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Funeral Notices for April 21, 2017

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Friday, April 21, 2017


Ionia County considering options for Building Department

Ionia and Montcalm counties currently share two circuit court judges, and county officials have been in talks regarding possibly sharing a building department director in the future. Montcalm County Building Department Director Scott Minard updated commissioners about the idea during an Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee meeting April 10. He said Ionia County officials contacted him last summer for his advice on the matter.

Kalvin Quakenbush, a junior and the head electrician for the Mustang Robotics, tells the Montabella school board on Monday how he helped design a robot to be able to be successful in the gear component of a competition. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Montabella Mustangs Robotics team is looking for support

Being involved in robotics has helped Kalvin Quackenbush with his grades and direction after high school graduation. “This program kind of led me where I wanted to go, which is electrical engineering or robotic engineering,” said Quackenbush, a Montabella High School junior and the head electrician of Mustangs Robotics.

Greenville Mayor John Hoppough, left, listens Tuesday as Councilwoman Frances Schuleit speaks on the subject of creating a new Citizen Participation Plan to ensure the city is eligible for future state grant funding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville creates new policy to remain eligible for grants

To ensure this community is eligible for future grant funding city officials are taking steps to ensure they meet new state and federal requirements. During Tuesday evening’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously on two resolutions regarding Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.

Howard City Village Councilwoman Cheryl Smith, at left, voices concerns about the village’s Department of Public Works while Councilwoman Eleanor Marek listens. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City hires attorney to look into DPW’s union effort

Village officials have hired an attorney to investigate the Howard City Department of Public Works’ effort to unionize.

Dawn Thurwatcher, at right, and Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead, far left, listen as attorney Jourdan Rasmussen argues for Montcalm County commissioners to grandfather in Thurwatcher’s kennel license for her miniature dachshunds in Edmore. Commissioners agreed to grandfather Thurwatcher’s arrangement. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County grandfathers in dog kennel arrangement

After two years of disagreement, Montcalm County officials are allowing an Edmore woman to have a dog kennel in her basement by grandfathering the arrangement. Dawn Thurwatcher has bred longhaired miniature dachshunds for two decades.

David Bluhm of Fleis & VandenBrink presents findings from studies conducted through a stormwater, asset management and wastewater (SAW) grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding City Council approves water rate increases

City residents will soon see a rate increase to water/sewer services. Following a presentation from David Bluhm, division manager of engineering firm Fleis & VandenBrink, the Belding City Council approved a rate increase during Tuesday’s meeting.

From left to right, Howard City Village Manager-President Randy Heckman and council members Janice Williams, Bruce McTavish, in back, and Jason Hacko listen to an update about the village’s stormwater, asset management and wastewater grant during Monday’s meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City nears the end of SAW grant work

This village is nearing the completion of a three-year stormwater, asset management and wastewater (SAW) grant process. The Howard City Village Council on Monday evening heard a progress update from David Bluhm and Sam Bender of Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering in Grand Rapids.

New Ferris Township Trustee Kevin Hills looks over the list of requirements for the position. Hills was unanimously voted to join the board during a special meeting Monday.  — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Ferris Township Board appoints new trustee

Once again, Ferris Township has a full board to serve its residents.

On Monday, the township board held a special meeting to fill an open trustee position after former trustee Randy Stearns was appointed to fill the supervisor position, which was vacated when Brian Stratton resigned.

From left, Landon Neal, 12, Cole Shoup, 12, and Ty McDiarmid, 11, presented their report on the Amazon rainforest to the Belding Area SChools Board of Education during Monday’s meeting. Students in Diane Kuhn’s sixth grade geography class were tasked with creating an organization designed to educate others about the Amazon rainforest, its ecosystems and the dangers deforestation poses. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Belding school board hears success stories, high school handbook changes

There are some exciting things happening at Ellis Elementary School.

During Monday’s meeting of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, Ellis Principal Tiffany Jackson shared some success stories.