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Karen Gostomski’s afternoon preschoolers at Vestaburg Elementary School enjoy circle time. — Daily News/Robin Miller

Early childhood learning requires more than knowing the alphabet

Unfortunately, children don’t come with instruction manuals. Parents eventually learn that preparing children for school involves more than teaching them to write their names or tie their shoes.

Sophia Wright, 8, of Howard City, and Mattilyn Thompkins, 8, of Cedar Spring use colored water to paint a snowball. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

GALLERY: ‘Perfect weather’ for Howard City Winterfest

Sun and snow made a beautiful contrast Saturday at the third annual Howard City Winterfest. Children from throughout the neighborhood and out of town flocked to property near the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library for sledding, snow painting and frozen chicken bowling.


Funeral Notices for Jan. 23, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012

Belding's Zach Johnston hand fights with Lakeview's Koty Burgess during the 171-pound finals at the Lakeview Wildcat Invite on Saturday.

Redskin wrestlers edge host Wildcats in tourney

The Belding Redskins and Lakeview Wildcats were neck and neck most of the day. Both on the wrestling mat and in the Wildcat Invite standings. Belding outlasted the host Wildcats 161-159.5 on Saturday to capture the tournament championship. The Redskins had eight wrestlers place in the top four while the Wildcats had nine wrestlers place.


Yellow Jacket wrestlers fifth at Sparta Invite

Greenville’s wrestling team sent 14 wrestlers to the Sparta Invitaitonal Saturday, and nine came back with medals.
One came back with a trophy.

Belding’s Ron VanDyke elevates to shoot this jumper over a defender from Hopkins during Friday’s game at home. VanDyke scored 17 points to lead Belding.

Hopkins outlasts Redskins 70-63

The Hopkins Vikings had the height advantage and they used it.
The Belding Redskins battled back from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter, but could not get over the hump in a 70-63 nonconference loss to the Vikings on Friday night.

“Finding out that you have cancer feels like you have an enemy living inside you - a traitor of sorts - like your body has betrayed you and you don’t know what to do or how to feel,” said Jackie Featherly, a cancer survivor and naturopathic physician.

S.H.E.: Let’s get healthy — Mind, body and spirit

Cancer survivor Jackie Featherly’s motto saved her life: “A positive attitude is a healing attitude.” This way of thinking guided the 67-year-old Vestaburg woman from near death to complete recovery. Today, she uses her personal experience and her training as a naturopathic physician to empower others to get healthy and make a fresh start in their lives — emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Judge Suzanne Hoseth

S.H.E.: Local lady leaders share their new year resolutions

A new year often brings intentions for a better quality of life. Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking, and managing debt. Here at S.H.E, we were curious about what the local female leaders in our community have planned for 2012. So we asked!

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Dress cold for EightCAP’s Barren Dash to keep others warm

Dashing through the snow takes on a whole new meaning with the 2012 Barren Dash at Montcalm Community College Saturday, Jan. 28. This year marks the second time the Barren Dash, a one-mile run that requires runners to wear bathing suits, will be held to encourage awareness and raise funds for those in the area who do not have proper shelter and clothing for the sometimes harsh Michigan winter. Allison DeMara of Montcalm County’s EightCAP developed the idea of the Barren Dash last year and has added other events this year.


OUR VIEW: We’re on the right track with Gov. Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder’s second State of the State address on Wednesday sounded familiar. A lot of his key points were repeats from last year: Fix education, implement good government, build a new bridge to Canada, fix our roads and make Michigan the most business friendly state in America. The single overarching theme of Wednesday’s speech was encouragement to stay the course and continue allowing policies announced or passed last year to work.
That’s a laudable goal in some areas, but more needs to be done elsewhere.