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Dianna Force recently celebrated the opening of her new business — Cricket’s Crop Shop — with the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce.

New Belding shop for scrapbooking enthusiasts — Cricket’s Crop Shop — now open

Special to The Daily News BELDING — Several members of the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce, along with Chamber staff member Jody Paulsen recently participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new business venture in Grattan called Cricket’s Crop Shop. The shop, owned by Dianna Force, opened in June to serve scrapbook enthusiasts. “I [...]

Trustees for the Stanley and Blanche Ash Foundation transferred funds to the Greenville Area Community Foundation (GACF) for two new endowment funds. Pictured are, front row from left, Ash Foundation President Gordon Stauffer and GACF Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Peter Blinkilde; back row from left, Ash Foundation Vice President and Treasurer Ted Kortes, Secretary and Treasurer Eric Januzelli, Chairman Emeritus Byron Cook and Investment Committee Chairman Bill Braman.

Ash Foundation’s money to get divided

Stanley and Blanche Ash strongly believed in the Montcalm Community College and Greenville Area Community foundations during their lifetimes.
Both foundations will benefit after the couple’s deaths — Stanley in 2004 and Blanche earlier this fall.


OUR VIEW: Local police can’t perform miracles

Montcalm County has seen its share of crime — violent and petty — this year. All summer, reports of break-ins came pouring in. Some occurred while people were inside sleeping.
November was one of the most violent for Greenville in recent memory. Huntington Bank downtown was robbed at gunpoint on Nov. 9, a Grand Rapids man got shot at the Flat River Inn & Suites on Nov. 12 and a robber made off with a handful of stolen merchandise from Huch’s Fine Jewelry on Nov. 29.

The Electronics club donated 10 computers to be distributed to families and foster homes caring for homeless children.

Montcalm Community College students donate computers to help homeless

Christmas came early for students who lack a computer to finish school work outside of school hours. Members of the Electronics Club at Montcalm Community College (MCC) were searching for a way to give back to the community this fall. They decided the best way was to refurbish computers for homeless students.

Keith Grannis was elected supervisor of Reynolds Township in 2008. He said zoning issues involving John Powell go back before he was in office.

Reynolds Township zoning dispute settled

A businessman has agreed to follow the local zoning ordinance after the Reynolds Township Board brought him to court. John Powell owns Powell’s Excavating & Septic on the north and south sides of M-82 just west of Howard City.

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Wickerham working for Pheasants Forever

Ben Wickerham, who now works out of Flushing, Michigan, has been named the new regional representative for Michigan’s Pheasants Forever. A native of Sheridan, Wickerham earned a B.S. in Zoology at Michigan State University. And, although he will work out of his Flushing office, his roots remain deep in the Montcalm County area. For example, his father, Jay Wickerham, was a founding father of the Montcalm County Pheasants Forever chapter, one of the oldest chapters in the state.

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Greenville basketball rolls by rival Redskins

The Greenville Yellow Jackets game plan was to run and score quickly. They did just that.


Lakeview tops CM in CSAA opener

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s boys basketball team used defense to win for the first time this season.

The Wildcats (1-1, 1-0) won a somewhat chippy game against Central Montcalm on Friday, winning 51-35 at home.


Carson City-Crystal enjoys perfect start to the season

The Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is off to an incredible start this season. Maybe an even surprising start. At 4-0 overall, the Eagles have nearly matched last season’s win total of 5 (against 17 losses). Eagles coach Larry Farmer said last season’s record was a bit deceiving.


LETTER: Commission on Aging thanks supporters

I would like to take this opportunity to profoundly thank the many people who have given their time, donations and services to make this holiday season at the Montcalm County Commission on Aging a special one.