fires burned through Montcalm County throughout the weekend. The weekend started with a mobile home fire south of Lakeview Friday. Then Saturday struck with a morning house fire in Howard City followed by a lunchtime structure fire northeast of Howard City. Later on Saturday, a Crystal dumpster fire was called in followed by house that burned southeast of Crystal. On Sunday, a pump house just east of Crystal also went up in flames.

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CC-C school board discusses goals

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education at last week’s meeting discussed yearly goals for the school board and the superintendent. This year has brought some changes in the structure of election years. The current school board took office on Jan. 1 of this year due to a legislative change. Election years are now held in November of even years.

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CC-C school board discusses guidelines for concealed weapon carriers

An issue of growing parental concern for the parents of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district is the presence of guns in school. An issue currently facing the school board is what to do when student family members who are certified to carry a concealed weapon choose to do so on school property.

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VIDEO: Montcalm County firefighters participate in ice rescue training

In spite of the 2 degree air temperature, which dropped even lower with the wind chill, Montcalm County firefighters braved the frigid weather to participate in an ice training on Sunday. Michigan Rescue Concepts (MRC) hosted the training session in Crystal Township, which included a morning classroom session and an afternoon hands-on training session on the ice of Crystal Lake. MRC is an 18-year-old Michigan-based company which have trained more than 500 fire departments in ice and water rescue training.

Three snowmobilers race across a frozen Crystal Lake on Saturday during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/

Dangerous temperatures freeze out events at Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Jack Frost and his arctic wake of ice and snow were just too much for Saturday’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Normally a welcome friend to a festival that requires plenty of snow and a frozen Crystal Lake, Saturday’s weather conditions were deemed too dangerous by festival officials.