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Metal sheets have been placed along the south bank of the Flat River at Central Riverside Park in Belding while DTE Energy workers do remediation work to remove contaminants from the site. — Daily News/Cory Smith

DTE Energy project removing contaminants from Belding park

At first glance, Central Riverside Park is a clean, spacious environment with fields for soccer, courts for basketball and playgrounds and pavilions for family gatherings. But that doesn’t erase decades of history below the surface of the park.

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SPORTS GALORE: World Series or bust?

The Detroit Tigers begin their quest for its first World Series win since 1984 tonight in Oakland with the start of the American League Divisional Series. Detroit locked up a playoff spot with its third consecutive Central Division title. It was the first time since 1907-09 that the Tigers had won its division three straight times.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Oct. 3

Volleyball Vestaburg 3, Montabella 0: The Wolverines kept the Mustangs from winning the MSAC matchup with a 25-20, 25-10, 25-19 win over Montabella Thursday night. Ryalee Dove led Vestaburg with eight kills and seven aces and Anna Steinhouwer had six assists on the night. Records: Vestaburg is 7-12-5 and 1-2; Montabella is 0-19 and 0-4. [...]

Belding’s Gabby Holyfield, right, tips the ball around the block attempt of Comstock Park’s Madi Dobb during the first game of the teams’ match Thursday.

Belding earns volleyball win on Believe Night

Belding’s volleyball team took an O-K Blue Conference loss to Coopersville Tuesday and was looking to get back on track. They picked a good night to do so.

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JUST IN: Man hit by car and killed while trying to catch dog

A 63-year-old man was struck by a vehicle and killed Thursday around 9:29 p.m. while attempting to catch a dog that had escaped a nearby home.

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Montcalm County recycling coordinator working to educate residents about cardboard

Montcalm County’s recycling program has proven to be popular — a little too popular. Last year, the county’s seven recycling sites in Carson City, Crystal, Edmore, Howard City, Lakeview, Montcalm Township and Stanton averaged 73,970 pounds of items per month, according to Montcalm County Resource Recovery Coordinator Jacob Rytlewski. This year, that number has increased by 32 percent to date, due to increased participation countywide. Recycling sites have experienced higher volumes of recyclables, leading to overflow issues.

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Funeral Notices for Oct. 4, 2013

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Oct. 4, 2013

Meg Mullendore

Continued FOIA requests weighing on Belding city manager

The drama that has unfolded due to numerous amount Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from one resident to the city of Belding does not appear to be ending anytime soon.

Lakeview’s new outdoor theater will play host to several live concerts each summer, including the inaugural show slated for Oct. 5. The stage is part of a $250,000 park improvement project. — Courtesy photo

Improvements at Lakeview’s Lakeside Park ‘really is amazing’

At the next concert in Lakeview’s Lakeside Park, the music will not only sound good, but — thanks to the installation of a new bandshell and myriad other improvements — it’s going to look good, too.

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Monthly Montcalm County siren tests start Friday morning

While tornado season is winding down for 2013, Montcalm County Central Dispatch has completed an upgrade to the outdoor emergency alert sirens throughout Montcalm County.