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Deaf Pride Games at MCC celebrate deaf culture, strengthen bonds

William Fay can’t always understand his younger brother Jeremiah Zacharda, but days like Deaf Pride Games remove the stress. Fay, 15, has spent the last seven years with the rest of his family learning sign language, because when Zacharda, now 10, was 3 years old, it was discovered that he was deaf.

The adjustment wasn’t easy for the family, but Fay said the struggles to communicate have only brought him and his brother closer together.

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Benches donated to Belding Veterans Park

Donations from Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures, Belding Tank, Mercantile Bank and North Woods Furniture, totaling $3,700, made it possible for six benches to be purchased and placed at Belding Veterans Park for visitors to use as they admire monuments at the park.

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Funeral Notices – May 10, 2014

Read funeral notices for Saturday, May 10, 2014.

Belding city streets in need of repair such as Demorest Street would benefit from a proposed Ionia County road millage that would generate road funds for the city and county if approved by voters in August.

Ionia County Road Commission seeks funding for roads through six-year, $3.1M-per-year millage

The status of road conditions in Michigan is nothing to brag about, and some of the worst examples can be found right here in Ionia County.

After seven-and-a-half years as the city of Belding’s finance director/treasurer, Sam Andres has retired to spend more time at home with his wife, Mary. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Retiring finance director-treasurer says ‘time is right’

Like a veteran baseball player who has logged in thousands of at-bats at the plate nearing the end of their career, Sam Andres says “the time is right,” for him to retire. The city of Belding’s finance director/treasurer exited his office for the final time Thursday after seven-and-a-half years at the helm of the city’s finances.

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Funeral Notices — Friday, May 9, 2014

Funeral notices for Friday, May 9, 2014

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Greenville Planning Commission mulls decision to make upper-level occupancy downtown easier

The Greenville Planning Commission is discussing potential language changes to its downtown residency regulations to make it easier for “upstairs” rentals.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: The way schools used to be?

This past week, I had the opportunity to hear Jamie Vollmer speak. He is the author of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone.” Readers may remember him better for “The Blueberry Story” that appeared in this column about a year ago.

The members of the Belding Robotics Team, seen here competing in a quarterfinal match, competed from April 23 to 26 at the Vex Robotics World Championship in Anaheim Calif., where they finished in the top 50 of more than 400 competing teams from across the world. — Courtesy photo

Belding finishes in top 50 at Vex Robotics World Championships

On the robotics world’s biggest stage, more than 2,000 miles from home, the Belding High School Robotics Team marched into Anaheim, Calif., and made an impression the students will never forget. Competing against more than 400 of the best Vex High School Robotics teams at the World Tournament from April 23-26, the five-member team fought through frustration, nervousness and adversity to finish among the top 50 teams.

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OUR VIEW: Area benefits from altruistic voters

A philanthropic culture of voting Tuesday saw the approval of all four proposals on the ballot.