Members of the Sheridan Village Council, from left, Daryl Bush, Derek Wagner, Susan Wyckoff-McFarland and Don Nassif discuss fundraising efforts for a proposed new downtown clock at Tuesday’s council meeting. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Strong start for downtown Sheridan clock fundraising

It may not happen until next spring, but this village is well on its financial way toward the purchase of a new, analog clock for its downtown, currently in the middle of a major streetscape project. At Tuesday evening’s Sheridan Village Council meeting, President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland filled in council members on the results of a recent fundraising effort. Letters were included with last month’s village water bill explaining the clock project and asking for donations.

Central Montcalm High School junior Colin Kohn uses an iPhone Tuesday to film a scene for a bus driver training video students are producing for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Central Montcalm students produce bus driver training video for MAISD

Lights, camera, action! That may be an outdated cliché from the Hollywood film industry, but its original intent to begin shooting a scene held true Tuesday as video production students at Central Montcalm High School pooled their videography and story-telling talents to produce an instructional training video for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District.

Members of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meet Monday afternoon during the monthly Board of Commissioners meeting at the Montcalm County Administration Building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Board of Commissioners OKs purchase of new courtroom sound system

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to allow the purchase of a new sound system for the Montcalm Juvenile/Probate Courtroom.

Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws discusses ongoing city infrastructure projects with City Clerk Janet Davis. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Stanton adopts junk ordinance

Slumlords in Stanton are about to get a big surprise. A set of ordinances unanimously adopted at the Stanton City Commission’s Tuesday night meeting sets aside $150,000 of city funds to be used for the prosecution of owners of dilapidated or abandoned housing and the subsequent demolition and removal of same.

Hayrides were one of the attractions at the Breakfast on the Farm event at Black Locust Farm in Stanton Saturday. More than 2,000 adults and children came through, despite a brief thunderstorm passing through during the day. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

More than 2,000 people attend Breakfast on the Farm in Stanton

It takes more than a little rain to put a damper on Breakfast on the Farm. The annual event came off without a hitch Saturday despite a thunderstorm that squalled through early in the day. According to Jack Jeppesen, whose family owns Black Locust Farm in Stanton, where the breakfast was held, turnout was considerably better than organizers anticipated.

Black Locust Farms LLC in Stanton is a third-generation family farm owned and operated by, from left, Jack and Kellie Jeppesen, and Pam and Tom Jeppesen. — Courtesy photo

Breakfast on the Farm event set for Saturday

You wouldn’t think making breakfast would be such a big deal. But when you’re doing it for well over 1,000 people, that can change in a hurry. Volunteers for this year’s Breakfast on the Farm, slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, have already distributed 1,389 tickets, and that number is expected to grow by the day of the event.

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Rep. Rick Outman tours local energy and technology businesses

State Rep. Rick Outman and House Energy and Technology Committee Chair Aric Nesbitt recently spent a day in the 70th House District, touring energy and Internet provider workplaces to better understand the needs of residents in the communities. Outman, R-Six Lakes, who serves on the Energy and Technology Committee, said he was happy that Nesbitt, R-Lawton, spent a day meeting with local job creators to find out how state government can better serve Montcalm and Gratiot counties.

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Children, adults, take in history during annual Heritage Festival

When Larry Beard was a child he was told countless tales by his grandfather, a train engineer in Ohio, of the workings of the railroad industry in the late 19th century. Today, Beard shares those the stories and knowledge he obtained long ago from his grandfather with the young children who attend the annual Heritage Festival on the campus of Montcalm Community College.

Virginia Hawn, 90, of Sheridan, swims in Pearl Lake Tuesday, an activity she does every day for exercise as long as the weather and temperature cooperate. — Daily News/Cory Smith

At 90, Sheridan woman continues to swim daily

Virginia Hawn can remember the joyful summer days when she was just 5 years old swimming in the various lakes of Michigan with family and friends, splashing and soaking up the sun, as so many children do today. Fast forward 85 years, and you will find that the 90-year-old Sheridan resident continues to swim to this day, though maybe with less splashing, as often as she can near her residence on Pearl Lake.

The residence of Tim and Jessica Vanconant at 1762 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick was destroyed by fire Tuesday. No one was injured. — Daily News/Cory Smith

4th fire in 6 months burns on Boyer Road

The fourth fire within six months at three neighboring homes has left a Fenwick area couple “with nothing” after their residence was completely consumed and destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon. The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 1:43 p.m. and arrived on scene at 1:51 p.m. to 1762 W. Boyer Road in Fenwick, the home of Tim and Jessica Vanconant.