At 7 months of age, Mark Mathisen’s eyes were open wide to the world around him serving as a wonderful miracle of life cradled in the arms of his parents. But before Peter and Sharon Mathisen could celebrate Mark’s first steps or first words, their new world as a family of three came crashing to a halt, with Mark suddenly laying prematurely on his deathbed.
For hundreds of Montcalm County residents, daily heath maintenance comes at the end of a sharp needle. Frequently, meds to manage conditions such as allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, migraines and multiple sclerosis are delivered in this manner.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners held a 12-minute meeting Monday to organize for the new year.
Danielle Pemberton spent her 27th birthday Monday huddled under her coat, sitting in a lawn chair just a few feet outside the front entrance of Montcalm Community College’s administration building.
Settling in at 7 a.m., Pemberton made herself comfortable, taking shelter from the rain under the building’s exterior overhang. Although there was no cake to eat, candles to blow out or gifts to unwrap, it would still likely be a birthday she won’t soon forget.
It’s not every day someone can say put up a Christmas tree for Vice President Joe Biden. Yet, that is exactly what Rex and Jessica Korson, owners of Korson’s Tree Farms in Sidney, can boast this year.
A rosy-cheeked youngster standing in rapt wonder before a present-laden Christmas tree is an image with which we all are familiar.
The scene is so common, in fact, so comfortable, that we sometimes forget it is one not played out in every American home.
Not everyone could survive for three weeks alone in the wilderness. Yet, that is exactly what 4-year-old Charlie did through the waning days of October and the waxing days of November. Although young, Charlie has a slight advantage to his human counterparts which allowed him to survive in the wild. Charlie is a dog. A sheltie to be exact but that certainly did not stop his “parents” from worrying about him while he was gone.
Brooke Stoutjesdyk is in a class of her own — quite literally. She may have not gotten to walk with her class during Greenville High School’s graduation this past spring, but come Dec. 11, Brooke Stoutjesdyk will be graduated from high school and will have earned an associate’s degree from college.
With a final signing by the pen of Gov. Rick Snyder, an official long-term road funding plan became law Nov. 10 after years of consternation and debate among lawmakers in Lansing. Eventually the plan will implement $1.2 billion per year to repair the state’s roads and bridges, as well as place a focus on sustaining the quality of those infrastructure items.
Changes are coming to the Montcalm County Jail. On Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners learned the longtime jail administrator will soon be retiring, along with another corrections officer.