Light snowflakes were fluttering down as groups of carolers, donned in Victorian garb, sang Christmas songs to those strolling past. The scene was not only one from a Charles Dickens novel, but also one at the Montcalm Community College’s Heritage Village, the locale of the Heritage Village Holiday on Sunday afternoon. Formerly known as Santa’s Super Sunday, the 32nd annual event draws in hundreds of residents from all around Montcalm County.
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The Montcalm Alliance’s request for a countywide millage to fund economic development efforts will be voted on without local voters or a ballot. Montcalm Alliance members previously presented an overview of their millage request to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 12. At that meeting, Montcalm Alliance members said they wanted to pursue voter approval of .1 mills to generate $162,000 to allow the Montcalm Alliance to join forces with The Right Place, a West Michigan business development and economic development agency which offers services to support existing and new businesses.
This week, Dr. Sherry Teegardin will realize the culmination of a dream nearly five years in the making when she officially opens the doors to Sheridan Animal Hospital. From noon to 5 p.m. Friday, the new veterinary clinic will host an open house to introduce area animal lovers to the facility’s many amenities.
The Harlem Wizards, a show basketball team that combines talent and comedy, engaged and wowed a crowd of students, parents and community members at Central Montcalm High School during a Monday night game against a group of local adults and student athletes under the team name Hometown Hornets. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Central Montcalm Upper Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.
A more than 130-year-old landmark for lakeside dining has closed its doors for good — but the reason why remains a mystery. Early this week, the Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed. A piece of paper is taped on each entrance door reading, “Closed. Thank you for your patronage.”
If all goes according to plan, this village may find itself the recipient of $196,000 in state grant funds, money that will be used to provide a complete survey and mapping of its water and sewer infrastructure.
The White Pine Library’s new director, Jodi Stockton, brings not only a wealth of library-specific experience to the job, but also a Renaissance woman’s appreciation for art, theater and music. Stockton was recently hired on to replace outgoing part-time director Katie E. Arwood, who left to take a full-time position at Montcalm Community College.
Have you heard the story about the wealthy secondhand dealer? His business was doing so well that he willingly decided to use his extra money to purchase electronic equipment and begin putting detailed information about his customers and inventory online so local police officers could return stolen items to their rightful owners.
Residents of this city will soon have some options when it comes to recycling, thanks to a cooperative effort with Montcalm County.
In the past few years, public schools in Michigan have seen several “noncore” classes go by the wayside, whether it be video production, choir or band, as districts adjust to tighter budgets and curriculum restrictions. But after Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Superintendent Scott Koenigsknecht recently received a random phone call from a parent while standing in a parking lot, the possibilities to introduce a new course funded by government grants suddenly appears to be a real possibility.