With its roots in potato farming, Edmore served up loads of potatoes — chips, fries, baked and topped with all the fixings — during last weekend’s Potato Festival. But tasty tubers were just a small part of the farming village’s offerings. Activities began Friday night with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department Appreciation gathering downtown. Great food, fun activities and absolutely perfect weather gave families a way to unwind. For some, it was merely a family outing. For others, it held special meaning of many sacrifices made by local firefighters and others whose eminence will be forever etched in history.
The famous Potato Festival will return to Edmore this Friday through Sunday. The festival will get underway with the seventh annual Home Township Fire Department appreciation celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the fire barn, featuring hot dogs, brats, ice cream, a smokehouse and activities for children and more. The appreciation celebration will be followed by the firemen’s parade at dusk, featuring a bagpiper leading marching firefighters, a tribute to Sept. 11, 2001, and a memorial service at Third and Main streets.
This village’s chief of police doesn’t like labels and never gives up on anyone’s ability to learn from mistakes and move forward in a positive direction. Luke Sawyer’s nonjudgmental way of thinking and desire to reward local kids for doing good things laid the groundwork for a new incentive program, Youth of Edmore Shine (YES). The program is backed by Burger King and McDonald’s in Edmore in the form of free food rewards.
Firefighters from multiple departments responded to two early morning barn fires in Montcalm County today.
Today Neil Rankin has one week under his belt as this village’s new manager. Rankin, 37, officially took on village manager duties last Tuesday after the Edmore Village Council unanimously voted to hire him earlier this month. He will earn an annual salary of $45,000 to work 32 hours per week.
A pirate ship in a village park is becoming known for legends as colorful as Davy Jones’ locker. Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer made an attempt to parley with the Edmore Village Council last month. He proposed removing the pirate ship, which is one of several wooden play structures at Curtis Memorial Park.
The village of Edmore has a new manager, pending contract approval. The Edmore Village Council voted 7-0 on Monday night to hire Neil Rankin, 37, of Midland. Rankin is currently a substitute teacher for Professional Services Group in Midland. He earned his master’s degree in public administration with a focus on local government from Western Michigan University last year. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation from WMU in 2000.
One month ago, the Edmore Village Council agreed to give a local businessman until the next council meeting to find a solution to pay the $238,000 he allegedly owes the village. The next council meeting came and went Monday night, but the council took no action. The matter was not even discussed.
Seniors from Vestaburg High School took the next step on Sunday toward a new path in their lives. For the last four years, each of the 51 graduating seniors have been preparing for this moment in their lives. “It is a new journey for me,” said 17-year-old Tiffany Fishburn. “I have been here my whole life and now it is a new path for me.”
Bittersweet and exciting — receiving a high school diploma is a rite of passage. For 37 Montabella High School graduates, this milestone is merely a transition from high school to a future as an adult. Principal Shane Riley shared details of how things have changed since he was in high school. Stereotypes — preps, jocks, goths, geeks, artists, teacher’s pets or band kids — are left behind.