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PHOTO GALLERY: Crystal 4th of July Fireworks

Hundreds of spectators packed into Crystal Township Park as well as the neighboring public beach and surrounding Crystal area Thursday evening for a 20-minute 4th of July fireworks show. Fireworks were launched from the middle of the lake, creating a spectacular show of lights in the sky and water, followed with echoing booms that filled the air.

Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore explains details of a request to pursue a grant through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. — Daily News/ Cory Smith

Belding to pursue water management grant

An introduction of a new grant program by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for Storm Water, Asset Management and Waste Water (SAW) has members of Belding City Council hopeful that extra funds could be available to help improve the city’s wastewater plant and more.


Funeral Notices – July 5, 2013

Read funeral notices for Friday, July 5, 2013.


Man pulled from Crystal Lake on Fourth of July

A Perrinton man was pulled from Crystal Lake by bystanders around 12:23 p.m. Thursday.

Volunteers, from left to right in back, Simon Crouse, Mari Clevenger and Jacob Palmer help out at a Bible basketball camp last week through Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Stanton, where about 70 youths participated. — Courtesy photo

Trinity Evangelical Free Church volunteers do local mission work

Most people on mission trips travel to other cities, states or countries to help those in need through their church. However, a local church held a mission trip last week to help those right in its own backyard.


Funeral Notices – July 3, 2013

Read funeral notices for Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Pat McShosh will preside as grand marshal at the Crystal Fourth of July parade Thursday morning.

McShosh named Crystal’s Fourth of July grand marshal

When Pat McShosh was just 5 years old, she remembers the day when her vacation trip to the family cottage near Crystal Lake came to an end and she and her family had to return to their home in Dearborn.

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Fun times ahead at Dizzi Daze in Six Lakes this weekend

This year’s Dizzi Daze celebration in Six Lakes is shaping up to be one of the best held there in years, according to Dizzi Daze Committee President Gina Kotenko. In addition to many longstanding favorites, several new offerings — including a street dance — have been added to the mix.
The festival runs Friday and Saturday.

Carmen Deseno, 18, of Greenville and a member of the Country Cruisers 4-H Club, was selected by judges as the 2013 4-H Sweepstakes Showmanship Champion after he successfully showed 10 different animals, competing against nine other 4-H members.

Greenville teen wins 4-H sweepstakes showmanship championship

A Greenville teenager known for his expertise in showing poultry during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair walked away with more than he bargained for after being declared this year’s sweepstakes showmanship champion.

A ribbon is cut in front of It’s a Buck Dollar Store during a seven-business event held in Stanton on Tuesday morning. All seven stores are located within a two-block area of Main Street in downtown Stanton. State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, joined City Manager James Freed, area business people and other Stanton officials for the event.

BUSINESS BEAT: Stanton in full business bloom with seven ribbon-cutting ceremonies

Business is booming in the city of Stanton and on Tuesday, city officials, state representatives and local business people gathered to note the recent influx of new businesses to the city.