Russell Chilson didn’t want the dog in the first place. The family dog had died and Russell was content with the absence of a pet. But his teenage daughter Erin felt otherwise. She pleaded with her father and they ended up at Mecosta County Animal Rescue in Big Rapids. The high-strung German shepherd mix puppy wasn’t Russell’s first pick. His first pick was walking out the door with a new owner when Russell arrived at the animal rescue. But the puppy stole Erin’s heart. Russell forked over $25 and they took the puppy home. They named her London. One year later, London saved Erin’s life.
Local emergency officials helped deliver a baby last Saturday afternoon at a Howard City home. An ambulance and Rescue 29 unit responded to a report of a pregnant woman with back pain at 1:21 p.m. Soon after officials arrived, they realized the 19-year-old woman was actually in labor.
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A year-long search for work had turned up zero opportunities for Rodney Brown, who lost his job in maintenance with United Solar Ovonic when the Greenville company shut down.
With apologies to Malcolm Rebennack Jr., better known as Dr. John, members of the Montcalm Alliance were “in The Right Place … but it must have been the wrong time …” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners didn’t vote for or against a millage request from the Montcalm Alliance on Monday, deciding instead to send the proposal to a public hearing next month.
Another word for alliance is accord, meaning to be in harmony. But not everyone is singing the same tune when it comes to an economic development millage proposed by the Montcalm Alliance.
It may be hard for some to believe, but 26 percent of children living in Montcalm County are “food insecure.” According to Deborah Wagner, who develops grants and special projects for both Montcalm and Ionia counties’ Intermediate School Districts, the problem is widespread and serious.
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.
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