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Belding Robotics teammates high five each other during a tournament held in Belding earlier this month. Two of Belding's three robotics teams qualified for the state championships, which are Sunday at Michigan State University. (File photo)

Belding Robotics Team comes up short in home tourney, but students learn

The Belding Robotics Team set out to win its second straight home tournament in Redskin Arena at Belding High School on Saturday, but in the end, the competition proved to be just a little too tough.

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This year’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival is ‘best ever’

For an event that depends entirely on the elements of Mother Nature for success, the Crystal Lake Winter Festival provided perhaps its most rewarding experience to date for the hundreds of visitors who braved the freezing temperatures.

The family team of, from left, Layla McKenzie, 7, Jamie McKenzie, Aidan Porta, 8, and Chris Bartosiewicz, all of Greenville, did the Turk Lake Polar Plunge on Saturday in honor of their relative, the late Bradley Rappuhn, a specialist in the U.S. Army, who died while serving in Afghanistan three years ago. (Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber)

Turk Lake Polar Plunge raises $55,000+ for Special Olympics

Of the 173 participants jumping into the cold water for the annual Polar Plunge fundraiser for Montcalm County Special Olympians on Saturday, there was none who epitomized the bravery and commitment more than 7-year-old Layla McKenzie of Greenville.

Spirit of Caring Award recipient Dr. Joyce London addressed the audience at this year’s banquet, held Saturday night at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Joyce London is honored at Spectrum Health Charity Ball

Area movers and shakers gathered Saturday evening at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids to pay homage to the recipient of this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, Dr. Joyce London.

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Funeral Notices — Monday, February 10, 2014

Funeral notices for Monday, February 10, 2014

The Stanton City Commission is considering the feasibility of constructing a pedestrian bridge and pathway to connect the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail with the recently redeveloped D. Hale Brake Park. (Courtesy photo)

Bridge, pathway for Stanton’s trail to park being considered

The Stanton City Commission is considering the feasibility of constructing a pedestrian bridge and pathway to connect the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail with the recently redeveloped D. Hale Brake Park.

From left, Carson City Public Library Book Club members Janette Kipp, Mary Pearson and Patti Richards share a laugh while discussing the book “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham last Tuesday evening at the library.

Carson City Public Library Book Club offers chance to share thoughts, conversation with fellow readers

Several times a year in a quiet corner of this city’s library, a particular novel comes to life. Discussions of themes, cultures, relationships, politics, history — whatever a book may entail, the details are dissected, sandwiched between laughs and entertaining conversation at the Carson City Public Library Book Club.

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Funeral Notices — Saturday, February 8, 2014

Funeral notices for Saturday, February 8, 2014

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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ March 8 ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’ to help Montcalm County youth

In life there are highs and lows, ups and downs — and strikes and gutters. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Montcalm County are trying to brighten the days of some of the county’s children in need by offering a mentor, and on March 8, the group will be hosting a “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser at Greenville Lanes to raise money for programs in the county.

Mid-Michigan District Health Department Health Officer Dr. Marcus Cheatham presents countywide statistics on health, income and economic status during Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting. Cheatham said there is a direct correlation between income levels and general health. — Daily News/Curtis WIldfong

Health & Income: Montcalm County “doing better than it should” in overall health statistics

Statistical data over the past several years has shown a direct correlation between socioeconomic status and general health and the same is true for Montcalm County, which ranks in the bottom third in median household income. But despite serious health concerns in the county, Mid-Michigan District Health Department Director Dr. Marcus Cheatham said Montcalm County is “doing better than it should looking at the data” in overall health, where it ranks in the top half (27th) of Michigan counties in 2013, according to data collected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, who conducts a national study