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After Roger Gooding was able to lease a new digital projector, the Crystal Box Office Theatre reopened after closing in November 2014. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal Box Office Theatre reopens with digital projector

After months of sitting quiet in the dark, doors closed to the public, the image of patrons enjoying movies all but a memory, the sun is now shining on the Crystal Box Office Theatre again. Owner Roger Gooding was forced to close the business in November 2014. Now, for the first time in more than five months, the single-screen theater is illuminated with a new movie and plenty of guests.

A flock of turkeys comb through a cornfield in southwestern Montcalm County. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Hunters get ready to bag a bird during spring turkey season

Up until now, the only turkeys in Montcalm County that have been knocked down have been those on the bowling lane. However, that is about to change. Starting next Monday, hunters will be out in the woods trying to bag the wily wild turkey. Spring turkey season opens up at 6:20 a.m. on April 20 and hunters are getting excited to get out in the field.

Irish Fest founder Clare Cunningham, right, is pictured with Hubbardston Area Historical Society Chairwoman Joanne Burns Howard. The annual Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will take place April 17 in Hubbardston. — Courtesy photo

Hubbardston’s Irish Fest founder to be honored April 17

This year’s Hubbardston Area Historical Society Irish Fest will be dedicated to a very special person … the festival’s founder.

Clare Cunningham, who died last November, joined the Hubbardston Area Historical Society soon after its creation in 2002. Cunningham organized a fundraiser for the historical society in 2007, which has become an annually anticipated event each April in Hubbardston. This year the event is set for April 17.

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JUST IN: Crystal Township approves $33,433 brine contract with Road Commission

Members of the Crystal Township Board approved number of contract agreements Wednesday evening for the overall improvement township roads.

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Chimney collapses during Carson City-area house fire

An early afternoon fire demolished a Carson City-area home’s second story during the holiday weekend. At 2:23 p.m. on Saturday, the Carson City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on East Fenwick Road. As the fire department rolled onto the property, it quickly became clear the fire was gaining momentum.

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Carson City area fire quickly extinguished, residence saved

An early Thursday morning house fire was quickly extinguished, leaving minimal damage to the residence of Bloomer Township’s Zoning Administrator Duane Hagerman.

Dave Hornak, principal of Horizon Elementary School in Holt and future executive director of the National Association for Year-Round Education, speaks about the benefits of a balanced calendar for school education during a Montcalm County School Boards Association meeting Monday in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Local schools weigh balanced calendar vs. traditional calendar

When reflecting on one’s elementary and secondary education today, most people probably reach the same idea about how and when they attended school. They started in early autumn, finished in late spring, and enjoyed a lengthy summer vacation.

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter conducts his high school band during class as he and his students prepare to perform at the State MSBOA Festival in April. Parmenter said the band has been focusing on comments received from judges at the district festival to prepare for the state festival. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City-Crystal bands preparing for state MSBOA Band Festival

When the legendary steamship Carpathia raced toward the doomed and sinking Titanic with all its might, it did so behind a tireless effort from the captain and crewmen aboard the vessel. Like the skipper behind the wheel, Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Director of Bands Chad Parmenter has been directing his middle school band students, who attempt to follow his every command, as the students perform a piece of music dedicated in honor of the rescue ship.

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Bloomer Township supervisor abruptly resigns

This township’s supervisor abruptly resigned from his post without explanation this month.

The anatomy and physiology I class at Montcalm Community College collected more than 80 blankets and many nonperishable food items and hygienic products as part of a “Warming Montcalm County” service project.  — Courtesy photo

MCC students collect blankets and goods for homeless people

Looking around her hometown of Greenville, Amber Pelak feels like she recently opened her eyes to a major problem in her community: Homelessness.

“Sometimes you can be blind to what’s happening in your community,” she said. “Sometimes you can be immune to it.”