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Some local households are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, a campaign to bring awareness to food allergies during Halloween. People with teal pumpkins outside their house on Halloween will have toys or other prizes as an alternative to candy to be sensitive to the needs of children who have food allergies and cannot have certain candies. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness for food allergies

Come Monday, goblins will walk the sidewalks, witches will run in the streets and ghouls will haunt neighborhoods.

All these haunting prospects are still not as scary as the idea of someone’s child eating a piece of candy they shouldn’t have and having an allergic reaction severe enough to create an anaphylactic response.

A Rockford woman was critically injured in a rollover accident Saturday afternoon in Reynolds Township. — Courtesy photo

2 emergencies in 3 days in Howard City’s Panhandle area

Ambulance, rescue and fire officials and Aeromed responded to two life-threatening incidents within three days in Howard City’s Panhandle area.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.

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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders where Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”

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Some Montcalm County commissioners decline to file expense reports

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to give themselves a pay cut, but some commissioners have been quietly declining to turn in their expense reports for years.

Commissioners voted in September to give themselves a 15 percent salary cut, which will save $14,990, as part of $1.5 million in overall county budget cuts. Commissioners each earn an annual salary of about $9,600.

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Agencies fill the gap left by 2-1-1 in Ionia and Montcalm counties

Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need.

The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016.

A former gas station located at 15350 W. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) sits on two long neglected acres in Winfield Township, better known as Amble. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is currently working to fix contamination from leaks out of underground tanks at the property. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Michigan DEQ cleans up former Amble gas station contamination

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is working to fix contamination from leaking storage tanks underground at a former gas station.

The property at 15350 W. Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) sits on two long neglected acres in Winfield Township, better known as Amble.

Work on Howard City’s Shaw Street began after Labor Day and will continue through early November. The project will then go on hold until April, when it will be completed. Businesses on Shaw Street remain open to customers. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Shaw Street project on schedule in Howard City

Other than a few literal bumps in the road, a construction project in Howard City is going smoothly and ahead of schedule.

CL Trucking & Excavating of Ionia began working on Shaw Street just after Labor Day. The project extends from the village’s traffic light at Federal Road (old 131) west on Shaw to the village limits, which are located just short of the U.S. 131 expressway north and south ramps.

Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead updated Montcalm County commissioners on her department’s status on Monday after Animal Control received a 33 percent budget cut. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Animal Control deals with budget cuts by reducing hours, staff

Reduced hours, reduced staff, reduced services.

Montcalm County Animal Control is running as such after a 33 percent budget cut by the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

IM Fostering Hope collects items and puts together backpacks for children transitioning in the foster care system in Montcalm and Ionia counties. — Courtesy photo

IM Fostering Hope aims to help foster families

Last year, more than 160 children in Montcalm and Ionia counties entered the foster care system, and IM Fostering Hope is hoping to make the transition easier for those children.

The group has put together backpacks with hygiene items, pajamas, comfort items, blankets, socks and underwear. The goal is to make the first night of transition easier on the children and the foster families.