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The Boys From Amsten include, front row from left, Charley Duma (mandolin) and Gilbert Morris (guitar); back row from left, Dan Varney (bass), Pat Houghton (saw) and Rex Rice. The group performs regularly at the Sheridan Community Center. — Courtesy photo

The heart of Sheridan: Community center is focus of village life

Driving along M-66 through this diminutive village, one might get the idea not much is happening there. The quiet side streets, the “no wake” lake, the mom and pop restaurants and clapboard churches; it all seems to whisper, “Nope, nothin’ to see here.” And maybe there’s some truth to that. But as winter winds down and summer approaches, this sleepy little town starts waking up. Evidence of this can be found nearly every weekday at the village’s community center.

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Funeral Notices for March 16, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, March 16, 2015

Charles Ring, 78, was found dead inside his home Saturday morning at 8401 Canfield Road in Orleans Township as firefighters responded to a structure fire at the residence. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Orleans Township man dies in Saturday morning blaze

An early morning structure fire claimed the life of its homeowner Saturday shortly after he called 911. Charles Ring, 78, was near the door of his home when firefighters responded to a structure fire at his residence.

Greenville Planning Commission Chairman David Ralph and Vice Chairman Mike Gustin reviewed the final site plan of the Crescent View Village portion of the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development on Thursday. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Greenville Planning Commission reviews Hathaway PUD details

If nothing else, the Greenville Planning Commission is detail-oriented and proud of it.

During Thursday’s meeting, the Planning Commission reviewed the final site plan for the Crescent View Village portion of the Hathaway Green Planned Unit Development (PUD). The review is one of the last steps Hathaway must take before it begins construction on the apartments.

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Lakeview school board discusses balanced calendar concept

The Lakeview Community Schools Board of Education is considering the pros and cons of switching to a balanced calendar school year.

The year would shift from the traditional 180 day school calendar to make the learning process more continuous and to maximize the use of school facilities. Students would have periodic shorter breaks, rather than a long summer break.

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.

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Funeral Notices for Saturday, March 14, 2015

Read funeral notices for Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Austin Jacobsen, center, introduces himself to the Montcalm Township Board along with Logan Fuhrman, left, and Tyler Caterino, right, as Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson and Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen look on. — Daily News/Brad Klosner

Montcalm Township Board hires new firefighters

t’s time to break out the hose-stretchers, left-handed screwdrivers and ID10-T forms because the Montcalm Township Fire Department has a few probies to break-in.

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Three Wildcats earn CSAA Silver basketball honors

The Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team completed another successful season in 2014-2015. The Wildcats finished the season with 15 wins against six losses. Their season came to an end with a loss to eventual district champion Belding on March 2.