One of the most beloved and unique school administrators has passed away, leaving a lasting legacy in the Isabella-Montcalm county area. Ronald Farrell died last Wednesday at his home in Blanchard. He was 72 years old.
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Local farmers had a chance to share their thoughts with the Congressman for Michigan’s 4th District on Friday. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, toured Andersen Brothers, a centennial farm in rural Blanchard, and met with constituents to discuss agricultural issues, such as food labeling and environmental standards, as well as concerns about ISIS and refugees.
Beekeeping and forklifting continues to be a successful combination for an Edmore business. A&O Forklift has doubled its production in the past four years and shows no signs of slowing down. Located in the Sunrise Industrial Park — formerly home to Hitachi Magnetics Corp., which shuttered in 2004 — the business is on track to produce 250 forklifts this year. That’s steady growth from previous production of 140 forklifts in 2012 and 180 forklifts in 2013.
The grants just keep rolling in for Edmore. Village officials recently learned they were receiving a $644,276 stormwater, asset management and wastewater (SAW) grant, plus a $13,000 strategic funding grant for the former Hitachi property.
Organizers put a great deal of work into this year’s Potato Festival. This past weekend, that effort paid off in spades as hundreds of locals and visitors alike gathered to honor the noble tuber, a staple of the area’s economy for decades.
A major grant seven years in the making is finally a reality for a historic building in this village. Village Manager James Lower on Wednesday announced that Edmore has been awarded a $625,875 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) for the old General Bag Corp. building.
On Sunday evening, the smallest graduating class in the history of Montabella High School departed school for the final time with diplomas firmly in hand. Though the class may be small in number at 35 graduates, there was no questioning the large size of every heart and mind that was cloaked in a cap and gown of navy blue or white.
This year’s valedictorian at Vestaburg High School, Jacob Young, relied heavily on a doctor’s advice during his address to the graduating class of 2015 on Sunday afternoon — Dr. Seuss. That advice, from the children’s book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” — though originally intended for youngsters — applies admirably to graduates moving on to college or careers.
Montabella High School senior Madelyn Karcher personifies the words “proactive” and “leadership.” For starters, this year as a senior, she tackled six dual enrollment classes at Mid Michigan Community College and she took an online English course. She will not be stopping there.
A property owner’s variance request that would have allowed a pole barn to be built closer to the edge of his property has been voted down after residents expressed their concerns. At the May 11 Edmore Village Council meeting, the council, which also serves as the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), entered into a public hearing to discuss a variance request from Lawrence Kauffman for his vacant property at 311 Charlotte St., where he is building a new home.