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Many people in this country are literally eating themselves to death. Today’s obesity epidemic puts adults and children at risk to develop many life-threatening conditions, which can place financial burden on the state’s medical care system. “Michigan is one of the fattest states in the nation,” said Angela Minicuci, Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) [...]


Montcalm Community College Drama Club to present murder-mystery

So, you think you can act? Whether you’re a class-act performer on the verge of stardom or a beginner looking for a little fun, the Montcalm Community College (MCC) Drama Club wants to see your talent.

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Letters to Santa

Dear Santa, I hope you talk to my cat.  Enjoy he cookies and milk. Annie Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like a princess toddler Ariel with a tail.  I would also like a pink robot Polly Pocket set and a doll that’s up to my neck, two bottles of silly strings and surprises. Thank [...]

Joseph (Ed Koutz) and Mary (Audra Tyler) take the baby Jesus to the temple, where they meet Simeon (Jim Wilcox) during the Sheridan Assembly of God Church’s drama. — Daily News/Lori Hansen

Music takes the lead in Sheridan church’s first Christmas cantata

Sheridan Assembly of God Church is adding a Christmas cantata this year to its long-standing tradition of presenting an Easter drama. “Changed by a Baby Boy” is a two-hour presentation of music and drama telling the story of Christ’s birth and the meaning of his presence.

Stanton Department of Public Works employee Jamie Blum hangs up Christmas decorations in the city's downtown. The city will host Hometown Holidays on Dec. 10. — Courtesy photo

Christmas events: No place like home for the holidays

Santa Claus is coming to town — including just about each and every town in Montcalm County and surrounding areas. Many local Christmas-themed events will be taking place in December. All festivities are community-oriented and free.

Montcalm Community College art student Fallon Carter works on a drawing during art class. — Courtesy photo

MCC hosts unique art display and sale through Dec. 4

Unique artwork will be featured during Montcalm Community College’s annual Holiday Time Art Show and Sale this week. The event features an open house and an artwork sale in the Instruction North Building Art Gallery on the college’s Sidney campus. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Simple ways to deck your halls

Some people go all out for the holidays — decorating their homes from floor to ceiling, putting time, money, hard work and more into creating the perfect holiday atmosphere. Some people may be discouraged when it comes to decking their halls and not know how to begin, however.


“Freak the Mighty” a formidable team

Others kids pick on Max, calling him big, stupid and slow. Max learned how to be alone.
One day, Kevin came along. People called him Freak. The two teamed up to become “Freak the Mighty.” “We read through the book in class and the kids really liked it. When I looked into it, I learned the author offered it as a script for free,” said Shannon Powell, director and drama club instructor. “It is a difficult story to do as a play, but the kids have done very well with it.”

Colonel Duncan (Brandon Reickoff) shares the ingredients of the secret recipe with MacBeth (Tyler Young), his new vice president and general manager of sales. It is so secret, everyone else must cover their ears.

PLAY REVIEW: ‘Old Macbeth’ combines Shakespeare and the Colonel?

Like the brew in a witch’s cauldron, the Montcalm Community College fall drama class production is a mixture of a little bit of this and a pinch of that. “Old MacBeth Had a Farm” is a combination of Shakespeare’s character MacBeth, Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken and many other interesting characters.