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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
For many local 4-H’ers, it is often dreamed to one day be selected as the Earl Peterson 4-H’er of the Year, the highest honor achievable. On Saturday evening, that dream was realized by Heather Russell, 19, of Stanton, and the Mixed Bag of Nuts 4-H group, who out of a field of six other 4-H’ers who contended for the top honor was selected as this year’s 4-H’er of the Year.
Each year, Marcia Moore of Alma schedules a visit to Anderson & Girls Orchards and Gifts because of the excitement her grandchildren experience while visiting the establishment. Moore said for the past four years, she has made the trip with her grandchildren Shalynnda, 13, and Seth, 8, both of West Branch, as it is their favorite place to visit with animals.
The Sheridan Community Center was transferred into a petting zoo/playground/fairground Thursday afternoon for Sheridan Community Hospital’s annual Family Health Fair. This year event featured live animals from Anderson & Girls Petting Zoo, lots of games, face painting, an obstacle course and much more. There also were plenty of activities and information available for adults.
A local community corrections program is going strong, despite budget cuts. The Michigan Community Corrections Act of 1988 established a statewide policy to develop and operate corrections programs for non-violent adult offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated.