Light snowflakes were fluttering down as groups of carolers, donned in Victorian garb, sang Christmas songs to those strolling past. The scene was not only one from a Charles Dickens novel, but also one at the Montcalm Community College’s Heritage Village, the locale of the Heritage Village Holiday on Sunday afternoon. Formerly known as Santa’s Super Sunday, the 32nd annual event draws in hundreds of residents from all around Montcalm County.
With each school year, we begin a cycle of athletic seasons that complement our top priority: academic achievement. From time to time, we find ourselves reflecting on the meaningful role school-based athletics plays in our students’ overall education. We are also reminded that our purpose needs to be well understood and in the most effective situations, will be a shared commitment by students, coaches, parents, and the community. When expectations of purpose are not shared, our athletic programs aren’t able to make the positive contributions we hope they bring to our schools.
After several tense meetings between members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board, it seems everything is beginning to fall into order now that board members have reached an agreement on official bylaws. Board members unanimously agreed to accept official bylaws at Tuesday’s meeting at the Montcalm County Administration Building in Stanton.
Thousands of hardy souls braved temperatures in the teens to catch a glimpse of St. Nick in this year’s Hometown Christmas Parade. Fans of Father Christmas began lining the streets along the downtown parade route an hour or more before the event’s 6 p.m. start time.
In 2003 when scouting United Hospital as a potential candidate for joining the Spectrum Health system, then vice president of strategic planning and development Tina Freese-Decker knew the hospital was headed in the right direction. Eight years later she joined United, now part of Spectrum, as its president and after three years is turning the reigns over to a longtime business partner.
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A 20-year-old man was injured Friday around 10:09 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle, which then fled the scene.
A 31-year-old Mount Pleasant woman died following a traffic crash Saturday at about 8:11 p.m.
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Last year, 1,264 Montcalm County kids enjoyed a Merry Christmas, thanks to the efforts of Jennifer Bouck and her fellow Toys for Tots volunteers. Bouck, who coordinates the program county-wide, hopes to do at least that well with this year’s effort.