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New Detroit Red Wings coach keeps family, Irish heritage close

Speak the name Jeff Blashill and hockey fans will immediately associate him with the Ferris State Bulldogs, the Grand Rapids Griffins and — most recently — the Detroit Red Wings.

But it’s his lesser known middle name, Owen, that holds the key to unlocking the rich and storied history of the generations of people who helped make Jeff Blashill who he is today.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Hubbardston Memorial Day Festival

Residents and guests of Hubbardston celebrated Memorial Day weekend with the annual Hubbardston Memorial Day festival, which featured many events throughout the weekend and a ceremony honoring veterans on the bridge over Fish Creek.

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The Rifleman: Ceo Bauer recalls WWII combat experience

Pfc. Ceo Bauer was one of the men who would become known as the Iron Men of Metz

“I was in the Third Squad of the First Platoon of I Company of the 377th Regiment of the 95th Infantry Division,” he said. “I was a rifleman. We did our duty.”

Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Band Director Chad Parmenter directs the middle school band on April 24 during a warm-up prior to performing at the MSBOA State Festival in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

CC-C bands achieve new level of success

Band Director Chad Parmenter has conducted for 15 years at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools to create a music program that will make the community proud. On April 24, his high school and middle school students accomplished a feat no other group of students under his leadership had done before, with their musicianship leaving him in awe.

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Kelly Decker named Carson City Citizen of the Year

Years ago, as a kindergarten student, Kelly Decker came upon a fellow student who was often ignored, who no one cared to sit next to. Concerned for her, but unsure at a young age how to address the situation, Decker too refrained from sitting next to her lonely classmate.

In telling the tale to her mother, her mother asked of her, “How would you feel if you were that little girl?”

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Sparrow Health System acquires Carson Health

Sparrows are one of the most ubiquitous and versatile birds in the world.

Lansing-based Sparrow Health System is on a similar path of recognition in mid-Michigan.

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PHOTOS: Construction underway at Carson City-Crystal Lower Elementary

The first phase of an $11 million bond renovation project has begun at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

In May 2014, voters approved the bond proposal, extending the district’s debt millage of 4.2 mills for another 15 years and nine months, allowing for security and technology upgrades and transportation and facility improvements.

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Meet your Carson City-Crystal Winterfest Court

Winterfest activities began Monday at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools.

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Crystal Township Board approves drain consolidation

Blockages, sinkholes and occasional flooding — there’s no shortage of drainage problems that this township’s residents have experienced in the downtown district.

So in an effort to give the county drain commissioner more leeway to address these problems, the Crystal Township Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday to consolidate seven drainage systems within the township into a single drainage district.

The stars may seem brighter in Crystal Township, but that's only in part because several of the Christmas decorations in town, such as this candy cane, remain in the dark due to the removal of a power line and meter that has cut electricity to a number of decorations hung throughout the township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Christmas lights go dark in Crystal Township

Christmas lights have been hung along the major streets in Crystal Township, however, not every light is twinkling bright.